The Kick-off meeting of the OPEN DAYS 2015 was organized on 21 January in the CoR premises.
The CoR Secretary-General, Jiří Buriánek and DG REGIO Director-General, Walter Deffaa presented the lessons learnt from the 2014 edition and themes for 2015.
With the headline of 'Europe's regions and cities: partners for investment and growth' 2015 will be structured around three thematic priorities:
Under the three sub-themes, participants are invited to address challenges and solutions related to management and implementation issues as well as the cross-border, inter-regional or transnational dimension. OPEN DAYS 2015 will be organized from 12 and 15 October 2015.
Dubrovnik-Neretva County Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić participated in the event 20.21.2015. called "Peljesac Bridge and wine" which was held in the European Parliament and organized by the MEP Dubravka Suica.
The event was attended by many VIP guests, MEPs, businessmen and representatives of the European Commission in charge of the construction of the Peljesac bridge - a capital project that would finally territorially connected Croatia and the European .
With the presentation of the project Bridge and talk about its importance and necessity of the event were presented by the county winemakers and premium wines that come from Dubrovnik-Neretva County, and they also used the opportunity to establish contacts for future marketing for their wines.
The CoR administration and representatives of regional offices involved in European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation (EGTCs) met in Brussels on 15 January 2015 in order to reinforce the cooperation with the CoR, the networking and the transmission of information between Brussels and the local actors. The meeting was conducted by Alfonso Alcolea, CoR administrator.
This meeting had been announced by Herwig Van Staa, political coordinator of the EGTC Platform, during the Open Days 2014. This proposal, suggested by the Director of the office of Lower Silesia, received a good feedback from the participants.
The information about the meeting had been disseminated to the regional offices in Brussels included in the database of the EGTC Platform, and also to the EGTCs, EGTCs under constitution and regional and local authorities of the Platform.
The project "yBBregions" approved by the European Commission started its activities on 1st September 2014 in framework of the European Voluntary Service (EVS). The project is based on a transnational youth exchange of four EU regions, namely: Dubrovnik-Neretva County (Croatia), Abruzzo region (Italy), Prešov region (Slovakia) and Lubuskie region (Poland). The project aims to provide young people from the four partner regions the opportunity to participate in the work of regional offices based in Brussels, to learn about the work of the European institutions, about EU policies, programs and initiatives, as well as to exchange experiences and knowledge with participants from other regions.
The opportunity to participate in this program from 1st September 2014 to 30th November 2014, gained Ms. Marina Pavlovic.
"During the three months of my work in Brussels, I gained invaluable knowledge and experience related to the activities of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Office and the EU institutions. To better understand and be able to perform daily tasks at the office, I took part at number of conferences, debates and discussions organized in the European Commission, Parliament, Committee of the Regions, representative offices of other EU regions, but also many other institutions. The themes of the events I attended were different, what greatly helped me to expand the knowledge and insight on politics, regional development, culture, EU funding and more. Also, attending such events, I had the great honor to meet Croatian MEPs, as well as many other important people among whom European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu. Among others, I took part in events such as EuroPCom, Sixt Cohesion Forum, Design Days and the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open days) within our office organized the exhibition "On the trails of medieval tombstones Stećci" and the conference, as the lead partner in the Adriatic Ionian macro-region, entitled "EU Strategy for the Adriatic Ionian macro-region: The role of the Regions in implementation", both in the European Parliament . Also, I must mention that we have organized the event of sharing "Neretva mandarin" front of the European Parliament and to point on the problem of mandarin producers from our county after placing an embargo on imports from Russia. In the framework of the office activities I participated in the organization of a study visit to Brussels of Prefect and Mayors of our county.
I believe that participation in this project is an excellent opportunity for young people. Not only I have improved my professional skills, but I've developed the ones of personal and social nature. Since the project is based on cooperation of four partner regions in the youth exchange, I had the opportunity and honor to meet and live with three other project participants from Slovakia, Poland and Italy. It is interesting to share experiences, views and opinions with people from different countries and with different cultural backgrounds. In the framework of the activities I was doing, the working language was English, occasional some conferences were held in German or Italian, I can say that I have also improved my language skills. However, with all activities related to work in the office, I had enough time to get to know Brussels, but also the surrounding cities such as Antwerp, Gent, Brugge, Ostend and others.
To conclude, the project offers a unique combination of acquiring knowledge and experience, improve language and communication skills, acquire new contacts and discovering Belgian cities and culture. One of the best life decisions was to become part of this project because I was had the chance to develop myself on professional and on personal level."
The Assembly of European Regions, together with finance. Brussels, the Region of Brussels-Capital and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), organized a seminar "Investing in SMEs - How to meet the needs of the regional entrepreneurial fabric and make the most of support tools" in Brussels on 20th November 2014. The seminar aimed to gather the stakeholders to hold concrete discussion and share experiences in the field. Regional authorities, managers of SMEs, experts and investment agencies were welcomed to join the panel of experts to address the topic - and shape tomorrow's investment policies towards the regional entrepreneurial fabric.
After the whole day seminar, participants were welcomed to join the study visit which included the visit to the Vanparys Dragees - the confectionery and chocolaterie which began as a family business founded in 1889 by Felix Vanparys and today is the official supplier of the Royal family, NUMECA - a company founded by the University professor Charles Hirsch as an start-up, and today is recognized as the most innovative company in the field of software toolsets that support the world's leading industries, Real Impact Analytics - a start-up founded in 2009 by two young entrepreneurs which succeeded to develop it into a leading company for telecom analytics in developing markets all over the world.
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