On 16 May 2014. the Representation of the State of Baden – Württemberg to the European in Brussels organised a conference "Building Renovation Strategies. From Directive to Delivery" on behalf of the Institut für Energie- und Umweltforschung and the Buildings Performance Institute Europe. The aim of the conference was to draw attention on importance of energy efficiency and it's implementation in practice in different countries. Not only the speakers from Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium and France shared their experience in this field but also the audience was fully involved in open discussion from which they got some practical advices and suggestions from the speakers.
The workshop "Access to finance 2014-2020 - Workshop on financial instruments in H2020 and Cosme" organised by APRE in collaboration with Emilia-Romagna EU Office and ASTER was held on 14 May 2014. in the EU Office of the Region Emilia-Romagna in Brussels. The speakers offered a various solutions for getting capital for your business, practical guidance on applying for EISF and instructions to access to HORIZON 2020 / COSME financial instruments. The practical example was given by the Szabolcz Borda – EIT, Finance Officer from Budapest, who presented to the audience the case of EIT KICs.
A conference "Microsoft CityNext: Innovation Overcoming Social Challenges and Driving Growth Strategies for Regions and Cities" was organized by Microsoft Center in Brussels on 13 May 2014. During the day the participants have had the opportunity to listen, learn, question and discuss how ICT can benefit cities and regions in presentations and workshop sessions.
The speakers, leading innovative city and regional leaders, were Richard Tuffs (Director European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN)), Jörn Riedel (Chief Information Officer, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg), Menno van Leewen (Advisor to the Board, Intermetzo YouthCare., Netherlands), Pippa Gardner (Technology Strategy Board (TSB) Future Cities Demonstrator Programme, Glasgow City Council) and Josep Ramon Ferrer - Escoda (Deputy Chief Information Officer and Smart City Director, Barcelona City Council).
The participants also have had the opportunity to explore the new Microsoft Centre in Brussels and see examples of technology solutions for regions and cities that create healthier, greener, safer, and more prosperous places to live.
On 29 April 2014, the European Federation of Nautical Tourism Destinations (FEDETON) organised a public event in the Committee of the Regions gathering mayors and representatives of local authorities and stakeholders of nautical destinations covering more than 300 coastal municipalities. With this conference, FEDETON, as a public-private collaborative platform for promoting nautical destinations in Europe, called on its associates, but also on public administrations, public and private institutions connected to nautical tourism, NGOs and the business sector, to endorse the objectives set forth in the Manifest for Sustainable Nautical Tourism.
With the endorsement of this Manifest they wanted to trigger collective action in a common effort to boost the economic, environmental and social sustainability of nautical destinations and the coastline, creating better quality conditions and development opportunities for citizens. This event was supported and endorsed by the President of the Committee of the regions, Mr Ramón Luis Valcárcel and the Commissioner of Maritime affairs and Fisheries, Ms Maria Damanaki.
During the April, a delegation of Dubrovnik-Neretva, Karlovac and Zagreb County have visited the European Parliament in Brussels, where they had a chance to learn about the Institution whose decisions are reflected in every EU citizen.
During they stay in Brussels, the delegations visited the European Commision and the representative office of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, where they were met by official representative Hrvoje Butigan.
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