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March 31, 2008

Industry-Academic Forum for Innovation, Vision and Policy: 22 April, Tralee

A seminar entitled ' IS CONNECTING BITS TO ATOMS SUFFICIENT? Identification of Information in System of Systems' - an inagural industry-academia forum event - is being organised by the Centre for Innovation in Distributed Systems at the Institute of Technology Tralee in partnership with Kerry Technology Park, the South West Regional Authority, ESTIIC-INTERREG IIIC and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Forum for Supply Chain Innovation (FSCI). The event will take place in the SOLAS Auditorium, Institute of Technology Tralee on April 22nd. To access the programme, review the world class line up of speakers and register log onto http://www.cids.ie/april22_programme.html

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March 31, 2008

LIFE 'Restoring Raised Bogs' project conference: 8-9 May, Carrick-on-Shannon

A two-day international conference will mark the end and publicise the results of the LIFE-Nature project "Restoring Raised Bog in Ireland" (LIFE04 NAT/IE/000121). The project, managed by Coillte Teoranta , focused on the restoration of 14 raised bog sites within the EU Natura 2000 network of protected sites. It is the largest raised bog restoration project ever undertaken in Ireland. Day 1 will consist of presentations by the project team and other experts in the field. Day 2 will be spent visiting project sites in the vicinity of Carrick-on-Shannon. Further information and registration details from http://www.raisedbogrestoration.ie/

Posted by iroronan at March 31, 2008 04:13 PM

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March 28, 2008

ESTIIC Conference, "Regional Policies on Technology-driven Innovation and Information Society Technologies for SMEs: Groundwork and Next Steps": 16 April, Brussels

How can European regions reasonably use the potential of key technologies like RFID and sensor networks, geotechnologies, flexible IT architectures and ICT convergence to take a leading place in the competition in international top positions?

The final conference of the Interreg 3C Regional Framework Operation (RFO) project ESTIIC (Fostering Regional Competiveness through Innovation & The Information Society) will provide information on current trends in the field of information and communication technologies and their impact to strengthen the competitiveness of European regions. After an introduction on the relevance of ICT for the development of European regions, experts of international reknown will present the most important ICT trends in an ICT portfolio of the future. eDisaster Management and eTraffic are two of the four application fields with a high economic potential to be presented afterwards. A concluding discussion with all experts shall develop innovative ideas for future regional ICT strategies. ESTIIC has been a joint venture between the Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly and 3 continental partner regions (Asturias, Cantabria, Nordrhein-Westfalen) to develop actions to foster regional competitiveness with small & medium enterprises (SMEs) particularly in mind. The operation involved two specific areas of focus, namely Technological Innovation and the Information Society, and aimed ultimately to improve the effectiveness of policies and instruments relating to these themes and their responsiveness to the needs of SMEs. The main element of ESTIIC was a mini funding programme from which 8 sub-projects based on inter-regional cooperation between public bodies were approved for co-financing. Support has been provided for activities to strengthen the expertise and capabilities of SMEs by bringing them closer to the most up-to-date range of scientific and technological know-how available and by allowing for the development of new instruments and opportunities to implement public policies on the following topics: implementing cross-sectional technologies; generating clusters and networks; aligning industrial requirements and research pursuits; intellectual property protection; the further extension of broadband and its future interaction with regional development; the business potentials of e-Health; and spatial information in business processes. Registration details can be found at: http://tomcats01.treelogic.com/estiic//04/servicio101.html

Posted by iroronan at March 28, 2008 03:10 PM

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March 28, 2008

Intercultural Cities Conference: 1-3 May 2008, Liverpool

Taking place in this years European Capital of Culture, the Intercultural Cities Conference will take a fresh look at migration, diversity and urban life.

