- City of Nis has joined a group of 210 cities across Europe, representing 62 million citizens, whose mayors and leaders demanded that the European Council and Member States intensify EU commitment to climate change, show global leadership and take an ambitious approach to lead rapid advances in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The open letter, signed by the leaders of cities from 21 EU member states and 7 neighboring countries, was published ahead of the Future of Europe conference in Sibiu, Romania (https://energy-cities.eu/policy/cities-call-for-a-more-sustainable-and-equitable-european-future/). Their demands include: developing a fair and inclusive European long-term climate strategy that will increase resilience to climate change and ensure that greenhouse gas emissions are more than halved by 2030 by 2020 and reach zero net emissions by 2020 2050; advance the EU climate and energy targets by 2030 and targets set at national level to ensure a rapid, equitable and climate-resilient energy transition in line with the above objectives; aligning the next long-term EU budget with this strategy, eliminating fossil fuel subsidies and making climate action a priority in all funding programs; obliging all EU Member States to set binding zero net emission reduction targets and other targets above.
- The City of Nis accepted the participation in the project TOMORROW, which is realized within the partnership led by the Energy Cities Association, financed by the European Union within the HORIZON 2020 Programme (H2020 framework LC-SC3-EE-16-2018-2019 -2020, Providing Support to Public Authorities in the Implementation of the Energy Union), while the Contracting Authority is the European Commission. The overall objective of the TOMORROW project is to empower local authorities to lead the transition to cities with low greenhouse gas emissions, which are more resistant to climate change and generally more pleasant for the lives of citizens by engaging citizens and stakeholders in development of the Energy Transition Road Map by 2050. The specific objectives of the project are: development of local “Energy Transit Road Map by 2050” for pilot cities, as ambitious and efficient tools for launching the process of decarbonisation and sustainability and launching their implementation; developing an innovative engagement process for developing road maps in pilot cities and continuing to encourage the engagement of a larger number of stakeholders and citizens; promoting road maps among EU cities as a new, efficient and collaborative approach to governance in order to make cities more suitable for life; training public officials to develop the role of leaders in transition and to improve their capacity to engage citizens, in particular through peer to peer approach; making recommendations in order to improve the legal, financial and socio-economic environment at the EU and national level. The leader in the project is Energy Cities, the scientific partner of the project is the Dutch Research Institute for Transition – DRIFT, and the partners are the cities of Brest (France), Dublin (Ireland), Brasov (Romania), Valencia (Spain), Mouscron (Belgium) and Nis (Serbia). Project implementation time is 36 months. The total value of the project is 1,499,767.50 euros, and the project is fully funded by the European Union. The value of the project for the City of Nis is 79,198.75 euros.
- The Ambassador of Romania to Serbia Ms.Oana Kristina Popa spoke about the priorities of Romania’s EU presidency at EU Info Point in Nis. Romania assumed the rotating six-month presidency of the European Union on January 1, 2019. At the presentation at the EU info corner, with the presence of a large number of representatives of local government, civil sector and institutions, the ambassador said that the connection was a common European value that needs to be continued. Romania will base its chairmanship on four basic pillars: equality for all EU citizens, a safe and secure Europe, strengthening the global influence of Europe, stimulating solidarity and promoting common values.
- On the occasion of the scientific conference the Spring School of String, Cosmology and Particle Theory organized by the SEENET-MTP Network in cooperation with the Astronomical Observatory Belgrade and the Branch of the Society of Physicists of Serbia Niš, the Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences of the University of Craiova, Romania met with representatives of the City of Nis and the coordinators of SEENET- MTP Networks. The meeting was about the day-to-day operation of this UNESCO-funded network with its offices in Venice and Paris and the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Trieste. In Serbia, the Ministry of Science and Technological Development, the City of Nis and the Palilula City Municipality provide the greatest support to the Network.
- The delegation of the University of Craiova and the City of Craiova participated in the event entitled “Excellence in Basic and Engineering Sciences and Education – Physics and Mathematics in Southeastern Europe” organized by the Nis City Office for International Cooperation and Science, Education and Culture within the Project Design program basis and promotion of the Nis City Office for International Cooperation and in the fields of science, education and culture. Part of the meeting was devoted to the fields of physics and mathematics, while the roundtables discussed the modalities of international cooperation of the City of Nis in the field of science and education, the priorities of regional cooperation, the formation of new networks of institutions and individuals at the regional level, linking basic sciences with economic and cultural trends, involvement of local self-government in such projects and experiences in the formation and operation of science and technology parks.
- The reception was hosted at Nis City Hall for young talented physicists, high school students and university students, the winners of the Physics Competition at the recent bilateral meeting Science and Society in the Romanian town of Craiova.
- The delegation of the Faculty of Physics in Craiova (Romania), headed by the Dean Professor Radu Constantinescu, paid an official visit to the city of Nis. Professor Constantinescu and his associates were the guests of the Physics Group of the Faculty of Science in Nis, which was the coordinator of the Balkan Network of Institutions for Mathematical and Theoretical Physics (SEENET-MTP). As said, this network brings together over 150 researchers from 13 research institutions of Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Croatia, as well as 10 partner institutions from Western Europe and America.