Regional Policy Commissioner, Corina Cretu met the Brussels-based regional representative offices on 13th February 2015. During the meeting, she underlined the importance of the partnership with Europe's regional and local authorities in planning and putting into practice the programmes under the reformed Regional Policy for 2014-2020.
Speaking from the Albert Borschette building of the European Commission, Commissioner Cretu focused on how the new Code of Conduct on Partnership will mean that regional and local authorities are consulted to ensure that future strategies and programmes reflect regional needs and investments have maximum impact.
Regional and local authorities will play a central role in designing, implementing, and monitoring investment. She supported 2 projects in Dubrovnik Neretva Region: Pelješac Bridge and International airport Dubrovnik. More than 300 representatives from regional offices and associations of municipalities from 28 Member States participated in the event.
A new call for proposals for Smart Cities and Communities under Horizon 2020 opened on 10 December 2014 (deadline for submitting proposals is 5 May 2015). It calls for proposals in two topics: SCC-01-2015: Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport and ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration – first of the kind) projects and SCC-03-2015: Development of system standards for smart cities and communities solutions.
The information day taken place in European commission on 12 February 2015 and has informed participants about the call objectives, requirements and specificities and provided relevant insights and lessons learnt from the 2014 SCC call.
The inter-institutional Open Doors Day provides a traditional opportunity for the general public to visit the buildings of EU institutions and to learn more about the EU. The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) organized the first meeting on 11th February 2015. CoR will use the opportunity to connect with the general public in Brussels and to strengthen its institutional image as the Assembly of regional and local representatives, the level of governance closest to the citizen.
2015 is a year which provides the institutional context for several thematic approaches: The European Year for Development is the overarching theme of inter-institutional Open Doors Day. The CoR will use the opportunity to communicate about its activities and relevant opinions in the field.
The CoR will also be a platform showing Europe's diversity within a 'Festival of regions and cities'. The fifth floor of the Jacques Delors Building of the CoR will welcome again interactive stands organised by partner regions and cities. Partners will be encouraged to showcase regional initiatives in the field of development cooperation.
The Brussels Holiday Fair 2015 has started from 05. to 09. February 2015. Exhibitors, visitors and organisers are looking back on a successful edition with satisfaction.The Holiday Fair is the meeting place for travel professionals and passionate travellers. Being the biggest tourist event in Belgium it is the perfect way of promoting your destination or tourist product.
More than 700 exhibitors and 65 countries and over 100,000 visitors during the five days enjoyed plentiful entertainment and performances. It offered a varied programme of five well-attended workshops geared towards travel professionals. Croatian National Tourist Board had one of the finest and modern stands, also visited by the representative office of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County in Brussels.
In Brussels, in front of the Cathedral of St. Michel et Gudule, Festival of St. Blaise was celebrated for the second consecutive year. The organiser of the celebration was a branch of Matica Hrvatska in Brussels in cooperation with the representative office of Dubrovnik – Neretva County, the Croatian Tourist Board and the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the Kingdom of Belgium. About a hundred persons from Dubrovnik along with their guests attended the beginning of the Feast of St. Blaise. Same as in Dubrovnik, the organisers of the celebration had previously made a proclamation signed by hosts Jozo Bonacic and Viktor Sober.
After the Croatian hymn, hymns to freedom and Hymns of St. Blaise, the have read a proclamation in Croatian, French and English. Proclamation was read to the celebrants, doyen of the Cathedral of. Claude Castiaud, after which the white doves were released, as a symbol of freedom and peace. Commemorative gifts and doves of peace were brought by Luna Srsen and Peter Banicevic who came to the Fest dressed in national costume from Konavle.
The flag of St. Blaise and the Croatian flag were worn by Butigan Hrvoje and Davor Vnucec. After the opening of the Festival a traditional religious ceremony called 'grlicanje' or The Blessing of the Throats was also organised. Previous to this part, the president of Matica Hrvatska in Brussels, Ivica Srsen had read a letter from the Bishop of Dubrovnik, Msgr. Mate Uzinic written to the people of Dubrovnik who live in Belgium. People in Brussels tried the menu with ham, sporki makaruli and rozata.
Festival of St. Blaise is being celebrated since 972. A year after the Dubrovnik Senate has proclaimed St. Blaise to be Dubrovnik's protector because it is believed that he defended the city from the Venetians.
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