Celebrating 25 year of EU’s regional development through the INTERREG programmes
Over the years, the Interreg programmes have supported cooperation between partners across borders in order to address common issues in fields such as research, education, transport and sustainable energy.
Interreg programmes are funded by the European Regional Development Fund to support the development and tackle disparities of EU’s regions.
The fifth programming period of Interreg will last until 2020 and has a budget of EUR 10.1 billion invested in over 100 cooperation programmes covering a wide range of regions across the EU.
Database of previously funded projects:
Keeping consumers safe: EU's Rapid Alert System
In 2014, nearly 2500 dangerous products,ranging from toys to motor vehicles, were either stopped
before they entered the EU or removed from markets because they were dangerous for EU consumers.
For 12 years, the European Commission and EU
Member States have been working together to ensure that consumer goods placed on the European markets are safe thanks to the Rapid Alert System.
The Rapid Alert System ensures that information about dangerous non-food products withdrawn from the market and/or recalled anywhere in Europe is quickly circulated between Member States and the European Commission. There are currently Thirty-one countries (EU together with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) participating in the system.
For more information, please go to http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-4627_en.htm
Building a sustainable future - the Energy Union policy
At the end of February, the EU Commission set its ‘Energy Union’ strategy to turn Europe into a sustainable and resilient Union, committed to tackle climate change.
In a nutshell, the Energy Union aims to make energy more secure, affordable and sustainable, giving consumers a wider choice and more affordable prices.
Read more at http://bit.ly/1GU8iAz
European Youth Week is back!
The European Youth Week is back on the European calendar this year.
From 27 April - 3 May, organisations across the EU will be organising a wide range of activities and events to encourage young people to get involved and make the most of EU opportunities available to them.
For more information, go to http://europa.eu/youth/eu/article/50/23771_en
Taste Book - Explore the best of Europe's produce
Europe offers a wide varity of high quality produce thanks to its unique mix of traditions, techniques and climate. From meat to fruit and herbs to wine,
some of the techniques and methods used can be traced back over centuries, having been handed down from generation to generation.
This Taste book is a recipe book with a difference: each recipe is centred around a produce, which is first explored in its European context before setting out a simple step by step dish.
To download this free book, please go to http://bookshop.europa.eu/en/taste-book-pbKF0514080/?CatalogCategoryID=iEKep2Ix3hEAAAEud3kBgSLq
Empowering women through education - 2015 International Women Day
it's International Women Day on 8 March and this year's theme is education.
Inequalities remain worldwide when it comes to women accessing education and in the EU, the gap between women's high level of education and professional opportunities available to them still exists.
Both the EU Parliament and the EU Commission are committed to highlight and tackle these issues.
For more information on the events organised by the EU Parliament, please go to http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20150227STO28202/html/Events-empowering-women-through-education
To view the EU Commission's outline of remaining challenges to tackle gender inequality, please go to
EU consultation on the European Neighbourhood Policy
The EU Commission launched a public consultation on the future of EU Neighbourhood Policy.
The Policy dates back to 2003 and aims to develop closer relations between the EU and its neighbouring countries.
It covers the following countries:
-To the South: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia;
-To the East: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and
Following the consultation, the EU Commission will publish its proposals for the new Policy in the Autumn.
The consultation is opened until 30 June.
For more information and to access the consultation, please go to http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/consultation/index_en.htm
EU Professional Card - Recognising professional qualifications across the EU
The EU Parliament has produced a video explaining the purpose and advantages of the European Professional Card to ensure simpler free movement for professionals in the EU.
To view the video, please go to http://bit.ly/1ijeTEO
Calling all future leaders! Speak up at the EU Development Days in Brussels.
Young people aged between 21 and 26 actively involved in making their community a better place and committed to ending poverty worldwide are invited to apply for the Future Leaders Programme.
Twelve young people from around the world will be selected to attend the 2015 EU Development Days in Brussels in June and have a say in the future of development policy alongside global political leaders.
Apply before 18 March 2015 at
Reducing the risk of disasters - the role of ECHO
Disasters such as earthquakes and floods cannot be avoided but the impact they have on people 's lives and on communities can be greatly reduced.
The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) invests approximately 13% of its budget in Disaster Risk Reduction. In 2014, this funding helped approximately 16 million people affected by natural hazards.
This investment is crucial to help save lives and strengthen the resilience of communities so that they can prepare for and return to normality after natural disasters.
EU-funded film wins Oscar
For more information, please go to http://bit.ly/1AkV22J
The Polish film Ida
won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film last night.
