Vas

Vas

Slovenja - Foto: Stane Jersic

Slovenja - Foto: Stane Jersic

Karlovac

Karlovac

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Varazdin

Varazdin

Steiermark - Foto: Steiermark Tourismus

Steiermark - Foto: Steiermark Tourismus

Kärnten - Foto: Kärnten Tourismus

Kärnten - Foto: Kärnten Tourismus

Burgenland - Foto: Burgenland Tourismus

Burgenland - Foto: Burgenland Tourismus

Burgenland - Foto: Burgenland Tourismus

Burgenland - Foto: Burgenland Tourismus

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Alps-Adriatic Golden Wines 2016

Golden Wines 2016

54 winemakers from the territory of the Alps-Adriatic-Alliance and beyond presented themselves with 59 varieties of wines at this year’s international wine exhibition “The Golden Wines of Alps Adriatic 2016”.
The awards for the winners were handed over by County Prefect Darko Koren during a ceremony at Hotel Picok in Đurđevac.
The title “Campion of the Exhibition” was a awarded to a late vintage Yellow Muscat from Josip Rajaković of Karlovac County (CRO) while 19 wines received gold medals, 33 samples silver and five wines were awarded with a bronze medal.
In the category of “Best Dry Wine” four white wines reached an identical score and after additional evaluation by the jury, the Graševina from Vesna Savić, from Koprivnica Križevci County (CRO) won the title. The best red wine was a Merlot from Major-Árva Borház of Vas County (HUN).
The event is co-financed by the Alps-Adriatic-Alliance and Koprivnica Križevci County, and aims to promote wine, winemakers and winegrowing areas in the member regions of the Alliance.

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Alps-Adriatic Young Writers Festival

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From the 2 nd to the 4 th of June 2016 the Alps-Adriatic Young Writers Festival was organized in four towns in the Croatian Counties Koprivnica Križevci and Varaždin. The aim was to present modern and young Central European literature to the audience and to foster contacts of young writers from the Alps-Adriatic area. By combining literary, educational and entertaining contents, the guests of the festival were reading their works in high schools, museums and cafés in the cities Koprivnica, Križevci, Đurđevac and Varaždin. The possibility
of further collaboration was discussed at a round table-event. The festival helped young Central European writers to get to know each other and it may have the potential to become
a platform for future collaboration, especially by creating a network of literary festivals and through the publishing of the works of young writers from the Alps-Adriatic area.

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AAA-Steering Committee approves 26 new projects

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On the 28th of April 2016 the Steering Committee of the AAA has met for its spring meeting in Klagenfurt/Carinthia. Among the 26 newly approved projects are „traditional“ events such as the „Alps-Adriatic Golden Wines 2016“-award but also very innovative projects such as the dialogue forum „Open Borders – Migration in the Adriatic and Balkans regions“ in Neumarkt/Styria or the new „Alps-Adriatic Young Writers Festival“ in Koprivnica Križevci County.  Koprivnica Križevci County will also host another workshop in order to deepen the network between Local Action Groups (LAGs) and a scientific conference on the river Drava/Drau. Both events are going to take place this autumn. The new Thematic Coordination Point (TCP) on Disaster Prevention will host the „City Security Conference 2016“ in Varaždin County this fall. Among the newly approved projects are also conferences which focus on inclusive sports for disabled people. Preparation costs for the submission of three projects in various EU-programs as well as the implementation of two EU-co-financed projects were also approved. All in all the Steering Committee has approved 131 new projects since its first Meeting in March 2014 among which are ten co-financed by the EU-programs „Erasmus+“, „Europe for Citizens“ and „Creative Europe“.

Open call for new AAA-Projects

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The Steering Committee of the AAA will approve the first round of new projects in its spring-meeting in Klagenfurt on April 28th 2016.
Therefore the call for financial applications is open from March 1st to March 31st 2016.

By this date all applications must have been sent to the responsible Thematic Coordination Point (TCP). The contact-data for all TCPs is available in the “ORGANIZATION AND ADDRESSES”-section of this website and can also be found on the financial application form.

The financial application form as well as the procedural rules can be found in the “DOWNLOADS”-section. Implementation guidelines which inform about the general evaluation and selection criteria for project applications were added to both documents.

“CAPE AB” – Conference in Maribor

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On Feb. 10th 2016 the Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia (SOS) together with the project-partners of “CAPE-AB” (Network for cooperation and democratic participation of citizens in the Adriatic-Balkan region) organized an international conference titled „Programs and finance the participation of municipalities, associations and NGOs in the European Community”.

The application-costs of the “Europe for Citizens”-project “CAPE-AB” were supported by the joint budget of the AAA. At the conference, Dejan Bogdan from the “Europe Direct”-office in Maribor pointed out the priorities of the European Commission and presented the organization’s role in providing and disseminating information. “CAPE-AB” project manager Georg Müllner presented the program “Europe for Citizens” in detail. Martina Rauter from the municipality of Maribor demonstrated another “Europe for Citizens”-project, called “From YU2EU”, which established political networks between cities and developed mechanisms for young people and those involved in youth employment policy.

The “Erasmus +-Sport program” was introduced by Tina Kenk from “CMEPIUS”: Projects should be focused on the integrative potential of sports, equal opportunities and the importance of the health effects through sports activities. The AAA was presented by the Secretary General and Ratko Vukovi, head of the TCP on Sports from the Croatian County Karlovac. Finally Tanja Kos form the Slovenian “Creative Europe” help desk introduced the program „Creative Europe 2014 – 2020”.
For all presentations of the conference click
http://www.cape-ab.eu/index.php/workshops/slovenia

“Artists for Arts Education” – the AAA´s 7th EU-co-financed project!

