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Dubrovnik Forum 2016 – Strengthening Europe: Connecting North and South

Dubrovnik, 25 – 26 August 2016 - South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (SEECEL) was invited to participate at the 11th intergovernmental „Dubrovnik Forum 2016 - Strengthening Europe: Connecting North and South“ among twelve EU member countries located between the Adriatic, Baltic and Black Seas - Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

President of the Republic of Croatia, Ms Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic held an opening speech, where she stated that the area of the Adriatic, Baltic and Black Sea is the ''lifeline'' of Europe and around 50 billion Euros will be needed for its future development. She also emphasized the importance of strong and stable relations in the Region, removing differences between the EU members that have enjoyed the benefits of democracy, freedom and free market for decades and those that joined the EU later.

During the Forum, The Croatian Chamber of Economy organized a panel discussion „Getting together for business opportunities“, where participants exchanged opinions about cooperation on joint regional projects and benefits of a digital single market for economy. Ms Efka Heder, SEECEL's Director participated in a panel discussion, where she highlighted the importance of a dual education system and entrepreneurial learning and education and its impact on the economy.

Participants in the Dubrovnik Forum on Thursday adopted a declaration „The Three Seas Initiative“ supporting concrete energy, transport and digital communication projects to connect Central and Eastern Europe and calling on interested parties from all over the world to join in those projects. Declaration is informal platform designed to secure political support and facilitate action in specific cross-border and macro-regional projects, connecting Europe's north and south better with energy and infrastructure. “The Three Seas Initiative” is open to partnerships in specific projects with interested countries or businesses from all over the world that are committed to basic EU values and principles, says the document.

SEECEL's representative was Ms Efka Heder, Director. 
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