The 6th of the European Migration Forum

The 6th European Migration Forum will take place on 2nd and 3rd June 2020 in Bruxelles, organized by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee.

The forum will serve as a platform for dialogue between civil society and the European institutions, addressing the issue of migration, asylum and integration of non-EU citizens.

The main objective of the forum is to improve coordination and cooperation between key stakeholders involved in European Migration Management, and to provide more information on development policies, as well as to gather information on the implementation of European policies at regional and local level.

The forum will also address issues of migrant integration policy, EU social policy (such as social cohesion, culture, education and sport) and how to adapt support for integration between citizens and migrants.

All civil society organizations from EU Member States implementing EU integration policies at national, regional and local level and representatives of regional and local self-government are invited to apply to participate in the Forum.

Applications are due by March 03, 2020 via the following link:

As in previous years, the sixth edition of the Forum will be held using an interactive and participatora approach. Given the format of the event (technical discussion, workshops) no political participation is foreseen and participants should be civil servants/professional staff of local and regional authorities.

The European Commission will bear the cost of travel and accommodation for one representative per organization selected. Chosen candidates will be announced by mid-April.


Conference “Creating policy instruments for the support of public procurement of innovation”


The Conference “Creating policy instruments for the support of public procurement of innovation” was held on the 5th of February 2020 in the European Parliament in Brussels, as part of the 11th European Innovation Summit programme.
Hosted under the auspices of the Member of the European Parliament Ms Sunčana Glavak and partner organisations, Regional Energy Agency North, City of Koprivnica, Sviluppumbria and Be.Funded, the conference brough together policymakers, national and regional representatives in charge of national/regional policy instruments for support of PPI, EU networks/agencies in the field of innovation procurement, public authorities, representatives of the Prominent MED project partner countries (Portugal, France, Italy, Spain and Croatia) with the aim of supporting the use of public procurement of innovation.

This conference was held as part of the Prominent MED (Public pROcureMent of INnovation boosting greEN growTh in MED area) project, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund with the focus on the use of PPI to stimulate development of innovative energy efficiency solutions. The aim of the conference is to help policymakers, public authorities and other stakeholders harness the power of innovation procurement. More specifically, it looks at potential solutions to improve the use of public procurement to promote innovation. Since this event has taken place during the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU we also have had the opportunity to hear about the priorities of Croatia’s presidency related to this topic and innovation in general.


Official launch of the EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award 2021


The EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award celebrates and promotes visionary European cities who champion trade that is more inclusive and sustainable. The Award supports cities to scale up their sustainability initiatives and engage consumers, as well as local businesses, in order to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The launch event aimed to bring together the fair and ethical trade community, to learn about the Award, application process and highlight the important dates in the 2020 calendar. The European Commission, the International Trade Centre and the 2019 Award Winner, the city of Ghent, were there to share their experiences and more information.
The Award had called on all citizens, fair and ethical trade champions and city representatives to join and promote the power of cities to change trade and consumer habits.
The Award benefits include:

- Increased visibility at the EU and international level for the cities’ leadership role in driving positive change
- Celebration and recognition of shortlisted cities’ achievements at a prestigious ceremony in October 2020
- Participation of shortlisted cities in the official Award Network events providing an opportunity to learn about best practice from other cities and experts and to set up joint initiatives
- Implementation of an international development project by the winner, with ITC and European Commission’s support.



More on that on the link:  



Information session on the main CoR events and communication activities of 2020


In order to kick-start the year European Committee of the Regions invited representatives of regional offices based in Brussels and coordinators of the national delegations at the Information session on the main CoR events and communication activities of 2020.

As it is known, the new mandate 2020-2025 of the European Committee of the Regions will be installed in less than one month. At the meeting CoR presented and discussed their main events and communication activities in the coming months, focusing on the main events of 2020, communication campaigns and press and social media actions.

This was also the occasion for regional offices and national delegations to ask questions and come with suggestions on how mutual cooperation can be further enhanced.


Some of the topics were: #CohesionAlliance, 18th European Week of Regions and Cities, 11th European Public Communication Conference, Young Elected Politician, Women in politics, Europe Day 2020, Communicating activities.


The Just Transition Mechanism explained – Info session with regional offices 


Commission adopted a proposal for the investment plan behind the European Green Deal, including a 100 billion euro Just Transition Mechanism to make sure that the transition leaves nobody behind. At the heart of the mechanism is a Just Transition Fund of 30 to 50 billion euro, to provide targeted support to regions and sectors that are most affected by the transition towards the green economy.

 To answer all your questions about how the Just Transition Mechanism and the Just Transition Fund will support regions around Europe, the European Commission invited on 31th january 2020 all Regional offices to a discussion with the architects of these instruments:

·         Anna Jarosz-Friis, Head of Unit “Strategic Coordination & Communication”, Directorate-General for Budget  

·         Eric von Breska, Director “Policy”, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy

More about Just Transition Mechanism:

EURegionsWeek 2020 is looking for partners - sign up!


The 18th European Week of Regions and Cities will be held in Brussels from 12 to 15 October 2020, organized by the European Committee of the Regions and the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy.

All interested are invited to become partners in the organization and creation of content.

This year's edition will focus on the three priorities of Green Europe, Cohesion and Co-operation and Citizens' Empowerment.

Partners are obliged to organize seminars of common interest, often in the context of the implementation of European Structural and Investment Funds and other EU programs.

The aim of the event is to exchange knowledge and good practices between regional and city government officials and experts and academics on the topic of regional and city development.

Potential partners are invited to submit their proposals for seminars, workshops, informational talks and presentations. Applications are open until March 27, 2020.

For more information on how and how to participate in this year's edition of European Week of Regions and Cities, visit the following link:


Info day on the Calls for Proposals 2020 - PROMOTION OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS


In relation to the publication of the 2020 calls for proposals for grants for information provision and promotion measures concerning agricultural products, Chafea organised an info day for potential applicants.
Similar to past info days, speakers from the European Commission and Chafea have presented the Annual Work Programme 2020 as well as the calls. The info day was also feature a de-briefing on the own initiatives of the European Commission.
This year, the beneficiaries of promotion funding take a prominent role and share their experience with setting up and implementing promotion programmes. The participants also had the opportunity to listen to presentation by external experts and applicants on the challenging aspects of proposal preparation, such as market analysis and demonstrating the impact of projects.
The event included a match-making session aiming to bring together potential applicants looking for partners in view of submitting joint applications for funding.


About  Calls for Proposals 2020:

Two calls for proposals for "Information provision and promotion measures for agricultural products carried out in the internal market and in third countries" in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010. 1144/2014 was published on 14 January 2020 with an application deadline of 15 April 2020.

Each year two calls for proposals are published for SIMPLE and MULTI programmes.The available funding is 200 million EUR per year. Beneficiaries can receive up to 80% EU funding for their promotion campaigns in the internal market or in third countries.

European Commission and Chafea offer a wide range of tools, in order to support the applicants in their proposal preparation and submission process.

Call text and other useful documents:

The overall objective of promoting agricultural products has increased the competitiveness of the Union's agricultural sector.
EU policy has provided information and promotion measures for agricultural products intended to open up new markets. Under the slogan "Enjoy, it's from Europe", it aims to help agricultural organizations to promote EU agri-food products on the international market and to increase the awareness of consumers and needy European farmers in providing quality products.

More information on political promotions -

Promotional projects for EU agricultural products have been designed to open up new market opportunities for EU farmers and the broad food industry, and to help build an existing business.

There are two types of promotions:

1. one run by European trade or inter-trade organizations and co-financed by the EU;

2. one directly run by the EU only, such as diplomatic offensives by the Commissioner in non-EU countries of radio agricultural and food traffic or participation in websites and communication campaigns to promote EU agricultural products.

Promotional policy rules set out how EU funds can be used for information and promotional initiatives in EU Member States and non-EU countries.

Eligibility entry requirements:
Eligibility may relate to the applicant's profile, promote products and schemes or activities. For the full eligibility of qualifying applications, visit:

All information about Calls you can be found at:

County prefect Igor Adrović and the delegation of the Virovitica-Podravina county visit the Representative office of Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem in Bruxelles


County prefect Igor Adrović and the delegation of the Virovitica-Podravina county, which included deputy county prefect Marijo Klement, mayor of Pitomača municipality, Željko Grgačić, Svetlana Bastalić the „Most Outstanding Croatian Rural Woman,

visited the joint office of five Slavonian counties in Bruxelles – Representative office of Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem in Bruxelles, where they held a working meeting with the head of the office Toni Žufić.

This Representative office in Bruxelles, allows joint, easier, more effective and efficient approach towards the institutions of the European Union.

It is a continuation of the good cooperation developed by the five Slavonian counties, with the aim of developing key and strategic projects for the east of Croatia, and „relying on the Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem Project“

with the support of the Government of the Republic of Croatia.

The Representative office is a signpost that great things can be done together – said the county prefect of Virovitica-Podravina, Igor Adrović.


6th Conference on Communal Services and Infrastructure


At the European Parliament on January 28, 2020 was held the 6th Conference on Communal Services and Infrastructure
It was a specialized sectoral meeting that brought together regional and local government units, leading municipal utility companies from the Republic of Croatia and the SEE region, government representatives and other policymakers related with municipal infrastructure business.

The European Commission set up new objectives for the European Union. Becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 is not a simple task. To achieve this, the Commission presented an ambitious package of measures that will change our continent for the better. But, we all have questions about upcoming transition. Is it too ambitious? What will be the greatest challenge? What are the key measures? What kind of infrastructure do we need to support a clean energy economy? What happens to fossil fuel industry workers? What can we do as individuals?


This conference encompassed all these questions within the main topics:

- Green Deal legislation
- Climate change and CO2 emissions
- Circular economy and sustainability
- Water and waste management
- Water and waste management in Green Deal legislation
- Programmes for the valorisation of cultural heritage and tourist routes
- Using EU funds for building cemetery infrastructure
- Digitalisation of water infrastructure in Croatia
- Synchronization of development projects and urban planning with EU directives and policies

Speakers and participants who attended:
- Tomislav Sokol, MEP (HR)
- Karlo Ressler, MEP (HR)
- Franc Bogovič, MEP (SLO)
- Croatian County Association
- Association of Cities in the Republic of Croatia
- Irena Miličević (City of Rijeka),
- Marina Jarnjević (Karlovac County),
- Ivan Lončar (Municipality of Posušje),
- Nenad Panian (City of Dugo Selo).




 The 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework in figures


Commission proposal and the EP’s position

The Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) sets the maximum level of resources (‘ceiling’)

for each major category (‘heading’) of EU spending for a period of seven years. In addition

to a financial plan, it sets the EU’s long-term priorities. With the 2014-2020 MFF nearing its

end, the EU is now in negotiations on the next long-term budget. In May 2018, the European

Commission presented a package of legislative proposals for the 2021-2027 MFF. Equivalent

to 1.11 % of EU-27 gross national income (GNI), it takes into account the initiatives to which

the Member States committed in the Bratislava and Rome declarations, as well as the loss of

a major contributor due to the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU.



The European Parliament considers the proposal insufficient, given all commitments and

priorities, and estimates that the MFF ceiling should amount to 1.3 % of EU-27 GNI. The

Member States’ views on both the size and other aspects of the future MFF diverge, and

the Council has not yet agreed its position. EU leaders are expected to take the next important

decisions on the matter during the first half of 2020. The resources proposed for the 2021-2027

MFF are distributed across seven headings, representing the EU’s longterm priorities. They

include spending programmes and funds that are the basis for the implementation of the EU budget.


Comparison of 2014-2020 MFF allocations with the Commission’s 2021-2027 proposal and the EP position


                                                                      € billion (2018 prices)                                        % GNI (EU-27)

2014-2020 allocations                                            1 082.3                                                             1.16%


Commission proposal 2021-2027                         1 134.6                                                             1.11 %


EP position 2021-2027                                           1 324.1                                                             1.30 %




Croatian Presidency outlines priorities to EP committee


Ministers are outlining the priorities of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings.

Croatia holds the Presidency of the Council until July 2020. The first series of hearings took place on 20, 21 and 22 January 2020. 




Hearings  were held  in  the following committees of EU Parlament:




  • Environment and Public Health
  • Fisheries
  • International Trade
  • Transport and tourism
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Regional Development
  • Culture, education, youth and sport
  • Internal market and consumer protection
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Economic and Monetary Affairs
  • Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Budgets



RECONNECT - Lunch Roundtable: The Conference on the Future of Europe - Promises and Challenges

On january 21th in Norway House in Bruxelles was held "RECONNECT - Lunch Roundtable: The Conference on the Future of Europe - Promises and Challenges". 2020 will mark the start of the proposed Conference on the Future of Europe, which aims to bring together citizens from all over Europe, civil society and the European institutions in order to reflect on the future of the Union and give new impetus to the European project.

This roundtable discussed the potential of the Conference for strengthening European democracy and citizen engagement, as well as the critical challenges that the initiative faces. How should the Conference be structured and organized? How to ensure that the voices of all citizens are heard, in a spirit of inclusiveness and with respect for diversity? Which topics should be covered within the scope of the Conference? And how to ensure that the Conference delivers meaningful and tangible results?

Speakers that participated:

Dr. Silvia Kotanidis, European Parliamentary Research Service
Professor Ben Crum, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Professor Oliver Treib, University of Münster
Professor Giulia Sandri, Catholic University of Lille
Professor Pieter de Wilde, Norwegian University of Science and Technology



Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety  


Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety held on 20/01/2020 in Brussels in the European Parliament. Views were exchanged with Mr Milan KUJUNDŽIĆ, Croatian Minister of Health for purpose of  Presentation of the Council Presidency’s programme (HR PRESS 2020) - on Health priorities: Organ donations and transplantation, Access to medicines and Digitization in healthcare. In addition there was also a debate and votes about (an overview of the most important):
- Type approval of motor vehicles with respect to emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles (Euro 5 and Euro 6) and on access to vehicle repair and maintenance information
- Conclusion of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community
- Protecting the EU’s internal market and consumer rights against the negative implications of the illegal trade in companion animals
- European Year of Greener Cities 2021 - Adoption of motion for a resolution - Co-rapporteurs
- Minimum requirements for water reuse - Vote on the provisional agreement resulting from interinstitutional negotiations

More on Website of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)


Starring Together4Cohesion: lights, camera, cohesion!


