English: Sculpture of D.Afonso Henriques. Guimarães Castle (Portugal)(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Guimarães, cidade berço, Cidade Europeia do Desporto 2013. Foi daqui que partiu D.Afonso Henriques à conquista dos territórios do Sul, sob o jugo dos Mouros. Foi aqui que nasceu Portugal. Foi dentro do castelo medieval que nasceu Afonso Henriques e à vista das suas altas torres e muralhas venceu os exércitos de sua mãe, em 1128. Aclamado herdeiro do Condado Portucalense pelos guerreiros do Minho, este Príncipe que, dizem as crónicas, era muito belo, veio a ser o primeiro rei de Portugal. O centro histórico da cidade foi considerado património mundial da UNESCO.
On 21 September, European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) will be celebrated all over Europe through many local and public events during the week of 17-23 September. ETC has always promoted bridge-building and long-term relationships between local authorities and citizens across borders. In this sense, CECICN network has highlighted the importance of European Territorial Cooperation, both in its Strategic Document and in the 1st Congress of European Bordersheld last June in A Coruña.
From this perspective, the endeavours of cities and the multiplier effect of urban networks serve to pull in European policies to the heart of the European territories. Building on bottom-up initiatives, city networks have become key actors of the ETC promoting mutual learning and pooling resources to implement common projects, among other initiatives. Therefore, in the current context of negotiation on the future EU cohesion policy, the European Cooperation day is a good opportunity to reaffirm the benefits of the territorial cooperation and the fundamental role of city networks.
More info on the European cooperation Day.
Toneta project: City networks and Cohesion Policy
CECICN: Strategic document on Smart Cooperation
Against the background of the imperative to protect our natural diversity we are facing the challenge to finance management measures for our natural environment.
European funds provide different opportunities to complement the financing of national, regional and local nature conservation measures in the member states to preserve the precious natural assets and cultural landscapes. The European approach for financing of Natura 2000 suggests that all nature conservation measures must be integrated into all EU funds.The Environment Agency Wales is hosting the final SURF Nature conference in Partnership with Countryside Council for Wales (CCW). Since 2010 the project has collected good practice information about Biodiversity and nature conservation.
This conference will present key policy recommendations on integrating biodiversity and nature into post-2013 EU programmes and be held in Cardiff on 27th September 2012. The Conference is an important calendar event that will include a session by John Griffiths AM, the Welsh Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Welsh Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and European Programmes, Alun Davies and a host of other EU, Welsh Government and Third sector dignitaries.