The 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.
On 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.
The 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.
With agriculture accounting for more than a third of water use in Europe, European farmers bear major responsibility for safeguarding our water resources. In order to live up to this responsibility while producing good quality, affordable food, EU farmers will have to adopt practices that reduce water consumption and increase water productivity, use and re-use water efficiently, adapt to the effects of climate change, and manage their lands in ways that maintain their natural water retention capacities and the resilience of ecosystems.
The Hearing was chaired by Josef Zboril (NAT Section Member) and some of the speakers were: Mario Campli (NAT Section President), Wouter Vanneuville (Project Manager of European Environmental Agency), Thomas Strassburger (European Comission), Almut Bonhage (Secretary General of European Federation of National Associations of Water & Waste Water Services), and many others. The conference was attended by representatives of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County in Brussels.
The development and the management of coastal and maritime areas are key framework conditions for blue growth, identified as such by the Limassol Declaration, the report on the Integrated Maritime Policy and the European Commission's Communication on blue growth. In this context, the conference aims to express a combination of political elements advocated by the CPMR Inter-Mediterranean Commission (IMC) on these issues, in particular inspired by the findings of the MAREMED project (www.maremed.eu), which brings together 12 Mediterranean maritime Regions. Maremed which nearing completion, was funded under the MED Programme 2007-2013 and focused on aspects of maritime policy with a strong transnational dimension, notably integrated coastal zone management, pollution, adaptation to climate change in coastal areas, fisheries and the management of coastal and marine data. "Blue growth requires framework conditions in terms of Integrated Coastal Zone Management, the production of marine data, pollution control and tackling climate change, as well as a territorial approach to fisheries. These conditions cannot be fulfilled without the Regions," indicated Eleni Marianou, Secretary General of the CPMR.
Speaking on behalf of the European Commission, Monique Pariat, Director for the Mediterranean and Black Sea at DG MARE, referred back to the state of the current crisis and the potential of the "Integrated Maritime Policy which should be further developed in this political and economic situation." Monique Pariat stressed the importance of the MAREMED project, "which will serve as a source of inspiration to us for the future and will help the Commission and Member States to identify the issues and challenges for implementing the next programming period for 2014-2020."
On behalf of the Dubrovnik-Neretva Region speech had Mr. Ivo Klaic, senior advisor and specialist for maritime public domain. This conference also saw the solemn signing of the Bologna Charter approved in September 2012, which is the result of productive work between different maritime administrations that are partners in European cooperation projects.
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