Over the past week the Together4Cohesion Stand shined within a couple of innovative and equally interesting events. The debut was made within the Economy 4.0: Shaping a Shared Future event hosted by AER, the Brussels Capital Region and respectively the Government of Catalonia. The Cohesion stand welcomed the guests with smiles, balloons and positive stories of best-practices collected from wonderful participating regions and organisations.

The tour was extended with the participation in the Autumn 2019 Bureau Meeting where we had the pleasure and honour of conducting several interviews inquiring about what cohesion means to people and what successful projects they can recall from within their regions.

We have spoken with:


  • Tomislav Barbaric, Head of Public Institution for Regional Development Agency of Osijek-Baranja (HR)
  • Agneta Kardos, External Relations and Protocol Office, County of Timis (RO)
  • Ivan Zagar, President of Cohesion Region Eastern Slovenia (SLO)
  • Lilijana Madjar, Director of Regional Development Agency of Ljubljana Region (SLO)
  • Jean-Luc Vanraes, Vice-President of AER (B)
  • Magnus Bernsston, President of AER, Second VP and Chair of the Environmental Committee of Västra Götaland region (SE)
  • Albert-Castellans Maduell, Secretary General of Department of Vice-President Government of Catalonia (E)
  • Martin Eichtinger, Minister of Housing, Labour and International Relations of the Government of Lower-Austria (A)


Following this interviews, AER is soon launching a video-series featuring all interviewees. Curious? Stay tuned and follow the Together4Cohesion website.


Manneken Pis celebrates Croatian presidency


On the occasion of the assumption of the presidency of the Republic of Croatia by the Council of the European Union, a ceremony was held to dress the sculpture of Manneken Pis, a symbol of Brussels in Slavonian folk costume.

During the ceremony of dressing the sculpture, the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the Kingdom of Belgium HE HE. Josko Paro and the Councilors of the City of Brussels. The ceremony was accompanied by an intonation of the Croatian anthem by the Fanfare de Meyboom orchestra.

Manneken Pis is a bronze fountain and is the main symbol of the city of Brussels. Wearing sculpture on special occasions has become a tradition over time, and to this day more than 800 costumes have been preserved that are on display at a nearby museum.


Taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union will also be marked by a gala concert at the BOZAR Cultural Center in Brussels, featuring one of the most versatile counterparts of today, Max Emanuel Cenčić and opera diva Renata Pokupić, with the Croatian Baroque Ensemble and the Antiphonus vocal ensemble



Cultural cooperation projects in the Western Balkan countries


The overall objective of the call is to promote reconciliation and good neighborly relations in the Western Balkan countries through projects of cooperation and creativity in the cultural field. The call is funded through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) and is implemented in accordance with the rules and work plan of the Creative Europe program.


Eligible activities are the following:

- strengthening the capacity of the cultural and creative sectors for transnational and international action;

- strengthening the transnational circulation of cultural and creative sectors and enhancing the transnational mobility of cultural and creative sector workers;

- to strengthen intercultural dialogue among artists, cultural practitioners and the general public.


Eligible applications will be considered as applications submitted by a partnership of at least five organizations from EU Member States and beneficiaries of IPA II grants in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Serbia), namely:


- organizations or associations active in the cultural and creative industries

- national councils dealing with cultural and creative industries

- public authorities at local, regional or national level involved in the work of the cultural and creative industries.


The start of the planned activities is defined between January 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021. Projects can take a minimum of 24 months and a maximum of 48 months.

The total budget of the Call is EUR 5 000 000, while the minimum grant per project is EUR 100 000 and the maximum grant is EUR 500 000. The co-financing rate is 85% of the total eligible costs.

Project proposals must be submitted through the EACEA's online application form, using the appropriate application form (eForm). The deadline for submission is March 17, 2020



Present your idea at the European Sustainable Energy Week 2020.


The European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2020 will take place from 22 to 26 June 2020. The event is celebrated across Europe with the aim of promoting and improving the visibility of activities, projects and events that promote sustainable development and global goals for sustainable development.

Regional and local government representatives can join the event by organizing Networking Village activities from June 23 to June 25, 2020 to share information and create contacts to promote innovative sustainable energy solutions.

Networking Village is organized into three segments:

Energy Fair - where participants will present their activities with interactive presentations and dynamic discussions

Energy Talks - Participants will have the opportunity to give 15-minute speeches on innovative solutions and achievements in the use of clean energy

Energy Lab - will give participants the opportunity to highlight unique innovative projects in front of an audience and a jury made up of energy experts. After the presentation, the jury will offer expert advice and strategies to advance the projects.


Public and private organizations have the opportunity to sign up for this unique networking event. Contributors and lecturers will be selected by the European Commission, with an emphasis on interactive activities that encourage audience participation. You can apply by March 6, 2020.


See the following link for more information:


Croatia takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union


On the first day of the new year, Croatia assumed a six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. The start of the Presidency will be officially marked on 9 January 2020 by the arrival of the European Commission members in Zagreb and a concert at the Croatian National Theater. The international presidency of the Croatian Presidency will be held in Brussels on 15 January.

Croatia has taken over the EU Council Presidency with the slogan Strong Europe in a Challenging World, basing its six-month program in four main areas: an evolving Europe, a connecting Europe, a protecting Europe and an influential Europe.

During the Croatian Presidency, there will be around 1400 meetings at various levels, mostly in Brussels, while a total of 161 events will be held in Croatia, two-thirds of which will be held in Zagreb. The most important among them and the highlight of the presidency will be an informal EU-Western Balkans summit in Zagreb on May 7th. There are also nine ministerial conferences scheduled, five of which will be in Zagreb and four outside Zagreb.

The EU Council Presidency is an extremely important role for each Member State, which presents numerous challenges and opportunities - both for the Member State and its national administration. For the Republic of Croatia, this role will be further important because this is the first time that it has been in the role of President of the Council, six and a half years after its accession to the EU.



CoR 25th Anniversary Reception


2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR). This anniversary already celebrated throughout various specific events, for instance the European Summit of Regions and Cities in Bucharest on 14-15 March or the joint anniversary event with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe on 27 June.

The European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) from 7 to 10 October highlighted CoR position on the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) and the cohesion policy. The last plenary of 2019, from 4 to 5 December, allowed a debate with the new representatives of the European institutions, about the importance of regions and cities, multilevel governance and partnership as well as the renewal of Europe from the ground up.

Alongside political debates during the plenary, on 4 December 2019, in the CoR premises, was held a cultural event at which all European Regions were invited to contribute.

This event was the occasion to show off the diversity of European territories.

The transnational orchestra, Euregio Saxophone Orchestra, embodyed the musical dimension of cultural diversity in Europe and most European Regions had the opportunity to present their local gastronomic specialties, wine and promotional videos.



Economy 4.0: shaping a future that works for everybody / AER Bureau Meeting / Together4Cohesion


As is now a tradition and has been promised during the elaboration of the Committees’ work programmes, Brussels Capital hosted this year on 4th of December again a mutual learning event in the context its AER Vice Presidency. The event wasorganised in cooperation with Catalonia.

The current era, also called the fourth industrial revolution is characterized by the development of big-scale automatization, robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, big data analytics software and high-tech infrastructure allowing for the deployment of the internet of things (IoT). Economy 4.0 is a new era of productive, industrial and economic development which has deep implications on sectors as diverse as education, culture, health, agriculture, industrial production and work in general. The complexity of the societal challenges arising from this transformation makes it all the more important to use collective intelligence and diverse perspectives to shape the future.

What does this mean for policymaking? Where and how should policymakers play a role?

The event raised awareness on the ways in which the fourth industrial revolution is changing the way we live and work. More importantly, the event encouraged all participants to contribute in thinking and shaping the future.

Stakeholders from the private and public sector, industry specialists, entrepreneurs, academics, creatives and policymakers were engaged in genuine exchange. The idea is to share and discuss initiatives which can be implemented right away. A major asset of these events was to discover projects and initiatives and hear of stories first hand. In a setting where each participant is a contributor, the event highlighted opportunities and points of action of the Economy 4.0.

The autumn meeting of the AER Bureau has taken place on 5 December in the Brussels Capital Region.

The Bureau came together to adopt AER’s political priorities for 2020-2025 and it also hosted two debates with European parliamentarians on the Sustainable Development Goals and Digitalisation.

Let’s rEUnite project: Together for cohesion! is an EU-funded project (DG REGIO) that looks at identifying and exchanging successful good practices on communication strategies and initiatives at regional level in relation to the information and dissemination of the use and benefits of the EU Cohesion funds for transposition and/or scaling-up purposes across the diverse European regional contexts and environments.

During the Autumn Bureau Meeting interviews took place as part of the communication campaign Together4Cohesion.

The “Together for Cohesion: let’s rEUnite!” project is built on two main objectives.

The first objective is to raise awareness about the importance of programmes, projects and services funded by the Cohesion policy funds in terms of benefits on citizens’ life. At the heart of this proposal is a bottom-up approach: leading regions, citizens and stakeholders become the main protagonists and thereby Cohesion policy could benefit from this virtuous cycle.

The second objective is to encourage the participation of citizens and stakeholders on Cohesion policy to turn them in active players in the regional and national dialogue on Cohesion policy. That involvement will strength the connections between regions and citizens for a more constructive collaboration in the future implementation of the Cohesion policy programme.



The City of Prague, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic and the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU
held a panel discussion EUROPEAN AI ECOSYSTEM AND THE ROLE OF CITIES AND REGIONS on Tuesday 3 December at the Prague House in Bruxelles.

Europe could expand existing research capacities and reach critical teams and joining forces for more effective major scientific and technological challenges in artificial intelligence mass through networks of European centers of excellence, which are going to be introduced in Q1 2020. Encouraging collaboration between the best research in Europe could maintain its competitiveness.

The panel discussion supported the position of cities and regions in the developing the AI ecosystems.

Zdeněk Hřib – Mayor of Prague
Věra Jourová – EU Commissioner
Karel Havlíček – Deputy PM and Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic
Luboš Král – Researcher, Czech Technical University in Prague and PRG.AI
Panteleïmon Panagiotou – Head of Unit of ICT, Engineering & Natural Sciences, Bavarian Research Alliance (Munich)
Maxime Brivois – CEO, ALEEGO (Prague)
Clemens Wasner – CEO, EnliteAI (Vienna)
Moderated by Jan Klesla – Czech National Coordinator for European AI Centres


EACEA Info day - European Solidarity Corps: Centralised actions

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission organised on November 28th an "Infoday" with the purpose to inform potential applicants about the European Solidarity Corps Programme.

Representatives from relevant Directorates General from the European Commission, the National Agencies, civil society organisations, volunteers and other stakeholders were involved in panel discussions dedicated to exchanging views and experience on volunteering, traineeship and job activities.

The event provided opportunity for learning about funding opportunities, proposal drafting approaches and techniques. The Info day created possibilities for networking and meeting potential partners.




European Association of Public Banks (EAPB) - Annual reception


The European Association of Public Banks (EAPB) held its Evening Reception and General Assembly in Brussels on November 28 and 29. Mr. Philippe Mills, EAPB President and CEO of SFIL opened the Annual Reception. He stressed that the ECB has called policy-makers to do more for growth through the use of public finance. Public banks can be part of the answer to that call as they are tasked by their stakeholders to precisely promote growth through investments in local SME and their capacities to export products internationally as well as by investing in the necessary transport, public infrastructure, energy and digital equipment across Europe. Public banks are a cost-effective way of using this public finance.

Ms. Natacha Valla, Deputy Director for monetary policy at the European Central Bank (ECB) delivered the keynote speech on "ECB measures in the European macrofinancial and macroeconomic context". She focused in particular on the new monetary policy measures, which include an unchanged refinancing operations rate, a decreased deposit interest rate, a new round of bond purchase sand a two-tier system for reserve remuneration. Ms. Valla discussed with participants the macroeconomic efficiency of the monetary policy transmission chain and the impacts on European banks as well as the advantages and disadvantages of a greater ECB role in promoting green finance.

The event was attended by about 150 guests amongst which the CEOs and Board members of EAPB member institutions, partners at the European Commission, European Parliament and of European Associations similar to EAPB

Pictures from the Evening Reception are available here:


Greening mobility Are we acting fast enough?

Transport has brought plenty of benefits to society, providing jobs, connecting people and moving goods. It now has to face its next challenge: reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

The sector – from cars to planes, from ships to heavy-duty trucks – represents a significant part of the EU economy and will have to go through a major transformation to reduce its emissions as Europe moves towards a modern, low-carbon economy.
Electricity is just one option. There are a number of other alternatives, such as biofuels, hydrogen, E-fuels and gas.

EURACTIV held on 20 November in Bruxelles Stakeholder Forum to discuss the future of mobility in a greener context.


- What role for alternative fuels in decarbonising the transport sector?
- How can we decarbonise cars, ships and planes?
- Can we find a one-size-fits-all solution that applies to all transport sectors?
- What are the socio-economic costs linked to a green transition in transport?
- How can on-going investment and research in new solutions be incentivised?

Featured panellists:

Herald Ruijters, Director, Investment, Innovative & Sustainable Transport, European Commission
Giacomo Rispoli, Executive Vice President Refining & Marketing, ENI
Laura Buffet, Director, Energy, Transport & Environme



Is certification the answer to cyber risk mitigation in Europe?

Over the last three years, EU institutions have incrementally increased their focus on the question of cybersecurity and cybersecurity requirements. This process culminated this year with the adoption of the Cybersecurity Act. This piece of legislation aimed at further empowering ENISA as the EU Cybersecurity Agency, and at starting the process of establishing a risk-based cybersecurity framework which would enable the creation of EU certification schemes. The Commission consequently adopted a Recommendation which identified a number of actions to ensure an EU-wide approach to 5G networks and resulted in a report released by the NIS Cooperation Group, composed by EU member states' cybersecurity experts, in cooperation with the European Commission and ENISA. This report identifies the main cyber threats and actors, the most sensitive assets, as well as key vulnerabilities and strategic risks and it will be used as a basis to create an EU toolbox of possible measures for risk mitigation.

