This conference is organised within the framework of the New Jersey Project co-financed by the European LIFE Programme which is the main financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU.
In addition to the New Jersey Project, other EU initiatives on road infrastructure aiming at improving environment and quality of life for regions and cities were presented during the event. The conference is concluded with the presentation of the New Public Procurement Directive which must be implemented by regions next year and hence encouraging the road infrastructure industry to promote more innovative and sustainable solutions. The conference was held on March 3rd in Commitee of Regions in Brussels.
The 5th Annual Meeting of the Platform of European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation was held in CoR on 03rd March 2015. with the role of the EGTCs implementing policies related to employment. The EGTCs act beyond regional policy and implement cross-border employment strategies, foster the mobility of workers and integrate different job markets. The new European Commission informed about the new agenda in the field of employment, and the Conference exchanged the best experiences and discussed about how to participate in the different EU programmes.
Regional Policy Commissioner, Corina Cretu met the Brussels-based regional representative offices on 13th February 2015. During the meeting, she underlined the importance of the partnership with Europe's regional and local authorities in planning and putting into practice the programmes under the reformed Regional Policy for 2014-2020.
Speaking from the Albert Borschette building of the European Commission, Commissioner Cretu focused on how the new Code of Conduct on Partnership will mean that regional and local authorities are consulted to ensure that future strategies and programmes reflect regional needs and investments have maximum impact.
Regional and local authorities will play a central role in designing, implementing, and monitoring investment. She supported 2 projects in Dubrovnik Neretva Region: Pelješac Bridge and International airport Dubrovnik. More than 300 representatives from regional offices and associations of municipalities from 28 Member States participated in the event.
A new call for proposals for Smart Cities and Communities under Horizon 2020 opened on 10 December 2014 (deadline for submitting proposals is 5 May 2015). It calls for proposals in two topics: SCC-01-2015: Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport and ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration – first of the kind) projects and SCC-03-2015: Development of system standards for smart cities and communities solutions.
The information day taken place in European commission on 12 February 2015 and has informed participants about the call objectives, requirements and specificities and provided relevant insights and lessons learnt from the 2014 SCC call.
The inter-institutional Open Doors Day provides a traditional opportunity for the general public to visit the buildings of EU institutions and to learn more about the EU. The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) organized the first meeting on 11th February 2015. CoR will use the opportunity to connect with the general public in Brussels and to strengthen its institutional image as the Assembly of regional and local representatives, the level of governance closest to the citizen.
2015 is a year which provides the institutional context for several thematic approaches: The European Year for Development is the overarching theme of inter-institutional Open Doors Day. The CoR will use the opportunity to communicate about its activities and relevant opinions in the field.
The CoR will also be a platform showing Europe's diversity within a 'Festival of regions and cities'. The fifth floor of the Jacques Delors Building of the CoR will welcome again interactive stands organised by partner regions and cities. Partners will be encouraged to showcase regional initiatives in the field of development cooperation.
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