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During the month of April, a final recap on the now stable version of the draft Interreg Regulation has taken place thanks to a series of events organised by Interact and by TESIM. An intense recap indeed, starting from the requirements which are common to the full Interreg family, moving to those which apply specifically to all external cooperation programmes and ending only this week with a practical workshop on what’s new for our Interreg NEXT community. Let’s take a look at the final event of the series and learn about the opinions from practitioners on the changes that the new regulatory framework brings in comparison to ENI CBC.  

Turning city rivers into sunbathing beaches

Riversides cleaned, with lighting system, bins, benches installed, and even a place to sunbathe.  “When a place is attractive, it becomes like glue, it sticks you to the territory and that is what we want to do, attract visitors and glue them to our cities”. Sticky Urban Areas is the name and the main idea behind the project funded by Latvia-Russia CBC programme, with the objective to transform natural resources into attractive areas for inhabitants and visitors. Two municipal administrations – Rēzekne City Council in Latvia (LV) and Ostrov District Administration in Russia (RU) – are very concerned about the situation in their cities. Rēzekne is far away from the capital, and not being a seaside city does not help; and Ostrov – located in the eastern part of a huge country like Russia – is often forgotten when it comes to hauling financial resources and attracting businesses. Yet, both places have immense potential, and an untapped opportunity for businesses to thrive and to get tourists moving: their natural resources, especially, their rivers.

Green and sustainable buildings to save energy and challenge the high north

“Life in the north is not always easy, and our regions are not always the most hospitable. From the distance everything looks like snow and skiing, but the urban environment is a totally different matter. The quality of buildings and housing is crucial for quality of life in our latitude”.

Bjørn R Sørensen, professor at the Arctic University of Norway.

Sensor technologies to boost rail traffic through the Arctic

How can longer, faster and more frequent trains cross some Arctic regions where the ground was frozen all year long, and now is melting? How can increasing levels of safe railway transport be guaranteed, when temperatures can vary from +35° to -40° and weather conditions are at the harshest? An ENI CBC project – Arinka II – is dealing with this challenge, working to make the Kolarctic railway network more reliable and effective.  And new sensor technologies are at the forefront of the effort.

One river, two countries, the same goal: reducing nutrient inputs to save it

“Each of these two countries, Estonia and Russia, must reduce the level of pollution it is throwing into the Narva River: they both have defined targets to reach, but the problem is that they calculate them differently. We are experts, and we think that we are talking about the same thing. But, in reality, we refer to things that have different meaning for each of us. This is where the problem lays: and this is what this project is trying to change”

Alvina Reihan from the Tallinn University of Technology, the lead beneficiary organisation.

Living safely along the Tisza river banks

“Many writers describe Tisza as a river of gentle, incredible beauty, and  at the same time as a river with its own, harsh temperament. The people of Zatissianschyna know it: they were twice affected by its catastrophic flooding, in 1998 and 2001. Thanks to this project, we want them to live safely on the Tisza’s bank, to forget the fear and to only enjoy its beauty!” 

Marina Skral, the Head of the International Cooperation Division of Tisza River Basin Water Resources Directorate.

Together with neighbours to shape the recovery

The 6th meeting of the ENI CBC Consultation and Coordination Group (CCG) took place on 18 February 2021, gathering over 70 representatives of the 15 running ENI CBC programmes, as well as officials from the European Commission and the European External Action Service. The meeting aimed at taking stock of the one year passed since ENI CBC programmes were transferred to DG REGIO, and – spoiler! – the conclusion is that there are way more lights than shadows to signal, both when looking at the present of the community and when analysing how the future is being built.

Browsing through one hundred projects

It is about people working with other people. They are preserving old wooden villages, protecting biodiversity in forests, turning litter into employment opportunities. They are school students developing business initiatives or designing their own plans to make schools eco-friendly; they are scientists exploiting wine waste to produce health products or studying ice-conditions to upgrade living and travelling standards; they are doctors improving life quality of cancer patients or reducing the risk of infections in their hospitals; they are green farmers conquering stores thanks to information technology. It is the ENI CBC world at a glance. Just click here and it will be right in front of you.

E-commerce: Bringing Local Farmers Right to your Table

White brined cheese from Bulgaria, berries from the Republic of Moldova, Greek virgin olive oil, tomatoes from Romania, Turkish strawberries and honey from Ukraine. What do these products have in common? Are they the main ingredients to a crazy recipe? Not at all! These are all special traditional agricultural products grown by local farmers all around the Black Sea basin. Apart from being delicious, they have immense potential for regional branding and international trading. This is exactly what AGRITRADENET is about: supporting and empowering local farmers so that they become part of a business network and can trade across borders with top-quality products. This initiative is funded under the ENI CBC Black Sea Basin programme.

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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