The round table "From IPA I to IPA II and the EU program: South East Gateway – changes and implications on projects in South-East Europe" discussed the present mechanism of "South East Gateway" program 2014 – 2020. The event was hosted by the Kanton Sarajevo Representative Office in Brussels on 14th of May, 2013.
One of the key note speakers were Mariu Farar from the Directorate for Sector Enlargement for Planning IPA Programs and Fausta Corda from the Directorate of General Regional Policy at the European Commission. In their speech, Farar and Corda introduced the attendees with a new generation of IPA instruments as well as the importance of transnational and interregional cooperation.
The forum brought closer the 2014-2020 fond reconstructions, their means of usage and further possibilities of partnership between more than 40 representatives from European regions, associations and EU institutions that participated in the event.
Next forum carrying the title "Erasmus for all" will be held on 11th of June, 2013 and will present the EU program aimed at exchanging teachers' and students' knowledge and experience.
In Europe, 65% of public capital investment originates from local and regional authorities. The crisis of the last 5 years has strongly affected the investment capacity of Europe's cities and regions. Public finances are scarce and the overall budget of the EU's 2014-2020 multi-annual financial framework has decreased for the first time in history. Both public authorities and private partners face the major challenge to guarantee targeted and long-term investment for qualitative growth and jobs in Europe's regions and cities.
The Committee of the Regions and the European Investment Bank, with the support of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU, invite stakeholders from the EU member states to discuss today's financial situation and future perspectives for long term investments in Europe's regions and cities.
The speakers was CoR President Valcárcel, President of European Investment Bank Hoyer, Luxembourg Prime Minister Juncker and European Commissioner Barnier. Moreover, there was a key note speech of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform of Ireland, EU Council, Brendan Howlin.
The conference has open discuss of the impact of European economic governance on regional and local governments' capacity to deliver on the Europe 2020 growth strategy; build on experience and prospects of EIB financial instruments and EU structural funds 2014-2020 for 'quality investments' on the ground.
The event was followed by national, regional and local members of government and parliament, high-level officials and representatives of the EU institutions, banks, financial institutions, international organisations, European associations, enterprises and academia.
Dubrovnik-Neretva Region in Brussels presented the investment opportunities in the region and the President of the European Investment Bank take the brochure "Invest in Dubrovnik Neretva Region". Mr. Hoyer visited Dubrovnik last year when he signed a contract of 100 million Euros to finance projects for SMEs, and he promised to come back to our Region very soon.
As part of the annual European Week, Brussels and its European district celebrated the 21st Festival of Europe.
At this occasion, all European institutions, including the EU Parliament, the EU Council, the Committee of The Regions and the EU Commission open their door to welcome visitors and introduce them with their work and accomplishments.
The Representative Office of Dubrovnik-Neretva Region organized a stand at the Committee of the Regions to present the Dubrovnik-Neretva and Karlovac Regions' tourist and gastronomic offer, as well as guides for foreign investments and successful cases of implemented projects financed by the EU.
Along with Croatian regions: Dubrovnik-Neretva, Karlovac and Istria, the event hosted many exhibitors of other European regions as well as organisations and European lobby networks.
Annual celebration of the Festival of Europe and the European Institutions Day was attended by more than 50,000 visitors.
It was mentioned that the EU funds have a great ability to finance various projects that would enable a better life for our people on the islands. Office in Brussels is a real source of information and serves to better prepare projects to be in line with EU policies. Dubrovnik-Neretva County is among five counties in Croatia, which has recognized the importance of Brussels and it is the only Dalmatian county, which has a representation office.
The day before, there was presentation of the Islands of Korcula and Lastovo in Brussels of the tourism, cultural and eno-gastronomic offer to the potential Belgian tourists and journalists. The event was jointly organized by the Office of Croatian Tourist Board in Brussels and Tourist Boards from Lumbarda, Blato, Vela Luka, Lastovo, Smokvica and Korcula.
This event was the first of four RIM Plus events which will be held in Brussels in 2013. It continues a wider discussion on how to link regional innovation strategies to Europe 2020 strategy objectives of generating smart, sustainable and inclusive growth with high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. The discussion examined future funding opportunities under Horizon 202 and Cohesion Policy and other European programmes.
The event also launched the RIM Plus and presented the potential benefits to be gained by regions from this initiative. Regional case studies from Europe 2020 Network were presented as well and high-level speakers from the European Comission, regions and other organizations will explore in depth the relationship between Regional Innovation Strategies and the Europe 2020 Strategy. The conference was attended by representatives of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County in Brussels.
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