Galicia

Acto de presentación do Anuario Estatístico Galicia-Norte de Portugal 2010 e ao seminario de difusión do mesmo:

Luns 13 de decembro ás 11:00 horas no Hotel Monumento San Francisco de Santiago de Compostela.

 

The EUREGIO EGRENSIS on the German-Czech border was founded in the year 1993.
It involves three legally independent working communities: EUREGIO EGRENSIS Working Community of Bavaria, EUREGIO EGRENSIS Working Community of Saxonia / Thuringia and EUREGIO EGRENSIS Working Community of Bohemia.
In 1995, EUREGIO EGRENSIS became a member of AEBR since 1995 (Region no. 43 on the AEBR map “Cross-Border Cooperation Areas 2007”).

Photo Hahn
Bild: Kommissar Hahn (2.v.l.) bei seinem Statement zur Fortführung der Territorialen Zusammenarbeit und zum Projekt „Europaregion Donau-Moldau“ bei seinem Besuch in der EUREGIO Bayerischer Wald – Böhmerwald mit EUREGIO-Vorsitzendem Landrat Ludwig Lankl (l.), MdEP Manfred Weber (2.v.r.) und Stv. EUREGIO-Vorsitzendem Landrat Franz Meyer (r.) (Foto: EUREGIO)

In den kommenden Wochen wird im Europäischen Parlament gemeinsam mit der Europäischen Kommission und dem Ministerrat die EU-Struktur- und Förderpolitik für die Zeit von 2014 bis 2020 diskutiert. Den Vertretern der EUREGIO Bayerischer Wald-Böhmerwald, die in den letzten Jahren stark von Ziel 2- und Ziel 3-Programmen profitiert hat, war es daher eine besondere Ehre, dass der Kommissar für Regionalpolitik, Johannes Hahn auf Einladung des örtlichen Europaabgeordneten Manfred Weber in die Region gekommen ist und sich zur Fortführung dieser Strukturfördermöglichkeiten geäußert hat.  Hahn nahm in der Nähe von Passau an einem Fachgespräch zum aktuellen EVTZ-Projekt „Europaregion Donau-Moldau“ teil, das die EUREGIO Bayerischer Wald-Böhmerwald mit ihren Partnern derzeit in den Bezirken Niederbayern, Oberpfalz, Südböhmen, Westböhmen, Vysočina, Oberösterreich und Niederösterreich vorbereitet.

Kommissar Hahn begrüßte ausdrücklich die Europaregions-Initiative der bayerisch-österreichisch-tschechischen Grenzregion und konnte sich aus Brüsseler Sicht auch vorstellen, dass im Rahmen der nationalen Verteilung der Mittel 2014-2020 eine eigene Achse für die Europaregion Donau-Moldau geschaffen wird.  Die Parallelität der aktuellen Vorbereitungen zur Europaregion Donau-Moldau mit den Budgetplanungen der Europäischen Union sah der Kommissar als Vorteil, da die Entscheidungen für Operationelle Programme aus den Regionen kommen sollen und sich jetzt politisch entwickeln können. Kommissar Hahn forderte die anwesenden Politiker und Verbandsvertreter auf, jetzt auf der nationalen Ebene eine positive Stimmung für solche Regionsinitiativen zu erzeugen. Dies betreffe auch die Fortführung der bisherigen Regionalpolitik, bei deren Ausrichtung die Nationalstaaten federführend sind – hier müssen sich die Regionen auf ihrer nationalen Ebene positionieren.

Nach seinen Aussagen unterstützt Kommissar Hahn die Fortführung der Territorialen Zusammenarbeit ausdrücklich und möchte die Grenzregionen in die Lage versetzt sehen, die Zusammenarbeit weiter zu intensivieren. Einen höheren Mittelansatz für die Territoriale Zusammenarbeit stellte Kommissar Hahn bei seinem Besuch ebenfalls in den Raum. Derzeit knapp 8 Mrd. Euro im Europäischen Fond für Regionale Entwicklung könnten um 50 % auf ca. 12 Mrd. Euro erhöht werden. Kommissar Hahn hielt auch interne Lösungen bei der Übertragung der Mittelvergabe – Stichwort Multi-Level-Governance – von staatlichen auf regionale Stellen für möglich.

 

Estimados Sres:
O Conselleiro de Presidencia, Administracións Públicas e Xustiza e a Comunidade de Traballo Galicia – Norte de Portugal (CTG-NP) teñen o pracer de invitalo/a ao acto de presentación do Anuario Estatístico Galicia-Norte de Portugal 2010 e ao seminario de difusión do mesmo, que se celebrará o luns 13 de decembro ás 11:00 horas no Hotel Monumento San Francisco de Santiago de Compostela.
Xunto a este correo atopará o programa do seminario ademais do formulario de inscrición. Agradeceremos a súa confirmación a través do seguinte enderezo electrónico: rosa@starplanning.es

Un cordial saúdo,
Alfonso Rueda Valenzuela

Conselleiro de Presidencia, Administracións Públicas e Xustiza  da Xunta de Galicia

The application period to the “Border Crossings Global and Local Societies in Transition” (BoC) International Master's Degree Programme in Social Sciences is now open!

BOC is an international Master’s Degree programme in the Social Sciences at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu Campus.

The deadline for application is 15 February 2013, and the applications should be made electronically through http://universityadmissions.fi . 

The BoC Programme is an excellent path to a wide range of professional careers in government, international organisations, NGOs or business, in Finland or internationally. It engages the students with the increasing expert debates on national and European identities, mobilities and migration, multi-culturalism and citizenship, and cross-border co-operation. 

See for more details: http://www.uef.fi/bordercrossings . 

In parallel to the ordinary work of the EGTC Platform, the Subsidiarity Monitoring Network of the Committee of the Regions has launched a consultation in which you might be interested to take part, if you wish. The consultation is focused on the "Assessment on territorial impacts".  

The European Commission has recently issued a Staff Working Document aimed at providing operational and methodological guidance on how to address the territorial implications of policy proposals deemed to have territorial impacts.  In the recent years the issue of regional diversity and the need for in-depth assessment of the territorial and regional effects of EU sectorial policies have been in the focus of the European policy debate. In particular, the need to coordinate all sectoral policies that have a strong territorial impact and to measure the territorial impact of those policies are essential for the development of territorial cohesion and for the reinforcement of economic and social cohesion.  

Given the importance of the issues at stake, the Committee of the Regions is currently preparing an own initiative opinion on this subject matter, for which Mr Michael Schneider has been appointed as CoR rapporteur within the COTER commission. An exchange of views on this dossier is foreseen at the next COTER commission meeting on 26 February, which will be followed by the first discussion and adoption of the draft opinion on 7 May and by the adoption of the final opinion in the CoR plenary session on 3 or 4 July 2013. 

The stakeholders grouped in the EGTC Platform can provide their point of view from the perspective of border regions and cities, and also of cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation. We hereby invite you to answer to a range of questions included in a tailored questionnaire. You can access the questionnaires in all EU official languages by clicking here: http://portal.cor.europa.eu/subsidiarity/news/Pages/Assessment-of-Territorial-Impacts.aspx
To know more about the Impact Assessment: http://ec.europa.eu/governance/impact/index_en.htm.  

In order to be able to use your input in the preparation of the draft opinion and possibly introduce amendments based thereon, we should be very grateful if you could send us at subsidiarity@cor.europa.eu (with egtc@cor.europa.eu in copy please) your comments and/or answers before 20 March 2013. 

Yours faithfully, The EGTC team
Unit E2 – Subsidiarity Network / Europe 2020 Monitoring Platform / Covenant of Mayors / EGTC
Committee of the Regions of the European Union
101 Rue Belliard / Belliardstraat
B-1040 Brussels 
BELGIUM
Tel +32 2 282 2015
Fax +32 2 282 2087
egtc@cor.europa.eu
www.cor.europa.eu/egtc



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South Tyrol, Trentino, the Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia regions, and the province and city of Venice have been working since February 2011 on their joint bid for the title of European Capital of Culture 2019. Multilingualism and cross-border cooperation are regarded as one of the central features of the bid, which is why the Euregio Tyrol - South Tyrol – Trentino has also been involved.

At the invitation of the three assessors for culture of South Tyrol, the main cultural organisations and cultural institutions from the three Euregio provinces met at the University of Bolzano to explore the opportunities for cross-border cooperation during a number of workshops.

