1. July, 2019.

ENSURE final publication

ENSURE final publication

The ENSURE publication “Cohesion and solidarity in rural areas – how do local actors get engaged in European policy making” is READY! Download it for free: https://bit.ly/2IXPB5C

🌱It is addressed to policy makers, public officers, experts, civil society representatives, volunteers and citizens who are active (or who would like to become active) at any levels of policy making and democratic participation – from local to European.

🌱The publication was prepared by local and regional public officers, policy makers, academics and NGOs from 13 countries: Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Romania, Montenegro, Serbia, Spain and Latvia, who cooperated as partners within ENSURE in the years 2017-2019. In the course of two years, the ENSURE partners developed transnational actions and local actions regarding a combination of two main subjects of the project: rural development and European citizenship.

27. June, 2019.

The ENSURE project overview

The ENSURE project overview

The project “European Network for the Cohesion and Solidarity in Rural Areas – ENSURE”, is being concluded in July 2019. The 6th international partnership meeting took place from 5th to 7th June in Slovenska Bistrica (Slovenia). The 3-day event was entitled “Evaluation and setting of the ENSURE Network NGO”.

On the first day of the event partners met to recall and discuss all the international events that were carried out as part of the ENSURE project, which started in July 2017. The opening partnership meeting (kick-off) was held in October 2017 in Slovenska Bistrica, the following entitled “Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) from a new perspective” took place in April 2018 in Motovun (Croatia), followed by the June meeting entitled “Participatory democracy in local development stategies” which was held in Madrid (Spain). The latest international event in 2018 entitled “Going local vs. going European” was held in October in Pesaro, Italy. The 5th project event “Impacting the Young Generation” took place this year in Volos (Greece), and the above-mentioned closing event was held in Slovenska Bistrica (Slovenia). At the end of the opening day, partners discussed local events aimed to promote the project that they carried out in their local surroundings during the project implementation, as well as the possibilities for further cooperation in projects to come. A project brochure was also presented as one of the project results.

The key event of the 6th international meeting took place on Thursday, June 6, in the Slovenska Bistrica Castle, the venue of the international conference entitled “The Challenges of the EU and Future of Rural Areas after 2020”. In the opening part of the event, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Mr. Franc Bogovič introduced the concept of Smart villages in Europe and dr. Franco Sotte of the University of Marche (Italy) presented key emphasis and open issues of the common agricultural policy after 2020. During the second part of the event, a round table was held on the main topic. The participants were as follows: MEP Franc Bogovič, State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia, mag. Tanja Strniša, professor Emeritus of the University of Ljubljana and University of Bologna ddr. Rudi Rizman, dr. Dimitrios Antoniadis from the University of Thessaly, Greece, and President of the Slovene rural development society Aleš Zidar. The speakers emphasied that the countryside in its centuries-old development has represented and still represents one of the key development points of the common European development. Nevertheless, due to the feeling of inaction, euroscepticism appears as one of the challenges even in the countryside and will require great attention in the future. There is no doubt that the challenges in field of rural development exist, but where there is a will there are also solutions.

After the round table, the project partners enjoyed the tour around the Slovenska Bistrica Castle and took a stroll around the town centre. At the dinner they were presented with local folklore and cultural heritage.

On the last day of the event, the project partners joined the students of the Higschool of Slovenska Bistrica, with whom they participated in two workshops – one dedicated to the challenges of the EU, led by ddr. Rudi Rizman, and the other, which was dedicated to civic participation in the EU, led by dr. Malgorzata Wochowska.

The project partners, who contributed to the project through their productive cooperation, are:

Razvojno informacijski center Slovenska Bistrica (the lead partner) (Slovenia)
Municipality Trudovets (Bulgaria)
Lokalna akcijska grupa Središnja Istra (Croatia)
Hranicka rozvojova agentura (the Czech Republic)
University of Thessaly (Greece)
Kistarcsa Cultural Association (Hungary)
Associazione Alessandro Bartola (Italy)
Ligatne Municipality (Latvia)
Municipality of Kolašin (Montenegro)
Gmina Lask (Poland)
Consiliul Judetean Alba (Romania)
European Affairs Fund of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina (Serbia)
Federacion de Municipios de Madrid (Spain) and
Futuro Digitale (Italy).

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The project is implemented under the Europe for Citizens program financed by the European Union.

