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22/23 November 2012
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Conference on "Maritime safety, 10 years after the accident of the Prestige" - Biarritz (FR)

Conference organised by the Association Surfrider Foundation Europe, with the collaboration of the CPMR and the support of Brittany Region, the Ministry of the Environment...

Programme soon available.

14 - 15 May 2012
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Inter-institutional Forum titled "Which new EU policies to face changes in the Mediterranean and the world."

Since 2006, when was presented the current EU policies and the corresponding allocation of resources, the world has changed, especially in the Mediterranean area. Brussels is now deciding the new policies until 2020, when the scenarios and the balance will be further modified. What changes in the attitude of the European Union over the changes known? Many of these decisions, including those relating budget resources 2020, will also be adopted by a "Mediterranean" Presidency of the EU, the Cypriot Presidency, which will begin on the 1st July. On these topics, Raffaele Lombardo, president of Sicily, will launch a debate at Palermo on 1the 4th and 15th May, on the occasion of the Price Al Idrissi, with local and regional institutions, member states and EU institutions, but also representatives of the civil society, new protagonists of change. This meeting aims at proposing, in front of the model of Mediterranean policy so far implemented, which is primarly inter-governmental and bilateral, an alternative «bottom up» model based on the European «proximity», composed by regional and local, cultural and economic, social and human bodies, so to create among neighboring peoples on both sides a partnership and exchanges' network. This process is complementary to the democratization of the South shore Countries and can let Europe to re-establish relationships of trust and credibility and facing the political and economic action and appeal of USA and emerging Countries, led by China, that have recognized a long time ago the Mediterranean as their "door" of Europe.

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26 April 2012
Maritime issues
European Best Practice Award for Coastal Towns: Winners announced

President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Jean-Claude Mignon and President of the Congress Keith Whitmore announced, on 26 April 2012, the results of the Best Practice Award Programme for European Coastal Towns, at a ceremony during the Parliamentary Assembly session in Strasbourg. The initiative to reward best local practices for the regeneration of coastal towns was launched by the Council of Europe in January 2012, in the framework of the Chairmanship by the United Kingdom of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers. Based on the evaluation of the 48 applications received, the First Prize was awarded to Yevpatoria (Ukraine), the Joint Second Prize to Bournemouth and Canterbury (both United Kingdom), and the Joint Third Prize to Heroy (Norway) and Zadar (Croatia). The winners and nominees are invited to the Award Ceremony which will take place in Blackpool (United Kingdom) on 9 May 2012.

22 March 2012
External cooperation
SURE project meeting in Brussels, 29 March 2012

The EU-funded SURE project (Sustainable Urban Energy in the ENPI region) is implemented within the CIUDAD programme ( Cooperation in Urban Development and Dialogue) and aims mainly at fostering adhesion of cities from the South and East ENPI regions to the “Covenant of Mayors”, while promoting sustainable development in an overall exchanges of knowledge and experiences. The project is involving cities of Friedrichshafen (Germany), Polotsk (Belarus), Murcia (Spain), and Salé (Morocco).

The CPMR, as one of the SURE project partners, is hosting a project presentation meeting on 29 march 2012.if you wish to participate please do not hesitate to contact the CPMR secretariat in Brussels: +32 2 612 17 00.

22 February 2012
Sustainable development
Olive Oil Regional Group - Presentation in Brussels on 7 March 2012 at 3pm

Place: Delegation of the Region of Andalusia in Brussels, Rue Van Orley 5 – 1000 (Brussels)

The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Andalusia Region, Dr. Clara Aguilera, is pleased to invite you to the presentation and launch of the European Regions Working Group on
Olive trees that will take place on 7th March at 3pm in Brussels, in cooperation with AREPO and AREFLH. The event will be followed by an Extra Virgin Olive Oil tasting.

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21 February 2012
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Satellite Telecommunications Conference 2012 An Innovative Tool Serving Regional Development Brussels – Committee of the Regions – 20 March 2012

This conference will offer to those regional and local authorities that are particularly concerned by this issue, another opportunity to become better informed both on the innovative options offered by satellite telecommunications and on the possibilities offered by a broad range of financial instruments created by the European Union – in particular, its current and future structural, cohesion and rural development policies, the EU Digital Agenda, and the proposed “Connecting Europe” strategy – in order to assist authorities in finding the best solutions for the development of their telecommunications infrastructures.
Today, broadband communications – be they by telephone, audio-visual services or access to the internet – represent an increasingly important part of our daily lives, and have a major impact on the competitiveness of the EU economy, and the well-being of its citizens. However, many European regions still have very limited access to these services, usually due to geographic or demographic constraints, which act as an obstacle to the deployment of the most well-performing ground networks. The latest telecommunications satellites can help to overcome these barriers and can provide large-scale coverage in terms of efficient and profitable broadband internet services.

