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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.

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.

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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