20.01.2018 : EuroCIS

Started in 1997 as an annual congress-show to bridge the years between the triennial EuroShop meanwhile EuroCIS in Dusseldorf/Germany is an annual hot spot for the European retail technology - during the EuroShop years as a special segment and in the two years in-between as a stand-alone exhibition.

For the event in February 2018 expected 11.000 visitors will see about 450 exhibitors from 28 countries on 13.000 square meters net exhibition floor. "Technology is the main driving-force for innovation of retail in this century" Prof.Dr.B.Hallier stated in expectation of this record breaking exhibition.

10.01.2018 : EU-Presidency Bulgaria

In January 2018 Bulgaria took over the EU-Presidency. "Being bordered in the North to Romania and to the West to Serbia and Macedonia, to the South to Greece and Turkey and to the East to the Baltic Sea - Bulgaria is an intercultural bridge and of great geopolitical importance in that area" Prof.Dr.B.Hallier stated.

Prof. Hallier with students and Participants in the UNWE University Conference in Sofia

The first Bulgarian Empire (starting 681 AD) dominated most of the Balkans. Being part of the Eastern Bloc after World War II Bulgaria got its freedom and present constitution in 1991 - becoming member of the EU in 2007. Since that time Bulgaria is visited frequently by Prof.Hallier - at the photo of 2013 above with professors of the University of National and World Academy in Sofia and today's PhD-Candidate Nora Tineva (being in 2015 ERA-trainee in Cologne).

30.12.2017 : Circle 2018

An obligatory part of PhD-programs of the virtual Circle International is the completion of the virtual study-programs by an oral examination and the defense of the thesis in front of the international Circle-professors. That event is rotating between the Circle universities. In 2018 the host for that annual meeting is Sarajevo / Bosnia Herzegovina (more: Circle 2018).

"The far distance program allows students from all over the world to participate in Circle International and the physical oral presentations in the English language empower the students (MA and PhD) to work in international environments later" Prof.Dr.B.Hallier (member of the Circle professors) said. In Sarajevo also the ERA-Consultant Alina Pukhovskaya (CV) will take part with her PhD-thesis about the Mexican Food Bank Network.

20.12.2017 : Prof. Dr. P. Bielik

In 2006 ERA started to honour each year a personality from the scope of its activities to focus his research as a benchmark for the ERA-platform and for motivation of the ERA-Youth. That Hall of Fame started with Jiri Jindra/CZ followed by Vladimir Malyshkov/Russia, Ross Davies/UK, Hanon Barabaner/Estonia, Mikhail Fedorov/Russia, Robert Aumann/Israel, Klaus Toepfer/Germany, Romano Prodi/ Italy, Leon Wegnez/Belgium, John Stanton/USA and Philip Alexander Nobel as a promotor of the Astana Economic Forum.

For 2018 Prof.Dr.B.Hallier appointed Prof.Dr.P.Bielik : "Peter Bielik from Nitra/Slovakia is ERA's special Personality not only for creating in Nitra a knowledge-hub for agriculture but also for transforming his international visions to the realization of the Visegrad University Association and the establishment of a VUA Youth Forum." (more at Link Hall of Fame) -"Peter Bielik will be also of great value for our new global Thematic University Network (TUN) - LINK - from farm to fork" Hallier stated at the proclamation.

02.12.2017 : Riga

Riga/ Latvia has a historical role in the Baltic Sea. In 2014 it had been the European Cultural Capital. - Old Riga with its historical HQ of the Schwarzhaeupter Guilde from the times of the Hanse-Trading-Pact is UNESCO World Heritage since 1998: including also Riga's Central Market which is Europe's largest bazaar being constructed in the 20ties century.

The revitalization of the Baltics in the Post-Soviet time is driven by the Scientific Institution "Business Competence Centre" together with the ISMA University within a Trio of Conferences. Prof.Dr.Hallier was speaking at all of these events - see more also at www.european-retail-academy.org/EUCVOT and www.european-retail-academy.org/ERM .

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