The workshops were opened by assessor Christian Tommasini, responsible within the South Tyrol government for the Capital of Culture project, Birgit Oberkofler, Secretary-General of the Euroregion, and Peter Paul Kainrath, scientific head of South Tyrol’s Bid Committee. Mr Tommasini emphasised that the candidacy of South Tyrol and its neighbouring provinces is a strategic project: “For the first time, we are focusing on culture as a vehicle for the sustainable development of our province. Investment in our bid should also be seen as investment in the province. We expect this project to lead to the creation of quality jobs in the cultural sector, economic growth, and added value for the whole population.”

The workshop participants analysed the status of the bid in all cultural sectors: music, literature, theatre, museums, creative businesses, and the independent arts scene. Besides focusing on the Capital of Culture bid, today’s exchange of ideas served above all to promote the development of cross-border cooperation in the cultural field. The findings and results of today’s deliberations will be set out in a document that will be included in the Bid Book.

The Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS) invites proposals for individual papers and posters as well as complete panels and roundtables related to multi-disciplinary study of borders, border areas and cross-border interaction. 

Contributions from all world regions are encouraged. The organizing theme for the 2014 World Conference is: Post-Cold War Borders: Global Trends and Regional Responses.

Since the end of the Cold War era, state borders have increasingly been understood as multifaceted social institutions rather than solely as formal political markers of sovereignty. The changing significance of borders has been partly interpreted as a reflection of global “de-bordering”, and of optimistic scenarios of globalization and international cooperation. However, such notions of “de-bordering” have been challenged by or even succumbed to the reality of ethnic and cultural tensions and increasing complexity and instability in the world system. It is time to ask how often contradictory global tendencies are reflected on the ground. We can recognize global megatrends that are changing the nature of borders but also regional and local processes of border-making and border negotiating.

The unprecedented expansion and transformation of the global economy and the concurrent fluidity of people and goods within a context of increased securitization, signifies fundamental societal challenges that directly relate to borders. On this view, borders help condition how societies and individuals shape their strategies and identities. At the same time, borders themselves can be seen as products of a social and political negotiation of space; they frame social and political action and are constructed through institutional and discursive practices at different levels and by different actors.

Despite new border studies perspectives that favor a broad cultural, economic and complex governance view of borders and borderlands, a strict top-down international relations view of borders continue to dominate policymaking. This current era of heightened globalization requires that we pay attention not only to the tendency of increased governance of borders and border regions, but also at the regional responses to such development.

Through regional responses to globalization, borders are reproduced, for example, in situations of conflict where historical memories are mobilized to support territorial claims, to address past injustices or to strengthen group identity – often by perpetuating negative stereotypes of the “other”. However through new institutional and discursive practices contested borders can also be transformed into symbols of co-operation and of common historical heritage. The general theme encompasses a wide range of topics and approaches. 


The 3rd Assises of Decentralised Cooperation were celebrated at the Committee of the Regions on 9-10 April 2013. Click here for the Press Release with link to a summary video of this event.

Further information can also be found at the website of the Global Local Forum:http://www.global-local-forum.com/pages.asp?ref_page=8192

The report prepared by Mr. Abdoulaye Sene (President of the Global Local Forum) and presented during the final plenary session of the Assises is also available for download: 

Spatial Foresight is currently working on a study for DG Regio adressing the multilevel governance dimension of the Europe 2020 implementation. In the context of this study we are looking for 16 twinning regions (see also:http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/newsroom/detail.cfm?LAN=EN&id=1141&lang=en). 

A call is now open to select 16 regions or cities interested in partnering with 8 case study regions on improving multi-level governance: deadline 22 January 2014

The study, funded by DG REGIO and carried out by a consortium led by Spatial Foresight, aims to generate lessons from policy experiences and to stimulate learning and exchange between regions. 

The study focuses on two policy fields linked to the Europe 2020 Strategy; energy efficiency measures with a special focus on the existing building stock and social inclusion in urban areas. The partnering over 12 months is accompanied by the consortium, which will provide technical assistance, facilitation support and analysis of the cases and networking. More details on the call and application process:www.spatialforesight.eu/2020.html 

In case you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Sofie Jaeger, details as follows: 

Sofie Jæger
Spatial Foresight GmbH
7, rue de Luxembourg
L-7330 Heisdorf
Luxembourg
Tel. +352 691 87 32 05
sofie.jaeger@spatialforesight.eu
www.spatialforesight.eu

Zum Jahresende kann die Regionalmanagement Oberösterreich GmbH auf ein ereignisreiches aber gelungenes Jahr zurückblicken. Viele Projekte konnten erfolgreich umgesetzt und begleitet werden, zahlreiche  Förderansuchen wurden positiv bearbeitet. So wurde zum Beispiel, dank Unterstützung durch die RMOÖ, im November eine Förderung von rund 67.500 Euro für 5 bayrisch-oberösterreichische Projekte im Bereich Grenzraum und Europa zugesagt.
 
Lesen Sie hier weiter: RMOÖ News, Dezember 2013  .

The European Commission is calling for new projects. They are to be funded under the Horizon 2020 program, worth more than €15 billion over the first two years. eHealth is well represented in this. Researchers and innovators in ICT for health and care are requested to apply either before 15 April 2014 or 21 April 2015.

For all information, please consult: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/first-horizon-2020-calls-ehealth-projects-launched

 

Am 6.12.2013 fand die erste Regionalkonferenz der Euregio Maas-Rhein in Eupen statt. Die Regionalkonferenzen werden zwei Mal jährlich, immer im Juni und im Dezember, abwechselnd in einer der fünf Partnerregionen stattfinden und im Zeichen der Umsetzung von EMR2020 stehen.

Nach der erfolgreichen Konferenz vom 28.06.2013 in Genk über die Anerkennung der Berufsqualifikationen war diese Konferenz dem grenzüberschreitenden Arbeitsmarkt gewidmet. Anlass war die Stellungnahme über die Position der Grenzgänger 20 Jahre nach Einführung des Binnenmarkts, die am 3.07.2013 durch den Ausschuss der Regionen verabschiedet wurde. Diese Stellungnahme wurde durch Ministerpräsidenten Lambertz der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft Belgiens, aktueller Vorsitzender der EMR, verfasst.

Wie in Genk konnte die Konferenz auf die Anwesenheit von ca. 100 Teilnehmern aus der ganzen EMR zählen. Auf dem Programm standen u.a. eine einleitende Präsentation von Martin Umfried, Experte des European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht (NL), gefolgt durch zwei Podiumsdiskussionen mit Spezialisten aus der Euergio und außerhalb, die interaktiv mit dem Publikum geführt wurden.

Der Schwerpunkt lag auf die Formulierung konkreter Empfehlungen für die EMR über die Informationsvermittlung, die Arbeitsvermittlung, die Ausbildung und die Zusammenarbeit zwischen den Einrichtungen. Die Experten waren sich u.a. einig über die Notwendigkeit:

-(weiter) in persönlichen Dienstleistungen an Grenzarbeiter zu investieren,

-die Zusammenarbeit zwischen den Arbeitsvermittlungsdiensten zu verstärken,

-Projekte zur Förderung des Erlernens der Nachbarsprachen weiter zu unterstützen,

-ein (neutrales und unabhängiges) wissenschaftliches Expertisezentrum rund Grenzarbeit einzurichten.

Basierend auf diesen Empfehlungen wird in den kommenden Monaten eine euregionale Arbeitsgruppe spezifische Maßnahmen ausarbeiten, die anschließend Mitte Juni 2014 dem EMR-Vorstand zur Genehmigung vorgelegt werden. 

Am 13.12.2013 fand bei dem europäischen Expertisezentrum EIPA in Maastricht das Abschlussseminar des Projektes „EMR2020“ statt, das mit der Unterstützung von Interreg IV-A EMR zur Ausarbeitung der gleichnamigen Zukunftsstrategie der Euregio Maas-Rhein geführt hat.

Ca. 25 Spezialisten aus den Partnerregionen, Wissenseinrichtungen und Entwicklungsgesellschaften  der EMR haben an den Präsentationen durch externe Experten über territoriales Monitoring und Folgenabschätzung teilgenommen. Unter Ihnen Michaël Schneider, Staatssekretär von Sachsen-Anhalt und Mitglied des Ausschusses der Regionen (AdR), der eine Stellungnahme über die territoriale Folgenabschätzung erläutert hat, die am 3.07.2013 durch den AdR verabschiedet wurde. Er gab ebenfalls an, dass Ende Januar dem AdR ein Vorschlag vorgelegt wird.