This comes after being awarded the EU LUX Film Price last year, which supports European films with translation and distribution to other EU countries.
Ida was amongst five other EU-funded films to be nominated for Oscars this year. They all successfully applied for funding under the EU MEDIA programme.
For more information, please go to https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/eu-supported-films-oscar-race
Do you know where your fish is from?
New labels on seafood and fish will soon make it easier to know where seafood has come from and when it was caught or farmed.
Alongside compulsory information such as name and origin, the label may also display voluntary data such as port of landing, and date of the catch.
The new EU rule aims to help consumers make an informed choice when buying seafood or fish.
For more information, please go to http://bit.ly/1CgAfhk
Have your say on the future of the working time directive
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the review of the working time directive.
The directive was set up to protect workers’ health and safety, by ensuring that working hours meet minimum
standards throughout the EU.
For example, there is a limit to weekly working hours for all workers, which must not exceed 48 hours on average,
including any overtime as well as a minimum daily rest period of 11 consecutive hours in every 24 hours.
In addition, there are specific rules in key sectors, such as doctors in training, offshore workers and sea fishing workers
The Consultation is open until the 15 March at
Wales Remembers - European films screening
The European Commission Office in Wales, in conjunction with Chapter Arts Centre, is
sponsoring the screening of several European films presenting different perspectives on the First World War:
This initiative complements the Welsh Government's national commemoration of the
war – Wales Remembers / Cymru'n Cofio and will start with the screening of the Oscar nominated film, 'Hedd Wyn', on Thursday, 5th March,
at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.
Following the film, there will be a panel discussion on how various European perspectives can
enhance understanding of the War, chaired by Sir Deian Hopkin, the First Minister's Expert Adviser on the First World War.
The other films are as follows:
26 March : Un long dimanche de Fiançailles (France)
16 April : Das Weisse Band (Germany)
30 April: A Long Way Home (Turkey)
A number of complementary tickets will be available for all screenings on a first come-first served basis on the Eventbrite page at
Ammanford Gwyl Ddewi Festival
A full programme of entertainment, live music and dancing will liven up the streets of Ammanford town centre on 27 and 28 February to celebrate St David’s Day.
Welsh Food market stalls, craft fair, live music from Jac y Do, and a Bake Off competition are some of the fun-filled activities for the whole family taking place that weekend.
The Ammanford Gwyl Ddewi Festival is being organised by AEP (Ammanford Enterprise Partnership) on behalf of Ammanford Town Centre Partnership.
This Festival marks the start of a month of activities in Ammanford town centre culminating with a multicultural event on 21 March.
For more information, please go to https://www.facebook.com/gwylytwrchtrwyth
Video competition - What is a united Europe?
Young people aged between 13-15 from EU and candidate countries are invited to submit their take on what a united Europe means to them.
DG NEAR, the European Commission's Directorate for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, has just launched a video competition entitled “What does a united Europe mean to you?”.
Deadline for submission is 10 April 2015.
For more information, please go to http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/news_corner/video_competition/index_en.htm.
Ask the Erasmus+ experts - applications webinars
Applying to Erasmus+ Key Action 1 - mobility of staff in education and training ( deadline: 4 March 2015)?
Ask your questions to the experts via the online webinars organised next week:
- 11 February, 2 pm - for questions relating to Higher Education applications
- 12 February, 11 am - for questions relating to Adult education applications
- 12 February, 2.30pm - for questions relating to Vocational Education and Training applications
- 17 February, 10 am - for questions relating to schools applications.
Register at https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/event/application-support-webinars?utm_source=Erasmus%2B+UK+News&utm_campaign=f88ee793fb-2015_Call_e_alert10_7_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5b0a8c47ab-f88ee793fb-169205129
Education and Development in one image – EU Photo competition
Each month throughout 2015, a themed photo competition is being organised by the EU Parliament.
A different theme is chosen each month linked to the 2015 EU Year for Development.
Each month, an editorial committee will select the best entry amongst their top ten choice.
In addition, these 10 best entries will be uploaded on the EU Parliament Facebook page where members of the public will then vote for their favourite.
At the end of the Year, the most liked photo will received the public prize.
Both the jury and the public prized winners will invited to Brussels in November 2015.
For more information about the competition, please go to http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20150205STO19402/html/Ready-set-click-take-part-in-our-guest-photographer-contest
Horizon 2020 upcoming workshop
The first annual Horizon 2020 event in Wales will take place on 18 February at the Future Inn, Cardiff Bay.
