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Information Day Horizon 2020 - Future Internet

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horizon_2020-_future_internetInformation Day presented the Future Internet topics within Call 1 (opened on 11 December 2013, closing date: 23 April 2014) of the new EU framework programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, on 31th January 2014. in the EU commission.

There was a general presentation in the morning on the programme and its instruments followed by four parallel sessions introducing each Future Internet topic within the LEIT work programme 2014 – 2015. The main topics was: Net Technologies, Software&Services, Cloud, Net Innovation, Experimental Platforms .

All presentations are availabile on the link Future Internet.

 

Culture and Creativity: Europe's regions and cities making a difference

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konf_corIn light of new EU funding opportunities for the period 2014-2020, the Committee of the Regions' conference on 29-30 January 2014 brought together policy-makers, experts, creative minds and trend watchers, artists and representatives of European associations and international organisations in order to discuss success stories from cultural and creative sectors and their impact on local development.

The event facilitated 'creative networking' with representatives of selected projects from different cultural and creative institutions, organisations and networks as well as information sessions on the 'Creative Europe' programme.

Europe's creative and cultural sectors represent a significant potential to contribute to the sustainable recovery of the economy and to create jobs. With a share of 4.5% of the EU's GDP and 4% of its workforce, creative and cultural institutions and enterprises are an important and a very dynamic part of the EU economy. Creative sectors face, however, a number of challenges such as a fragmented cultural market and space, namely due to linguistic diversity, the 'digital shift' of art production and dissemination, a difficult access to finance for creative enterprises, and finally, a lack of comparable data. Tackling these challenges can contribute to achieve the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs at all levels of government.

 

Meeting of regional representatives in Brussels with EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn

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sastanak_hahnRegional Policy Commissioner, Johannes Hahn met the Brussels-based regional representative offices on 16th January 2014.. During the meeting, he underlined the importance of the partnership with Europe's regional and local authorities in planning and putting into practice the programmes under the reformed Regional Policy for 2014-2020.

Speaking from the Albert Borschette building of the European Commission, Commissioner Hahn focused on how the new Code of Conduct on Partnership will mean that regional and local authorities are consulted to ensure that future strategies and programmes reflect regional needs and investments have maximum impact.

Regional and local authorities will play a central role in designing, implementing, and monitoring investment. More than 230 representatives from regional offices and associations of municipalities from 21 Member States participated in the event.

 

"Telling the Story - Communicating European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020"

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telling_storyThe Conference "Telling the Story – Communicating European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020"was organised on 09th and 10th December in Brussels by four European Commission Directorates-General that together manage a very significant part of the EU budget: Agriculture and Rural Development, Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and Regional Policy.

The event was focused on how to better tell the story of Europe, through its achievements on the ground via the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, as well as through the other European Structural and Investment Funds.

Altogether, around 600 participants from all 28 EU countries attended the event, which aims to boost collaboration between EU, national and regional officials involved in communicating about European Structural and Investment Funds; provide a sound basis for the communication strategies that will accompany ESIF programmes during the 2014-2020 funding period; share good practices in communication and facilitate mutual learning between different countries and funds. Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, and Dacian Cioloş, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, participated in the conference.

 

Wallonia Export-Invest Fair

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wallonia_pphotoAWEX (Wallonia Foreign Trade And Investment Agency) with sixty other foreign trade partners have organized the first edition of Wallonia Export-Invest Fair on 05th and 06th December 2013. The AWEX is the Wallonia Region of Belgium's government agency in charge of trade promotion and foreign investment attraction.

The event taked place at the Palais des Congrès in Liège. It was great opportunity to meet the main foreign trade stakeholders and also B2B meetings with qualified experts in investment sector.

The Export-Invest Fair was attended by representative of the Dubrovnik Neretva region office in Brussels, Hrvoje Butigan.

 

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