The reasons behind this regulatory and policy dash are multiple and encompass several overarching features of cybersecurity. First of all, the speed of innovation, as well as its scope and expected impacts at the European and international level have valuably increased, with special regard to the prospect of a mass use of 5G technologies. In addition, the very nature of information and communication technology is evolving swiftly, as 5G will not only increase the speed and responsiveness of wireless networks, but it will also mark a further shift from a hardware to a software-centred technology with multiple layers of possible patching and interaction. Moreover, European Institutions have been concerned with both the recent evolutions of the international arena and the European industry struggle to keep pace with the innovation of mobile network operators and their suppliers worldwide, as well as with manufacturers of connected devices and related service providers.
Against this background, the debate at a European level is increasingly focused on the question of cybersecurity certification as a primary tool of cyber-risk mitigation. Indeed, in accordance with the Cybersecurity Act, the related Commission’s recommendation indicates “third-party certification for hardware, software or services, formal hardware and software tests or conformity checks, processes to ensure access controls exist and are enforced, identifying products, services or suppliers that are considered potentially not secure” as primary measures to secure the EU cyberspace. Experts and commentators are divided about the very issue as while some have pointed at certification as an effective measure to bring about high-level common standards both across the EU and internationally, others have highlighted the risks of adopting a policy approach which would not allow to keep the pace of innovation. Furthermore, other concerns were raised regarding the continuation of fragmentation, as member states are, according to the current legal setting, ultimately responsible for national security and cybersecurity information exchange, as well as regarding the lack of diplomatic willingness to reach a global consensus on cybersecurity requirements.

Evening of discussion was held on 19 November in Bruxelles on the question of EU cybersecurity certification as a primary tool to mitigate cyber risks in Europe with speakers Mr Jean-François Junger, Deputy Head of Unit, Cybersecurity Technology and Capacity Building, European Commission, Ms Tamara Tafra, Counsellor, Cyber Issues, Permanent Representation of Croatia, Mr Jon France, Head of Industry Security, Technology, GSMA and Professor Chris Mitchell, Department of Information Security, Royal Holloway, University of London.
Dr Boutheina Chetali, Security and Certification Senior Expert, Huawei, held an introductory speech.
The debate was moderated by Mr Paolo Grassia, Director of Public Policy, ETNO.



Public Affairs and the New EU Commission: Predicting the Agenda for the Next 5 Years


The European Union is setting the agenda for its next five-year term, with a focus on promoting a stronger geopolitical Europe and setting global standards on everything from tax, carbon reduction, social media, access to capital and artificial intelligence.

FiscalNote held on 19 November in Bruxelles a working lunch with a panel of experts who discussed what this new agenda of issues and personnel means for corporations and organizations, from a trade and government relations perspective. It was an excellent opportunity to learn and network with peers.

Featured Panelists:
Brian Fox, VP of EMEA Government Relations team at JP Morgan
Barbara Wynne, Director of EU Government Relations at Accenture
Molly Montgomery, VP at Albright Stonebridge Group's Europe practice, a former White House advisor for Europe and Eurasia.





10th Saint Martin’s Day in Brussels


10th Saint Martin’s Day was held on 14th November 2019 on the premises of Wielkopolska Region Brussels Office. In Poland, Saint Martin’s Day is celebrated on a large scale in Poznań - the capital of the Wielkopolska Region. Since 2010, Wielkopolska Region Brussels Office organise on this occasion the reception in Brussels.

It was relaxed meeting with Polish regional specialties, local products and drinks and a pleasant company of +500 guests and representatives of European regions who discussed about the possibilities of cooperation and creating new partnerships. Representative office of Slavonija, Baranja and Srijem was also kindly invited on this special day and enjoyed pleasant company, regional food and introduction to new acquaintances.




Smart Regions 3.0: Transforming our societies

On 14 and 15 November 2019 at the EGG Building in Bruxelles was held High-Level event on “Smart Regions 3.0: Transforming our societies". The European Commission, Member States and Regions presented achievements in the current financial period 2014-20 and key directions for smart specialisation as a tool for an effective economic transformation in 2021-27.

Changes in climate, technology and demography are transforming our societies and way of life. Europe must lead the transition to a healthy planet and a new digital world. The Smart Regions conference will be a good occasion to strengthen the links between people, nations and institutions. Between expectations and delivery of smart specialisation strategies. Between words and deeds. People of Europe who design, implement and master regional economic development through innovation will discuss where and how it makes sense for public authorities to act, leaving European, national, regional and local actors to deliver where they are best placed to do so.

The topics were:

● Boosting innovation-led growth in the EU industrial transition regions
● Supporting the catching up EU regions to close innovation gap
● Integrating regional economies in the global value chains

In 2014 smart specialisation strategies were introduced in the European Union's Cohesion Policy as the basis for research and innovation investment. As a result, around 180 strategies have been established to shape investments from 2014-20. The Conference provided the opportunity to national and regional authorities to share experience on how smart specialisation strategies have been implemented, present projects financed and discuss impacts on the ground.

As well as highlighting best practice and lessons learnt, there was an opportunity to debate the future of innovation in the context of European regional development with representatives from the European institutions and national and regional governments. The conclusions of the discussion was an important contribution to the implementation of post-20202 Cohesion Policy.



Operational meeting Competence Center Ltd. (Vukovar-Srijem County) vs. Representative Office of Slavonija, Baranja and Srijem


Arrival of representatives from Competence Center Ltd. (Vukovar-Srijem County) on 13th of Novebmer for participation at the Conference on regional forest innovation in the EU completed the operational meeting at the premises of the Representative office of Slavonija, Baranja and Srijem.

Ivan Ambroš Director of Competence Centre Ltd. for research and development, Iva Božić project assistant and Danijela Šarić Bartolović Project Manager attended the meeting. On the meeting was discussed about future cooperation with Representative office in Bruxelles, networking, joint projects and projects of interest to the five Slavonian counties, project in the field of research and development, cooperation with European institutions and knowledge transfer.



Conference on regional forest innovation in the EU co-organized by ROSEWOOD


On 13th of Novebmer the conference at the Committee of Regions in Brussels discussed the contribution of forest-based businesses to regional development and innovation.

While playing a major role in protecting biodiversity and providing various ecosystem services, forest also bring important economic benefits. Forest-based businesses contribute as much as 7% to economic growth. The sector employs over 3.5 million people across the European Union. It is the EU's third largest employer, just after the metal and food industries. In rural areas, in particular, forests are a key resource for improving quality of life and job creation and thereby keeping our rural communities alive and thriving.

Regional cooperation in the EU is essential to facilitate the exchange of skills and bolster competitiveness of our regions.
Director of Competence Centre Ltd. for research and development Ivan Ambroš as manager of East Europe Hub for sustainable wood mobilisation, presented conclusions within ROSEWOOD project at Conference on Regional Forest Innovation which was held in the European Committee of the Regions organized by Commission for Natural Resources (NAT) with the co-organization of the European Forest Institute (EFI) and the ROSEWOOD project. More on the link.





High-level EURACTIV Forum - "Emission-free mobility: How will Europe reach its targets?" 


On 6 November 2019 in BMW Brand Store - Bruxelles was held high-level EURACTIV Forum "Emission-free mobility: How will Europe reach its targets?" The goals of the forum were to understand what action is required to achieve a carbon-neutral mobility sector and to reach the EU's 2030 and 2050 targets.

The panelists who participated:
Gwenole Cozigou, Director, Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value Chains, DG GROW
Alexandre Paquot, Head of Unit Road Transport, DG CLIMA
Jens Gieseke MEP, TRAN Member, European People’s Party
Andreas Klugescheid, Head of Steering Government and External Affairs, BMW Group
Carlos Calvo Ambel, Director, Trends and Analysis, Transport&Environment
Maxime Flament, Chief Technology Officer, 5G Automotive Association

Decarbonising transport is a core theme of the EU 2020 strategy. Mobility systems in general and transportation in particular are undergoing profound transformations. They are expected to evolve more in the next 10 years than they have in the past 50. The EU faces a combination of challenges. Transport will fuel the modernisation of the economy and is a key source of European employment, but it also tops the ranking of polluters. The EU can show that modernising the economy and addressing climate change go hand in hand.



High-level EURACTIV Forum - "Emission-free mobility: How will Europe reach its targets?" 


On 6 November 2019 in BMW Brand Store - Bruxelles was held high-level EURACTIV Forum "Emission-free mobility: How will Europe reach its targets?" The goals of the forum were to understand what action is required to achieve a carbon-neutral mobility sector and to reach the EU's 2030 and 2050 targets.

The panelists who participated:
Gwenole Cozigou, Director, Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value Chains, DG GROW
Alexandre Paquot, Head of Unit Road Transport, DG CLIMA
Jens Gieseke MEP, TRAN Member, European People’s Party
Andreas Klugescheid, Head of Steering Government and External Affairs, BMW Group
Carlos Calvo Ambel, Director, Trends and Analysis, Transport&Environment
Maxime Flament, Chief Technology Officer, 5G Automotive Association

Decarbonising transport is a core theme of the EU 2020 strategy. Mobility systems in general and transportation in particular are undergoing profound transformations. They are expected to evolve more in the next 10 years than they have in the past 50. The EU faces a combination of challenges. Transport will fuel the modernisation of the economy and is a key source of European employment, but it also tops the ranking of polluters. The EU can show that modernising the economy and addressing climate change go hand in hand.






A Health Care Workforce for the Digital Age


On Tuesday, 5 November 2019 in European Parliament in Brussels Tomislav Sokol, MEP, and Sara Cerdas, MEP, in cooperation with the Health first Europe and under the patronage of the Finnish Presidency of the Council held the roundtable debate "A Health Care Workforce for the Digital Age".

Digital technologies are an inevitable part of the future of the European health workforce. It is crucial that health care professionals possess enough resources, skills and support to enable the digital transformation of care. As innovation and new technologies continue to revolutionise the modern medical landscape, it is ultimately the responsibility of health care professionals to adopt and apply such innovations. It will require the joint effort of many parties to help transitioning and training the future of the health care workforce to knowledgably engage with technology and digitalisation.

EU institutions are working to facilitate this transition throughout their initiatives to build Electronic Health Records, aiming at building consistent infrastructure for data sharing across Europe, and to promote digital skills. Despite all the initiatives that the EU have embraced so far, health care education and systems might not keep pace with digital developments. Three areas of focus for digital health implementation still require coordination and best practice sharing: infrastructures, management & organisation of work and skilling.

The debate was aiming to discuss the following issues:

What structural changes in health care settings can support health workers in leading the digital revolution?
What skills do health care workers need to maximise the benefits of digital technologies?
How EU policies can support health care workers in scaling up innovation?



2019 Eurostat Regional Yearbook


The 2019 edition of the Eurostat Regional Yearbook provides a wide range of regional statistics available for all 28 EU Member States.

The publication begins with an overview of EU regional policies and European Commission priorities at the subnational level. Then, statistics on population, health, education and training, labor markets, economy, data on research and innovation, the digital economy and tourism, transport and agriculture are presented. The publication also includes chapters on cities and regional socio-economic development.

In addition to the regional yearbook, Eurostat also offers three interactive applications for visualizing and analyzing regional and local data: Illustrated Regions and Cities, Statistical Atlas and My Region, which also exist as mobile applications.


Find the Eurostat Regional Yearbook for 2019 here :




The new call Creative Europe: The Culture sub-program


This Call for Proposals will support European cooperation projects starting to be implemented in 2020.

The aim of the call is to stimulate innovation and creativity, to promote and strengthen the cultural and innovation sectors, to promote EU standards and mutual respect, to raise awareness of shared history and values.


Project proposals can address one of up to three of the following priorities:

A) Transnational mobility

B) Audience development

C) Capacity building in areas:

C.1) Digitization

C.2.) Development of new business models

C.3) Training and training

D) Intercultural dialogue and social integration of migrants and refugees

E) Legacy of the European Year of Culture Herotage 2018


 This Call for Proposals has been funded with a total of EUR 48,444,567, with around 40% of the budget allocated to support smaller cooperation projects (COOP1). The maximum amount of support per project is:


• EUR 200,000 - 60% of the total budget - for smaller cooperation projects (COOP1)

• EUR 2,000,000 - 50% of the total budget - for larger cooperation projects (COOP2)


Legal entities (private and public), as well as national, regional and local authorities whose main activity belongs to the purview of the culture, may participate in the projects, whereby the lead partner must be able to substantiate their legal personality (of the same name and status) for the past two years.


Proposals are submitted on behalf of partner consortia consisting of at least three organizations from three different countries for smaller cooperation projects, and at least six organizations from six different countries for larger cooperation projects.


The deadline for applications is November 27, 2019, Brussels time. The application instructions and the forms and documents that you must attach are available through the following link:




New call: Support for information measures related to EU cohesion policy

In the context of this call for proposals, the European Commission wishes to select potential beneficiaries for the implementation of a series of information measures to be co-financed by the EU. The main objective is to support the compilation and dissemination of information and content related to EU cohesion policy.


Two main activities are foreseen:

supporting the media and other eligible entities in compiling and disseminating information and content related to EU cohesion policy (see 'eligible applicants')

promoting EU cohesion policy at universities and other educational institutions.

The proposals should outline and evaluate the role of cohesion policy in achieving the Commission's political priorities and in addressing current and future issues of importance to the EU, Member States, regions and local stakeholders.

Eligible applicants are media organizations / news agencies (television, radio, print, internet media, new media, combinations of different media), non-profit organizations, universities and educational institutions, research centers and strategic reflection groups, associations of European interest, private entities, public bodies (national, regional and local).

The total budget earmarked for co-financing the information measures under this call is estimated at EUR 4,800,000, while the individual grant amount is at least EUR 70,000 and a maximum of EUR 300,000. EU grants are paid as a reimbursement of up to 80% of the actual cost of the eligible activities.

