What are we talking about when we refer to European projects

Contextualizing what European projects are can allow us to know their contours and opportunities, speaking about them appropriately

A European project is such because it affects European stakeholders. The project actions are carried out and written in response to European programs that are education, citizenship, social inclusion, science, innovation and a thousand other times declined by the European Commission through programs, in which private public bodies and organizations belonging primarily to EU Member States participate and in some programs to third countries or with which the EU has established partnership agreements.

Funds declined through the programs must respond to EU policies for that program under the key action by respecting the criteria set out in the guidelines and programs.

The latter are decided at the start of the 7-year program in 7 years on the basis of a framework of European policies in order to determine actions that impact on policies in a bottom-up logic. Basically, a European project, according to the different actions, is made up of a European partnership, usually of several countries, be it public or private organizations according to the eligibility criteria.

So to say, I have to do a home renovation, I ask Europe for money, it is not feasible, I have to fix a square in the city and I don't even ask Europe for money. These are funds, when declined, which you will find made available by the State or the region in which you live, very often always declined from Europe but with completely different logiuche access. 

Through European projects, many transnational entities come into contact, create innovation, strengthen their own identity and internationalization strategy, generating confrontation between deeply different cultures and backgrounds.

European projects, when financed, the competition is very high, they also represent a prop to promote local events on transnational issues and stimulate national identities to compare even on issues that, at national level, are faced with methods and purposes often not always in harmony with European policies.

We are on the threshold of the start of the new programming and new scenarios are opening up, if we studied European policies, we would already know where and how the next policies will affect. The European projects as such will contribute to the realization of the next program, they will be of greater or lesser financial weight according to the project actions and the budgets that will be declined for each program.

Writing a European project requires a plurality of skills and specialization for which a single professional is never enough. Training on European design, even if euro-design activities will not take place, is particularly useful because it opens the view and makes us aware of what is going on around us. Precisely for this reason, I am an advocate of promoting European planning also in schools, because in addition to knowing European policies, we are talking about Europe in terms of resources and opportunities. We would have more European young people and maybe new designers. 

Ines Caloisi

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