FEDRA is happy to announce a partnership with Itinari. One of FEDRA’s most important priority is to promote European regional assets as FEDRA highly values the importance of creating bottom-up project to support and revitalise growth and competitiveness in the European regions. This also includes travel and tourism which are also part of FEDRA’s key ecosystems.
The partnership is the explicit result of two young organisations working together. One at European level and the other at local level. In particular with travel and tourism these are also part of FEDRA’s key ecosystems.
This week FEDRA is taking you to Eger 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.
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!'.
At the beginning of December, the city of Catania had the opportunity to rethink the economy not as an end in itself but as one of the resources to be deployed for the common good.
‘FESTIVAL DELLA FELICITÀ INTERNA LORDA TERRE’ which took place from the 2nd to the 4th of December in Catania, gave its citizens a time to reflect together on the ways to inhabit the earth (terra). Earth is of course the planet, but at the same time it is the ground on which we rest our feet and relax to contemplate the sky, it is where we build our houses, it gives us the land we cultivate, the places from which we take off and return to, our "cultural homelands", the bonds we build in this world, that make us feel accomplished because they give meaning to our lives. This is why we like to decline the word in the plural, TERRE (lands), because it symbolises the plurality of all forms of life, the plurality of cultures, of the multiple stories of those who live on this planet and the multiple ways that are at people’s disposal to build their culture, art, religion, families.
The participants in this event discussed social entrepreneurship to understand what models can better respond to the challenges of the welfare of their territories and of the planet. The festival was an opportunity to set in motion social enterprise ideas and stories by engaging both the growth actors of the local communities and those who fled their regions. The latter are spread all over the Earth to gather knowledge, to build their experience, in order to bring more to their homeland. In fact, this year the Festival affiliated to the European project FAB-MOVE, "For a Better Tomorrow: Social Enterprises on the Move", which aims to put in connection researchers and entrepreneurs from different countries to explore together the way social enterprises can grow and flourish.
Gunter Pauli, Belgian economist and blue Economy Initiator, Flaviano Zandonai, Researcher at the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises Euricse, Rossano Ercolini, coordinator of the Center for Research on Waste in Capannori and the President of Zero Waste Europe were among the main orators of this festival. Their presence drew the attention of a wide public to the host region, thus boosting its image.
Aida Amir Aslani - YLR in Catania
Francesco Foglia, FEDRA YRA in Calabria and a journalist in European Affairs based in both Brussels and Italy, participated in the Youth Essay Competition held as part of the SME Assembly 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Food waste is one environment related problem threatening the future of the planet. Worldwide there is a big discrepancy between areas menaced by starvation, and those with a thriving economy and a high quality of life. Food waste is just a symptom of the unbalanced, unfair world we live in. In order to bring everything to a state of equilibrium, and to gain distance from a more uneven future, the EU is currently drafting the European sustainable food policy.
On November 28, at the Committee of the Regions, the issue of food production was addressed in a comprehensive way meant to contribute to the opinion on sustainable EU food policy the CoR is drafting. France and other EU states have already adopted laws to monitor and reduce food waste, and it seems like the EU is trying to spread this practice to all its member states. But there are, of course, problems to be faced and questions to be addressed: how could an integrated EU sustainable food policy be reinforced?, how important is it to set individual “sustainability targets”?, how stakeholders can be involved to improve the governance in food policy? etc.