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".


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.

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  IVY AND #Interreg30 CAMPAIGN


The European Commission's Berlaymont building in Brussels exhibited pictures of IVY volunteers.


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 links to discover which projects enhanced cooperation across Europe and have showed a strong solidarity dimension:


in Central Europe:

on the borders of Italy:

between Spain and Portugal, France and the United Kingdom: see here.


Interreg Volunteer Youth is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR)

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