Transnational cooperation to promote wine sector SMEs in the border region of Spain

Greetings everyone! my name is Victor, and I have just finished my master´s degree in Global Political Economy in Sweden. I am currently doing my volunteering IVY experience in the north part of Spain, in Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia, and it has been a bit more than a month since I have arrived.

The project that I am working on for six months is called VINIoT, and it is a project by Interreg SUDOE, in the southwest part of Europe, encompassing Portugal, Spain and the southern region of France. The main objective of this project is to enhance the competitiveness of small and medium-sized companies of the wine sector in the SUDOE space through the digitalization of vineyards monitoring systems of these enterprises. In other words, it is a precision viticulture service (the cultivation and harvesting of grapes) project based on the internet of things (IoT) sensor networks for small and medium-sized enterprises digital transformation within the SUDOE area. The project, co- funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is a cooperation project with 7 main partners coming from the three countries, and the one that I am working for is called FEUGA.

The work that I am doing until now has mainly to do with communication, reporting and showing what the project has achieved. I have to give the follow up to different stakeholders and other people interested in the VINIoT project and on the different projects' social networks account. I also have to do activities such as manage the transferring activities, translating the communication materials in the four languages, such as the eBook, posters and videos. The beneficiaries of these projects are all local SMEs in the viticulture sector in the SUDOE region that wants to develop and try new technologies! Despite my focus is on the VINIoT project, I am also getting to know a bit about other Interreg projects.

I still haven`t done much travelling (also due to COVID), but I plan to visit nearby cities in the beautiful Galicia, such as Vigo, Cíes island (which some say has the best beach in the world!), Coruña, among other places. I believe this IVY experience is a very nice way to get to know more about European cooperation and how different people benefits from it! For me, it is also a good way to know more about the EU, develop languages skills and get some international volunteering work experience. I have still four months, and I hope to get to know more about Interreg and show to the community the importance of the cohesion policy, European international cooperation and integration to ensure a bright future for everyone.

I am grateful for the EU funding for the opportunity, and I am looking forward to the remaining months as an IVY volunteer!

If you have any questions or want some advice on volunteering, you can find me on Instagram (victor.mignone).

You can also follow the project that I'm working on here:




Victor Mignone - IVY Project Partner at FEUGA for VINIoT project

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