The deadline for submissions is December 10, 2019. Application forms and additional information on the call for proposals can be found in the Applicant's Guide at:




SEEPORT - Official launch party


On Tuesday, October 15th, 2019. SEEPORT Association held their official launch party at the Croatian Chamber of Economy Representative Office in Brussels. SEEPORT is Brussels based association of four independent consultancies formed with the purpose of offering companies and associations full-service access to the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU and beyond. They are experts in strategic counsel, government relations, public relations, justice and home affairs and event management.
On this occasion as a guest speaker, Ms Marijana Kujundžić, Minister Plenipotentiary, Representative to the Political and Security Committee, within Permanent Representation of Croatia to the European Union, offered a insight into the draft priorities of Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU from January 2020 – July 2020. This was also an opportunity to meet with Croatian Members of the EU Parliament (Karlo Ressler and Tomislav Sokol), Toni Žufić, Representative of Slavonija, Baranja and Srijem in Bruxelles and members of  Croatian Chamber of Economy Representative Office in Brussels.




Representation of Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem opened in Brussels 

 On October 8, 2019. during the two-day stay of delegations of five Slavonian counties at European Week of Regions and Cities, the Representative Office of Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem in Brussels was officially opened. The traditional reception on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Croatia was an opportunity to present the future work of the Representation in front of two hundred high-ranking guests. With her arrival, numerous MEPs, diplomats and foreign and domestic ministers supported the opening of the Office, and congratulations to Slavonian counties were sent by the future Vice-President of the European Commission, Dubravka Šuica.

The joint appearance of the Osijek-Baranja, Vukovar-Srijem, Brod-Posavina, Virovitica-Podravina and Požega-Slavonia counties as united regions in front of the European institutions was also welcomed by Croatian MEPs, with whom the Slavonian counties had previously met.

- By opening of this office was made clear in which direction will east of Croatia go. I congratulate you on this and I believe that your Representation will be the point of exchange of information. The Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem project has triggered positive changes in the east of Croatia, and your continued presence in Brussels will help to intensify the withdrawal of funds even more, said Karlo Ressler.

- The first office in Brussels has been opened by the County of Istria, whose county is represented in the new convocation of the European Parliament. - You came together and that says a lot about working in the interest of your Slavonia. I know from my own experience that it is important to be at the source of information - said Walter Flego.

MEPs Željana Zovko, Ruža Tomašić and Fred Matić, who received a Slavonian delegation to the European Parliament along with Ressler and Flego, agreed that the task of MEPs is to open the door to projects and ideas coming from Croatia. The MEPs also made themselves available for tourism promotion of eastern Croatia and requested inputs for a new financial envelope for which the trial will last for a year.

- So far we were coming as guests for European Week of the Regions, I am glad that we are hosting this year. The new financial envelope will also open up new opportunities, and we will strive to ensure that the co-financing ratios do not change so that they can continue to implement all the projects in the east of Croatia in the future - said Igor Andrović, County Prefect of Virovitica-Podravina.

- We have similar strategic projects that connect us, and for the County of Brod-Posavina, the project of establishing the University of Slavonski Brod is of great importance, which will further educate the East of Croatia. We wish to develop the area of all five counties strategically, because even development is one of the basic preferences of the European Union - said Prefect Danijel Marusić.

The County of Virovitica-Podravina and the County of Požega-Slavonia have pointed out the insufficiently developed transport connection. - We still do not have a kilometer of highway, and traffic is vital if we are to give young people an opportunity to stay and live a better life in Slavonia. Agricultural industry and tourism infrastructure can also make a significant contribution to economic development - said Prefect of Požega-Slavonia, Alojz Tomašević.

Increasing the capacity and upgrading of Osijek Airport as well as building a new Clinical Hospital Center in Osijek are projects that go beyond county boundaries, said Vice Prefect of Vukovar-Srijem County Damir Barna, pointing out that Vukovar also needs upgrading of the river port, while rural areas build new ones irrigation systems.

- Projects that are important for the development of the east of Croatia connect our counties and this joint appearance in front of the European institutions is a continuation of the successful cooperation of five counties at the national level. The initiative came from the Prefect of Osijek-Baranja County, Ivan Anušić. It has already taken on several examples, from branding the east of Croatia as one tourist destination, holding the Croatian Tourism Day on the Continent and opening this office - said the President of the County Assembly of Osijek-Baranja County, Dragan Vulin.

During their stay in Brussels, a delegation of five counties held numerous meetings with the aim of informing the institutions about the work of the Representations of Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem. At the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Croatia, they discussed, among other things, with Ivan Zeko-Pivač, Minister Adviser in charge of Cohesion Policy, Hrvoje Butigan, Adviser in the Permanent Representative, and Jaksa Pertić, Adviser for Agriculture and Rural Development. Emphasis was placed on the negotiation process ahead of the adoption of the new Multiannual Financial Framework and the announced changes that would reduce the co-financing of projects with European funds as well as shorter deadlines for project implementation.

The representative office of Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem in Brussels is located in the Office of the Public Institution Development Agency of the Osijek-Baranja County, and will be headed by Toni Žufić from the Osijek-Baranja County. In the coming period, Experts Advisors from other five counties will work in the office. The work of the Office is funded by all five counties in proportion to the size of the county. The aim of the Representative Office is to synergistically cooperate in the realization of individual and joint projects of strategic interest in the area of all five counties and hold meetings with relevant stakeholders from EU institutions and representatives of the Republic of Croatia in Brussels.  



 Source (Osijek-Baranja County)



 Stakeholder consultation on environment policy below municipal level


The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) drafted on Monday, 30th September 2019 an opinion "Towards sustainable neighbourhoods and small communities - Environment policy below municipal level". The discussed topic of the opinion was led by the Rapporteur Mr Gaetano ARMAO (IT/EPP), Vice-President and Regional Minister for Economy of the Region of Sicily and also the Chair of the Interregional group on Insular Regions of the CoR. Our Representative of Slavonija, Baranja i Srijem also participated in the opinion taking part in in the Committee of the Regions building in Bruxelles. There were also presented some good practice examples from Croatia region - the Islands of Mali lošinj and Krk.

The stream is available on YOUTUBE


The new call of the COSME program: Strengthening the sustainable development of tourism and the capacity of tourism SMEs through transnational cooperation and knowledge transfer

The COSME Program launched a Call for Proposals "Strengthening the Sustainable Development of Tourism and the Capacity of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) through Transnational Cooperation and Knowledge Transfer". The deadline for submission of project proposals is October 24, 2019.

The aim of the call is to strengthen transnational and cross-border cooperation for the sustainable growth of SMEs in tourism, to stimulate the capacities and skills of SMEs for research and innovation that contribute to sustainable tourism management, and to foster innovative solutions for sustainable tourism through cross-sectoral cooperation.

Eligible applicants are legal entities that form a consortium of at least five and up to ten members / partners from at least five countries involved in the COSME program. At least one of the consortium partners / members must be an entrepreneurial support institution or organization.

Eligible applicants are regional and local government, non-governmental organizations, private entities including micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the tourism sector, chambers of commerce, educational institutions including universities and research centers active in tourism and business support.

The maximum grant per project is EUR 1,000,000, while the co-financing pillar is 75% of eligible costs.

Detailed information on the Call is available through the following link:


Call for submission of project proposals for social economy missions under the COSME program

As part of the COSME program, a call for submission of project proposals for social economy missions was launched.

The deadline for submitting project proposals is September 26, 2019. The general objective of this call is to support the network of EU regional and local authorities with similar priorities and experts in this area and through interregional cooperation to contribute to the gradual establishment of a permanent common practice in the field of social economy. The development and recognition of certain aspects of social economy at regional and local level accelerates and improves the interregional dimension.

This call seeks opportunities for regions and cities with similar goals of the social economy to exchange best practices and exploit existing synergies to boost interregional cooperation.


Priorities to which the call refers are:

Socially Responsible Public Procurement

Educational framework for social economy

Resolving regional / local unemployment through the model of social economy

Social economy clusters.


Eligible applicants are regional and local self-government, social economy enterprises and other public and private entities specializing in social economics, associated with a consortium of at least three partners from at least three EU Member States or a participating COSME country. The maximum amount of grants per project is 50,000 euros, while the co-financing rate is 90% of the eligible costs.


For more information on the terms and conditions of the contest, please see here


Cohesion Alliance Conference: Together for Strong Cohesion Policy 2021-2027


Cohesion Alliance partners - a pan-European alliance that advocates a strong cohesion policy after 2020 - discussed on July 10 at the European Committee of Regions with newly elected MPs in the European Parliament on ways to overcome those risks.

Leading COTER Commissioners and the REGI Committee discussed with the territorial and sectoral associations of risks and opportunities in negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council. There is still a danger that the foreseeable reduction of budget funds and centralization would jeopardize the ability of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for the period 2021-2027 to reduce disparities and to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth across the EU.

Newly appointed President of the Regional Development Committee (REGI) of the European Parliament Younous Omarjeea expressed full support to the Alliance's priorities, including the key role of territorial cohesion, the abolition of macroeconomic conditionality, the simplification of the rules and partnership principle for inclusive investment investment management.

During the event, representatives of public authorities, civil society and business associations emphasized the impact of cohesion policy in areas of action, from youth policies to support for small and medium-sized enterprises, measures to combat climate change and social inclusion.

It is expected that the "trials" of the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council on legislative proposals for future cohesion policy will begin again in October to complete the adoption of relevant regulations by the end of 2019.


Second Call for Proposals and Opportunities to Fund the Digital Infrastructure Services - 2019-2 CEF Telecom


Second Call for Proposals and Opportunities to Fund the Digital Infrastructure Services - 2019-2 CEF Telecom

The Executive Agency for Innovation and Networking (INEA) and the European Commission have announced the second CEF Telekom call for 2019. A total budget call budget of EUR 25 million is intended to support and implement the European Digital Infrastructure Services (DSIs).

Interested applicants from all member states of Iceland and Norway can submit their project proposals with a deadline for submission on November 14, 2019.

Eligible applicants are all public bodies at national, regional and local level, provided they meet the eligibility criteria for the applicant applicants and the activities proposed for funding, as set out in the Work Program and Call. Regional and local authorities, upon application, must submit the approval of the competent ministry (application form A2.3).

The call is focused on six areas:

 cyber security (EUR 10 million),


e-Health (EUR 5 million),

e-public procurement (EUR 1 million),

European e-Justice (EUR 3 million),

public open data (EUR 5 million),

a new European platform for digital skills (EUR 1 million).


Project applicants are expected to benefit from projects aimed at improving the everyday life of citizens, businesses and public administration bodies and contributing to the creation of a single digital market. The call is open until November 14, 2019, and interested applicants are invited to participate in the virtual infodata10. July. The Connecting Europe Instrument (CEF) supports physical and digital infrastructure in the transport, telecommunications and energy sectors.

Project applicants submit their applications to individual CEF calls in a system intended for submissions on the CEF web site. Documentation related to appropriate calls as well as all other information are also available on the same web site. The deadline for submissions is November 14, 2019.




Call of the European Committee of Regions Young elected politicians


The European Committee of Regions will allow selected young politicians, elected at the local or regional level, to participate in the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels from 7 to 10 October 2019. The European Week of Regions and Cities is a four-day event that is held annually in Brussels, during which officials from regional and city administrations and experts and representatives of the academic community can exchange good practices and knowledge in the area of development of the regions and cities.

It is also a respectable platform for political communication on the development of an EU cohesion policy that contributes to raising the awareness of decision makers on the fact that the regions and cities play an important role in shaping EU policy. Young elected politicians program Young politicians who will be selected as part of the call will have the opportunity to connect with other EU, national and local politicians present at the ETRG; inform about EU programs targeted at cities and regions and actively participate in discussions. You can find the program's design through the following link


Travel and daily expenses cover the European Committee of the Regions. How to apply? To participate in the program of Young Elected Politicians, the following requirements must be met: the applicants must have the mandate of an elected politician at the regional or local level in a Member State of the European Union must not be older than 40 years it is necessary to complete the application form , stating its interest to participate by June 28, 2019.

New Erasmus + Program Call: European Young People 2019


The Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual Policy and Culture (EACEA) has published a new pose for the "European Youth Call for Erasmus + Program". The aim of the call "European young people together" is to create networks to promote regional partnerships that would be achieved in close cooperation with young people from all over Europe. Within these networks, they would organize exchanges, promote training and enable young people to launch joint projects themselves.

The European Youth Projects will jointly seek to support joint initiatives that encourage exchanges of young people's ideas on the EU, their wider civic participation and the sense of European citizenship among young people.

Eligible applicants are associations and non-governmental organizations, international organizations, public bodies at the local, regional or national level, and profit-making bodies operating in a socially responsible business based in one of the participating countries of the Erasmus + program.

The EU's financial contribution amounts to at least EUR 100,000 and should not exceed EUR 500,000. It is limited to the highest co-financing rate of 80% of the total eligible project costs.

 The deadline for submitting project proposals is 18 July 2019. For more information about Calling and how to sign up, please see the following link:





Call for Proposals for European Green Cities


The European Commission has announced the call for cities for the European Green Capital in 2022 and the European Green List in 2021. The candidature for the European Green Capital can be highlighted by cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, and for the European Green List cities between 20 and 100,000 inhabitants.   The call is open until October 14 this year. You can apply for it at the following link (registration required):


There is more information on the call itself at the same address. Applications are available in all official languages of the European Union. Winners and cities that come in shortlisted access the exclusive network of European Green Capital and the Green Grid European Network, providing them with a platform for sharing environmental knowledge and examples of best practices. In addition, the European Green Capital's winner for 2022 will receive EUR 350,000 to launch its Green Year, while the European Green List competition winner will receive EUR 75,000, which should help to implement the environmental program in that year.

Local leaders launch an initiative to present migrants' integration in EU cities and regions


The Initiative of Cities and Regions for Integration of Migrants - # Regions4Integration - complements a number of existing networks and projects of associations of local and regional authorities in Europe. The European Committee of Regions (OR) as a political assembly of local and regional authorities wants to build a coalition together with four leading European Cities and Regions Associations - the European Regions Assembly, the Coastal Borders Conference, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions and the Eurocities Network - and contribute to the design of the EU Migration Program with the desire to take the local and regional perspectives into account in the future.


