With around 3.6 million inhabitants, the Northern Region of Portugal accounts for almost 35% of Portugal's resident population, 39% of national exports and about 29% of the national economy's GDP. The North region is the most industrialised in Portugal, originating 43 percent of the Portuguese exports. It is no longer just traditional sectors that show an exporting vocation. Wood, electrical and electronic products are beginning to discover the foreign markets and the advantages of internationalisation.
Equipped with good communication and internationalisation infrastructures, (such as roads, motorways, an international airport and the second biggest Port terminal of Portugal) and having a qualified network of science and technology equipment, the North of Portugal lives with open doors to the world and with an eye to the future.
Last month, 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.
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.
Refrion srl (www.refrion.com) is a centre of excellence for innovation located in Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, north-east of Italy. Since its foundation dated about 14 years ago, it has shown impressive and costant growth and has already achieved important goals in technological innovation and environmental sustainability fields.
According to its CEO, Daniele Stolfo, continuous investments in most advanced and latest generation products and customers’ satisfaction are of paramount importance for such outstanding perfomance. Group’s plants are strategically placed in north-east of Italy and Austria which make up the so-called “Cooling district”. It is considered the heart of modern Europe gathering the highest concentration of companies operating in air heating and cooling sector.
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.