Representation of Dubrovnik-Neretva in Bruxelles started an internship programme for young experts and entrepreneurs from the Region in 2011.
Through participation in different activities of the regional representation, this programme aims to offer an insight into the work of EU institutions and funding opportunities.
Three students from Dubrovnik-Neretva Region participated in the programme in 2011. From March 2012, Regional Development Agency Dunea started on the Leonardo Da Vinci Programme for vocational education and training, part of the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme.
The first person to participate in the work of Dubrovnik-Neretva Representation in Bruxelles with Leonardo da Vinci scholarship is Mr. Timo Vonk from the Universiteit von Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
In Aprile 2012 an internship programme focusing on agriculture and rural development is organized for Mr. Bruno Bebić from Ploče. Mr. Bebić will research on DG Agriculture and Rural Development, and European regional associations that deal with developments in Common Agricultural Policy and represent local governments in their dealings with the EU institutions, the likes of AREPO or AREFLH.
With the support of the associations of regions AREFLH and AREPO led by the Spanish region of Andalusia the Working Group of European Regions on Olive Trees was inaugurated in Bruxelles on March 7th 2012.
The founding regions of this Working Group are Andalusia, Cataluna, Sterea Ellada, Corcega, Rhone Alpes, Languedoc-Rousillon, Corsica, Creta, Toscana, Emilia Romagna, Puglia, Istria and Dubrovnik-Neretva Region.
The interests of the European olive-growing regions should be brought together in order to influence the related policies of the EU and the decisionmaking process relating to this cultivation and its sector.
Mobilising Local Energy Investments - Project Development Assistance (MLEI-PDA) for public authorities information session was held in Bruxelles on Friday 17 February 2012.
It is an initiative within the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme – IEE, that aims to boost clean and sustainable solutions. It supports their use and dissemination and the Europe-wide exchange of related knowledge and know-how.
The information session addressed small and medium-sized local and regional authorities or their groupings to develop sustainable energy projects or packages. Mr. Zvonko Čuljat of the Regional Development Agency Dunea d.o.o. took part in the info session.
During the 94th plenary session of the Committe of the Regions the President of Dubrovnik-Neretva Region, Nikola Dobroslavić, and other members of Croatian delegation met with the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barosso.
The delegation consists of regional and local representatives and was nominated shortly after the Accession Treaty was signed in December 2011. Mayor of the City of Rijeka, Mr. Vojko Obersnel is the Head of the delegation while Mr. Nikola Dobroslavić is the deputy head of delegation.
President Barosso stressed the importance of the Committee of the Regions within the European Union. The Committee of the Regions (CoR) is the political assembly that provides local and regional authorities with a voice at the heart of the European Union. It was established in 1992 under the Maastricht Treaty. The inaugural plenary session of the Assembly was held in March 1994.
JASPERS (Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions), the technical assistance partnership between the European Investment Bank, the European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, will assist Croatia in the identification and preparation of projects eligible for grant assistance under the EU Structural Funds and the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA).
The objective of the JASPERS initiative is to increase the quantity and quality of projects financed by the EU Structural Funds so that investment supported by the Funds can be used more quickly and effectively.
The terms and conditions of this assistance, which was specifically requested by Croatia, were formalised in a Contribution Agreement between the Commission and the EIB that was signed on 22 December.
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