The main objective of the forum is to promote a European approach on regional and local development through foster the exchange of ideas, reflections and prospects encouraging academics to get more comprehensive information on "real world" issues and policy makers using what emerges from the academic debate as well as trough foster the participation of citizens and civil society to social, political, economic and scientific life as a tool for a better shared future in Western Balkans countries...
During its board meeting of September 12th 2017, the European Academy of the Regions featured Dr. Jan Haizmann as new honorary member.
Dr. Haizmann is managing director of Correggio Consulting. As Managing Director, Jan brings over 15 years of experience in energy trading in a variety of corporate functions. Jan advises the top-tier management of his international clients on a range of legal and regulatory aspects of commodity trading and gives contractual advice. He offers profound expertise...
The EAR-AER delegates were hosted by Mr. Giorgi Zakalashvili, director of the Chandary Wine Cellar where they discovered the typical Georgian wine production techniques.
On the 21st June 2017, at the town hall of the self-governing community of Telavi the EAR-AER delegates were received by the deputy-mayor, Mr. Davit Napirieli.
Mr. Neacsu presented the goals of the academy and insisted upon the financial and moral support of the Government of Flanders that enabled this fact finding mission.
EAR-AER and Telavi detected possibilities of cooperation. The community was interested in the organisation of evening classes in existing high schools.
It was agreed...
The day of 2oth June ended by a very promising meeting with the scientists from Delta, a state-military scientific research organisation located at the outskirts of Tbilisi. This research center groups specialists in many disciplines.
In fact there are 6 research institutes: metallurgy and materials, optica, mining, energy, nanotechnology, military applications.
It was agreed that EAR-AER will try to present several projects that have been handed over, to Belgian or German counterparts in ...
At the invitation of prof.dr. Zurab Gasitashvili, vice-rector, Mr. Delcart gave then a brief lecture on Regional approach and especially the transformation and innovation aspects to engineers of the Technical University of Georgia after which the professor presented him their research, especially on waste treatment, that was already applied by several municipalities in Georgia.
On the 21st of June, EAR-AER delegates met the deputy-mayor of Tbilisi, Mr. Irakli Ledkvinadze and his staff member Mr. Kakhaberi Gvantseladze, head of the office.
Tbilisi is member of Eurocities as well as of Energy cities and of Resilient cities. This last one provided them with a grant from the Rockefeller fund. They also are part of a brownfield fund.
Mr. Neacsu presented the goals of the academy and insisted upon the financial and moral support of the Government of Flanders that enab...
on the 20th June, Mr Nelu Neacsu and Mr, Jan Haizmann had a meeting with Deputy Minister of Energy, Mr. Ilia Eloshvili.
The Ministry of Energy has been drafting a National Energy Strategy, which will be published in the fall of2018. Though there is limited transparency on the work of the Ministry and no official stakeholder involvement foreseen.
The Georgian energy market is very small and liquidity can only be enhanced in co-operation with markets in neibouring countries. As there is politica...
The second day of EAR-AER’s fact finding mission to Georgia from 19 till 22 of June started with a very interesting meeting with staff members of the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, Mrs. Ekaterine Galdava, head of department of Infrastructure Policy and Relations with Development Partners and Mrs. Matsatso Tepnadze, head of the division in the same department.
Georgia decided since 2 years to apply a form of decentralisation and now contains 9 regions and 1 aut...
At the end of the day of 19th June, the two board members visited Tbilisi’s Techno Park, an initiative of the Georgian Government enabling students and starters to familiarise with 3D applications and laser applications.
The Techno Park has been recognised by M.I.T. Boston as a FabLab and is active in that context. They were guided by Ms. Ana Gugushvili of the GITA agency.
Gradually started the idea of a joint venture training between TechnoPark and EAR-AER in the summer of 2018.