Manneken Pis statue dressed in Croatian folk costume (video)


Esports Europe chooses Brussels for its headquarters

PRESS RELEASE
Brussels, 4 December 2019

Esports Europe chooses Brussels for its headquarters

The dynamic esports sector has just chosen Brussels for the headquarters of its European federation. In addition to the city's international dimension, the experience of international associations and the healthy local audiovisual sector have contributed to this decision which will be confirmed at the founding congress scheduled in February 2020 in Brussels.

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CULTURE & CITY LIFE: newsletter 11

 

News from visit.brussels


Handy Events Guide - The keys to accessible events 
Practical guide to organising outdoor events that are accessible to persons with reduced mobility 

In an effort to do everything possible to welcome people with reduced mobility to events, visit.brussels has produced this guide in the form of a practical checklist, to be used for any event organised in a public space in the future. This guide is aimed primarily at the key stakeholders in the events field, advertisers, organisers, events agencies, and site managers and owners. It can be found here
 
Picture Festival: BIP fresco
Mont des Arts - www.picturefestival.be 

The Picture Festival began on 31 October and will end on 10 November. Various Mont des Arts institutions are hosting works by illustrators for the occasion, making it a unique journey. At BIP (2-4 Rue Royale, 1000 Brussels), come and discover the monumental creation by Cécile Barraud de Lagerie, Textile & Color designer.

A new look for the Tram Experience!  
Have you seen it go past? This white tram that runs through the streets of Brussels, recognised by foodies from the capital and elsewhere, has welcomed more than 70,000 people aboard since it began. Having offered seven years of gastronomic discoveries in a modern, stylish setting, the Tram Experience is now undergoing a complete metamorphosis. The work has begun! The menu will feature originality, elegance and pleasure for the taste buds. In the heart of a totally redesigned setting, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the living memory of traditional Belgian cuisine, given a new twist by chefs from our three regions, and producing an unprecedented contemporary gastronomy experience. 
See you soon on board the brand-new Tram Experience! 

 
New concept

Discover Kokotte, the first pop-up restaurant in Brussels
Rue des Bouchers 30, 1000 Brussels
hub.brussels is launching Kokotte, a pop-up to promote new hospitality projects. Opening a business is an adventure that can be difficult. In this context, the pop-up restaurant of hub.brussels aims to allow candidates to test their concept and thus discover the reality of the land in a 72 m2 equipped restaurant in the heart of Brussels. Every 4 months, you will have the opportunity to discover a new occupant and therefore a new culinary concept!


Foodies

 
Pastamadre
Place Rouppe 10, 1000 Brussels - https://pastamadre.be
It's all about the sourdough (pastamadre in Italian) at this new address on Place Rouppe, which offers pizzas made with natural sourdough from the wort of lambics from the Cantillon brewery. These pizzas will be accompanied, as they should be, by craft beers and natural wines. 

Nénu
Rue Dejoncker 21, 1060 Brussels - www.nenu.be
Only just open and already very popular, Nénu embodies the younger generation of Asian canteens, alongside Old Boy and Yi Chan. Nénu offers wonderful Vietnamese dishes and amazing cocktails in a contemporary decor that hits just the right note. 
 
Fauvette
Rue de la Fauvette 17, 1180 Brussels
Damien Bouchery's new project. Eco-responsible restaurant that offers an old-fashioned cuisine based on local and seasonal products. 

Teddington
Chaussée de Saint-Job 666, 1180 Brussels
Menu signed by Benjamin Laborie (former chef of Colonel and currently Red Water* in Waterloo). Bistro spirit and french cuisine.

CoinCoin 
Avenue Jules de Trooz 13, 1150 Brussels - www.facebook.com/CoinCoinresto/ 
At CoinCoin, diners do not eat duck but rather beautifully prepared pasta and other transalpine delicacies, with friends, in an elegant atmosphere with a beautiful woody aroma. 
 
The Poet  
Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels - https://www.facebook.com/ThePoetBrussels/ 
The Poet is a multifaceted establishment in an elegant and refined setting. A varied buffet is served for breakfast. At lunchtime, there is an antipasti buffet. In the evenings, traditional cuisine, both classic and contemporary, is served. Don't miss the delicious cocktails!

