TONETA meeting in Guimaraes

Tamara Guirao, CAAC Coordinator

Tamara Guirao, CAAC Coordinator

Coinciding with the General Assembly of the Atlantic Regions, TONETA partnership met in Guimaraes on 17th and 18th May 2013. This event was labelled under the “European City of Sport”, an award received by Guimaraes (Vale do Ave) in 2013 and by Cardiff for 2014.

The first day the debates focused on the importance of sports in territorial cohesion and urban development. The meeting was opened by Mr. Gabriel Pontes, responsible for the project TONETA in Vale do Ave and Secretary-General of AMAVE. Paula Nogueira, from the Sports’ Commission of Guimaraes presented the application and the implementation of the European City of Sport, while João Zamith (Intercéltica) discussed about the role “The role of culture, sport and heritage in boosting tourism and regeneration in coastal areas”. These inputs were followed by the intervention of CAAC Coordinator, Ms. Tamara Guirao, who in behalf of the TONETA partnership presented the diverse initiatives of the cities involved concerning sport and urban development. The day was closed by François Arbellot, Leader of the Atlantic project NEA 2, who explained the procedures and challenges around nautism in the Atlantic Area; and Vitor Lemos, who presented the XIX Edition of the Atlantic Watersport Games and the initiatives around the Sea City in Viana do Castelo.

The second day took the shape of a workshop. In the first session the participants analysed the TONETA project so as to draft a swot analysis to be presented in the final report and draw lessons for the future. In the second session, the focus was dedicated to the European Call on Sports, discussing the adequacy of this call as a future evolution of TONETA. Participants also stated that more simplification was needed in EU projects’ presentation and justification, following the example of more friendly calls like Europe for Citizens. As a significant guideline of TONETA, networking possibilities were examined by discussion on the examples of the – “World surf cities network” (of which Viana do Castelo is a member) and the Volvo Ocean Race.

In the conclusions, Mr. Gabriel Pontes, Secretary-General of AMAVE invited partners to keep working together, and to see the final report not as an end of the project but as a start of new ways of cooperation.


Save the Date: Meeting in Guimaraes 17 & 18 May


So as to know the venues and the programme, click below:

Agenda of the meeting

After lots of discussion between city representatives and young people, TONETA partnership has discovered that sport is essential to reach these goals so they are organizing a meeting in Guimaraes (Portugal) next may.  Guimaraes is the European Capital of Sports 2013 and Cardiff will be the same in 2014.

Moreover, the European Commission has opened a call 2013 Preparatory Action “European Partnership on Sports” that closes on July 19th. Should you be looking for partners, this meeting will offer opportunities to find the best!

As 9th May is Europe’s Day and the General Assembly of the Atlantic Regions is to be hold in Porto on 16th and 17th May, TONETA partnership has decided to organise a meeting on next 17th and 18th May in Guimaraes:

Sport and Atlantic Cities: A young strategy for urban cohesion

50 beds are provided for those coming outside 50km of the city. They will be available in a firt come first served basis and they are located in hostel rooms (2-4-6-8 people)  . Should you wish to book one of them, please write to sandracunha   (a)

You can register to the event here:

We have also started a crowdfunding campaign to help with the organization of the meeting and trying to provide travel scholarships, in preference for the youngsters coming from Gijon, AIRE 198 (La Rochelle, Niort, Angoulême and Poitiers).  You can consult it here.

So as to arrive to Guimaraes, the best idea is to fly to Porto (or Lisbon) and then take a train.

Looking forward to seeing you in Guimaraes!!!

Urban Projects through the Atlantic Arc: the future EU cohesion policy

The project TONETA, driven by the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities (CAAC) and led by Gijon in the framework of the Europe for Citizens programme, counts on the cooperation of CAAC cities and also involves, Cardiff, the Association of Municipalities of the Vale do Ave (AMAVE-Guimaraes), and AIRE 198 (Niort, Poitiers, La Rochelle, Angoulême). The main aims of TONETA is to give the transnational cooperations in the Atlantic Area a clear urban dimension, translating the subsidiarity principle into daily language; so active European citizenship shall become reality.
EU and Atlantic values will be at the basis of every action and will constitute the cross-cuting tool to ensure ownership of the results. It cannot be ignored that the countries of the Atlantic Arc have felt the effects of the current recession to a greater degree, and the local authorities are thus witnessing how their capacity to react is reduced. The exchange of best practices, projects that reach scale economies and wide involvement of civil society are sine qua non conditions to overcome the crisis.
This exchange of good practice has been crystalised in a report that summarises the relation beetwen urban Atlantic initiatives and the thematic objectives of the future EU cohesion policy.

Please find attached the document

Youth participation in local government and sustainable urban planning

The importance of youth participation in local government is a key dimension of the succes of sustainable urban planning. It allows young people and urban citizens  taking ownership of the city strategy, thus  creating bottom-up implementation and mobilizing local ressources. Encouraging youth participation in local policy should focus on empowering young people,  inviting policy makers to share decision with young people so as to reach youth mainstreaming.

Toneta examines Youth and its possibilities for networking. Intense exchange among the different stakeholders involved in the project so as to prepare the meeting showing  the importance of youth policies as a result of synergies that can be enhanced through town twinning and networking.

Building on the results of the Cabuenes-meeting, TONETA partnership has drafted a “SUD Plan” that involves a strong youth participation dimension.

Please download the document HERE