Keywords: EU projects, education for local and regional civil servants, Tourism and Culture, infrastructures, SMEs, Agriculture and Rural development
In autumn 2015, Istria Region launched a cycle of workshops on EU funded project covering four main topics and targeted to the Croatian stakeholders (civil servants from local and regional authorities, SMEs, students and experts in EU projects).
The workshop were organised in the framework of the project AdriGov (IPA Adriatic CBC Programme) at the Center for EU and International Cooperation in Bale (Croatia) which was established by the Istria Region to train the stakeholders of the Adriatic area. The center has covered a wide range of different workshops, trainings and seminars in the last 3 years.
The cycle of education “EU LAB - European Laboratory” arranged in Pula in October and November 2015 consisted in four workshops covering the following themes:
1.EU-Funded Projects in the sectors of Tourism and Culture;
2.EU-Funded major and infrastructure projects;
3.EU-Funded Projects for SMEs;
4.EU-Funded Projects in the sector of Agriculture and Rural development.
The cycle of education had the aim to improve the knowledge and skills of representatives of the involved local and regional authorities in the scope of EU funds. The LAB consisted in practical examples from different funding programmes with practical exercises and opened discussions among trainers and participants.
The thematic areas have been identified as the most important for the regional development for the Istria Region.
All the workshop took place in two days, involving a total number of 90 participants.
Specifically the four workshops can be described as following:
1) Workshop “EU-Funded Projects in the sectors of Tourism and Culture”
The aim of this workshop was to introduce the specific EU instruments and programmes in the field of culture and tourism, analyzing the funding opportunities of various EU funds and through examples of concrete projects and good practices already implemented. The workshop was attended by 28 participants from the local authorities, associations, agencies, public institutions civil society of the Region.
2) Workshop “EU-Funded major and infrastructure projects”
The second workshop took place on 26 October 2015 at the Center for EU and international co-operation in Bale. It approached the topic of infrastructure projects and their necessary documentation touching also the topic of the major projects. It was attended by 18 participants.
3) Workshop “EU-Funded Projects for SMEs”
The third workshop took place on 29 and 30 October 2015 at the Center for EU and international co-operation in Bale. The workshop presented the EU policies which support the entrepreneurship, different EU programmes, measures and opportunities for SMEs.
The workshop addressed also some specifics projects for small and medium enterprises. Specific EU programmes have been introduced and analyzed in details. The different funding opportunities was presented to the participants (entrepreneurs, development agencies, chamber of commerce). The workshops were attended by nearly 16 participants from the public and the private sector.
4) Workshop on EU-Funded Projects in the sector of Agriculture and Rural development.
The last workshop of EU LAB on EU projects took place on 5 and 6 November 2015 in the Centre for EU and international co-operation in Bale. The theme was the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the rural development and the EU opportunities for the agricultural sector in general. The workshop was designed in such a way: the first day was entirely addressed to the public sector, while the second day was mainly targeted to the private sector. The workshop was attended by 28 participants.