The initiative will:

1. To create a political platform for cities and regions to enable them to design and submit proposals for EU policies and funding related to migration integration;

2. exchange good practices of local integration of migrants in areas such as access to labor market, vocational training, education, support for juvenile offenders, work in partnership with civil society, etc;

3. Promote mutual learning, especially by linking cities that have more experience in integration with cities and places that have just begun to receive migrants. The initiative is particularly focused on small and medium-sized towns and rural territorial units that are ready to integrate migrants, but lack the experience and instruments;

4. exchange information on European funding for integration support (the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and the future Asylum and Migration Fund, the European Social Fund and other regional development funds, including migration integration goals).

5. Develop positive discourse by presenting positive examples and solutions to integration policies as a means of combating disinformation.

The initiative is open to all local and regional politicians who share their experiences in # Regions4Integration.


More information is available on the OR website:

Workshop on improving the administrative capacity of local and regional authorities


The European Committee of Regions is currently preparing its opinion on its own initiative on "Improving the administrative capacity of local and regional authorities to boost investment and structural reforms in the period 2021-2027". As part of the drafting of the Opinion, a workshop was organized with representatives of regional and local self-government to discuss the problems local and regional representatives face in implementing reforms, but also consider improvement measures.

The draft opinion states that the efficiency of public administration determines the way in which public policies are implemented and affects the growth and welfare of society. Just the efficiency and ability of the public administration can explain the differences between the member states and the EU regions in levels of development, living conditions and political legitimacy. The workshop also discussed the reasons why public administrations from southern and eastern Europe have lower levels of efficiency and are slower in implementing strategies.


The reason for this is the capacity (s) and knowledge of public administrations about EU policies, the implementation of EU funds, but also the political impact on employment and decision-making. A recommendation for further progress is the strengthening of public administration capacity, especially in the areas of public procurement, but also new knowledge on environmental protection and sustainable systems, stricter control in EU policies and funds, and the improvement of digitalisation and public administration transparency.

The second theme of the workshop was technical assistance given to regional and local bodies. Technical assistance in the current financial period is mostly financed through the European Structural and Investment Funds - Topic 11, with a financial envelope of € 4.2 billion for the period 2014-2020. Despite the low amount of funds ending up to local and regional authorities (13%) at EU level, TO11 remains the only tool under which local and regional representatives are direct beneficiaries.


Given that direct funding for the use of technical assistance by regional and local public authorities is not provided in the future financial framework of the EU, the Opinion of the Committee of the Regions seeks to provide adequate EU funds with explicit capacity building capacities that would be available to regional and local stakeholders.

A new call for a European Business Exchange Program has been opened


Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border exchange program that offers young and promising entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from experienced entrepreneurs who manage smaller companies in other participating countries. New entrepreneurs who have decided to start their own business or have already started it within the past three years and experienced entrepreneurs who are owners or are run by a small or medium-sized enterprise in one of the participating countries may participate in the program. The program lasts from one to six months. It is recommended that the exchange be interrupted, but you can split your stay in several parts if the program is completed within 12 months of its inception.

Applications are sent via the online application form: and the deadline is 11 June 2019.

For more details on how to sign in and call text, please see the following link.

Green Week EU 2019


The Green Week, the largest annual environmental policy event in Europe, began in Warsaw, while the EU High Level Green Week conference was held from 15 to 17 May in Brussels. The Green Week is the biggest annual opportunity for a debate on EU environmental policy that has been organized for almost 20 years by the European Commission's Directorate-General for the Environment.

 The main topics of this year's conference were the European Commission's report on the state of implementation of environmental law in Europe. Environmental policy is today one of the greatest achievements of the European integration process. In Europe there is the largest coordinated network of protected areas in the world and it is largely successful in protecting endangered species and habitats, restoring ecosystems and achieving more sustainable agriculture, fisheries and forestry.

Nonetheless, natural capital collapses - air pollution has a significant impact on the health of citizens, and a third of the EU's land area faces water supply problems, so shortage of water is a serious problem in many Member States. Along with the ceremony of the opening of the conference with Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Carmen Vella and other prominent officials, the Green Week of the EU was divided into thematic seminars and workshops on topics such as improving the protection of Natura 2000 sites, sea protection, the importance of environmental law enforcement human health, the impact of sports events on the environment and many others.


Within the Green Week of the EU, the European Committee of Regions has organized a prize-giving ceremony under the European Waste Reduction Week. Within the European Week of Waste Reduction, six projects were awarded, which include the best measures for achieving the zero waste rate in the EU undertaken over the past year. This year's winning municipalities are Sant Vicenç de Castellet (Catalonia), Cloughmills (Northern Ireland), IMQ Zorrotzaurre (Basque) Clinic, St Fintan's Primary School (Ireland), Sant Josep School from Navàs (Catalonia) and a French Citizen Project. Like every year, the Green Week of the EU included a number of partner affairs across Europe that brought together many visitors.


EU Award for Health Action


The European Commission has awarded this year's EU Health Action Award to initiatives by cities, non-governmental organizations and schools that have contributed to or contribute to increasing public health in the European Union by preventing and reducing obesity in children and young people. The date of the completion of the initiatives to be submitted under this call may not be before 1 January 2016. At the time of the announcement of the call for initiation of an initiative, they may already be finalized or still in progress. In each category, three initiatives will be selected that will enter the competition, and one initiative in each category will receive an excellence mark and a prize in the amount of 100,000 euros. prize for the best city: 100 000 euros, awards for the best non-governmental organization: 100 000 euros, Best School Award: 100,000 Euros. Applications are sent via the online application form and the deadline is 13 May 2019. All other information, including eligibility criteria, exclusion, selection and award award, and awards award rules, are available on the EU Health Benefits website.




LIFE info date held 2019


The European Commission and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) are the organizers of LIFE info date 2019 with the aim of presenting information about LIFE Program and publishing the tenders in 2019.

The aim of the info day was to emphasize the importance of linkage between projects and current policies from a particular LIFE program area. LIFE projects must contribute to the development and implementation of environmental and climate policies and provide solutions at European Union level.

This year's competition was announced on April 4 and is open until June and September and refers to so-called traditional projects. This call is divided into two subprogrammes, environment and climate activities.

Submission of project proposals for the subprogram The environment takes place in two phases - the concept abstract is first submitted in June, and if the first phase of the evaluation passes, a full project report with a deadline in February will be submitted.

For the Subprogramme of Climate Action, a full project application with a deadline is announced immediately in September.


For presentations and videos with Info Day, look through the following link:


First Call for Strategic Projects Interreg Mediterranean


The Interreg Mediterranean Cross-Border Cooperation Program has been announced first Call for Proposals for Strategic Projects with a total allocation of 13 million euros.

Project proposals may only be submitted for Priority Axis 4. - Management. Strategic projects to be approved by this call relate to two themes: Coastal and Maritime Tourism and Maritime Surveillance.

This call is open only to public bodies at local, regional and national level, the private sector is not eligible for this call. An acceptable project proposal should include at least seven partner organizations from at least five member states and one state from the IPA Mediterranean program.

The co-financing rate is 85% of the eligible costs, while the eligible project amount is between 2.5 and 3 million euros.

The first call for strategic projects is open until June 6, 2019. For more details on how to sign in and call text, please see the following link:




Support for the implementation of the European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework (EntreComp)


The European Commission has announced a new call under the COSME program "Supporting the implementation of the European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework (EntreComp)".

The overall objective of this call is to implement EntreComp from an idea to reality and to bring together key stakeholders (at EU, national, regional or local level) in interactive discussions on the EntreComp Entrepreneurship Framework, with the aim of building co-operation between education and training providers training, companies and other stakeholders.

Eligible applicants are public bodies of national, regional and local levels, associations of entrepreneurs, chambers, educational institutions and other public bodies involved in the implementation of the Entrepreneurial Competence Framework.

The partner consortium must be composed of at least six participants from at least three EU Member States. The maximum amount of funds per project is 500,000 EUR, while the co-financing rate of eligible costs is 90%.


The deadline for submitting project proposals is August 22, 2019, and you can find more information about the contest itself and the terms of the application via the following link




EGTCs and people to people projects and INTERACT training


The CoR’s EGTC Platform organised a conference on the involvement of EGTCs and Euroregions in people to people project. The EGTC is an essential instrument to increase cooperation on the European stage, it is enshrined in European law and continues to create, strengthen and maintain cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation within and beyond the EU borders. People-to-people projects (P2P) and small scale projects play a crucial role in building trust and involving numerous partners in the view for a cohesive Europe.

Programme manager in the European Commission’s DG REGIO,Dorota Witoldson highlighted the importance of the EGTCs saying “There is a European Character of the EGTCs – which is of particular value especially at borders with a difficult history, at borders with political instability… “once it’s there you can have a stable, European cross-border structure, which is there over many years.”

The acting director of the Euroregion Nisa, Ondřej Havlíček shared his experience from the first Euroregion created in Central and Eastern Europe encompassing German regions and Czech and Polish municipalities. Project manager of the Small Project Fund, Via Carpathia, Veronika Mohňanská underlined the “importance of the cross-border aspect and sustainability of the projects” that EGTC provides in cross-border cooperation. She presented the work of her EGTCs which is one of the prime examples of management of P2P projects by an EGTC.

Jaroslav Štefek, the director of the neighbouring cross-border region of Glacensis emphasised that over 5,000 successful projects have been carried out. This is the first Euroregion to manage small P2P with the aim to enhance economic and social coheresion and provide advisory-consulting services for regional development.

Following the debates and sharing of experiences, an interactive workshop, organized by INTERACT, ensued, exploring some of the more technical aspects of cooperation and the increasing involvement of management in P2P by exchange of best practices to ensure quality implementation.

European Commission Working Group Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH)


The European Commission's Directorate for Communication Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) has organized a working group on Digital Innovation Hubs held on 3 April in Brussels.

The aim of the meeting was to bring together representatives of Digital Innovation Hubs and representatives of European Institutions to discuss the results achieved within the Digital Agenda of the EU and future activities within the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework 2021 -2027.

Digital Innovation Hubs are designed to support companies that by introducing digital technology products and services improve their business and production processes and strengthen their competitive position in the market. Specifically, DIHs act as one-stop-shops, helping companies to digitize their businesses.

Through the work group, some of the most successful examples of DIHs in the EU and their solutions to companies to improve their production processes, products or business models with digital technologies are presented. Activities of the region were also promoted in the promotion of the entrepreneurial entrepreneurial ecosystem and the initiative of digital transformation of small and medium-sized enterprises.


At the end of the working meeting, a new web platform of DIH Catalog was presented, where all active Digital Innovation Hubs can be found and a list of their activities.



Exhibition: "Osijek under brutal aggression attack"


This exhibition was primary used as a tool for education and promotion of the truth regarding the Croatian War for Independence and was, for the first time, solemnly opened on the 27th of June 2018. which is also Croatia’s Statehood day and The day of Osijek's defenders. The first location of this exhibition was in the atrium of the Archaeological museum in Osijek.


This exhibition wants to draw attention of the wider community about the brutal destruction of this European multicultural city and point out the need of bigger engagement of both, Croatian and European institutions for the purpose of collecting funds for quality renewal, permanent protection and preservation of architectural and historical valuables of the city of Osijek.


This brutal aggression damaged 129 economic companies, 38 industrial facilities and over 18500 residential buildings. Total damage is estimated at around euros. The exhibition itself is divided in a few segments based on the type of objects that were damaged; industry, hospital and medical facilities, sacral objects, historical and public buildings and civil objects. There will be 25 exhibits.


Location of this exhibition is Yehudi Menuhin Mezzanine, and the official opening of the exhibition will be on Tuesday, 9th of April 2019 at 19.00h. At the opening, alongside the exhibition there will be a short documentary film, under the same title by Branko Peka.


The programme will continue in the MEP restaurant with musical performance of Krunoslav Kićo Slabinac and the following banquet.

Open call  "European Awards for Entrepreneurship Promotion 2019"


European Awards for Entrepreneurship Promotion is an acknowledgment by which the European Commission annually rewards projects and initiatives aimed at encouraging entrepreneurship and the development of small businesses, carried out by public bodies individually or in a public-private partnership with entrepreneurs.

Eligible applicants are public authorities and public-private partnerships at national, regional or local level from any part of the EU or the countries associated with the Competitiveness and Innovation Program (CIP) - Island, Serbia and Turkey.

Applications must relate to recent projects or initiatives that have been successfully completed and have lasted for at least two years or existing project initiatives that are still ongoing but are successfully implemented and their impact / impact on city or municipality development is measurable in the period of two years.


The prize is awarded in the following six categories:

-promoting entrepreneurial spirit

-investment in entrepreneurial skills

-improving the business environment

-to foster internationalization of business

-supporting the development of green markets and resource efficiency

-responsible and inclusive entrepreneurship.

-In addition to the above mentioned categories, the Great Jury Prize is awarded for the most creative initiative that most inspires entrepreneurial activities in Europe.


The deadline for applications is May 24, 2019. For more information on the European Entrepreneurship Promotion Award, go here:

2nd Call for Proposals to Eliminate Obstacles in Cross-Border Cooperation has been launched

The European Borders Regulatory Association (AEBR), in co-operation with the European Commission's Regional Policy Directorate General (DG REGIO), has issued a call for proposals to fund pilot activities to identify and promote the removal of administrative and / or legal barriers.

Eligible applicants are public bodies and cross-border structures of border regions in EU and EFTA countries. The aim is to identify further legal and administrative barriers to the development of innovative proposals in order to strengthen cross-border cooperation.

Public bodies of cross-border areas should provide a brief description of the legal and / or administrative obstacles encountered in the implementation of projects in the border area. Successful candidates are awarded European Commission support to remedy difficulties that hinder cooperation with neighboring countries.


The call for proposals is open until April 12, 2019. For more detailed information on eligibility, application form and selection procedure, please see the following link:

Announcement of LIFE call for 2019


The LIFE program is a financial instrument of the European Union through which co-financing projects that implement concrete protection measures and improve the implementation of European and national environmental, nature and climate legislation.

LIFE projects are co-funded by pilot projects, demonstration projects, best practice projects, information and awareness raising projects.