Während des Seminars wurden im Rahmen des ESPON-Programms entwickelte Instrumente, die Folgenabschätzungsmethode der EU, die durch die niederländische Universität Leiden entwickelte ‚Grenztauglichkeitsprüfung’ und das Evaluierungsinstrument des nordirischen Centre for Crosse-border Studies und des deutsch-französischen Euroinstitut Straßburg-Kehl besprochen.

Das territoriale Monitoring und die Folgenabschätzung sind wichtige Aktionspunkte der EMR2020-Strategie. Nicht nur um das Funktionieren der EMR und die Umsetzung von EMR2020 zu evaluieren, sondern auch um die Folgen der europäischen und nationalen Politiken einzuschätzen. Hierfür möchte die EMR in den kommenden Wochen mit euregionalen Wissenseinrichtungen und Entwicklungsgesellschaften die über die Kapazität und das nötige Wissen verfügen eine Überlegung starten.

Die EMR geht auch Partnerschaften mit externen Organisationen nicht aus dem Weg im Hinblick auf die Entwicklung von Projekten im Rahmen europäischer Programme wie z.B. Interreg Nordwesteuropa oder ESPON. So findet am 16. Januar 2013 eine Begegnung zwischen der Eurometropole Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai und der EMR über territoriale Analyse statt, in Anwesenheit von Yves Leterme, ehemaliger belgischer Premierminister und aktueller stellvertretender Generalsekretär der OECD.

The Regional Strategic Framework (RSF)

The RSF for the Central Border Region of Ireland / Northern Ireland is the first such formal initiative of this type developed for this area. 

This Framework has been shaped through an 18-month long development process as part of an overall Spatial Planning Initiative.  The governments of Ireland and Northern Ireland have given the Region the opportunity through this funded initiative to help set out a strategic way forward for the redevelopment of the area. 

The RSF was launched on Friday 22nd November 2013 in the Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan by representatives of the governments of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

For full information, please consult: http://www.icban.com/The-RSF.

As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) will be inviting 150 young people including interns from the EU institutions, regional representation offices and Brussels-based think-tanks, students of European affairs and members of youth organisations and European political parties, to discuss the future of a "Europe of regions and cities". 
The one-day conference on 1 April aims at collecting views and recommendations while focusing on three questions: 
·           Is all EU politics local? What are the CoR's future political priorities?
·           Voice and visibility: how can regions and cities bring Europe closer to the public?
·           How should the CoR fit into the EU's institutional architecture in the future? 

As a general rule, participants should be aged 30 or under and should submit an application to attend by the end of the working day on 7 March. 150 participants will be invited taking care to ensure a good geographical and gender balance.

More information and the application form can be found at: http://cor.europa.eu/en/events/forums/Pages/cor-at-20-confrence.aspx  

Public hearing on the new Estonia - Latvia Programme document will be held in April 
The public hearing events on the Estonia - Latvia Programme 2014-2020 programme document will be held in April 2014 separately in Estonia and Latvia, the Joint Programming Committee decided during its last meeting on February 12-13 in Pärnu,Estonia. All interested stakeholders will be asked to express their opinion on the programme document for the new period. 
Read more .

Vision and mission statements formulated for Estonia - Latvia Programme 2014-2020

The Joint Programming Committee of Estonia - Latvia Programme 2014-2020 approved the final wording of vision and mission statements for the new Programme on February 13 in Pärnu, Estonia. The statements will be used for the first time in the Programme document, and afterwards in public communication about the Programme. 
Read more .

Eight writers to join forces on stories about Estonia - Latvia cooperation 

Eight writers from Estonia and Latvia met on February 7, 2014 in Taagepera, Estonia, to agree on common principles for writing short stories about Estonia - Latvia cooperation initiatives. A publication with these stories, featuring each of the 67 projects supported by Estonia - Latvia Programme, will be released in spring 2014 in Estonian and Latvian. 
Read more .

Renovated Valga - Valka railway station opened for passangers 

The Valga - Valka Railway station was opened after renovation for passangers on December 22, 2013, with a festive ceremony, featuring artists from Estonia and Latvia. This railway station renovation was possible thanks to the support from Estonia - Latvia Programme. 
Read more .

There are lessons to be learned from how the Northern peripheral regions of Europe combine the delivery of innovation and economic development in a cold climate, and complement this by the simultaneous leadership of the Nordic countries as to global measures of living standards, equalities, gender balance and other indicators of successful economics and societies. 

However, the potential lessons from the resilience of the Nordic countries and their applicability more broadly are disputed, and mostly ignored in journals and strategic documents as their models fail to fit the essential economic discourse, paradigms, strategies and policies of the core of Europe. 

This conference aims to explore the pros and cons of the specific Nordic role model(s), its national variants, its appearance and its images and realities. Of particular interest are the experiences and impacts in peripheral communities – whether defined by geography, social or economic context. 

Compounding their environmental disadvantages, these marginal communities are also categorized through systematically derogatory typologies and images. From the generalized picture, the detailed conference agenda is being constructed around contributions on theory, analysis, policy and implementation of these ‘backwaters’ and of their national representations: to challenge the dominating views. 

The periphery and margins have not been well served by mainstream regional research, policy and development. Even the concepts and strategies applied to explain, to advantage and to regenerate ‘the problem regions’ have tended to neglect the shadow, weak and tail-end areas within these regions. The state-of-the-art in the literature and in policy documents will be examined and explored with regard to the periphery with the same kind of emphasis applied to urban, high-tech structures and processes. We are putting the idea of an alternative reality, even of another logic, on the agenda. As well as this general call for an open approach to these issues, there is an invitation specifically directed to contributions concerning gender, migration/ mobility, local economies and place identity/branding. 

For a more detailed presentation of the substance of the call, of deadlines and on other practicalities see www.hihm.no/pemabo or contact the local organizer atpemabo@hihm.no.

Further information: 
Peter de Souza
University College of Hedmark
Box 104
N-2451 RENA
Norway 
Tel. +47-62430511 

SOCIEUX is a demand-driven facility through which partner countries are invited to submit requests for assistance in a simple format.

SOCIEUX will work on a basis of providing short-term expertise primarily from practitioners within EU Member State’s public administrations. Practitioners from low and middle income Partner Countries can also bring added value through South-South and triangular cooperation.

SOCIEUX offers support in all social protection areas including social insurance, social assistance, access to basic social services, financing, and monitoring and evaluations of social protection systems, actions ranging from the very structural issues to interventions that aim at ad-hoc transfer of know-how and respond to very specific needs.

SOCIEUX  targets public authorities and mandated bodies in charge of social protection at a national level. Potential partner countries will be low-income and middle-income countries from the following regions of the world:

  • European Neighbourhood
  • Latin America, Asia (including Central Asia) and Middle East
  • Africa, Caribbean and Pacific

Interested partners are invited to send their requests by email, letter or fax.  TheGuide for Partner Country Institutions provides detailed information on how partner institutions may request assistance under SOCIEUX and the financial and logistical aspects of the organisation of Actions and Activities.

For all information about SOCIEUX, please visit http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/what/social-protection/socieux_en.htm .

(Source: European Commission, EuropeAid: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/what/social-protection/socieux_en.htm).

Youth is the red thread throughout this issue, in particular the EU Youth Guarantee for a quality job, traineeship or education within 4 months of leaving school or becoming unemployed: how the European Commission can help Member States take ownership of this scheme and implement it both nationwide and across borders. It also gives the floor to the European Youth Forum and to a young skateboarder who found a job thanks to the European Social Fund. This issue also contains articles on the EU budgetary framework 2014-2020, the up and coming European elections, undeclared work and stress at work. Social Agenda is available in printed format in English, French and German.

(Source and more information: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=737&langId=en&pubId=7691&furtherPubs=yes)

Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy and Luc Van den Brande, former Committee of the Regions President have announced the winners of the prestigiousRegioStars 2014 Awards to Europe's most promising and innovative regional projects. In this 7th edition of RegioStars the Jury singled out 19 shortlisted finalists from 80 projects on the basis of four key criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership. 4 projects outshone the competition: in Paredes (North Portugal), Cornwall (UK), West Wales and the Valleys (UK) and the Polish region of Gdynia.