The event will provide the opportunity – owing to the numerous accounts given by European decision-makers and industry representatives, and to the dialogue that will take place with delegates throughout the various sessions – to deliver and gather as much detailed and useful information as possible with a view to fostering economic development and improving telecommunications services for citizens in the so called “white zones”.

21 February 2012
Sustainable development
‘EIT Climate-KIC MEP Network’ event organised at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday 28th February 2012

Climate-KIC and Malcolm Harbour MEP
are pleased to invite you to the official launch event of the

‘EIT Climate-KIC MEP Network’
Followed by a networking cocktail reception

Key Speaker: Androulla Vassiliou
Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth

The event will take place on Tuesday 28th February 2012 at 17:00h
at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Rue Wiertz, B-1047 Brussels
Where: Room ASP-3G2

MEP Mr. Malcolm Harbour is pleased to launch the ‘EIT Climate-KIC MEP Network’. This cross-party network of MEPs will provide a platform for regular dialogue on Climate-KIC developments as well as build relationships between Climate-KIC partners and senior representatives from the other European institutions.

Climate-KIC is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities designated by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to become key drivers of sustainable economic growth and competitiveness across Europe through world-leading innovation. It aims to drive innovation in the area of climate change adaptation and mitigation through an integrated European network of global and regional partners from the private, public and academic worlds.

Please confirm your attendance to

Draft Agenda
16 February 2012
Maritime issues
Méditerranéa, Festival International de l’Image sous – marine et de l’aventure - du jeudi 29 mars au dimanche 1er avril 2012 à Antibes.

L’Office de Tourisme en collaboration avec l’Equipe Cousteau organisent Méditerranéa, Festival International de l’Image sous – marine et de l’aventure qui se tient à Antibes du jeudi 29 mars au dimanche 1er avril 2012.

En parallèle du salon des exposants et des concours films photos, se tient la 3ème édition du séminaire professionnel dont le thème est « La Gestion des usages et des espaces en période estivale ».

Les présentations abordées dans la matinée portent sur « Du port au plan d’eau : services à l’usager et partage des espaces » ; celles de l’après midi sur « Les mouillages forains : impact sur le milieu martin et réglementation
Vous trouverez ci-joint le formulaire d’inscription à cette journée de séminaire, qui se déroulera à la Médiathèque Albert Camus, le jeudi 29 mars.

Bulletin à retourner avant le 15 mars 2012, par fax au ou par email à l’adresse suivante :

Programme, Informations pratiques, Formulaire d'inscription
15 February 2012
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The Council of Municipalities and Regions of Europe (CMRE) launched the recruitment process for a project officer, to work on the Regional seminars project, as of April 1st 2012.

Applications should be sent by Monday 27 February, 12pm.

Interviews will take place on March 16th in Brussels.

The recruitment process for the administrative assistant will be launched later on this month.

Application package (Procedure to apply, Job Description...)
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2 February 2012
Maritime issues
Best Practice Award for Coastal Towns: Call for applications

European local communities are invited to take part in a competition for best practices in the regeneration of coastal towns – the Best Practice Award Programme of the Council of Europe. The competition is organised by the Council of Europe Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform, in the framework of the UK Chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers and in partnership with the Congress and the UK Local Government Association. In the first stage, interested towns are invited to send the completed “Expression of Interest” form latest by 29 February 2012.

Best Practice Award Prospectus
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Form -Expression of interest-
20 January 2012
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The Written Declaration on the establishment of the Pact of Islands as an official European Union initiative has been adopted by the European Parliament (EP) on 19th of January 2012 with 388 signatures from members of the EP.

The initiative was launched by MEPs Spyros Danellis (GR), Maria Da Graça Carvalho (PT), Giommaria Uggias (IT), Alyn Smith (UK) and Kyriacos Mavronikolas (CY), on 12 September 2011 in order to promote the Pact of Islands as an EU initiative and create the conditions for the continuation of the ISLE-PACT process after 2012. The Pact of Islands has 62 signatories-island authorities to date. ISLE-PACT is co-financed by the European Commission, (DG ENER) and is committed to developing Island Sustainable Energy Action Plans and a pipeline of Bankable Projects with the aim of meeting or exceeding the EU sustainability targets of 20/20/20 for the year 2020. Currently, there are 12 participating groups of European Islands (over 50 islands) involved; cooperation with more islands is welcome as the Pact of Islands process has been conceived to include all European Islands.