 
Guided tours


Ixelles: the university district
This autumn, visit.brussels is showcasing the university district of Ixelles on social networks and the agenda.brussels website. A promotional campaign highlights the favourites of four district ambassadors, as well as events, heritage and neighbourhood life. 
The district has so much to offer in addition to its university: cultural life, venues for foodies, innovative urban projects, sustainable initiatives, etc. All this in a multicultural, intergenerational context. Watch the videos made by our ambassadors and discover the district’s gems here.   
 
Greeters: new promotional video 
The Brussels Greeters, passionate local volunteers, will take you off the beaten track to discover different neighbourhoods of Brussels. 
Discover the Sainte-Catherine district with Déna - discussions and a friendly atmosphere are guaranteed! Click here.
Booking required/maximum 6 people/totally free.  
To book: https://visit.brussels/en/sites/greeters/  

Winter excursions in Spanish 
Several guided tours in Spanish will be added to the Brussels offer this winter. Buendia Tours offers you the opportunity to taste local specialities and experience the magic of the Christmas market Noël (every Thursday and Saturday at noon). Bravo Discovery guides you through the most important sights in the city centre (every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5pm). And let Viva's Tours introduce you to the best Belgian beers. Bookings online: between 18€ and 30€ per visit. In short, there is something for everyone! Check out visit.brussels/navidad for more information. 

Bazaar Trottoir - GRL PWR 
Meet elegant businesswomen who are passionate about Brussels. The guided tour does not just take place on the pavements, it also gives visitors the opportunity to discover the world of these female entrepreneurs. In Dutch: 2:30, 25€. For more information: www.bazaartrottoir.be/?lang=en 

Night-time - Brussels Town Hall
On 26 and 27 December, the City of Brussels’ Town Hall will open its doors in the evening. During these exclusive evenings, discover the history of the Town Hall and its impressive rooms: the council chamber, the wedding hall, the Gothic hall, the main staircase and the waiting room of the Mayor's office. In English, Frenchand Dutch. 6€. Booking online. Information and tickets


Miscellaneous

Barlok: closure 

The Barlok, an independent underground concert hall on Allée du Kaai, has closed its doors. It opened in 2014 and hosted around 30 concerts a year.  

Brussels Mobility Store : showcasing Brussels’s mobility
Boulevard Anspach 24, 1000 Brussels – www.mobilitystore.brussels
Located in the Anspach Gallery, the Brussels Mobility Store is a 1,000m2 physical contact point entirely dedicated to mobility. For two months, citizens and companies can find concrete answers to a wide range of mobility questions. A special track allows you to safely test scooters, bicycles, gyro-pods and other devices. A virtual reality space allows you to experiment road safety.


Events

Exhibitions

Superheroes never die. Comics and Jewish Memories • 08/11 > 26/04/2020
Jewish Museum of Belgium - www.mjb-jmb.org 

A society in crisis always needs its superheroes. When they first started, comics echoed the issues of migration and the Jewish identity of their American authors, but what is their role today? The exhibition traces the evolution of the American and European comic strip and shows how superheroes have changed and adapted in order to address contemporary issues.   

Roger Ballen – Ronny Delrue • 14/11 > 14/03/2020
CENTRALE for contemporary art - www.centrale.brussels 
The South African photographer presents a Brussels version of his “Ballenesque” project: installations based on places he has photographed, recreated in the host city. His early black-and-white works explored the human spirit of outsiders in South Africa. In 2003, he abandoned portraiture; his ambitious later explorations of the human psyche mix graffiti, found objects, animals, and broken bodies.

Punk Graphics: Too Fast to Live too Young to Die • 20/11 > 26/04/2020
Adam - Brussels Design Museum - www.adamuseum.be 
The exhibition, based on a private collection from New York, explores the unique visual idiom of the punk movement from the mid 1970s to the 1980s through the icons of its graphic universe: flyers, posters, albums, etc. Examining punk created by both professional and amateur designers, the visitor will get to take a closer look at the fashion, contemporary visual art, archival images, videos, and a participatory “concert hall” where they can DJ their own vinyl playlist.

