European Innovation Partners on Active and Healthy Ageing

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The European Commission has identified active and healthy ageing as a major societal challenge common to all European countries, and an area which presents considerable potential for Europe to lead the world in providing innovative responses to this challenge. The …

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Bring Science into the Danube Region

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The Danube Region covers parts of nine EU countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia) and five non-EU countries (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Ukraine and Moldova). The region is facing several challenges, such …

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State of the Union: Acting as One Union to Restore Confidence

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State of the Union conference, Florence – May 9, 2013 The crisis has amplified the urgent need for a stronger cooperation and governance at European level and bold reforms at national level. And the role of the European institutions is not …

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Universities at the heart of the Europe of Knowledge

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The knowledge economy and society stem from the combination of four interdependent elements: the production of knowledge, mainly through scientific research; its transmission through education and training; its dissemination through the information and communication technologies; its use in technological innovation. …

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Smart Specialisation – The Driver of Future Economic Growth in Europe

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To achieve future growth our investment strategy towards the regions is becoming more selective and strategic. Smart specialisation involves putting in place tools, institutions and experts to help the regions find their own industrial and technological niche in the global …

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Statement of President Barroso on the Nobel Peace Prize Awarding

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Statement by President Barroso on the Nobel Peace Prize “I know that some of asked why now? Well, Thorbjørn Jagland, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, summed it up perfectly on the day of the announcement [and again just now …

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Annual Conference of URBACT – Cities of Tomorrow Action Today

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Urbact is and will continue to be an essential pillar of our efforts to meet this challenge. With 300 cities involved, there are many of you to thank. For me, the key in the next period will be to ensure …

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State of the Union 2012 – Speach delivered by Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, in European Parliament

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The challenge – a new thinking for Europe A crisis of confidence is a political crisis. Europe needs a new direction. That direction can not be based on old ideas. Europe needs a new thinking. Since the start of the …

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European Union Awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

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Joint statement by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, on the award of the 2012 Nobel Peace prize to the European Union It is a tremendous honour for the European …

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European Tourism Industry – A Regional Perspective

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   “Local and regional authorities were among the first to realise that in order to ensure the continuous economic success of tourism it must be sustainable.” said Mercedes Bresso, President of the Committee of the Regions. Europe has far more to …

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