Conference on the topic of "The Future of the EU's Cohesion Policy"

rsz župan ipa 11 2017The IPA Adriatic Cross-Border Cooperation Authority and Abruzzo region organized a conference titled "The Future of the EU's Cohesion Policy" in Brussels.

Italian Member of European Parliament Cecile Kashet Kyenge opened the conference and stressed the importance of incorporating migration issues into future EU policies. European Commission. Directorate-General for Regional Policy Officer Luigi Nigri presented the Commission's position on the overall results of the IPA Adriatic program and invited all the stakeholder to continue sharing and promoting best practices and working together.

President of Dubrovnik-Neretva County Nikola Dobroslavić participated in the conference and in his presentation President emphasized the importance of cohesion policy as an important tool for EU member states economic and social development, but also equally important for candidate countries for EU membership in their accession progress.

The IPA Adriatic Cross-Border Cooperation Program includes eight countries Italy, Albania, Greece, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia and the aim of the program is to strengthen the opportunities for sustainable development in Adriatic.

Round table on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region held in Brussels

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President of Dubrovnik-Neretva County Nikola Dobroslavić participated in the round table on implementation of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR), organized by the member of European Parliament Ivan Jakovčić. The main topic of the conferences was goals achieved within the EUSAIR strategy and the Action Plan for the future programming.

The Round Table was opened by the Ivan Jakovčić and Director of the European Commission Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy Lena Andersson-Pench. Pench welcomed the initiative and stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation among all stakeholders in the Adriatic Ionian Region as well as sharing experience and working on joint projects that will contribute to the achievement of the EUSAIR goals.

Župan Dobroslavić pointed out that, in spite of the great political support, the remaining resources that were available for the Strategy implementation were underperformed. Dobroslavić as well spoke of the initiatives and priorities of the Adriatic and Ionian Euroregion through transport links as a prerequisite for overall development and the need for financing projects such as Adriatic highways, the modernization of the Italian railway in the southern part and the improvement of overland maritime and air links.

Energy info days 2017

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European Commission Energy info days 2017. will present the new funding opportunities and innovative schemes offered by Horizon 2020’s Work Programme 2018-2020.

This year content of the event is structured across three days. On the first day of the event, the main topics were Global Leadership for Renewables, Decarbonisation of Fossil Fuels, and cross-cutting issues. Smart Cities and Communities were presented and discussed on the second day of the event, while third day was focused on Smart and Efficient Energy.

More than 700 participants coming from research institutions, associations, businesses, European and national energy associations, chambers of commerce, European institutions, universities, financial institutions participated on the Energy info days 2017.

STOA workshop 'New technologies and regional policy'


Workshop 'New technologies and regional policy. Towards the next Cohesion Policy framework', were held on 16th October 2017, in the premises of the European Parliament, Brussels. A workshop organised by the Science and Technology Assessment (STOA) Panel of the European Parliament addressed these questions on how European investments in ICT technologies and facilities can foster local economies and create innovation and growth.

The workshop highlighted the importance of the territorial dimension for economic growth at European level and the role of the existing cohesion policy funding in planning and implementing ICT infrastructures in the regions, and in accompanying the efforts to digitalise European economy and society.

Second topic of the event was the role and potential of cohesion policy funding in planning and implementing integrated science and technology parks (STPs).

Representatives from Dubrovnik-Neretva Region and DUNEA on the study visit in Brussels


Delegation from the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, led by the Heads of Administration Departments and representatives from the Regional Development Agency DUNEA, from 9th to 12th October 2017, visited Brussels. During the visit, members of the delegation participated on the events within the European Week of Regions and Cities.

In the European Parliament the delegation attended the conference "Together with EU funds - for better transport connectivity" and in the Committee of Region the delegation had opportunity to inform on the work of the Committee and the relevance on the regional policies. The presentation "Investing in Regions and Cities: EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020” took place at the representation office of Dubrovnik-Neretva Region, where Nevena Biševac from DG REGIO discussed the topics of future of Cohesion Policy. On the last day of the study visit, the delegation had the meeting at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union with the Ambassador Goran Štefanić and his associates.

The study trip was funded by the DUNEA regional development agency through grants awarded under the Call for Expression of Interest to Regional Coordinators for Priority Axis 10 - Technical Assistance for Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020 in Brussels.


Through the County Development Agency over the past three and a half years a number of projects have been realized or initiated for which more than 7 million Euros have been provided by the EU

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