CITIZENS' ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES
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".
“PROMO-MED”: Promoting Silver Tourism through a MED-Diet Seminar and Workshop
15/05 - 16/05/2021
The event will combine a seminar about Agro-food and tourism sector and an Interactive Q&A debate among the participants. Following, there will be a workshop called “Cooking with Med Products – A New Chemistry” where traditional chefs will explain the benefits of the Mediterranean ingredients in the preparation of Med recipes and they will also cook certain plates live, in cooperation with the participants, following the Covid-19 safety regulation guidelines. The 2nd day there will be a training day during which, guidelines will be given about the promotion activity of the EC Territorial Cooperation, as the participants will be guided to act as multipliers and use their personal and professional channels for public awareness.
“Come to meet us, Experiment with us, learn with us, Spread the word with us”. The cooperation throughout different Regions of Europe with the funding support of the EC improves the quality of life on the everyday basis and this is shown in every aspect of the life of all the EU Citizens. Even more, it gives ideas of business development (e.g., Fresh Fast food Med Restaurant) and wellbeing in the silver age.
ClimArte: exploring Climate Change and the Cohesion Policy through contemporary art
07/06 - 25/06/2021
Through engaging presentations and art workshops in 3 different schools, our volunteer Julia will show the young generation of La Manchuela area in Spain, how important it is to mitigate climate change, to live and farm sustainable in rural areas and how the European Cohesion Policy through a variety of Interreg projects and Regional Development Funds is supporting the region in its efforts.
YOUTH IN EUROPEAN COOPERATION
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”?
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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.
IVY'S EXHIBITION IN THE BERLAYMONT BUILDING
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.
STORIES OF EUROPEAN COOPERATION
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.