13 participants from 7 Southeast European attended the Brussels study visit organised in cooperation with the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and Robert Schuman Institute. Following a preparation seminar in Vienna the group participated in a series of meetings with politicians, officials and advisors dealing with relevant fields in the Martens Centre, European Parliament, Commission, Committee of the Regions, European Economic and Social Committee, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, SME Europe and the Dubrovnik-Neretva Regional Representation Office in Brussels.
Andrej Plenkovic, a Croatian representative in the European Parliament, on 08.04.2014. organized a conference on „New opportunities for Croatian expatriates in EU Member States", which gathered more than 130 participants. The aim of the conference was to emancipate the theme of Croatian expatriates in the countries of the European since it is estimated that in these countries there are about 700,000 Croats.
Plenkovic has emphasized the contribution of the Croatian diaspora at the time of the acquisition of Croatian independence, its continuous contribution to the economic development of the country, especially to the preservation of identity, culture and customs. Joseph Daul, the President of the European People's Party distinguished himself among numerous eminent speakers, emphasizing the important role of Croatia as a new EU member state and the contribution of Croatian diaspora to the economic development of member states.
The speakers on the panel were Simon Sito Coric, a spokesman for the Croatian World Congress, Roger Knezovic, director of the Croatian Heritage Foundation, Ivan Zvonimir Cicak, president of the Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, Janko Vranyczany-Dobrinovic, a former minister and ambassador, Marc Gjidara, president of the Croats' representative council in France, Francis Akmadza, a member of the Croatian World Congress in Germany. Final presentation at a conference was held by Zdravka Busic, who pointed out the fact that for the first time ever Croats from Vojvodina were welcomed and presented in the European Parliament.
The 1st European Conference on the Future Internet (ECFI) held in Brussels on 2-3 April 2014 aimed at bringing together key stakeholders to discuss how Europe can achieve global leadership in ICT by 2020 through innovative Internet technologies. In this context, industry and political stakeholders discussed central socio-economic and technological topics of Future Internet infrastructures and services in Europe.
The event presented cutting-edge research results on the European Internet infrastructures and services of the future, which have been developed in the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP). The FI-PPP is a European program for Internet-enabled innovation aiming to accelerate the development and adoption of Future Internet technologies in Europe.
Building on a rich six year history of free and open debates on the future of agriculture, the annual Forum for Agriculture (FFA) returned to Brussels on Tuesday 1st April.
This year key topics were both the future Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European and the United States, and sustainable food production. FFA speakers and panellists examined what these issues and others mean for the future of EU agricultural production, environmental conservation and consumer's well-being. International decision makers were seeking to uncover in their debates how best to reconcile crop production with ecological preservation, bringing inventive and stimulating solutions to the table.
On 1 April 2014, as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) invited some 150 young people from a variety of youth organisations and European political parties, including students and interns from the EU institutions, the regional representation offices and Brussels-based think-tanks. They discussed the future of a multi-level Europe and of the CoR itself, the only EU institution that truly represents the views of Europe's cities and regions.
In tandem with the CoR's internal reflection process, the event aimed to elicit some feedback from the younger generation about what form they expect the CoR to take in the next 20 years. The young people involved were asked to present the results of their discussions during the 20th anniversary ceremony held in the European Parliament during the CoR Plenary on 2 April.
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