The third forum of the Outermost Regions was held in Brussels on 30th September and 1st October 2014. Following in the footsteps of the forums of 2010 and 2012, this year's gathering brought together hundreds of participants, including experts and representatives from the outermost regions and the countries concerned, as well as from the EU institutions and interest groups and stakeholders.The event took place at the dawn of a new era for several key institutions of the European and at a moment when the Europe-wide priorities of EU Cohesion Policy for 2014-2020 are being translated into investment priorities through strategic Partnership Agreements, programmes and plans in the Member States.
The final conference of the SABER (Satellite Broadband for European Regions) project on the Broadband for European Regions, from availabilitiy to penetration: the satellite contribution subject took place in the Committee of the Regions in Brussels on September 30th.
In four sessions, complete results of the project were presented with emphasis being placed on satellite internet connecting of rural areas, implementation of Voucher scheme and linking of existing projects with EU fonds. Speakers were the representatives of regions, European Parliament, European Commission, ESA and satellite operators and satellite constructors. The SABER thematic network's mission is to pave the way for implementation of satellite systems to provide internet connection to all European citizens. The network is co-financed by European Commission.
ICT working group meeting organised by ERRIN network took place in Northern Denmark region office in Brussels on September 29th. Subject of this meeting was cooperation and presentation of future activities in the ICT fields; LEIT, Open government, Photonics, Robotics, Big data, e-learning and other ICT related topics.
Moderator of the meeting was leader of ICT WG Kjeld B. Olesen who, with Fillipo Munisteri of DG CNECT and Jose Francisco Diego Calvo Castilla y Leon of ADE (Innovation, Financing and Internationalisation Agency), presented their ideas on the matter.
Smart Cities WG meeting was held in Skåne Office in Brussels on October 2nd on informational and operational interconnecting systems to ensure creation of new business models through integrated technological platforms. Presenters were the representatives of EU institutions and large private companies such as EU Robotics, META Group and BOSCH, all of whom are the active participants of project HORIZON 2020.
ERRIN is active network of more than 90 regions within EU participating in regional and innovational research which creates platforms for ICT projects development and opportunities for international cooperation in those areas through ICT working groups.
On 25th September 2014 in Brussels, Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić with his associates held a meeting with the head of the German federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg Johannes Jung and his co-workers. It was discussed about possible cooperation and preparation and submissions of joint projects in the fields of economy, renewable energy, culture, exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences between Dubrovnik Neretva County and the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, which would be financed from European funds.
It is worth mention that Baden-Württemberg is one of the most developed regions in Europe with great achievements in the fields of economy, science and education, energy. On the meeting were also defined specific project ideas of mutual interest for cooperation in the field of cultural tourism.
ERRIN and its Design & Creativity Working Group organised the third edition of EU Design Days and hosted local and regional authorities, designers, design organisations, SMEs, chambers of Commerce, EU institutions, universities and education providers. Design Days 2014 took place on 24th and 25th September in Microsoft Innovation Center in Brussels. EU Design Days is a unique event enabling regions and their stakeholders from all over Europe to come together in order to exchange information and know-how about the added value of implementing design as a tool for regional innovation.
This year's edition of EU Design Days was focused on the two themes "economic value of design" and "how to help young designers and enterprises to benefit from design" and it came with three new partnerships: Microsoft Innovation Centre, South Africa and Brussels Design September.
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