New thinking is needed on how diverse communities can co-operate in productive harmony instead of leading parallel or antagonistic lives. Political leaders, policy makers and practitioners from major cities including London, Madrid, Berlin, Lyon, Stuttgart, Rotterdam, Turin, Naples, Istanbul, Bremen, Marseille, Gdansk, Leicester, Manchester and Liverpool will be sharing their experiences and provide examples of how being intercultural can bring social, cultural and economic advantages. Speakers include globalisation guru Saskia Sassen, head of CEOs for Cities Carol Coletta, the world authority on cultural diversity and city planning Leonie Sandercock, Keith Khan who leads the campaign to make the London 2012 Olympics an unprecedented intercultural festival, world renowned economic geographer Ash Amin and many more. The conference aims to engage and inspire everyone interested in the intercultural city, particularly those responsible for planning and regeneration, local economy, community cohesion, education and cultural services. For more information and to book a place please visit http://inter.culture.info/icc

Posted by iroronan at March 28, 2008 10:40 AM

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March 26, 2008

Conference on Enterprise policy for women: 13 May, Waterford

As part of the INTERREG 3A funded project Female Entrepreneurship Ireland and Wales (FEIW), the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Waterford Institute of Technology and their partners at Aberystwyth University are jointly hosting a conference on the development of enterprise policy for women entrepreneurs. The Shape of Tomorrow: The dawning of a new enterprise policy for women will take place at Faithlegg House, Waterford on 13 May with conference speakers from across the EU. Further details from:www.whysofeiw.com>

Posted by iroronan at March 26, 2008 03:19 PM

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March 26, 2008

Future National Lisbon Programmes require better local/regional input

Three year National Reform Programmes (NRP) setting out the measures to be taken to improve competitive economic performance were formulated in 2005 as part of the relaunch of the Lisbon Agenda and its refocusing on growth and jobs.

Programmes were based upon an agreed set of guidelines, covering macro-economic, micro-economic and employment policies. Irelands Lisbon programme has since put in place a range of measures to support R&D, to address infrastructure deficits and to provide training and lifelong learning opportunities across the economy. With the forthcoming second generation of NRPs in mind, the European Council at its recent summit has pointedly acknowledged that "increased ownership of the growth and jobs agenda at all levels of government will lead to more coherent and effective policymaking". This recognition of the (potential) role of the local and regional level in delivering growth and a buoyant jobs market "invites the Commission and Member States to strengthen the involvement of relevant stakeholders in the Lisbon process " - setting out a vision whereby sub-national input and perspectives as well as those of economic and social actors should be more fully incorporated into achieving competitiveness objectives. This is a further emphasis upon the importance of territorial cohesion alongside its economic and social counterparts and is of importance to Ireland as the negotiation of the original NRP took place almost entirely within the social partnership process and has been explicitly tied in with ensuring the full implementation of the Towards 2016 agreement. The Council also "welcomes the progress made in targeting cohesion funds in support of national reform programmes" and calls on Member States "to ensure that expenditure reflects the earmarking commitments made". Further details from www.consilium.europa.eu/ueDocs/cms_Data/docs/pressData/en/ec/99410.pdf

Posted by iroronan at March 26, 2008 03:17 PM

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March 26, 2008

Conference on Regional Networking and International Partnerships in Technology Transfer & Innovation: 23-25 April, Valencia

The Technology Transfer & Innovation conference is the annual gathering of Europe's largest and longest-standing association of technology transfer and innovation support practitioners who come together to share experience, exchange ideas and to build and strengthen their profession. This year's event is on the theme "From Regional Networking to International Partnerships in Technology Transfer and Innovation Support". Session themes include strategies and tactics of networking and creating partnerships on different geographical levels; open innovation; and public-private partnerships for improved technology transfer. The latter topic focuses exclusively on the outcomes of an EU-funded project called STAIRS, which aims to implement new strategies for improved trans-regional technology transfer involving public and private sector players. Register at: http://www.tii.org/2008AC_Valencia

Posted by iroronan at March 26, 2008 02:08 PM

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March 24, 2008

EU Spring Summit:Climate Change Reaction

The spring 2007 European Council meeting of Member State leaders established the 20-20-20 climate change objectives: a 20% cut in CO2 emissions, a 20% increase in energy efficiency and 20% renewables usage in energy production (including 10% biofuels) by 2020. This years summit seems to have reined in that apparent enthusiasm.

