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This week FEDRA is taking you toEger in Hungary!

Located in the northern part of Hungary, Eger is one of the oldest Hungarian cities. Its architecture reflects the cities long history and multiculturalism. Indeed, Eger was first inhabited by Hungarian tribes that built the foundation of Eger’s castle in the 10th century. Today, Eger’s castle is home to an art gallery and a permanent exhibition.

Neapolitan pizza is the most famous Italian food product in the world. A real symbol of Italy, a mix of art, culture and tradition. It has its origin in the Italian city of Naples where it developed during the 18th century. After having spread across Italy, it was brought to the United States by Italian immigrants in the late 19th century, making it famous throughout the world.

Some of you may have heard about the Azores archipelago, as it is the target of well-known media such as the National Geographic and Eurosport. It also organizes some of the well-known world events like: the Azores Airlines Rally (FIA ERC), the Azores Airlines Pro (Surf – WQS) and the Azores Trail Run. Nowadays, this amazing archipelago is being discovered by people from all over the world, and with it they are starting to believe that a paradise on earth truly exists.

On Wednesday 26th of April 2017, a German cruise ship with more than 3500 passengers plus crew anchored in the port of Catania, the east-coast of Sicily. The Comuni Amici organization in collaboration with all municipalities in this island welcomed the passengers of the cruise with typical Sicilian products and handicrafts, but also different social events and tours were offered to visit Sicily.

The idea sprung from the concept of hospitality. But also the tourist will spend money in the area and therefore should be welcomed in an exceptional way. Based on this idea, an 'exhibition' was set up near the terminal where the Comuni Amici provided information about the territories, as well as the promotion of typical gastronomy and crafts.

In addition, a service center for cruise ships, crews and port visitors was organized. The service center, which provided not only tourist information that was organized by the Region and the Municipality of Catania, also provided a wide range of activities for entertainment. Moreover, there were different means of transportations such as busses, bikes and cars for the tourists to be able to discover the beauty of Sicily more easily.

On the arrival of the cruise ship Mein Shiff 3 with its 2500 passengers and 1300 crewmembers, a welcome event was held with a typical Sicilian theme. A delegation of musicians and performers, coming from Piazza Duomo in Catania to the cruise terminal to play some traditional music for the audience.

The delegations from the municipalities of Mazzarino, Aidone, Mirabella Imbaccari, Enna and Piazza Armerina, were also there to give a warm welcome to the guests.

Ettore Messina, the founder of Comuni Amicivsaid said: ‘because they cannot stay in Sicily for a longer period, we try to give the tourists that are coming from all around the world a real impression of Sicily and that they can have a better understanding regarding our history, culture and food. Hopefully this can lead to the growth of tourism in the region as well. 

-Written Aida Amir Aslani 


Meet Fancesco Foglia, The Young Regional Ambassador in San Giovanni in Fiore (Calabria) 

Francesco Foglia is a young Italian EU Affairs Journalist and is an active Former Young Regional Ambassador in the city of San Giovanni in Fiore, in the Calabria region of Italy. Aged 25, Francesco is currently doing his master’s degree in Business Administration and has finished a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Before he became an EU Affairs Journalist, he worked as a young economist for the regional think thank: ‘Opencalabria’.  

Whenever people are talking about Latvia, it is almost the same as they're just talking about the capitol: the city of Riga, which is already a well-known destination for celebrations.

When talking to people that have visited Latvia, they can tell you everything about the wild nightlife, parties, (garlic) food with names they cannot pronounce and of course the old town centre with her beautiful monuments, cathedrals and churches. But if you'd ask them if they have ever been outside the city to actually visit the rest of the country, you can easily expect an answer like: 'I'm sorry, no time', 'Nah, life here is good' or 'Leave me alone I have a hangover!'. 

Suceava County is located in Bukovina Region (Buchenland-name given in 1774 by the Austrian Empire, or in Romanian translation "Țara Fagilor") in Romania. It is considered one of the most beautiful counties in the country, mostly because it is part of a historical region which over time has made its mark on the people of this part of the country. In 1975, FIJET (Federation Internationale des Journalistes et Ecrivains du Tourisme) has awarded the prize "Golden Apple" (equivalent of the Oscars in tourism), Bucovina region, the first region in our country that has received such an award. Since then and until now local authorities in Suceava county but also from all the region have expressed a particular concern for attracting a large number of tourists in this area of ​​the country, promoting a series of tourist attractions with great historical significance but also with an emotional charge.


Maastricht is a city and municipality in the southern eastern corner of the Netherlands. The city is the capital of the province of ‘Limburg’, counts up to 122.418 in population and closely borders both Germany and Belgium.

Maastricht has a rich cultural history with different characters in every corner of the city. She has been hosting many populations in the past dating back to Celtic tribes that roamed the area around 500 B.C. The Romans established a permanent settlement in order to easily cross over the Meuse River where two military roads met around the time of Julius Caesar. They called the establishment ‘Traiectum Ad Mosam’, or ‘The crossing over the Meuse River’, which eventually evolved into Maastricht.

Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world. However, its region Île-de-France is not as well-known as most people assume that the region is just Paris its suburb, when actually there are forest and unique historical sites. The best example of this are the castles and parks of the region as they reflect the historical importance and richness of the region.

Without further ado, here are my most see castles and parks of Île-de-France:

On 30-31 March 2017, the European Commission hosted the "Fourth Forum of the Outermost Regions" in Brussels to define a renewed strategy with the nine "outermost regions"(ORs) of the European Union: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, La Reunion and Saint Martin (France), the Canary Islands (Spain) and the Azores and Madeira (Portugal).

The Forum is an important platform for dialogue between the EU and these regions. The ORs are an integral part of the EU, but they are located in areas of the globe that are remote from Europe forcing them to deal with a number of difficulties related to their specific geographical location.

FEDRA was present at the Forum with its representatives, showing its support for the ORs. As we strongly believe in the regional dimension and regional growth, we promote and support ORs socio-economic development and their full integration in the EU.