Local and regional authorities around Europe were trained to set thematic priorities for projects, formulate their ideas, find partners and target their actions. To do that, detailed information and training on the Europe for Citizens Programme, as well as a detailed listing of all other EU Grants and programmes capable to finance their actions was offered to participants.
The lack of information on the EU and its activities is common for the majority of local and regional authorities around Europe. The problem is even more intense for peripheral entities such as Cyprus, but even local and regional entities in the centre of Europe do not always know how the EU can help them implement their ideas and projects. In order to ensure that regions are well equipped to optimise the cooperation with European Union institutions, the project Pro I3T has been created.
In the first phase of the project (March – October 2012) concrete and concise documents were created, giving a good overview on the funding possibilities, how to access this funding and how to best make use of it. The documents are in Greek and English and available on 15 CD-Rom Guides.
Thematic focus: education and youth, culture and media, employment and social affairs, research and development, industry and enterprises, external relations and development, commerce, energy, environment, transport, public health and consumer protection, justice and home affairs, information technology, agriculture and fisheries).
Two training sessions were held in order to provide regional and local authorities with hands-on training about European funding:
• 11 September 2012:
First training session in Nicosia (Cyprus). Participants were trained upon the use of the information tools of Pro- I3T as well as online partner search tools and the application procedures for the Europe for Citizens programme.
• 23 October 2012:
Second training session in Brussels (Belgium). Participants were taught how to work with European programmes (especially the Europe for Citizens programme), explored the possibilities for twinnings among their members and with Municipalities from the rest of the EU, and discussed challenges and potentials of the future programming period.
The Pro-I3T project is co-financed by the European Union
through the Europe for Citizens Programme.