The Italian region Veneto is composite and multifaceted: it discloses a picturesque patchwork of landscapes, traditions, cultures and flavours. Surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, the Po Valley and the Alps, the Veneto displays some major subregions, each of them characterised by its own environment, landscape and urban development.
The mountainous Northern area features social and economic characteristics that are typical of the area around the Alps, that is, a low population density, lands not particularly suited for agriculture and slow industrialisation; however, in the Northern part of the Veneto region many important holiday resorts are to be found.
Meet Tiago Filipe Tavares Costa, Young Regional Ambassador in Azores (Portugal)
Tiago is 30 years old and is from Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, Azores.
He has a Master Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon and a MBA from the University of the Azores. He is currently taking a Post-Graduation course in Digital Marketing at the IPAM – The Marketing School.
Francesco Foglia, Italian journalist and FEDRA Young Regional Ambassador for Calabria region, submitted a petition on fighting the spread of the pine processionary moth to the European Parliament calling for the development of a European plan to tackle and prevent this problem.
The pine processionary, a defoliating moth commonly found in southern Europe, is a highly destructive species for pine trees, and is considered to be one of the biggest dangers facing Mediterranean pine forests. Moreover, national and regional provisions are not sufficient to tackle the problem, as they focus on short-term measures.
Ștefan Căliman is 28 years old and he is the YRA of Neamt.
He has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Sciences and a Master's Degree in European Studies. He also own a Master in European Project Management.
Currently, he is working as Assistant Project Manager at the Department of Economy (Roma Tre University).
His hobbies include reading, trekking and politics.
Kosovo, located in the Balkans region of Europe, has experienced tremendous economic growth over the last decade and the government is working to strengthen the market economy through a clear European perspective.
FEDRA met with Ambassador Bernard Nikaj, Kosovo’s Ambassador in Brussels, to discuss about regional development, priority sectors and
EU funding opportunities.
Overview of Kosovo:
Kosovo is composed of 38 municipalities and is one of the most decentralized country in the Western Balkans. Most of the functions related to the every-day life of the citizens are under the competence of the municipalities. And thus, a lot of work is being done on the professionalization of the municipal administrations so that the foreign investors can easily interact with the local level. A big step towards a more modern administration system has been made when business registration offices were opened in all the municipalities over the past few years. The outcome of this progress is that it is now possible for companies to register a business in only 1 day.
The autonomous province of Bolzano-Alto Adige has always been careful to combine nature, landscape, environment, economy, social life and politics in the best possible way. Clearly, this is possible only if the citizens have the desire, respect and commitment to achieve this goal. On the one hand it requires financial efforts, on the other, sacrifices in terms of comfort which can be balanced by an efficient organisation. Think about the harmony between tourism and nature, thanks to innovative systems,the respect for nature does not exclusively mean sacrifices.
Sustainability is a forward-thinking concept, often beyond political legislatures. Thus, anyone who has decision-making power has to understand that sustainability is for the common good and that it has to be done regardless of any political orientation and beyond any advertising campaign. Finally, the more the results are visible in terms of ecological systems, nature protection and approved by the citizens and tourists, the more we are motivated to continue on this path.
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.
Bella Sky Festival is a 5-day event which takes place every year in the capital of the Polish region Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Toruń.
Ten years ago, MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij tried to make a synergy between the structural funds and the Horizon 2020 objectives. Mr. Novakov has the same ambition. His secret is to coordinate all actions towards an only goal, and to “attract priority investors via EFSI and the Junker plan, use the grants we have, and combine them”. Fortunately, there are people in the Parliament, and in the Commission who support this action plan. However, another plan, one more close to his heart, is the current object of Andrey Novakov's attention. This is the ALECO (Achieve Leadership in Entrepreneurship in Cooperation and Opportunities) programme, which has been recently initiated by him. The goal of this programme is to open international markets to young entrepreneurs from the EU.
Andrey Novakov, born July 1st, 1988, is the youngest member of the European Parliament. He comes from the Blagoevgrad region in Bulgaria, and is amazed at the development of his country since it has become an EU state. He is a passionate member of the Committee of Regional Development, and he also endorses better opportunities for young Europeans, since it is the youth who will continue the journey towards development. FEDRA’s team sat down with him to discuss his opinion about regional development in the EU, and about his efforts to engage the youth in social and economic actions for the progress of their communities. The first topic of the discussion was his vision of the EU when its member states face problems. According to him, the Union is similar to “a high residential building with 28 floors, soon 27. France and Germany are on the 1st floors, and the are on the top.” In case of a rain, and of a “leaking roof, even if at that moment [the water] will only ruin the carpet on the last floor, it is just a matter of time until the water from the rain reaches the bottom of that building”.