Don’t judge wrongly. Although the people in the steering committee screenshot seem liked bored to death but we were actually more than enthusiastic as we did plan for our first transnational meeting in our project as the pandemic seems to give us the opportunity to travel again after the summer break.
Our recent handed-in progress report got back very positively from the German NA. As we showed even though we were pretty limited by the pandemic and this in the kick-off period of this project we still managed to initiate activities and delved into our chosen topic.
Now, we can start and plan the next steps. Push your thumps that we will really be able to meet in September to intensify our project.
The Swedish friends from the Europahuset Gävleborg did produce a newsletter with different Q&As with partners of our joint projekt. A nice way of keeping the bond in the pandemic and reconsider issues of the project. Thus, we keep in people involved in the project and keep on thinking about our goals and the incentives why we do this project. Well done, Sweden, nice commitment. Just click the pic for the downlodable PDF version of the newsletter.
Europolis is one of the largest annual meetings on urban development in Poland, initiated in 2013 by the Schuman Foundation, Capital City of Warsaw and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Since 2015, the conference has been accompanied by the publication of the Schuman Foundation’s and partners’ report on polish cities.
Last conference „EUROPOLIS. Cities for the European Green Deal”: was on June 10 at the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw and / or online.
Some information can be found here on the website.
The whole debate is still vailable on Youtube incl. a Speech of Timmermans at the beginnig:
A group of inhabitants from Bolsward and the surrounding area founded the second Frisian foodcoöperation. It is called Buurtmarkt Eco-erf Bolsward. They now have 20 members. The aim of the Buurtmarkt is to mainly consume locally what is locally produced.
At the moment nine producers of various products, such as bread, cheese, eggs, vegetables, meat and dairy are involved. They sell their produce straight to the members of the coöperation. Each week members can order what they want. On Saturday morning the producers bring this to a central point, where volunteers divide the products for the members.
On the 26th of April run a seminar about European interaction as a part of the project Green Initiatives in Rural Areas, GIRA.
The seminar had two experts to give knowledge and inspiration about possibilities with common projects in Europe.
Staffan Nilsson, a former member of EU:s Economical and Social committee, EESK, chairman of the organization Rural Sweden and also former chairman of European Rural Communities Alliance talked about what has been done and can be done for local development when you come together in European collaboration. Staffan gave examples from out of Europe including the start of “Rural Europe” which is a gathering that now has been done 4 times.
Karsten Lucke, vice chairman of European Network for Education and Training, EUNET, working at the Europahaus Marienberg and leader of many EU projects talked about different projects that he and EUNET has been involved in. For example, he mentioned a youth project called Camp Democracy which gave young people from Germany, Romania, Greece and Sweden a possibility to meet and discuss their ideas for the future. Another project he mentioned was READ IT, a project regarding rural development where engaged adults from 6 countries had meetings and learned from each other. Karsten gave focus on the possible of personal development you have as a participant in projects but also the organizational development that comes with collaborating in European project.
The seminar in April had 14 participants and Europahuset Gävleborg will run a second seminar at the end of May. That seminar will include knowledge about the work within the Committé of Regions in EU and about new possibilities in the framework of EU-funded projects and Swedish national funding of projects.
The GIRA partner in Sweden is delving deeper in rural European cooperation touching also the Green Deal as the focal point of our strategic partnership. The webinar is meant to work in more detail on the basics of rural European cooperation to sensitize local citizens who are not familiar with European collaboration.
Good to see that things are going more concrete even though the pandemic is still under way.
The pandemic is still blocking a lot of our planned activities in GIRA and is holding us back to dig deeper into the topic. But European education collaboration can be creative. The steering committee again came together to check on ongoing activities and planned new ones.
There was recently an online conference on the “Future of Food” that was attended by project partners. Another event is being planned in Poland. Local activities are underway in many project countries even though still with reduced speed. In Sweden a webinar is planned just for the end of April on local European cooperation and Green Deal. We hope we can still bring all these activities soon in physical meetings together.
Moreover the committee decided to have another deepening kick-off into the topic of the “European Green Deal”. A Zoom conference with an expert form the EU Commission speaker team “TEAM Europe” is planned for mid-May.
Also the design work on the final logo is coming to en end. Different versions are now produced for the future dissemination of the project.