I had the chance to have my say

My name is Valentina and I am an IVY Interreg Project Partner at Eurodistrict PAMINA, at the border between Germany and France. I come from Italy, but I was living in Spain when I was contacted by AEBR to start my IVY adventure: I suddenly moved to Karlsruhe, Germany, but I am deployed in Lauterbourg, France, and I cross the border every day. My office is in the former Customs office at the border between the two countries! In PAMINA I support the implementation of the Interreg Project ‘Le Passe-Partout/Der Weltenbummler’, a bilingual online game for French and German kids in order to playfully discover the border region they live in and look beyond the border. Aim of the project is to promo

Making cooperation work – one month as Interreg reporter at Interact.

A program that helps cross-border programs. That is one way to sum up what the Interact program does. Coming as an IVY-Interreg reporter to the Interact office in Bratislava in the beginning of September 2017, I was rather confused. Sounding slightly abstract, it was a challenge as an Interreg reporter to first, understand, and second, explain what Interact does without getting caught up in bureaucratic talking and technical details. But once you get past the rather complicated program structure, Interact consists of a dedicated team that help EU cross-border programs, also known as Interreg, to manage different problems that can arise when you cooperate across borders. Because cooperation

An Interreg Reporter for the Balkan Route

The “Interreg Adriatic-Ionian programme” (known as “ADRION”) is an European Trasnational Programme that links Greece, most of the State of the former Yugoslavia (except Kosovo and Macedonia) and 12 Italian Regions. You may notice that Adrion is a cooperation between 4 European partner states (Italy, Greece, Slovenia and Croatia) and 4 non European partner countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia): this area, situated in a strategical geopolitical location (it connects Mediterranean Area and Asia) has a great common natural and cultural heritage and is a rich cultural meeting point now, like it has been during the entire history. The purpose of Adrion is to give a

Kleve, a link between Germany and the Netherlands

Hallo, here´s Leyla, the Interreg Reporter from Kleve! Three weeks have passed since my arrival here and I´m so close to the German-Dutch border, that is difficult to see the difference in between. This sense of unity and cohesion accompanies me every day at Euregio Rhein-Waal, the Joint INTERREG Deutschland-Nederland Secretariat, and I appreciate and like it a lot. I´m a 23 year-old-girl from Northern Italy, Torino, part of a volunteer civic project in my city since 2012, because I like to be active and committed, particularly during international events. After gaining a Bachelor in International Sciences, of Development and Cooperation, I wanted to put into practice my studies. So, while p

Cities and Regions for a Stronger EU

European cities and regions unite their efforts to build inclusive, diverse, sustainable and resilient communities. Such communities can reinvigorate the European project. In order to regain and strengthen trust in European institutions, all levels of territories will need to cooperate. Today, representatives from regions and cities all across Europe came together to discuss how they can help with bringing European policies to life. The workshop ‘Getting Europe back on its feet - a view from local and regional governments’ was an explosion of aspirational thoughts around a single idea: citizens need to get involved in EU policy-making and local authorities are the essential link. The worksho

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