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Europe for Citizens funding programme is adopted- First deadline announced
23/4/2014

The 'Europe for Citizens' funding programme has finally been adopted for the 2014-2020 period.

The programme guide is expected to be available by beginning of May and the first deadline for Town twinning projects, and remembrance project is provisionally set for 4 June.

For more information, please go to http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/europe-for-citizens/news/europe-for-citizens-funding-programme-for-period-2014-2020-officially_en



Ensuring sustainable fish in our Fish & Chips
22/04/2014

Fishermen in the EU will get additional support to meet the requirements of the new EU Common Fisheries Policy.
 
From 2015, each EU country will put into force new sustainable fishing quotas, and a ban on discarding unwanted fish back into the seas.  

To help achieve this, financial help will be available for fishermen to buy new selective fishing equipment, for instance.

Young fishermen will also receive financial support when starting their own fishing business.

This new policy aims to make the EU fishing industry more sustainable, but also to improve the safety and working conditions of fishermen.

For more information, visit http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20140411IPR43503/html/New-Fisheries-Fund-signed-and-sealed-concludes-EU-fisheries-policy-reform  


Creative Europe - Upcoming calls
16/4/2014

The new EU funding programme for media called Creative Europe has launched the following calls for proposals: 

1.  Creative Europe Film Distribution (UK) 

This sub-action provides support to encourage the circulation of European audiovisual works within different countries. 

Funding is available for distributors and sales agents to encourage investments in co-production and distribution of films from other countries (automatic), as well as for network of cinemas from at least five European companies to distribute a film outside its home country (selective).
 
Deadlines: 30 April (automatic) and 2 July
(for selective programmes).
 
For more information, please go to
http://ec.europa.eu/culture/creative-europe/calls/index_en.htm

2. Creative Europe Media Training Proposals Wanted (UK) 

Funding is available for organisations to develop two-year partnerships to set up training programmes that develop the skills of audiovisual professionals.
 
Activities can include workshops, online sessions or tools for sharing knowledge and developing new teaching and learning methods for audiovisual professionals. 

Deadline:  23 May 2014

For more information, please go to
http://ec.europa.eu/culture/media/fundings/creative-europe/call_2_en.htm

Get ready for the 2014 EU Energy Days
8/4/2014

Join hundreds of other organisations in Europe in raising awareness and encouraging sustainable energy use as part of the 2014 EU Energy Days. 


Throughout the entire month of June, organisations, NGOs and public authorities will be holding Energy Days across the EU.
 
For more information, please visit
http://www.eusew.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=111 



"Don't lose your right to vote" roadshow kicks off in Ammanford
1/4/2014

This Friday, students from Coleg Sir Gâr Ammanford campus can find out more about their right to vote, what they will be voting for on 22 May and how to register to vote.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Participation Officer, Sarah Powell and Lorena Prist, responsible for the Europe Direct information service based at the West Wales European Centre, Carmarthen  will be on hand to answer questions about voting, the role of the European Parliament and how decisions taken at EU level benefit us here in Carmarthenshire. 

The Roadshow will be in the Atrium, from 11.30am until 2.30pm.

The other Roadshows will be in:
- Coleg Sir Gâr, Graig Campus, on 7 April;
- Coleg Sir Gâr, Pibwrlwyd campus, on 9 April;
- Coleg Sir Gâr, Jobs Well campus, on 10 April;
- University of Wales, Trinity St David, Carmarthen campus, on 24 April;
- Coleg Sir Gâr, Gelli Aur, on 28 April.

For more information, please contact Lorena Prist on 01267 242369 or at lprist@carmarthenshire.gov.uk 

For more information about the EU Parliament elections, please click here

MARCH

Defending human rights in Europe - the work of the Council of Europe
24/03/2014

The Council of Europe has just produced a video explaining its work and achievements over the years, promoting and defending human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

Through the European Convention on Human Rights, the Council of Europe works to ensure a better quality of life for the 800 million people living in the 47 member states represented at the Council.

To view the video, please go to  http://bit.ly/1mj7UkH



'BAC 2 the future' - free event for Welsh BAC coordinators, 27 March, National Botanical Garden
17/3/2014

This event is aimed at Welsh BAC coordinators from the ERW consortium to look at a range of activities and resources designed to support the delivery of the following elements of Wales, Europe and the World :
-Active Citizenship
-Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship
-Political issues
-Cultural Heritage and Perspectives
 -International Dimension    

A representative from the Welsh Government will be presenting the Revised Welsh Baccalaureate, give an overview of the main changes from September 2015, including the new challenge structure.

The programme also includes an overview of  funding opportunities available, as well as sharing of effective practices from schools in Wales, and a choice of interactive workshops and challenges led by experienced providers. 

This event also presents the ideal opportunity to network with colleagues and meet with local and regional organisations who can support schools in delivering aspects of the Welsh Baccalaureate .  

The event is organised with the support of the European Commission Office in Wales.  

For more information, please contact Lorena Prist, on 01267 242369 or at
lprist@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

Please register on the link below     
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bacc-2-the-future-tickets-10648025531



Wales’s cultural life has been enriched by European immigrants, discuss! - Swansea, 14 March  
13/03/2014

Comedy, poetry, Welsh culture and the EU?!  What a mixture!  
Come and join in on an evening of entertainment and discussion.

