In October the Liasion Office of Dubrovnik-Neretva Region in Brussels hosted another study visit. A representative of a local public institution for water supply and waste water management Izvor Ploče, Ivanka Pažin visited EU and Croatian institutions in Brussels in search of different funding possibilities and partnerships.
Meetings were held at the Permanent representation of Belgium to the EU with a representative of a Walloon agency AWEX, DG Regio representative, and at the Croatian Mission to the EU. Visits were organised to the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions. Pažin met the Director of the representation office of Croatian Chambers of Economy and Croatian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium to discuss possible partnerships that would have best practices examples in Belgium when it comes to problem solving in water supply and waste water management.
Pažin participated at the European SME Week Summit 2012 in the organization of DG Industry and Entrepreneurship, and at a briefing in the EU-Office of the Land Berlin in Brussels on the topic Sustainable construction – procuring innovative solutions in public sector construction projects; the DG Enterprise-funded SCI-Network has produced guidance on how public authorities can best achieve innovative and sustainable solutions in their procurement of construction works.
OPEN DAYS 2012 event was held in Bruxelles from October 8 til October 11, over 5 000 participants from all over Europe – local, regional, national and European policy-makers and practitioners, as well as representatives from academia, the business community and the media shared their views on different issues in the EU policies.
Dubrovnik –Neretva Region with its development agency Dunea was one of the 13 organisers of the workshop Adriatic Ionian Macroregion – transnational, crossborder and interregional cooperation actions paving the way ahead. The best practices from the Adriatic-Ionian area were exhibited as well - brochures on projects as well as investors' attracting materials.
Dubrovnik-Neretva representatives also took part in a project dissemination event: A key for the quality in the development and responsible value build up of agro-food resources from both Adriatic coasts, organised by the Region of Istria where typical products of all participating regions were exhibited for tasting.
The delgation of mayors, heads of regional government and representatives of Regional Development Agency DUNEA, was received by the governor of the Flemish Brabant province Lodewijk De Witte and Mayor of Lubbeek Freddy Vranckx. Best practies in waste management were shown through a series of presentations and the delegation visited a recycling yard, a recycling center for waste management and a "Re-use" center.
A meeting was organised at the European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy. Possibilities of financing regional projects from EU funds were discussed. The delegation visited the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions where the participants were informed in detail about the role and functioning of these institutions. Regional representatives then visited the Croatian Embassy in Belgium, where they met with Ambassador Mario Nobilo and the Croatian Mission to the European Union, where a meeting was held meeting with the Croatian representative in COREPER I Ms. Irena Andrassy and the first secretary at the Mission Ms. Gordan Valčić.
Defined fields of cooperation are agriculture, fisheries, environment, shipbuilding, culture and energy.
A cooperation agreement was also signed between the Regional Development Agency DUNEA and Development Agency Abruzzo Sviluppo SSPA.
Topics at the working meeting that ensued were the preparation of a joint strategic project on the development of tourism in the framework of IPA overseas program of the European Union for the Adriatic and the International Investment Forum to be held in Dubrovnik on October 26 2012.
The conference aimed to show the best practices in the management of ecosystems and biodiversity conservation and to explore which strategies regions apply in the management of protected areas, through the use of available funds and mechanisms for dealing with opposing opinions.
Mr.Dobroslavić presented experiences in managing protected natural resources in Dubrovnik - Neretva Region.
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