The annual meeting of European region network for research and innovations ERRIN, was held on June 11th 2015 in the building of representation of British regions Greater Birmingham & West Midlands in Brussels.
ERRIN network serves as a platform for researches and innovations of different organizations and regional partners, whose main goal is to strengthen regional research and innovation capacities by exchanging information and linking regions and partners through common initiatives and projects. The main focus of ERRIN network is to increase project possibilities for its members. ERRIN has 127 partners/regions from the whole Europe.
Dubrovnik – Neretva county and regional development agency DUNEA became the first Croatian members of the network in September of 2014. ERRIN has the key role in Brussels and it works closely with European institutions and other relevant networks and organizations which want to increase interests of regions in research and innovations.
Dubrovnik Neretva, Brod Posavina and the Vukovar Srijem Regions were presented on Tuesday 02nd June 2015 to the EU institutions and potential partners in the heart of the EU, in Brussels. On behalf of three Croatian regions, the guests were welcomed by the President of Dubrovnik Neretva Region Mr. Nikola Dobroslavić.
Since the people best know each other with a good food and wine, the emphasis was to present eno-gastro specificities of three regions. Through the taste of Dubrovnik and Slavonija, guests were introduced by wine and food expert Rene Bakalović. Guests were also able to hear that Ston oysters were obliged to Menu of many European royal kitchens, and that the wine Traminac gladly drank the Tudors on the British court.
As part of the annual European Week, Brussels and its European district celebrated on 09.05.2015. the Festival of Europe and Open doors day. The Representative Office of Dubrovnik-Neretva Region organized a stand at the Committee of the Regions to present the Dubrovnik-Neretva, Brod-Posavina, Vukovar-Srijem and Karlovac Regions' tourist and gastronomic offer, as well as guides for foreign investments and successful cases of implemented projects financed by the EU. Along with Croatian regions the event hosted many exhibitors of other European regions as well as organisations and European lobby networks.
EBS was organized on 06th and 07th May 2015 and has broken its own record this year with over 2,300 participants, including 155 speakers in over 50 sessions. Yet again EBS has proven to be the most influential platform gathering business leaders & policy makers. The new Commission responded positively with 10 European Commissioners participating, including 3 of the Vice Presidents, as well as the President of the European Parliament.
In its 15th year, EBS remains, more than ever, the largest independent forum for business leaders, policy-makers, think tanks, civil society and academics. EBS puts Europe's top priorities into the spotlight, by providing a platform where key issues for economic growth and the wellbeing of society are debated. The Summit was attended by the official representative of Dubrovnik Neretva Region in Brussels, Hrvoje Butigan.