The Sixth Cohesion Forum took place in Brussels on 8th and 9th September with the goal to analyse the impact of EU Cohesion Policy in promoting growth and job creation in Europe's regions and cities. Organised every three years, the Cohesion Forum gathers top policy-makers and political players from the EU Member States to assess the success of Cohesion Policy in delivering on its aims. This year's theme is "Investment for jobs and growth: promoting development and good governance in EU regions and cities". The need for good governance, both in terms of more efficient and transparent administrations and of sound macro economic policies, is considered as crucial to achieve high level of growth and prosperity. This event brought together more than 700 people including high level representatives from European institutions, the speakers Commisison President Jose Manuel Barroso, European Parliament President Martin Schultz , European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, Prime Ministers and ministers, regional and local representatives, economic and social partners, NGOs and academics.
More about this event you can find out on the following link:Cohesion forum 2014.
Croatian Business Network meeting took place in Croatian Chamber of Economy in Brussels on July 18th, 2014. Mr. Drazen Budimir from DG Enterprise and Industry (DG ENTR) presented a new generation of financial instruments of the EU to support small and medium-sized enterprises in the period from 2014 to 2020. The meeting was attended by representatives of Croatian regions and the Permanent representation of Croatia in EU and gives an overview of future EU financial instruments and available under the COSME and Horizon 2020 programmes. Effective partnership between the EU institutions and market operators aimed at improving access to finance for SMEs. This is a precondition for the successful application of financial instruments.
A high-level debate on the theme "Challenges and Opportunities for Croatian labor market" was organized by the Chamber of Economy in Brussels and the Ministry of Labour and Pension System of Croatia on July 10, 2014. The speakers was the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor, Mr, Minister of Labour and Pension System of the Republic of Croatia prof.dr. Mirando Mrsic and vice president of the Croatian Chamber of Economy for International and EU Affairs Mr Domagoj Juricic.
Croatia has received from the European Commission recommendations related to these challenges, one of which is of crucial importance implement the second phase of implementation of the reform of labor legislation in consultation with the social partners to make the labor market more flexible.. Adoption of the Plan guarantees for young people by showing a strong commitment to the Croatian government and other stakeholders with the objectives set by the EU in this regard. The allocation for Croatia ESF amounts for the period from 2014 until 2020. is 1,516,033,073 euros, the main priorities are to increase the quality of education, active inclusion and reducing poverty and fostering the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of public administration and the judiciary.
The Innovation Lab on Financial Instruments and Regional Development that was held in Brussels on July 9, 2014.This event is a joint initiative from ERRIN, EURADA, Emilia-Romagna Region and META Group. Innovation Lab is a format designed for providing regional stakeholders, willing to launch financial engineering measures, with the tools and information required to design and implement equity and quasi-equity instruments for startups and SMEs.
During the workshop the updates on the most critical aspects related to the implementation of a financial engineering measure were presented and discussed, including a range of practices, taken from European cases on different investment targets from innovative startups to traditional SMEs.
From 1st July 2014 Italy took over the Presidency of the Council of the European from Greece and will hold it until 31st December 2014 when the Presidency will be passed to trio partners Latvia and Luxembourg. The Declaration of Cooperation among the Parliaments of Italy, Latvia and Luxembourg was signed on 7th April 2014. Italy has already held the Presidency of the Council of the EU 11 times since the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957.
The three main priorities of the current Italian presidency six month programme will be: 1) Employment and economic growth, 2) Full exercise of citizenship rights – a space for democracy, rights and freedom 3) External dimension – strengthening the European 's foreign policy. More information on the Italian Presidency's priorities can be found on the Presidency website.
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