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21.03.2017 - 10th meeting of the Council of the FBiH BFC Network

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Yesterday, 20 March 2017, REZ Agency hosted the 10th meeting of the Council of the FBiH BFC Network, which continuously works on implementing the process of certification of the municipalities and towns with business-friendly environment in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (part of the Regional BFC SEE Programme). The Council discussed the progress of the BFC certification process in the FBiH and agreed on common guidelines for the work of the Network in the coming period in order to promote the process and to initiate contacts with international organizations with the aim to further upgrade the certification process. Currently, six FBiH local governments are holders of the BFC certificates (Bihać, Bosanska Krupa, Goražde, Sanski Most, Tešanj, and Žepče) while 9 municipalities and cities are currently in the process and are expected to complete the certification soon in order to obtain the prestigious BFC certificate.

20.03.2017 - NERDA participated in the BFC SEE Mission to Ukraine

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A representative of NERDA took part in the mission organized by NALED at the request of the GIZ's project U-LEAD implemented in Ukraine. The mission entitled "Assessment of the applicability of BFC SEE methodology in Ukraine" was organized from 07 to 17 March 2017. BFC Team that NERDA was part of was active in the second week of the mission and visited the Lviv region. The visit included meetings with the representatives of local governments in Lviv, Sydova Vyshnya, Mostyska, Shehyni, Truskavets and Drohobych. After completion of the visits and consultations with local authorities, the BFC Team made a presentation of initial findings and results to the U-LEAD project in Kyiv.

14.02.2017 - Information about Call for Applicants - SMEs within the EU project Ready2Go

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European Commission and the European Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME) launched the pilot project Ready2Go aimed to support European SMEs to internationalise and become active in five target Third-Country Markets – extra EU countries (Cameroon, Canada, Chile, India, USA and likely Argentina or Egypt). This project is implemented by an European Consortium lead by Promos – Special Agency for International Activities of Milan Chamber of Commerce (Italy). In the framework of this Project a Call for Applicants – Small and Medium-sized Enterprises is open and all relevant information could be found on the project web site www.b2match.eu/ready2go The Call for Applicant is available at the following link https://www.b2match.eu/system/ready2go/files/Ready2Go_-_Call_for_Applicants.pdf?1485870886 Interested companies should submit their application online on www.b2match.eu/ready2go by the 17th of March 2017.

01.02.2017 - Final evaluation workshop in the "RES Festival" Project

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The final evaluation workshop within the US Embassy-funded Project "Renewable Energy Sources Festival of Secondary Schools in BiH 2016" took place today in Brčko. The host of the workshop was the Technical Secondary School of Brčko District BiH. The workshop was attended by NERDA as the project applicant and representatives of all secondary schools that participated in the project. The evaluation showed that the project fully met the expectations of all participants, justified its purpose and gave a significant contribution to links and cooperation among the schools, professors and students. Also, the project partners agreed on continuation of cooperation, new projects and joint participation in similar festivals, exhibitions and competitions.

25.01.2017 - PERMANENTLY OPEN Public Call for FBiH municipalities and cities to participate in the BFC SEE Program

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The BFC Network of the FBiH Federation announces a PERMANENTLY OPEN Public Call for FBiH municipalities and cities to participate in the Regional Program of certification of municipalities and towns with favorable business environment in South-East Europe - BFC SEE. The municipalities and cities that participate in the program get a regional ranking of competitiveness in the view of the quality of services they provide to investors and businesses, specific guidelines for the improvement of operations, as well as the opportunity to participate in a regional exchange of best practices. The Application Package is available at: http://www.nerda.ba/bfc.php

21.12.2016 - NERDA participated in the BFC verification of the City of Leskovac

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NERDA representative was a member of the Regional Verification Committee for the BFC SEE Program (Certification of Municipalities and Cities with Business Friendly Environment in South-East Europe) and made a verification visit ot the City of Leskovac, Serbia on 21 December 2016. As the City of Leskovac has entered in the re-certification procedure. the verification visit was made with the presence of numerous representatives of the City administration, Local Development Agency ALER, the City Development Advisory Board, and by businesses from Leskovac.