National leaders expressed concerns and doubts about areas including the commitment to a 10% reduction of energy consumption by public administrations; the scale of renewables uptake envisaged by the Commission; and the impact of converting farmland to biofuel energy use. Other areas of ongoing disagreement include the revision of the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) and burden-sharing for the sectors it does not cover, auctioning of energy sector allowances, and how energy-intensive industries may fare in the face of competition from countries not subject to strict environmental standards in the absence of an international agreement. The conclusions have met with a lukewarm response in places with environmental groups expressing disappointment at a perceived lack of ambition and a failure to stand up to heavy industry pressure. In particular, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has accuses leaders of reverting to an over- emphasis on the need to analyse the economic impacts of climate protection on large polluters and of laying open the possible exemption of certain industrial sectors from the ETS 'polluter pays' principle without supporting the potential for innovation, jobs and trade opportunities that measures to reverse climate change could deliver. Further details from: http://www.wwf.org.uk/news/n_0000004923.asp

Posted by iroronan at March 24, 2008 09:34 AM

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March 20, 2008

Fifth Freedom & Flexicurity...the next stage of Lisbon Process

Following two years of solid economic growth and job creation since the Lisbon Agenda was renewed with a growth and jobs focus, the EU Councils spring summit's response to increasing public concern over challenges such as climate change and social exclusion brought an agreement to place these matters towards the forefront of future approaches.

A statement from the Slovenian Presidency after the meeting noted that "economic growth and high-quality jobs are a guarantee of social progress and social cohesion. The new cycle of the Lisbon Strategy ensures a better balance between concern for citizens and the environment on the one hand and efforts for a competitive, knowledge-based market economy on the other. The new emphases are, in essence, a heightened concern for citizens and social issues, pro-active responses to climate change, and a more modern view of innovation and creativity". Member states have agreed upon the following priorities: national action plans to reduce the number of early school leavers; future industry skills requirement assessment (accounting for technological change and ageing population impacts) - notably in the key business opportunity areas of climate and energy-efficient technologies; the removal of barriers to the free movement of knowledge (now the EU's "fifth freedom"), thus advancing long-established RTDI goals by boosting cross-border mobility of researchers, students, scientists and university teachers; the "flexicurity" labour market principle which combines greater skills training availability and higher benefits for the unemployed with easier hiring and firing rules for employers to be implemented at national level; and reducing administrative burdens on businesses including red tape hindering them from operating across the entire EU Single Market through approval of the 'Small Business Act' (see the article published on this website in February) including financing and support measures aimed specifically at helping SMEs access new markets and calls for the earliest possible implementation of the Services Directive. Further details from: http://www.eu2008.si/en/News_and_Documents/Press_Releases/March/0314EC_Lizbona.html

Posted by iroronan at March 20, 2008 03:06 PM

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March 20, 2008

'Cities of the Future' Forum: 10 April, Brussels

Urban policy makers and representatives of regions and cities and the business sector may be interested in a conference highlighting the economic, social and environmental challenges facing European cities and towns on energy, mobility, transport and housing issues and the necessity for sustainable urban development. The event is organised by the Committee of the Regions in cooperation with the European Commission DGs for Energy & Transport and for Enterprise & Industry along with Eurocities, the network of major European cities. It will include a political debate with Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs addressing the issues of sustainable mobility and energy efficiency for the city of tomorrow as well as an afternoon workshop to discuss the role of enterprises in contributing to sustainable urban solutions to make cities more attractive. An exhibition on best practice examples of energy efficiency and sustainable mobility in European cities will also take place. Further details from: http://www.cor.europa.eu/pages/PresentationTemplate.aspx?view=detail&id=42e982bf-7dff-4a55-860a-ad8cfe126748

Posted by iroronan at March 20, 2008 02:06 PM

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March 20, 2008

Cross-border traffic prosecutions on cards?

The days of non-resident drivers who break traffic laws beyond their own borders escaping punishment could well be numbered after the European Commission adopted a proposal for a directive that should establish a system of EU-wide prosecution of speeding, drunk driving, failure to use seatbelts and running the red light offences (19 March).

