Networking in Europe

“The EU has still much to give and offer” – That’s what the participants of the first European networking meeting of Starkmacher has experienced together. From the 30th of October to the 2nd of November, Starkmacher hosted a 3-day formation to a group of 27 people coming from different countries. The participants were from various organizations that have been partnering with Starkmacher in order to boost the solid transnational partner network serving as a platform for sustainable cooperation.
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STRONG european network

The main aim was to facilitate cross border transfer of good practice as well as institutional human resources development leading to increased capacities of youth organizations and higher quality levels of staff and services. It has been a very successful way to "dream together the future". In fact, one of the main wish of the participants, behind their daily work as youth organizations, is the fulfilment of their dreams, all aiming at a holistic socio-economic development of our societies. It has been also a chance to participate to several "table of discussion" on future shared plans and project: several ideas came up based on the several fields if intervention and expertise of the participants. From sustainable architecture to agricultural and rural development; from pedagogical to artistic project proposals, from environmental innovative ideas to sport as mean of integration. Ideas, stories, wishes and long-term planning.

Exchange and training

The formation touched upon topics such as the importance and chances of working in international partnerships, the challenges in writing project proposals, the several opportunities given by the European Commission in terms of fundings and tips and suggestions on how effectively take part to international partnership. The bulk of the training has been the introduction and the analysis of the Project Cycle Management (PCM) and Goal Oriented Project Planning (GOPP) methodologies. All partners have been using these methodologies in the past, but the training has been a chance to further their knowledge and an occasion to find together the most bitter questions.

Discussions and conversations have brought up the many reasons to commit to actions for a united European community. The positive aspects of living in the Union have outweighed the present challenges and worries about the European Union.