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Looking forward to the “new normal”

Many things unite us, but if we were to pick one thing these days it would certainly be the common wish for 2020 to end !  Only some days remain before it happens, but we all know that we still have to be patient to see our lives get back to normal. Actually, one of the expressions most used in all prospects for the future relates to “the new normal”. We will reappropriate ourselves of many aspects of our life, including the possibility to travel and meet in person, something of utmost importance for our community. Other aspects will look different, even if we may not have yet fully ascertained which and how. While waiting for the situation to become clearer, in TESIM we are already thinking what we would like to do differently in 2021. Find out about it.   

Pure tap water for 170.000 people in Pskov

Water is life, it is everywhere at our disposal, and we take it for granted: but this precious resource is limited, and threatened by pollution, waste, mismanagement. That is why a cross border project between Latvia and Russia is today working not only to improve the quantity and quality of drinkable water, but also to make people understand how important a careful use of this priceless source of life is.

Good things always come in threes

For the third time, neighbourhood cross-border cooperation programmes face the challenge of travelling the full road from the analysis of their territories to defining their strategies. With the experience of ENPI CBC and ENI CBC well in mind, the future Interreg NEXT programmes are fully equipped to complete this third journey without major concerns. The road is not fully free from pitfalls though. In the series of TESIM cluster events taking place these weeks, many lessons have been shared, the best ways to circumvent the potential obstacles have been identified and the three Cs that should steer the process were thoroughly examined. Jump onboard! 

Crafts & cooperation: opportunities for growth

Pottery, wood carving, smithcraft, loom weaving, leathercraft… This is far not the full list of skills mastered by the craftsmen from the border regions of Latvia and Russia. They create amazing, unique hand-made products which, however, do not always reach potential buyers. How can an EU-funded project help artisans to turn their passion into a successful business? And can old crafts boost tourism potential of the cross-border area? The “Craftmanship without borders” project, co-funded by Latvia-Russia CBC programme, has got the answers.

An extraordinary edition, in all senses

For a moment we thought we could still make it, at least partially, to gather in Brussels for this year’s edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities. Because nowhere else we manage to meet and exchange with so many practitioners as during the Week. With the physical kermess aspects missing, how has this fully digital edition worked? And what was the role of TESIM and neighbourhood cross-border cooperation programmes therein?

CULTURE OPEN – Speaking the unique language of culture

“Culture is probably the best way to integrate migrants and people with disabilities in our cities. There is no need to speak. People usually dance and sing about the same things. Culture is the best way to reach someone’s heart and build trust”. Migrants and people with disabilities are two quite different types of groups. They have different needs and concerns. However, they often face the same challenges: the feeling of isolation, feeling unheard or not integrated in society. Culture Open is a project, financed under ENI CBC Karelia programme, that aims at engaging socially vulnerable groups in the cities of Petrozavodsk (RU) and Joensuu (FI) by making them feel the protagonists in the cultural life of the cities.

ENI CBC Programmes

A total of 16 programmes will be implemented under ENI CBC. They cover 12 land borders, one sea crossing and three sea basins, stretching from Finland and Russia in the north, to countries like Hungary and the Ukraine in the east, and Italy, Northern Africa and the Middle East in the south.
Here you will find news and information on each programme, including the programme strategy and participating countries.

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