As much as 5% of all traffic offences across the EU are estimated to fall into this category - thereby going unsanctioned as national police systems are currently not empowered to pursue the matter in another jurisdiction. The draft directive seeks to create an EU-wide electronic data exchange network (to join-up national databases) and the necessary legal instruments to identify and prosecute perpetrators. This is part of the Commission's continuing efforts to cut the 43,000 killed annually on the EU's roads. "Today, drivers too often think they can escape fines when they are abroad. This proposal should put a stop to this," said EU Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot. Provided technical issues on the mutual recognition of financial penalties can be overcome, the Commission hopes to find an agreement by next spring, and Member States should then have two years to contribute to the establishment of the data exchange system. Further details from http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/08/168&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

Posted by iroronan at March 20, 2008 11:28 AM

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March 13, 2008

Conference on local climate protection: 1-4 April, Aachen & Heerlen

Local politicians and experts from across Europe will meet at the International Annual Conference of the Climate Alliance to address the cross-border significance of the local level in combating climate change. The occasion will also demand stronger political and financial support at European and national level to enable local authorities to establish climate protection goals and implement associated strategies. Workshops dealing with the applied implementation of climate protection measures will be offered on the following topics: climate protection and local economy; adaptation to climate change; retrofitting of existing buildings; energy efficient public procurement; energy alternatives in transport; and energy bridges between North and South. Further details from:http://www.climatealliance.org/aktuell/mv2008-uebersicht.htm

Posted by iroronan at March 13, 2008 02:04 PM

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March 12, 2008

Energy-Efficient Housing to be funded by ERDF

The European Commission intends to adapt legislation on the Community's Structural Funds by April to allow the co-financing of housing-related energy investments within the EU15.

The current Regulation on the European Regional Development Fund (1080/2006) provides that housing-related expenditure of any kind is only eligible in the 12 new member states - thwarting attempts to co-finance energy-related investments in buildings elsewhere. Regional policy Commissioner Danuta Hubner has now announced a change in emphasis to allow all EU Member States to bring forward certain energy measures in favour of buildings so as to "increase the possibilities of investing in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy". Regulation 1828/2006 on the application of Structural Funds will now require amendment in order that housing expenditure for energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy will be reclassified as energy expenditure.

Posted by iroronan at March 12, 2008 05:42 PM

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March 12, 2008

Daphne III - Fight against violence

By funding preventive measures and by providing support and protection, this programme aims to safeguard children, young people, women and groups at risk against all forms of violence. It is closely aligned with Community policies related to public health, human rights and gender equality, as well as actions aimed at protection of children's rights, and the fight against trafficking of human beings and sexual exploitation. A Call for Proposals (JLS/DAP/2007-1) providing Action Grants, intended to co-finance specific transnational projects on themes including treatment programmes, national legislation, targeted awareness-raising, studies and data collection, and policy issues is now open with an application deadline of 22 April. Annual project grants of 75,000-200,000 euro (up to 80% of costs) are available. Further details from: http://ec.europa.eu/justice_home/funding/daphne3/doc/ag_call_2007_en.pdf

Posted by iroronan at March 12, 2008 03:48 PM

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March 12, 2008

Mid-West Regional Authority Citizen First project newsletter and e-Inclusion Workshop: 19 March, Ennis

The latest newsletter of the Interreg North West Europe project CitizenFirst has been published in advance of MWRA's first eInclusion Workshop.

The themes of the workshop are eAgeing and Hard To Reach Groups (Socially Disadvantaged) - how ICT can improve service delivery & improve citizens lives. For further details contact Marie Collins, Project Manager, Mid-West Regional Authority on + 353 67 33197/37353 or mcollins@mwra.ie. The project website is www.citizen-first.net

Posted by iroronan at March 12, 2008 03:42 PM

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March 10, 2008

Cohesion policy popular but 'could do more'

The Irish remain among the most positive nationalities when it comes to attitudes to and recognition of EU Regional Policy as a tool of solidarity, but the European public generally would like it to be used more ambitiously.

These are the findings of the latest Eurobarometer survey which reveal that 85.7% of 27,000 citizens surveyed in January support the policy's aim of narrowing the gap between the richest and most disadvantaged regions but, less altruistically, 58.1% wish to see it continue to help all regions. An impressive 83.4% of those polled consider that Cohesion Policy should expand in the future to take on challenges such as climate change, globalisation and our ageing population. In terms of awareness of local impacts, recognition of the policy or its hundreds of thousands of individual projects is unsurprisingly highest in those countries which have benefited most with Ireland (64%) registering among the highest scores. By contrast, only around one in three surveyed in the Netherlands or newcomer Bulgaria were directly aware: interestingly, as carried in the January edition of the Bulletin, EU countries will soon be required to publish comprehensive lists of the projects that receive Regional Policy funding to keep their national public up to date. The survey was part of a wider recent public consultation consulted by DG REGIO on the future of regional policy. Further details from: http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/flash/fl_234_en.pdf

Posted by iroronan at March 10, 2008 05:45 PM

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March 07, 2008

Innovative Regions Awards

RegioStars is the awards system for the most innovative ERDF or Cohesion Fund co-financed project relating to economic modernization involving the EU's regions.