Dotremont and the Surrealists. A wartime youth (1940-1948) • 26/11 > 09/02/2020
BELvue Museum – www.belvue.be
Christian Dotremont, founder of the post-war Cobra art movement and creator of ‘logograms’, began his career on the eve of the Second World War. At the age of seventeen, he became a member of the Brussels Surrealists, led by René Magritte. Through the works of Dotremont and other surrealists of the period, as well as through films, magazines and photographs, this exhibition recounts the troubled and little known history of Brussels Surrealism.
 
Balthasar Burkhard - Photographies 1969-2009 • 27/11 > 02/02/2020
Botanique – www.botanique.be 
Le Botanique dedicates a monographic exhibition to the Swiss photographer and artist Balthasar Burkhard. The exhibition is the first large-scale exhibition of the artist's work by a Belgian institution and is in line with the exhibitions shown at the Museum Folkwang in Essen, the Fotomuseum and the Fotostiftung Schweiz in Winterthur and the Museo d'arte della Svizzera italiana in Lugano.


Events

Bruxelles Sur Scènes • 01/11 > 30/11
Several locations - www.bruxellessurscenes.be
This annual festival celebrating the city’s cafe-theatres showcases small theatres and cabarets all over Brussels that may often go unnoticed by many. More than twenty venues feature, offering stand-up, jazz concerts, magic, humour, improvisation, and more. A pass for all that local, authentic, original culture costs only about €20.

Ars Musica - 30 years • 02/11 > 29/11
Several locations - www.arsmusica.be 
Ars Musica is exceptionally back in an odd year to celebrate its 30th birthday. The festival will offer a diverse programme in iconic Brussels venues such as BOZAR, Botanique, Théâtre de la Balsamine, Senghor ... and for the first time, le Palace.

Les Garages Numériques • 07/11 > 11/11
Brussels stock exchange -  www.lesgaragesnumeriques.com 
Les Garages Numériques present the third edition of their festival dedicated to digital and electronic cultures. The event will be held in the Stock Exchange building of Brussels from november 7th to 11th 2019. The works of 35 visual and sound artists will be presented, among which Louise Bourgois, Ann Veronica Janssens, Batu and Aisha Devi.

Fifty Fifty Lab – A Smart Curation Festival • 07/11 > 08/11
Several locations - https://fiftyfiftylab.com 
On the 7th and 8th of November, FiftyFifty Lab will take place at 5 key locations in Brussels (Ancienne Belgique, La Madeleine, Bonnefooi, Archiduc, FFormaTT). With just one unique wristband, the participants will be able to go from location to location discovering the bands of tomorrow. The festival’s lineup will be carefully curated by 20 of the finest festivals in Europe. So be prepared to discover Primavera, Dour, or Dekmantel's musical crushes!

Pink Screens Film Festival • 07/11 > 16/11
Several locations – www.pinkscreens.org 
Ten days and nights to overcome prejudices about gender, identity, and sexuality. This festival of queer cinema presents feature films and shorts, documentaries and fiction, and experimental films, both Belgian and international. It also offers exhibitions, discussions, and encounters. The closing Pink Night is a homage to the queer music scene. 

Brussels International Tattoo Convention • 08/11 > 10/11
Tour & Taxis - www.brusselstattooconvention.be   
On top of the over 350 International high-level tattoo artists showing their art, you can expect a weekend full of concerts, bikini oil wrestling, art auctions, fashion shows, free tattoo lotteries, Burlesque shows, arm wrestling contests, aerial acts, tattoo contests and much more!

Bozar Night • 10/11
BOZAR
www.bozar.be  
Combine the pleasure of a visit to an exhibition with the excitement of an electronic music concert that goes on until the wee hours! This cult event is a meeting place for anyone who loves mixing art and great music.

BAFF Brussels Art Brussels Art Film Festival • 14/11 > 17/11
BOZAR
- www.baffestival.be 
The BAFF - Brussels Art Film Festival - presents a national competition for art documentaries with a link to Belgium, international films out of competition, screenings for young audiences, and meetings.