20.12.2016 - RES Festival Project Team held a meeting

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The Project Team of the "Renewable Energy Sources Festival of Secondary Schools in BiH 2016" met in Tuzla today in the premises of NERDA. The Project is supported by the US Embassy in BiH. In addition to the staff members of NERDA the meetings was attended by the representatives of schools participating in the project. This was an opportunity for the project team to sum up all of the activities realized in 2016 and also to discuss about continuation of activities and cooperation in 2017.

19.12.2016 - NERDA made a monitoring visit to Tešanj Municipality in BFC SEE Program

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As NERDA is a member of the FBiH Network of Business Friendly Environment, within the Regional BFC SEE Program of Certification of Municipalities and Cities with Business Friendly Environment, NERDA made a monitoring visit to Tešanj Municipality today. The monitoring visit was carried out by NERDA's employees, a certified verification officer in the Regional BFC SEE Program. It has been a year since Tešanj Municipality fulfilled the majority of criteria and conditions necessary for obtaining the BFC SEE standard, this monitoring visit was a regular part of the program. The purpose of the visit was to establish if the BFC certified Municipality Tešanj still provides services to businesses and potential investors in line with the BFC SEE methodology.

15.12.2016 - Presentation of Disaster Risk Management Projects

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A final workshop with the topic Disaster Risk Management was organized today by NERDA. Seven selected municipalities presented their project proposals prepared in cooperation with NERDA, aiming at risk reduction and flood prevention as well as protection of businesses in their municipalities. Also, participants (representatives of respective municipal departments and project associates) discussed about risk prevention and exchanged experience with municipal representatives which realized their projects in 2015. This activity is supported by the Swiss Government.

08.12.2016 - 16th Regular Session of the Assembly of Development Association NERDA held

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The 16th regular session of the Assembly of Development Association NERDA was held today, 08.12.2016. in Tuzla. The members adopted report of the Management Board for the period January-December 2016 and they were informed on activities, results and financial management of the Association in the past period. Also, the President and Vice-President of the Assembly as well as members of the Management Board of NERDA are re-appointed at this session. The participants expressed satisfaction with the results that were achieved up to date as well as with development of new initiatives.

06.12.2016 - NERDA takes part in F2F Event 2016 of the Swiss NGO DRR Platform Urban DRR and Urban Resilience

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From 6th to 8th December NERDA participates in Swiss NGO DRR Platform Urban DRR and Urban Resilience in Thun, Switzerland. This Face to Face (F2F) event is organized to bring in different perspectives from a number of practitioners and experts to shed light on disaster risks in urban areas and provide insights into different approaches and practices in urban DRR and resilience building. NERDA presented its good practice example: The Innovative Model of Cooperation between Municipalities and Small and Medium Enterprises in Disaster Risk Reduction and achieved results so far.

01.12.2016 - The Festival of Renewable Energy Sources of BiH Secondary Schools 2016 in Tuzla today

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The Festival of Renewable Energy Sources of BiH Secondary Schools 2016 took place today in the premises Electrical Engineering High School in Tuzla. The Festival was organized as part of the project implemented by NERDA and with the support of the US Embassy in BiH. Over 200 students and professors, NGOs, municipalities, actively participated in the Festival. The total of 22 works/projects were exhibited at the Festival. The works/prjoects were prepared by students from schools participating in the project: Electrical Engineering High School Tuzla, Orašje Vocational Secondary School, Technical School Brčko District, Mixed Secondary School Kalesija, Zvornik Technical School, and High School Centre "M. P. Alas "Ugljevik. The jury chose the best 9 works in three categories: (1) renewable energy sources (2) energy efficiency, and (3) LED technology.

28.11.2016 - BFC SEE Info Day

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The BFC Network of the Federation of BiH organized the Info Day in Sarajevo on 28 November 2016 as part of the Public Call that was launched on 14 November and is open until 14 December 2016. The Call invites all FBiH municipalities and cities to participate in the regional program of certification of municipalities and towns with favorable business environment in South East Europe - BFC SEE. This Info Day was an opportunity for municipalities and cities to understand the BFC Program, procedures and criteria. Development Association NERDA took part in the Info Day presenting the criteria that the municipalities and cities need to fulfill in order to become BFC Standard certified.

