The modernization of public administration is one of the cornerstones of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. In a time when public budgets are constrained by the rigours of the economic crisis, modernization is especially required in order to use resources in a more efficient way and to better deliver services adapted to the new and growing needs of citizens. Therefore, this round table provided an in-depth analysis of the potentialities of administrative modernization helping to drive economic growth and to ensure a rational use of resources.
The European Commission is committed to strengthening the role of ICT as the main tool to achieve a more efficient and flexible administration, as well as new institutional and organizational models, including social innovation. In the case of Spain, the EU has identified the need to strengthen the coordination between the various levels of government, both to reduce costs and to limit the administrative burden on businesses and families.
This round table included experts in the public sector reform at European, national, regional and local level, in order to exchange views and experiences on the challenges and opportunities of the modernization and reform of public administration. It will also highlight the role of the European Commission to promote a more efficient administration as a factor of economic growth and efficiency in spending. Finally, the seminar tackle the importance of reducing and simplifying administrative procedures for SMEs and entrepreneurs.
"TINCOM" is a social experimentation project co-funded by the PROGRESS Programme that aims at enhancing and improving the capacity of young people (particularly those with lower education profile) to use the web as a accessible opportunity for the job search. This objective has been pursued through the innovative web platform: http://www.tincom.eu and thanks to the participation of private and public social organizations from Italy and UK: they have been acting as social innovators for the direct benefit of their users and to exchange ideas on the thematic project forums.
This Roundtable was the place to discuss with all relevant European stakeholders the main project achievements, pointing-out the role of public and private organizations as social innovators. The importance of this issue has been recently underpinned by the EU Commission ("Guide to Social Innovation", February 2013) that emphasizes the importance of social innovation for new, more efficient answers to meet growing social needs, also trough the mobilization of local actors for addressing complex social challenges.
The meeting for the Open Days 2013 was held in the office of the Marche region on 09th September 2013. Ms. Antonella Passarani from the Marche region, welcomed all the partners at the meeting and briefly introduced the Open Days program. Name of the joint conference is "Adriatic-Ionian Macroregional Strategic Partnership" and includes a total of 17 regions, which are 16 regions from five countries and one is the nation-state (Slovenia). The conference will be held on 09th October 2013. in Brussels. Speaking on the content and format of this year's discussion, the participants agreed on the conference program and organizing joint exhibition.
The capital of the European Union symbolically welcomed 28th member of EU. On the Atomium, flying Croatian flag. In Mini Europe was presented the model of the church of St.Mark. At the gala concert , Choir and Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radio Television presented in Brussels Croatian music to Europe. Concert is organized by Croatian President Ivo Josipovic and Belgian King Albert II., In whose name the concert attended by Prince Phillippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium.
The exhibition "Croatian newspaper photograph" featuring Dubrovnik and exhibition "Be CROative", which is in front of the European Parliament organized by the Croatian Chamber of Economy. Manneken Pis, a famous monument in Brussels, is wearing these days in Slavonian costume.
Diplomatic Dean and the first Croatian diplomatic representative in the European institutions, Baron Janko Vraniczany Dobrinović was happy to experienced Croatian accession to the European Union. As part of Culture Days is previewing a documentary about his life organized by the Matica Hrvatska in Brussels. Also in conjunction with the branch MH in Konavle the books for children and adults, "Silk in the hands of my mother" was presented by Mary Radonić and Antonie Rusković Radonić.
Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik-Neretva County was represented on three panels at the exhibition photos by Damir Fabijanić: historic center of the Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik Summer Festival and the famous wine maker from Peljesac Frano Milos.
Croatia and upcoming Lithuanian Presidency jointly organized a reception for many guests in honor of Croatian accession to the EU in the Council of the European Union . The celebration was attended by numerous dignitaries, the diplomatic representatives of the member states, the European Commission officials, media representatives, members of the Croatian negotiation group and representatives of Croatian regions.
Celebration was sponsored by the Croatian Regions: Dubrovnik-Neretva , Istria, Osijek-Baranja, Vukovar, Split-Dalmatia, Karlovac, Varazdin, Zagreb, City of Zagreb, City of Koprivnica and several Croatian food and beverage producer.
Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić led a delegation of the Dubrovnik-Neretva county : director of the regional development agency Dunea Melanija Milic and Head of Rural Development, Agriculture and Environment Helena Kangjera, Rector of the University of Dubrovnik Vesna Vrtiprah, Mayor of Korcula Vinko Kapelina, Deputy Prefect Davorko Obuljen, president of the County Assembly Ivo Margaretić and a official representative in Brussels Hrvoje Butigan.
Prefect Ivan Vucic led a delegation of Karlovac County : the President of the County Assembly Zeljko Bokulić and Head of the Prefect office Bernardo Pahor.
At the beginning of the session, Croatian delegation was welcomed by the President of the CoR Ramon Luis Valcarel, who on this occasion emphasized the importance of Croatian entry into the EU. Croatian joining the Committee of the Regions of the European Union was in Brussels, and nine new members of the Croatia that until now were only observers, now have the right to vote.
Members of the Croatian delegation: Nikola Dobroslavić, prefect of Dubrovnik Neretva County, Vojko Obersnel, mayor of Citiy of Rijeka, Snjezana Bužinec, mayor of Municipality of Jakovlje, Bruno Hranić, Mayor of Municipality prefect of Brod-Posavina County Danijel Marusic, Mayor of the Varazdin County Predrag Štromar, Jelena Pavicic Vukicevic, a member of the Assembly of the City of Zagreb and Ivan Jakovčić, Member of Assembly of Istria.
The Committee of the Regions (CoR) was established by the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. As a body at European level represents the interests of local and regional authorities. Today, the CoR has 352 members from 28 Member States. Members are nominated by EU governments and appointed by the Council of the European Union for a renewable term of four years. Board members have a political mandate at the local / regional level in every country. Because they live in their regions are in constant touch with the views of the regions they represent. So when they come to Brussels for meetings of the region they bring their own opinions and views of the region and local communities at the heart of European decision-making process.
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