About Vesna Balta :

Vesna Balta is a PhD from the Technische Universitat in Graz, Austria and a licensed architect. She is a Director at Bearing Consultings office in Zagreb and participates in projects across Bearings global practise. The main focus of her work is on project concept development, preparations and planning for structural funds projects in the European Union.

Ms. Balta is also the head of the EU funds section in the Croatian Chamber of Architects. She leads the education for Croatian architects with the theme of the structural funds in Croatia.

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Croatia – Update on EU OPs and project funding calls

December 3, 2014

Today, 50 consultancy firms and about 70 other companies were invited to a EU information event that was organised by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Zagreb. It was an occasion to follow the news on how the EU Finances are going to be used in the next financial period, more specifically in 2015 within […]

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The new European Commission and what it means

October 24, 2014

For the next five years, the European Union will be headed by a European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker, who was previously Prime Minister of Luxembourg from 1995 to 2013. The election of the new European Commission and the regulations about the EC constitution “Setting Europe in Motion…. to deliver quickly and effectively“, that is […]

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How does the budget for the EU Strategy 2014-2020 look like?

September 3, 2014

The EU budget for the period 2014-2020 is 1,082 billion euros. The Multiannual financial framework (MFF), which is the other name for the 2014-2020 EU budget, is split into six headline areas, which are (1) Smart and Inclusive Growth, (2) Sustainable Growth: (3) Natural Resources, (4) Security and citizenship, (5) Global Europe, and (6) Administration. […]

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First EU Operational programs adopted by European Commission

August 20, 2014

We have written before on this blog, about the reformed European Union cohesion policy, which will make available up to EUR 351,8 billion to invest in Europe’s regions, cities and the real economy during the seven years between 2014 and 2020. It will be the EU’s principle investment tool for delivering the Europe 2020 Strategy […]

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Public consultation on EU Urban Agenda and the Integrated Territorial Investment platform

August 6, 2014

Public consultation is a regulatory process by which the public’s input on matters affecting them is sought. Now a new EU public consultation has been announced, that ought to help all great cities of the European Union in preparing the necessary Integrated Territorial Investment platform. Following the news from a few days ago that the […]

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EU legal fundaments all member states need to adopt before end of 2014

July 23, 2014

On July 14th, the European Commission released an update on the adoption of Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes. EU member states with PAs approved by the EC on June 20th include Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Cyprus, and Slovakia. Up until now, the EC has approved 9 out of 28 PAs. The ones that have already been […]

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EU Partnership agreements statuses and the details about submitted PA Croatia

June 16, 2014

Partnership agreements between the European Commission and individual EU countries set out the national authorities’ plans on how to use funding from the European Structural and Investment Funds between 2014 and 2020. They outline each country’s strategic goals and investment priorities, linking them to the overall aims of the EU 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable […]

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Adaption of Innovation in the Context of the EU Policy Framework

May 31, 2014

Innovation is by many seen as a key for how to re-ignite economic growth in Europe. However for many, the term innovation is used without a real understanding of the innovation and innovation implementation process and the challenges that need to be overcome to enable a successful innovation system. With this article we aim to […]

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Virtual Areas of Innovation

April 24, 2014

The life style of today has influenced the fundamental elements of setting up, developing or working with innovation and innovative business activities. The First Generation of innovation environments can be condensed in the phrase “Science Push”. The main idea of starting the trend of innovation environments and science parks was to catapult the science and […]

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Pula Kulturring

March 24, 2014

When thinking about vacations and deciding where to go this summer, if you are considering Croatia then a good option can be Pula. We have got to know Pula quite well over the past five months and last Friday, March 21st, a Bearing team presented a pre-feasibility study of the potential of Pula Kulturring in […]

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The Alkar knights’ game in Sinj

November 5, 2013

The Game of Thrones has become a hit television series, produced by HBO. The series is set on two fictional continents and follows the members of several noble houses in a civil war for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms. The story is not entirely fictional, it seems to be inspired by England in […]

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Highlights of Architecture in Croatia

October 3, 2013

In the first days of autumn, with some moisture in the air but still a pleasant weather for sightseeing, on 27th September until the 29th September 2013. the 4th Congress of Croatian Architects took place in the city of Osijek. It was the fourth Congress of architects in Croatia, with some 600 architects participating. The […]

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Croatia pre-access period for EU membership

September 24, 2013

Croatia is in a crucial moment. The country is at the starting point for participating in the EU and in development through EU structural funds. The European Union is at the same time finalizing the programming period for next  seven years in accordance to EU strategy Horizon 2020. The programming in short terms stands for […]

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The new life of antique Salona

August 26, 2013

In the July issue of “Banka“, which is a Croatian financial and business magazine there is an article published about the Salona project. This magazine is a jubilee issue, dedicated to Croatia entering the European Union and becoming the 28 member country. In the scope of the situation for Croatia, there is an interview covering […]

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Croatia preparing for EU entry

May 8, 2013

In the last days of April I was invited to a conference about establishing the cluster of tourism in the Croatian Ministry of Tourism in Zagreb. The conference provoked exceptional interest and attracted several hundred functionaries and professionals of the highest rank, all connected to Croatian tourism in general. The reason for the conference was […]

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