Written declaration
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9 January 2012
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The Calabria region looking for partners for the 2012 call for proposals of projects in the field of Health

The Calabria region is developing a project in the field of health and looking for partners interesting in participating in the 2012 Call for proposals (2008-2013).
For further information please contact M Vincenzo Falcone ( ) et M Giuseppe Romano ( )

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10 November 2011
Balanced competitiveness
A New Agenda for Climate Innovation in European Regions - Climate-KIC Brussels Office, Avenue d’Auderghem 22-28 (6th floor), Brussels - 13.30 – 17.00 Wednesday 16 November 2011 (followed by a reception)

To register for the event, please send a request to

Purpose of the Event

- The EIT Strategic Innovation Agenda: this is due for adoption by the Commission on 30 November 2011, and will set out its vision for investing in innovation beyond 2014.

- KICs as new tools for stimulating innovation in Europe: KICs are a key development in the European innovation landscape. They provide a very practical example of how a broad partnership of actors can develop a common framework of research, innovation and entrepreneurship activities at European level. The event will demonstrate how Climate-KIC has responded to the agenda set by the EIT and developed this common framework of activities.

- New models of innovation at a regional level related to climate change and sustainability issues: the event will provide an overview of the distinctive innovation agenda being developed by the regional partners within Climate-KIC. A policy paper outlining this framework will be launched at the event, and a number of case studies of existing and proposed activities will be showcased by the regional partners.

Concept note
10 November 2011
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Atlantic Port Cities met in Saint Nazaire

Gathering Atlantic Port Cities from Milford Haven to Faro, the CAAC task force on Port Cities met in Saint Nazaire last November 7. It was hosted by La Carène agglomeration, whose representatives were Eric Provost, Carene vice-president and Charles Nicol, from the International Relations department.

The meeting analysed the example of Saint Nazaire as a possible toolkit of urban regeneration, building from the maritime identity of the city. The success of the Motorway of the Sea Montoir-Gijon also draw the attention of the participants, who, in the afternoon, exchanged views on the different opportunities offered by renewable marine energies. Atlantic maritime projects, such as Portonovo, where Cherbourg is a partner were also analysed. The scientific field was represented by ISEMAR and the private sector by STX. Port authorities from Milford Haven, Gijon and Nantes Saint Nazaire completed the stakeholders of the working group.

The next meeting will be held in Spring, focusing this time on waterfronts and heritage. The Task force also decided to issue an “Atlantic Port Cities Charter” at the next CAAC General Assembly in 2012.

3-4 November 2011
Maritime issues
European Commission conference on “Sustainable futures for fisheries areas", Brussels, 3-4 November 2011

The Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) of the European Commission is organising a high level conference on the sustainable development of fisheries areas. Recognising the increasing importance of this issue for fisheries communities, and the strengthening of EU policy on local development, the event will focus on the emerging experience and contribution of Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund. This event will take place in Brussels on 03/04 November 2011 and will be addressed by Commissioner Maria Damanaki.

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25 October 2011
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International conference : “Paving the way of a global policy of balanced development and territorial cohesion” - December 5th, 2011, Geneva (CH)

International conference : “Paving the way of a global policy of balanced development and territorial cohesion”
The Regions United / FOGAR is preparing its contribution to the Cannes G20 meeting, the Busan Forum and the Rio +20

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Practical Information Sheet
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1st septembre 2011
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Declaration on the Pact of Islands

Spyros Danellis, Maria Da Graça Carvalho, Giommaria Uggias, Alyn Smith and Kyriacos Mavronikolas will present a written Declaration on 12 September 2011 in order to increase the visibility of the ISLE-PACT project and the Pact of Islands which is committed to developing Local Sustainable Energy Action Plans and a pipeline of bankable projects with the aim of meeting or exceeding the EU sustainability targets of 20/20/20 for the year 2020.

Currently there are over 50 islands involved but the project would welcome cooperation with more as the ISLE-PACT process has been conceived to include all European Islands. The initiative has 12 island regions as partners and is led by the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

25th August 2011
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Conference in The Hague, 'Adapting to Coastal Change: local perspectives'

IMCOREAs part of the IMCORE (Innovative Management for Europe’s Changing Coastal Resource) project,a conference on 'Adapting to Coastal Change: local perspectives' is organized in The Hague from 13th to 15th September.

The meeting aims to address the issues of adapting to coastal change with a focus on local level challenges and approaches and is aimed at both practitioners and researchers. It will highlight how transnational working, as underpinned by the EU INTERREG 4B programme, can be employed to meet future challenges and therefore realise the full potential of the coastal resources across Europe.

More information on the IMCORE project is available on
Deadline for registration is extended to 31st August.
Registration form and flyer of the event available below.

registration form and programme
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10 August 2011
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P.O.W.E.R.E.D. Project within the DG REGIO/ENER seminar: “Meet the projects - Energy in European cohesion policy”.

