Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.
Horizon 2020 provides major simplification through a single set of rules. It will combine all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development, the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
Thousands of people working in cinema, TV, culture, music, performing arts, heritage and related areas would benefit from increased EU support under the new 'Creative Europe' programme unveiled by the European Commission today. With a proposed budget of €1.8 billion for the period 2014-2020, it would be a much-needed boost for the cultural and creative industries, which are a major source of jobs and growth in Europe. The new programme would allocate more than €900 million in support of the cinema and audiovisual sector (area covered by current MEDIA programme) and almost € 500 million for culture.
FITA (Flanders International Technical Agency) organized a networking session in Bruxelles on November 25, 2011, in partnership with Croatian Embassy, Croatian Chamber of Economy, Croatian Regions represented in Bruxelles and the European Commission DG Regio.
It served as preparation to the Belgium Trade Mission to Croatia planned for 2012.
H.E. Boris Grigić, Croatian Ambassador, Dragica Martinović, Head of Croatian Chamber of Economy, Antonio Garcia, Belgian Economic and Trade Attaché in Zagreb, Wim Van Rompay, Area Manager for FITA, Thanou Panayotis DG Regio Desk officer for Croatia and Herbert Houben from the construction sector, were present.
Speaking of Croatia's strategic development priorities within the EU structural instruments, 4 areas were mentioned; sustainable development, economic competitiveness, infrastructure development and investment in human resources.
Bruxelles branch of Matica hrvatska in cooperation with the Brussels Representation of Croatian Panonia, Dubrovnik-Neretva Regional Representation, Croatian National Tourist Office, Croatian Chambers of Commerce, Croatian Mission to the EU and Croatian Embassy organized a week of language and culture in Bruxelles from November 22 to November 25, 2011.
“Hrvatski identitet” (Croatian Identity), a book published by Matica hrvatska, was presented during the cultural week. It is work of eighteen Croatian authors on various aspects of national identity – from its formation, crises, the promotion of its conservation and the redefinition that it experiences in the framework of the EU. Important content of the Croatian cultural week was life and work of Ruđer Bošković in the context of the renowned diplomacy of the Republic of Dubrovnik or Ragusa.
Polish-Croatian Concert Evening was held in the premises of the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU on November 22, 2011, in cooperation with the Croatian Mission to the EU and Croatian regional representations: Croatian Regions Office, Istria and Dubrovnik-Neretva Region.
Paulina Bisztyga and Roman Slazyk bend from Poland and Miroslav Evačić and Marin Hraščanec from Croatia entertained the public.
The evening was inaugurated by the ambassadors of Poland and Croatia, Mr. Jerzy Drozdz and Mr. Branko Baričević.
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