Schiev: A Simple Music Festival • 15/11 > 17/11
Beursschouwburg - http://schiev.com
Whether electronic or acoustic, traditional or futuristic, Schiev offers a broad vision of avant-garde pop music. Diversity and discovery are at the core of their artistic programme.
 
Interclassics Brussels • 15/11 > 17/11
Brussels Expo - www.interclassics.be 
The 5th edition of InterClassics Brussels pays tribute to five of the most legendary car designers in history with a unique collection of fifteen classic cars designed by Pininfarina, Bertone, Zagato, Touring and Ghia. The 100th anniversary of Bentley is the exhibition’s second theme.

Cocoon • 15/11 > 18/11
Brussels Expo - www.cocoon.be 
Cocoon brings together the latest trends and new collections, in furniture, accessories and decorative objects as well as in floors, wallpapers and lighting. More than 200 exhibitors and specialists are present to help you to rethink your home.

Kunstendag voor Kinderen • 17/11
Various locations – www.kunstendagvoorkinderen.be  
Kunstendag voor kinderen (Children's Art Day) is a special day on which children and their parents can experience art in all its disciplines. Cultural organisations throughout Flanders and in Brussels organise many recreational activities for children under twelve. Their parents, uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters are also welcome.

L-Festival • 21/11 > 30/11
Several locations – www.rainbowhouse.be 
Ten days of lesbian culture, workshops, parties and feminism. A rich and varied programme to unite the LGBT community, queer moviegoers, pansexual hikers, festive feminists and allies of all kinds!

Nationa(a)l Artist Supermarket • 28/11 > 15/12
Vanderborght building - www.nationalstore.be 
An exhibition, an immersive experience and a curated artist supermarket dedicated to the promotion of the Belgian creative & cultural industries. The NATIONA(A)L Artist Supermarket is a multidisciplinary market that will sell works by a stellar range of Belgian artists, designers, artisans, creatives and cultural initiatives from fields as diverse as the plastic arts, design, fashion, publishing, music, cinema, performance, food and the digital arts.


visit.brussels launches the Handy Events Guide

PRESS RELEASE
Brussels, 8 October 2019

visit.brussels launches the Handy Events Guide

Brussels is working constantly to improve its accessibility. Many hotels, restaurants, shops, museums and attractions also offer adapted facilities so that everyone can make the most of their visit to the European capital. visit.brussels is launching the Handy Events Guide as part of the same approach and to make outdoor events in Brussels optimally suited to the needs of persons with reduced mobility.

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«We are fashion»: fashion month in Brussels

PRESS RELEASE
Brussels, 7 October 2019

«We are fashion»: fashion month in Brussels

As every year, Brussels is placing Belgian and international creation in the spotlight with several key events that will set the pace in October.

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Law Starting 20 April Allows Simpler, Less Expensive New Company Registrations

Saturday JUTARNJI LIST online edition: https://bit.ly/2XA9S5E
Saturday NOVI LIST online edition: https://bit.ly/2VoKfHS

Amendments to the Law on Companies and the Law on the Commercial Court Registry that have taken effect on Saturday 20 April now make it easier to establish and register the two most common types of companies in Croatia - the limited liability company (d.o.o.) and the simple limited liability company (j.d.o.o.) - and those amendments also introduce provisions of EU regulations regarding capital markets and long-term share ownership.

The registration of d.o.o. and j.d.o.o. companies in Croatia will now be possible entirely online, without the involvement of lawyers or public notaries, writes JUTARNJI LIST. The necessary capital for registration of a d.o.o. company form has been reduced from HRK 20,000 to HRK 5,000.

     It will also be easier to add business activities to the company registration, with communication towards relevant institutions (the Court Registry, public notaries, etc.) possible electronically, writes NOVI LIST. Companies will be wiped more easily from the Court Registry without the process of liquidation, making it easier to close a company – a company without debts gives a written statement, the management issues a decision for the deletion from the registry, but the management board is liable for a period of up to two years for any debts that emerge subsequently.

