Whenever people are talking about Latvia, it is almost the same as they're just talking about the capitol: the city of Riga, which is already a well-known destination for celebrations.
When talking to people that have visited Latvia, they can tell you everything about the wild nightlife, parties, (garlic) food with names they cannot pronounce and of course the old town centre with her beautiful monuments, cathedrals and churches. But if you'd ask them if they have ever been outside the city to actually visit the rest of the country, you can easily expect an answer like: 'I'm sorry, no time', 'Nah, life here is good' or 'Leave me alone I have a hangover!'.
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
Francesco Foglia, FEDRA YRA in Calabria and a journalist in European Affairs based in both Brussels and Italy, participated in the Youth Essay Competition held as part of the SME Assembly 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
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.
On November 28, at the Committee of the Regions, the issue of food production was addressed in a comprehensive way meant to contribute to the opinion on sustainable EU food policy the CoR is drafting. France and other EU states have already adopted laws to monitor and reduce food waste, and it seems like the EU is trying to spread this practice to all its member states. But there are, of course, problems to be faced and questions to be addressed: how could an integrated EU sustainable food policy be reinforced?, how important is it to set individual “sustainability targets”?, how stakeholders can be involved to improve the governance in food policy? etc.
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.
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.
The Republic of Srpska paves the way for foreign investors - Interview with Minister of Economic Relations and Regional Cooperation, Zlatan Klokić
The Republic of Srpska (Republika Sprska) is one of the two constitutional, legal, and autonomous entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the past years significant reforms were initiated in the economic sector, especially impacting the fields of taxation and duties, as the government of the region wishes to turn it into a profitable market for foreign investors. The Minister of Economic Relations and Regional Cooperation of the Republic of Srpska, Mr Zlatan Klokić, is currently dedicating his work to boosting the image of the Republic, to draw new investments from abroad, and to bring the region closer to the funding opportunities presented by the EU. Another one of his goals is to secure the position of the Republic in the Adriatic-Ionian macro region, by bringing into focus its resources, and its legal, and economic systems.