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Internationalisation and advanced technologies has always been two of the key focuses of Fedra. After organisating the 3D Printing panel during the European Business Summit in 2016, FEDRA this year is participating to the In(3D)ustry event, happening at Fira Barcelona (Grand Via Venue) from October 3rd to October 5th, 2017.

FEDRA’s President Edit HERCZOG

launched the “BUY from EUROPEAN REGIONS CHARTER”

@ The 7th European Cohesion Forum (26-27th June)

logo buy from European Regions Charter

The Charter to Boost Business in European Regions and Cities

On 30-31 March 2017, the European Commission hosted the "Fourth Forum of the Outermost Regions" in Brussels to define a renewed strategy with the nine "outermost regions"(ORs) of the European Union: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, La Reunion and Saint Martin (France), the Canary Islands (Spain) and the Azores and Madeira (Portugal).

The Forum is an important platform for dialogue between the EU and these regions. The ORs are an integral part of the EU, but they are located in areas of the globe that are remote from Europe forcing them to deal with a number of difficulties related to their specific geographical location.

FEDRA was present at the Forum with its representatives, showing its support for the ORs. As we strongly believe in the regional dimension and regional growth, we promote and support ORs socio-economic development and their full integration in the EU.

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To know all about FEDRA's activities in 2016 please have a look at our Activity Report.

Francesco Foglia, FEDRA YRA in Calabria and a journalist in European Affairs based in both Brussels and Italy, participated in the Youth Essay Competition held as part of the SME Assembly 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia. 

Food waste is one environment related problem threatening the future of the planet. Worldwide there is a big discrepancy between areas menaced by starvation, and those with a thriving economy and a high quality of life. Food waste is just a symptom of the unbalanced, unfair world we live in. In order to bring everything to a state of equilibrium, and to gain distance from a more uneven future, the EU is currently drafting the European sustainable food policy

Food waste is one environment related problem threatening the future of the planet. Worldwide there is a big discrepancy between areas menaced by starvation, and those with a thriving economy and a high quality of life. Food waste is just a symptom of the unbalanced, unfair world we live in. In order to bring everything to a state of equilibrium, and to gain distance from a more uneven future, the EU is currently drafting the European sustainable food policy.

On November 28, at the Committee of the Regions, the issue of food production was addressed in a comprehensive way meant to contribute to the opinion on sustainable EU food policy the CoR is drafting. France and other EU states have already adopted laws to monitor and reduce food waste, and it seems like the EU is trying to spread this practice to all its member states. But there are, of course, problems to be faced and questions to be addressed: how could an integrated EU sustainable food policy be reinforced?, how important is it to set individual “sustainability targets”?, how stakeholders can be involved to improve the governance in food policy? etc. 

In December 2015, in Paris, 195 countries committed to join the global fight against climate change. The main objective of this first-ever universal, and legally binding agreement was to limit global temperature rise at 2 degrees by 2030. The current effects of global warming are visible in daily meteorological changes and natural phenomena worldwide. Even though opinions on the actual cause of different natural dissasters oftenly witnessed in the last periods are contradictory, climate change is a real problem the whole planet should fix. 

 

NeoConnect is focused on creating a digital platform of and for EU networks and projects, willing to benefit from a shared IT solution in order to boost their image, activity, and impact in Europe and beyond.  

On the 12th and 13th October, the Diplomatic, Economic and Academic Days organised by CIDIC (International Circle for Diplomats and Consuls) took place in Bratislava, within the frame of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Previously, the other two DEA events were hosted by the two former countries at the lead of the CEU: Luxembourg (2/2015), and the Netherlands (1/2016). FEDRA, as CIDIC’s partner on the European regional side, participated in the event. 

Between 26th and 28th September, 2016, Frederic Soudain, FEDRA Senior Advisor, travelled to Albania as part of an official visit organised by the European Commission DG Near (Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations).

Significant figures in FEDRA's community got together in a friendly environment, at the organisation's office in Brussels. Honorary committee members, YRAs, FEDRA's experts, its secretarial staff, representatives of Vox Teneo, and @vitam.org, FEDRA's partners in creating the NeoConnect platform, they all talked about the organisation's progress, but also about its current challenges and future plans.

 

As Slovakia holds for the first time the Presidency of the Council of the EU, this year, between July 1st, and December 31st, the attention in the EU sphere is directed towards this 2004 member.

On the 12th and 13th of October 2016, in Bratislava, Slovakia, the CIDIC’s Diplomatic, Economic and Academic (DEA) Days will occur. 

Giorgio Magistrelli, FEDRA’s expert in corporate and project management participated in a three-day offical event in Serbia organised by the European Commission (DG NEAR). This stakeholder trip on “Economic governance, investment and business opportunities” was held from 20 to 22 June 2016 with lots of conferences and networking opportunities with delegates of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia, representatives of the Serbian chamber of commerce, associations of SMEs, and regional business reporters.

Stratasys, the leading player in 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing (AM), was FEDRA’s partner during its Regional Growth Session at the European Business Summit (EBS) on the 1st of June. Ben Lazarus, Stratasys’ Vice President for Business Transformation, made an inspiring speech on the impact of 3D printing on our daily lives!

On the 1st of June 2016, one year after its launch, FEDRA was back at the European Business Summit to organise a Regional Growth Session. With 2 partners, 9 guest speakers and more than 100 attendees coming from the private, public and academic sectors, FEDRA is proud to announce that its session was a real success!

On the 10th-12th May 2016, the European Center for Economic Diplomacy (CIDIC) has organised a Diplomatic, Economic & Academic mission to the Netherlands, current President of the EU Council of Ministers. The Federation of Regional Growth Actors in Europe (FEDRA) provided the regional dimension of this initiative.