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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.

Nothing new under the sun?

After five years of implementation, TESIM has become a solid reality within the neighbourhood cross-border community. Year after year our services have evolved, but some foundations date back to 2016, if not before. In our December bulletin we shared with you our vision for the “new normal”, whereas in this article we would like to stress the importance of the continuity aspect that permeates the work plan for 2021. Old stuff or something new? Find out about it. 

When Art is the key to vulnerable kids

They come mostly from rural areas, and they are vulnerable children: they have slight intellectual disabilities, motion or neurological disorders, behavioural and emotional problems. They come from social-risk, or refugee families. And now, after experiencing exclusion and isolation, they can go back to an active social life, thanks to painting, sculpture, music. Because art therapy makes miracles. It happens across the borders between Lithuania and Belarus.

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! 

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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