Tied in with the Regions for Economic Change initiative it sets out to identify especially good practices in regional development and to highlight original approaches and methodologies which could be more widely trialled and implemeneted in other regions. A ceremony in Brussels in February profiled a shortlist of 26 finalists (from 71 projects nominated) before the prizes for 2008 across 3 categories went to Alsace ('energy efficiency and renewable energies'); Oresund and Wales (both 'support clusters and business networks'); and West Midlands and Yorkshire & Humber (both 'technology transfer from research institutes to SMEs'). The search for the 2009 winners is now underway with nominations being sought for specified activities in the fields of 'Research, Technological Development and Innovation'; and 'adaptation to or mitigation of climate change'. Nominees may be part of a succession of projects that are sequentially funded by one of the EU financial instruments or may have been demonstrably inspired by a good practice in a region of another Member State. Further details from: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/cooperation/interregional/ecochange/regiostars_en.cfm?nmenu=4

Posted by iroronan at March 7, 2008 04:50 PM

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March 06, 2008

Guidelines on Public-Private Partnerships

The European Commission has published guidelines on the establishment of institutionalised Public-Private Partnerships (IPPP) - undertakings jointly held by public and private partners and usually set up to provide services to the public, in particular at the local level.

The Commission's guidance is based on a ruling of the European Court of Justice, the ‘"Stadt Halle"’ case, which requires transparent and competitive award procedures whenever public contracts or concessions are awarded to public-private partnerships. The guidelines clarify the EC rules that apply when an IPPP is set up. In so doing, it provides greater legal certainty not only for the public sector but also for private investors. An Interpretative Communication - C(2007)6661 - expresses the Commission view that under Community law one tendering procedure suffices when an IPPP is set up, clarifying that Community law does not require a double tendering - one for selecting the private partner to the IPPP and another for awarding public contracts or concessions to the public-private partnership - when an IPPP is established. The Communication also affirms that, as a matter of principle, an IPPP must remain within the scope of its initial object, i.e. the original contract awarded, and cannot obtain any further public contracts or concessions without another procedure in accordance with EC public procurement rules. However, it is acknowledged that IPPP are usually set up to provide services over a fairly long period and must, thus, be able to adjust to certain changes in the economic, legal or technical environment. Access the text of the Interpretative Communication from: http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/publicprocurement/ppp_en.htm

Posted by iroronan at March 6, 2008 02:38 PM

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March 06, 2008

Conference on Sustainable Energy Cities: 9-11 April, Cork

Following on from the launch of the 'Covenant of Mayors' pledge (see article on 'Promoting Energy Efficiency at Local and Regional Level' published on this website on 26 February) by local and regional authorities to exceed stated EU objectives in the fields of greenhouse gas emissions, increased energy efficiency and use of renewables through the implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans, one of the 95 signatories, Cork County Council, will host the 13th Energie-Cites Rendezvous entitled 'Towards Europe’s sustainable energy future...Local authorities are ready to act!'. This event will provide an open discussion on local implications of European energy strategies with Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan and European Commission DG Energy and Transport representatives as well as detailed profiles of ongoing local energy initiatives throughout the network. A forum to develop Intelligent Energy Europe and INTERREG projects will also be arranged along with a site visit to the 'Baile Glas' Sustainable housing estate. Further details from: http://www.energie-cites.eu/conference

Posted by iroronan at March 6, 2008 02:12 PM

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March 06, 2008

Publication: "Working for the Regions: EU Regional Policy 2007-13"

