URBACT Summer Campus in Sofia
On 13 and 14 June representatives of four Bulgarian, one Lithuanian, one Spanish and one French city spent together two intensive days of learning from one another’s experience and drawing lessons in developing and integrating solutions to common urban challenges. Together with the URBACT Program Secretariat and the National Association of the Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria the participants from Sofia, Burgas, Troyan, Stara Zagora, Clermont-Ferrant, Klaipeda and Santa Pola took part in numerous interactive trainings and role-plays on modern methods for partnership. The Campus focused not only on learning more about participants’ successful projects, but also on solutions for overcoming transfer barriers and future perspectives.
In the course of the Campus, Sofia municipality presented its network “Com.Unity.Lab” which aims to build and develop networks between European cities to promote sustainable urban development. The project is implemented by eight European cities: Lisbon (PT) as leading partner, Bari (IT), Aalborg (DK), Ostrava (CZ), Lublin (PL), The Hague (NL), Sofia (BG) and Lille (FR). Sofia project team has concentrated its activities on the implementation of two key instruments - mapping impact priority areas and creating regional working groups of stakeholders.
“Cities in action at Blue growth-BluAct’ - the project of Burgas municipality - is searching for young entrepreneurs to develop their own innovative business ideas in the maritime sector. The project under URBAC Program is implemented jointly with the municipality of Piraeus, Greece. Among the main project activities is the organization of contest for innovative business ideas in the “Blue Economy” sphere. The winners of the contest will be supported in establishing their start-up companies. As an ultimate objective of the project is the creation of ecosystem for “Blue Growth” consisting of at least three successful start-ups until 2025.
Higher standards and healthy food for children in kindergartens and schools brought together Troyan municipality and municipality of Mouan-Sartoux, France. The transfer project supports healthy nutrition and environmentally friendly farming of vegetables and fruits and their delivery to children in kindergartens and schools on the territory of the municipality. Learning from the experience and mechanism implemented by Mouan-Sartoux, Troyan municipality is transferring the idea on local territory.
Stara Zagora municipality, which is currently not a member of URBACT Network expressed its willingness to join the project activities for transferring best practices in the field of tourism and urban environment development. The deputy mayor presented his ideas in the sphere of culture and tourism, as well as large-scale infrastructure projects.
Concluding the Summer Campus in Sofia most of the participant shared that it helped them understand better URBACT methods and raised their awareness of the importance of networking and fostering local initiatives.
Photo: URBACT Summer Campus in Sofia group session
Photo: URBACT Summer Campus in Sofia participants