Mayors from Dubrovnik - Neretva County visited Brussels within study trip organized by the Regional Development Agency DUNEA. During the four-day visit to the center of the European they had the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the work of the European institutions, but also the possibility of funding for various projects from European funds to which they could apply and eventually withdraw the funds at their disposal for their realization.
The President of Dubrovnik-Neretva county Nikola Dobroslavić presented the work of the Office of Dubrovnik-Neretva County in Brussels to the mayors on the first day of their study trip.
They also got acquainted with the possibilities of withdrawal of funds from the cohesion funds through which to Croatia, untill 2020, will be allocated about 8.8 billion euros for Strengthening the competitiveness of the economy, employment and youth education projects related to environmental protection, natural resources and heritage, and improving the efficiency of public administration through greater involvement of civil society.
Particularly interesting was the visit of the Microsoft Innovation Centre in which mayors met with platforms that allow easier operation of local governments and their closer relationship with citizens.
Mayors with the President Dobroslavić visited the building of the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions, the Permanent Representation and the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia.
The Economic crisis brought unemployment rates to extremely worrying levels and unemployment, especially among young people, has become a major problem in Europe in these latest years.
According to Eurostat, the unemployment rate of EU 28 member states increased by 10% in the last 5 years, from 2008 to 2013. Even more alarming is the situation for young Europeans: one out of five cannot find a job.
Because of these discouraging figures in the EU Member States, understanding how the European and global labour market is changing becomes a priority.
On the East Forum 2014 conference, organized by Unicredit and the geopolitical magazine EAST in partnership with the European Council on Foreign Relations in Brussels on October 24th was discussed about how to change the Labour Market with focus on young entrepreneurs and their start - ups. The speakers from private sector discussed about the importance of investments and support for a new wave of young entrepreneurs and innovators. On the last panel experts stressed the important role of Public Policies in developing and attracting talents, and making them move around.
The fifth edition of EuroPCom, the European Conference on Public Communication, took place on 15 and 16 October 2014 in Brussels.
It brought together communication managers and senior experts of local, regional, national and European authorities. This networking event hosted over 700 participants from all EU member states. Lectures, debates and interactive workshops were focused on major challenges in both EU and public communication.
17 plenary and thematic sessions gave the floor to more than 60 expert speakers. The main focus of this 5th EuroPCom conference was on innovation and creativity in government communication and on the future of communicating Europe.
One ton of Neretva valley mandarins were given away in front of European Parliament in Brussels on October 7th to point out the problems mandarin producers had with importing to Russia.
The action was organised by Dubrovnik Neretva county, Regional development agency for Dubrovnik Neretva county and Member of European Parliament Dubravka Šuica's office.
Open Days manifestation gathers large numbers of politicians and european officials thus making it a perfect opportunity to put more emphasis on this matter, although the funds had already been approved by European .
"EU strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region: The role the regions in implementation" conference was opened in European Parliament in Brussels on October 7th by Dubrovnik Neretva County's Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić who explained the importance of Dubrovnik Neretva County in the cooperation of Adriatic – Ionian macroregion with partners from other regions. He advocated the implementation of joint projects and secured the spot in the special EU budget for Adriatic – Ionian Region Strategy.
The role of coastal counties, municipalities and cities in multilevel coordination of the Strategy was pointed out together with implementation of it's four pillars: blue growth, regional connecting, environmental quality and sustainable tourism. Prefect suggested to include Macedonia and Kosovo in the joint activities within the Strategy's framework and he also put an emphasis on necessity of better traffic connectivity between participant countries and last but not the least; to build the Adriatic Ionian motorway which would greatly improve economic growth of participant countries.
EU Strategy for Adriatic Ionian region encompasses four EU member states (Croatia, Slovenia, Greece and Italy) and four southeastern European countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania).
Speakers on the conference were Colin Wolfe, Head of Unit for European Transnation and Interregional Cooperation for European Commission, Gian Mario Spacca, President of Marche Region and CoR reporter for EUSAIR, Rossella Rusca, Representative of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European and Mato Škrabalo, Permanent Representativ of the Republic of Croatia to the European . Representatives for regions from Croatia, Greece, Slovenia, Italy, Serbia, Bosna and Herzegovina, Albania and Montenegro also actively participated in the discussions.
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