Representatives from Međimurje County, Petra Pavičić from Regional Development Agency and Stjepan Mikec from ACT group presented their good practise example at this year's edition of REVES Excellence Award. 

They presented the strategic partnership in development & implementation of the social economy program in Međimurje County through several strategic projects included in Međimurje County Development Strategy through the cooperation of local authorities with civil society (especially with ACT Group, first Croatian SE consortium based in the region):

Community centre

The goal is to establish a sustainable model of use and management of public resource (part of the former military barracks in Čakovec), where the community members have the freedom of assembly, aiming to implement common activities, social entrepreneurship related activities, social services, cultural services, informing, and other activities.

Expected results: By end of 2016 2,5 ha of abandoned public space (property of County of Međimurje) in function, about 20 social entrepreneurial…

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The conference was held on June 3rd at the European Parliament. The theme of the conference was presented by Mr Philippe Micheaux Naudet, project manager at ACR+. The focus was on biowaste management and best examples in the field.

Introduction speech was given by MEP Michèle Rivasi, vice-chair of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance. She emphasized the need for a European dimension when it comes to waste management and to achieve this, local and regional authorities have to take on a more prominent role. Circular economy package has been put on hold by the Commission for now (until late 2015), but the Parliament has to make a commitment to push this policy into being. Circular economy produces growth and more jobs which makes it an important method in achieving Europe 2020 goals.

Ms Catherine Thiébaut, President of the SYBERT said good waste management policies should be aligned with…

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Croatian Rural Development Programme is one of 24 programmes adopted by the European Commission this week. With this adoption a total of 51 RDP have been adopted worth more than 62 billion euro (which is around 60% of total budget).

The programmes are aimed at improving the competitiveness of the EU farming sector, caring for the countryside and climate, and strengthening the economic and social fabric of rural communities in the period until 2020.

EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan said: "One of the great strengths of our Rural Development concept is that we have core priorities, but it is up to each Member State or region to design a programme which suits its challenges and opportunities. The programmes adopted today offer funding for a range of dynamic projects, varying from modernisation projects for agriculture and encouraging generational renewal in Croatia and Romania, to rolling out broadband to sparsely populated…

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Croatian Regions Office participated in coordination talks organized by the representation of Baden-Württemberg in the framework of Brussels Danube Network meeting.

Head of BW representation, Mr Jung welcomed the participants and presented the newly formed Danube Strategy Point team which will be based in Brussels. 

Ms Ann-Jasmin Krabatsch from DG REGIO gave an overview on the state-of-play and perspectives of the EU Danube Strategy. Danube transnational programme is currently in the works and should be adopted in Autumn 2015. It will be a part of Interreg B programme. The programme will use existing ESIF funds. Programme is currently in the second phase of adoption, setting up selection criteria and aligning the funds. Ms Krabatsch spoke about the main Danube Strategy event this year – Danube Strategy Forum which will be held in Ulm under the title “Smart, social innovation for the Danube area”. She also shared some highlights from…

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On May 22nd Croatian Business Network held its regular meeting at the premises of Croatian Chamber of Economy Representation in Brussels.

The guest of this meeting was Mr Alexander Zenebe, Programme Manager for EU policies for Austria, Slovenia and Croatia at DG REGIO. He gave the current state of play of Cohesion Policy in Croatia and talked about financing opportunities in the framework of Croatian OP for Competitiveness and Cohesion. Projects from the previous programming period were also discussed with an emphasis on projects from the water supply, waste-water treatment and waste management.

Representatives from the Croatian Chamber of Economy Representation, Croatian regional representations and the Croatian Embassy in Belgium informed Mr Zenebe of their activities. 

The opportunity was also used to briefly present to the attendees the Co-Efficient project financed through the MED Programme in which Regional Development Agency Slavonija and Baranja and Centre of Entrepreneurship Osijek are on…

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This year's edition of Natura 2000 Awards took place in the Berlaymont Plaza on May 21st. It assembled actors involved in nature protection from all over Europe. Winners were selected among 23 finalists in 5 categories.

In the welcoming speech, Commissioner Vella emphasised the importance of nature protection and presented the award as a recognition for efforts made to that goal. He was happy to introduce Nature 2000 European Citizens Award, given for the first time this year to the project attracting the highest number of citizens' votes from an open vote system.

The 2015 winners are:

European Citizens Award was…

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The series ‘European Regional Debates’ was launched on Monday, 18th May 2015, with a first event on “Anti-corruption policy: a keystone to regional economic development”, with Cristi Danilet, Judge, Member of Superior Council of Magistracy, Romania, as keynote speaker. The event was organized by the European Academy of the Regions (EAR), in cooperation with the European Entrepreneur Magazine (EEM) and hosted at the SME Europe HQ.

Lilia Heitz, General Director of European Entrepreneur Magazine (EEM) and Nelu Neacsu, EAR Chairman of the Board, welcomed the audience and introduced the debate, which was moderated by Louis Delcart, Head of the EAR Department for Regional Development.

In his welcome address, Mr. Neacsu pointed out that “… 81% of Europeans think that too tight links between business and politics lead to corruption, 43% of European companies perceive corruption as a problem when doing business, and at least nine out of ten companies in the…

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Croatian Regions Office presented all of its members at this year's Festival of European Regions and Cities at the Committee of the Regions in the framework of Europe's Day celebrated in Brussels on May 9th.

Partners from Osijek-Baranja, Varaždin and Zagreb County, the City of Rijeka and Vidovec Municipality participated in person and were able to present their cities and regions to around 2 500 visitors and also have a look at what other regions have prepared. Presentations included touristic information, traditional food and drinks tastings and promotional materials give-aways.

The Committee of the regions also organised the presentation of political groups and entertainment - music, face-painting, photos of visitors in historic costumes.

This was an opportunity to make ourselves visible in Brussels, promote our activities, but also a chance for our members to experience the diversity of Europe.

You can view the official photos taken by Committee of the Regions in-house photographer…

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