A Call for proposals has been opened under the Interreg Cooperation Program Slovenia-Croatia 2014-2020. The call supports projects under Priority Axis 2 Preservation and sustainable use of natural and cultural resources andPriority Axis 3 Healthy, safe and accessible border areas. Priority Axis 3 is specifically focused on capacity building of public authorities and stakeholders aiming at improving health and social care, safety and accessibility of border areas. Through actions addressing institutional cooperation, it aims to create synergies with EUSDR and can contribute to PA10 targets.
The Western Balkan Youth Window offers opportunities to finance projects within the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme involving organisations and participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia. These projects are funded within the Programme's Key Action 2, in particular under the Capacity-building in the field of youth.
Keep up-to date on the development of the EU Urban Agenda under the Dutch EU Council Presidency through the newly created website. There you can find all recent political discussions, events and created partnerships.
The new European Urban Agenda should improve the quality of life in cities but also the EU governance. It is about developing new working methods, including partnerships and selective impact assessments of legislation. European Parliament's Regional Development Committee and Committee of the Region's COTER members stressed in a joint hearing on 25 January that to reach this goal there is a need for a practical and concrete approach, reflecting the needs on the ground and building partnerships with different levels of government. EU Urban Agenda should not end up being limited to discussions in working groups and exchanges of best practices. Consultation with cities needs to be "mainstreamed" in EU policy-making.
For more information about the joint hearing, please follow thelink.
The 2016 Euclid Summit on Power to drive positive change: Building civil society and social enterprise knowhow for 2020 and beyond will take place on 24-26 February 2016 in Zagreb, Croatia. The Euclid Summit is a new flagship pan-European event of Euclid Network which is supported by the Europe for Citizens programme 2014-202. The Euclid Summit 2016 will feature inspiring knowhow keynotes, forward-thinking masterclasses and informal knowhow cafés. The key common topics are knowhow for people, for money and for impact, three key management issues for any civil society organization.
More information about agenda and registration can be found here.
The next Meeting of the extended Executive Committee of the Council of Danube Cities and Regions will be held on Tuesday, 9th, and Wednesday, 10th February 2016, in Bratislava, at the Primatial Palace (City Hall). The meeting is organised by CoDCR in cooperation with PA10 of EUSDR and city of Bratislava.
Political speeches will be followed by overview of CoDCR resolutions and reports from pilot projects. For the full agenda of the meeting, please follow the link.
The ISA² (Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations) conference offers a forum for public administrations, the ICT community, business federations, NGOs and citizens to exchange views about upcoming trends in public sector modernisation. It will also highlight the support that the ISA² programme can offer in this respect, through operational services and solutions in the area of cross-border public services.
For futehr information and registration, please follow the link.
The EU Committee of the Regions (CoR) would make an important contributionto theSlovak Presidency of the Council of the EU by organising the 7th European Summit of Regions and Cities in Bratislavaon8-9 July 2016.
The Summit is expected to attract over 800 participants including local and regional politicians and EU leaders. The overall theme of the summit will be "Connecting regions and cities" - Connecting people (digital entrepreneurship), Connecting places (infrastructure), and Connecting resources (energy, finances).
The CoR President and the Slovak Deputy Prime Minister already met in November to strengthen cooperation in view of the upcoming Slovak presidency in July 2016. Among the topics od thier talk was also how Europe's cities and regions could contribute to investing in the Danube macro-reigion. At the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister also confirmed that Europe's cities and regionscan count on the full support and the ative participation of the Slovak government in the Summit.
Last week Priority Area Coordinators of EUSDR met in Brussels to discuss various operational and management issues to be tackled in 2016.Among the topics on the agenda were the revision of EUSDR targets and the embedding of the strategy in the EU funding programmes, including the selection of strategic projects.
Documents and presentations from the meeting can be found here.
Individual citizens, businesses or private organisations, and national/ regional/local public administrations are invited to provide their views on the new eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020, one of the actions for completing the Digital Single Market, as announced in the Communication on a Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe.
The Commission will use your views and the collected data to define the scope and vision of the new Plan, its actions, user involvement, cross-border interoperability of government services, key enablers, as well as the plan's organisation given the rapid change in digital technologies and society itself which may require new policies and public services.
To participate in the consultation click here. The deadline for contributions is 22 January 2016.
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the Commission Notice on a Simplified Procedure for the Treatment of Certain Types of Aid. This Notice sets out the conditions under which the Commission can follow a simplified procedure for assessing certain types of state aid cases. The Commission consultation seeks feedback from public authorities, citizens, companies, organisations and other interested parties on their experience with the implementation of the Notice.
In light of the replies, the Commission intends to carry out a review to take account of feedback received. Comments are invited until 6 April 2016. Further information as well as the full text of the questionnaire is available on the consultation page.
PA 10 (Center of Excellence in Finance - CEF) is organizing a workshop on IPA II Novelties.
Changes and novelties of IPA II that create capacity gaps for beneficiary countries will be addressed. A workshop provides a detailed overview of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II), based on beneficiaries’ request that would help participants get prepared for full EU membership obligations, including setting up institutions to strengthen mechanisms of good governance.
DG Regio announced the launch of the first call of the Urban Innovative Actions initiative from 15 December 2015 to 31 March 2016. The call is worth EUR 80 Mio in total and will be focused on the following four topics:
Urban Poverty (with a focus on deprived urban neighborhoods)
The inclusion of migrants and refugees
Jobs and skills in the local economy
For further information about planned events and application, please follow the link.
The second EU-Serbia Accession Intergovernmental Conference took place on 14 December 2015 in Brussels. During this meeting, the first two negotiation chapters - one concerning financial control, the other on the normalisation of relations with Kosovo - were opened with a view to Serbia's accession to the EU.
DG NEAR is currently programming the assistance to Civil Society for the years 2016-17 through the IPA II - Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2016-17. We would like to invite the CSOs to send us their comments as input for a consultation round before entering the finalisation phase.
TACSO will manage this consultation exercise and will gather all contributions, comments will have to be provided by close of business on Friday, January 15, 2016. The comments should be in English and sent to email@example.com.
The communication also highlights the role of macro-regional strategies (MRS) such as the EUSDR in "bringing citizens of the EU Member States together and improve their social and economic living conditions through trans-border cooperation." MRS are seen as new and improved tools allowing more flexibility in tailoring the delivery of ESIF, in focussing on the local level and in adressing common territorial challenges.
The City of Vienna decided last month that my appointment as PAC 10 will end by 31 January 2016.
I think we all did an excellent job and I thank you for your cooperation, your commitment and also for the good vibrations we developed together.
I wish you all the best for the coming holidays and the future with my kindest regards
The first newsletter of Danube Transnational Programme is now issued providing information on the assessment of the first round of Expressions of Interest (EoI). 110 EoI have been submitted within Specific objective 1.2 Increase competences for business and social innovation and 56 EoI within Specific objective 4.1 Improve institutional capacities to tackle major societal challenges. In total, 576 EoI have been submitted in the First Call.
To read the full newsletter, please follow the link.