Visit http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/projects/regiostars/regiostars_14_en.cfm for more portraits of the winning projects, videos etc. 

Under the chairmanship of Prof. Dr. István SÜLI-ZAKAR, Senior Council member, Carpathian Euroregion, 40 participants discussed aims and steps of the EU-funded project “Sustainable Development of Border Regions provided by effective functioning the Carpathian Euroregion”.

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Welcome speeches were given by Oszkár SESZTÁK, President of the General Assembly of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County, and AEBR Secretary General Martín Guillermo Ramírez.

Dr. Gergely TRIEB, consul, General Consulate of Hungary in Uzhgorod, gave some explanations on the role of the General Consulate of Hungary in the cross-border cooperation in the Hungarian-Ukrainian border area.

The project coordinators, Brigitta MAJORNÉ LÁSZLÓ, Self-government of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County (Lead Partner), Hungary, and Natalie NOSA, President of International Association of Regional Development Institutions “IARDI”, Ukraine, presented the tasks and objectives of the project, stressing their view to define a new macroregional strategy for the Carpathians.

After the project presentation, Martín Guillermo RamÍrez, Secretary General of AEBR took the floor again to highlight the experiences on the structure of cross-border cooperation in Europe in the 2014- 2020 Programming Period, and the importance to keep strong organizations for CBC at the external borders of the EU. In this sense, he thanked the commitment of regional and local authorities to support the strengthening of the Carpathian Euroregion in Hungary, Ukraine, Romania, Slovakia and Poland.

István SÜLI-ZAKAR, Senior Council member and Chairman of the Working Commission on Regional Development of Carpathian Euroregion, Hungary, Serhii Ustych, Head of the Council of the Carpathian Euroregion (1995-1996), Director of the Institute for transborder cooperation in Uzhgorod, Ambassador (Ukraine) (speech: Modern Challenges to Euroregional formation on the New Eastern Border of the European Union), Ukraine, who highlighted the need to have joint programmes for CBC and not parallel programmes in every side of the border. Ivan Gevtci expert, Ukraine, spoke about the common past and shared future, particularly on the need to restructure and reform the Carpathian Euroregion to be the main umbrella for all CBC in the region.

Gabriel KISS, Carpathian Euroregion expert from Slovakia, and Bogdan LAZAR, Carpathian Euroregion expert from Romania explained the perspectives for cooperation within Carpathian Euroregion in Slovakia and Romania 2014 – 2020. Mr Kiss mentioned the project “Via Carpatica”, an Eastern European corridor, from Klaipeda to Thessaloniki, which is planned to be a major route for cycle tourism. Mr Lazar stressed the focus on youth and employment, as well as mobility.

This round table finished with the speech of Sergiy TATUSIAK, Head of the Euroregion Dniester, and Head of the Vinnytsia Regional Council, stressing the need to cooperate with Western European partners through permanent networks, particularly in times of uncertainty, as it is the case in Ukraine.

The conference concluded with a summary of the most important points by Prof. SÜLI-ZAKAR and was followed by a reception. A project partners meeting followed afterwards.

More information, photos, etc.:

http://www.kolcseytv.hu/index.php?page=hir&hid=13191 (Video about the conference, including an interview with AEBR Secretary General Martín Guillermo Ramírez) 

http://www.kolcseytv.hu/?page=hirek&kat=1

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Project-Carpathian-Euroregion/1446054082291783

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El presidente de la región Centro de Portugal, Pedro Saraiva; el de Castilla y León, Juan Vicente Herrera; el del Norte de Portugal, Emídio Gomes; el de la Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijoo, y el de Asturias, Javier Fernández, durante la firma del memorando ayer en Oporto. Lavandeira Jr. Efe

Tendrá una masa crítica mayor ante la UE y pretende que eso revierta en más poder para obtener más fondos comunitarios y llevar a la agenda europea los temas que preocupan a todo el noroeste peninsular, con la crisis demográfica a la cabeza. 

La eurorregión que Galicia y el Norte de Portugal pusieron en marcha en la etapa de Fraga, a la que se incorporó Castilla y León en el 2010, cuenta desde ayer con dos socios más: Asturias y la región Centro de Portugal.

La nueva macrorregión suma ya once millones de habitantes, más que ninguna otra comunidad en la península Ibérica, y ocupa el 30 % de su superficie. El presidente de la Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijoo, subrayó ayer en Oporto, con motivo del acto de firma del memorando que formalizó esas incorporaciones, la apuesta de la macrorregión por impulsar la cooperación para «erigirse en referencia del crecimiento inteligente, sostenible e integrador» que preconiza la Unión Europea.«En el momento preciso» Feijoo alertó del problema demográfico.

«Desde esta macrorregión estamos convencidos de que tenemos que llevarlo, en primer lugar, a las agendas nacionales de nuestros países y, simultáneamente, a las agendas europeas, tanto en el Comité de Regiones como en la propia Comisión Europea», proclamó, según Europa Press. Destacó el jefe del Ejecutivo que la ampliación de la macrorregión se produce «en el momento preciso», ya que tiene lugar cuando empieza a programarse el destino de los fondos europeos hasta el 2020. «Galicia, que afronta el desafío de pasar de ser región de convergencia a un nuevo estadio de región más desarrollada, necesita situarse cuanto antes en el lugar correcto junto a los socios adecuados. Y los ha encontrado», manifestó Feijoo.

(Escrito por: Santiago / La Voz, 10 de mayo de 2014  12:06 GMT.  )

EUREGIO Obfrau LAbg. KommR Lackner-Strauss, Referentin Brigitte Luggin, Euregio Geschäftsführer Wilhelm Patri (Bildrechte: RMO Mühlviertel)

Bei der Mitgliederversammlung der EUREGIO Bayerischer Wald – Böhmerwald / Regionalmanagement Mühlviertel am 23. April in Gramastetten wurde über die zahlreichen Aktivitäten des  Arbeitsjahr 2013 berichtet. Insgesamt konnten gemeinsam mit den Projektträgern 93 Projekte mit einem Investitionsvolumen von 7,3 Mio. Euro entwickelt, patek philippe replica unterstützt und begleitet werden. Diese Maßnahmen wurden mit 5,2 Mio. Euro von EU und Land OÖ gefördert.

Die EUREGIO arbeitet seit vielen Jahren in österreichischen und europäischen Netzwerken mit, um damit auch Erfahrungen und Wissen mit Partnerorganisationen auszutauschen und dadurch die Interessen des Mühlviertels zu vertreten. Diese Art der Mit- und Zusammenarbeit wurde als Erfolgsrezept für Regionalentwicklung durch Fr. Brigitte Luggin als  Vertreterin der Europäischen Kommission bestätigt.  „EUREGIOs sind Europa im Kleinen, die inhaltliche Zusammenarbeit führt zur Lösung von Aufgaben und damit zum Erfolg“.

Um die Kräfte der Regionalen Entwicklungsakteure im Mühlviertel zu bündeln, wurde beschlossen, dass zukünftig die Leaderregionen des Mühlviertels mit Sitz und Stimme im Vorstand der EUREGIO vertreten sind.

„Es ist uns gelungen, die regionale Zusammenarbeit im Mühlviertel auf eine neue Stufe zu stellen. Ab sofort sind alle mühlviertler Regionalentwicklungsakteure – also die Gemeinden, Wirtschaftskammer, Landwirtschaftskammer, Arbeiterkammer und Leader- miteinander unter einem Dach. Dadurch können wir nun die Entwicklung unserer Region auch künftig erfolgreich  gestalten“  freut sich Obfrau LAbg. Gabriele Lackner-Strauss über das Ergebnis der Mitgliederversammlung.

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Rückfragenkontakt:
Wilhelm Patri MAS, Regionalmanager, EUREGIO bayerischer wald – böhmerwald / Regionalmanagement Mühlviertel,
Tel.: 07942 / 77 1 88 255, E-Mail: wilhelm.patri@rmooe.at

EUREGIO-Obfrau Gabriele Lackner-Strauss zieht eine positive EU-Bilanz für das Mühlviertel

In den letzten 25 Jahren hat sich unsere Region wirtschaftlich, sozial und kulturell stark verändert. Diese dynamische Entwicklung wurde erst durch den Fall des Eisernen Vorhangs 1989 und die EU-Beitritte von Österreich 1995 und später von Tschechien 2004 möglich. Das Mühlviertel wurde dadurch von einer Region am Rande zu einer Region in der Mitte Europas. Als Obfrau der EUREGIO Bayerischer Wald – Böhmerwald bin ich stolz darauf, dass unsere EUREGIO von Anfang an ein wichtiger Impulsgeber der europäischen Integration war.