     The goal of the amendments is to make it easier to establish a company in Croatia, without the need to use the services of a public notary and to make the process less expensive. This is also intended to help with the first step towards entrepreneurship, considering modern trends and communication methods, explains the Ministry of Justice in a press release. The online registration application should be operational by 1 September 2019, and from 1 December 2019 it will be possible to extract an electronic form of a company registration from the Court Registry web site.

     The alignment with EU directives refers to rights of company shareholders, with the aim of encouraging long term ownership of shares and increased transparency, writes NOVI LIST.


Deceuninck event in Osijek

On 14.03.19, the Croatian daughter (http://www.inoutic.hr/) of the Belgian/Flemish Group Deceuninck (http://www.deceuninck.com/) gathered some 150 partners (customers, representatives, employees, friends) in the prestigious décor of the Croatian National Theatre in Osijek.


       

“We open a window to the future”, was the leitmotiv of the evening.

The reason was the rebranding of the group for the whole region, i.e. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia.

In 2003, Deceuninck took over the German manufacturer Inoutic (https://www.inoutic.de/) and used its reputation and achievements to increase its presence in this part of Europe.

This was the beginning of an exponential development on these markets, in spite of the tough competition of aluminium windows, a.o. the Belgian Reynaers Aluminium.

With its daughters in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, its recent acquisition in the outskirts of Zagreb and some perspectives still to discover, the group is a spearhead of the Belgian presence on these difficult but exciting markets.


The Osijek Conference was divided in two parts, introduced by the welcoming speech of the Economic Counsellor of the Belgian Embassy in Zagreb.

The first was the history of the company, founded in 1937 and now one of the world leaders in the manufacture of PVC windows.

The second was a kind of self-motivation course given by an elite Bosnian sportsman

And the cherry on the cake was, in the best Croatian tradition, a buffet dinner in Hotel Osijek.


Visit to the company Valipile

On 06.03.19, our Attaché for Export and Investments visited Valipile d.o.o.(www.valipile.hr), a chicken and turkey meat processing company based in the outskirts of Zagreb.

Mr. Boris Belko, general director, explained that the company is actually formed by 6 entities, covering the whole process, i.e. from breeding chickens and turkeys to selling meat and meat products in retail (www.pilemoje.hr).

More than 20 years ago, Mr. Josip Belko started a home-made production of one-day poultry, 2000 chickens per week. In 1994, his sons Boris and Igor took over and established Valipile d.o.o. (Ltd.). They started working in rented business premises. They expanded the range of poultry and introduce their own parental flock of the best genetic lines. Since then, production from year to year has been growing significantly.

The company is 100% privately owned. On the 26,000 square meters site in Sesvetski Kraljevec, besides the headquarters of the company, there is also a fully automated grocery store, a factory of prepared animal food, bulk hop silos, a small warehouse and a gift warehouse for ready-made products.

The processing capacity is evaluated to 400,000 units of one-day poultry per week.

Mr. Antonio Garcia and Mr. Boris Belko.


A total immersion into the most beautiful comic strips thanks to around thirty publishers and an International Pavilion

PRESS RELEASE
Brussels, 24 August 2018

A total immersion into the most beautiful comic strips thanks to around thirty publishers and an International Pavilion

From 14 to 16 September 2018, Brussels is once again shining a spotlight on the “ninth art”. As in previous years, publishers will be getting involved by organising a number of events and surprises. And because comic strips have no borders, an international pavilion will also be opening its doors for the comic strip festival.

 

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Brussels, Europe’s leading city for staging conferences and symposiums

PRESS RELEASE
Brussels, 19 July 2018

Brussels, Europe’s leading city for staging conferences and symposiums

The city of Brussels is the No. 1 European location for the staging of international associations conferences and is ranked No. 2 in the world according to the UIA report.

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Multisector economic mission 2018

Every two years, our office organises a multi sectoral economic mission, in cooperation with the AWEX, FIT and BIE.
This year, the Croatian part was held on the 19th and 20th of March. 
The business trip began in Croatia, where the representatives of the Belgium companies stayed for 2 days before leaving to Slovenia and Serbia.
This year, 20 companies from Flanders, 8 companies from Wallonia and 2 companies from Brussels took part to the mission.
They arrived on Monday March 19th, had a welcome lunch and a presentation of the Croatian market by the Croatia Chamber of Economy. During the evening, the Ambassador of Belgium in Croatia offered a walking dinner to the delegation. 
Tuesday March 20th was devoted to B2B meetings in the hotel and, for a few companies, several external visits. 
After the last meeting around 5 pm, the delegation left by bus to Ljubljana.


