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1st European Conference on the Future Internet – ECFI

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ecfi-panel-2-IMG_0724The 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.

 

Forum for the Future of Agriculture 2014

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forum_agricultureBuilding 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.

 

For a Europe with regions and cities: the view of young people

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mladiOn 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.

 

Info Day: EU funding for tourism

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ICT_horizonEU Commission organized on 20.03.2014. the Info Day on EU funding for Tourism and presented EU programmes and support under the 2014 - 2020 financial framework that are available for initiatives in the tourism sector.

The info day focused on the most important EU programmes for the tourism sector and practical questions about types of tourism-related actions eligible for funding, types and levels of funding, who can apply and how to apply.

Programmes covered include: HORIZON 2020, COSME, European Regional Development fund, European Agriculture and Rural Development Fund, Creative Europe Programme.

More information and presentations you can find on the web site of EU Commission.

 

Open days 2014 - Kick off meeting of Adriatic-Ionian Macroregional partnership

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aim_meeting2Hrvoje Butigan and Helena Kangjera , representing the Dubrovnik Neretva Region, on 04th an 11th March 2014. in Brussels welcomed all the partners, most of which already took part in previous OD Adriatic-Ionian Macroregional partnerships, presented the short report from Open days 2013 and once again congratulated to Marche Region for the successful job last year and briefly introduced the format of the 2014 edition of the Open Days. The other attendees expressed whether or not their regions are willing to join this partnership, which will be led by the Dubrovnik Neretva Region.

So far the AIM partnership includes therefore: Dubrovnik Neretva (lead partner), Marche (deputy partner), Crete, Republic of Slovenia, Abruzzo, Republika Srpska, Molise, Friuli Venezia Giulia, South-East Serbia, Sicily, Kanton Sarajevo, Calabria, of the Municipallities of Montenegro and Western Greece. That means 14 partners from 7 countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Slovenia and Serbia).

The aim is to bring together political representatives, decision-makers, experts of regional policy, as well as stakeholders from business, banking, civil society organisations, academia, EU institutions and the media, to discuss about the role of the regions in the implementation of the AIM strategy.aim_meeting1

"Growing together – Smart investment for people" will be the overall slogan and the OPEN DAYS could foster exchange about those thematic priorities that are compulsory for each region between 2014-2020. There would also be the opportunity to look into new instruments such as Integrated Territorial Investments and Community-led Local Development, financial instruments, the new European Territorial Cooperation programmes and the Adriatic- Ionian Macro-regional Strategy to be adopted during the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

 

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