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.
Information Day presenting ICT-enabled Public Sector Innovation in the new EU framework programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020 was held 10.02.2014. in the European Commission. The general presentation on the programme, its instruments and eGovernment related topics in the work programme 2014 – 2015 were presented to the audience.
Some of presentations included ICT-enabled open government, engagement of young people (eParticipation), emerging technologies in the public sector, mobile e-government applications by SMEs, privacy cloud of public services etc. A networking session was open the stage for participants who wished to present their visions and ideas for research and innovation actions. The ICT sector represents 4.8% of the EU economy. It underpins innovation and competitiveness across a broad range of private and public markets and sectors. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).
The Brussels Holiday Fair 2014 has started from 06. to 10. February 2014. Exhibitors, visitors and organisers are looking back on a successful edition with satisfaction.The Holiday Fair is the meeting place for travel professionals and passionate travellers. Being the biggest tourist event in Belgium it is the perfect way of promoting your destination or tourist product.
More than 700 exhibitors and 65 countries and over 100,000 visitors during the five days enjoyed plentiful entertainment and performances. It offered a varied programme of five well-attended workshops geared towards travel professionals. Croatian National Tourist Board had one of the finest and modern stands, also visited by the representative office of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County in Brussels.
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