Project proposals are submitted in two phases: delivery of the project concept (until 17 June 2019) and delivery of the entire application (until February 11, 2020).

The project can be registered by any legal entity registered in the European Union: public bodies, private commercial organizations and non-profit organizations.


The call is divided into two sub-programs with the following priority areas:


Environment and resource efficiency

Nature and Biodiversity

Environmental management and information



Climate change mitigation

Adaptation to climate change

Climate management and information

For more information, please visit the European Commission web site

Info Day Life program will be held on April 30 in Brussels, for participation you can apply via the following link:

New Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy Horizon 2020 Contests are Opened


New themes for Building a low-carbon, climate-resilient future in the Safe, Clean and Effective Energy Horizon 2020 program have been opened.

The call is financed by the following activities:

Research and development - activities that contribute to the development of new knowledge and energy efficient technologies and solutions. The co-financing rate for research and development activities is 100% of eligible costs.

Innovation - activities that emphasize the sustainability of new technologies or the support of technology solutions when entering the market. The co-financing rate in this activity category is 70% of the eligible costs.

Coordination and support - activities to improve knowledge and skills, launch large investment schemes or support the implementation of EU policies. The co-financing rate for co-ordination and support activities is 100% of eligible costs.

For standard research projects, when submitting a project proposal, a consortium of at least three legal entities must be compiled. Each entity must be established in an EU Member State or an Associated Country.


The call is divided into the following topics:

 1. Buildings (EUR 49 million)

LC-SC3-EE-1-2018-2019-2020: Decarbonisation of the EU building stock: innovative approaches and affordable solutions changing the market for renovation buildings 

LC-SC3-EE-2-2018-2019: Integrated home renovation services 

LC-SC3-EE-3-2019-2020: Stimulating demand for sustainable energy skills in the construction sector

LC-SC3-EE-4-2019-2020: Upgrading smartness of existing buildings through innovations for legacy equipment

LC-SC3-EE-5-2018-2019-2020: Next-generation Energy Performance Assessment and Certification

LC-SC3-EE-18-2019: Bioclimatic approaches for improving energy performance in buildings in Africa and Europe

2. Industry (EUR 10 million)

LC-SC3-EE-6-2018-2019-2020: Business case for industrial waste heat / cold recovery 

LC-SC3-EE-8-2018-2019: Capacity building programs to support the implementation of energy audits 

3.Financial (EUR 16 million)

LC-SC3-EE-9-2018-2019: Innovative financing for energy efficiency investments 

LC-SC3-EE-10-2018-2019-2020: Mainstreaming energy efficiency finance 

LC-SC3-EE-11-2018-2019-2020: Aggregation - Project Development Assistance

4. Public bodies and EU policy support (EUR 14 million)

LC-SC3-EE-14-2018-2019-2020: Socio-economic research conceptualising and modeling energy efficiency and energy demand 

LC-SC3-EE-16-2018-2019-2020: Supporting public authorities to implement the Energy Union 

5. Consumers and services (EUR 23 million)

LC-SC3-EC-1-2018-2019-2020: The role of consumers in changing the market through informed decision and collective actions 

LC-SC3-EC-2-2018-2019-2020: Mitigating household energy poverty 

LC-SC3-EE-13-2018-2019-2020: Enabling the next generation of smart energy services to optimize energy efficiency and flexibility on demand-side as a energy resource


You can upgrade your idea by following successful examples of Horizon 2020 projects that you can find here:

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Deadline for submission of project proposals is September 3, 2019. Registration is done through the Participant Portal, where you can also find detailed descriptions of a particular call.

Sign up and win the award for "Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism"


The "Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism" award is organized by the European Network of Cultural Tourism (ECTN) and is open to all tourist destinations throughout Europe, national, regional and local authorities, tourist boards, tourism associations, destination management organizations, museums and festivals.


Prizes are awarded for the achievements of cultural tourist destinations that have made significant achievements in improving the visitor experience while respecting tradition and involvement of local communities.


This year's award ceremony is held under the theme "Culture and Heritage for Responsible, Innovative and Sustainable Tourism" and includes the following categories:


  • Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Interpretation of Heritage
  • Innovation and digitization in the development and promotion of cultural tourism
  • Transnational thematic products for tourism (including cultural routes)
  • Culinary heritage, wine, food and gastronomic tourism
  • Contribute cultural and creative industries to cultural and creative tourism
  • Activities during the "European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018" and the initiative "Tourism and Heritage".


Award winners will be recognized as examples of excellence that encourage other tourist destinations and further development of sustainable and responsible initiatives for cultural tourism. The award ceremony will be held at the 12th International Cultural Tourism Conference in Europe from 24 to 26 October 2019 in Granada, Spain.


For more information about the prize and how to sign up, visit the official website where you can download the application form and call. Applications will be received by 1 July 2019.

Become the European Capitals of Smart Tourism 2020


The European Commission is launching a competition for the "European Capitals of Smart Tourism 2020". The aim of the competition is to strengthen the investment generated by tourism in cities in the European Union and their environment and increase their attractiveness by setting up a framework for the exchange of good practice among the cities participating in the competition.

The European Capital of Smart Tourism recognizes outstanding achievements in four categories: sustainability, accessibility, digitization of cultural heritage and the creativity of European city destinations. Two cities will be awarded the title of European Capitals of Smart Tourism, and four more cities will receive the European Award for Smart Tourism for their outstanding achievements in particular categories. Eligible applicants are cities from EU member states that have more than 100,000 inhabitants.

The deadline for submitting project proposals is 10 May 2019, and details of the tenders are available at the following link

Open Call for Proposals from the Interreg Central Europe Program

The fourth call for proposals is implemented under the Interreg Central Europe Transnational Cooperation Program and contributes to European territorial cooperation as the second objective of the Cohesion Policy. 

The objective of this experimental call is to capitalize on the ongoing financing of 85 Interreg Central Europe programs. Program Member States agreed that EUR 10 million of ERDF will be used to further develop existing results and project results at regional and local level, as well as to improve policy adoption.

The call will also encourage better co-ordination with other horizontal EU funding instruments such as Obzor 2020, Europe Connecting Instruments or the LIFE Program.

The deadline for project submission and construction of transnational partners and planning of new activities is July 5, 2019. More information about the application process can be found on the official website of Interreg Central Europe


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New Call Connecting Europe Instrument (CEF) - Telecommunication Network


A new call from the European Commission has been launched by the Executive Agency for Innovation and Networking (INEA), the Telecommunication Network under the CEF call for 2019, with a total budget of EUR 48.2 million. Funds of this instrument are intended to finance projects of Member States or international organizations, research centers, public and private enterprises, local and regional self-governments and associations with the consent of the Member States concerned.

Interested parties from all EU countries and Iceland and Norway can submit their proposals through the following priorities: automated translation - solutions for creating multilingual European digital services (EUR 1 million) electronic identification (eID) and ePotpis - integration of cross-border authentication of eID system and use of electronic signatures (EUR 5 million) eDelivery - enabling public administrations to exchange electronic data and documents with other public administrations, business entities and citizens in a secure and reliable way (EUR 1 million) eInvoicing - Enhancing the implementation of the European eInvoicing standard, enabling the flow of electronic invoices across the EU (EUR 6.2 million) Europeana - supports cultural institutions and other public and private partners in developing high-quality content and raising awareness of the use of the European cultural heritage platform (EUR 2 million) student EU eCard - Promotion of cross-border student mobility through eID-based solutions (EUR 1 million).

The percentage of co-financing is 75% of the eligible costs. The application is made via the CEF platform web site ( ), and you can find more information about the competition itself via the following LINK

The deadline for submitting project proposals is May 14, 2019. INEA organizes a virtual info day about a new call to be held on March 7, 2019, you can register HERE. For further information, please feel free to contact the INEA Secretariat, via the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  e-mail.

Regiostars award 2019


Each year, the European Commission allocates rewards to projects funded by the EU, which show excellence and new approaches in the field of regional development. The aim of the award is to identify and reward projects that have the potential to attract and inspire other EU regions to apply for funding for Structural Funds.


Regiostars Awards in 2019 focus on five areas that are crucial to the future of EU regional policy:


-           promoting digital transformation

-           connecting green, blue and gray areas

-           fighting inequality and poverty

-           building cities that are resistant to climate change

-           modernization of health services.


We particularly emphasize that this year's applications must be submitted by project managers with the approval of the competent governing body. Finalists will be selected by an independent judging body, and the award will be held in Brussels in October.


In addition, a prize will be awarded to the public, where the public will decide on their own winner through public online voting.



The deadline for applications is May 9, 2019, and will be filed exclusively via online form, which, as well as more detailed information, is available at the following link

Croatian Day at EEB4 Laken, Brussels

At the Laeken European School in Brussels, a "Croatian Day" was held, where local indigenous products from all over Croatia were promoted.

The Croatian region Slavonia Baranja and Srijem also featured with autochthonous wines. This part of Croatia, which is less well-known, has been presented to all presenters as most tourists and visitors come to the Adriatic Sea and the coast.


EU Datathon 2019 - begins competition in open source work 

The EU Publications Office officially launched the third EU Datathon in partnership with the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

EU Datathon is an increasingly popular event whose purpose is to further encourage the use of open data that the European Union makes available. Competitors are allowed to show their skills and innovative ideas in data work.

Competitors are invited to develop applications and interactive visualizations that provide citizens, public bodies and businesses with new services or insights into public information. They must use at least one set of data available to EU institutions and agencies and / or international partners of this competition, and they may also link data with other data sets.

Participating teams can compete with their applications in one horizontal or two thematic challenges:

"Innovative ideas with open EU data"

"A New Insight into Economy and Finance"

"Combating Climate Change".

The competition is based on the preparatory work of the European Parliament's "Related Open Data in European Public Administration" and the European Commission's ISA² Program (Interoperable Public Administration Solutions, Enterprises and Citizens).

By attending this year's competition, the following cash prizes can be won in each of the challenges:

1st prize: 15 000 euros

2nd prize: 7 000 euros

3rd prize: 3,000 euros


The culmination of the competition will be the final conference in Brussels on June 13, 2019. where finalists will present their projects to the jury and the open data community.

If you want to participate, find out more or follow the event personally or by transfer, visit



Announcement of the European Week of Regions and Cities 2019

The European Committee of Regions and Regional Offices in Brussels have begun preparations for the 17th edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities to be held from 7th to 10th October in Brussels.

 This year's edition of "The Region and the Cities of the Future of the EU" will focus on presenting the regional and local achievements as well as the expectations of the regions from the European Parliament (which will be re-elected this year) and the European Commission. This week will be a unique opportunity to show why the regions and cities must continue to be the pillars of the EU's future and that cohesion policy has contributed and still contributes to smart, sustainable and inclusive EU growth.

 Workshops are divided into three priorities: 1) The future of the EU and the role of regions and cities; 2) Europe closer to citizens; 3) Green Europe.

 As presented at an informative meeting with regional offices, more attention will be paid to the quality of workshops and new forms of workshops, such as: exhibitions, talk-themed topics, Ted like talks, Tasting Regions and Cities, networking and the like. The aim of this concept is to increase the results and efficiency of workshops.

 The European Week of Regions and Cities is a four-day event that is held annually in Brussels, during which officials from regional and city administrations and experts and representatives of the academic community can exchange good practices and knowledge in the area of development of the regions and cities. Organizers are the European Committee of Regions (COR) and the European Commission's Directorate for Regional and Urban Policy.



For more details and conditions of participation, please see the following LINK

New call from COSME program: excellence for cluster

Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has announced a public call within the COSME program to improve the cluster business quality when providing professional services to small and medium-sized enterprises (COS-CLUSTER-2018-03-02: European Cluster Excellence Program).

The overall objective of this call is to strengthen the clarity management excellence and to enable the exchange and strategic partnership between clusters and specialized networks across Europe, including the implementation of the new pilot program "ClustersXchange". It also aims to foster the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises in a successful approach to global markets by leveraging innovation as the potential for growth that clusters can offer.

Eligible applicants are all cluster organizations and all legal forms of business network organizations involved in improving cluster work and collaboration and are established in the EU and participating countries of the COSME program. Accepted applicants must also be registered or in the process of submitting a membership application to the European Cluster Cooperation Platform.

The maximum grant per project is 360,000 euros, while the co-financing rate is 75% of the eligible costs. The deadline for submitting project proposals is April 4, 2019.

For more information on the terms and conditions of the contest, please see here: LINK


New call from the European Commission to promote agricultural and food products in the country and abroad

The European Commission has announced tenders for programs promoting European agricultural products worldwide and within the EU, for which a total of EUR 191.6 million was provided, including EUR 181.6 million for co-financing the program and another EUR 10 million in case of market disturbances to EUR 179 million in 2018.

The programs cover a number of topics, from general marketing campaigns to healthy eating to certain market sectors. In the EU, the focus is on campaigns promoting different EU quality schemes and quality labels, while some of the funds are intended for certain sectors: sustainable rice, table olives, beef and veal and fresh fruit and vegetables.

A wide range of organizations, such as trade organizations, producer organizations, and agri-food organizations responsible for promotional activities, can apply for funding through a call for proposals.

Proposals should be submitted by April 16, 2019 through a dedicated portal.

As part of the program, the European Info Day will be held on February 7 in Brussels, open to all potential users, advertising agencies and national authorities.




EU Industry days 2019

The 2019 EU Industry Days will take place on 5-6 February 2019 in Brussels (The Egg Congress & Meeting Centre). The EU Industry Days were established in the spirit of co-creation, dialogue and cooperation with all relevant stakeholders. The programme will be once more co-created by the European Commission and by stakeholders. In addition, throughout January and February 2019 local events will take place across Europe under the brand of the European Industry Week.


For more information click on the link

European Unions sustainable energy awards

The European Union's sustainable energy prizes are awarded with the design of the European energy future and exceptional energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Rewards, and then final ones, which will be among the highest quality projects (clean, safe and efficient) and the awards will be awarded by the jury and the European citizens.

All projects - from local initiatives to the environment, local, regional and national programs of private entrepreneurship initiatives, can be submitted to the competition, provided that the proposed projects of the industrial and public sector are based on the Energy Union.


