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Maastricht is a city and municipality in the southern eastern corner of the Netherlands. The city is the capital of the province of ‘Limburg’, counts up to 122.418 in population and closely borders both Germany and Belgium.

Maastricht has a rich cultural history with different characters in every corner of the city. She has been hosting many populations in the past dating back to Celtic tribes that roamed the area around 500 B.C. The Romans established a permanent settlement in order to easily cross over the Meuse River where two military roads met around the time of Julius Caesar. They called the establishment ‘Traiectum Ad Mosam’, or ‘The crossing over the Meuse River’, which eventually evolved into Maastricht.

Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world. However, its region Île-de-France is not as well-known as most people assume that the region is just Paris its suburb, when actually there are forest and unique historical sites. The best example of this are the castles and parks of the region as they reflect the historical importance and richness of the region.

Without further ado, here are my most see castles and parks of Île-de-France:

On 30-31 March 2017, the European Commission hosted the "Fourth Forum of the Outermost Regions" in Brussels to define a renewed strategy with the nine "outermost regions"(ORs) of the European Union: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, La Reunion and Saint Martin (France), the Canary Islands (Spain) and the Azores and Madeira (Portugal).

The Forum is an important platform for dialogue between the EU and these regions. The ORs are an integral part of the EU, but they are located in areas of the globe that are remote from Europe forcing them to deal with a number of difficulties related to their specific geographical location.

FEDRA was present at the Forum with its representatives, showing its support for the ORs. As we strongly believe in the regional dimension and regional growth, we promote and support ORs socio-economic development and their full integration in the EU.

Meet Giulia Vazzoler Young Regional Ambassador in Veneto from August 2015 to August 2016.

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.comis 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.

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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.