The Launch Conference of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) was organised by the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European , in cooperation with the European Commission, and together with the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative and Marche Region on 18th November 2014 in Brussels.
The aim of the event was to gather all key actors to create the framework for implementation of the Strategy. The governance and management structures of the Strategy are organised around its four pillars, namely: "Blue Growth", "Connecting the Region" (Transport and Energy), "Environmental Quality" and "Sustainable Tourism".
Prominent national, local and international authorities, including the European Commission, spoke in the Conference, chaired by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs. The institutional session followed by a technical plenary session was addressed to the key implementers (national and regional authorities responsible for the EUSAIR and the management of EU funds, EU institutions, regional organisations and bodies). This event was the opportunity to present how the Strategy will be structured, at its different levels, and to gather useful inputs to outline a well-performing system, in the framework of a multi-level governance.
The conference "How to shape EU Energy Policy so as to boost European competitiveness?" held on 17th November 2014 in Brussels brought together high-level representatives of national and European institutions, authorities, industry, research centres, academics and civil society. This event offered a unique opportunity for public discussion between the main political decision-makers and industry CEOs and debate among participants.
It offered the opportunity to analyse and discuss all the crucial and sensitive components of an EU energy that is able to contribute to boosting European industrial competitiveness: economic, financial and technological conditions required to develop renewable energy and other domestic energy resources in order to reduce European dependence on third-country suppliers; development of infrastructure and internal as well as cross-border interconnections; tax components of energy prices and network costs; moderation of energy demand and increase of energy efficiency; adjustment of the EU emissions trading system (ETS); diversification of suppliers and supply routes; etc.
The European Digital Forum - Data Driven Business Models and Europe's Digital Future convened the Roundtable on Europe's Digital Future in Brusels on 13th November 2014. Neelie Kroes, former vice-president of the European Commission and commissioner for the digital agenda (2009-2014), delivered a fascinating keynote and launched Digital Minds for a New Europe, an e-book featuring 44 essays by the world's leading thinkers on the challenges ahead – and the solutions digital technology will provide. The panels discussed on how European startups are carving out unique niches in the field of data-analytics, drawing on their limited legacies and imaginative business thinking to re-define competitive advantage in the age of the Internet.
The Vienna House and the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme organized on 13.11.2014. an evening of inspiring talks and networking about future funding opportunities of the transnational Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme. Funds of EUR 80 million will soon be dedicated in a first call to transnational projects to work on innovation, low carbon solutions, environmental and cultural resources as well as transport in central and eastern European regions.
The Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme is managed by the City of Vienna and has encouraged transnational cooperation since 2007 among all regions of the central European countries Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Croatia has newly joined the programme.
The conference "How to effectively and successfully use EU funds", organized by the MEPs Office Ivana Maletic, was held on 10th November at the European Parliament in Brussels. The aim of the conference was to inform about the possibilities of using EU funds and best practices from Member States. The conference was attended by Members of the European Parliament Ruza Tomašić and Andrej Plenković.
The gathered were welcomed by intraductory speach by MEP Maletic, and then they were greeted by representatives from the Commission: Ivana Podhraški (Directorate-General for Regional Policy - DG Regio), Martina Zeković (Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development - DG Agri ) and Toma Šutić (Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural development - DG Agri). Final presentation was held by the representatives of the Society for the Preservation of Sibenik heritage "Juraj Dalmatinac" Hrvoje Zekanović and Nikola Grubić who presented the project of reconstruction of Sibenik Fortresses.
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