The conference aimed to show the best practices in the management of ecosystems and biodiversity conservation and to explore which strategies regions apply in the management of protected areas, through the use of available funds and mechanisms for dealing with opposing opinions.
Mr.Dobroslavić presented experiences in managing protected natural resources in Dubrovnik - Neretva Region.
At the office of the Representatives of the Italian Region of Molise and the Dubrovnik-Neretva Region in Brussels, a workshop was held on July 17th, entitled "The process of EU enlargement to the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea countries and the elaboration of a macro-regional strategy". The workshop was organized within the "EU TUNE PRINCE 2010 – EU 27", a project financed by the European Union.
Among the speakers of the first session of the workshop were Mr. Gianluca Spinaci – member of the President's Cabinet of the Committee of the Regions; Mr. Leo Grassi – Representative of the Italian Region of Abruzzo in Brussels, which is part of the governing body of IPA: Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance; and Mr. Francesco Cocco – advisor for international affairs and cooperation of the Italian Region of Molise.
At the initiative of the Italian region of Tuscany, a working meeting was held on June 05, in Brussels, discussing the new programme of the Common Agricultural Policy of the period 2014-2020.
The future rural development programme will focus on promotion, transfer of knowledge through research and innovation which will be funded by "Horizon 2020" – a programme which is to ensure a European global competitiveness.
In this light, one of the most innovative points in the new rural development policy relies on the establishment of the "European Innovation Partnership (EIP)", which aims to create a European network through a different "Operational Group" among European countries in order to amend productivity and innovation in this sector.
On June 18, the seminar "Energy Efficiency in the Logistics Chain" took place in Brussels, at the Thon EU Hotel, as part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) in Brussel.
The meeting – headed by Mr. Jonathan Brenton, British Ambassador to Belgium, and with an introduction by Mr. George Kieffer, Vice Chairman of the East of England ERDF Programme – focused on the drive to improve energy efficiency in transport logistics as an imperative to business growth and competitiveness.
Among the guest speakers was Mr. Leif Bigsten – Strategic Development Manager of the Falköping Municipality in Sweden – who discussed the green aspects of a new freight terminal in Falköping and the environmental savings of the Skaraborg Logistic Centre – a development area of 70ha which, so far, saves 2.122 ton CO2 per year. However, as Mr. Bigsten concluded, the environment is not yet important for the business industry, but nevertheless changing these habits takes time.
Expers of the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development – Mrs. Anna Nowak, Mrs. Corina-Maria Mocanu and Mr. Georgios Mathioudakis – presented topics within the IPARD programme with special emphasis on the LEADER programme in the pre- and post-accession period, the importance and perspectives of the wine sector within the Common Agricultural Policy, and the restoration and valorization of villages in rural areas.
Representatives of the DG emphasized the importance of the formation of LAG's as a trigger for rural development but also discussed the possibility of LAG's to apply for structural funds of the European Union – which will be available after Croatia's accession to the European Union.
The Regional Development Agency DUNEA – as coordinator and manger of a number of workshops with all the stakeholders, participated in the establishment of the first LAG in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County: LAG 5, which comprises the Dubrovnik Riviera, Peljesac, Mljet, Korcula and Lastovo. The first LAG will begin in the Neretva Valley.
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