EU Allocates Funds for Gijon


The European Union has allocated funding from the TEN-T Programme, under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, for two maritime infrastructure projects in Europe.

The EU has allotted $6.8 million for the construction of a sea lock in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, to ensure that one of the bottlenecks currently restricting capacity is removed. The lock will create a connection between the tidal Deurganckdock and the non-tidal docks of Waaslandhaven. It will be 68 meters (about 223 feet) wide with a depth of 58 feet. EU support will continue until December 2014, and the new lock basin is expected to enter into service by March 2016.

The EU will also provide more than $1.4 million for a series of studies that will assess the feasibility and necessary infrastructure adaptations for the use of liquefied natural gas as a shipping fuel in the Port of Gijon, Spain. The studies will specifically focus on standards, regulations and legal issues; technical designs; impacts; user requirements; recommendations; and implementation plans. The project is scheduled to be completed in May 2014.



La Rochelle : M-SPICE project Monitoring – sustanaible and participatory initiatives for cities in Europe

-Spice aims to develop and implement a joint framework to monitor local strategic plans to engage  stakeholders and citizens in an integrated and sustainable approach. The aim is to disseminate the project results at strategic events during the course of the project. One starting point for the project will be the Monitoring progress tool, developed within the EU Reference framework for sustainable cities as a local contribution to relevant EU 2020 objectives.

La Rochelle, CAAC city, is one of the partners.

Cooperation Day

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.

Further reading:
More info on the European cooperation Day.
Toneta project: City networks and Cohesion Policy
CECICN: Strategic document on Smart Cooperation

EUROTEX ID: the strategic role of textile museums

Eurotex ID is a natural progression of Twintex Museums project – – promoted by the Municipality of Prato and ACTE, with its over-70 European textile centers. This project, funded by the EU Culture programme, debates on the strategic role of textile museums in the process of economic and social transformation of urban centers and the transition of industrial districts towards the knowledge-based economy. It focused on the conservation and the stop of loss of European textile heritage, deriving from the destruction of textile sample books which represent a basic witness of European productive history. The main objectives of this project are:
– to set up a European network of museums, fashion design schools, local authorities and textile companies with a view to enhancing and re-exploiting the local know-how of textile territories as means of facilitating the process of transition of European textile districts towards the knowledge-based economy;
– to establish the structural conditions necessary to extend European textile identity study and enhancement initiatives to other textile museums in Europe via the adoption of a standard European cataloguing system which may be used by all players, be they museums or textile companies still in business;
– to encourage new generations of designers to turn to museum collections for inspiration when designing textiles and items of clothing with a view to re-interpreting European textile traditions and exploiting the relative know-how according to a contemporary, creative approach.
– to confirm the concept of European citizenship and encourage intercultural dialogue via enhancement of the common features of the European industrial textile heritage;
Vale do Ave participates in this project toghether with other six partners.
More info and Source: ACTE