Twelve nominated candidates will have the opportunity to present their projects to the European public during the European Week of Sustainable Energy (EUSEW), to be held from 17 to 21 June 2019. EUSEW is the largest European event devoted to renewable energy sources and global sustainable development goals, and this year is held under the name "Shaping the European Energy Future".

Interested candidates can submit their energy projects by February 4, 2019. For more detailed guidance on participation, please see the following link 


Romania assumed the Presidency of the EU Council

On January 1, 2019, Romania assumed the Presidency of the EU Council for the first time since it is a member of the European Union. The priorities of the Romanian Presidency are presented in the following motto: cohesion - a common European value - perceived as unity, equal treatment and convergence. The Presidency program focuses on four main priorities:  Europe of convergence, safer Europe, Europe as a strong global player and Europe of common values.

 Six months of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of Europe will be marked by extremely important events, the historic departure of a member state, the elections for the European Parliament and the Summit in Sibiu, in which the 27 member states would have to define the outlines of the future European Union after the outbreak of Great Britain.

 With the Romanian presidency, a new presidential trio will begin, in which Finland and Croatia will continue, and will chair the Union for the next year and a half. The Presidential Trio was introduced by the Lisbon Treaty to ensure continuity of work in the EU Council. The Trio sets long-term goals and prepares a joint program by defining the topics and main issues that will be dealt with by the Council over a period of 18 months. Based on this program, all three countries prepare their detailed six-month programs.



OPEN DAYS event is the largest gathering and presentation of European cities and regions of the European Union that is held annually in Brussels. During their working visit to Brussels, the delegation of the Osijek-Baranja County led by the County prefect Ivan Anušić held a series of meetings about the next Multiannual financial framework and priorities of the Osijek-Baranja County to be financed in the period 2021-2027. The event was attended by the director of the Public Institution County development agency of Osijek-Baranja County, Stjepan Ribić. Aim of the meetings was to secure financing of projects in our area in the new financial perspective.








Invitation to the 11th Anniversary Reception of the

Representation of Slavonija and Baranja



The 4th Edition of the Roger Léron Award introduced many outstanding individuals whose commitments and achievements are astonishing. Please meet all the nominees in this page. They are presented in an alphabetical order. Click on the picture to read the detailed biography and achievements of each #RogerLéronAward figure for 2018.



Annual meeting with representatives of regional offices in Brussels is held discussing with Commissioner Cretu on the proposals of the European Commission for the cohesion policy post 2020. Good approach by integrating the regional offices in Brussels into this process.



Tuesday, October 9

09.30 - 13.00 | Building Spain Permanent Representation to EU
The role and the challenges of cultural heritage in the EU of tomorrow

The objective of our consortium is to highlight the crucial role of cultural heritage in Europe, not only as a legacy of our past, but also as a resource and a common good that determines attractiveness and competitiveness for business, research, and creative individuals. The session will take place on 9 October and will be divided into two panels: the first will feature four speakers and the second will have three. After each panel, there will be a Q&A session, and a networking coffee break will take place between the panels.

Register here



This year, the European Committee of the Regions and the DG Regional and Urban policy join forces with 13 other Directorates-General and 3 executive agencies of the European Commission, over 140 regions and cities grouped in 22 regional partnerships, and a number of other stakeholders to prepare an exciting and innovative programme for the European Week of Regions and Cities 2018.

The event programme consists of over 160 workshops, participatory sessions, Q&A sessions and EURegions Talks under the headline of 'For a strong EU Cohesion Policy beyond 2020' during the European Week of Regions and Cities.



The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe's cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. The slogan for the year is: Our heritage: where the past meets the future. The year will see a series of initiatives and events across Europe to enable people to become closer to and more involved with their cultural heritage.
Each Member State has appointed a National Coordinator to implement the year and coordinate events and projects at local, regional and national level. Key Stakeholders from the cultural sector as well as civil society organisations are closely involved in the year’s activities.
At European level, all EU institutions are committed to making the year a success. The European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, as well as the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee will organise events to celebrate the year and launch activities focusing on cultural heritage.
In addition, the EU will fund projects supporting cultural heritage. A dedicated call for cooperation projects relating to the year has been launched under the Creative Europe programme. A wealth of additional opportunities will be available under Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens, Horizon 2020, and other EU programmes. Events big and small are taking place all around Europe. Visit the website of the year in your country to find out whats's happening near you.



Preparations of the 16th European Week of Regions and Cities were officially launched with a kick-off meeting at the European Committee of the Regions. Under the main headline of 'For a strong EU Cohesion Policy beyond 2020', the organisers – the European Commission Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy and the European Committee of the Regions – are now looking for event partners. The later will contribute to the official programme, with a focus on: territorial development (regional, urban, rural); the future of cohesion policy, EU budget, and; education, culture and youth. Many novelties are planned in 2018, in particular new innovative formats and a main central venue in the Brussels' Square Conference Centre. Interested to become a partner? Visit the 'Become a partner' section, read through the guide for event partners and apply no later than 30 March.



Two calls for proposals on "Information provision and promotion measures concerning agricultural products implemented in the internal market and in third countries in accordance with Regulation (EU) N°1144/2014" have been published on 12 January 2018 with submission deadline of 12 April 2018.



The European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) is a project that identifies and rewards EU regions which show an outstanding and innovative entrepreneurial policy strategy, irrespective of their size, wealth and competences. The regions with the most credible, forward-thinking and promising vision plan are granted the label “European Entrepreneurial Region” (EER) for a specific year.

The EER label has been set up in partnership with the European Commission and is supported by EU level stakeholders such as UEAPME, Eurochambres and Social Economy Europe. It remains open to any organisation willing to contribute to its objectives. The implementation of measures is regularly monitored by the EER jury. The application form and detailed information about the assessment criteria are available on  


Invitation to the 10th Anniversary Reception of the

Representation of Slavonija and Baranja and Croatian Regions Office




Festival of European regions and cities organized by the EU Committee of the Regions as a part of the Open Doors which the European institutions located in Brussels and Luxembourg mark Europe Day. Regional Development Agency of Slavonia and Baranja participated in the festival along with nine Croatian regions and cities in the exhibition hall named Croatian Corner, located in the building of the Committee of the Regions.

Europe Day is celebrated every year when the European institutions through a variety of events and activities present to citizens their roles and activities in the processes of creating a European development policy.  Festival of European regions and cities in Brussel present to the citizens the activities of regional and local authorities and cities and regions in the development management across Europe. On Europe Day, the EU institutions open their doors to its citizens and enable them to discover the diversity of European regions and cities.


The largest gathering and presentation of the Annual growth of European cities and regions OPEN DAYS was again held by the Committee of the regions and the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy.

The main theme of the event was "Europe's regions and cities: partners for investment and growth", with the thematic priorities (1) 'Modernising Europe': The regions in the energy Union and the single digital market, (2) Regions open for business': SME development, innovation and job creation, (3) 'Places and spaces': Urban and rural development; urban-rural integration.

The traditional annual reception of Slavonija and Baranja was held with the participation of Osijek-Baranja County, City of Osijek, the Regional Development Agency of Slavonia and Baranja and the Representation of Slavonia and Baranja in Bruxelles.


Delegation of RDA Slavonija and Baranja, Mr. Zvonimir Klobučar-Board member and project manager Mrs. Ivana Jurić had a meeting in RDA office in Bruxelles with Serbian representatives of Šumadija, city of Paraćin and Kragujevac and Serbian development agency REDA SP Kragujevac.RDA experience in implementation of EU funded projects, functioning of the Bruxelles office and future tasks were the main topics of this meeting as well as in depth future cooperation between Croatia and Serbia.




Representation of Slavonija and Baranja office in Bruxelles had an opportunity to 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 Bruxelles on May 9th.

For Osijek-Baranja County and City of Osijek, Mr. Zvonimir Klobučar, Member of the Board and Mrs. Ivana Jurić, project manager, participated as  representatives of Regional development agency Slavonija and Baranja.

Partners from Osijek-Baranja, Varaždin and Zagreb County, the City of Rijeka and Vidovec Municipality participated directly and were able to present their cities and regions to the 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 Representation of Slavonija and Baranja office in Bruxelles 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.




As a part of the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels, Committee of the Regions in cooperation with the European Commission and the European Parliament organized the traditional event „OPEN DAYS 2014“. With the participation of Osijek-Baranja County, City of Osijek, the Regional Development Agency of Slavonia and Baranja and the Representation of Slavonia and Baranja in Bruxelles, the event also included numerous visits to our Representation from our representatives in the European Parliament. Under the slogan “Growing together – Smart investment for people”, the “12th Open Days” of European regions and cities in Bruxelles were held with a focus on three thematic priorities: Connecting regional strategies, capacity building, and territorial cooperation. Themes were discussed through seminars, workshops and round tables. These thematic priorities are compulsory for each region between 2014-2020 and participants got the opportunity to look into new instruments such as Integrated Territorial Investments and Community-led Local Development, financial instruments, the new European Territorial Cooperation programme.












Member of the European Parliament from Croatia Ms. Sandre Petrović Jakovina  organised a presentation of the Region of Slavonija and Baranja in the European Parliament, attended by many EU officials and other guests.




7.10.2013 - A traditional annual reception of Slavonija and Baranja was held today in Bruxelles. This time the reception was co-hosted by the city of Rijeka. As usual, the reception welcomed numerous officials from EU institutions and partner regions from around Europe.



5.7.2013., Bruxelles - Slavonija and Baranja has sponsored the celebration of Croatia's accession to the EU in Café Restaurant Kwint in Bruxelles which was attended by numerous guests from Croatia but also our foreign colleagues.



3.7.2013, Bruxelles - The delegation from Slavonija and Baranja consisting of Dragan Vulin, Deputy Prefect of Osijek Baranja county, Gabrijela Zalac, Head of International Relations of Vukovar Srijem County, Stjepan Ribic, Director of Regional Development Agency, Ivan Rimac, Director of Development Agency Hrast, Sasa Forgic, Head of the Cabinet of the Prefect of Osijek Baranja county, Marina Sekulic, Deputy Head of International Relations of Vukovar Srijem County and the Representative in Bruxelles, Slaven Klobucar have attended the official reception in the Council of European Union in Bruxelles.

During the reception the delegation met with numerous EU and Croatian officials including Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia Vesna Pusic (on the photo) and Cecilia Malmstrom, EU Commissioner.



1.7.2013, Bruxelles - The delegation from Vukovar Srijem County consisting of Gabrijela Zalac, Head of International Relations of Vukovar Srijem County, Ivan Rimac, Director of Development Agency Hrast and Marina Sekulic, Deputy Head of International Relations of Vukovar Srijem County has visited the Representation of Slavonija and Baranja. During a week long visit the delegation attended several conferences and meetings in Bruxelles and London, discussing possible future cooperation with the regions and cities of Europe



Deputy Mayor of Osijek, Vladimir Ham and the Head of the International relations of City of Osijek Romana Radic attended the yearly meeting of CONURBANT in European Parliament in Bruxelles. 

CONURBANT starts from the consideration that EU small towns face strong difficulties in energy management and planning because of their lack of skills and resources, while medium and large cities have a higher responsibility related to higher density of human activities to more complicated issues of sustainable land using and planning and mobility.

The CONURBANT project aims at helping medium-large cities, and the smaller towns in their urban area, through capacity building using peer-to-peer support  and training between less and more experienced Municipalities.


Deputy Mayor of Osijek, Vladimir Ham,  the Head of the International relations of City of Osijek Romana Radic and Representative Slaven Klobucar attended the opening of the exhibition under the name "BeCroative" in front of the European Parliament in Bruxelles. The exhibition demonstrates different accomplishments Croatia has done over it's history and presented Culture, economy and traditions of Croatia. The event was open by the President of Croatia, Ivo Josipovic.

With the exhibition “Be CROative” the Croatian Chamber of Economy would like to bring Croatia closer to the world and introduce every visitor not just to the historical, cultural and natural richness of Croatia but also to the Croatian prestigious quality labels “Croatian Quality” and “Croatian Creation” awarded to the highest quality products that reflect Croatian tradition, research and development, innovation and inventions.



Once more, the City of Bruxelles gave our Region the honor of dressing up one of it's biggest simbols in Slavonian traditional folk outfit.



Deputy Mayor of Osijek, Vladimir Ham,  the Head of the International relations of City of Osijek Romana Radic and Representative Slaven Klobucar attended the opening of the miniature of the Church of Saint Marc in Mini Europe in Bruxelles. President Ivo Josipovic unveiled a Croatian entry in the model village called Mini-Europe, and inspected an exhibition of Croatian items and innovations.

Mini-Europe has more than 350 miniature replicas of European landmarks including the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Croatia’s entry is the church of St Markus. The necktie, ball point pen, Dalmatian dogs and the fingerprint ID system are all said to have originated in Croatia, and some such items are also being displayed. 



Deputy Mayor of Osijek, Vladimir Ham and the Head of the International relations of City of Osijek Romana Radic have visited the Representation of Slavonija and Baranja in June 2013, following the election of the new city government in early June of the same year. 












At the end of February Croatian represetnations in Bruxelles lead by Ambassador to the EU Mr Drobnjak met with a delegation of German state of Baden Wurttenberg where a start of a more indepth cooperation between two countries was discussed. This German state and Croatia have a historical link, and now with Croatia within EU, the wish of Baden Wurttenberg and Croatia is to strenghten the cooperation on all possible levels.













Croatian regions and energy agencies are working  together  with their colleagues to enable Europe to face the energy supply challenges of the future and the effects these will have on growth and the environment. Together is the main message of this event held on 22 January 2013 at the premises of the Croatian Chamber of Economy in Brussels. The event was welcomed by William Gillett, Head of Unit Renewable Energy, Vesna Trnokop—Tanta, Vice President, Economic and EU Affairs, European Integration, Croatian Chamber of Economy and Vladimir Drobnjak, Head of Mission of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union. Stjepan Ribic and Slaven Klobucar represented the region of Slavonija and Baranja.




EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn present the state of play of the budget and legislative negotiations on the future regional policy for 2014-2020 and the preparation of the new programmes at the first bi-annual meeting of 2013 between the Commission's Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) with the representatives from regional offices in Brussels.
















