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Urban Cooperation

The Municipality of Famalicão, aware of international dynamics and the competitive advantages of sharing knowledge, exchanging experiences and identifying best practices, coordinates an urban diplomacy strategy, which aims to stimulate the city's internationalization.

Urbact – Making Spend Matter

 

The Making Spend Matter Project is a project co-funded by URBACT, which includes seven European Cities as partners, and whose implementation began in March 2018. The main area of cooperation of the partnership network is based on working together for the adaptation and reuse of good practices to promote urban policies. The "GOOD PRACTICE" of the Making Spend Matter network, selected by the partners, lies in public procurement and public procurement mechanisms.
Several actions have been developed on procurement methodologies, the introduction of environmental criteria in procurement and supplier selection, the deepening of transparency, among others
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Key results to be highlighted:
Since public procurement plays an important role in municipal management, the transferred GOOD PRACTICE will help to understand WHERE the municipality buys, HOW it buys, WHOM it buys and what environmental and social criteria to apply in public tenders. In this way it is intended to understand how to contribute to the improvement of the local economy and how to involve citizens in this common goal
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Partners:
Led by the city of Preston in the United Kingdom, the partnership is composed of 7 partner cities: Pamplona (Spain), Kavala (Greece), Bistrita (Romania), Koszalin (Poland), Vila Nova de Famalicão (Portugal) and Schaerbeek (Belgium).

More information at: urbact.eu/makingspendmatter

Urbact – Resourceful Cities



CCity of Resources - Space for co-creation and circular action is a Project co-funded by URBACT, which includes ten European Cities as partners, and whose implementation began in September 2019. This project seeks to develop the next generation of urban resource centres, which can serve as catalysts for the circular economy, through the adoption of a participatory and integrated approach, resulting in positive economic, environmental and social impacts.
The network should facilitate waste prevention, reuse, repair and recycling. The centres should also provide a link for citizens, new businesses, researchers and the public sector, and should serve to co-create new ways to close the resource cycle at local level.

Key results to be highlighted:
Reduction in the use of natural resources, decrease in waste production, recovery of waste as a resource.
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Partners:
Led by the city of The Hague in the Netherlands, the partnership consists of 10 partner cities: Zagreb (Croatia), Vila Nova de Famalicão (Portugal), Cáceres (Spain), Opole (Poland), Patras (Greece), Ciudad Real (Spain), Bucharest 3rd district (Romania), Mechelen (Belgium) and Oslo (Norway).


More information at: urbact.eu/vila-nova-de-famalicao

IUC Fort Collins



Started in November 2018, this partnership has as main objective the promotion of cooperation between the cities of Fort Collins, Colorado, USA, and Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal, materialized in knowledge sharing, good practices and sustainable urban solutions.
There are essentially three areas of cooperation: (i) Sustainable mobility (low carbon), focused on the use of bicycles and public transport, land use and the green economy and entrepreneurship; (ii) Planning and implementation of practices for citizen involvement and participation, behavioural change and climate change mitigation and adaptation; and (iii) Local production and consumption and the circular economy.
This project is co-financed by the IUC - International Urban Cooperation, European Union-North America Programme
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Key results to be highlighted:
VNF AtiveMob, Action Plan for Active Pedestrian and Cyclable Mobility; Fort Collins implements the public participation methodology of Sofa Vision'25 - Fort Collins Camping Couch;

   

Partners:
Condado de Larimer, Colorado (USA)


More information at: www.iuc.eu  ou  www.fcgov.com

INTERREG – Atlantic Food Export



The Atlantic Food Export (AFE) project is a project co-funded by INTERREG - Atlantic Area. It supports small and medium enterprises (SMEs) of the agribusiness in developing an internationalisation plan to access international markets, especially in the Atlantic Area regions.
Through a program of consultancy, training, meetings and business events, over 100 beneficiary companies investigate new markets, test their products, and acquire knowledge, partnerships and contacts that will be fundamental for a successful internationalization.
The companies, divided into clusters by markets of interest, integrate a programme that includes knowledge transfer, training and support in management practices, while participating in business missions in international markets
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Key results to be highlighted:
The main results of the Atlantic Food Export Project include training in internationalization for the participating SMEs, specialized technical support for the elaboration of strategies for internationalization, support for the elaboration of a strategic internationalization plan for each of the companies, advice on international markets, commercial representatives - retailers and wholesalers and participation in Business Meetings and Missions.


Partners:
Led by the Chambre d'Agriculture de la Dordogne in France, the partnership is made up of organisations from 5 European countries in the Atlantic Area, namely: Cork City Council in Ireland; ASINCAR - Association of Meat Industries - Asturias in Spain; the Chamber of Commerce of Seville in Spain; Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom; BIC Innovation in Wales, United Kingdom; and Vila Nova de Famalicão City Council in Portugal.


More information at: atlanticfoodexport.eu

INTERREG - CoLogistics



The CoLogistics Project - Logistics Collaboration Structure in the Euroregion is a project co-financed by INTERREG V Spain - Portugal (POCTEP). This project promotes cross-border collaboration in the area of ​​transport and logistics.
The general objective is internationalization through the promotion of logistical activity in the territory of Galicia-Norte de Portugal and the strengthening of its organizational and technological capacities, to foster internationalization and increase the foreign presence of companies in the fields of logistics and transport.
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Key results to be highlighted:
The project is at an early stage. The implementation of this project is expected to contribute to the strengthening of logistical competitiveness in the Euroregion, through the creation of joint structures for logistical collaboration.


Partners:
Led by the Confederación de Empresarios de Pontevedra (CEP) in Spain, the partnership is composed of organizations from both countries: Instituto Galego de Promoción Económica (IGAPE) - Xunta de Galicia, in Spain; Dirección Xeral de Mobilidad - Consellería de Infraestructuras y Vivenda - Xunta de Galicia, in Spain; Autoridad Portuaria de Vigo - Puertos del Estado, in Spain; Associação Empresarial de Portugal (AEP), in Portugal; Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões and Viana do Castelo, S. A. (APDL), in Portugal; and the Vila Nova de Famalicão City Council, in Portugal.


More information at: www.cologistics-project.eu/pt/

POCTEP - Empreende Makers



The objective is the creation and development of a business network based on the digital manufacturing and prototyping centres of the Galicia-North Portugal Euroregion, which will act as a common space for technological and creative innovation, where people interested in its use (especially young people) can access a space and tools that allow them to develop a project idea of a technological and creative nature from conception and prototyping to experimentation and adaptation to market needs and its subsequent acceleration and launch.
All this under the philosophy of "do it yourself", "lean methodology" and "learning by doing" that promotes the creation of innovative business initiatives in the Euro region.


Key results to be highlighted:
Through the business network, a transfer of innovations, procedures and expertise will be achieved between the various manufacturing centres and digital prototypes of the Euro region, resulting in the emergence of synergies of joint work that will benefit the competitiveness and growth of the business fabric of the Euro region.
In addition, the acquisition by young people of a range of skills will be promoted through the use of ICT and 'production technologies' which will stimulate technological and/or creative innovation through training, experimentation and technical and business advice which will enable the creation of new business initiatives.

Partners:
Led by Concello de Ourense, Diputacion de Ourense, University of Vigo, Xunta de Galicia, Paredes de Coura City Council, University of Minho, Melgaço City Council, Famalicão City Council.


More information at: www.poctep.eu/emprende-makers-de-emakers-emprendedores