22.11.2016 - US Embassy Monitoring Site Visit

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Representatives of the US Embassy in BiH visited NEDRA today. The US Embassy is supporting the project "Festival of Renewable Energy Sources of Secondary Schools in BiH 2016" and the purpose of the visit was monitoring of the project implementation. The programming and financial aspects of the implementation of the grant contract were discussed, and it was determined that the project is fully implemented in accordance with the contractual terms and that its realization leads to achievement of project objectives.

18.11.2016 - The second meeting of the project team

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The second meeting of the project team took place in the premises of NERDA in Tuzla today, as part of the project "Festival of Renewable Energy Sources of Secondary Schools in BiH 2016" Project, funded by the US Embassy in BiH. NERDA and the representatives of six schools participating in the project discussed preparation for the Festival, that will be organized on 01 December in Tuzla. Also, the team discussed Festival promotion, as well as the formation of the jury for evaluation of students' works/projects that will be competing at the Festival. The students will present works/projects in the following categories: renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and LED technology.

16.11.2016 - Workshop for high school students in Kalesija

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The sixth workshop for high school students was held today in Kalesija as part of the "Festival of Renewable Energy Sources of Secondary Schools in BiH 2016" Project, funded by the US Embassy in BiH. Development Association NERDA in cooperation with the Mixed Secondary School Kalesija organized the workshop, which was preceded by a visit to the company Lafat Commerce, as one of the leaders in the production of pellet boilers. Students and teachers had the opportunity to tour the manufacturing facility of the company and learn about their successes in both BiH and the European market. This was followed by a workshop in the premises of the School, where the representative of the company Finesa gave a lecture on the use of renewable energy sources with examples of practical ideas and projects.

14.11.2016 - Public Call for FBiH municipalities to participate in the BFC SEE Programme

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BFC NETWORK FEDERATION BiH announces a Public Call for FBiH municipalities and cities to participate in the regional program of certification of municipalities and towns with favorable business environment in South East Europe - BFC SEE. The Public Call was launched on 14 November and will be open until 14 December 2016. The municipalities and cities that participate in the program get a regional ranking of competitiveness in the view of the quality of services they provide to investors and businesses, specific guidelines for the improvement of operations, as well as the opportunity to participate in a regional exchange of best practices. BFC Info Day will take place in Sarajevo on 28 November 2016 and the Application Package is available at: http://www.nerda.ba/bfc.php

03.11.2016 - Banovići- Disaster Risk Management

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Meeting on Disaster Risk Management was organized today by Municipality of Banovići and NERDA in order to present the project proposal prepared by the Municipality of Banovići and NERDA with the aim of risk reduction and flood prevention as well as protection of businesses in the Business Zone. Participants of the meeting - representatives of companies, respective municipal departments and project associates also discussed the risk prevention and exchanged their experience and ideas. This activity is supported by the Swiss Government.

03.11.2016 - Participants of the "RES Festival" Project visited Orašje

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Representatives of six secondary schools that participate in the "Festival of Renewable Energy Sources of Secondary Schools in BiH 2016" Project, funded by the US Embassy in BiH visited Orašje today. Development Association NERDA and the Vocational Secondary School Orašje organized a visit to the rotating solar power plant in Orašje. This was followed by another workshop in the Orašje School, where the students and professors hear a lecture and presentation on air pollution and energy efficiency in households.

02.11.2016 - Srebrenik - Disaster Risk Management

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The meeting on Disaster Risk Management that was organised by Municipality of Srebrenik and NERDA took place today. Proposals prepared by the Municipality of Srebrenik and NERDA aiming at risk reduction and flood prevention as well as protection of businesses in Business zone Srebrenik 2 and Business zone Brezje, which is to be established were presented. Also, participants discussed the risk prevention and exchanged the relevant experience and ideas. Participants were representatives of companies, responsible municipal departments and project associates. This activity is supported by the Swiss Government.

