The 4th Euregio Youth Festival just ended
100 young people from Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino, 16 speakers, eight working groups and 64 hours of work divided into 16 workshops, three different stops in the three Euregio countries: Riva del Garda, Merano, Stams. A 550-km journey through the Euregio and a "Euroregion –Youth Festival 2015 Declaration" as a final document of the work - these are the figures of this year's Youth Festival of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino.
The 4th Youth Festival entitled "Building Together the Euregio" took place from March 25th to the 28th. After the opening event and a first full day of works in Riva, the participants were welcomed in South Tyrol, where they attended a jazz concert in Lana. In Merano, the working groups were engaged in the discussion of general topics such as “Studying and Working in the Euregio”, “Creativity and Art”, “Mobility without borders”, “Nature and Environment”. The last stop was in Stams, Tyrol.
At the end of the 3-day working marathon, the participants met with EGTC President Günther Platter and presented him with the results of their workshops. President Platter was impressed by the perfectly bilingual presentations and thoughtful suggestions by these young people. He expressed his will to implement some of the tips and suggestions by the participants. Therefore, he will present the end report of the Festival to the EGTC Board meeting that will take place in late May in East Tyrol.
"Young people are our future," said Tyrolean Governor Platter, "It is particularly important to open young people's new perspectives. The Euregio offers a great opportunity for training, studying and working; in fact, this region is growing closer and closer economically, infrastructurally and socially." As examples, the Euregio President mentioned the Euregio exchange programs and the Euregio science fund, the promotion of transnational cultural projects, the Euregio music competition "Uploadsonds", as well as the improved euroregional mobility.
The Euregio Youth Festival takes place annually since 2012 at three locations in Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino. In 2014, the Festival was awarded second place in the first ever EGTC price "Building Europe Across Borders" promoted by the European Union. This year's edition of the Euregio Youth Festival was organized by the EGTC - European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino in cooperation with the Board of Education of Tyrol and the boards of education from South Tyrol and Trentino.