5. June, 2019.

ENSURE project: 6th International Partner Meeting “Evaluation and setting up the ENSURE Network NGO”

ENSURE project: 6th International Partner Meeting “Evaluation and setting up the ENSURE Network NGO”

The project “European Network for the Cohesion and Solidarity in Rural Areas – ENSURE”, which started in 2017, is now coming to an end. RIC Slovenska Bistriac – lead partner on the project is hosting the last project event, the 6th partnership meeting entitled “Evaluation and setting up the ENSURE Network NGO”, which is taking place between 5th and 7th June in Slovenska Bistrica.
During the three-day event, attended by representatives from 13 European countries, partners will focus on the issues that represent main thread of the entire project: How to get to know the European union better, how to make it closer to a wider circle of citizens, and how to understand the issues and challenges occurring in Europe nowadays. The project has especially focused on the question of bringing Europe and the European Union closer to the countryside, that is, what challenges does the European countryside face? We will be looking for answers to these questions at this partner meeting as well.

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The project is implemented under the Europe for Citizens program financed by the European Union.

26. March, 2019.

ENSURE: 5th International Partner Meeting in Volos, Greece

ENSURE: 5th International Partner Meeting in Volos, Greece

The University of Thessaly, was the host of the 5th International Partner Meeting within the “European Network for Economic Cohesion and Solidarity in Rural Areas” ( ENSURE) project that  was held in Volos, Greece, from 18th to 20th of March, 2019.

The event, financed by the “Europe for Citizens” Program of the European Union, gathered International participants from 13 EU countries such as Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Spain.

This international partner meeting was devoted to rural development and how to impact young people. Experts in agriculture, plant protection, organic farming and experts from the greenhouse sector, shared their knowledge with the more than 200 students of the University of Thessaly that attended to the scientific conference and presented the opportunities EU funds offer for youth and development of agriculture.

During a three-day program, partners had time to discuss, to interact, to network among each other and share experiences and opinions on rural development and on EU policies at local level.

Partners participated to the workshop arranged to master the ENSURE final publication, talked about planning future cooperation and discussed the details of the final event of the project in Slovenia.

Partners also had the chance to visit the Brickworks museum at Tsalapatas complex in Volos, to visit the facilities of the School of Agricultural Sciences in Volos, to visit the traditional village of Makrinitsa at Pelion Mountain and taste local traditional dishes. Also they had a cultural tour at the sight-seeing along the coastal side of the city of Volos and finally, a study visit to the Greenhouse facilities of the flourishing company of “Gardenia Growers Group”, to see from close how greenhouses and group work can be used as a tool for rural development.

 

13. March, 2019.

ENSURE Project: 5th International Partner Meeting

ENSURE Project: 5th International Partner Meeting

From 18th to 20th of March 2019, during a three-day program, the University of Thessaly will host the 5th International Partner Meeting, an event financed by the “Europe for Citizens” Programme of the European Union. 13 International participants from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Spain, will have time to discuss, to interact, to network among each other and share their experiences and opinions on rural development and on topics of EU policies at local level in rural communities.
Experts and academics will share their knowledge about the ways to impact young generation to contribute to the rural development. Topics such as innovative cultivation systems in Horticulture, the greenhouses as a tool for rural development, ongoing challenges for young Agronomists formulating competitive advantages in the labor market, and financial and development tools for young farmers, will feed the table discussion between the ENSURE partners and the students of the University of Thessaly, so as to share the impact of the project and to have the young generation’s feedback.
Part of the Event will take the form of a workshop to master the ENSURE final publication and to talk about planning future cooperation among partners.
Partners will also have a chance to visit the Brickworks museum (N. & S. Tsalapatas) in Volos and the village of Makrinitsa at Pelion Mountain, including a guided tour at the village and a visit at the facilities of the Environmental Education Center of Makrinitsa, after tasting local traditional dishes at a restaurant in Makrinitsa. The cultural program also includes a planned visit to the coastal side of Volos and the Archaeological Museum of Volos with a guided tour.
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10. October, 2018.

ENSURE project: partners meet in Pesaro, Italy!

ENSURE project: partners meet in Pesaro, Italy!