P.O.W.E.R.E.D. - Project of Offshore Wind Energy: Research, Experimentation, Development within the Adriatic-Ionian Basin, is led by Abruzzo and funded by the IPA Adriatic CBC Cross-border Cooperation Programme. It involves the Italian Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Economy of Montenegro, the Ministry of Economy of Albania, the Regions of Marche, Molise and Puglia, the Veneto Agricolture, the Province of Ravenna, the Marche Polytechnic University and the City of Komiza.

In the framework of the 2011 Open Days, Abruzzo was shortlisted to showcase the P.O.W.E.R.E.D. Project within the DG REGIO/ENER seminar: “Meet the projects - Energy in European Cohesion Policy”.

This seminar will act as a bridge bringing together project managers and participants, and it will be chaired by Charles WHITE, DG REGIO - Responsible for International Relations - Europe, Neighbourhood, Africa. Antonio SORGI, Abruzzo Director General for Presidency Affairs, Legislative and European Affairs, Planning, Energy, Parks and Environmental Assessment, will also join the meeting as Vice President of FEDARENE, the European Federation for Regional Energy and Environment agencies. Other speakers will be: Francisco BAS, Director of Energy Agency of Andalucía (Spain); Eline D'HOOGE, West-Flanders Development Agency (POM), Project Coordinator of ANSWER project (Belgium) and Ane LAAKKONEN, Joensuu Region Waste Management Ltd for Biogas Network (Finland).

The event will take place in Brussels, at DG REGIO, 41 Avenue de Tervuren on 12 October 2011. To register please follow the link below:

29 July 2011
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Dynamisation of the local economies through interregional cooperation in the Mediterranean area: two case studies

Dynamization 15th SeptemberEuropean projects CHORD dedicated to take advantage of Mediterranean cultural heritage, and INNOVATE MED on innovative actions for trade and enterprise in the Mediterranean and both carried out by regions from Italy, France, Greece and Spain and co-financed by the MED programme, will celebrate its Final Conference in Brussels next 15th September.

This Conference, with the participation of representatives of the EC, UNESCO, COR and ESSC is addressed to debate on the combination of innovation and cultural heritage as a force to dynamize the local Mediterranean economies and create jobs.

The act will take place next 15th September 2011 at 09.00h at the conference room JDE51 of the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. (Rue Belliard 99-101, B-1040)Pre registration for the conference is already open

further information:

27 July 2011
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Survey: Europe 2020: what's happening on the ground?

The Committe of the regions' Europe 2020 Monitoring Platform has launched a survey of EU local and regional authorities on "Europe 2020: what's happening on the ground?".

This survey enquires into the implementation of Europe 2020 Flagship Initiatives, National Reform Programmes and country specific recommendations,¬ focusing on whether Europe 2020 adds value to your local and regional policies and whether it is being implemented in partnership by all government levels (possibly through Territorial Pacts or other multilevel governance tools).

The outcome of this survey will feed into the 2nd CoR Monitoring Report on Europe 2020, to be published in December 2011 as a contribution to the European Commission's 2012 Annual Growth Survey; just before the 2012 Spring European Council gives political guidance for the 2nd European Semester.

Section II of this questionnaire asks to present at least one example of a policy by means of which respondent administrations contribute to the Europe 2020 goals and targets, to be mentioned in the Report.

The questionnaire is available at:
(at present in English, but will be available soon in all languages)

Questionnaires must be sent to by 19 September 2011.

14 July 2011
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Commissionner Geoghegan-Quinn at the conference “Innovation for Stronger Regions: opportunities for Regional Actors in FP7” on 14 July 2011.

Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science participated at the conference “Innovation for Stronger Regions: opportunities for Regional Actors in FP7” on 14 July 2011.
The purpose of the event, promoted by the European Commission and hosted by the Committee of the Regions, will inform Regions, Regional Universities, Research centres and businesses representatives, on the new possibilities opened by the forthcoming 7th Framework Programme (FP7) calls, that will be launched on July 19 and that are estimated to run into several billion of Euros.

Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, President of the Region of Murcia, and Vice-President of both the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions (CPMR) and the Committee of the Regions participated at the debates representing CPMR.

Press release
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28 June 2011
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“The Atlantic Cities Defend Urban Networks as Key Players Involved in Cohesion Policy”, 30 June and 1 July 2011, Niort (France)

The 2011 General Assembly of the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities is to be hosted in Niort by Aire 198[1], the network of conurbations and principal towns of Poitou-Charentes (France), bringing together Poitiers, Niort, La Rochelle and Angoulême.

The event which will take place on 30th June and 1st July will be attended by members of the European Parliament, European Commission and leading figures from the Atlantic area.
‘Cities in a network: encouraging cohesion’ is the focus of this 12th General Assembly in which the CAAC will present a document on the urban dimension of macro-regions. Similarly, the conclusions of the sessions will serve to draft a policy position paper to highlight the role networks of cities play in generating synergies to foster social, economic and territorial cohesion.

