Mons, a city located in the southern Belgian region of Wallonia, acted in 2015 as European capital of Culture. To this extent, the city underwent through a lot of transformations and investment, and hosted numerous cultural activities such as concerts, exhibitions and events. The city had the opportunity to transform itself and to welcome tourists from all around the world. One year later, the economic impacts and the conclusions of this event can be analysed.


A detailed report can be found on Don’t hesitate to consult it to catch a glimpse of the results and benefits of holding the European Capital of Culture title!

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Ranging from 2014 to 2020, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) program is a European instrument aimed at supporting the development of high-performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the field of energy, telecommunications and transport.

The Programme intends to stimulate private investments proposing grants and providing assistance in the technical and financial set-up to these initiatives. Centralising investments for the transport, energy and telecommunications sectors in one central programme should allow the creation of synergies between the sectors both at management and at project level.

For the period of 2014-2015 alone, 362 projects received funds or support all over Europe. Some of them are coming to completion and others are being added every year. The programme is therefore now at cruise speed and the first conclusions can start to be drawn. 

In that context, the EU Commission is gathering feedback from all relevant stakeholders: Public authorities, Member State…

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Launched on November 9th, 2017, in Brussels, MobiliseSME is a European project designed to provide new opportunities to dynamic entrepreneurs and employees from SMEs. It consists in an Erasmus-like exchange that can benefit to employees and companies.

What is the project about?

The project aims to facilitate and support the exchange of employees between SMEs. It will financially support the participants and ensure that the social and legal requirements are met. The exchange duration can last 2 weeks, 1 month, 1.5 month or 2 months.

Who is it for?

The participants must be engaged in a cross-border relationship and from a Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Candidates must have a full time employment contract of undetermined duration. They must be:

• Employees with at least 5 years of professional work experience.

• Employee with at least 3 years of professional work experience and a technical high school or a university degree.…

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From January 1st to June 30th, 2017, Malta will hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union. This 6 months period will close the seventh trio, which includes the Dutch, Slovakian and Maltese presidencies. Together, these countries will have worked to make the European Union progress on five key priorities: restore growth and competitiveness through a closer Union of jobs, empower and protect all citizens, develop the energy cooperation towards a forward looking climate policy, provide freedom, security and justice for all and strengthen the position of the European Union in global politics. On top of these five axis, the Trio aims to remain flexible and to ensure that the EU could respond in the most suitable way to any new changes. 

These next six months, Malta will continue to promote these objectives while adding some other Maltese priorities and dealing with new challenges that may not…

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A workshop of the European GMO-free Regions Network was held on December 5th, 2016 in Brussels, having as main topic the issue of GMO-free labelling in Europe. The workshop was organised by the Representation of North Rhine-Westphalia, and hosted participants and experts from Germany, France, Poland, Italy and Croatia.

The participants acknowledged that while there is virtually no cultivation of genetically modified crops in most European states, GMOs are still widely used in animal feed and in food processing. However, many consumers want their food to be produced entirely free from genetic modification.

To accommodate this need, national schemes for GMO-free labelling of food have been developed in several European countries on a voluntary basis. In recent years, food labelled ‘GMO free’ has considerably increased its market share. However, approaches towards labelling differ considerably between the member states. While labels are widely used in some countries, they are non-existent in…

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The European Commission (DG REGIO and DG MOVE) organized an URBAN DEVELOPMENT NETWORK event on 23 November in Brussels bringing together cities to exchange knowledge and experiences in Smart, Innovative & Sustainable urban mobility. 

Participants were able to learn about the state of the art in innovative and tested urban transport solutions like electric buses, cleaner logistics, shared mobility, walking and cycling, and new mobility services. Urban mobility experts and experienced practitioners (from European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities, CIVITAS and other networks) brought in their knowledge on the development and implementation of innovative mobility solutions, on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPS), on financing (EIB and private investors) and on tools for knowledge sharing (e.g. CIVITAS and URBACT).

The 3 key questions addressed by the conference were:

- What are the main investment opportunities in smart, innovative and sustainable city mobility? 

- What are barriers to invest…

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September 28th was marked in Brussels as the day of the big Conference of the Regions organised as part of Lower Austria's initiative A Strong Renewed Regional Policy for all Regions post 2020. The conference made possible for regional presidents and high officials to express their vision of the future Cohesion Policy and was also an opportunity to present the Book of Signatures containing 337 signatures of the Political Declaration: A Strong Renewed Regional Policy for all Regions post 2020 to the representatives of the EU institutions. On behalf of the Croatian County Association President, Mr Goran Pauk, who signed the Declaration for all Croatian counties, the conference was attended by Ms Sanja Bošnjak, acting County Prefect of Virovitica-Podravina County.


EU Regional Policy (technical term: EU Cohesion Policy) has been created in 1986 with the Single European Act to contribute with concrete projects in the regions to the strengthening of economic, social and territorial cohesion. In the current financial period 2014-2020 it amounts to 351,8…

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This lunchtime briefing held at the Committee of the Regions on 5 July was aimed at presenting good practices and recommendations as regards the public procurement systems in EU Member States with a view to enhancing investments at local and regional level. It also aims to raise awareness of the pivotal role of administrative capacity in the EU's efforts to enhance investment in all EU regions.

The briefing, with speakers from DG REGIO, was an opportunity to present to participants the main findings and recommendations of the stock-taking study on administrative capacity in the field of public procurement published by DG REGIO.  

The study provides a systematic assessment of the public procurement systems of each of the Member States with a particular focus on the way how they are organised and function along with valuable information (country specific recommendations in 28 country profiles) as to how to improve the…

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