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Slovenja - Foto: Stane Jersic

Slovenja - Foto: Stane Jersic

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Krapina Zagorje

Varazdin

Varazdin

Steiermark - Foto: Steiermark Tourismus

Steiermark - Foto: Steiermark Tourismus

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Kärnten - Foto: Kärnten Tourismus

Burgenland - Foto: Burgenland Tourismus

Burgenland - Foto: Burgenland Tourismus

Burgenland - Foto: Burgenland Tourismus

Burgenland - Foto: Burgenland Tourismus

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AAA-Steering Committee approves 26 new projects

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

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

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!

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

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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