15 September 2020
A team in Brussels coordinates various initiatives to promote cross-border cooperation in other continents and other policy areas. Here is an update of the latest activities:
ALT – AEBR will launch in September a capacity-building programme addressed to public officials and national and subnational technicians from Bolivia and Peru with development competences in the cross-border region of Titicaca Lake. This initiative is part of the cooperation programme signed by both parties, AEBR and the Binational Authority of Lago Titicaca (www.alt-perubolivia.org). The work will be coordinated with a project on multilevel governance financed by the programme EUROsociAL of the European Union and another one on innovation and environmental preservation of the lake financed by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).
Uruguay River – European experts identified by AEBR will participate in November in the commemoration ceremony of the tenth anniversary of the creation of the Comité de Coordinación de la Cuenca del Río Uruguay (Uruguay river basin coordinating committee), a trinational initiative for the development of the international South American basin. This event, where different European experiences will be presented, will provide the starting point of the close collaboration between AEBR and its members and the cross-border cooperation structure in this MERCOSUR area.
Colombia-Ecuador – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador, the Provincial Government of Esmeraldas (Ecuador, border province with Colombia) and AEBR have met to plan joint actions to promote the development of the Pacific section of the Colombian-Ecuadorian border. In the coming weeks, a capacity building program will be launched and the partners will look for ways to reinforce the budget of the binational fund that finances development actions in this border.
The ENTELIS + project of which AEBR is a partner continues to advance and begins to give its first results.
In recent months we have been working on a research on digital skills for people with disabilities and older persons, accessibility to the provision of services, and the role of accessibility to information and communication technologies (ICT) in inclusive education. Currently, work is being done on the results of this research both with the project partners and with different stakeholders.
Also, on 9 September took place the first of eight workshops foreseen throughout the project. This webinar, organized online by ICCHP, aimed to present the work developed within the project and showcased the preliminary research results.
On the other hand, on September 22 and 23 the second Project meeting will take place, which due to the current situation will also be organized online.