Standing together for European cooperation
We celebrate European Cooperation Day (also known as “EC Day”) on 21 September every year. With the “European Cooperation Day” campaign we would like to remind citizens that many good things come out when we join forces. Everybody can join this celebration. In September, many events are organised in different regions of Europe to commemorate the benefits of cooperation. The Interreg South Baltic Programme contributed to the EC Day campaign with four events in three countries.
- Discussion festival “Būtent!”, Birštonas, Lithuania, 6-7 September
The public debate during the festival focused on the impact of Interreg South Baltic along with other EU cross-border cooperation programmes on the better neighbourhood and quality of life.
The debate was moderated by Mr Arnoldas Pranckevičius, Head of European Commission Representation in Lithuania.
- 44th Polish Film Festival, Gdynia, Poland, 20-21 September
We met with citizens during the Polish Film Festival which is one of the oldest film events in Europe which promotes the Polish cinematography. At the Interreg South Baltic stand, together with the FilmNet project, we spread the knowledge about European Funds and the EuropeanUnion by engaging people in a quiz. Every well-answered question was awarded #EuropeIsYou gadget. At the same time, we talked to citizens about European funds and how they benefit from the projects in everyday life.
- Annual Fund Fair, Campus Bornholm, Rönne, Denmark, 27 September
Over 400 people – old and young, and most of them active in Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and public institutions visited the fair. The Interreg South Baltic Programme welcomed them at the stand where participants of the event had an opportunity to get familiar with benefits of the EU Funds and receive occasional gadgets with the “Europe Is You” branding.
- Nida Run, Neringa Municipality, Lithuania, 28 September
In Nida, Lithuania, we promoted both the spirit of cross-border cooperation and a healthy lifestyle. Over 1000 – a record number of participants – dared to challenge the rain and joined this year half-marathon, taking a route along the coasts of the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon, winding through the pine forests of the Curonian Spit. The Interreg South Baltic Programme, along with Lithuanian-Russia Cross-Border Cooperation Programme contributed to the annual Nida Half Marathon run where over 400 of the youngest participants competed for cross Border Cooperation programmes’ prizes and gifts in 200 m., 500 m. and 2 km runs. All participants were greeted by Darius Jasaitis, Mayor of Neringa Municipality and Arūnas Gražulis, Interreg South Baltic Contact Point for Lithuania.
Europe, as well as the South Baltic region, is a mix of cultures. To reach the maximum potential of all European countries, the European Union encourages cooperation in different ways. One of them is “Interreg” where more than 100 programmes work on increasing cultural understanding and economics. Therefore we celebrate the European Cooperation Day every year.
The photo gallery from the EC Day events is available here