The CAAC currently chairs the CONFERENCE of EUROPEAN CROSS-BORDER AND INTERREGIONAL NETWORKS OF CITIES – CECICN which brings together 6 networks and over 500 cities.

The CAAC, chaired by Philippe Duron, French MP and Mayor of Caen, considers that it is necessary to take a step forward and define a framework for cities situated in territories with specific geographic features. The future of cohesion policy should not only take into account the urban issue, but also allow local entities to create, improve and take advantage of instruments that the associations provide.

For more information, contact:
Tamara Guirao- Espiñeira
6, rue Saint-Martin
F - 35700 RENNES
Tél.: + 33 (0)2 99 35 46 33
GSM : + 33 (0) 6 10 15 09 11
Fax: + 33 (0)2 99 35 09 19

AIRE 198
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17 May 2011
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Presentation of "The Golden Gag", a feature film of María José Ruiz - 18 May 2011 at 18.30 - Berlaymont building - Cinema - Free Entrance

Next Wednesday 18th May at 18.30h, will take place, at the cinema of the Berlaymont building (European Commission), the presentation of "The Golden Gag" a feature film of María José Ruiz and co-produced by the Valencian Producer TATZEN.

It is the next session of the 5th Valencian Film Season in Brussels, organized by the Valencian Audiovisual Producers (PAV) association and the Valencian Regional Government through Fundación Comunidad Valenciana – Región Europea (FCVRE), in collaboration with the European Commission, Valencian Radio and Television (RTVV), Ciudad de la Luz and the IVAC (Valencian Cinematographic Institute Ricardo Muñoz Suay).

If interested, please send a confirmation e-mail before May 16th to:

Free entrance.

16 May 2011
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The "EIA/SEA/Appropriate Assessment" Seminar, 20th May, in Pescara (Abruzzo)

The "EIA/SEA/Appropriate Assessment" Seminar, which is promoted by EC-DG Environment and features participation of EC Officers as well as Regional and National Experts from all across Europe, will take place in Pescara (Abruzzo) on the 20th of May.

Agenda and more information (Italian)
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16 May 2011
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Building the future for Mediterranean clusters European policies, tools and inter-cluster cooperation

Piedmont Region and Finpiemonte are the promoters of an international conference on regional clusters and competitiveness which will take place on 25th May 2011 at 2.30 p.m. at Environment Park, Convention Center, (Via Livorno 58, Torino, Italy).

International experts selected by the European Commission will present European policies and strategies for the development of clusters and will share experiences, tools and real opportunities for the growth of regional innovation centres.

Amongst the speakers: Göran LINDQVIST - Stockholm School of Economics, Rene TONISSON - Baltic Innovation Agency, Jean-Noël DURVY - Fondation Sophia Antipolis, Alberto PIECES - Government and Competitiveness Institute Catalonia, Mario CALDERINI - Politecnico di Torino.
The meeting will be chaired by Jean-Claude TOURRET- Institut de la Mediterranée.

Topics addressed will be initiatives such as the European Cluster Observatory, the Excellence Cluster Initiative, the Cluster Collaboration Platform, the Cluster Alliance.

The conference, titled "Building the future for Mediterranean clusters: European policies, tools and inter-cluster cooperation", is promoted in the framework of the project "IC-Med: Inter-Cluster Mediterranean" (funded by the European territorial cooperation MED programme and coordinated by Région PACA).

The conference will be in English.
Participation is free of charge, registration is compulsory: please send an email (“Participation in Cluster Policies Conference ") by no later than Monday, May 23rd 2011 to

Italian version
16 - 17 May 2011
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4th Transnational meeting of “ACKNOW MV” project

On 16th and 17th May will take place in Bucharest (RO) the fourth transnational meeting of “ACKNOW MV” project on acquiring knowledge and raising the quality of services targeted to minors victims of violence

Agenda and presentation of the event
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15 April 2011
Territorial cohesion
RegioStars – The Awards for Regional Innovative Projects

The RegioStars categories for 2012 have been published.

There are five RegioStars Award categories for 2012:

1. SMART GROWTH: Innovative projects or schemes supporting service innovation in its different forms.

2. SUSTAINABLE GROWTH: Investments in ecosystem services and green infrastructure leading to sustainable regional development.

3. INCLUSIVE GROWTH: Strategies, initiatives or projects addressing the challenge of demographic change and supporting active ageing. (2012 is the "European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity")

4. CITYSTAR CATEGORY: Integrated strategies for the development of deprived urban areas.

5. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION CATEGORY: Informing the public on the internet about projects benefiting from EU Regional policy.

