Fostering cooperation in the Channel area

Bonjour everyone ! My name is Laurence and one month ago I had the chance to join the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme as a French IVY Reporter.

Based in England (within the Norfolk County Council), the Interreg FCE Programme is fostering economic and social development in the French and English regions around the Channel by funding innovative projects which will have a sustainable cross-border benefit in this area. The Programme is currently funding projects in a wide range of fields such as social innovation, low carbon technologies, natural and cultural heritage and coastal and transitional water ecosystems.

Together with my Italian colleague Alessia who joined this IVY adventure at the same time and is volunteering remotely like me, our task as Interreg Reporters is mainly to help communicate about the valuable outputs and achievements of the many projects funded by the FCE Programme and implemented on both sides of the Channel through the production and dissemination of content. By doing so, we are showing how these projects are concretely improving people’s lives and empowering communities in this region. Our goal is also to increase the visibility of the FCE Programme and raise general awareness of the many benefits of cross-border cooperation and solidarity in the European Union and between France and England in particular.

As a young European citizen convinced of the essential role played by territorial cooperation to boost overall economic and social development and reduce regional disparities in order to build a more equal, fair and strong Europe, I am grateful to the IVY Programme for giving me the opportunity to contribute at my level to the construction of a more cohesive European Union.

This experience is extremely valuable and formative for my professional aspirations as it is giving me the chance to discover from the inside and understand more about the functioning of one of the instruments used by the European Union to implement its cohesion policy on the ground, but also to develop useful communications skills and strengthen my sense of European solidarity and citizenship.

I have already learned a lot about the power European cooperation holds to provide shared and therefore more effective solutions to common issues and how fundamental it is in order to foster progress and prosperity and contribute to social peace and resilience. And I can’t wait to continue supporting territorial collaboration and learn more about Communications and EU Project management!

Laurence, Interreg Reporter at the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme

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