Supporters of the right-wing League party attend a rally in Rome, Italy, December 8, 2018.
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The results of the regional elections of Abruzzo
The Institute of European Regions (IRE) organises an International Expert Conference which is devoted to the topic of “On the trails of the Habsburg in Western Romania”. Venue is the Vasile Goldis Hall in the County Council of Arad, Romania.
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The House of Habsburg was one of the most influential dynasties in Europe. The Habsburgs’ more than 800-year-old history is preserved in places covering thousands of square kilometres in Western, Central and Eastern Europe. A route from France to Austria, the “Via Habsburg” invites to a visit of many of these places. This is a path of more than a thousand kilometres of knowledge, friendship and of relationships across borders and between the Nations.
So far a similar cultural route is missing for the eastern and south-eastern European area, where the house Habsburg decisively shaped the historical development. The region of Arad is now trying to connect to the rest of Europe by establishing its own cultural route of the Habsburg heritage and to strengthen the historical and cultural links. This, of course, especially against the background of the intensification of tourism.
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Intern from Serba finishes IRE internship:
In February and March Branka Agbaba stayed as an intern at the Institute of the Regions of Europe. As International Relations Officer at the University of Novi Sad, this experience will help her with her further professional development. This will give her the chance to present herself and her home institution in an even better way, by connecting and networking at the level of international cooperation and by getting acquainted with the principles of the European Integration, especially regarding people and institutions from non-EU, Western Balkan Countries.
Dr. Franz Schausberger hands over the internship certificate to Branka Agbaba
Therefore, the many cultural monuments and historical locations (especially in Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci) represent a heritage of great importance, which can be preserved properly for the future by using it for joint projects in the field of tourism and by providing mutual effort in developing further cooperation.
“With great support and a warm welcome of the IRE team, it has been a great pleasure and experience to achieve new skills and knowledge by dealing with daily tasks during my one month internship as well as participating at the 8th IRE Expert Conference on ‘Mobility in Smart Regions’ in February 2019”, Branka concludes about her stay in Salzburg.
New IRE member from Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Mesihovina, the first wind power plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina
8th IRE Expert Conference “Mobility in Smart Regions”:
Daily traffic jams in the morning and in the evening, rapidly increasing demand for parking spaces and missing or incorrect public transport services burden everyday urban life. In addition, this results in serious, almost unsolvable environmental problems. However, not only large metropolises, but increasingly also regional central cities and their surrounding areas are confronted with these issues. This also applies to the state capital of Salzburg, the surrounding districts and the adjacent Bavarian areas.
Transport is a central issue for every metropolitan area. Smart Regions go beyond the city limits and enable smaller villages to implement smart city solutions. There are already several successful examples throughout Europe. Some particularly interesting ones, such as Stuttgart, Zurich, Bolzano or Basel were presented at this conference.
State Councilor Stefan Schnöll pointed out the concrete traffic problems in Salzburg: “The basic problem of Salzburg consists in the long distances and limited alternative routes that result from the Salzach and the city hills. The many commuters from the surrounding area of Salzburg, of whom 80 percent go by car, then quickly block the roads.” Therefore, public transport must be made more attractive. However, possible solutions, such as cheaper fares and means of transport, which go in the direction that people need, can only be realized if the city and the Land Salzburg work together.
Here, the responsible politicians are now in agreement, confirmed the Mayor of Salzburg Harald Preuner: “The problem can only be tackled if we bring all individual steps together.” “Isolated individual measures without overall concept and prohibitions without attractive alternative offers not only solve the problems, but relocate at best or even exacerbate the situation, “added Franz Schausberger, Member of the Board of the Institute of European Regions: “Less private transport can only be achieved by expanding public transport services “.
This was also confirmed by Deputy Mayor Martin Wex from Schwaz in Tyrol. In the Tyrolean Inn Valley the situation is similar, with the mountains, the industry and the commuter traffic. There the traffic problems could be improved only by a better and more comfortable public traffic offer and by an increase of the accessibility of the public means of transport. Prohibitions did not help. This is due to individual comfort and morality. It was the digital networking of public and individual mobility that opened up solutions. Today, people use more carpools and switch between different means of transport.
This shows that the policy of Salzburg is on the right track. Together, the city and the state take concrete steps in a joint traffic planning: Starting with a commuter flow analysis, for example, all city and regional bus lines are to be redesigned and optimally coordinated with one another and with the needs of the citizens. The examples from other European cities also confirm the potential for success of the “think smart mobility in a regional way” concept.
Four core ideas proved to be essential at the conference:
Victory of the Lega in Trentino:
In the run-up of the 2018 provincial elections in the Italian region of Trentino, after 20 years of rule by centre-left autonomist coalitions, the Northern League party (Italian: Lega Nord) won with 27.4% of the votes followed by the centre-left opposition Democratic Party (PD) with 13.93% and the regionalist PATT with 12.59%. The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), the League’s ruling partner in Rome, reached 7.23%.
Results of the 2018 provincial elections in Trentino
Maurizio Fugatti was elected new Trentino governor
Franz Schausberger meets the Ivorian minister Amichia in Brussels:
In the debate on the neighbourhood and development policy of the EU with regard to Africa, Franz Schausberger stated that Europe has a special responsibility towards Africa due to its historical background (colonialism).
Above all, it is crucial that aid and support reach the regions and communities and cities in a concrete way. Therefore, cooperation and partnerships between European and African regions and cities are of particular importance. Targeted measures were intended primarily to counteract rural depopulation and migration to Europe.
Franz Schausberger with the Ivorian minister Francois Albert Amichia
François Albert Amichia is a member of the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire – African Democratic Rally (PDCI-RDA). He was the mayor of Treichville and held the post of Ivorian sports minister and the minister of tourism. In 2002, he was held hostage in Bouaké in the center of the country during a rebellion, but released a few days later. He is also the president of the Union of cities and municipalities of Côte d’Ivoire (UVICOCI).
Meeting between Magnus Berntsson of the AER and Franz Schausberger:
On 6 January 2019, IRE board member Franz Schausberger met with the President of the Assembly of European Regions (AER), Magnus Berntsson from the Swedish region of Vastra Götaland in Brussels. They discussed the possibilities for closer cooperation between the two institutions and agreed on the exchange of information, studies and publications. AER General Secretary Mathieu Mori and Tina Wu also took part in the debate.
Magnus Berntsson, President of the Assembly of European Regions and Franz Schausberger at their meeting