Connecting the regions to turn ideas into a reality – 3 months in Euro-MED Joint Secretariat

As of right now, I have just finished my first three months volunteering in the Interreg Euro-MED Joint Secretariat in Marseille. These three months of learning and contributing in the best way possible to the Euro-MED programme have been truly one-of-a-kind experiences for me. In this blog article, I would like to share what Interreg Euro-MED does and what I have learned in these 3 months.

First things first, let me start by introducing myself. I am Fahrettin from Turkey. I have two Bachelor’s. One in International Relations and one in English Language Teaching.

Especially the first one is the reason why and how I started learning about what Interreg is and what it does. 

After studying International Relations and getting to know the European Union, I learned that interregional cooperation is at the very core of what makes Europe, Europe.  Interregional cooperation between municipalities, regions, and countries turns the ideas in our minds into a reality that impacts people in everyday life.  That was why I decided to volunteer in this programme in the first place.

In the Interreg Euro-MED programme, we have 4 different areas of missions:

  1. Green Living Areas
  2. Natural Heritage
  3. Innovative Sustainable Economy
  4. Sustainable Tourism

As Joint Secretariat, our main tasks are to coordinate and provide the related information, assess project applications, and support partners in these 4 different missions.

To provide and coordinate the related information, like the application dates of the calls and reach out to programme documents, we have a great Communications team. And that’s where I volunteer and try to contribute as much as I can. Using our social media channels and website, we create effective social media posts, write news articles to announce details, help out the projects in technical ways, and many many more.

I believe these three months have been a great learning experience for me and I am glad to have gotten this opportunity to see how interregional cooperation is happening first-hand. If you are also interested in what my programme does, here are some links for you to read further:

– Fahrettin, IVY Reporter at the Joint Secretariat Interreg Euro-MED

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