Volunteers have the chance to organise local events about Cohesion Policy addressing citizens and involving the local community thanks to the financial support given by the European Commission. 


IVY volunteers can design, define and implement events to raise awareness of Cohesion Policy, so called “Citizens Engagement Activities”. The aim is to exchange with citizens while informing about Interreg projects in the region enhancing local development.


Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own ideas of how to organise “Citizens Engagement Activities” and promote European Territorial Cooperation.


The IVY team is happy to help if support is required: we are at disposal for a brainstorm or a chat and we are looking forward to hearing about the IVYs' ideas!


Former volunteers can organise events, too. For more information, please contact us at


Learn more under "Past Citizens' Engagement Activities".

Upcoming CEAs


07- 10 /08/2021

This Cea “EUROPE 4US”is organized in Marathonas, Greece, aiming to promote achievements and benefits of the European Cohesion Policy for Civilians, in tourism. During this event, all the four days we be dedicated to emphasize projects and good practices, financed by European Structural Funds (part of the Cohesion Policy), regarding tourism in the EU and especially in Attica, Greece. 


Alessandra Cardaci, communication officer at the European Commission.

Born and raised in Palermo (Italy), Alessandra has lived in another 4 EU countries for education and professional reasons: Belgium, France, Germany and UK.

She studied International Relation in Pavia (Italy) - with an Erasmus period in Leicester (UK) - and European affairs in Bath (UK) and Paris (France). Before joining the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional & Urban Policy (DG REGIO) as communication officer, she worked in Berlin for the Association of European Border Region (AEBR) for the Interreg Volunteer Youth (IVY) initiative. Previously, she worked for American and European NGOs in the field of physical activity and e-health, taking care of EU project management, communication, event organisation and sales. She was also as Blue Book trainee in DG REGIO’s communication unit. Alessandra speaks Italian, English and French fluently and she has also studied a bit of Dutch, German and Spanish.

In her free time, she loves to travel, read, eat, swim and dance.

Do you look at your career as “before IVY” and “after IVY”?

Why have you chosen to work for regional policy?

How does your regular day at DG REGIO look like?

What tip would you give to young people at the very beginning of their career?

From being an IVY volunteer, to mentor one. Interview with Aleksandra Gierat

Ola – short for Aleksandra in Polish – volunteered as an IVY for the Danube Transnational Programme in Budapest in 2018/2019. After her experience, she started working at the Interreg Poland-Slovakia Programme as a Communication Officer. We asked her to tell us about her experience and her thoughts on Territorial Cooperation.

From Passion to Action: The Joy of Volunteerism. Interview with Jules Striffler

Jules volunteered as an IVY for the Inter-Religio project at the University of Strasbourg, an initiative between France, Germany and Switzerland. Right now he is a member at the Volunteers Centre Skopjie. We asked him to tell us about his experience and his thoughts on Territorial Cooperation.

Keep coperation going! Interview with Raffaele Viaggi 

Raffaele, a young Italian living in France, works as policy officer for cross-border studies and EU projects at the Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (MOT). Exactly three years ago he was an IVY volunteer at the Metropolitan Council of Brest, in France. In Brest, Raffaele was involved in the Interreg Project “Climate Active Neighbourhoods - CAN”, contributing to fighting climate change by empowering citizens to take an active part in the energy transition, raising awareness on energy efficiency and energy poverty.

Four years of volunteering for Interreg. Interview with the first IVY, Manon Levrey

Manon was the very first IVY volunteer, starting her experience on 20 March 2017. She volunteered at the Joint Secretariat of the Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) in Budapest, a cooperation programme that brings actors from 14 countries together, both from EU and non-EU countries. Manon joined the DTP for 4 months to learn how the programme brings economic, social and territorial cohesion in the Danube Region. She made brilliant interviews with project partners, discovering beautiful Hungary while communicating effectively about the many Interreg projects enhancing cooperation along the Danube.


The European Commission's Berlaymont building in Brussels exhibited pictures of IVY volunteers. Click on the arrows on the sides to see all of them.


AEBR and INTERACT publish a series of articles written by volunteers to inform about Interreg projects they found particularly important because of their impact on the regions where they are carried out. 

Click on the following link to discover which projects enhanced cooperation across Europe and have showed a strong solidarity dimension.