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Back to project activities while caring for refugees

Refugees on one side, ordinary activities on the other: the new normality of cross border cooperation – in countries closely linked to the conflict area – has shifted to double gear. As the crisis continues, the emergency is now “embedded” into daily routine, while efforts to keep going with previously planned activities, start yielding fruits.

PODIA 2.0: lessons on SCOs or how to become a master in simplifying work

If you are busy with your daily work, and you do not have time to dig into all the technical details and regulations, PODIA e-learning platform is for you. This time we are bringing a new course on Simplified Cost Options (SCO). Have you heard about them? It is a key novelty in the future programmes both for programme staff, as well as all parties involved in project implementation and control.

12 minutes to answer your questions on project closure or final reporting

New video tutorials are there to guide you! Several dozens of ENI CBC projects have been finalised recently and many more are expected to close in the coming months. Project closure raises a series of specific technical challenges for project beneficiaries and needs to be properly anticipated. To support project beneficiaries in this end-of-project challenging period, TESIM has developed 2 video tutorials with accompanying written guidance focusing on (1) Preparing for project closure and on (2) Final reporting and controls.

When autism opens arms to refugees

Artiom is two weeks old and sleeps peacefully in his cot. The baby refugee was born on March 24 in Poland, at the “Center for the assistance to autistic children and youth” of Biala Podlaska. Warm clothing, mild detergents, and the soothing embrace of his mother, Artiom has everything he needs so far in life. But his arrival into this world could have been very different…

Holding on to a partnership

Regular work plans have been blown up: the war in Ukraine has overturned the rail of cross-border cooperation in the East. But how have projects reacted? What have they decided to do, and how? This is the first of a series of reportages – including videos, pictures, and interviews – on the response of the ENI CBC community to the crisis unleashed by the Russian assault on Ukraine. Because for one neighbour attacking another, there is a third one opening the border to save the fleeing women and children. And we start precisely in Poland with SOSRescue, a project originally planned to train mountain rescuers, and suddenly thrown into the emergency by supporting a population on the run.  

From refugee shelters to rescue hubs: projects mobilise on the ground

They didn’t think it twice: after the sudden and massive influx of Ukrainian refugees generated by the Russian aggression, many ENI CBC projects didn’t linger on costs eligibility, didn’t lose a day to put forward their infrastructures, their human capital, the contacts established in years of cooperation, and started working round the clock to support the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing their native land. It’s called solidarity, and never before a similar relief operation was raised and implemented across Europe in such a short time.

Smart grid technology driving renewable energies

“At the beginning, it was a research project but now it has become a large-scale project with  interconnection between universities, researchers and economic actors. In the ENI CBC programmes one  is never alone: this is the main added value of this programme.”

Dario Di Cara, Research Scientist in the Institute of Marine Engineering CNR-INM Palermo (Italy)

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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