This week, FEDRA had the pleasure to speak about Interreg Volunteer Youth with Alessandra Cardaci, Project Manager & Communications at AEBR.
AEBR is the “Association of European Border Regions” based in Germany, funded in the 1970s. AEBR represents European border and cross-border (CB) regions and supports them by:
representing their interests towards national and international authorities
making them more visible and heard by national and international authorities;
initiating, supporting and coordinating co-operation throughout Europe;
exchanging experiences and information;
promoting cross-border cooperation (CBC) structures, projects and programmes;
assisting in the identification, preparation and implementation of CBC events and other activities.
Among many other EU and international projects, AEBR has the great pleasure and honour to manage « Interreg Volunteer Youth» (IVY). We asked Alessandra how it all started?
The Jordaan is one of Amsterdam’s oldest and most famous haunts. Only a brisk ten-minute walk west of the city centre, the neighbourhood personifies the image of crooked gabled houses and rippling canals that Amsterdam has become synonymous with (for better or for worse).
The city of Tirana is located in the central-west part of Albania. It is not only the most populated city in Albania, but also the administrative, economic and cultural center in the country and one of the largest cities in the Balkans. With a population of over 800,000, Tirana has become one of the busiest cities in the region with a fast growing expansion.
Tirana also is the center of the Tirana Region. From the last territorial - administrative reform in 2015, the Tirana Region (or county) incorporates the municipalities of Tirana, the municipality of Kavaja, the municipality of Rrogozhine, that of Vora and the municipality of Kamez.
Would you like to discover one of the most attractive place in Italy? If yes, follow me in this little trip across the Lazio region. But first, where is exactly Lazio?
Lazio is an Italian region located in the center of the country, the second most populated after Lombardia, and home to Rome. Capital city and center of Italy's political life due to the presence of the government and the Parliament. It is also the Catholic world center due to the presence of Vatican.
Internationalisation and advanced technologies has always been two of the key focuses of Fedra. After organisating the 3D Printing panel during the European Business Summit in 2016, FEDRA this year is participating to the In(3D)ustry event, happening at Fira Barcelona (Grand Via Venue) from October 3rd to October 5th, 2017.
According to the European Commission, one in six people in the European Union has a disability that ranges from mild to severe, making around 80 million who are often prevented from taking part fully in society and the economy because of environmental and attitudinal barriers. In order to tackle these issues, the Commission recognises sport and physical activity as being extremely valuable in the context of social inclusion and integration for people with physical and mental health disabilities.
We interviewed INSPORT+ project to learn more about how different local actors use sport to help with social inclusion. The project is co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme and its goal is to develop a network of partner organisations across Europe involved in promoting social inclusion for people with mental health problems and mental disabilities.
According to the FUSIONS report of the European Commission of 2016, around 88 million tonnes of food are wasted annually in the EU. Because of this, member states and EU stakeholders are looking for every opportunity to prevent food waste and strengthen sustainability of the food system, even at local level. This month, FEDRA interviewed YourLocal, a Danish start up fighting against food waste at local and national level.
Between the 7th and 10th of September, in a very royal setting of the Brussels Park, the ‘‘eat! BRUSSELS, drink BORDEAUX’’ culinary festival will be held. This delicious event will allow you FREE entrance in order to enjoy some of the best international culinary flavours.
Just like last year, the region of Bordeaux (France) will be the highlight of the festival as the organisers wish to reproduce a Brussels version of Bordeaux’s “Fête le Vin”. However, this year the 6th edition of the festival introduces a new concept as great chefs from Brussels will offer you every day the chance to taste their signature dish. Furthermore, you can also visit a wide range of international cuisine present in Brussels, such as Ethiopian, Romanian, Japanese and even Malagasy.
According to Trivago’s ranking on the best Italian and European cities, magnificent Salerno, that is the city where I live, goes to the ninth place in the top ten, and is on the fifty-fourth place of the best cities of the continent.
Trivago has drawn up the ranking by creating a precise index, called the Best Value City Index. In the list, the top 100 European cities that have the best quality for accommodation facilities are included. In Italy, Salerno brings Campania to the highest position, assessing at the ninth place!
The urban population of Europe is rapidly growing and with more than half of the population of Europe living in cities, it poses big challenges to the management of waste in Europe’s largest cities. Because of the fact that Europe’s urban population keeps growing, it is even estimated that by 2050 almost 70% of the population will live in cities, it is important to maintain an effective management of waste in the cities now, and for the future (Vilella, Theworldpost, 2017).
In Europe, only 40% of the waste that we generate is being recycled, the rest is either buried or burned. This causes environmental destruction and threatens ecosystems. Therefore, the reduction of waste is one of the biggest international goals that we have to deal with in Europe.
Piemonte (Piedmont) is the second largest region of Italy after Sicily and, true to its name, is a land of mountains. It is surrounded by the Alps, bordering both Switzerland and France. Home to the first capital of the Italian Republic, Piemonte has much to offer. From Turin, the Italian car manufacturing capital – with its history and remarkable cultural heritage, to unspoiled nature, to some of the finest red wines such as Barolo, Barbera and Dolcetto being produces in the region, it offers a 360 degrees experience.
In february, Porto was elected “The European Best Destination in 2017” for the third time (2012, 2014 and 2017), thanks to the votes of worldwide travellers from 174 countries, who confirmed the city as an exceptional and unique place to visit this year.
Considered one of the most ancient cities of Portugal, Porto city - before Portus Cale, which contributed to the choice of the name of the country – is located in the North of Portugal, where Douro River meets the Atlantic Ocean. This is what turns Porto into a maritime and, simultaneously, a riverside city.
Known as the granite city or the Oil & Gas Capital of Europe, Aberdeen has been at the centre of Scottish trades for years. Long before Oil and Gas exploration began in the 70’s, the city was the biggest fishing and shipping trades centre in Scotland.
You can still see the close ties with the marine world having a stroll along the Footdie village, Aberdeen kept its places secret where you can admire the small houses of where fishermen used to live near the lighthouse. Once you reach Footdie, plan a walk along the sandy beach and stop by the Silver Spoon, the most renown fish restaurant in the city.
Le Marche is a quite unknown region located between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine mountains in the centre of Italy. I wish you could feel the same excitement that I feel while I am writing about it. That I can let you smell, taste and feel the sensation of this magnificent area. Our virtual trip throughout the Le Marche region starts with the question: what can we see there?
FEDRA is happy to announce a partnership with Itinari. One of FEDRA’s most important priority is to promote European regional assets as FEDRA highly values the importance of creating bottom-up project to support and revitalise growth and competitiveness in the European regions. This also includes travel and tourism which are also part of FEDRA’s key ecosystems.
The partnership is the explicit result of two young organisations working together. One at European level and the other at local level. In particular with travel and tourism these are also part of FEDRA’s key ecosystems.
This week FEDRA is taking you to Eger in Hungary!
Located in the northern part of Hungary, Eger is one of the oldest Hungarian cities. Its architecture reflects the cities long history and multiculturalism. Indeed, Eger was first inhabited by Hungarian tribes that built the foundation of Eger’s castle in the 10th century. Today, Eger’s castle is home to an art gallery and a permanent exhibition.