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.
ERRIN and EUROCITIES organized the meeting on Thursday 22 January 2015 at EUROCITIES office to present a brand new initiative called 'Culture for Cities and Regions'.
It aims to take stock of existing practices on culture as a key element in urban and regional development strategies. It aims to exchange and promote transfer of knowledge, to better understand successful cases of cultural investment, and to go into the details of policy planning and implementation. It focuses on:
• culture and the creative industries for local economic development and urban regeneration
• cultural heritage as a driver for economic growth and social inclusion
• culture for social inclusion, social innovation and intercultural dialogue
At the meeting in the premises of the Croatian Regions Association in Zagreb, the prefect Nikola Dobroslavić presented the work plan of the Office of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County in Brussels in 2015.
The Dubrovnik Neretva County signed a Cooperation Agreement with Karlovac, Brod-Posavina and Vukovar-Srijem County and they will together coordinate the presentation of regional governments in the center of the EU.
At the meeting with the Dubrovnik Neretva county prefect participated Karlovac County Prefect Ivan Vucic, Brod-Posavina County Prefect Danijel Marusic, Deputy of Vukovar Srijem County Prefect Željko Cirba and representatives of regional development agencies.
They discussed about the coordination of activities, defining events, communication, reporting, and practice. From now on, through the same representative office this will be enabled for Karlovac, Brod-Posavina and Vukovar-Srijem County.
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