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INTERREG Cooperation Programme – Croatia-Slovenia - open call for proposals till 11.03.2016

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Monday, 1st February 2016 @ 3:48pm

  • 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 and Priority 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.

    For more information, please follow the link

Western Balkan Youth Window - funding opportunities for youth capacity building projects

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Sunday, 31st January 2016 @ 2:09pm

  • 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.

    The next deadline for applications is 2nd of February 2016, 12:00 (midday), Brussels time. Details on how to submit a project to can be found on the relevant webpage of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.

EU Urban Agenda under the Dutch EU Council Presidency

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Wednesday, 27th January 2016 @ 9:08am

  • 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. 

CoR: EU Urban Agenda develops new working methods to improve coherence of all EU policies on cities

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Wednesday, 27th January 2016 @ 9:05am

  • 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 the link

Commissioner Bulc and Commissioner Crețu in Slovenia for the launch conference of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region, 25-26 January 2016, Brdo Slovenia

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Monday, 25th January 2016 @ 1:26pm

Euclid Summit on Power to drive positive change: Building civil society and social enterprise knowhow for 2020 and beyond, 24-26 February 2016, Zagreb

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Monday, 25th January 2016 @ 1:00pm

  • 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.

Meeting of the extended Executive Committee of the Council of Danube Cities and Regions (CoDCR), 9-10 February 2016, Bratislava

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Friday, 22nd January 2016 @ 11:56pm

  • 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.

    To download CoDCR's documents, please click here.

ISA conference: a key enabler for user-centric digital public services, 3 March 2016, Brussels

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Friday, 22nd January 2016 @ 11:04pm

  • 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.  

7th European Summit of Regions and Cities in Bratislava on 8-9 July 2016.

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Thursday, 21st January 2016 @ 12:40am

  • The EU Committee of the Regions (CoR) would make an important contributionto the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU by organising the 7th European Summit of Regions and Cities in Bratislava on 8-9 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.

Check the documents and presentations from the Priority Area Coordinators meeting in Brussels last week, 14-15 January 2016

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Wednesday, 20th January 2016 @ 12:01pm

  • 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

Two events on financial instruments under the European Structural and Investment funds (ESIF), 2-3 February, Brussels

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Wednesday, 13th January 2016 @ 2:49pm

  • The platform for advisory services on financial instruments under the European Structural and Investment funds (ESIF) Fi-compass organizes two events in February:

    - A conference on Financial Instruments under the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 Brussels, 2 February 2016. Registration and preliminary program are availablehere.

    -  A workshop on Microfinance under the ESF 2014-2020 in Brussels on 3 February 2016. Registration and preliminary program are available here

How to talk to the European Commission: have your say in the public consultation on the next eGovernment Action Plan 2016 - 2020

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Thursday, 7th January 2016 @ 5:25pm

  • 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.

How to talk to the European Commission: A public consultation on the functioning of the simplified procedure for treatment of certain types of state aid

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Thursday, 7th January 2016 @ 5:08pm

  • 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.

Workshop on IPA II Novelties (CEF, Ljubljana, February 10 - 12, 2016)

Posted by Member 1c538c8, Thursday, 7th January 2016 @ 9:48am

  • 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.

    To register and for more information please visit workshop's website.

First call of the Urban Innovative Actions initiative launched

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Wednesday, 16th December 2015 @ 10:57am

  • 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: 

    • Energy transition
    • 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.

Republic of Serbia opening first chapters in EU membership negotiations.

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Wednesday, 16th December 2015 @ 10:10am

  • 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.

    For more information, please follow the link.

Public consultation with CSOs in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Posted by Member 1902e92, Wednesday, 16th December 2015 @ 10:00am

  • 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

    More information can be found here.

Commssion adopts Communication on ESIF - crucial role of macro-regional strategies

Posted by Member 1902e92, Monday, 14th December 2015 @ 2:53pm

  • On 14 December 2015, the Commission adopted a Communication on the contribution of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) to the EU's growth strategy, the Investment Plan and the Commission's priorities over the next decade. The report also includes the outcomes of the negotiations with all the Member States on Partnership Agreements and programmes and the key challenges per country.

    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.

Message by Kurt Puchinger

Posted by Member 1902e92, Thursday, 10th December 2015 @ 9:22am

  • Dear all,

    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

    Kurt Puchinger

Danube Transnational Programme Newsletter - assessment in the First Call

Posted by a GroupSpaces user, Thursday, 26th November 2015 @ 10:57am

  • 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.

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