Can Welsh cultural values survive and thrive in an increasingly globalised world?  And what would Dylan Thomas have made of it all?
 Join in on what promises to be a thought-provoking and fun evening.
 
Panellists
Debate is chaired by Jamie Owen, BBC.
-Professor Heaven Crawley - AcSS, & Director, Centre for Migration Policy Research (CMPR), Swansea University
-Arwel Gruffydd - Artistic Director, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
-Rhys Taylor - VP Education and Welfare, Bangor University
-Geraint Talfan Davies OBE - Chair, Institute of Welsh Affairs
 
Reading by
Paul Henry - Poet

Entertainment
Chris "Korkey" Corcoran - Comedian

The event is organised with the support of the European Commission Office in Wales
It is free and open to the public, but you must register in advance.

Venue: Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place, Swansea SA1 1RR

Time: 18.00 - 20.00

To register: 
http://www.europarl.org.uk/en/home/upcoming_events/swansea/swansearegister.html  

Upcoming Erasmus+ workshop in Wales for the Youth sector (7 March, Cardiff )
4/3/2014

A free Erasmus + workshop (youth chapter) is taking place on 7th March, at 2pm at the Future Inn, Cardiff.

This workshop is being jointly organised by Connect Cymru and the British Council, to give groups and organisations from the youth sector practical information about the new Erasmus+ programme.
 
In addition, participants will be able to hear from young people who have taken part in EU youth exchanges and volunteering projects in the past as well as exchange ideas and address common issues with colleagues.

To register, please click here.

FEBRUARY

London hosts EU Citizens dialogue - video now live!
27/2/2014

On 10 February, London was host to the EU Commission Citizens' Dialogue event which provided an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions and provide feedback directly to EU politicians about their rights, the kind of Europe they want to live in, and expectations for the future of European Union.

This event was one of a series of events being held in cities in every EU country as part of the 2013 European Year of Citizens.

To view the video, please go to http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?ref=I078452&sitelang=en 
 
New Europe for Citizens programme - Deadline postponed 
26/2/2014

Information about the grants available under the new EU funding programme 'Europe for Citizens' have been published as well as the deadlines and application form.

The new funding programme will be divided into the following actions:

1.Democratic engagement and civil participation:
- Town twinning activities
-Network of twinned towns
-civil society projects

2. European remembrance

Please note that the first deadline of 1 March has been postponed  according to the date of the adoption of the "Europe for citizens Programme 2014-2020".

For more information, please visit
http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/europe-for-citizens_en


The European Parliament elections: why vote?
11/02/2014

The European Parliament has published a series of leaflets and short video clips explaining key issues the EU is dealing with and how it benefits us at local level: fighting unemployment, fighting climate change, defending human rights around the world...

The aim is to show that by voting in the European Parliament elections, people can make a difference and influence decisions that have an impact on their daily lives. 

To view the video clips, please go to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6RNLlBMXSw

To order you free leaflets please contact Lorena on 01267 242369 or at lprist@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

JANUARY

 

Creative Europe information workshops
31/1/2014

A series of information workshops are being organised by the interim culture agency, British Council in preparation for the upcoming deadlines.

The workshops will give an overview of the 'Creative Europe', the new EU funding programme in the cultural field, its objectives and various grants available as well as give participants the chance to ask questions during the session's Q&A.

Each seminar will have a focus on the Cooperation Projects which have a deadline of 5th March 2014. 

To register for the Cardiff one-to-one session  on Friday 7th February ( 1.00-4.00) please click here.  
 
There are also application workshops planned. These include good practice examples from  previous succesful projects.

To register your interest to attend an applications workshop in Cardiff, on Monday 17th February, please click here.

Pease note, this date is to be confirmed depending on the level of interest.

 

Llandovery youngsters shine at festival in Brittany
27/1/2013

A group of young people from Towy Youth Theatre and Llandovery College choir, attended the Salon du Livre, an Arts Festival which takes place annually in Pluguffan, Llandovery’s twin town in Brittany. This visit is the latest of a series of exchanges and activities coordinated by Llandovery Twinning Association.

To find out more about Llandovery's exciting activities and the other Town Twinning Associations in Carmarthenshire, please click here or contact Lorena.


Erasmus + online training sessions launched 
16/1/2014

The British Council and Ecorys, the joint UK National Agency for Erasmus + - the new EU funding programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport has launched a series of online training sessions throughout January, February and March. 

The webinars are aimed at potential applicant organisations in readiness for the first round of deadlines.

There are sessions for youth organisations, adult education organisations, vocational education and training organisations as well as local authorities, schools and higher education institutions.

For more information and to register, please visit http://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/webinars
 

Wales is growing…Get growing with us!
6/1/2014  

Grow Your Own in a Year Gardening Course led by experienced growers will provide you with the skills you need to start growing your own edible garden of delicious fruit & veg.

Held at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, in just 1 day a month (either a Sat or a Wed) you will learn what to do in your garden that month and learn the secrets of successful growing.

Starting February 2014, 10am-4:30pm on Saturday OR Wedneday

Don’t forget you can spend the rest of your day exploring the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

For more information or to book onto these courses visit
www.growingthefuture.co.uk  or phone 01558 667100

Free EU desktop calendars
2/1/2014

The European Commission Representation in London has published a colourful desktop calendar showing some of the activities and events they organise in the UK.
To order, please contact Lorena, on 01267 242369 or at
lprist@carmarthenshire.gov.uk