The FEHRL Infrastructure Research Meeting 2013 (FIRM13) was held on 4-6th June 2013 at the Diamant Centre in Brussels, Belgium. This key event was gather more than 250 transport infrastructure innovation and research experts, including European and national policy makers, leading industry, standardisation agencies, SME's and the media.
With the theme of "Advanced and Innovative Construction and Maintenance", FIRM13 will feature sessions on infrastructure innovation, implementation and maintenance, including adaptation to climate change, knowledge transfer and asset management. The programme was also included sessions with innovation funding agencies and others, as well as a workshop on barriers to market uptake.
This meeting was a great opportunity for innovative enterprises to showcase their latest research and innovation results. The objective of this conference is threefold:To raise awareness of Infravation and infrastructure innovation in general; To promote brokerage activities between innovative enterprises and potential Infravation project partners; To contribute to the development of the final call for Infravation proposals.
Less than a month left for the Croatian accession to the European Union. Preparations are in progress, and the building of the European Commission appeared this morning 3rd June'' in a new light,'' with a message that welcomes the Croatia to EU family.
'Welcome Croatia' they said to us from Brussels in German, French, English and Croatian language, which from 1 July becomes one of the official languages of the European Union.
The Committee of the Regions' have organized the conference "Poverty and social exclusion: What role for regions and cities?" and it was the fourth in a series of seven events covering the Europe 2020 strategy flagship initiatives.
Three workshops focused on the following themes: Social investment: Active inclusion policies at regional and local level; Community development of deprived urban neighbourhoods and rural areas; Trans-national cooperation between regions and cities on social inclusion.
This event was aimed at policy makers and senior experts of national, regional and local public administrations, networks, social and charity associations and academia. Conclusions of the conference will feed into the CoR's contribution to the mid-term evaluation of the Europe 2020 strategy to be presented during the European Summit of Regions and Cities in March 2014.
High-level representatives of the European Standardization Organisations (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI), the European Commission, business and industry organisations, and other key stakeholders of the European Standardization System took part in the European Conference on SMEs and Standardization, which was held in Brussels this week. The general consensus was that further efforts are needed to provide small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with accurate and up-to-date information about different kinds of standards, as well as to encourage and support SMEs' involvement in developing and drafting European and international standards.
The European Conference on SMEs and Standardization (in Brussels on 28 May) was organised by the European Standardization Organisations (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) in the framework of the SMEST2 (SME Standardization Toolkit) project supported by the European Commission and EFTA, and in partnership with ORGALIME (the European Engineering Industries Association). The 200 participants included representatives of national standards organisations, public authorities, business and industry organisations, and SMEs.
The Conference programme included sessions addressing several inter-related issues such as: how to communicate and raise awareness about the benefits of standards and standardization; how to provide SMEs with information about standards that are relevant for their business; how to ensure that standards take SMEs' specific needs and concerns into account during the development of European and international standards; and how SMEs can be encouraged and enabled to get actively involved in standardization activities at all levels.
On May 16th, 2013. Croatian Business Network meeting took place in Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Brussels.
Representatives of the Croatian Regions, Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Croatian Chamber of Crafts, Croatia's Mission to the EU and the Croatian Embassy in Belgium gathered to discuss current issues and activities.
The participants also discussed the preparatory activities for the accession of Croatia to the EU, structural and cohesion funds, EU programs which will be available from the 2014th and the upcoming Open Days in Brussels.
Participants agreed that it is necessary to consolidate the activities of all Croatian representative in Brussels, with the aim of better visibility Croatian business interests in EU circles, the best possible information, exchange experiences, to better coordinate the activities and thereby achieve greater business success.
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