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!


Learn more under "Past Citizens' Engagement Activities".

Apply between 8 June and 21 June 2022

IVY volunteers can apply to request funds to organise their own Citizens’ Engagement Activities to inform citizens about the achievements of the European Regional Policy. 


These events must be local events promoting cooperation in the European Union and aim to:

  • Raise awareness of the benefits that Cohesion Policy brings locally;

  • Engage citizens to stimulate a debate about Cohesion Policy;

  • Show the role of young people;

  • Involving various groups of young people.


All IVY volunteers currentlu deployed are invited to apply by 21 June 2022. Send us an email to to know more, and find here all information necessary: 


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.

Insights from Greek's borders. Interview with Evangelia Polytarchi

Evangelia is a MA graduate in European Studies, Transnational and Global Perspectives from KU Leuven (Belgium) engaged in the implementation of European Union-funded projects related to Cross-Border Cooperation, Strategic Partnerships, and Capacity Building in Higher Education. Evangelia was an IVY volunteer at the Drama Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Greece) for the ‘Social forces’ Interreg project in 2017, when the initiative had just started. She speaks four languages (English, Italian, French, and Greek) and participated twice in the Model European Union simulating the EU’s decision-making process, in the European Parliament in Strasbourg and the National Parliament in Belgrade.

Youth engagement for a green agenda. Interview with Barbara Favaro

Barbara is a MA graduate in European Studies, from the University of Flensburg (Germany), passionate about the sea and engaged in the implementation of European cooperation projects in the field of regional development and maritime affairs. Barbara was an IVY volunteer at the EUCC-D, the Coastal Union Germany, involved in Interreg South Baltic projects dealing with the protection and management of coastal areas. Now she works in Brussels for the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions as Project Officer within the CPMR Intermediterranean and Atlantic Arc Commissions. She is also interested in the topics of urban development and culture and creative industries. 


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.