Community Garden for mild intellectually disabled students in Székesfehérvár

On the 10th of April 2018 CTRIA built a community and educational garden for mild intellectually disabled students in Székesfehérvár. CTRIA team, students, teachers and other stakeholders were actively involved in the process. CTRIA team monitored the building of the garden step by step from the beginning but without the willing and enthusiasm of students this lovely garden could not be established. The result was very successful. After three local workshops that aimed the planning of the garden we wanted to involve the students in the building process as well and after the building day we can say that we managed to reach their participation. The students were completely willing and happy to

Kick off meeting of the Interreg project Artvision+

On Wednesday 4th April 2018 there was the kick-off meeting of the Interreg Artvision+ project at the Apulia Film Commission’s office (Bari), where the Pino Pascali Foundation together with its three young volunteers and the other partners from Croatia and Veneto Region took part. The meeting started with a brief press conference, in which the exponents of the involved partnership’s region shortly drew the overall objectives of ArTVision+ project. One of the volunteer of Pino Pascali Foundation, Ludovica La Ghezza, offered herself to translate simultaneously from English to Italian the speech of Valerij Iuresić’, director of Culture and Tourism Departement at the Primorje Gorski Kotar’s count

From the North to the South of Italy: an exotic experience in Palermo

Unfortunately, my IVY experience came to an end. Now, it is time to share my story! My name is Katia and I come from Pordenone, a small town in the North-East of Italy. It was early November 2017 when I arrived in Palermo, at the Managing Authority of Interreg V-A Italia-Malta Programme, and I was immediately thrown in the middle of the Executive Committee for projects’ selection. Everything was new to me, but I was very excited to start this new experience and carry out my Interreg Reporter mission. I was introduced to the staff of the Managing Authority, the Maltese National Coordination Authority and the small but extremely powerful team of the Joint Secretariat. During the first month,


- Do you ski? No…?! So probably you do rock climbing? Neither that?! What are you doing in Jaca then? - After a month, I already got used to this type of questions every time I meet somebody new. In the beginning it was quite funny, but now I feel really motivated to finally take up a course of rock climbing, as I had been planning to do so for a long time and there is no better place for that than Jaca. Yes, Jaca. A small town, mountain resort-like place situated in the northern part of Spain, surrounded by Pyrenees, barely 20 km from the French border. A perfect location for the Joint Secretariat of POCTEFA, an Interreg program of territorial cooperation between Spain, France and Andorra

A story of how the Interreg project "PRE-pare – Borderless rescuing" prepared people for e

Have you ever wondered what happens in an emergency situation on the borders? What if you end up in an emergency situation on the “other side of the border”? From which side of the border shall the ambulance come? Would you even wonder about that? I would, most likely think more of saving a life, at first place, and if it comes to saving lives, there must be no borders! That would seem right, wouldn’t it? But have you ever thought it might get a bit more complicated? Two countries over the borders means also two different legislations, different rules and different ways to handle the emergency situation or a crisis. And here comes the cross-border cooperation in play! When I have started vol

Volunteering at the Eurodistrict SaarMoselle

I am currently studying European Project Management in France after obtaining a franco - german cross-border communication and cooperation Bachelor. Driven by my experiences and my interests in a cross-border region, I decided to take part in an IVY experience at the Eurodistrict SaarMoselle. The Eurodistrict SaarMoselle is a great place to truly experience and take part in cross-border projects. As it is a cross border regional authority and a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation, which is located at the border between the Saar, a German Land, and Lorraine, a French region. The structure is involved in different INTERREG Projects in various fields: transport, training, multilinguali

Three months in Brussels

Participating in IVY and volunteering for my host organisation, the European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA), continues to give me access to events and the goings on in regional policy at the centre of European Affairs, Brussels. From this experience I can see how transnational and cross border cooperation works from the inside and make my own contribution in my way . A snapshot of my first 3 months in Brussels: January– March 2018 Got inside the Parliament and visited the Mission of Switzeland to the European Union. Thanks to Anna-Maria (a parliamentary assistant), Tomasso (who also participated in IVY at EURADA) and I were able to have an afterhours tour of the European Par

Rare Disease Day: An IVY volunteer helping to raise awareness

Hi everyone, If you forgot about me (don’t worry about it, I would also have), I wrote a blog post a few months ago about my experience as a project partner at RARENET, a French-German project on rare diseases. In that blog, I explained that I would be organizing an event in Strasbourg for Rare Disease Day on February 28. And I also said I would keep you updated, which is why I wrote this new blog post! Rare Disease Day in an international event that takes place on the last day of February each year. Its main objective is to raise awareness among the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on concerned people’s lives. For example, did you know that more than 2

Ardenne Marketing – have you been enchanted by the Ardennes already?

Ardenne Attractivity is a huge Interreg project that brings together three projects - Ardenne Ecotourism, Ardenne Marketing and Ardenne Ambassadors. Second project that I was working on, is Ardenne Marketing. It got my interest, as it is creating a great added value of promoting the Ardennes as a cross-border tourist destination. The project is promoting the concrete realisation of other two projects, which completes the overall portfolio. One of the examples of their work is a really breathtaking video that represents the Ardennes in its full beauty: Check out the video I made after conducting an interview with the moderator of Ardenne

Interreg Upper-Rhine: an interview with the Programme Manager

Two weeks ago I had the chance to leave my IVY placement at the Regio Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland for two days to have a glimpse into the work of the Interreg Upper-Rhine secretary in Strasbourg. I had the occasion to ask the program manager Thomas Köhler at the Interreg Upper-Rhine secretary a few questions concerning Interreg in general, the Swiss part in the program and how to make Interreg more approachable for the general public. If you are interesting to read the opinion of one expert of Interreg you can have a look at the interview below. What is Interreg for you? Interreg is European money which helps to realize cross border projects faster. Without the financial aid some proje

From IVY volunteer to Interreg policy officer: a chat with Robbert

Robbert is a former IVY volunteer. He used to volunteer at the Interreg Flanders (Belgium)-Netherlands Programme in Antwerp, Belgium. Once his IVY volunteering period finished, he started working for the same programme where he volunteered. We interviewed him to know more about his experience: why did he join? What has he got from his IVY experience? Why did you choose to volunteer for an Interreg programme? In our rapidly changing world, what seems certain today may be outdated by tomorrow. Globalising markets and technological innovations lead to challenges and opportunities with a drastic societal impact. Valuable ideas and expertise to overcome contemporary challenges, such as biodiversi

Volunteering for energy efficiency in Brest: my IVY adventure begins

My very first time in Brest was in 2009, when I arrived in this city located at the very West of Brittany as part of a student exchange with my high school in Bologna, Italy. 9 years since then, after finishing my studies in Urban planning and European policies, I find myself again on the western edge of continental Europe, where my IVY experience has just begun. Even though Brest is not located in a cross-border region, the city has always looked at the ocean as an opportunity to develop, to exchange goods with European partners. Today, many of these ‘goods’ have become immaterial and Brest local stakeholders are exchanging ‘good practices’ with other cities facing similar issues. Energy ef

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