Executive Committee of the Adriatic Euroregion took place in Dubrovnik on January 23 in hotel Excelsior. Adriatic Euroregion consists of 26 regional and local authorities from Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania.
The host of the event was Mr. Nikola Dobroslavić, prefect of Dubrovnik-Neretva County and vice president of Adriatic Euroregion.
Michele Iorio, president of Adriatic Euroregion and president of the italian region Molise outlined the Euroregion's activities. The members discussed strategical issues for the Adriatic-Ionian Macroregion and projects financed by the EU programme IPA.
"We welcome the positive outcome of the referendum on Croatia's accession to the European Union. With this vote, Croatia's citizens have given their endorsement to European integration. We congratulate Croatia and its people on their choice: EU membership will open up new opportunities for them and help secure the stability and prosperity of their nation.
With this popular mandate, the Croatian government can now complete the remaining preparations for membership. We are looking forward to a smooth ratification process by the Croatian Parliament as well as by the Parliaments of all EU Member States, so that Croatia can become the Union's 28th member on 1 July 2013.
Proposals to encourage more online commerce would make it easier to shop on the Internet across the EU – contributing to economic growth and job creation.
Electronic commerce offers many potential benefits for consumers and businesses: lower prices, increased access to goods, development of innovative services and creation of new jobs.
Online purchases account for about 3% of all retail business in the EU, but many barriers remain to the further development of a seamless Internet marketplace across its 27 member countries.
From January to June 2012, Denmark will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU. During that time, it wants to bring Europe together and make it more resilient for the tough challenges ahead.
The Danish government's 4 big priorities are the economy, growth, the environment and security.
The main activities will aim to strengthen budget discipline and stabilise the economy. The signing of the new agreement on fiscal policy, accepted by 27 EU member states during last Summit of the EU Council on December 8 and 9, is expected in March 2012.
Erasmus for All is the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport proposed by the European Commission on 23 November 2011. It would start in 2014 and would significantly increase the funds allocated for the development of knowledge and skills.
It is based on the premise that investing in education and training is the key to unlocking people's potential, regardless of their age or background. It helps them to increase their personal development, gain new skills and boost their job prospects.
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