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From the 25th to the 27th of February 2016 Croatian art students from Pula, Rijeka and Zagreb will come to Graz/Styria for the ERASMUS+-project „Artists for Arts Education“: The core of the activities will be two-week traineeships in studios of professional Styrian artists along with additional artistic workshops and several excursions.
The project partners are “HDLU” (Croatian Artists Association), “next” – society for contemporary art from Graz/Styria and the cultural education center “KIBLA” from Maribor/Slovenia.
„Artists for Arts Education“ was supported by the Steering Committee of the AAA as a patronage handed in by the TCP on Art and Culture.
In the course of the project the students will be given broad insight into the lively contemporary art-scene in Styria while the hosting artists will find the opportunity to enlarge their specific networks for possible future collaborations.

Alps-Adriatic Alliance condemns terrorist attacks in Paris and calls for more solidarity in Europe

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Under the chairmanship of Carinthia´s Governor Peter Kaiser the Alps-Adriatic Alliance´s political level met for a working meeting in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee on November 25th 2015.

A joint statement which condemns the brutal and devious terrorist attacks in Paris calling for intensive peace-keeping and solidarity within Europe was adopted at the very beginning of the meeting. „Our solidarity must be stronger than the violence executed by coward murderers“, says Gov. Kaiser and continues: „The EU was designed as a peace project. Now it´s time to prove that Nobel Peace Prize for Peace was well deserved in 2012.”

Two years after the foundation of the Alps-Adriatic-Alliance (AAA) the political level reviewed the interim results: A total of 105 joint projects and patronages has been approved by the AAA-Steering Committee among which were six which received a co-financing by the EU (five from the Erasmus+- and one from the „Europe for Citizens“-program) These six EU-projects were support with € 15.000,– from the joint budget of the AAA while the applicants are going to receive a total of € 240.000,– flowing back to them from the EU.

Another declaration on „Demographic change in rural areas on the territory of the Alps-Adriatic-Alliance“ has been adopted as well during the meeting, because the challenges of an ageing society and a declining population in rural areas affect most regions in Central Europe.

Concerning future project-related cooperation new Thematic Coordination Points (TCPs) will be activated by Croatian Counties: The TCP on Disaster Prevention will be coordinated by Varaždin County while the TCP on Lifelong Learning will be managed by the County of Krapina-Zagorje. The coordination of the TCP on Sports will be handed over from Styria to Karlovac County.

For the future, the political level of the AAA recommends a more intensive use of the EU- programs especially by focusing on the macro-regional strategies, which overlap in the Alps-Adriatic area.

Finally Carinthia, represented by Governor Kaiser, was asked to do another two-year AAA-chairmanship, which he gladly accepted.

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Join the Alps-Adriatic-Coworking Trip!

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Coworking is a trend and for some freelancers and young creatives it is a new lifestyle: People with ideas join forces to work together in open-space offices – so called “coworking spaces” which often lead to successful start-ups. Coworking in the Alps-Adriatic-area is the focus of a project which offers a “Coworking Trip” which will lead through the Alps-Adriatic area on to the “Coworking Europe Conference” in Milano. The trip will take place from the 9th to the 13th of November and two more free spaces are available. Please contact the organizer, Ms. Sabrina Schifrer (s.schifrer@gainandsustain.eu) if you are interested!

TCP on Sports met in Karlovac

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In the framework of the “European Sports Day in Karlovac County” the TCP on Sports met on September 16th 2015. The meeting was organized by Mrs. Eva Sobotik-Pavan, head of “Europe Direct”-Karlovac and the AAA-Contact Point of Karlovac County and by Thomas Hirschböck, head of the TCP on Sports of the AAA. The meeting was opened by County Prefect Ivan Vučić. In his presentation, Thomas Hirschböck introduced the TCP on Sports while Michael Trinker from the Council of Europe gave an in-depth presentation of the EU-ERASMUS+-program as a potential tool for the funding of Alps-Adriatic sporting competitions and –events. He also informed about the EU funded project „Pro safe sports“, implemented by the Council of Europe. Zelimir Feitl, Head of the Karlovac Sports Committee introduced the audience on how sport is managed in the County and Thomas Pseiner, Secretary General of the AAA gave a comprehensive introduction on how the AAA works and which results it has achieved since its foundation in 2013. A central focus of the meeting was the intention of Koprivnica Križevci County to host Alps-Adriatic-Alliance-Youth-Sports-Summer-Games in 2016. These sports youth games should be submitted for EU funding as Vladimir Šadek, head of the Koprivnica Križevci AAA-Contact Point described.

Alps-Adriatic-LAGs as future project partners?

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Hosted by LAG Podravina and Koprivnica Križevci County (Croatia), around 20 Local Action Groups (LAGs) from the territory of the Alps-Adriatic-Alliance and beyond have met for a workshop in Đurđevac on September 10th and 11th 2015.
The goal of the meeting was to foster inter-regional cooperation between these LAGs, which are composed of representatives from the public, civil and economic sector in rural areas that operate within the EU-LEADER-program. The workshop was opened with introductory speeches of vice president of LAG Podravina Mladen Mađer, Deputy County Prefect Darko Sobota and the Secretary General of the Alps Adriatic Alliance Thomas Pseiner.
After the presentations of each participating LAG the similarity of socio-economic challenges throughout the rural areas on the territory of the AAA became very obvious.The second day of the meeting was dedicated to discuss possible project-related cooperation between the LAGs in the fields of agriculture, culture and rural tourism.