 

Erfolgreiche Bilanz der EU-Periode 2007-2013

In den letzten sieben Jahren wurden europäische Finanzmittel genutzt, um wesentliche Impulse im Mühlviertel zu setzen. Insgesamt begleitete die EUREGIO (bzw. die Geschäftsstelle Mühlviertel des Regionalmanagements Oberösterreich) mehr als 280 Projekte von der Entwicklung über die Durchführung bis hin zur fördertechnischen Abwicklung. Dadurch wurden über 7 Mio. EUR an EU-Regionalförderungen mobilisiert, wodurch in Summe knapp 12 Mio. EUR im Mühlviertel investiert wurden.

 

Vielfältige Projektideen

Die inhaltliche Bandbreite der Projekte reichte von wirtschaftlichen über infrastrukturelle bis hin zu kulturellen oder grenzüberschreitenden Maßnahmen. Neben der Stärkung der Nahversorgung, der Bürgerbeteiligung oder der Dorf- und Stadtentwicklung war auch die grenzüberschreitende Zusammenarbeit mit Tschechien und Bayern besonders erfolgreich. Bei der gemeinsamen Landesausstellung Oberösterreich-Südböhmen konnten beispielsweise rund 285.000 Besucher in der Region begrüßt werden.

 

Mühlviertel 2020

Auch in der EU-Periode 2014-2020 werden wir im Mühlviertel mehrere EU-Programme nutzen können, um die Lebensqualität in der Region zu erhöhen. Die Europäische Union ist heute ein wichtiger und stabiler Partner für die Regionalentwicklung im Mühlviertel. Unsere Aufgabe als EUREGIO wird es daher auch in Zukunft sein, die europäische Idee von Frieden und Wohlstand zu den Menschen in der Region und in den Gemeinden zu bringen.

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A Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte (CCDR-N) disponibilizou online, em 
http://www.ccdr-n.pt/pt/ccdr-n/cooperacao/ , o "Plano de Investimentos Conjuntos da Euro Região Galicia-Norte de Portugal 2014-2020", um documento que prioriza e antecipa iniciativas e projetos de cooperação transfronteiriça a implementar no quadro comunitário 2014-2020. Este Plano, aprovado pela Comunidade de Trabalho Galicia-Norte de Portugal, serve de enquadramento a ações que possam ser candidatadas pelos atores locais e regionais a fundos comunitários e elenca um conjunto de prioridades, como a aposta na inovação e na transferência de conhecimento científico para o setor produtivo, em novas oportunidades de emprego, no meio ambiente e no património, assim como na capacitação institucional.

No contexto de uma Euro região com experiência e tradição em projetos de cooperação transfronteiriça, este documento prevê, assim, a aposta contínua na Região do Norte e na Galicia enquanto território capaz de se afirmar no contexto de uma europa cada vez mais competitiva.

 

(Source: http://www.ccdr-n.pt/pt/noticias/ccdr-n-disponibiliza-plano-de-investimentos-conjuntos-galicia-norte-de-portugal-2014-2020/)
 

The Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte (CCDR - N) published now  the " Investment Plan of the Working Community Galicia - Norte de Portugal 2014-2020" online: http://www.ccdr-n.pt/pt/ccdr-n/cooperacao/. This document anticipates and prioritizes initiatives and projects to implement CBC 2014-2020. 

This plan, which was approved by the Working Community of Galicia - Norte de Portugal, serves as a framework for lists a set of priorities, such as investment in innovation and the transfer of scientific knowledge to the productive sector, employment opportunities , environment and heritage , as well as capacity building

 
(Source: http://www.ccdr-n.pt/pt/noticias/ccdr-n-disponibiliza-plano-de-investimentos-conjuntos-galicia-norte-de-portugal-2014-2020/)

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Wir möchten Ihnen in dieser Sonderausgabe des RMOÖ-Newsletter die Europaregion Donau-Moldau vorstellen. Die wirtschaftliche, soziale und gesellschaftliche Entwicklung in Bayern, Tschechien und Österreich wird seit vielen Jahren nicht mehr von Grenzlinien bestimmt. Immer orologi replica mehr haben sich seither die Grenzregionen einander angenähert und arbeiten an gemeinsamen Projekten, zum Beispiel in den Bereichen Wirtschaft, Tourismus, Kultur, Soziales oder Bildung. Im Rahmen einer Europaregion können gemeinsame Vorhaben und Projekte noch effizienter und enger abgestimmt bearbeitet werden. Sieben Regionen im Dreiländereck Tschechien, Deutschland und Österreich haben daher am 30. Juni 2012 die Europaregion Donau-Moldau (EDM) gegründet. Die EDM versteht sich als Netzwerkorganisation, Informationsdrehscheibe und Impulsgeber in der grenzüberschreitenden Zusammenarbeit zwischen Österreich, Tschechien und Deutschland/Bayern...... (bitte klicken, um den vollständigen Artikel zu lesen)

The new website of Euroregion Siret-Prut-Nistru (situated at the Romanian/Moldovan border) is now online: http://www.euroregiune.org/.

On this new website, visitors will also find a dedicated section for the Economic Cross-Border Forum (second edition, taking place in BĂLŢI, Republic of MOLDOVA), which will be held on 25 and 26 June 2014. 

The Economic Cross-Border Forum is a concrete manifestation of the mission assumed by theEUROREGION Siret-Prut-Nistru to support the development of economical cross-border relationships at the eastern border of the European Union.

The first edition took place in IAŞI-ROMANIA, and counted more than 400 participants from political, administrative and economic environment.

The forum facilitates the relationship of several target audiences who have or want to have a cross-border key role.

The list of guests includes:representatives of the European Commission, European Union Delegation to Republic of MOLDOVA, Prime Ministers of the Republic of MOLDOVA andROMANIA,representatives of the two governments,Moldavian, Romanian and Ukrainian diplomatic corps involved in all three countries, Presidents of the District Councils of theEUROREGION Siret-Prut-Nistru from Republic of MOLDOVA, Presidents of the County Councils of ROMANIA, Governors and Presidents of Ukrainian Regions on the common border, Presidents of Chambers of Commerce of the three countries, external partners of BĂLŢIMunicipality and of the EUROREGION Siret-Prut-Nistru, financiers, businessmen, rectors, representatives of the civil society.

This and more information can be found on the website of Euroregion Siret-Prut-Nistru


 

Insgesamt 32 Partnerschaften hatten sich um den Preis der Euroregion Neisse-Nisa-Nysa 2014 beworben. 

In den drei folgenden Kategorien wurden jeweils die ersten drei Plätze ausgezeichnet: 

- Beste grenzüberschreitende Kooperation zwischen Kommunen
- Beste grenzüberschreitende Kooperation zur Entwicklung der gemeinsamen Ferienregion
- Beste grenzüberschreitende Kooperation in Kultur / Bildung / Sport

Darüber hinaus erhielten Einzelpersonen Auszeichnungen für ihr besonderes Engagement in der grenzüberschreitenden Zusammenarbeit. 

Die Preisträger wurden in einer feierlichen Veranstaltung am 09.02.2014 in der Regionalgalerie Liberec (CZ) ausgezeichnet. Eine dreisprachige Broschüre über den Wettbewerb und die Preisträger wird gegenwärtig erstellt. 

Ausführliche Informationen zur Preisverleihung und die Liste der diesjährigen Gewinner
finden Sie unter http://www.neisse-nisa-nysa.org/index.php?id=379.

