The Conference "Telling the Story – Communicating European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020"was organised on 09th and 10th December in Brussels by four European Commission Directorates-General that together manage a very significant part of the EU budget: Agriculture and Rural Development, Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and Regional Policy.
The event was focused on how to better tell the story of Europe, through its achievements on the ground via the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, as well as through the other European Structural and Investment Funds.
Altogether, around 600 participants from all 28 EU countries attended the event, which aims to boost collaboration between EU, national and regional officials involved in communicating about European Structural and Investment Funds; provide a sound basis for the communication strategies that will accompany ESIF programmes during the 2014-2020 funding period; share good practices in communication and facilitate mutual learning between different countries and funds. Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, and Dacian Cioloş, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, participated in the conference.
AWEX (Wallonia Foreign Trade And Investment Agency) with sixty other foreign trade partners have organized the first edition of Wallonia Export-Invest Fair on 05th and 06th December 2013. The AWEX is the Wallonia Region of Belgium's government agency in charge of trade promotion and foreign investment attraction.
The event taked place at the Palais des Congrès in Liège. It was great opportunity to meet the main foreign trade stakeholders and also B2B meetings with qualified experts in investment sector.
The Export-Invest Fair was attended by representative of the Dubrovnik Neretva region office in Brussels, Hrvoje Butigan.
The aim of this two-fold event is to raise awareness on the right of everybody to have equal access to tourism services and destinations and to present some success stories and best practices in the field. The conference is part of the EU's wider efforts to promote the mainstreaming of disability issues in line with the EU Disability Strategy 2010-2020 and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).
The conference shown examples of good practices of Tourism for All, and possible solutions for the obstacles most frequently encountered. The conference also covered the practical, political and economic aspects of these issues, focusing on how to overcome barriers that are limiting the potential of a more open Europe to international tourism and benefit from the tourism industry.
Ms. Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Justice, led the Access City Award 2014 on 3rd December. Mr. Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Entrepreneurship and Industrial Policy, concluded the joint event on 4th December.
Dubrovnik - Neretva county with the Regional Development Agency DUNEA , within the activities of the project AdriGov, organized a presentation of the Representation office in Brussels to Croatian representatives in the European Parliament. Prefect Nikola Dobroslavic presented to Croatian MEPs and journalist the Regional office activities, experiences and interests in future work.
The Meeting was attended by MEPs Dubravka Šuica, Oleg Valjalo, Andrej Plenković , Ivana Maletić , Zdravka Bušić , Nikola Vuljanić, Marino Baldini , prefect of Brod – Posavina County Daniel Marušić , director of regional development agency DUNEA Melanija Milić , Head of department Helena Kangjera and a representative of the office in Brussels Hrvoje Butigan .
28th and 29th November in Brussels was held and 104 Plenary Session of the Committee of the Regions , which is prefect Dobroslavić member . Topics plenary sessions were the protection of the rights of EU citizens , making macro-regional strategies , arranging to EU ports , airports, public aid , fisheries and aquaculture . The plenary session was attended by 370 representatives of regional and local authorities of EU member states .
The 5th edition of the conference "Journées Ile-de- France Europe" was held on 12th, 13th and 14th November 2013 in Brussels, under the terms of the next programming period 2014-2020.
The first seminar was "Creative Europe 2014-2020 : Supporting culture and creation in the territories". The Creative Europe Programme 2014-2020 will have a budget of € 1.4 billion in the fields of culture and audiovisual and cultural and creative industries. This conference presented new opportunities for program funding and identify future projects eligible for support from the Creative Europe program.
The second seminar was "Horizon 2020: a major opportunity for research and innovation in the Region". Horizon 2020 , new EU program for research and innovation, with a budget of around 70 billion euros . The conference added value to the actions of the State and its actors for research and innovation and present how the Regions accompany mobilization structures on this program. Horizon 2020 support the activities of mobility and sustainable transport , health and active aging and ICT.
The third seminar was "European Structural Funds and Investment 2014-2020 : Which regional strategies for sustainable growth and employment?" Beyond the presentation of the "new" Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 in relation to the challenges of the regions , it was discussed the implementation of Community assistance and the strategic use of these resources during the next seven years , to the benefit of the territories , citizens and stakeholders.
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