The traditional meeting of Bruxelles Danube network was held in second week of December 2012 in the representation office of Germany region Baden Württemberg. The Bruxelles Danube network gathers representatives of the regions and states that are key players in the European Commission's Danube Strategy. During this meeting a concrete steps in execution of the 12 priorities of the Danube strategy were discussed. The representation of Slavonija and Baranja is actively involved in these meeting as the region is strongly supporting the development and implementation of the Danube Strategy. Within this strategy the region plans to propose several structural projects in the coming period. 




Croatian regions present in Bruxelles held its traditional Christmas Reception with Croatian Chambre of Commerce and Croatian Tourist Association. The reception gathered many distinguished guests from European institutions and partner regions. Representation of Slavonija and Baranja donated number of wines and tranditional Slavonian food. This was a good opportunity to promote the economy, tourism and gastronomy of our region.













The representatives of Slavonija and Baranja region have participated on the Brussels Danube Meeting in November 2012. The meeting was attended by the representatives of the European Comission and the representatives of the regions present in Brussels. Being one of the prioirity regions in the Danube Strategy, Croatian regions Osijek-Baranja and Vukovar-Srijem plan many international projects in the coming future. 

This strategy is aiming to boost the development of the Danube Region was proposed by the European Commission on 8 December 2010 (Commission Communication - EU Strategy for the Danube Region).  Member States endorsed the EU Strategy for the Danube Region at the General Affairs Council on 13 April 2011 (Council Conclusions).



A non-profit organization, the NATO Charity Bazaar started 43 years ago. It raises funds by selling donated items throughout the year but particularly at a staple of the NATO calendar, the Christmas bazaar.Representation of Slavonia and Baranja was present and donated local wines and sweets for charity sale.



During the Open Days in October 2012 we have organised a traditional Slavonian reception to mark 5th year anniversary of our Office in Brussels. The reception was visited by numerous officials.



The traditional gathering of Slavonians living in Bruxelles was visited by the Mayor of Osijek, Kresimir Bubalo and Prefect of County Osijek-Baranja, Vladimir Sisljagic.



In October 2012 City of Zagreb has opened it's office representation in Brussels which was visited by our delegation. We used this opportunity to talk with many distinguished officials such as MEP Doris Pack.



During the Open Days 2012 we have met up with the new Ambasador to the EU, Mr Drobnjak. During the meeting we have discussed the upcoming accession of Croatia to the EU as well as the opportunities that will come out from the accession.








































In May 2012 Croatian MEPs lead by Observer MEP Boro Grubisic played on behalf Croatia in the European Parliament's cup.




This threefold event was a joint initiative of the Croatian Business Network: Croatian regional representations in Brussels - Croatian Regions office, Region of Slavonija and Baranja, Region of Istria EU liaison office and Dubrovnik-Neretva Region Representation, Croatian Chamber of Economy and Croatian Tourism Board, as well as Croatian Association of Cities.

The event was organized under the patronage of the Committee of the Regions, the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the Mission of Croatia to the European Union and Croatian Delegation of Observers to the CoR. During the event we presented good practices from our regions as well as our plans for the structural and cohesion funds




In the organisation of the office, we have organised the visit of the heads of Vodovod Osijek to the EU insititutions, a municipal owned water distribution company. During their visit they have presented the projects prepared for the structural funds, worth rougly around 72 million Euros.


Maneken  pis  in  Slavonian  national  clothing

The presentation ceremony  of the first Croatian national costume made for Maneken Pis took place od Wednesday, May 5. 2012 at the Bruxelles City Hall. It is a children's national costume worn in Vinkovci area. We have called it „little becar“ as it belongs to a boy who is, according to the national tradition, always in the mood for jokes, dancing and music, especially for playing the traditional instrument – tamburica. The costume is made of home-made woven cotton, with embroidery and crochated lace details and woven tricolor, which is worn instead of a belt. It was made by the participants of the Croatian national embroidery course, which was held at the Centre for Croatian traditional culture of the National university Dubrava in Zagreb.



The representation office serves also as a contact point for persons coming from our region and living in the Benelux region. We tend to gather monthly.


Formation  of  the  Croatian  Cultural   Center  (Matica  Hrvatska)

The Office has contributed to the opening and formation of Croatian Cultural center (Matica Hrvatska) in Bruxelles. Celebrating the 170 years of existence we have hosted a video conference with the headquarters in Osijek.


Open  days  2011

In 2011 OPEN DAYS was timely in the middle of an intensive political debate with the European Commission's proposals cohesion policy 2014-2020 just published some days earlier.The 110 workshops and 5700 participants welcomed and debated the proposed cohesion policy regulations and the three themes Europe 2020, Better delivery and Geography matters.


The name of the conglomerat this year was Alps-Adriatic Universities 4 knowledge society which we coorganised with Friuli Venezia Giulia, Carinthia; South Transdanubian Region, Bavaria and Western Slovenia

As part of the Open Days we held a local event as well. The need of linking of academic and business sector for stronger local and regional development was  presented and discussed from very different viewpoints: researchers and professors with their team members and their projects with application potential, knowledge-based businesses, consultants and staff of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports with their experiences of Science and Innovation Investment Fund (SIIF), and Entrepreneurship  department of the Faculty of Economics.

The main subject was the university – industry relations and common development potential.

The local event of the Open Days 2011 in Osijek rose awareness on need for better integration of the academic sector with business sector,  need for more communication on resources and capabilities, co-operation benefits and funding opportunities for joint projects, with common goal to enhance the regional development through stronger commitment and smarter utilization of available knowledge-based capacities. Gordana Kralik presented the Osijek University J.J Stossmayer as the first university from Croatia that was presented on the Open Days.


Meetings  with  Mission  of  Republic  of  Croatia 

Since 2006 our delegation of officials from our region has been meeting with the Mission of Republic of Croatia in the EU to discuss possibilities and prospects of the membership of Croatia in the European Union.


Open  doors  of  the  European Union

Each year European institutions open their doors to general public which is also an opportunity to present our region.

A  bottle  of  wine  for  a  square  meter  of   mine 

During the Danube Conference in 2010 in Bruxelles we have organised a fund raising for the de-mining of the war affected area in our Region. The fundraise was titled "A bottle of wine for a square meter of mine" during which all the profits made from the sale of Slavonian wine has gone to the de-mining of our region. The event was supported by the City of Osijek, Osjecko-baranjsa county and the local manufacurers.

Meeting  with  high  Croatian  officials  in  Bruxelles 

Since 2006 we have been organising the regular meetings with our ambasadors in Bruxelles with the goal that with their help we further promote our region, it's tourism and economy. 

Open days 2010

Representation of Slavonija and Baranja participated in the Adriatic Macro Region conglomerat. The debate focused on the Adriatic Macro Region and on common challenges and opportunity linked to EU Enlargement – identifing shared strategies and policies and a new model of governance for a better and more sustainable development and a common regional policy. New future challenges such as climate change, globalisation and economic and social integration have to be commonly addressed by the regions and cities in this area. In particular, the debate will be focused on: 

- Integrated approach in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development, 

- Promotion of institutional, cultural, economic links and communication routes,

- Support to competitiveness' knowledge-based economy through the development of human resources.

Regional and local governments are important facilitators, able to mobilise people and ideas in a single and integrated effort and they will be the actors of this bottom up approach aiming at the creation of a Adriatic Macro Region. 

Božidar Đelić, Vice President of Serbian government has visited our stand on the Danube Conference where we were presenting the cusine, traditions and culture of our region?

As the part of the event we have also organised a local event in Osijek, Croatia. Local event will focus on the preparation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (the so-called Danube Strategy) and its effect on future territorial cooperation. Following the model of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, this macro-regional strategy of the European Union is supposed to cover the Danube basin countries (GermanyAustria, the CzechRepublic, the SlovakRepublicHungarySlovenia, RomaniaBulgariaCroatiaSerbiaBosnia and HerzegovinaMontenegro, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) as well as their sub-national units.

Signing  the  cooperation  agreement  between  Italian  region  Friuli  Venezia  Giulia  and  OSJECKO  BARANJSKA  COUNTY  

Meeting  of  the  Parliamentary  sub  committee  for  Demining


On 22. January 2009 the Subcommitty on Security and Defence of the European Parliament held a regular meeting which was concluded with a discussion on a working document of the European Commission entitled „ Guidelines on European Commission Mine Action

2008-2013“. The working document of the EC shows an overview of mine actions of the European Union until today as well as an overview of planned activities for the period 2008 until 2012. The meeting also determined a list of priority countries which will recieve help from the EC in their mine actions. The list includes Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Turkish part of Cyprus, Kosovo and Ukraine...., but not Croatia.

Delegation of the Regional Development Agency of Slavonija and Baranja in Bruxelles has participated in the meeting of the SEDE. Prior to the meeting an inquiry was addressed to the European Commission regarding the fact that Croatia is not on the list of priority countries for mine action. Secretary General of SEDE Mr Karl von Wogau, MEP, has during the meeting, adressed  Mrs Laura Ligouri about this omission.

Mrs Ligouri said that Croatia was indeed not on the list of priority countries because nobody from Croatia had officially asked for mine action funds from the EC. She also mentioned that the list was purely indicative and that Croatia and its institutions have to officially apply for support in order to include Croatia on the list of priority countries. According to Mrs. Ligouri, the EC is ready to financially suport those countries who deal with the mine action issue seriously and which contribute to the mine action activities with at least 34% of the total sum of necessary funds.

Karl von Wogau, MEP, concluded the meeting of the SEDE by pointing out once more that Croatia must be included in the list of priority countries for mine action support and that the EC must establish direct contact with mine action experts,not authorities in countries with mined areas. He once again emphasized that development and progress are not possible without prior mine action in mined areas.

Due to the intense lobbying by our office in Brussels we have managed to get Croatia on the list of the priorities for de-mining thus leaving us opportunities to proceed with the de-mining activities in our region.



Open  days  2009

The seventh annual OPEN DAYS – European Week of Regions and Cities, organised by the European Commission and EU Committee of the Regions, takes place 5-8 October. Over 7 000 European, national and regional policy-makers, practitioners and representatives of business, civil society and academia will participate in 125 seminars and other events in Brussels. Participants will come not only from Europe but also from the United States, China and India. The aim of the four-day event is for regions and cities to share ideas on a wide spectrum of issues. They range from boosting economic development and counteracting the current recession to the long-term challenges of climate change. Some 230 additional local events will also take place in Member States under the OPEN DAYS banner.

On the second Open Days we have participated in conglomerate with several regions from Poland, Hungary, Finland, Slovakia, Latvia and Cyprus. Vice Mayor of Osijek, Ivan Vrdoljak held the lectures during the event on development of small and medium sized enterprised and professor Slavica Singer talked about University of Osijek.


Cooperation  with  Flemmish  government 

In 2009 we have started with our bilateral cooperation with the Flemmish government on the project Eurappel worth 135.000 Euros, the second non-EU funded project that was a direct result of the work of our office in Bruxelles.


Open days 2008

The sixth annual OPEN DAYS - European Week of Regions and Cities, organised by the European Commission and EU Committee of the Regions, takes place 6-9 October. Some 7400 European, national and regional policy-makers, experts and representatives of banking, business and civil society will participate in 145 seminars and other events in Brussels. Simultaneously, under the OPEN DAYS banner, 230 local events will take place throughout the EU and further afield. The four-day event is an opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience on job creation, innovation, climate change and other challenges, as well as contributing to the debate on Europe’s future Cohesion Policy.

During Open Days 2008 we have also participated on the Danube Conference where we have presented our region, its culture and cusine.

Workshops  on  Meeting  the  targets  of  climate  change

During the Open Days 2008 our region was part of the conglomerate with Auvergne, Basilicata, Madeira, Lancashire, Midi-Pyrénée, Limousin, Oradea Metropolitan Area, Gorj i Centre. During these Open Days we have presented ourself through workshops on Climate change and Eco-innovation.

Round  table  on  rag  weed  problem  with  Italian  region  Veneto

Representation of Slavonija and Baranja participated for the first time on the Open Days in 2008. During the open days we have organised a round table on the problems of Rag weed in the region of Slavonia and Baranja. We have also presented some of our projects that wa are carrying through in our region. 


Project  with  the  Flemmish  government

Already in autumn of 2008 we have signed a first project with the Flemmish government worth 135.000 Euros under the title "Strenghtening the competitivness of the eco-producers". The project was carried out with help of the association Slap from Osijek, Regional Development Agency of Slavonija and Baranja and Euroregion Danube - Drava - Sava.


County  Prefect  Kresimir Bubalo  and  director  of  RRA  meet  with  MEP  Pal  Schmit



County  Prefect  Kresimir  Bubalo  and  director  of  RRA  meet  with  MEP  Doris  Pack



Presentation  of  the  Region  in  the  Committee  of  Regions 

Since the opening of our office we have been organising various presentations of our region in the EU's Committee of the Regions


County  Prefect  Kresimir  Bubalo  and  director  of  RRA  meet  with  Commissioner  Olli  Rhen



Study  visits

One of the functions of our office in Bruxelles is to organise study visits for the officials and employees of our municipal and regional governments with a goal to further educate them and create networks with their colleagues in Bruxelles and the EU.


Opening  of  Croatian  Business  Network


Croatian Business Network (CBN) was founded in mid 2007, under which all Croatian subjects located in Bruxelles will act jointly. The meeting was attended by Representation of Slavonija and Baranja in Bruxelles, Croatian Chamber of Economy, Croatian Regions Office, Representation of Region of Istria and Mission of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union.The participants have agreed that it is necessary to consolidate the activities of all Croatian representations in Bruxelles in order to achieve a better visibility of Croatian business interests in the Bruxelles area, to be better informed and coordinated and by doing so achieving greater business results. The founding of CBN is a message that all Croatian representatives are aware of the need for a joint action in order to achieve the European idea and their speciffic interests.

The name Croatian Business Network, is therefore indicative as it suggests a „network“ – a networking segment of the Croatian society, whose representatives are active in this European centre, in partucular its economic dimension, and linking such interests into a European context.


Representation  opened  in  2007

13. March 2007. We have opened our representation in Bruxelles.

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