UNESCO Venice Office Director visits the Central European Initiative
On 14 July 2010, Engelbert Ruoss Director of the UNESCO Venice Office (Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe) paid a visit to the CEI Secretary General, Amb. Gerhard Pfanzelter.
Engelbert Ruoss was accompanied by Mario Scalet, recently appointed to the post of Chief of the Science Unit at the Venice Office. The meeting was an opportunity to exchange views on the co-operation between the two organizations, in line with the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding, signed in 2009, which provides a framework for cooperation in a number of priority areas.
The CEI and the UNESCO Venice Office have developed a number of joint activities, such as the upcoming Summer School on “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in South-eastern Europe”, to be held in Fojnica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from 23 August to 4 September 2010.
During the meeting, special attention was given to the activities to be organized in 2011 in the framework of the CEI Serbian Presidency. In order to strengthen the coordination and the exchange of information between the 2 organizations, the UNESCO Venice Office has shown its readiness to appoint a Focal Point among its staff (as already done by the CEI). An expert-level meeting will be held in the near future in order to discuss next year’s joint activities.