The European Digital Forum - Data Driven Business Models and Europe's Digital Future convened the Roundtable on Europe's Digital Future in Brusels on 13th November 2014. Neelie Kroes, former vice-president of the European Commission and commissioner for the digital agenda (2009-2014), delivered a fascinating keynote and launched Digital Minds for a New Europe, an e-book featuring 44 essays by the world's leading thinkers on the challenges ahead – and the solutions digital technology will provide. The panels discussed on how European startups are carving out unique niches in the field of data-analytics, drawing on their limited legacies and imaginative business thinking to re-define competitive advantage in the age of the Internet.
The Vienna House and the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme organized on 13.11.2014. an evening of inspiring talks and networking about future funding opportunities of the transnational Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme. Funds of EUR 80 million will soon be dedicated in a first call to transnational projects to work on innovation, low carbon solutions, environmental and cultural resources as well as transport in central and eastern European regions.
The Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme is managed by the City of Vienna and has encouraged transnational cooperation since 2007 among all regions of the central European countries Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Croatia has newly joined the programme.
The conference "How to effectively and successfully use EU funds", organized by the MEPs Office Ivana Maletic, was held on 10th November at the European Parliament in Brussels. The aim of the conference was to inform about the possibilities of using EU funds and best practices from Member States. The conference was attended by Members of the European Parliament Ruza Tomašić and Andrej Plenković.
The gathered were welcomed by intraductory speach by MEP Maletic, and then they were greeted by representatives from the Commission: Ivana Podhraški (Directorate-General for Regional Policy - DG Regio), Martina Zeković (Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development - DG Agri ) and Toma Šutić (Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural development - DG Agri). Final presentation was held by the representatives of the Society for the Preservation of Sibenik heritage "Juraj Dalmatinac" Hrvoje Zekanović and Nikola Grubić who presented the project of reconstruction of Sibenik Fortresses.
The global trend towards urbanisation is unstoppable. Cities are the driving force of economic development, which fuels the attractiveness of cities for citizens through a wide range of professional, educational and recreational possibilities. Cities all over the world face the challenge of combining competitiveness and sustainable urban development simultaneously. Currently, 54% of the world's population live in cities. The numbers continue to rise and by 2050 it is expected that 66% of the global population will be urban citizens.
This calls for effective urban planning which leads us towards cities that combine open spaces and the possibility for dialogue amongst the generations with innovation and effective use of resources. Regarding to that The Hanns Seidel Foundation and VDE – the Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies organized a conference "The good Life in Smart Cities" on 11th November 2014 in Brussels which hosteed policy makers and experts from Germany and Brussels. To make an efficient "Smart City", the concept has to connect applied innovation, better planning, more participatory approach and higher energy efficiency as well as better transport and ICTbased solutions.
The delegation of 10 Ministry of Transport employees came to Bruxelles for a study trip on 7th November 2014. During the visit they have a meetings in European institutions and also with Representation office of Dubrovnik Neretva Region in Brussels.
A key activity of the Study trip for staff in the Ministry to discuss issues around EU funding and EU projects. During the meeting participants discussed about the transport connection of Dubrovnik Neretva Region and the possibility in structural and cohesion funds and examples of good practice.
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