14 April 2011
Maritime issues

The 2011 SAFER SEAS event's dominant theme is climate change and its stakes for maritime shipping and navigation:

Strand 1 : Policies, regulations, technological innovations & operational means and facilities: progress made for maritime safety since Safer Seas 2007.
Strand 2 : Tomorrow’s maritime safety policies to cope with the climate changes and stakes.
Strand 3 : Geo-strategic context & maritime safety

An event designed with an international scope, Safer Seas was granted the High Patronage of the International Maritime Organization [IMO] and of The European Union.

The Brest métropole océane urban council is working in coordination with the technopôle Brest Iroise science park, and supported by the Pôle Mer marine competitiviness cluster, the European Union, the Brittany regional council and the Finistère general (county) council, to organise this event.

29 March 2011
Maritime issues
Hearing at the European Parliament by the Seas and Coastal areas Intergroup:“to protect and develop maritime resources: towards european marine research infrastructure”

CRPM - Corinne Lepage and Lowri EvansMarine research contribution to a healthy marine environment, and the financing and the management of maritime research infrastructures has been at the core of discussions during the public hearing “to protect and develop maritime resources: towards european marine research infrastructure” organised by the maritime and coastal zone EP intergroup.

Lowri Evans, Director-General, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries DG at the European commission underlined how important the sea is for promoting growth and jobs and not only in coastal regions. She also supported the work of the intergroup and particularly of its president, Corinne Lepage, member of the European parliament.
Many researchers also attended the meeting, presenting concrete initiatives concerning programmes linked to the ocean.

Press release
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24 March 2011
Maritime issues
Surfrider Foundation Europe organises the 15th edition of the “Ocean Initiatives”

Surfrider foundation24th 25th 26th and 27th March - PLACE: everywhere in Europe

Surfrider Foundation Europe, a non-profit organisation for the protection of our European coastal heritage, is organising the 15th edition of the “Ocean Initiatives”, the largest eco-friendly weekend in Europe:

This event is open to all and it aims at bringing the impact of marine and seashore waste to the attention of our elected representatives, the authorities and the companies.

1,000,000 seabirds are killed and 100,000 marine mammals are killed by marine debris every year. A CPMR mobilization is needed…

For more information please check out their website:

16 February 2011
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“e-participation for regions and cities” - U@Marenostrum: The water management in the Mediterranean basin - 17th February 2011, Brussels

Juan Manuel Revuelta, Director General of the Valencian Regional Office in Brussels has the pleasure to invite you to the workshop

“e-participation for regions and cities”
U@Marenostrum: The water management in the Mediterranean basin

that will take place on 17th February 2011 at the Valencian Regional Office in Brussels,
Avenue Edmond Mesens, 7a, 1040-Brussels.

The final results of the European project U@MareNostrum will be presented during the event as an example of best practices regarding e-Participation.

U@MN aims to engage citizens in Water policy-making and implementation while facilitating the understanding and the follow-up of legislative processes through the use of new Information and Communication Technologies.

Please confirm your attendance by 15th February to:

Date: Thursday, February 17th 2011
Time: 15h00
Address: Avenue Edmond Mesens, 7A, B-1040, Brussels

To view the agenda
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27 January 2011
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IT-CLEX Project against early school leaving holds in Valencia its kick off meeting

This initiative aims to create European clusters to promote the exchange of knowledge and best practices in fighting early school leaving through ICT

IT-CLEX Project, whose objective is fighting early school leaving, has held in Valencia its Kick off meeting. All the partners –coming from Spain, Iceland, Norway, Romania and Lithuania- have met up in order to clarify and define together the main objectives of the project and the steps to be taken within next 2 years.

During the meeting, the partnership identified the most important aim of IT-CLEX, which is to provide support to both, educational and non-educational agents and stakeholders by means of an ICT Platform to share best practices, experiences, methods, resources and tools to work with early school leavers.

Besides, within the project a working methodology will be improved and provided to these agents to enable them to tackle in a holistic way the work with students at risk of dropping out. This task will be successfully reached by setting up European local clusters in the participant regions to take into account the perspective of all the agents and actors involved in the educational process. By using this methodology, it will be more effective to plan actions and search solutions to early school leaving.

The partners of IT-CLEX Project who attended the meeting are: Florida Centre de Formació (the leader and promoting organisation), TISSAT, and Fundación Comunidad Valenciana - Región Europea, the three of them from the Valencian Region (in Spain). University of Iceland and University of Reykjavík (also from Iceland) join the partnership too. Finally, in this European initiative participates Vennesla Videregaende Skole (Norway), Colegiul National de Arta "Octav Bancila" Iasi (Romania), and Trakai Vytautas Magnus Gymnasium (from Lithuania).