Visit to Demateh

Demateh is a Croatian firm founded by Mr Božidar Pavlek in 1996.
Its headquarters are located in the outskirts of Zagreb (Rakitje), on the crossroads between major highways that connect Croatia with the West.
The company Demateh works in the field of automation and industrial logistics in the whole Balkan region. They produce belts and software for the supply chain in the industry; When the raw products arrive in the factory, they it go through all the processes from sorting out to packaging in one continued action until they are ready to be sent out to the buyers. That kind of system is efficient and economic. They are also providing a maintenance service for their products. 

There are already well established in the Croatian market as we can see from their collaboration with major Croatian companies like Dukat, Ledo, Jamnica, Pan Pek, Meggle, Konzum, Zvijezda, …
Due to its location in a Balkan country, Demateh has a lot of business relations with neighboring countries. 
Moreover, there have established partnerships with companies based in Austria, Belgium and Norway.
Their long-term vision of the company is to expand their business to other European countries like Belgium. They want to establish new partnerships, to export their product and to improve their skills by learning from foreign companies.


City Council Meeting on co-operation between City of Virovitica and Belgian Investors - October 26, 2017

The Mayor of Virovitica Ivica Kirin and the deputy mayor Vlasta Honjek - Golinac and their associates held a meeting with Antonio Garcia, Export and Investment Attaché at the Embassy of Belgium in Croatia.

The topic of the talks was the economic cooperation between the Belgian companies and the City of Virovitica through the Embassy.
It was agreed that the City would send a presentation and a letter of intent to the Belgian investors, as well as data on the connecting transport routes.

Moreover, on that occasion Mayor Ivica Kirin introduced to the Attaché the project Megazone, one of the largest economic zones in Croatia, and in the future in this part of Europe.

The meeting also emphasized that, from this area, foreign investors from this area can easily operate with the markets of South East Europe.


The 17th "Days of Oris"

The 17th "Days of Oris" (http://oris.hr/en/days-of-oris/news/days-of-oris-17-programme,1409.html) took place in Zagreb on 14 and 15 October.
 
Oris (http://www.oris.hr/en/about-us/) is the informal Croatian order of architects but also a very active NGO in the field of conservation and development of the architectural heritage. It has been bringing high-level world architects to Zagreb since 2001 (http://oris.hr/en/days-of-oris/previous-days-of-oris/days-of-oris-1).
 
Last year, the Belgian Ambassador and the Economic and Commercial Attaché visited these Days for the first time, under the leadership of the Flemish firm Reynaers Aluminum and its young Croatian subsidiary (https://www.reynaers.com/dealers/reynaers-aluminium-croatia). Various interviews were held later with Andrija Rusan (andrija@oris.hr), President of Oris, especially during the visit - with a view to a possible action - by Nathalie Brison (Wallonia-Brussels Architectures - http://www.wbarchitectures.be/en/).


Andrija Rusan, President of Oris and host of the Days of Oris.

This year, one step forward was taken: with the sponsorship of Reynaers (airplane ticket), the Ambassador of Belgium (accommodation at the Residence) and the Belgian Trade Office in Zagreb (local transfers... and Belgian chocolate on the stands), the architect Jo Taillieu (http://www.architectendvvt.com/about_us/jo_taillieu/) was the first Belgian invited to present his work and that of his associates (http://www.architectendvvt.com/about_us) to public knowledge: Croatian and foreign colleagues, but also students in architecture and interior design, entrepreneurs and local officials.

The Days of Oris have two components: the academic component (see program above) with its awards (this year was Catalan, with the Grand Prix Oris-Roca awarded to RCR Arquitectes from Olot (Catalonia) and presented by the newly appointed Delegate of the Catalan Government in Croatia), and the "Fair and B2B" component (a.o. stands of ​​Reynaers Aluminum, but also of Betafence, another Belgian spearhead in Croatia).


