22 November 2007 - In accordance with Community regulations, the Commission recently published three annual reports for 2006 on the Structural Funds, Cohesion Funds and the pre-accession instrument ISPA. The reports review budgetary implementation, the way in which programmes were carried out and the major projects adopted during the year.

Annual Report on the Cohesion Fund

Annual Report on the Structural Funds

Annual Report on ISP

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On 28th November 2007, in Renewable Energy House, Bruxelles, Franz Voves, Governor of Steiermark will sign the FEDARENE declaration for renewable energy and energy efficiency in the presence of Jean-Louis Joseph, President of FEDARENE and Alfonso Gonzalez Finat, Director for new and renewable sources of energy, energy efficiency and innovation in the European Commission.

The signing of the declaration stands for a commitment to increase the share of renewable energy and to boost energy efficiency in the regions. The region of Steiermark agrees with the view of FEDARENE, that energy efficiency and renewable energy sources are very important cornerstones of sustainable development because they contribute to environment and climate protection, to local job creation and economic growth, to security of energy supply, to independence from energy price fluctuations as well as to social cohesion and innovation.

After the speeches and during the reception, guests will receive a guided tour through…

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Sisak-Moslavina County was among the three prize winners at the competition with entries from 24 European regions.

Udine, Sisak, November 15th 2007

The project on the topic of “Communicating Europe to the People” was organized by the Assembley of European Regions. All regions were invited to participate. By filling out the set forms of the competition, the regions could have reported their successful projects intended for informing the citizens on the European integration process, understanding EU and the methods for communicating Europe on the regional level. The prize was accepted in Udine, Italy by Ms. Tatjana Puškarić, Head of the Administrative Department for Management of Accession Funds and Subsidies, and head of the prize-winning project “Path to EU”.
Sisak-Moslavina County handled the project "Path to EU " with the funds from the EU’s PHARE 2005 project, agreed by the EC Delegation to Croatia. The project was conducted between December 15, 2006…

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“The time has come for the Regions, the Member States and the European Institutions to work together, to define a common vision for Europe and to set a joint course of action for the coming 50 years.”

Half a century ago, the six founding nations of the European Economic Community met to pursue their common interest of peace and prosperity across continent. Today, Europe is at a crossroad. European regional leaders, meeting in the city of Berlin, set out the steps EU leaders must take in order to face the challenges of the 21st century.The Berlin Declaration of the Assembly of European Regions urges the EU to focus on what it does best: addressing those challenges that cannot be met by national or regional governments acting alone. Among them, the regions identified trade, security, environmental and energy policies as the most pressing. Citizens do want to reap the benefits…

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How much do Europeans pay for their electricity? Statistics show that prices are on the rise throughout the continent. In fact, EU domestic customers paid on average 7% more for their energy consumption in July 2006, compared to July 2005.
Inside the then EU-25, citizens from 20 countries witnessed in the same period an increase in electricity prices: only five countries recorded either a stabilization or a decrease. According to Eurostat figures, prices for household consumption of energy in Europe can vary dramatically, and even increase fivefold. Have a look at this graphic:

Composition of electricity prices for domestic consumers on 1 July 2006 (in euro per 100 kWh, for annual consumption of 3 500 kWh) Source Eurostat.

On 1st July 2006, citizens in Bulgaria paid little more than 5 for 100 kWh, while Danish citizens paid almost 25 for the same quantity. In fact, Danish, Dutch and Italian citizens…

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Enterprise and industry policy aim to ensure all businesses compete and trade on fair and equal terms, that Europe is an attractive place to invest and work, and that growth is in knowledge-based and innovative industries. This requires a sound industrial fabric across the EU, so that – without being interventionist – the policy takes specific needs and characteristics of individual sectors, such as the food, fashion and design, and IT industries, into account, makes sure that strategically important industries, such as aerospace, defense, mechanical engineering, chemicals, the life sciences and biotechnology, can flourish, and promotes innovation, entrepreneurship and healthy SMEs, since small businesses are the backbone of EU enterprise.

Remaining internationally competitive

Creating conditions that enable EU businesses to compete on equal terms with the rest of the world includes protecting their intellectual and industrial property against counterfeiting and piracy. It means keeping costly red tape to the minimum compatible…

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