Fieri and Ioannina Municipalities signed on Monday a joint agreement to intensify further cooperation between the two cities in fields of tourism, trade, culture, sport and natural, cultural and historic heritage.
The agreement was signed by Fieri Mayor Baftjar Zeqaj and his counterpart Thomas Bengas and the ceremony was attended by Bernardo Notarangelo, General Director of Mediterranean Relations for Tourism, Culture and European Programs in Puglia region. It also predicts that the two pairs are required to contribute for the development and strengthening of local governance and the respective cooperation of local institutions.
The two municipalities will set permanent cooperation relations in all fields, aiming to develop their territories, to exchange ideas and experiences in compiling projects of mutual benefit in areas of economy, culture, tourism and heritage protection. This agreement will be followed by a second phase where the two institutions will present a twinning cooperation agreement which will make possible the joint application of the two cities in the European Union projects.
In order to have an effective cooperation, both institutions will organize joint meetings, seminars, fairs, cultural and sportive events and mutual visits at least once a year. Another important compulsory point of agreement is the cooperation in future European Union programs, predicted to be implemented during 2014-2020. The European Union program which is extended in 6 years will provide funds and grants for development projects, mainly in developing European countries.
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