27.10.2016 - RES Workshop for High School Students in Brčko

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Within the implementation of the "Festival of Renewable Energy Sources of Secondary Schools in BiH 2016" Project, funded by the US Embassy in BiH, NERDA organized the 4th workshop for students today in Brčko. The host of the workshop was the Technical School of Brčko District BiH, and the students that participated in the workshop had the opportunity to learn about Educational RES Park and also to see an example of the project that entered the Festival 2014. The project was entitled "Arduino micro controller and its application, presented by the former student of the Tuzla Electrical Engineering School. This workshop was also an opportunity for the students from other schools to have a tour of the Brčko School classrooms and laboratories.

26.10.2016 - NERDA Management Board in Session

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The Management Board of the Development Association NERDA held its 53rd regular session today in Tuzla. The Board was in its full capacity and was informed of the activities that were realized in the period between the two Board sessions. Also, the Management Board adopted the Rule-book on Modifications and Amendments of the NERDA Rule-book on Operations.

21.10.2016 - NERDA at the "Invest In Orašje" conference

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On the occasion of the Day of the Orašje Municipality, the "Invest In Orašje" conference took place on 21 October in Hotel „Navis“ in Orašje. Representatives of the Orašje Municipality presented the investment potentials of Orašje, stressing the development of the Dusine Business Zone, which created conditions for new investments in this area. The conference was concluded with a panel discussion in which Development Association NERDA was presented with its projects and services aimed at business community, and NERDA's activities that supported business infrastructure development in Orašje were also presented.

17.10.2016 - NERDA at the Student Fair in Tuzla

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Development Association participated in the Student Fair, organized by the International Student Club Tuzla and Erasmus Students Network (ESN) BiH. The Fair took place today in the premises of the Faculty of Economics, University of Tuzla and the goal of this event was to give the students the opportunity to learn about the work of NGO sector, through which they can explore possibilities for their personal growth and volunteering opportunities. NERDA presented its projects and activities, and distributed educational booklets that helped students and other visitors of the Fair to become more familiar with the work of NERDA.

13.10.2016 - Visit to Ugljevik

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Students and professors from six schools that participate in the project "Festival of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) of Secondary Schools 2016" visited Ugljevik today. The Secondary School „Mihailo Petrović Alas“ Ugljevik hosted the group and organized a visit to Ugljevik Power Plant where the group had a guided tour of the Solar Power Plant. This is was very useful and interesting for the students particularly. This was followed by another workshop for students in the premises of the School in Ugljevik, where the students were presented with various project designs for the Festival.

13.10.2016 - NERDA at the Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Fair

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On the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, the UNDP in BiH in cooperation with Ministry of Security of BiH, with support of the Swiss Embassy, organised a Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Fair under the motto „Knowledge Protects Us“. The fair took place in Sarajevo and was an opportunity for the Fair participants to showcase their publications and DRR educational materials, that were produced through their projects and activities. Development Association NERDA participated in the Fair and presented activities implemented in the field of Disaster Risk Management showcasing the Info-graphics – why investing in DRM infrastructure is useful for businesses.

11.10.2016 - AHK Conference "Local Economy Current Challenges"

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The AHK Representation office of German Chamber of Commerce in BiH hosted a business conference "Local Economy Current Challenges" in Tuzla today. The purpose of the conference was to promote economic potentials of the region and increase trade exchange with Germany. The topics discussed were: challenges in finding skilled labor force, high-demanding international markets, and recommendations for competitiveness growth with regard to the German experience. NERDA Director presented economic potentials of NE BiH focusing on metal-processing, food-processing, wood-processing and plastics industries. Other sectors were also stressed, such as: IT, shoes and textile industry, and tourism. The conference was attended by representatives of the German Embassy in BiH, ​​Wirtschaftsverein BiH, Tuzla Canton Government, Tuzla Canton Chamber of Commerce, the City of Tuzla, and many businesses.

06.10.2016 - Another workshop for students organized in Zvornik

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Activities of the Project "Festival of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) of Secondary Schools 2016" have been continued with the organization of another workshop for students in Zvornik. The host of the workshop was Technical School Zvornik. Lecturers from the Mixed Secondary School of Electrical Engineering Tuzla presented examples of successful students' projects in the field of renewable energy sources, while a representative of the City Administration Zvornik gave a lecture on the topic of energy efficiency, with examples of EE measures implemented in Zvornik. The students showed great interest in these topics and are working on preparing their own school projects, which will be exhibited at the RES Festival in Tuzla.



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