EU 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.
Hrvoje 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.
"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.
Croatian Member of the European Parliament Zdravka Bušić has organized in February 2014. three-day study trip in Brussels for sixteen young representatives of civil society from the Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina who were given the opportunity to present to the European Parliament its work and activities which have a positive impact on the development of local community. Bušić believes that these young people will know how to take advantage of opportunities that they are offered in Europe and that in the future even more impact on local development.
Representatives of the organizations had the opportunity during their stay to participate in various training programs and workshops on public appearance , the challenges of youth employment in times of crisis, the possible use of EU funds and the development of the EU projects . On this occasion, a representative of Dubrovnik Neretva Region office in Brussels Hrvoje Butigan presented the activities of the office and examples of projects being implemented in Dubrovnik Neretva Region. In the framework of the European Parliament Ms. Bušić organized a conference "The young faces of the local community", which was attended by more than 60 participants.
Promotion of Herzegovina in Brussels was organized by the Mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the European , Development Agency of Herzegovina REDAH, Japan International Cooperation Agency - JICA and agencies Novelti Millenium Zagreb . Regional Development Agency DUNEA and the Office of the Dubrovnik- Neretva County in Brussels who are working at cross-border cooperation with Herzegovinian counties , also helped to organize this event . There was also the photo exhibition of the Herzegovina , by author Ivo Pervan and presentation of the monograph " Herzegovina - The Land of Light " , which is signed with Ivo Pervan, Bozo Skoko and Boris Ljubicic .
Many guests from the diplomatic life, officials of the European Commission and the European Parliament have tried the traditional ham, cheese from Livno, dried figs and also wine from Herzegovina. The event was attended by the Croatian MEPs Davor Stier , Zdravka Bušić , Nikola Vuljanić and Dubravka Šuica and Ambassadors of Bosnia and Herzegovina , Montenegro and Croatia in Belgium and the prefect of Dubrovnik - Neretva County Nikola Dobroslavić .
The forum " Cities of Tomorrow: Investing in Europe" was organized in Brussels from 17-18 February 2014. in EU Commission. The forum brought together key urban stakeholders across Europe on the need for an EU Urban Agenda, what it should contain and how it should be implemented. The forum also discuss ed Europe's role in global urban development as well as the role of business in the development of the cities.
The Forum was attended by the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and Commissioner for Regional and Urban Policy Johannes Hahn as well as representative of Dubrovnik Neretva Region in Brussels Hrvoje Butigan.
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