Following the Baltic, Danube and Adriatic Ionian Regions, the Alpine area is the fourth to develop its macro-regional strategy. With the collaboration of seven countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) and the European Commission, three specific pillars have been identified as a basis for future cooperation. These focus on sustainable growth and promoting innovation, connectivity and sustainability of natural and cultural resources.
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Following the first European Rural Parliament, the Croatian Rural Development Network (HMRR), with the support of the EESC, will organise in Baranja the 1st Croatian Rural Parliament
The event will gather representative of rural communities from all over the country to discuss possibilities and prospects for development in Croatian rural areas and to see how they can make an impact on the policies shaping their lives.
Within the framework of its own-initiative opinion Proposal for mapping macro-regional strategies across Europe, the Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion of the European Economic and Social Committee is organising a public hearing on 26 November 2014 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The opinion aims to give an overview on the European macro-regional strategies, analysing the differences and commonalities between their approaches across the various regions. Its purpose is to present a proposal on how to adjust such strategies to achieve uniform European development practice.
The conference will debate the role of smart cities in driving the EU's economic revival by drawing on US and Italian experience. The panellists and the audience will specifically assess the challenges that lie ahead in supporting smart cities and how civil society can be mobilised to deliver concrete projects in Europe. Furthermore, the event will introduce a debate among private and public decision makers about how to make the approach to Smart Cities more systemic and concrete, through large-scale public private partnership projects.
Community Led Local Development (CLLD) is a specific tool for use at sub-regional level, which is complementary to other development support at local level. CLLD can mobilise and involve local communities and organisations to contribute to achieving the Europe 2020 Strategy goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, fostering territorial cohesion and reaching specific policy objectives.
In order to deliver an overview of the position of civil society, a public hearing was organised on 29 September 2014 at the EESC headquarters in Brussels, bringing together different actors in the field who shares their experience and positions regarding this new tool.
The European Economic and Social Committee is currently drawing up an opinion on the Commission's Report concerning the governance of macro-regional strategies. An increase in the number of macro-regional strategies can be identified, all of which are unique and yet share common features. To exploit their added-value and to find out how to develop such strategies to promote overall European development is of a crucial importance.
In delivering its opinion, the EESC acts as a forum where representatives from the worlds of industry, academia and politics exchange views on the various macro-regional strategies. It is in this capacity that the ECO Section, which covers economic and social cohesion amongst its other areas of specialisation, is planning to hold a thematic discussion on the Commission's Report concerning the governance of macro-regional strategies on Wednesday, 16 July 2014, starting at 10 a.m.
Mining could and should form the base for a sustainable regional development. At the European level local production of raw materials help reducing EU dependency to other economic blocs. In most cases production of raw material means mining or extraction. Such activities are acceptable by the civil society only if it creates sustainable regional development.
The EESC Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion and the Presidency of the Region of Sicily are organising a public hearing on 27 May 2014 in Palermo, Italy. The aim of the event is to identify the various challenges and opportunities for growth, jobs and territorial cohesion in the region. The Hearing will gather a broad range of representatives from authorities as well as civil society organisations representing the stakeholders involved in different projects in relation with the macro-region. Participants and speakers will come from all the participating countries: 4 EU countries (Croatia, Greece, Italy and Slovenia) and 4 non-EU countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia).
ECO workshop "Strengthening EU urban policy into the next programming period: how to manage change in a sharp economic downturn?" during the OPEN DAYS 2013 organised by the Committee of the Regions, chaired and moderated by Mr Joost van Iersel, president of the ECO section.
As a follow up to its recent works on OR, the EESC is holding a conference on how to forge closer ties between public and socio-economic stakeholders at European, national and regional level.
The conference will benefit from shared and rich experiences of organized civil society representatives from OR and the European institutions.
The conference will be followed by the opening of an exhibition showcasing the work of artists from the ORs, and a reception.