INFOPRESS 4/2015, Berichterstatter der Euroregion Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří

Aus dem Inhalt: 
> Der Preis der Euroregion  Krušnohoří/Erzgebirge übergeben
> Vorbereitung des neuen Programms
> Gemeinsames Gremium der Euroregion auf dem Schloss Červený Hrádek
> Adventssingen der Euroregion in Postoloprty


At the end of the year 2014/beginning of 2015, the partners of Euroregion Neisse-Nisa-Nysa (DE/CZ/PL) finalised the guide "Strategische Handlungsempfehlungen der Euroregion Neisse-Nisa-Nysa 2014-2020". This guide is available in the three languages of the involved partners: 

German: http://www.neisse-nisa-nysa.org/fileadmin/documents/strategische-handlungsempfehlungen-de.pdf

Czech: http://www.neisse-nisa-nysa.org/fileadmin/documents/strategische-handlungsempfehlungen-cz.pdf 

Polish: http://www.neisse-nisa-nysa.org/fileadmin/documents/strategische-handlungsempfehlungen-pl.pdf

Am 23. Januar 2015 fand in Gronau (DE) die diesjährige Mitgliederversammlung der EUREGIO mit anschließendem Neujahrsempfang statt. Dabei wurde ebenfalls der People-to-People-Preis der EUREGIO verliehen und der ehemalige Präsident der EUREGIO, Herr Günter Alsmeier, verabschiedet. Ausführliche Informationen zu den Highlights der Veranstaltung finden Sie hier.

Die April-Ausgabe des Informationsbulletin der Regio Basiliensis ist online abrufbar unter http://www.regbas.ch/files/downloads/RB_Jahresbericht_2014_web.pdf.

 Aus dem Inhalt: 

- Schwerpunkt Verkehr: Verkehr als Schlüsselthema
- Regio Basiliensis: Kernkompetenz Grenzen überwinden
- Kooperationsfelder
- Metropolregion vernetzt Akteure am Oberrhein
- Die Oberrheinkonferenz: Arbeitsmarkt und Gesundheitspolitik im Focus
- Förderprogramme: Grenzen überwinden mit Interreg - Start in die neuen Förderprogramme
- Eurodistrict Basel: Kommunale Zusammenarbeit im Dreiland ausbauen
- Metropolitankonferenz Basel: Interessenvertretung gegenüber dem Bund
- Europäsche Netzwerke: Wesentlicher Bestandteil europäischer Kohäsions- und Regionalpolitik 

The Regional Council of North Karelia would like to share with you information of a spontaneous European-wide campaign for cities, towns and municipalities, which has been launched by a Finnish city Joensuu on Thursday 07/07/2016. 

Joensuu is calling upon all European cities, towns and municipalities to raise the European flag on Thursday 28/07/2016 above every town hall in some way and then share a picture on city web pages and in social media. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities and are supporting the campaign.

Joensuu believes that an indie-like campaign, joining together at citizen’s level, is needed right now in Europe. They also state that whilst the Europe we live in is far from perfect, it is the least imperfect of all the alternatives. The campaign is not about the EU as an institution – it is about being European and also about the need for better local leadership. Europe is not defined geographically in any way. European flag is the flag of European Council with 47 member states.

Joining up is simple and easy: short city information should be provided at www.connectingeuropeans.eu, and then the European Flag should presented at the town hall in whatever way the cities feel - Thursday 28/07/2016. Participants are invited to share a picture of the event on their web pages and in social media by using hashtag #WeAreEurope. The campaign web pages will also show a map, where the cities who have joined in are shown. Cities may also leave a short greeting there. Attached you will find further information – and in web.

We wish that your town can also join the campaign and spread the message!

With best wishes and regards,

 

Risto Poutiainen

Region Mayor

Regional Council of North Karelia


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German-Polish Conference "Together for the Border Region"

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 10:00 to 04:00 pm, District Spree-Neiße, Heinrich-Heine-Str. 1, 03149 Forst (Lausitz)

 

AEBR Secretary General Martín Guillermo Ramírez attended today the German-Polish conference “Together for the Border Region“ in Forst (Lausitz), organised by Spree-Neiße district. He spoke in the panel discussion on the “Role of cross-border cooperation from the perspective of regional governments and the Euroregion/AEBR: State of Play – Discussion – Outlook”.  

 

Harald Altekrüger, Head of Spree-Neiße (SPN) district/ Starosta Powiatu SPN, opened the conference and welcomed the participants. He stressed how many barriers have disappeared in the last 25 years, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, but also reminded many remaining obstacles, and perhaps some new ones. Therefore the need to stress cross-border investments in infrastructures, but also in people-to-people activities.

 

The following panel discussion on the "Role of cross-border cooperation from the perspective of regional governments and the Euroregion/AEBR: State of Play – Discussion – Outlook“ was moderated by Krzysztof BaługRADIO ZACHÓD S.A.

 

Together with the AEBR Secretary General, the following speakers participated in the discussion:

- Zbyszek Zaborowski, Marschal’s office Lubuskie/Urząd Marszałkowski Woj. Lubuskie

- Harald Altekrüger, Head of Spree-Neisse District and President of Euroregion Spree-Neiße-Bober/Starosta Powiatu SPN und Prezydent Euroregionu SNB

- Czesław Fiedorowicz, President of Euroregion Spree-Neiße-Bober/Prezydent Euroregionu SNB

Mirosław Glaz, Head of Krośnieński district/Starosta Powiatu Krośnieńskiego

- Dariusz Wróblewski, Head of Zielonogórski district/Starosta Powiatu Zielonogórskiego

- Janusz Dudojć, Head of Żarski district/Starosta Powiatu Żarskiego

- Henryk Janowicz, Head of Żagański district/Starosta Powiatu Żagańskieg

 

It was a very lively debate, very well conducted, stressing old and new challenges, the effects of demographic change in the territories of the border between Germany and Poland, and some solutions which may be tested by initiatives such as the Cross-Border Review implemented by the European Commission (DG Regio). The Euroregion Spree-Neiße-Bober (SNB) is a great repository of efforts to establish cross-border links, with a great network of contacts of authorities at all levels, the private sector, the Academia and civil society. Some thematic issues of upmost importance for cross-border regions (and not only) such as energy, health, emergencies and civil protection, labour, education, youth, etc., were also tackled. There is a need to explore strategic fields jointly, despite of differentials (salaries, prices), which could be an opportunity. This Euroregion could be a perfect laboratory to explore solutions for identified problems, which may become further solutions for others.

 

The Secretary General of the AEBR stressed the role that CBC plays in the current debate on the future cohesion policy, how the EU attention is increasingly drawn to CBC and CB areas, where EU integration is really taking place, and the new challenges over European border areas due to the current discussions on Schengen, the effects of Brexit, and a growing euro-scepticism.

 

After the lunch break, several workshops on administrative cooperation topics took place:

  • Workshop I – Health, chaired by Krosno district
  • Workshop II – Public Relations, Marketing, Dissemination of Information, Culture and Associations, chaired by Zielona Góra district
  • Workshop III – Road Sector,  Motor Vehicle Registration, Civil Protection, chaired by Zary district
  • Workshop/ IV – Employment agencies, Training, Youth and Social Affairs, chaired by  Zagan district

 

The results of the workshops were presented to the audience.

 

Towards the end of the conference, Mr Carsten Jakob, Director of the Euregion Spree-Neiße-Bober (SNB), presented the project "Dialogue - A Programme Area / a Voivodship / Two Euroregions" to be developed in the programme area Brandenburg-Lubuskie by the Euroregions Spree-Neiße-Bober and PRO EUROPA VIADRINA with the main aim to intensify and increase the quality of the dialogue between all players, especially public authorities / administration and the citizens, as well as a dramatic increase of authentic joint projects.

 

Conference programme and further information: https://www.lkspn.de/aktuelles/presse/pressemitteilungen/14934-gemeinsam-fur-die-grenzregion.html.  

 

After the Conference, the AEBR Secretary General and the Director of the Euroregion SNB also visited the Hospital of the Naëmi-Wilke Foundation in Guben, in order to know more about their experience with cross-border patients and their expectations. A very interesting exchange about cross-border health care took place with Gottfried Hain, Director of the Hospital.

The Belgian Community “Deutschsprachige Gemeinschaft Belgiens“ (German-speaking Community of Belgium) gathers its members and its activities under a new name: Ostbelgien.

The official name under constitutional law will remain “Deutschsprachige Gemeinschaft Belgiens“, but the communication will go under the new logo and the new name.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of cross-border cooperation between Germany and Czech Republic, a celebration will bring together partners and stakeholder on a tour from Dresden across the Bohemian side of the Euroregion. The festivity has also been an occasion to gain visibility and increase awareness about the cooperation among the public thanks to a quiz on the Euroregion which gave the opportunity to win tickets to participate to the celebration.

