EU Forum on Local Governance, Vrboska, Island of Hvar/Croatia 2013

EU Forum on Local Governance, Vrboska, Island of Hvar/Croatia 2013

EU Forum on Local Governance, Vrboska, Island of Hvar/Croatia 2013

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The 10th annual summer school ‘EU Forum on Local Governance’ took place at the Hotel Adriatic, Vrboska, Island of Hvar, from 11-13th September 2013. Over 30 participants from private and public sectors from five different countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia), including college students from U.S. participated in this year school. The EU Forum is a joint collaboration between EPIC (the European Policy Information Center) and Catalys, this year was supported by the Centre of Excellence within the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

Marija Kapitanovic, Directorate General for Bilateral Affairs within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Croatia opened the summer school with the presentation introducing Ministry’s new Centre of Exellence- Advisory Committee for Transitional Processes whose goal is transfer of lessons and solutions acquired during the EU accession process, as well as regional cooperation through transfer of knowledge and experience.

Managing Director of Catalys, Ian Baker, during two days of presentations discussed the new 2014-20 programme and funding agenda, project management at local level, as well as acessing EU Funds for local projects.

Baker also led two project clinics on – ‘Developing Project Proposals’. The participants were divided in four smaller groups and challenged to produce a project based on problem and objective tree analysis. In the space of 24 hours, each group successfully produced a project proposal, which was then evaluated within the workshop.

Managing Director of European Policy Information Centre (EPIC), Andreas Staab, argued challenges that EU is facing regarding its enlargement. The participants were actively involved in podium discussion over the EU’s future.

Robert Hancké, Reader in European Political Economy, led a discussion on the Eurozone crisis and its effects on local government. Hancké’s interactive approach encouraged exciting debate over future of the Euro.

Graham Waddell, the Head of EaRTH (Environmental and Renewable Technologies Hub Programme) linked EU energy policies and its effects on local development. Waddell introduced local case studies and energy challenges that are placed upon the EU.

Senior advisor at the Croatian Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, Ivan Ciprijan, presented the Croatian IPARD Programme. IPARD is an integral part of the IPA (Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance) and its main objectives are the improvement of market efficiency, implementation of Community standards, preparation for agri-environmental measures and local rural development strategies, as well as development of rural economy. The presentation was especially useful for the participants from the candidate countries and potential candidate countries who are beginning the accession process.

All participants successfully finished course and were awarded certificates. Evaluations generated afterwards showed over 90% approval rating.

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