Dubrovnik-Neretva Region at the #EURegionsWeek 2018

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Dubrovnik–Neretva Region participated at the biggest European manifestation dedicated to regional cooperation – European Week of Regions and Cities, which was held from the 8th till the 11th of October, in the organization of European Committee of Regions and Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy - DG REGIO.

The representatives of Dubrovnik-Neretva Region and Regional agency DUNEA had the opportunity to visit the European Committee of Regions, the European Parliament and the European Commission. The delegation held the meeting with Permanent representative of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union, Mato Škrabalo, in the Council of the European union, where they discussed about current programmes and opportunities available for local and regional administration.

Future EU budget must be increased to relaunch Europe from the ground up

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Local and regional leaders warn that Europe will never reach its goals over the years 2021-27 without increasing resources to 1.3% of the EU27's gross national income (GNI), a position shared by the European Parliament. They oppose cuts to the EU’s cohesion policy and agriculture, and urge Member States and EU institutions to make new means available for cities and regions to invest in jobs, climate action and integration. 

On 9 October the European Committee of the Regions – the EU's assembly of regional and local representatives – adopted its position on the European Commission proposals for the next EU long term budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) which set expenditure ceilings for all EU policies for 2021-2027.

State of the European Union: the View of Regions and Cities 2018

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The President of the European Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, delivered his second speech on "The State of the European Union: the View of Regions and Cities", during a debate with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani. The address held during the CoR's plenary session argued that Europe needed "more than just a change of time, but a change of direction and of method", giving regions and cities a greater say in shaping its future.

During his speech President Lambertz called for stronger EU funding and a stronger say in EU decision-making for regions and cities, stressing that, "Weakening our cities and regions is to weaken our Union. This must not be part of our blueprint for the future. Quite the opposite: by strengthening our territories we strengthen our Union".

Representatives from Vukovar–Srijem Region on the study visit in Brussels

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Study group from Vukovar–Srijem Region, made of representatives of Administrative departments of Vukovar–Srijem Region and representatives from the Regional Development Agency visited Brussels from 8th till 12th of October.

The visit of Vukovar–Srijem region was organized by the Representative office of Dubrovnik-Neretva Region in Brussels. The study visit took part at the 16th edition of European week of regions and cities. During the five day visit to the centre of the EU, participants of the studio visit, had an opportunity learn more about the work of European institutions and the EU budget programmes for the regional authorities.

Meeting with Commissioner Creţu and Regional Offices

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European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Creţu, met with Representatives from the Regional Offices in Brussels.

These Regional Offices, of which there are some 300 in Brussels, are the representations of regional and local authorities in EU Member States and act much like “embassies” on city or regional level.

During the meeting, Commissioner Creţu discussed 4 main topics: migration, the Urban Agenda, simplification for beneficiaries of EU funds and the Future of Cohesion Policy post 2020. The Commissioner was particularly interested to hear about regions' practical experiences, the challenges they face and solutions they have found in relation to these topics.

 

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