In May, the Grand Est region celebrates Europe!

The Grand Est Region, managing authority for European funds, will organize the month of Europe next May.

The Month of Europe brings together events organized from 1 to 31 May by various local actors throughout the territory. The aim is to make citizens (and especially the younger ones) aware of European values. The actions carried out in this framework thus offer everyone the opportunity to discover and better understand Europe, be it the European Union or the Council of Europe. They also make it possible to highlight the action of the European structural funds on its territory and their role in the development of its region.

Several types of structures can participate in this operation: beneficiaries of European funds, local authorities, cultural and sports associations, schools and universities, twinning committees, etc.

More information can be found under www.grandest.fr/mois-europe or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/europeen GE/  .

Matti Viialainen, Regional Mayor of Southern Karelia (FI) met Sergei Chernov, Chairman of Kharkiv Regional Council, during the visit of the latter to Finland at the end of August. During the meeting they discussed possible directions of co-operation and signed a Memorandum of Understanding.cheap replica watches

This Memorandum of Cooperation promote a exchange of views between Ukrainian and Finnish partners, who emphasized the importance of regional actors in promoting the overall well-being of their regions. Both sides also promise to actively support local, national and international initiatives aimed at democracy and sustainable development.

Sergei Chernov and Matti Viialainen discussed about the implementation of joint regional projects  and co-operation within international networks and EU programmes; the extension of contacts with the youth and universities of both regions through the exchange of students‘ delegations; and it was agreed the participation of business-circles and institutional players from South Karelia at the Slobozhanshina Forum of Innovation and Investment in Kharkiv on 21 September. Matti Viialainen explained the state-of-the-art on the implementation of the current huge and deep administrative and territorial reform in Finland.

As we have already informed, at the end of his stay in South Karelia, the Chairman of Kharkiv Regional Council and the representatives of the South Karelian Government took part in a meeting of the AEBR’s Task Force on External Borders (TFEB) devoted to the 10th Jubilee of the constitution of the first AEBR TFs (TFEB and CB Health on 14 September 2007). This meeting has been organized between the IX TAEB Youth Forum and the celebrations of the Centennial of Finland (1917-2017). Kharkiv Regional Council offered to host the X Youth Forum in 2018.

Co-operation and communication will also be continued, for example, within the framework of the AEBR Task Force External Borders. This working group has organized in Ukraine meetings and round table discussions.

In the following link there are several photos

http://www.oblrada.kharkov.ua/ru/press-center/news/novini/17881-pidpisano-memorandum-pro-spivpratsyu-mizh-kharkivskoyu-oblasnoyu-radoyu-ta-regionalnoyu-radoyu-pivdennoji-kareliji-finlyandiji#

-          Exchange of greetings between Sergei Chernov and Matti Viialainen at the South Karelia Regional Council

-          Working meeting of both politicians and teams

-          Sergei Chernov and Martin Guillermo in Lappeenranta Patria Hotel, before the TFEB meeting

-          Johannes Moisio gives the Youth Forum Diploma to Sergei Chernov

-          More…

It is very important to take good note of this special relationship between border regions in Western and in Eastern Europe. In this issue of the AEBR News Digest we are informing about the relationship between a Ukrainian region (Kharkiv) bordering the Russian Federation and a Finish Region (South Karelia) which also borders Russia. It is worth to mention that Kharkiv is part of the Euroregion Slovozhanschina, together with the Russian province of Belgorod, but this Euroregion, as others in the area, has suffered a lot from the conflicts developed in the last years between both countries.

But regions keep on extending their cooperation links, despite of conflict. In the coming weeks (12-14 October, Cottbus/Forst) there will be a new set of meetings between the German district of Spree-Neiße and the Euroregion Spree-Neiße-Bober (DE/PL) and the Russian province of Kursk, bordering Ukraine and former part of the Euroregion Yaroslavna. This euroregion is no longer operational due to the absence of relationship with the sister Ukrainian province of Sumy. SNB has developed a very fruitful relationship with Kursk in the last years, with many exchanges in the field of health services, economic development and culture, among others.

2018 was a very important year for several euroregions, as they celebrated round anniversaries: EUREGIO its 60th, and Bayerisches Wald-Böhmerwald-MühlviertelEgrensisSpree-Neiße-Bober and the Polish Association Carpathian Euroregiontheir 25th! This is the time of silver anniversaries for those euroregions founded at the beginning of the nineties, as it was the case of Elbe/Labe, Erzgebirge – Krušnohoři, Nestos-Mesta and Pro Europa Viadrina in 2017. And, in 2019, EUROACE and EuroCaucasus will be 10, Euregio Karelia 20, Inn-Salzach 25 and Scheldemond will be 30. Congratulations! 

EUREGIO

The first cross-border cooperation structure ever, celebrated its 60th anniversary. With it, CBC has celebrated 60 years of existence exactly at the time when our objectives become more visible in the EU agenda. AEBR will be 50 very soon (2021) and it has been linked to EUREGIO from the very beginning. The single seat of AEBR has been EUREGIO for more than 40 years, and still is the headquarters of AEBR finances and administration. A renewed collaboration has to be drawn for the coming years looking at the current interests of both organisations. Here you can download EUREGIO’s Annual Report 2018 (in DE and NL).

Congratulations as well for Spree-Neiße-Bober and the Polish Association of the Carpathian Euroregion!

Spree-Neisse Bober

On the 21st of September, the Euroregion Spree-Neisse-Bober celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Marshal's Office of the Lubuskie Voivodeship in Zielona Góra. Many high-ranking representatives, along with the two Euroregion Presidents Czesław Fiedorowicz and Harald Altekrüger, looked back on the numerous achievements since 1993 and their overall influence on the German-Polish cooperation and friendship. In this context, the future INTERREG funding plays a significant role. In order to tackle the still existing barriers on both sides of the Euroregion, the EU has to take into account the existing structures and strengthen them as much as possible. Only then the long-term assets of the German-Polish cooperation can be obtained and further developed.

The correspondingly anniversary film can be watched in German and Polish under the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgNU_tqs2Fg&feature=youtu.be

 

Polish Association Carpathian Euroregion celebrated its 25th Anniversary with the edition of a commemorative video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq4kMAToSRs&t=222s

 

Bayerisches Wald-Böhmerwald-Mühlviertel

Euregio Bayerischer Wald - Böhmerwald saw the light in Cham (Upper Palatinate, Bavaria) on 25 January 1993. Half a year later, on 20 September 1993, it was founded the trilateral Bavarian-Czech-Austrian e Euregio Bayerischer Wald - Böhmerwald - Mühlviertel in Český Krumlov (South Bohemia) with three sections. Inside trilateral Euregio Bayerischer Wald - Böhmerwald - Mühlviertel succeeds a close cooperation of these sections: Euroregion Šumava, established in Klatovy (Plzeň, West Bohemia), Euregio Bayerischer Wald-Böhmerwald-Mühlviertel in Freistadt (Upper Austria), and EUREGIO Bayerischer Wald- Böhmerwald - Unterer Inn in Freyung (Lower Bavaria). In 2004 the Bavarian section EUREGIO Bayerischer Wald - Böhmerwald was enlargend into EUREGIO Bayerischer Wald - Böhmerwald - Unterer Inn, incorporating Rottal-Inn district.

Here you can find information on its 25 Anniversary. Main celebration took place in Kurshaus, Freyung, on 29 November with almost 200 participants.

 

Egrensis

Landrat Rolf Keil, President of Euregio Egrensis, reviewed on 27 October the 25 years of the euroregion, and looked into the future in the presence of authorities from all levels. Here you can watch the news in the West Saxony TV.

(Nota de Prensa de la Comunidad Andina)

Tulcán, 12 de abril.

 Alcaldes y autoridades de las Zonas de Integración Fronteriza de la Comunidad Andina acordaron la creación de un comité para diseñar de manera conjunta la Estrategia Andina de Cooperación Transfronteriza.

Durante el Intercambio de Experiencias entre los Países Andinos y la Unión Europea en materia de cooperación territorial en las fronteras, que se realizó el 10 y 11 de abril en la ciudad de Tulcán, las autoridades andinas reconocieron la importancia de trabajar juntos para darle una mejor calidad de vida a las poblaciones fronterizas.

