For the first time Matica Hrvatska in Brussels in cooperation with Representation Office of Dubrovnik-Neretva County has organised the Saint Blaise ceremony in Brussels.
The opening ceremony took place on Sunday in front of Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula. Just like in Dubrovnik, anthems were performed followed by reading of proclamation of the Feast in French, English and Croatian, traditional releasing of white doves and the blessing of throats in the Cathedral.
In the evening, traditional dinner (Prosciutto, ˝sporki makaruli ˝ and ˝rozata˝) was served for the numerous guests in the Representation office of Dubrovnik-Neretva County in Brussels.
Festa of St. Blaise was attended by NATO's Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, Croatian Ambassador in Belgium and Luxembourg Mario Nobilo, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Croatia to the European Mato Škrabalo.
Ten Croatian representatives in the European Parliament attended the Second European Congress of Young Farmers which took place last week in Brusseles. The purpose of this conference is to support young European agriculturists, networking and presenting successful projects to more than four hundred young farmers from the EU.
This is the first time that call for the best young farmer in Croatia is open. The best Croatian young farmer will later compete with other European farmers and the winner will get the prize of ten thousand euros while the amount of seven and a half thousand euros is predicted for the most sustainable project as well as for the most innovative young farmers from the EU.
During their stay in Brusseles, young farmers visited the Office of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County where they met the representative of the office Hrvoje Butigan.
Information Day presented the Future Internet topics within Call 1 (opened on 11 December 2013, closing date: 23 April 2014) of the new EU framework programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, on 31th January 2014. in the EU commission.
There was a general presentation in the morning on the programme and its instruments followed by four parallel sessions introducing each Future Internet topic within the LEIT work programme 2014 – 2015. The main topics was: Net Technologies, Software&Services, Cloud, Net Innovation, Experimental Platforms .
All presentations are availabile on the link Future Internet.
In light of new EU funding opportunities for the period 2014-2020, the Committee of the Regions' conference on 29-30 January 2014 brought together policy-makers, experts, creative minds and trend watchers, artists and representatives of European associations and international organisations in order to discuss success stories from cultural and creative sectors and their impact on local development.
The event facilitated 'creative networking' with representatives of selected projects from different cultural and creative institutions, organisations and networks as well as information sessions on the 'Creative Europe' programme.
Europe's creative and cultural sectors represent a significant potential to contribute to the sustainable recovery of the economy and to create jobs. With a share of 4.5% of the EU's GDP and 4% of its workforce, creative and cultural institutions and enterprises are an important and a very dynamic part of the EU economy. Creative sectors face, however, a number of challenges such as a fragmented cultural market and space, namely due to linguistic diversity, the 'digital shift' of art production and dissemination, a difficult access to finance for creative enterprises, and finally, a lack of comparable data. Tackling these challenges can contribute to achieve the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs at all levels of government.
Regional Policy Commissioner, Johannes Hahn met the Brussels-based regional representative offices on 16th January 2014.. During the meeting, he underlined the importance of the partnership with Europe's regional and local authorities in planning and putting into practice the programmes under the reformed Regional Policy for 2014-2020.
Speaking from the Albert Borschette building of the European Commission, Commissioner Hahn focused on how the new Code of Conduct on Partnership will mean that regional and local authorities are consulted to ensure that future strategies and programmes reflect regional needs and investments have maximum impact.
Regional and local authorities will play a central role in designing, implementing, and monitoring investment. More than 230 representatives from regional offices and associations of municipalities from 21 Member States participated in the event.
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