19.06.2013. The 14th Brussels Economic Forum, on the topic of 'The future of EMU', addressed three fundamental issues, all necessary to ensure a strong and successful economic and monetary union (EMU). European Commission Vice President Olli Rehn opened the conference by saying that, "When we met here last year, there were serious concerns that the euro could disintegrate. A tail risk, perhaps, but certainly something that was in many people's minds, or at least in the minds of the market forces. One year later, that tail risk has disappeared." His guest, World Trade Organization Director General Pascal Lamy gave the 3rd Annual Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Lecture in which Lamy examined what European citizens would be most concerned about in the coming year leading to the European elections. In his key note speech, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny delineated the four key objectives on which the EU needs urgent progress, ranging from preserving financial stability and completing the banking union, to getting 'our young people back to work or into education'. The three sessions covered three topic: Securing the European competitiveness in a global perspective , Towards a genuine economic and monetary union and Fiscal and economic union. The Forum was attended by representative of the Dubrovnik Neretva region Hrvoje Butigan and other representatives from EU institutions and regions.
18.06.2013. Conference was opened by Jan Olbrycht, President of the Urban Intergroup . The European Commission has published a study on European Regional Development Fund projects improving the standards of living and working in Europe's cities. 'Urban development in the EU' presents 50 projects which received ERDF investment and offers an information package for selected cities, with detailed information on projects and results. The study gathers a range of good urban practice, and represents a 'state of play' in how the cities have put local urban policies into action with ERDF investment from 2007-13. The cities highlighted reveal interesting ideas, solutions and cooperation or collaboration methods serving as inspiration for other urban areas and managing authorities. The conference was attended by representative of the Dubrovnik Neretva region Hrvoje Butigan and other representatives from EU cities and regions.
The cultural evening start with the autobiographical film "My Dubrovnik" in which the director Jiri Menzel remembered his first visit to Dubrovnik, in 1982. on the Summer Festival.
After the film there was a debate "Croatia in the EU," which was attended by Croatian Ambassador in Belgium, Mr. Mario Nobilo and a representative of the European Commission Mr Thomas Hagleitner.
At the end of the evening ensemble "La Chapelle Sauvage" had the concert and they performed "Symphony in D, Andante" of Dubrovnik composer Luka Sokorčević.
A representative of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County in Bruxelles Hrvoje Butigan met with Ambassador Nobilo and citizen from Dubrovnik who live in Belgium.
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.
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