Nina Timmermans (Reynaers Aluminium Belgium), Antonio Garcia (Belgian Commercial Attaché, Zagreb) and Jo Taillieu (architect and speaker) at the Days of Oris.


Diplomacy day in Karlovac

The day of diplomacy was held in Karlovac on the 26th of September 2017, organized by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the Karlovac County Development Agency “KARLA” and the Karlovac County. This event brought together more than 25 representatives of foreign embassies, including ambassadors and other diplomats accredited in the Republic of Croatia.

The distinguished guests were welcomed by the Karlovac county prefect Damir Jelić, the mayor of Karlovac Damir Mandić and the director of the development agency "KARLA" Vinko Šegrt. After introductory presentations on the importance of Karlovac, its culture, natural heritage, its economic and touristic potential, as well as its importance in the European Union, we had the opportunity to visit the first freshwater fish aquarium in the Republic of Croatia - Aquatica.

After the Aquatica tour, we proceeded to visit to the Karlovac Grammar School, paying special attention to the exhibition of didactic tools used by Nikola Tesla during his studies. The visit continued with an educational tour of the Homeland War Museum in Turanj and a visit to the Karlovac brewery (Heineken Croatia).

The closing part of the gathering took place in the Old Town of Dubovac, where, along with a tour of the museum's display and a beautiful view of the Karlovac nature, the delicacies of Karlovac County were presented to the guests. Representatives of the Economic Office of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium to the Republic of Croatia responded to this invitation and during the day of diplomacy in Karlovac, saw a great deal of opportunities for cooperation and the development of Karlovac County.


“Brussels by bike”, the new map-guide for lovers of two-wheeled tourism

Fans of cycling now have their own map-guide. Thanks to 8 themed itineraries, cyclists of all levels can hop on their bike and set off to explore Brussels, its atmospheres, its culture and its heritage treasures.

 
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Visit to Decospan d.o.o.

The Export&Investment Attaché Mr. Antonio Garcia and his team visited the veneer processing factory Decospan located in Oprisavci, Brod-Posavina County.

They were received by Mr. Jan Desmet, CEO and co-owner of the Decospan group, Mrs. Marisa Verfaillie (Sales Department at Decospan Belgium) and Mrs. Sanja Ivanović, Office Manager of Decospan/Decomat Croatia.

The Belgian company Decospan (www.decospan.com) is a family-owned company with 40 years of experience. The company processes veneers and employs around 250 workers in two companies (Decospan and Decomat). Expansion of production is planned for the near future. Most of their products are exported to the EU market.


A Seminar on „Belgium – your business destination in the heart of Europe“ was held in the premises of Sisak County Chamber

The Belgian Economic and Commercial Office and the Croatian Chamber of Economy/Sisak County Chamber organized a seminar on May 18th, 2017 on the topic „Belgium, your business destination in the heart of Europe“. The aim of the seminar was to bring the business opportunities with Belgian partners closer to the small and medium companies from Sisak-Moslavina County.

Following the introduction by Mr Boris Mesarić, President of the Sisak County Chamber, and H.E. Philippe Benoit, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to the Republic of Croatia, Mr Antonio Garcia, Export and Investment Attaché, introduced the entrepreneurs of the Sisak-Moslavina County with the business culture in Belgium, the customs and the desirable way of business communication.


■ Mr Boris Mesarić, President of  the Sisak County Chamber and H.E. Philippe Benoit, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to the Republic of Croatia. Source: CCE

Mr. Garcia presented some examples of good practice of co-operation between Croatian and Belgian companies and the possibility of using an office in Brussels free of charge, for all Croatian entrepreneurs, over a three-month period. He noted that this was a great opportunity for entrepreneurs as they could use the work space, wireless internet connection, access to the e-library at Invest in Brussels for free during three months, as well as meeting rooms, etc. More information regarding this service, can be found at www.investinbrussels.com

■ Antonio Garcia, Export and Investment Attaché. Source: CCE

The representatives of the companies IPS Konzulting d.o.o., Silac Optics d.o.o., Hidraulika Kutina d.d. and MMM Vukelić d.o.o. spoke about their experiences in doing business with Belgium. They pointed out their possitive experiences and the high-level professional responsibility of their Belgian partners.

