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The conference of the Assembly of European Regions ( AER)

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aerThe conference " The answer is innovation " was held in Brussels, 05th November 2013. which included representatives of international companies and European institutions and regions and representative of Dubrovnik- Neretva Region Hrvoje Butigan.

The conference was opened by Ms. Hande ÖZSAN BOZATLI , president of the Assembly of European Regions. At the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy, innovation is considered as a key tool that will allow Europe to leave behind the crisis and get its economy back on track. Regions are key actors in shaping virtuous innovation trajectories and in mobilising untapped potential for regional and national growth.

During this conference, members of the region were invited to submit ideas , share knowledge and best practices with a focus on three main issues: How to strengthen the relationship between innovation and employment , and how integration design promotes regional innovation strategies and how to build a smart regional specialization strategy?

In addition to this event, participants were joined by a roundtable Regional Innovation Award in 2013 and the meeting of EU funds with a focus on research and innovation projects. At the end of the conference, AER Network reception was organized by the Brussels Airlines in cooperation with the Brussels - Capital Region.

 

The High-level conference „Achieving Excellence in Business Friendly Public Administration“

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DSC_0573The High-level conference „Achieving Excellence in Business Friendly Public Administration" held in Brussels on October 29th. The conference is hosted by European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, Vice President Antonio Tajani and Vice President Maroš Šefčovič.

The aim of the conference is to identify key difficulties experienced by businesses in dealing with public administrations, to exchange ideas and experiences of how such difficulties can be overcome, and to showcase concrete achievements and best practice in public administrations amongst Member States. It should encourage an exchange of fresh and innovative thinking in reforming public administrations. The main conclusions from the Conference will assist the Commission and Member States in developing further the policy guidance for modernising public .

The Conference brought together high-level European and international policy-makers, including President Barroso and Vice-President Tajani, Ministers from various Member States, industry leaders and stakeholders as well as renowned academics and policy advisers to debate the challenges and opportunities facing European public administrations, as well as the necessary policy responses at EU and national level.

 

4th European Conference on Public Communication „EuroPcom 2013“

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europcomThe conference is organised by the Committee of the Regions on the 16th October 2013, in partnership with the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Lithuanian EU Presidency 2013, the Council of the EU and the European Economic and Social Committee.

The fourth edition of EuroPCom brought together communication managers and senior experts from local, regional, national and European authorities. Over 700 colleagues from all EU member states was at this networking event. Lectures, debates and interactive workshops had focus on major challenges in EU communication and public communication.

EuroPCom is one of the major communication conferences for EU and public administration experts. The ambition of the annual conference is to improve public sector communication by sharing best practices; fostering the active involvement of decentralised communicators in the communication strategy of the European institutions; enhancing the transfer of professional communication know-how to all political levels; and facilitating networking among those working in public communication across the EU.

 

High-level International Investment Forum Dubrovnik 2013

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dubrovnik_slikaThe Dubrovnik Neretva Region organises the High-level International Investment Forum Dubrovnik 2013, 8 of November in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

This event aims at presenting and promoting investment opportunities in the City of Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the broader Southeast Europe area. Numerous representatives of international and Croatian companies, the Government of the Republic of Croatia, representatives of local and regional authorities from all Croatian regions will gather together. Discussions will be oriented to the geostrategic potential of Dubrovnik-Neretva County in this part of Southeast Europe, and also on tourism on a strategic concept of economic development including preservation of the landscape.

For more information, please visit: http://www.investindubrovnik.com/en/

 

Brussels International Economic Forum „Migration: Global challenges, European responses“

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migrationThe annual Brussels International Economic Forum (BrIEF), which is jointly organized by the Munich-based Ifo institute and the EU Committee of the Regions on 15.10.2013. in Brussels, brought together experts from EU institutions and academia, like Gerhard Stahl (Secretary-General, Comimittee of the Regions), Hans Werner Sinn (President, Ifo Institute), Mercedes Bresso (First Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions) and others, to discuss questions related to economic and financial policies. The 7th BrIEF conference focused on issues related to migration and the development of the welfare state in view of EU and international policies.

The first panel discussed recent developments and the challenges of migration and labour market policies in the EU. What is the current situation and what are the next steps to be taken in EU immigration policy? What are the prospects of EU policy initiatives and programmes post-2014? The second panel discussed the challenges and opportunities of international migration in terms of the welfare state. How should welfare state and labour market institutions be reformed in response to increasing international migration? What would be an optimal immigration policy for Europe? The Forum was attended by representatives of the Dubrovnik Neretva region office in Brussels.

 

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