Associazione Alessandro Bartola will be the host of the 4nd International Partner Meeting that will be held in Pesaro, Italy from 15th to 17th of October. The event, financed by the
“Europe for Citizens” Programme of the European Union will gather 37 international participants from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, Bulgaria,
Latvia, Greece, Montenegro, Italy, Hungary and Romania. During a three-days programme, partners will deal with different topics falling into the general subject of the event – “Common Agricultural Policy from a New Perspective”.
Partners will share their experiences on rural development policy and rural development initiatives in their countries as well as take part to a conference and discuss the present Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020 and the proposals of new Regulations for the future CAP 2021-2027. The event is co-organized with the School of Agriculture, the Accademia Agraria of
Pesaro, the University of Urbino and the Associazione Produttori della Valle del Foglia. The Council of Region Marche and the Municipality of Pesaro have given their patronage to the event. Partners will also have a chance to visit a wine and olive oil new farm and taste the traditional Italian flavours through the local cuisine. A cultural program is also planned with a visit to Urbino and to its Ducal Palace.
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14. June, 2018.

ENSURE: 3rd Partner Meeting in Spain

ENSURE: 3rd Partner Meeting in Spain

LAG “Central Istria” continues with the implementation of the ENSURE project from the Europe for Citizens Program. The 3rd meeting of the project partners was held in Spain, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, in the period from 6th to 8th of June with the organization Federacion de Municipio de Madrid – FMM as host. The meeting was focused on developing tools to establish the best quality links between local and European levels. Details of local action groups and local development strategies from this area were presented, which was an excellent opportunity to inspect the implementation of the Rural Development Program in other European countries. Partners also discussed possibilities of involving young people in European projects and international meetings and took part in a workshop aimed at developing topics and main objectives of new Erasmus+ projects.

18. April, 2018.

ENSURE Partner Meeting in Croatia

ENSURE Partner Meeting in Croatia

The 2nd International ENSURE partner meeting was held in Motovun, Croatia from 11th to 13th of April. The event gathered 35 international participants from Slovenia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, Bulgaria, Latvia, Greece, Montenegro, Italy, Hungary and Romania with LAG »Central Istria« as the host of the event. During a three-day programme, partners dealt with different topics falling into the general subject of the event – »Common Agricultural Policy From a New Perspective«.

As part of the projects’ search of ways to fight euroscepticism, partners tried to strengthen their EU values through a debate. They split into teams to present different point on the thesis regarding the position of local products in a free EU market. The debate took place in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Anton Štifanić in Poreč and students and professors also joined in. This was a good chance for LAG Central Istria to present its projects aimed at increasing the consumption of fresh local products in educational institutions. The presentation and debate were finished with a joined lunch based on products from local producers and prepared by the students of the school. Partners also shared their experiences on rural parliaments and local action groups in their countries thanks to presentations of the representatives of Croatian Rural Development Network and ODRAZ – Sustainable Community Development.

The Croatian National Contact Point for Europe for Citizens Programme also joined in to give an overview of the so-far conducted activities and results of the on-going programming period 2014-2020.

Partners got the chance to experience Istria through a tour around Motovun- famous for its unique position, beautiful views and rich history, get to know Istrian culture through one of the most valuable accomplishments of Istrian medieval painting – fresco called „Dance of the Dead“ in Beram and try some of the  most recognizable Istrian flavours – Istrian wines – malvazija and teran, truffles, prosciutto and cheese.

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5. April, 2018.

2nd ENSURE International Partner Meeting in Croatia

2nd ENSURE International Partner Meeting in Croatia

LAG “Central Istria” is the host of the 2nd International Partner Meeting that will be held in Pazin, Poreč, Motovun and Žminj in the period of 11th to 13th of April 2018 with the following AGENDA

The event will gather 36 partners from Slovenia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Greece, Montenegro, Italy and Hungary.  The event will be dedicated to two main topics – workshop “Local Food – Perspectives and Challenges for the Future” during which LAG “Central -Istria” will present two of its’ projects aimed at enhancing the consumption of local food from local farmers in kindergartens and schools following a debate in which all partners will participate. The second topic will be a conference “Rural Roots – Building Strong Rural Communities” where partners will discuss the role of local action groups and rural parliaments in involved countries.

The national contact point for Europe for Citizens Programme will be joining the event as well to present the so-far conducted activities and results of the programming period 2014-2020.

21. March, 2018.

ENSURE brochure

ENSURE brochure

ENSURE is a cooperative project of 14 local and regional bodies from the European Union, Montenegro and Serbia. It is co-funded by the Europe for Citizens program, and will continue until July 2019. Attached you can find a brochure we prepared in order to show you the 14 the partners of the ENSURE Network who represent local and regional authorities, federations of public bodies, a University, and Civil Society Organizations. The project Leader is the Development Information Center Slovenska Bistrica.

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