A new brochure "Working for the Regions: EU Regional Policy 2007-13" is now available from the Inforegio website. The 36-page publication explains how EU regional policy works and how it supports transport, innovation, environmental and urban development in Europe's regions and cities. Cooperation between regions, evaluation of programmes, as well as audit, control and publicity requirements are other aspects covered. Figures explain how much will be spent by EU Structural Funds and on what in the 27 EU Member States in the years to come. Further details at: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/sources/docgener/presenta/pres_en.htm

Posted by iroronan at March 6, 2008 01:38 PM

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March 06, 2008

Conference on 'Greener, safer and smarter transport for Europe': 21-24 April, Ljubljana

The second European Road Transport Research Arena (TRA) conference 'Greener, safer and smarter transport for Europe' will focus on climate change and road safety. The conference programme will be organised into several plenary, strategic and thematic sessions based on European road research needs and agendas. Conference participants will have the opportunity to meet potential project partners, as well as European Commission officials. Further details at: http://www.tra2008.si/

Posted by iroronan at March 6, 2008 01:32 PM

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March 05, 2008

European Conference on Bicycle Transport & Networking : 3-4 April, Dresden

This event will focus on the exchange and transfer of knowledge and experiences on bicycle networking of European cities. The event will address practical questions on topics such as bicycle planning and management, regulation and financing, citizen’s involvement, bikes as business, networking and research aspects. Special attention will be given to how cycling, walking and public transport can work hand in hand in a joint effort to reduce car use. Further details at: http://www.tu-dresden.de/srv/englisch/index.html

Posted by iroronan at March 5, 2008 01:27 PM

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March 03, 2008

Drug Prevention & Information Programme

The current EU Action Plan on Drugs sets out a list of concrete actions to reduce the prevalence of drug use among the population and the resultant social harm and health damage. The Drug Prevention & Information Programme aims to contribute to the achievement of those actions by preventing and reducing drug use, dependence and drug-related harms; and by contributing to the improvement of information on drug use. A current call (JLS/DPIP/2008) offering operating grant support to NGOs or other organisations to support the activities included in the 2008 annual activity programme is underway with a March 27 deadline. Further details from: http://ec.europa.eu/justice_home/funding/drugs/doc/og_call_2008_en.pdf

Posted by iroronan at March 3, 2008 04:46 PM

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March 03, 2008

Conference on Climate Protection and Renewable Energy for Small Communities: 2-4 April, Rovigo (Italy),

The province of Rovigo and ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) are organising a conference on "Climate Protection and Renewable Energy: Medium and Small Communities facing the Challenge". The objective of the event is to present ideas on how to develop the capacities of political decision-makers and local authority officers who need to become involved in community climate protection action. Several local authorities will outline successful local approaches to climate protection and renewable energy. Further details at: http://www.ccre.org/news_detail_en.htm?ID=1244

Posted by iroronan at March 3, 2008 03:16 PM

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March 03, 2008

Publication: The State of Local & Regional Authorities in Europe

The DEXIA group and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) have published the second edition of their joint study on the state of local and regional authorities in Europe. This set of 12 factsheets comprises key comparative figures on Member States' internal organisation of sub-national government, public sector finances (expenditure, public investments, public debt), Structural and Cohesion Funds, town twinning, and the proportion of women among elected representatives. DEXIA's "2007 Economic Outlook" on sub-national public finance in the EU has also been published and provides an overview of the institutional and financial situation of this tier in the 27 Member States from 2000 to 2006. Further details at: http://www.ccre.org/news_detail_en.htm?ID=1240

Posted by iroronan at March 3, 2008 01:35 PM

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March 03, 2008

Irish Chair for ECOS Commission

A member of Offaly County Council, the Midland Regional Authority and the Border Midland and Western Regional Assembly, Mrs Hanniffy will serve for the next two years in the post. The new chair said she was honoured to take up the appointment "at a time when we will be considering a number of important issues which will have significance for the competitiveness of all our regions". Among her priorities are developing ever more proactive dialogue with the European Commission and Parliament, as well as improved follow-up of CoR opinions throughout the EU law-making process to highlight local and regional authorities' valuable contribution to decision-making. As part of her tenure, in September in Athlone, Cllr. Hanniffy will host a meeting of ECOS along with a conference which will focus on the proposed Small Business Act for Europe and its implications for SMEs. Further details from the IRO

Posted by iroronan at March 3, 2008 09:53 AM