AD-HOC VISIT OF THE ECOWASTE4FOOD PROJECT IN MARSEILLES, FRANCE, IN THE FRAME OF EXPERIENCES’ EXCHANGE ACTIONS
The Regional Development Fund of Western Macedonia completed the visits for exchange of experiences in the frame of the ECOWASTE4FOOD, a project co-funded by the Interreg Europe programme, in Marseilles, France. The visit was co-organized with the cooperation of the Region Provence – Alpes – Côte d’Azur (PACA) from France and included visits to local stakeholders and to the offices of the PACA Region.
The Project Manager and the Technical Consultant of the Regional Development Fund of Western Macedonia participated in the Ad-Hoc Visit. The objective of the visit was the review and analysis of the eco-innovations applied in South France and resulted in valorizing and reducing food waste. Furthermore, the objective was the discussion about regional funding programs of investments implemented in the fields of food waste reduction and circular economy, by public and private actors, in PACA Region, so as for the conclusions to be used in the improvement and finalization of the Action Plan of RDFWM for the reduction of food waste in Western Macedonia.
Other participants in the Ad-Hoc Visit included representatives of the Polish Wielkopolska Region due to the common interest with RDFWM in the funding programs of the PACA Region.
The visit lasted 2 days, starting on the 26th of September 2018 and ending on the 27th of September. The first day included the visits to the municipality of Châteauneuf-les-Martigues for the presentation of the local program for the reduction of food waste in municipal school restaurants, and to the CETA company in Aubagne for the presentation of ways to use unsold vegetables and fruits of the local cooperative of farmers in the production of high nutritional value food products. The second day included the meeting with representatives of the French PACA region and the Polish Wielkopolska Region. During the meeting, the representative of the PACA region presented the regional funding programs for investments implemented by public and private actors in the fields of circular economy and in the reduction and re-use of food waste. Furthermore, the parameters of the programs that led to their success and how they can be reproduced in the case of Western Macedonia, were discussed.
The Ad-Hoc Visit was the last experience exchange action of the ECOWASTE4FOOD project and closed a circle of visits in different European regions that led to the formulation of the Action Plan for the reduction of food waste in Western Macedonia.
More information about the ECOWASTE4FOOD project at: https://www.interregeurope.eu/ecowaste4food/.
Stakeholders meeting of the “ECOWASTE4FOOD” project in Western Macedonia
The Regional Development Fund of Western Macedonia / Region of Western Macedonia and stakeholders’ representatives from Western Macedonia of the ECOWASTE4FOOD project, which is co-funded by the Interreg Europe program, attended the stakeholder’s meeting that took place on Friday, July 20, 2018 at the premises of RDFWM in Kozani.
The objectives of the meeting were to review the results of the 4th Steering Committee as well as of the 4th Interregional Workshop of the project in Marseille, and the presentation and the discussion of the revised action plan for the Region of Western Macedonia, as this was formulated after the stakeholders’ meeting that took place on the 25th of May, 2018.
Through discussions that took place during this meeting and will be continued in the next stakeholders’ meetings, the revised action plan was assessed and decisions were taken for the reformulation of the action plan with the aim of finalizing until the end of 2018. During this meeting, the actions of the action plan that were evaluated as the proper ones for their integration in the OP Western Macedonia 2014-2020 were selected, basic parameters of the actions were redefined and new directions were defined for the re-planning and specification of the action plan’s actions.
More information about the ECOWASTE4FOOD project can be found at: https://www.interregeurope.eu/ecowaste4food/.