30 November and 1 December 2010
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6th conference on Marine and Coastal Economy

Toulon 2010 - Conference marine and coastal economyarticle available in French only - Please see link below

6èmes Assises de l'Economie maritime et du Littoral
29 November 2010
Maritime issues
Marine litter conference in Brussels, November 29

Marine Litter conferencePrinciples for sustainable marine litter management are a pre-requisite for a sustainable, competitive Europe. Substantial work regarding the promotion of quality in sustainable marine litter management has been carried out widely through the development of policies, measures
and actions at European local/regional level.
It is important to find solutions in the short term and the long term for marine litter and the threat
to the tourist industry as well as a good environment for housing.

In the short term – how do we finance beach cleaning in EU? In the long term – start to deal with
the problem of marine litter at its roots.

Triple-helix cooperation within this field has proved to offer great advantages. This conference is organised
by Tillväxtsekretariatet Norra Bohuslän, the County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland,
the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Region Västra Götaland and West Sweden.

Contact persons: and
(It is still possible to registrate, although the invitation says last date is november 10th.)

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29 November 2010
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The PhD2 Project: ‘Personal and Human Development, Psychodrama to Help the Disadvantaged’ has driven psychodrama and video therapy laboratories to favour the integration of people at risk of social exclusion into society and the labour market.

On the next 29th of November the project final conference, entitled ‘Diversity is a story to tell’, will take place at the Palace of the Province of Rome.

PHD2 is an example of how the carrying out of therapeutic courses based on video therapy techniques and psychodrama (psychotherapy model inspired on the improvisational theatre in group) can help people at risk of social exclusion.

The project is conducted by the Centre of Study and Training Villa Montesca (Italy), and counts on the participation of other three italian partners: Provincia de Perugia, Ricerca e Cooperazione and Nessuno TV. Two Spanish partners also participate (Mancomunitat de la Ribera Alta and the Fundación Comunidad Valenciana-Región Europea), an English one, HP-MOS, the Slovak Institut Zamestnanosti, the Centre of the Rome Community (Lithuania), and the Education and Social Support Centre for Disabled People (Greece).

The psychodrama and video therapy methods have been tested through this project in six European countries: Italy, United Kingdom, Greece, Spain, Lithuania and Slovakia. During the two years of the project’s length, each partner has focused on disadvantaged groups: unemployed or disabled people and those living in Rome.

Press release
17 November 2010
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The final conference of the VOICES Project raise at the CdR the citizen’s participation in the policy through internet

The Fundación Comunidad Valenciana-Región Europea (FCVRE), together with the Dirección General de Modernización of the Valencia Region and MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft of the Baden-Württemberg Region, organize the final conference of the VoiceS project: “eEngagement - How the Internet changes European Political Dialogue” that will take place on November 17, 2010 from 09:00 to 13:30h in the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. (Room JDE51).

The conference aims to discuss about the participation of consumers in the European Union, as well as the role of the internet and Communication and Information Technologies (CIT) in the participation process of citizens. To this effect, interactive web pages are particularly important for political communication to reach civil society. Thus, the use of these new tools by citizens is considered a key element in EU policies.
Moreover, the conference will take place within the framework of the European project “VoiceS” which will be presented as an example of best practice in e-Participation programmes. This project aims to promote the dialogue between European citizens and their political representatives in the European Parliament.

European representatives, regional and local authorities, all partners collaborating in the VOICES project, experts on CIT and representative associations will be participating in the conference.

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25 October 2010
Sustainable development
Cancun -30: Regions delivering climate action - A discussion session between key players

nrg4SDThe Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development nrg4SD and its Focal Point for Europe, the Region of Brittany, have the pleasure of inviting you to join us for a discussion session on the key role of regional governments in climate change action.

25 October 2010, Committee of the Regions, Room JDE 51 Rue Belliard 101, Brussels.

Full draft programme and registration form available from nrg4SD’s website here
All materials will be uploaded to the website as they become available.
RSVP by completing the attached form and sending it to by 21 October 2010.
For any queries please contact Maruxa Cardama or Renaud Layadi

Why this event? - Regional Governments have competences in a series of fields which are responsible for a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions. They also implement the bulk of national and international climate change policies and elaborate their own regional economic and climate change strategies. Moreover, regional governments have the capacity to and the experience of working with other levels of government, third sector bodies, the private sector and financial institutions in order to find real solutions for real problems. In this context, regions are particularly well placed for identifying the needs and the strengths of our societies in the battle against climate change. It is therefore instrumental that regions are placed at the heart of the national, European and international decision-making process from its early stages.

What type of event? - A discussion session between regional stakeholders and a panel of specialists from EU institutions and international organisations on a series of key objectives in climate action, namely: the transition towards a low carbon society; the financing of climate action, by means of doing business and using development cooperation aid differently; the reduction of the knowledge gap, and the implementation of concrete mitigation and adaptation measures. nrg4sd regions will present how they are making climate action happen on the ground. The panel will react to the lessons learnt and the obstacles encountered by the case study, as well as to a series of topical questions put forward by the moderator.

