More than 160 events are celebrating the European Cooperation Day on 21 September 2012: Celebrating Territorial Cooperation—Sharing borders, growing closer!
The European Cooperation Day will be celebrated across Europe and in neighbouring countries for the first time ever. With over 80% of all European Territorial Cooperation programmes on board, more than 160 local events will take place across Europe on 21 September and throughout that week.
The wide variety of events includes cross-border races, children’s theatre, photography contests, nature hikes, project showcases, and so much more.
The aim of the campaign, which carries the slogan “Sharing borders, growing closer,” is to celebrate the achievements of cooperation between European regions and countries. Since the beginning of the 1990s, more than 20,000 projects, co-funded by the EU, have contributed to improving the lives of European citizens across borders, from creating jobs to protecting the environment to improving health care services, transport and energy.
EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, has shown his support for European Cooperation Day and will be participating in the celebrations. “This will be a great opportunity to recognise how territorial cooperation helps to bring Europeans closer together, share ideas across borders and solve common problems,” commented Commissioner Hahn. “I’m very impressed that so many European Territorial Cooperation programmes, and external cooperation programmes, have decided to participate in European Cooperation Day.”
The European Cooperation Day campaign is coordinated by the INTERACT Programme in association with the European Commission, and supported by the Committee of the Regions and the European Parliament.
For further information and a detailed list of local events and examples of cooperation projects, visit www.ecday.eu. You can also like us on Facebook (facebook.com/cooperationday) and follow us on Twitter (@cooperationday/#ecday)!