In the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, on 2nd October 2013, was held conference „Rural Innovation on the move!" organized by ERIAF network. The members of the network are the regions of Finland (Satakunta and South Ostrobothia), of France (Bretagne, Normandie, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur, Pays de la Loire, Aquitaine), Italian ones (Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Marche and Umbria) and others as Wales, Bavaria, Catalonia, Andalusia, as well as Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
Since innovation is a priority issue for the program period 2014-2020, and given that the rural development will have a vital role in the promotion of innovative activities and approaches for European agricultural production and sustainability, the goal of European Regions organized in ERIAF network is to coordinate and promote the work of institutions, manufacturers, research centers and their territories in the effective implementation of plans for rural development.
The aim of the Conference, at which the Dubrovnik-Neretva County presented their priorities, projects and possibilities of mutual cooperation in rural development, was to identify priority areas of work, set up projects of common interest and to support regional governments in order to maximize the opportunities of the new programming period.
At the Conference participated the Representative of the Regional Development Agency DUNEA, Franica Milos, and Representative of the Office of Dubrovnik-Neretva County in Brussels, Hrvoje Butigan. The Conference was also accompanied by Dacian Ciolos, European Commissioner responsable for Agriculture and Rural Development, as well as the Department of the European Commission's DG for Climate Action.
The delegation of Dubrovnik-Neretva Region, headed by the Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić, visited from 26th to 28th of September Brussels and Brabant, one of the five Flemish provinces. As the part of the delegation were mayors of the municipalities in Dubrovnik Neretva Region, county officials as well as representatives of the Regional Development Agency DUNEA.
The first day of the study trip was organized a visit to ILVA, the center for the inter-municipal cooperation for environmental Flemish region Aalst, where our representatives were welcomed by general director Henk Geeroms with colleagues. There they had opportunity to see a good waste management practices and the process of recycling; from waste disposal to use on a new purpose. They also visited Re-use center Kringwinkel; composting Geraardsbergen, where the biological fertilizer is produced, and continued to the landfill and recycling yard in Sint-Lievens-Houtem.
The next day our delegation visited the Committee of the Regions and the European Parliament, where the participants were informed in detail about the role and functioning of these institutions., and then they continued to the Representation office of Dubrovnik–Neretva County in Bruxelles. They also visited the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the Kingdom of Belgium, where they met with H.E Mario Nobilo, and then continued their visit to the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Croatia to the European , where the meeting was held with Ambassador Mate Skrabalo and his associates Ines Domitrović and Nikša Tkalec. At the meeting they discussed about the operational programs for structural funds for the period 2014-2020.
The modernization of public administration is one of the cornerstones of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. In a time when public budgets are constrained by the rigours of the economic crisis, modernization is especially required in order to use resources in a more efficient way and to better deliver services adapted to the new and growing needs of citizens. Therefore, this round table provided an in-depth analysis of the potentialities of administrative modernization helping to drive economic growth and to ensure a rational use of resources.
The European Commission is committed to strengthening the role of ICT as the main tool to achieve a more efficient and flexible administration, as well as new institutional and organizational models, including social innovation. In the case of Spain, the EU has identified the need to strengthen the coordination between the various levels of government, both to reduce costs and to limit the administrative burden on businesses and families.
This round table included experts in the public sector reform at European, national, regional and local level, in order to exchange views and experiences on the challenges and opportunities of the modernization and reform of public administration. It will also highlight the role of the European Commission to promote a more efficient administration as a factor of economic growth and efficiency in spending. Finally, the seminar tackle the importance of reducing and simplifying administrative procedures for SMEs and entrepreneurs.
"TINCOM" is a social experimentation project co-funded by the PROGRESS Programme that aims at enhancing and improving the capacity of young people (particularly those with lower education profile) to use the web as a accessible opportunity for the job search. This objective has been pursued through the innovative web platform: http://www.tincom.eu and thanks to the participation of private and public social organizations from Italy and UK: they have been acting as social innovators for the direct benefit of their users and to exchange ideas on the thematic project forums.
This Roundtable was the place to discuss with all relevant European stakeholders the main project achievements, pointing-out the role of public and private organizations as social innovators. The importance of this issue has been recently underpinned by the EU Commission ("Guide to Social Innovation", February 2013) that emphasizes the importance of social innovation for new, more efficient answers to meet growing social needs, also trough the mobilization of local actors for addressing complex social challenges.
The meeting for the Open Days 2013 was held in the office of the Marche region on 09th September 2013. Ms. Antonella Passarani from the Marche region, welcomed all the partners at the meeting and briefly introduced the Open Days program. Name of the joint conference is "Adriatic-Ionian Macroregional Strategic Partnership" and includes a total of 17 regions, which are 16 regions from five countries and one is the nation-state (Slovenia). The conference will be held on 09th October 2013. in Brussels. Speaking on the content and format of this year's discussion, the participants agreed on the conference program and organizing joint exhibition.
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