Who should attend? - All regional and local stakeholders interested in discussing how regions can engage with European and international climate change policies and tool, and how could European and international institutions better support regions in their daily climate change action.

Confirmed interventions so far - more names to be announced soon:
Opening address: Mr. Peter Vis, Head of Cabinet for EU Commissioner Connie Hedegaard - Climate Action
Closing address: Mr. John Hontelez, Secretary General, European Environmental Bureau
Moderator: Professor Joxerramon Bengoetxea, University of the Basque Country
Regional speakers:
Mr. Benoît Leclair, Vice President for Energy and Climate of Rhône-Alpes
Mr. Frances Baltasar i Albiesa, Regional Minister for the Environment and Housing of Catalonia
Mr. Dominique Ramard, President of the Environment Commission of the Regional Council of Brittany
Mrs. Marta Marin, Delegate of the Government of the Basque Country to the EU
Mr. Gonzalo Piernavieja, Director of the R&D Division of the Technology Institute of Canarias

Cllr. Mrs. Paula Baker, Member of the EU Committee of the Regions
Mrs. Marta Ballesteros, Director of the Brussels Office, ClientEarth
Mr. Istvan-Laszlo Bart, Adaptation to Climate Change Policy Development Officer, Directorate General
for Climate Action, European Commission
Mr. Luc Bas, Director of European Programmes, The Climate Group
Mrs. Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, Director, The Prince of Wales's EU Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change and Brussels Office

Draft Programme and registration form
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5 October 2010
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The Hymn to Solidarity, written and performed by young people from Valencia, comes to Brussels

The Hymn will be performed twice at the European Commission headquarters as part of the “Open Days” week

The Department of Solidarity and Citizenship of the Valencian Local Government (Spain) is taking an active part in the Open Days programme, the European Week of Regions and Cities.

The 16 members of the youth choir of the Hymn to Solidarity will be performing today and tomorrow in Brussels as ambassadors of Valencian solidarity, representing a pioneering community in the promotion of volunteer work and the solidarity of our people.

At 13.45 the Hymn to Solidarity will be performed in front of the Berlaymont building at the European Commission’s headquarters. The 16 singers, accompanied on guitar by Nacho Mañó, performed the ballad and flamenco versions of the Hymn. A video was then shown which as well as relating the history behind the Hymn and images from the casting sessions, features the hymn’s performance in five different musical styles and more than five languages.

At the same time, the Flanders-Europe Liaison Agency is hosting a seminar to present good practices in the promotion of volunteer work, chaired by John Macdonald, the European Commission’s Head of Task Force for the European Year of Volunteering, Marian Harkin, the co-President of the European Parliament Volunteering Interest Group, and Eva Hambach, the President of the European Volunteer Centre.

The seminar, entitled “European Year of Volunteering – Attracting Volunteers”, features four examples of best practices in Europe to promote volunteer work at a regional level. As well as the Generalitat Valenciana, represented by FUNDAR and IVADIS (the Valencian Institute of Care for the Disabled and Social Action), representatives from the regions of Flanders, Oslo and Veneto were also singled out.

On Wednesday, the Hymn will be performed once again in the same venue, in front of the Berlaymont building, but one hour earlier, at 12.45, to give more people the chance to hear it and learn about its history, its objectives and the results of the sales of the DVD to fight against child exploitation in Africa.

FUNDAR, the Foundation for Solidarity and Volunteer Work in the Valencian Community, was set up in 2001 by the Generalitat Valenciana through its Department of Solidarity and Citizenship, in conjunction with Bancaja. Its objectives are to integrate the public and private sectors in promoting solidarity and volunteer work, strengthen the general public’s sense of solidarity and participation in volunteer work, facilitate resources for the people and organizations involved in volunteer work, and encourage the integration of immigrants.

FUNDAR is a member of the European Volunteer Centre and the Spanish Association of Foundations; it is a consultant on the United Nations Economic and Social Council and an associate of the UN Global Compact.

During 2009 it carried out 30 of its own major projects, the most notable of which included increasing the number of volunteers, raising the awareness of schoolchildren, supporting NGOs, encouraging corporate volunteerism, and promoting a commitment to integration and training to improve the quality of volunteer actions. In total, 21,318 actions were carried out in 2009 in collaboration with 3,759 organizations involving 768,915 people.

The “Hymn to Solidarity” is one of the programmes instigated by FUNDAR to promote the values of solidarity and social commitment among young people aged between 12 and 18 in the Valencian Community. Since it was first set up in 2008, its Network of Educational Solidarity Centres has managed to involve 82,626 people in the field of education, 74,063 of them secondary school students.

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