El Viceprefecto del Gobierno Autónomo Provincial del Carchi, Diego Guerrero, en su condición de anfitrión del Intercambio, dijo que este evento “rompe un hito histórico para la zona fronteriza, pues reúne a todos los actores involucrados en el proceso de desarrollo fronterizo y ratifica que somos un solo pueblo andino”.

El alcalde de Tulcán, Julio Robles destacó la labor de integración entre los municipios fronterizos que promueve la Comunidad Andina y dijo que en el caso de la frontera Ecuador- Colombia, las ciudades de Tulcán e Ipiales “están más unidas que nunca, trabajando para lograr dinamizar los controles aduaneros, que le permitan a su vez desarrollar su economía local”.

Por su parte, el alcalde de Puerto Acosta (Bolivia), Ernesto Paco, afirmó que gracias a la ejecución de proyectos binacionales se han logrado importantes avances en la frontera con Perú, sobre todo “la satisfacción por parte de la población” y el mayor compromiso de las autoridades locales con el proceso de integración y el trabajo conjunto”.

El alcalde de la provincia de Mariscal Castilla (Perú), Julio Kahn, dijo que en el caso de la frontera peruano- colombiana, la implementación de los derechos ciudadanos andinos, como el poder viajar sin visa, ha permitido una mejor interrelación de la población “sin obstáculos y como hermanos”.

Al referirse a la Estrategia Andina de Cooperación Transfronteriza, el alcalde de Ipiales (Colombia), Darío Ignacio Vela, afirmó que se debe priorizar el aspecto social y la participación de los diferentes sectores. “Debemos impulsar que la comunidad en general esté dispuesta a ayudar en la construcción de este mecanismos de desarrollo de fronteras y que los cuatro países vivamos como un solo país”, indicó.
Intercambio de Experiencias

En esta reunión de trabajo, promovida por la Comunidad Andina, en el marco del Proyecto CAN- UE “Apoyo a la cohesión económica y social en la Comunidad Andina- CESCAN II”, se presentaron las experiencias de las políticas de integración y desarrollo fronterizo de la CAN y de la Unión Europea a través de las Euroregiones, estructuras similares y particularmente de las Agrupaciones Europeas de Cooperación Territorial.

El Secretario General de la Asociación de Regiones Fronterizas Europeas, Martín Guillermo Ramirez, afirmó que la cooperación transfronteriza en Europa ha permitido dar un paso muy importante en el proceso de integración a través de las fronteras, priorizando el contacto directo entre las poblaciones fronterizas y logrando su identificación con los proyectos ejecutados. “Uno puede hacer muchos proyectos de gran nivel poniendo en contacto a los Estados, pero si los ciudadanos no se sienten implicados, el proceso de integración no funciona”, señaló.

Asimismo, destacó la necesidad de que se promueva la participación activa y el protagonismo de los niveles sub nacionales de los países andinos en la aplicación de políticas de cooperación transfronteriza. “La Comunidad Andina ha sido capaz de darle voz y abrir canales de participación a los niveles sub nacionales de forma pacífica en este proceso de integración. Me llevo el modelo con la intensión de aplicarlo en Europa”, afirmó.

Como parte de las experiencias implementadas en los países andinos, se presentaron los logros del Plan Andino de Salud en Fronteras (ORAS/CONHU); el Plan Binacional Perú- Ecuador; la Autoridad Binacional del Lago Titicaca (ALT) y la Mancomunidad binacional Carchi- Esmeraldas- Sucumbíos- Nariño- Putumayo.

El secretario adjunto del ORAS-CONHU, Ricardo Cañizares, difundió las propuestas de los ministerios de Salud andinos para construir sistemas universales de salud, así como la necesidad de elaborar planes quinquenales fronterizos para que los países procuren la inclusión universal con servicios para todos los ciudadanos, especialmente a los que viven en frontera.

En este Intercambio de Experiencias, realizado en la Universidad Politécnica Estatal del Carchi, participaron representantes de los Grupos de Trabajo de Alto Nivel para la Integración y Desarrollo Fronterizo de los Ministerios de Relaciones Exteriores de los cuatro países, funcionarios de la Secretaría General de la CAN, Alcaldes, Prefectos, Gobernadores, Presidentes de Mancomunidades, Agencias de Desarrollo Local, universidades, funcionarios del Organismo Andino de Salud, de la Unión Europea y de la Asociación de Regiones Fronterizas Europeas.

Fotos: http://www.comunidadandina.org/Prensa.aspx?id=3381&accion=detalle&cat=NP&title=paises-de-la-can-avanzan-en-diseno-de-estrategia-andina-de-cooperacion-transfronteriza

Web: www.comunidadandina.org

Podiumsdiskussion beim Festakt in Haguenau, v.l.n.r. : Hubert Walter (Bürgermeister von Reichshoffen), Jean Peyrony (Generaldirektor der Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière/Paris), Dirk Peters (Senior Expert for European territorial cooperation an EGTC at the European Commission), Frank Mentrup (Oberbürgermeister Karlsruhe), Karl-Heinz Lambertz (Senator der DG Belgiens, Präsident der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Europäischer Grenzregionen, Vizepräsident des Ausschusses der Regionen), Fritz Brechtel (Landrat Germersheim), Frédéric Bierry (Präsident Conseil Départemental du Bas-Rhin), Patrice Harster (Generaldirektor Eurodistrikt PAMINA), © Jonathan SARAGO / CD67




Nachfolgend Pressemitteilung des Eurodistrikts Pamina: 

Eurodistrikt PAMINA startet durch: Elsass übernimmt ersten Vorsitz im neuen EVTZ
 

Der Eurodistrikt PAMINA startet unter neuen Vorzeichen ins Jahr 2017: Nach einer intensiven Vorbereitungszeit konstituierte sich der Eurodistrikt am 11. Januar 2017 in Haguenau als Europäischer Verbund für Territoriale Zusammenarbeit (EVTZ) und wählte Rémi BERTRAND, Vizepräsident des Départements Bas-Rhin, als seinen ersten Präsidenten für den Zeitraum 2017-2019.

Der Europäische Verbund für Territoriale Zusammenarbeit, kurz EVTZ, ist ein von der Europäischen Union geschaffenes Instrument zur Förderung der grenzüberschreitenden Zusammenarbeit auf gemeinschaftlicher Ebene. Seit seiner Einführung im Jahr 2006 arbeitete der Eurodistrikt PAMINA darauf hin, dieses neue Instrument zu nutzen, um die grenzüberschreitende Verbesserung der Lebens- und Arbeitsbedingungen für die Bürgerinnen und Bürger im PAMINA-Raum langfristig zu sichern und auf eine zukunftsorientierte Grundlage zu stellen.

Zeitgleich mit dem Neustart als EVTZ, der dem Eurodistrikt auf der europäischen Ebene noch bessere Wahrnehmbarkeit und mehr Gehör verschaffen soll, wechselte die Präsidentschaft im Eurodistrikt turnusgemäß von der pfälzischen an die elsässische Seite.

Landrat Fritz BRECHTEL, der den Vorsitz von 2014 bis 2017 innehatte, zog eine positive Bilanz der vergangenen drei Jahre, wobei er insbesondere auf erfolgreiche Ansätze und Aktionen im Bereich der grenzüberschreitenden Mobilität, des grenzüberschreitenden Arbeitsmarktes und der Zivilgesellschaft verwies. Letztendlich gehe es immer um Bürgernähe, um das Wohl der Bürgerinnen und Bürger. Er dankte allen, die den Eurodistrikt auf diesem Weg begleiten, bestärken und aktiv unterstützen.

Der einstimmig gewählte neue Präsident Rémi BERTRAND verband seinen Dank an alle Akteure und Unterstützer der grenzüberschreitenden Zusammenarbeit im PAMINA-Raum mit einem Ausblick auf die Schwerpunkte seiner dreijährigen Präsidentschaft, u.a. eine stärkere kommunale Verankerung des Eurodistrikts durch Aufnahme neuer Mitglieder auf der französischen Seite, eine Intensivierung der Kooperation mit der TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe, Projekte in den Bereichen Mobilität, Arbeitsmarkt, Tourismus, Zivilgesellschaft, der Ausbau der Netzwerkarbeit von der lokalen bis zur europäischen Ebene und, nicht zuletzt, die Weiterverfolgung der Vision einer zweisprachigen Region. 

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