As part of the annual European Week, Brussels and its European district celebrated the 21st Festival of Europe.
At this occasion, all European institutions, including the EU Parliament, the EU Council, the Committee of The Regions and the EU Commission open their door to welcome visitors and introduce them with their work and accomplishments.
The Representative Office of Dubrovnik-Neretva Region organized a stand at the Committee of the Regions to present the Dubrovnik-Neretva and Karlovac Regions' tourist and gastronomic offer, as well as guides for foreign investments and successful cases of implemented projects financed by the EU.
Along with Croatian regions: Dubrovnik-Neretva, Karlovac and Istria, the event hosted many exhibitors of other European regions as well as organisations and European lobby networks.
Annual celebration of the Festival of Europe and the European Institutions Day was attended by more than 50,000 visitors.
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.
This 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.
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.
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