A strong voice for the development of the European regions - Interview with Bulgarian MEP Iskra Mihaylova
Iskra Mihaylova, an experienced MEP from Bulgaria, is the Chair of the Committee for Regional Development, and also a member of the FEDRA Honorary Committee. As a representative of the regional sphere in the EU, and a devoted militant for the development of the non EU-member states, she agreed to have FEDRA in her Parliament office and talk about her work in the REGI Committee and at the delegations to the EU of the Neighbourhood Countries of Macedonia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The interview started with the topic of the priorities of the Committee for Regional Development. According to Mrs Mihaylova, the focus is on obtaining the best results from the current planning period and to prepare the path for the next legislation concerning the cohesion policy after 2020. Implementation, simplification, and coordination are the key words in Mihaylova’s speech and also the link between the several proposals drafted by the parliamentary committee.
At the beginning of December, the city of Catania had the opportunity to rethink the economy not as an end in itself but as one of the resources to be deployed for the common good.
‘FESTIVAL DELLA FELICITÀ INTERNA LORDA TERRE’ which took place from the 2nd to the 4th of December in Catania, gave its citizens a time to reflect together on the ways to inhabit the earth (terra). Earth is of course the planet, but at the same time it is the ground on which we rest our feet and relax to contemplate the sky, it is where we build our houses, it gives us the land we cultivate, the places from which we take off and return to, our "cultural homelands", the bonds we build in this world, that make us feel accomplished because they give meaning to our lives. This is why we like to decline the word in the plural, TERRE (lands), because it symbolises the plurality of all forms of life, the plurality of cultures, of the multiple stories of those who live on this planet and the multiple ways that are at people’s disposal to build their culture, art, religion, families.
The participants in this event discussed social entrepreneurship to understand what models can better respond to the challenges of the welfare of their territories and of the planet. The festival was an opportunity to set in motion social enterprise ideas and stories by engaging both the growth actors of the local communities and those who fled their regions. The latter are spread all over the Earth to gather knowledge, to build their experience, in order to bring more to their homeland. In fact, this year the Festival affiliated to the European project FAB-MOVE, "For a Better Tomorrow: Social Enterprises on the Move", which aims to put in connection researchers and entrepreneurs from different countries to explore together the way social enterprises can grow and flourish.
Gunter Pauli, Belgian economist and blue Economy Initiator, Flaviano Zandonai, Researcher at the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises Euricse, Rossano Ercolini, coordinator of the Center for Research on Waste in Capannori and the President of Zero Waste Europe were among the main orators of this festival. Their presence drew the attention of a wide public to the host region, thus boosting its image.
Aida Amir Aslani - YLR in Catania
Food waste is one environment related problem threatening the future of the planet. Worldwide there is a big discrepancy between areas menaced by starvation, and those with a thriving economy and a high quality of life. Food waste is just a symptom of the unbalanced, unfair world we live in. In order to bring everything to a state of equilibrium, and to gain distance from a more uneven future, the EU is currently drafting the European sustainable food policy.
The Romanian region of Neamț, 27 years after the communist era, is still experiencing a deep transition towards a more sustainable and durable economy.
From the big state-owned factories in Săvinești, in great part dismembered by private competitors as a result of the disorganised turn towards the market economy that caused a deep deindustrialisation and emigration of the youth, Neamț is now raising its head and starts looking at the touristic potential and how to stimulate the local businesses.
In December 2015, in Paris, 195 countries committed to join the global fight against climate change. The main objective of this first-ever universal, and legally binding agreement was to limit global temperature rise at 2 degrees by 2030. The current effects of global warming are visible in daily meteorological changes and natural phenomena worldwide. Even though opinions on the actual cause of different natural dissasters oftenly witnessed in the last periods are contradictory, climate change is a real problem the whole planet should fix.
The Hauts-de-France region is famous worldwide for its lace, especially in the cities of Calais and Caudry. The story of the lace of Calais dates back to the times of the industrial revolution, and is connected to the first mechanical weaving looms powered by steam engines. The lace was initially a luxury product for the rich. However, thanks to the technical and the industrial progresses, the production and commercialisation of lace increased considerably, which made the lace of Calais become more and more popular. The fact that it started to be sold in several cities across the Pacific, including New York, Boston, Chicago, helped increase the visibility of the city and of the whole region.
NeoConnect is focused on creating a digital platform of and for EU networks and projects, willing to benefit from a shared IT solution in order to boost their image, activity, and impact in Europe and beyond.
On the 12th and 13th October, the Diplomatic, Economic and Academic Days organised by CIDIC (International Circle for Diplomats and Consuls) took place in Bratislava, within the frame of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Previously, the other two DEA events were hosted by the two former countries at the lead of the CEU: Luxembourg (2/2015), and the Netherlands (1/2016). FEDRA, as CIDIC’s partner on the European regional side, participated in the event.
Christine Foueillassa was working as a saleswoman for a caterer when she decided to quit her job and start studying to become a pastry chef and make her dreams a reality.
Bella Sky Festival is a 5-day event which takes place every year in the capital of the Polish region Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Toruń.