Following the European Council’s conclusions of October 2013 which focused on the digital economy as an imperative for growth and jobs and called for an action from the EU to provide the right framework conditions for a single market for big data and cloud computing, the European Commission has adopted its first strategy to promote the data-driven economy in the EU.

Seeing that we are witnessing a new industrial revolution driven by digital data, computation and automation, the EU has to address certain technical challenges that arise from the fact that any industry today operates with a large set of data that is unmanageable with the existing tools.

The aim of the data-driven economy is to stimulate research and innovation on data while leading to more business opportunities and an increased availability of knowledge and capital, in particular for SMEs, across Europe. You can find the text of the Communication…

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Did you know you can download the EU publications you need from the EU Bookshop? Learn how investing in Green Infrastructure can help fight climate change, prevent natural disasters as well as bring economic benefits. Download for free here.

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On October 16th the Croatian Regions Office attended the European Parliament of Enterprises. This was enabled by the Representation of Croatian Chamber of Economy in Brussels who organized the Croatian delegation for this event.

The idea of the EPE event, organized for the third time this year, is to give the entrepreneurs a chance to articulate the problems they are facing as well as needs and expectations they have from the EU and their respective national governments to help them in overcoming them. Over 750 entrepreneurs from 45 countries (member states, candidate states and guests) were able to debate and vote in real time on real topics. Entrepreneurs from member states stood for their own respective MEPs, so accordingly, eleven representatives from Croatian enterprises were given a chance to be MEPs for one day. The EPE session was divided into four topics: internationalization, skills, finance and energy, and each topic…

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This year's edition of European Week of Regions and Cities, Open Days, took place in Brussels from October 6th until October 9th. It was a very busy week for the Croatian Regions Office, and I am happy to say that six of our office's partners sent their delegations to Brussels. Among them, two of our partners, Krapina-Zagorje County and the City of Rijeka, were part of the consortia organizing the Open Days workshops. Krapina-Zagorje was involved in EU4Health workshop: "Affordable Health Care & Smart Specializations" where Dr Duško Cerovec, the manager of Special Hospital for Medical Rehabilitation Krapinske Toplice presented their efforts in implementing smart specialization strategy.

This workshop was organized by Pomorskie Region along with partners from Austria, Croatia, Poland, Spain, Turkey and the UK. Krapina-Zagorje was also involved in a side event organized by the EU Representation Office of Carinthia together with partners from Styria, Istria, Krapina-Zagorje, Association…

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In August, Croatian Regions Office welcomed Tibor Voćanec and Leonardo Vučić, two young men from Oroslavje in Krapina-Zagorje County who made a stop in Brussels on their bicycle trip to Amsterdam. They set out on a journey by bicycle across Europe on the 1st of August, from Oroslavje to Amsterdam, promoting their home region and the project "Zagorje – a fairy tale at hand".

Quite impressively, they covered the distance to Brussels (over 1500 km) in only 14 days which means they were traveling 100 km per day on average. During their stay they visited the EU Parliament, „enjoyed“ the typical Belgian weather and were also here just in time to see the biannual Tapis de Fleurs on Grand Place. Brussels was also their first actual rest day after which they regathered their strength and went for the last part of the trip to Amsterdam, from where they returned home,…

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Dear readers, parts of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia have been affected by catastrophic flooding and need help!

The Croatian Red Cross launched an emergency appeal and you can help by making a cash transfer to the bank account:

IBAN: HR 6923400091511555516 (multi-currency account)

Reference number for Bosnia 05, Croatia 08, Serbia 07.

Thank you for helping any way you can!

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To celebrate Europe Day, the EU institutions have open their doors to the public on 17th May 2014. Under the theme of European citizen and democracy, the local EU offices have organized a lot of activities and events for the public so they could learn more about their work and projects in EU institutions. The EU Open doors is not just an event, it's a possibility to interact with members of EU Institutions, to learn more, to give your opinion and get answers to your questions. The EU Commission aimed to present to the visitors what Europe is doing for its citizens in their everyday life trough various concrete achievements such as overcoming the economic crisis and unemployment or results of over 18.000 research projects the EU budget has funded for last 7 years.

Among other, visitors were able to participate in various workshops, interactive games, entertainment programs and…

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Greece, which will holds the EU presidency in the first half of this year, organized the Meeting of Ministers for Energy, Environment and Climate Change of the European Union in Athens on 15 and 16 May 2014. During the meeting, representative of the Committee of the Regions Mr. Bruno Hranić, board member and vice president of ENVE Commission, informed the Ministers on the activities of the Committee of the Regions in relation to the legislation of the European Union in the field of energy, environment and climate change.

The main areas discussed at a meeting in Athens follow the provisions of the European Council adopted on 20 and 21 March, including energy efficiency, security and infrastructure as important links to the EU 2020 strategy, industrial competitiveness and climate and energy policy. Discussion includes three sessions on energy security, with particular emphasis on the energy dependence of the EU on imports,…

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