Rural Europe Network

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The project Rural Europe Network (REN) has been funded by the European Union within the program Europe for citizens.

10 events was oragnized in the Rural Europe Network (REN) project from October 2014 to April 2016.

The REN project involved 5 European countries (Italy, Croatia, Sweden, Finland and Spain) and 8 municipalities (Borgo Val di Taro, Pellegrino Parmese, Portole, Buzet, Falköping, Jalasjärvi, Camarinas and Vila de Cruces) for a total of 410 direct participants, nearly 1000 stakeholders involved and 1000000 European citizens informed about the project activities through communication media.

Event 1

Participation: 31 citizens participated: 2 from the city of Falköping (Sweden), 2 from the city of Buzet (Croatia), 1 from the city of Portole (Croatia), 2 from the city of Jalasjärvi (Finland), 2 from the city of Vila de Cruces (Spain), 2 from the city of Camarinas (Spain), 7 from the city of Pellegrino Parmense and 12 from the city Borgo val di Taro (Italy).

Place/Date: the event took place in Borgo val di Taro (Italy) from 28/10/2014 to 30/10/2014. 

Description: Coordination and preparation of project activities meeting

Representatives of the municupalities involved in REN discussed the implementation of the project activities, financial aspects and the coordination among the partners and between the project coordinator and the partnership, the comunication and dissemination strategy. An important aspect for the management of the project has been the decision to create a web sitelänk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster (on which it was possible to upload all the materials produced during the various project phases.

Event 2

Participation: 77 citizens participated: 4 from the city Falköping (Sweden), 4 from the city of Buzet (Croatia), 4 from the city of Portole (Croatia), 4 from the city of Jalasjärvi (Finland), 14 from the city of Vila de Cruces (Spain), 38 from the city of Camarinas (Spain), 4 from the city of Pellegrino Parmense and 5 from the city of Borgo val di Taro (Italy).

Place/Date: the event took place in Camarinas (Spain) from 03/03/2015 to 06/03/2015

Description: Transnational Thematic Seminary

The partners dedicated 4 working days to present and dicuss good practices concerning two of the focus themes of the project: the formal and informal training of young farmers to increase their competitiveness in the job market and the relation between city-country with its interactions and connections.

During the event, 21 practices were presented by the participating countries, and the participants compared and discussed them in two working group sessions, guided by facilitators.

The event was joined by representatives the target groups of the project, young farmers, representatives of training institutions and representatives of the municipalities.

Event 3

Participation: 70 citizens participated: 4 from the city of Falköping (Sweden), 32 from the city of Buzet (Croatia), 14 from the city Portole (Croatia), 4 from the city of Jalasjärvi (Finland), 4 from the city of Vila de Cruces (Spain), 4 from the city of Camarinas (Spain), 3 from the city of Pellegrino Parmense and 5 from the city of Borgo val di Taro (Italy).

Place/Date: the event took place in Buzet (Croatia) from 14/04/2015 to 17/04/2015

Description: Transnational Thematic Seminary

Representatives of the partnership presented, discussed and visited best practices (26 in total) regarding the second focus theme of the project: the possibilities for development of rural areas through alternative activities in tourism, culture, energy and local development frameworks. The participants took part in a plenary session, two sessions of working groups (one dedicated to the possibilities of development through the production and use of renewable energy and one dedicated to local marketing) and study visits in the area.

The event saw a good participation of the target groups of the project, young farmers, representatives of associations, agencies for territorial development and representatives of municipalities.

Event 4

Participation: 28 citizens participated: 1 from the city of Falköping (Sweden), 2 from the city of Buzet (Croatia), 1 from the city of Vila de Cruces (Spain), 2 from the city of Camarinas (Spain), 16 from the city of Pellegrino Parmense and 6 from the city of Borgo val di Taro (Italy).

Place/Date: the event took place in Pellegrino Parmense (Italy) from 26/06/2015 to 8/06/2015

Description : Local valorization meeting

The event was aiming to let, the representatives of the project's stakeholders and young farmers know the good practices presented by the host municipality directly in the field. The best practices presented were, the restoration project of the ancient grains for the local heritage protection and the Parmigiano Reggiano production chain.