The AEBR Annual Conference 2013 was taken place on invitation of Euregio Meuse-Rhine in Liège and Maastricht from 7-9 November 2013, immediately after the AEBR General Assembly. The main topic of the Annual Conference was "Cross-Border Urban und Rural Integrated Areas –Challenges and Chances".
In many border regions different types of areas come together. A very frequent case is a urban agglomeration surrounded by scarcely populated, rural areas across the border. They need to be integrated all together. The new Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 attaches more importance to the urban dimension. However, rural areas are facing important challenges as well, as for example demographic change and brain drain, and innovative solutions are needed in these fields. Territorial Cohesion needs close cross-border cooperation in fields as spatial planning, services as for example public transport as well as regional development. In this framework communities of shared responsibility can grow between urban and rural, stronger and weaker areas, known as Integrated Areas. This balancing partnership of structurally and economically different types of regions can contribute to reinforced growth and innovation, and increase the visibility and competitiveness of all parts of the integrated area. The Conference was attended by representative of the Dubrovnik Neretva region office in Brussels, Hrvoje Butigan.
The Conference "Innovation based growth - European challenges, regional solutions ", which is organized by the Stavanger Region European Office on 06.11.2013. in Brussels, brought together experts from EU institutions and regions like Mr Johan Stierna, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission and Ms Christine Sagen Helgø, Chairman of the Board of the Stavanger Region European Office and others, to discuss questions related to realising the knowledge economy – regional examples and perspectives.
The conference focused on issues related to regional partnerships for innovative growth– making the business case. The speakers was Mr Anthony Van de Ven, Director of Eindhoven Brainport EU Office, Mr Jonas Groes, Director of South Denmark European Office, Ms Toril Nag, Director of Lyse Energi.
Reception was hosted by His Excellency Mr Atle Leikvoll, Norway's Ambassador to the EU. The Conference was attended by representative of the Dubrovnik Neretva region office in Brussels, Hrvoje Butigan.
The conference " The answer is innovation " was held in Brussels, 05th November 2013. which included representatives of international companies and European institutions and regions and representative of Dubrovnik- Neretva Region Hrvoje Butigan.
The conference was opened by Ms. Hande ÖZSAN BOZATLI , president of the Assembly of European Regions. At the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy, innovation is considered as a key tool that will allow Europe to leave behind the crisis and get its economy back on track. Regions are key actors in shaping virtuous innovation trajectories and in mobilising untapped potential for regional and national growth.
During this conference, members of the region were invited to submit ideas , share knowledge and best practices with a focus on three main issues: How to strengthen the relationship between innovation and employment , and how integration design promotes regional innovation strategies and how to build a smart regional specialization strategy?
In addition to this event, participants were joined by a roundtable Regional Innovation Award in 2013 and the meeting of EU funds with a focus on research and innovation projects. At the end of the conference, AER Network reception was organized by the Brussels Airlines in cooperation with the Brussels - Capital Region.
The High-level conference „Achieving Excellence in Business Friendly Public Administration" held in Brussels on October 29th. The conference is hosted by European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, Vice President Antonio Tajani and Vice President Maroš Šefčovič.
The aim of the conference is to identify key difficulties experienced by businesses in dealing with public administrations, to exchange ideas and experiences of how such difficulties can be overcome, and to showcase concrete achievements and best practice in public administrations amongst Member States. It should encourage an exchange of fresh and innovative thinking in reforming public administrations. The main conclusions from the Conference will assist the Commission and Member States in developing further the policy guidance for modernising public .
The Conference brought together high-level European and international policy-makers, including President Barroso and Vice-President Tajani, Ministers from various Member States, industry leaders and stakeholders as well as renowned academics and policy advisers to debate the challenges and opportunities facing European public administrations, as well as the necessary policy responses at EU and national level.
The conference is organised by the Committee of the Regions on the 16th October 2013, in partnership with the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Lithuanian EU Presidency 2013, the Council of the EU and the European Economic and Social Committee.
The fourth edition of EuroPCom brought together communication managers and senior experts from local, regional, national and European authorities. Over 700 colleagues from all EU member states was at this networking event. Lectures, debates and interactive workshops had focus on major challenges in EU communication and public communication.
EuroPCom is one of the major communication conferences for EU and public administration experts. The ambition of the annual conference is to improve public sector communication by sharing best practices; fostering the active involvement of decentralised communicators in the communication strategy of the European institutions; enhancing the transfer of professional communication know-how to all political levels; and facilitating networking among those working in public communication across the EU.
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