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Representatives of the tourist boards from the Islands of Korcula and Lastovo in Bruxelles

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slika_korcula.dbkOn 17.04.2013.representatives of the Tourist Boards of the Islands of Korcula and Lastovo visited the Office of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County in Brussels.

It was mentioned that the EU funds have a great ability to finance various projects that would enable a better life for our people on the islands. Office in Brussels is a real source of information and serves to better prepare projects to be in line with EU policies. Dubrovnik-Neretva County is among five counties in Croatia, which has recognized the importance of Brussels and it is the only Dalmatian county, which has a representation office.

The day before, there was presentation of the Islands of Korcula and Lastovo in Brussels of the tourism, cultural and eno-gastronomic offer to the potential Belgian tourists and journalists. The event was jointly organized by the Office of Croatian Tourist Board in Brussels and Tourist Boards from Lumbarda, Blato, Vela Luka, Lastovo, Smokvica and Korcula.

 

Europe 2020, Regional Innovation Strategies and future funding opportunities

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inovationThis event was the first of four RIM Plus events which will be held in Brussels in 2013. It continues a wider discussion on how to link regional innovation strategies to Europe 2020 strategy objectives of generating smart, sustainable and inclusive growth with high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. The discussion examined future funding opportunities under Horizon 202 and Cohesion Policy and other European programmes.

The event also launched the RIM Plus and presented the potential benefits to be gained by regions from this initiative. Regional case studies from Europe 2020 Network were presented as well and high-level speakers from the European Comission, regions and other organizations will explore in depth the relationship between Regional Innovation Strategies and the Europe 2020 Strategy. The conference was attended by representatives of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County in Brussels.

 

Presentation of the 8th European HR barometer

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barometarThe survey, which Aon Hewitt conducted in partnership with the EChr, took place between November 2012 and February 2013, among 40 leading organizations from a wide range of industries and executives across Europe. The event in Brussels on 16 April was an opportunity to review new pan-European trends and perspectives emerging from the survey results, and in particular: Recent HR achievements and new business prospects; Business drivers of the HR function and top priorities for the years ahead; Impact of HR activities on business performance and ways to improve it; Policy measures to tackle unemployment of young people; Future changes foreseen by HR; HR leaders' views on relevant European Union (EU) activities.

Among participants there were: Susan Bird, Policy Coordinator - Expert CSR from DG EMPL, who commented the results and gave a European perspective of the HR Barometer results; Dr. Wolf-Bertram von Bismarck, Talent Practice Leader (Aon Hewitt) and chair of the EChr Scientific Committee who gave a preview and analysis of the HR Barometer results and Jean-Dominique Perret, senior vice-president for Human Resources (Rexel) and member of the EChr board, who shared his board's perspective for translating the learning from the 2013 survey results into more efficient corporate practices. The event was moderated by Philippe Achalme. The conference was attended by representatives of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County in Brussels.

 

Economic and European Perspectives of Western Balkans Countries

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west_balkanOn 12 April 2013, the promotion of the regional study "Economic and European Perspectives of Western Balkan Countries" by Slavica Penev from the Institute of Economic Sciences, Belgrade was held in the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels. Authored by Slavica Penev, researcher from the Belgrade Institute of Economic Sciences, the study highlights the importance that committees of finance and economy play in enabling parliaments across the Western Balkans to scrutinise relevant legislation, and thereby set smarter and better regulation that advances sustainable economic development in the region.

The study is part of a wider initiative by the Network of Committees of Economy and Finance of the Western Balkan countries to identify and implement regional solutions to overcoming the economic crisis, and speed up regional and EU integration. Beside Slavica Penev, the author, Andrea Renda from CEPS, Fikret Čaušević, Faculty of Economics, Sarajevo, Aleksandar Damjanović, the President of the Committee for Financial System and public expenditure of the Parliament of Montenegro, Emil Atanastasovski, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, London, also spoke about the study. The conference was attended by representatives of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County in Brussels.

 

European Citizens' Initiative Day 2013

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eciThe European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), in partnership with the Committee of the Regions (CoR), the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), Democracy International and the Initiative, the Referendum Institute Europe and Euronews, are organising this year's ECI Day on Tuesday 9 April 2013, from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., at the EESC premises in Brussels.

One year after the launch of the European Citizens' Initiative it was a perfect time to assess the first year, hear the experiences of organizers, draw conclusions from the lessons learnt, devise intermediate solutions and start preparing for the 2015 revision of the regulation. The starting morning session focused on campaigning issues and lessons to be learnt from the experiences of ECI organisers, giving them the opportunity to exchange best practices. In the afternoon, the online signature collection software was discussed with IT and campaign experts, drawing conclusions from the first experiences and making concrete suggestions on how to improve the collection system. Some of the speakers on this year's ECI Day were Staffan Nilsson (EESC President), Mercedes Bresso (Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions) and Maros Sefcovic (Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration).The conference was attended by representatives of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County in Brussels.

 

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