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.
Christine Foueillassa was working as a saleswoman for a caterer when she decided to quit her job and start studying to become a pastry chef and make her dreams a reality.
Bella Sky Festival is a 5-day event which takes place every year in the capital of the Polish region Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Toruń.
The Republic of Srpska (Republika Sprska) is one of the two constitutional, legal, and autonomous entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the past years significant reforms were initiated in the economic sector, especially impacting the fields of taxation and duties, as the government of the region wishes to turn it into a profitable market for foreign investors. The Minister of Economic Relations and Regional Cooperation of the Republic of Srpska, Mr Zlatan Klokić, is currently dedicating his work to boosting the image of the Republic, to draw new investments from abroad, and to bring the region closer to the funding opportunities presented by the EU. Another one of his goals is to secure the position of the Republic in the Adriatic-Ionian macro region, by bringing into focus its resources, and its legal, and economic systems.
“Frammenti d’Antico” (“Fragments of the Past”), an event which calls back the past, is hosted every year in Bagnoli del Trigno (IS), on august 18th. It is sponsored by Regione Molise, Provincia di Isernia, and the CCIAA, and it draws 20.000 people every year.
Ten years ago, MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij tried to make a synergy between the structural funds and the Horizon 2020 objectives. Mr. Novakov has the same ambition. His secret is to coordinate all actions towards an only goal, and to “attract priority investors via EFSI and the Junker plan, use the grants we have, and combine them”. Fortunately, there are people in the Parliament, and in the Commission who support this action plan. However, another plan, one more close to his heart, is the current object of Andrey Novakov's attention. This is the ALECO (Achieve Leadership in Entrepreneurship in Cooperation and Opportunities) programme, which has been recently initiated by him. The goal of this programme is to open international markets to young entrepreneurs from the EU.
Andrey Novakov, born July 1st, 1988, is the youngest member of the European Parliament. He comes from the Blagoevgrad region in Bulgaria, and is amazed at the development of his country since it has become an EU state. He is a passionate member of the Committee of Regional Development, and he also endorses better opportunities for young Europeans, since it is the youth who will continue the journey towards development. FEDRA’s team sat down with him to discuss his opinion about regional development in the EU, and about his efforts to engage the youth in social and economic actions for the progress of their communities. The first topic of the discussion was his vision of the EU when its member states face problems. According to him, the Union is similar to “a high residential building with 28 floors, soon 27. France and Germany are on the 1st floors, and the are on the top.” In case of a rain, and of a “leaking roof, even if at that moment [the water] will only ruin the carpet on the last floor, it is just a matter of time until the water from the rain reaches the bottom of that building”.
From Friday 7th to Monday 10th October, Naples, the stunning capital of my region, Campania, will host “FuturoRemoto”, the first event in Europe dedicated to the dissemination of scientific and technological culture.
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).
Crecchio is my hometown, the place where I grew up in, and my biggest love. This picturesque and medieval-looking village which is situated half-way between the Adriatic coast and the mastodontic Apenines, is the birthplace of one of the most awaited events in the whole province of Chieti: ‘A Cena con i Bizantini’ (Dinining with the Byzantines).