The company IPS Konzulting d. o. o from Sisak was founded by the Belgian company DLV Group with the technical and professional support of the Belgian companies Innolab and Pantarein. It specializes in the agricultural and food processing industry, and offers consulting services, study design, project development and application of sustainable technologies. Mrs Ana-Marija Špicnagel Ćurko, Head of the office and specialist for renewable energy sources, explained how the cooperation with the Belgians started and why they had chosen the Sisak-Moslavina County to open an office, expecting a lot of investments by Croatia's accession to the European Union. She commended the co-operation with the Belgian partners and emphasized how much she had learned from them.


■ Ana-Marija Špicnagel Ćurko, Director of IPS Konzalting d.o.o. Source: CCE

The company Silac Optics d.o.o. from Velika Gorica is another good example of a Belgian company's experience on the Croatian market, as Anita Hozjan told the audience. She also stressed that the Belgian partners give a huge logistic and financial support. Partnership with them is, indeed, a real partnership; they are reliable and pleasant associates who respect every business agreement.

Dubravko Bazina from the company Hidraulika Kutina d.d., spoke about a business relationship with the Belgians, from the perspective of the Croatian company's business experience on the Belgian market. He said that their customers from Belgium recognized them and contacted them, thanks to the quality of their products. Bazina emphasized that when prospecting foreign markets, it was extremely important to participate in foreign fairs, where the Croatian Chamber of Economy provided them with a great support. They are presented to foreign partners, and product quality is a key factor in attracting new customers.

The company MMM Vukelić d.o.o. from Novska is also an example of excellent cooperation of Croatian company on the Belgian market. The owner, Marijan Vukelić, also emphasized his professional relations with the Belgians. He pointed out their accuracy in payment and other business obligations, as well as the understanding they show if, at some point, for objective reasons, the partner is unable to fulfill the assumed commitment.

Jelena Ravlić, from the Sector for International Affairs and the EU at the Croatian Chamber of Economy, presented services offered by the CCE to entrepreneurs when prospecting, foreign markets. She mentioned several examples of connecting Croatian companies to foreign partners through the European Business Network and announced the organization of a business delegation of Croatian companies to Brussels, which will be held this year.

The seminar extends the excellent cooperation between the Sisak County Chamber and the Belgian Economic and Commercial Office, by connecting Sisak-Moslavina County entrepreneurs with Belgian partners.


■ From left to right: Ana-Marija Špicnagel Ćurko, IPS Konzulting d.o.o., Anita Hozjan, Silac Optics d.o.o., Jelena Ravlić, CCE, Marijan Vukelić, MMM Vukelić d.o.o., Dubravko Bazina, Hidraulika Kutina d.d., Antonio Garcia, Belgian Economic and Commercial Office


The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium visited Zadar

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to the Republic of Croatia H.E. Philippe Benoit and the Export&Investment Attaché Mr. Antonio Garcia visited Zadar on May 24th. (photo by CCE)
 
They were received by Mr. Dario Jurin, President of the Croatian Chamber of Economy – Zadar County Chamber, and the Director of the Chamber, Mr. Denis Ikić.
 
Representatives of the CCE Zadar informed the Ambassador about the county's economy and foreign trade with Belgium, and they pointed out possible areas of cooperation.
 
At the end of the meeting, Antonio Garcia proposed the holding of a seminar on the topic : “Belgium - your business destination in the heart of Europe” at the Zadar Chamber, in order to familiarise local businesses with the economic situation and the business environment in Belgium.


Urban Culture Guide


visit.brussels launches its first Urban Culture Guide


On Friday 19 May, during a press visit, visit.brussels launched its first Urban Culture Guide. The growing interest among tourists for the numerous aspects of urban culture was the reason for the creation of this guide. Street art, tattoo parlours, skate & roller parks, record stores… this new guide provides lovers of the genre with all the city’s best spots.
 
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