Symposium on Croatia and the relation between the EU, Belgium and Flanders took place in Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts building in Brussels on October 1st, organised by Academic Cultural Forum in honour of Croatia's first year of EU membership.
Opening speech was given by Academic Cultural Forum president Mark Eyskens followed by professor Zvonko Kusic's presentation on history and activities of Croatian Academy for Science and the Arts and the presentation on croatian society transformation affected by european values by croatian ambassador to Brussels, Mr. Mario Nobilo. Dr. Heleen Toquet spoke on the subject of reconciliation in the ex-Yugoslavia region, followed by presentation on croatian history and art by writer Johan de Boose.
Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić participated in the working visit of the delegation of the Croatian Countys to the European Parliament and the European Commission.
Organised by the European Commission, the delegation of representatives of the Croatian County visited Brussels and EU authorities in order to establish more regular and specific cooperation, which is crucial not only for the development of municipalities and cities, but also for the development of entire Croatia.
During the stay in Brussels, the delegation met with Ambassador Mato Skrabalo and associates at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Croatia to the EU, as well as the Croatian MEPs - Andrej Plenković, Dubravka Šuica, Ruža Tomašić, Davor Stier Ivo, Ivana Maletić, Tonino Picula, Biljana Borzan Jozo Radoš, Marijana Petir and Ivan Jakovčić.
Croatian county perfects also attended thematic meetings of the European Commission on regional policy, agriculture and rural development and the role and rules of the European , where the introductory greeting was given by Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development.
The third forum of the Outermost Regions was held in Brussels on 30th September and 1st October 2014. Following in the footsteps of the forums of 2010 and 2012, this year's gathering brought together hundreds of participants, including experts and representatives from the outermost regions and the countries concerned, as well as from the EU institutions and interest groups and stakeholders.The event took place at the dawn of a new era for several key institutions of the European and at a moment when the Europe-wide priorities of EU Cohesion Policy for 2014-2020 are being translated into investment priorities through strategic Partnership Agreements, programmes and plans in the Member States.
The final conference of the SABER (Satellite Broadband for European Regions) project on the Broadband for European Regions, from availabilitiy to penetration: the satellite contribution subject took place in the Committee of the Regions in Brussels on September 30th.
In four sessions, complete results of the project were presented with emphasis being placed on satellite internet connecting of rural areas, implementation of Voucher scheme and linking of existing projects with EU fonds. Speakers were the representatives of regions, European Parliament, European Commission, ESA and satellite operators and satellite constructors. The SABER thematic network's mission is to pave the way for implementation of satellite systems to provide internet connection to all European citizens. The network is co-financed by European Commission.
ICT working group meeting organised by ERRIN network took place in Northern Denmark region office in Brussels on September 29th. Subject of this meeting was cooperation and presentation of future activities in the ICT fields; LEIT, Open government, Photonics, Robotics, Big data, e-learning and other ICT related topics.
Moderator of the meeting was leader of ICT WG Kjeld B. Olesen who, with Fillipo Munisteri of DG CNECT and Jose Francisco Diego Calvo Castilla y Leon of ADE (Innovation, Financing and Internationalisation Agency), presented their ideas on the matter.
Smart Cities WG meeting was held in Skåne Office in Brussels on October 2nd on informational and operational interconnecting systems to ensure creation of new business models through integrated technological platforms. Presenters were the representatives of EU institutions and large private companies such as EU Robotics, META Group and BOSCH, all of whom are the active participants of project HORIZON 2020.
ERRIN is active network of more than 90 regions within EU participating in regional and innovational research which creates platforms for ICT projects development and opportunities for international cooperation in those areas through ICT working groups.
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