The event will provide an opportunity for organisations and businesses in Wales to find out more about the various funding opportunities available under the Horizon 2020 funding programme.
It will also include the following thematic workshops:
1. How to access European funding for climate action, the environment, resource efficiency and raw materials;
2.How to access UK and European funding for Health, Care and Life Sciences;
3.Supporting your business up the stairway to excellence – a workshop on maximising European funding opportunities for research and innovation.
For more information and to register for the workshops, please go to http://wefo.wales.gov.uk/programmes/horizon2020/eventsandcallupdates/?lang=en
Spotlight on the 2015 EU Capitals of Culture
Pilsen (Czech Republic) and Mons (Belgium) have been chosen as the European Capitals of Culture for 2015. A full programme of cultural activities has been put together to highlight what the two cities have to offer.
For more information, please visit http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/creative-europe/news/2015/0901-ecoc_en.htm
Pupils Language Ambassadors wanted
Pupils in Year 8, 9 and 10 from Wales are invited to find out more about the advantages of modern foreign languages and about becoming their schools' Language Ambassadors at an event in Cardiff on 5 February.
British Council Wales, in partnership with CILT Cymru and Routes into Languages Cymru, will be hosting the free event at City Hall Cardiff, from 9.30am until 2.30 pm.
For more information, please visit https://www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk/cymru/events/4083
To register, please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-pupil-language-ambassador-training-2015-tickets-14269156431
Grow your own fruit and veg this year with ‘Growing for the Future’ project
Growing for the Future project offers a wide range of courses throughout Wales.
They range from free practical tips to more in- depth courses such as controlling pest and disease.
Here are some of the upcoming courses to be held in the National Botanic Garden of Wales:
- Pruning Fruit in winter, 31 January, 10.30am, Price: £10
- How to get started growing organically, 5 February, 10.30am, £7.50
- Purely practical onions and garlic, 12 February, 10.30am, Free
- Grow me, eat me, family fun, 19 February, 10.30 am, £3 -
For more information, please go to http://www.growingthefuture.co.uk/en/courses/our-courses/?locations=1
Vision 2020 _ Networking event for Small and medium-sized Enterprises ( SMEs) on Horizon 2020
The Vision 2020 network is organising an information and networking event on 28 january, at 6.30pm, at Cardiff University for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) on the opportunities under the EU funding programme Horizon 2020.
Speakers include Jasper Hemmes, from the EU Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. There will also be representatives from the Welsh European Funding Office and the Entreprise Europe Network Wales.
The Vision2020 network aims to bring together provides companies and research organisations participating in the Horizon2020 funding programme.
To register or for more information, please visit http://www.innovation-network.org.uk/events/vision2020-the-horizon-network-for-eu-funding-wed-28-jan-2015.aspx
12 seconds to decide - How Frontex, the EU Border Management Agency works
12 seconds is all the EU border staff has to decide if a travellers' documents are genuine and legal.
This publication explains the work of Frontex, the EU Agency responsible for protecting the European Union external borders and highlights best practice cases to ensure justice is achieve for all.
To view the publication, please go to http://bit.ly/1u6FO1b
'What does the EU mean for ...'- publications series
The EU Commission representation in the UK has produced a series of booklets giving information on how EU decisions benefit us in the UK, specifically.
The series include "what does the EU mean for small businesses, students, holiday makers, students, over 50s and families".
The whole series is downloadable at http://bookshop.europa.eu/en/representation-in-the-united-kingdom-cbpQcKABst9E4AAAEjhIYY4e5K
To order them free, please contact Lorena, on 01267 242369 or at email@example.com
10 years of supporting young artists' international exchanges
Since 2003, The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) has supported more than 1,800 trips across 59 countries through the STEP Beyond Travel Grants programme.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Grant, the ECF has put together an interactive publication looking at the achievements but also looking ahead at the next 10 years.
For more information, please go to http://www.culturalfoundation.eu/step-beyond-10-years
2015 EU Year for Development
This year marks the first EU Year to be focussing on the important role and impact of EU's external relations.Each month will have a specific focus, i.e. January is all about EU's role in the world and February will be about education.
People across Europe will be able to find out how financial support helps make a difference in Europe and worldwide, to tackle poverty and to improve life for thousands faced with the consequences of climate change and natural disasters.
For more information, please go to https://europa.eu/eyd2015/
Upcoming Erasmus+ online training
The British Council is running a series of online training sessions for organisations looking at applying to the upcoming Erasmus+ programme deadlines.
These online training sessions are free but have a limited number of places available, so please register early.
For more information, please go to https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/latest-news/webinars