Public call for grants to TOP events in 2020 announced.

first_imgFind out more about the public call in the attachment. “We announced a public call for support for TOP events in 2020 already in December this year, with the aim of leaving all interested parties enough time for quality project preparation and application. I am sure that this time we will receive a large number of applications, which will be an additional confirmation of the continuous development and improvement of the overall Croatian tourist offer with an emphasis on events as one of the main motives for coming to the destination.” stated the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić, adding that investments in facilities and infrastructure are a basic precondition for positioning Croatia as an attractive year-round destination. Legal and natural persons, ie companies, crafts, cooperatives, public institutions, cultural institutions, artistic organizations, local and regional self-government units and tourist boards may apply for the public invitation. The approved funds are intended for the costs of organizing events, such as rental of equipment, space and means of transport, procurement of materials, accommodation costs, contractor fees, promotional and other organizational activities.  Grants are approved for the organization and realization of cultural, entertainment, eno-gastronomic, historical and traditional events that have been held at least twice in the last five years and have a strong promotional effect in the country and abroad. Also, the Tourist Board of the CNTB may exceptionally decide to support the event that is being held for the first time, and it is expected that it will greatly enrich the tourist offer of the destination. According to the CNTB, all nominated events will be evaluated through criteria such as importance for creating the motive for the arrival of guests, importance for the development of destination tourist offer and promotion of Croatia abroad, the nature of the event, content and quality, period and media advertising plan. . The Croatian National Tourist Board has announced a public call for support for TOP events, through which grants will be awarded in 2020 to TOP events in Croatia, which are the main motive for tourists to come to the destination.  The call was issued with the aim of promoting Croatia as a tourist destination, strengthening the strength of the brand and creating a recognizable image of Croatian tourism, as well as product improvement and content development that extend the tourist season and increase traffic, especially in the pre- and postseason. Attachment: PUBLIC INVITATION to support TOP events in 2020last_img read more

New Dutch pensions system facing further delays

first_imgThe introduction of a new pensions contract in the Netherlands is facing further delay, according to several members of the Social and Economic Council (SER).The contract is supposed to be the key element of a new, more sustainable pensions system. Speaking at an industry event yesterday, Kees Goudswaard, chair of the SER’s committee for system reform, said that completing necessary legislation and implementing the transition to the new system by 2020 was going to be “a challenge”.Doing this in a hurry would not be sensible because of the complexity of the issues involved, he said. According to Chris Driessen, pensions strategist at workers’ union FNV, the target date of 2020 set by the Netherlands’ new government was “just symbolic”.“This is unrealistically ambitious, as we just need this time for completing legislation,” he said. “Experience tells us that passing these things through parliament takes much longer usually.”“It would be good if the foundation for a transition was in place in 2020,” added Hedda Renooij, pension secretary of employer organisations VNO-NCW and MKB Nederland.She said that the transition would not be a “big bang” but a “very gradual process which would take up several years”.However, none of the SER committee members wanted to elaborate on when the new system could be introduced.In September, the government coalition partners granted employers and workers – who have been discussing the issue for several years now – additional time to come up with their own proposal for a new pensions contract.The members of the SER committee confirmed the earlier prediction of Gerard Riemen, director of the Pensions Federation, that an introduction in 2020 seemed to be impossible.In Riemen’s opinion, the transition process would take up at least five years, and possibly even 10.Currently, the SER is fleshing out a new pensions contract involving individual pensions accrual combined with collective risk sharing, as an alternative for the predominantly defined benefit arrangements which are increasingly seen as unsustainable.Goudswaard, a professor of economics at Leiden University, said his committee still needed to negotiate several hurdles, including clarifying the effects of such a contract on the volatility and stability of future pensions, in order to prevent some generations of pensioners losing out as a result of economic conditions in the accrual phase.He also said that a decision needed to be taken about what level of volatility would be acceptable, and what the desired scale was for financial buffers as part of the new pensions contract.Also during the event, Erik Lutjens, pensions lawyer and professor of pensions legislation at Amsterdam’s Free University, emphasised that second-pillar pensions were the prerogative of employers and workers, and that it would be difficult for the government to issue legislation.“However, the cabinet could indirectly steer the process, for example through fiscally facilitating a pensions contract, a retirement age, or the percentage of tax-facilitated pensions accrual,” he said.last_img read more

McDermott back to black as revenues increase

first_imgHouston-based engineering, procurement, construction and installation company McDermott International wrapped up 2017 with a fourth-quarter profit of $25.5 million.According to McDermott’s financial report announced on Wednesday, the company returned to the black with earnings of $25.5 million in the last quarter of 2017, compared to a net loss of $0.5 million for the same period of 2016.As for the company’s fourth-quarter 2017 revenues, McDermott saw an increase of $76.3 million when compared to 4Q 2016. Namely, the company’s revenues increased from $641.8 million to $718.1 million.The key projects driving revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017 were the Saudi Aramco’s LTA II Lump Sum, Marjan power system replacement, and Safaniya Phase 5 as well as Inpex’s Ichthys project, the company explained.McDermott also said that the increase from the prior-year fourth quarter was primarily due to an increase in Middle East activity, partially offset by a decrease in activity on the Ichthys project which is now substantially complete.The company’s order intake in the fourth quarter of 2017 totaled $2.2 billion, resulting in backlog of $3.9 billion.David Dickson, President and CEO of McDermott, said: “Our strong order intake in the fourth quarter gave McDermott a solid backlog heading into a new year, and we have continued the momentum with our recent announcement of the 13 jackets award from Saudi Aramco in the first quarter of 2018.”McDermott’s full year 2018 revenue guidance is estimated between $3.1 billion and $3.3 billion.It is worth reminding that the closing of McDermott’s combination with CB&I, announced in December 2017, is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018. The proposed deal, with an estimated worth of $6 billion, in January received an early termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Related New CAA duties will benefit airport passen

first_img RelatedNew CAA duties will benefit airport passengersNew CAA duties will benefit airport passengersStansted car parking ‘safer than illegal alternatives’Stansted car parking ‘safer than illegal alternatives’Emirates unveils chip-based baggage handlingBaggage handling solutions are a particular priority for Emirates. British airports should concentrate on improving their existing facilities in order to provide a better service to passengers, Which? Holiday magazine has said.Jonathan Mitcham, a principal researcher for the consumer group’s magazine, said that a recent measure at Luton Airport, which has launched a new priority lane for passengers, “shouldn’t be necessary”.”Airport and airport operators should be looking to increase the standards of service for passengers given the facilities they already have,” he commented.Luton’s priority lane allows passengers to pay £3, which gives them quicker access to the security check point.Mr Mitcham added that passengers “shouldn’t have to be charged extra money for that kind of service”.According to Which? Holiday’s airport report, Heathrow’s Terminal 1 is bottom of the satisfaction table, with just 31 percent of people saying they were happy with the terminal’s level of service.A further 62 percent said they felt reassured by security arrangements at British airport terminals, although 19 percent admitted that they felt “intimidated” by security staff at Heathrow’s Terminal 2. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more