The fifth edition of EuroPCom, the European Conference on Public Communication, took place on 15 and 16 October 2014 in Brussels.
It brought together communication managers and senior experts of local, regional, national and European authorities. This networking event hosted over 700 participants from all EU member states. Lectures, debates and interactive workshops were focused on major challenges in both EU and public communication.
17 plenary and thematic sessions gave the floor to more than 60 expert speakers. The main focus of this 5th EuroPCom conference was on innovation and creativity in government communication and on the future of communicating Europe.
One ton of Neretva valley mandarins were given away in front of European Parliament in Brussels on October 7th to point out the problems mandarin producers had with importing to Russia.
The action was organised by Dubrovnik Neretva county, Regional development agency for Dubrovnik Neretva county and Member of European Parliament Dubravka Šuica's office.
Open Days manifestation gathers large numbers of politicians and european officials thus making it a perfect opportunity to put more emphasis on this matter, although the funds had already been approved by European .
"EU strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region: The role the regions in implementation" conference was opened in European Parliament in Brussels on October 7th by Dubrovnik Neretva County's Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić who explained the importance of Dubrovnik Neretva County in the cooperation of Adriatic – Ionian macroregion with partners from other regions. He advocated the implementation of joint projects and secured the spot in the special EU budget for Adriatic – Ionian Region Strategy.
The role of coastal counties, municipalities and cities in multilevel coordination of the Strategy was pointed out together with implementation of it's four pillars: blue growth, regional connecting, environmental quality and sustainable tourism. Prefect suggested to include Macedonia and Kosovo in the joint activities within the Strategy's framework and he also put an emphasis on necessity of better traffic connectivity between participant countries and last but not the least; to build the Adriatic Ionian motorway which would greatly improve economic growth of participant countries.
EU Strategy for Adriatic Ionian region encompasses four EU member states (Croatia, Slovenia, Greece and Italy) and four southeastern European countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania).
Speakers on the conference were Colin Wolfe, Head of Unit for European Transnation and Interregional Cooperation for European Commission, Gian Mario Spacca, President of Marche Region and CoR reporter for EUSAIR, Rossella Rusca, Representative of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European and Mato Škrabalo, Permanent Representativ of the Republic of Croatia to the European . Representatives for regions from Croatia, Greece, Slovenia, Italy, Serbia, Bosna and Herzegovina, Albania and Montenegro also actively participated in the discussions.
International exhibition „On the trails of medieval tombstones Stećci" had an opening in European Parliament on the October 6th by Dubrovnik Neretva county's prefect Nikola Dobroslavić.
Organisers of this manifestation were Regional Development Agency for Dubrovnik Neretva county DUNEA and Member of European Parliament Dubravka Šuica's office. This project is financed by European Commission and includes four countries: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro.
Dubrovnik Neretva County's prefect Nikola Dobroslavić pointed out the importance of Stećaks since the two locations of Stećaks had been nominated to be included in UNESCO World Heritage Fund list.
Symposium on Croatia and the relation between the EU, Belgium and Flanders took place in Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts building in Brussels on October 1st, organised by Academic Cultural Forum in honour of Croatia's first year of EU membership.
Opening speech was given by Academic Cultural Forum president Mark Eyskens followed by professor Zvonko Kusic's presentation on history and activities of Croatian Academy for Science and the Arts and the presentation on croatian society transformation affected by european values by croatian ambassador to Brussels, Mr. Mario Nobilo. Dr. Heleen Toquet spoke on the subject of reconciliation in the ex-Yugoslavia region, followed by presentation on croatian history and art by writer Johan de Boose.
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