For Angelina, the regional level is important for the European Union. "European Union (EU) itself consists of 28 member states. And each member state is an integral part of the whole Union. Therefore, each single region of each member state has its role in the EU. Even the smallest part of the country does not lose its significance. The importance of regions and municipalities is increasing in European politics and in economic development. Cross-border cooperation is seen as a fundamental instrument for supporting social cohesion and sustainable economic development."
"Regional cooperation is very much important in political, economic, legal, educational, environmental and other fields. There are always regional issues to solve and any of the listed fields to improve. It is impossible to do so without discussions and attempts to find a common solution, common wish, appropriate for each party. Consequently, mainly regional partnership helps to deeply understand the problem and find a better solution. Furthermore, each particular region could use the experience from another one, in order to find a better answer to the existed question. Lessons from previous mistakes can be also taken into account."
Angelina was nominated YRA of the Month as she is passionate about her region and her ideas to improve it.
"Salzburg is one of the most important regions in Austria and, therefore, in the EU, as far as all regions are connected. In 1997, Salzburg became a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world culture heritage city. Interestingly, only the most exceptional natural and cultural monuments make it onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. This region attracts thousands of tourists every day. In the old town of Salzburg people could find fantastic buildings from the romanesque and gothic style to the renaissance and the very ornate baroque style. Fortunately, the old town was very well preserved over times, even during the 2nd world war, that is why it is possible to find many old buildings, as well as noble classicism and famous buildings during the period of Art Nouveau in Europe.
As UNESCO states, Salzburg played a crucial role in the interchange between Italian and German cultures, resulting in a flowering of the two cultures and a long-lasting exchange between them. The result is a Baroque town that has emerged intact from history, and exceptional material testimony of a particular culture and period. The centre of Salzburg owes much of its Baroque appearance to the Italian architects Vincenzo Scamozzi and Santino Solari. Moreover, Salzburg is an exceptionally important example of a European ecclesiastical city-state, with a remarkable number of high-quality buildings, both secular and ecclesiastical, from periods ranging from the late Middle Ages to the 20th century. However, not only existence of ecclesiastical buildings show the spirituality of the city, but also frequent church bells, which ring three times each hour. These bells simply do not let people to forget about God. There are so many different churches in Salzburg, inhabitants appreciate this fact a lot. Even when greeting someone, they always tell: "Grüß Gott!", which literally translates as "(may) God bless (you)".
"It is worth to notice the role of music in the life of Salzburg. This region is unofficially called "Mozart town", - the birth city of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and also the home of other famous musicians like Johann Michael Haydn, who are well known all over the world. The musical “Sound of Music” is another popular reason that attracts people to come to Salzburg, as the original and historical place of this musical.
But Salzburg is also well-known on the international cultural arena. It is, above all, the city where the greatest Festival in the world takes place every year. Every summer, for several weeks, the Salzburg Festival transforms the whole city into one giant stage. This Festival acclaimed worldwide for its exceptional musical quality. Every year, top international singers and actors, such as Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón, Riccardo Muti and others draw attention of more than 250,000 culture lovers from around the globe to enjoy opera, theatre and all sorts of concerts.
Above all, Salzburg is full of protected green area. On 28 June 1985, Salzburg's government signed a unique document, which is the Declaration of protection of green areas in Salzburg (Grünlanddeklaration). This is a good example of taking care of the nature. Since no other city or town have a similar document, it would be a good experience for other regions to use this Declaration for the protection of their environments.
To conclude, Salzburg unites past, present and the future, culture, traditions, art and nature unlike any other region in Europe. It is important to cooperate and unite with other regions in order to achieve common goals and interests."