From June 5th to June 9th Croatian Regions Office hosted a study visit from Zagreb County Regional Development Agency and Zagreb County on the theme of regional development. During the visit to Bruxelles participants had the opportunity to hear about the possibilities for regional and rural development, to establish new networks and cooperation between EU regions, to gain new knowledge regarding ESI funds and to exchange knowledge. The participants met with Irish Regions Brussels Office, Portuguese Permanent Representation to the EU, Schuman Associates, a Brussels-based, independent, consultancy with more than 25 years’ experience in European funding and public affairs, Croatian National Tourist Board - Representative Office in Benelux, Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the Kingdom of Belgium and Croatian Chamber of Economy Representation in Brussels. Their visit was organized with the aim to familiarize better with the system management of Structural Funds in Belgium, Ireland, Portugal and Greece…

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The European Week of Regions and Cities is the key annual event for regional and local authorities. Organised by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) in the European Commission, the European Week of Regions and Cities has become a major communication and networking platform bringing together regions and cities from all over Europe and beyond. Each year it provides thousands of local, regional, national and European decision-makers and experts with a forum to demonstrate the added value of cohesion policy, to discuss its future, and to exchange good practices of implementation of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). In 2017, the 15th European Week of Regions and Cities will consist of over 100 workshops, debates and networking activities, expected to attract some 5 000 participants plus speakers and journalists. In addition to the Brussels-based workshops, the European Week…

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European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is a month-long series of activities to build a secure energy future for Europe. It brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power. EUSEW2017 will take place from 19 to 25 June 2017, http://eusew.eu/. Launched in 2006 by the European Commission, the EUSEW is organised by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) in close cooperation with Directorate-General for Energy. The EU Sustainable Energy Week is an opportunity to meet stakeholders promoting energy efficiency and renewable energies, learn about successful policies and inspire innovation to meet the EU’s energy and climate goals. It is an ideal platform for sharing ideas and knowhow, and for forging alliances to bring about an Energy Union based on: •Energy efficiency •Decarbonising the economy •Research, innovation and competitiveness.

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The annual event of the ESF Transnational Platform was held in Brussels on 1 and 2 June. This date was the key moment to explore new ways to strengthen transnational cooperation and to enhance the impact of the ESF. Everyone had a chance to share their experience, comment on ESF and policy developments and learn from each other. The conference offered a dozen workshops where everyone worked interactively, inspirational sessions about the future of inclusion in a time of social investment, of training and work and of policy-making. Of course, the topical issues related to the ESF and to transnational cooperation. In particular, the organizers wanted to make a push on transnational calls for proposals and on improving support to social innovation. The conference brought together 250 participants – from ESF Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies, public authorities in charge of policy frameworks, social partners and NGOs working in countries…

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To celebrate Europe Day, the EU institutions opened their doors to the public on 6th May 2017. The Committee of the Regions organised Festival of European Regions and Cities under the motto: Proud of my Region/City, the presentation of political groups, a meeting and a debate with pro-European citizens' initiatives. 26 regions and cities of EU presented to around 2 700 visitors their diversity and attractiveness, traditions at their interactive stands in Committee of the Regions.

Croatian Regions Office presented one of the most famous souvenirs of Continental Croatia, traditionally made by the Gladović Family craft in the Varaždin County: licitar.

Licitar is a colourfully decorated cookie made from honey dough, similar to gingerbread. Every licitar…

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On Saturday 6 May 2017, European institutions open their doors to celebrate the Europe Day. On this occasion, the European Committee of the Regions will celebrate Europe's diversity with a festival of regions and cities.

The excellence of EU regions and cities will be at the core of this 2017 edition with numerous stands offering innovative activities to interact with visitors; to show both the variety of regions and cities and their very specificity.

 

The public will also be invited to discover the European Union's Assembly of regional and local representatives and learn about its role and activities (5th floor: presentation of the European Committee of the Regions and information stand; stands of its political groups).
 

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On 29 March, the European Commission DG Mobility and Transport launched the European Transport Innovation Challenge 2017 for young transport innovators.

The EC will reward up to 12 young innovators aged 18-35 with an invitation to Strasbourg to attend the ITS Congress and Exhibition in June. The proposal does not necessarily have to be a fully researched project,  as the challenge is focused on creative ideas and inspirational thinking to improve transport and mobility in Europe (better mobility, better access to mobility, less pollution, less congestion, or more safety and security).

The deadline for application is 2 May.

Might you be interested, please find more information on: https://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/research/challenge_en

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In Europe, cities and urban areas account for 70% of the population and provide the majority of the growth, innovation and jobs of the continent. However, even if the topic was in debate for decades, no special tool or framework was foreseen by the EU institutions before 2014, when the Latvian presidency of the Council took the matter forward. After extensive talks and consultations, the Riga Declaration of June 2015 officialised political support for the development of an Urban Agenda. 12 themes were selected in concertation with key stakeholders. For each of these themes, a partnership will be formed focusing on three aspects: better regulation, better use of financial instruments and better knowledge exchanges.

The first partnerships were set in November 2015 with Slovakia taking the lead on the topic of Housing. Belgium and France were in charge of Urban Poverty and the Netherlands led the Air quality programme, while…

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