Europe Day!

Europe Day is the name of an annual observance by the European Union (EU), held on the 9 May each year.

It is also known as Schuman Day, in commemoration of the 1950 Schuman Declaration. It is the EU’s “equivalent of a national day”

This year the European Commission Representation celebreated Europe Day in the new Titanic Hotel in the Titanic quater with past and present Heads of representation reflecting on their time in office and the changes that had taken place over almost 30 yrs.




Women return to work project

The Women Return to Work Project is two year project funded through wrwErasmus+.

The aim of the project is to prepare women of all ages (local, migrant, refugee and disabled) to return to employment or entrepreneurship after a period of economic inactivity by developing their key skills and competencies to improve labour mobility especially in rural areas where finding employment can be more difficult by providing them with explore opportunities to create employment.

Each partner will provide their expertise in specific areas: Sweden will present its ISO 9001 certified mentoring programme; Northern Ireland (UK), its working models for increased business enterprise; Poland, its effort on behalf of persons with disability and Turkey, its training initiatives for job seekers, especially women.

A dissemination meeting was held in Turkey 3 – 4 May 2018 to share the results of the project at the end of its two year term.

During the disseimantion event the partners from Sweden, Poland, UK and Turkey met with some of the groups of women in the various trianing centres run by KOMEK. The women receive training to support them return to work through KOMEK who deliver trianing to over 30, 000 women each year.

The group visits Culture Park Sale Centre whi help to sell the products the women create during their workshops such as ceramics, lace, pottery, art works. Visits also took place to Saman Pazarı Furnishings Workshop Buyuk Sinan Art and Design Center and Karatay Women’s Club as well as Konya Ecdat Park to meet and share the benefits of participating in the Women return to work project.

As it was the end of the training year a speical celebration exhibition was held to exhibit and display all the items the women had produced and to celebrate their development throughout the year. The exhibition was attended by over 500 people at the İrfan Cultural Centre.

On the final day a seminar was held where each of the partners shared the best practice from their region and heard from some of the success stories from women who had taken part in the programme which had helped them to set up their own businesses.

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Enterprising Women

The Network for Enterprising Women (NEW) hosted their Spring conference in Enniskillen on the 26 April 2018. Speakers included femal entrepreneurs sharing their motivation stories ovecoming all types of obstacles to build their businesses.

A workshop was delivered on The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) is a regulation by which the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission intend to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU).

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply from 25 May 2018.




Opportunity Europe Euro Quiz 2018

The Opportunity Europe Euro Quiz is now in its third year. Five heats are being held around Northern Ireland – in Armagh, Ballymena, Belfast, Derry-Londonderry and Omagh, with a grand final in Belfast in mid-May.

The Armagh heat took place in Armagh Theatre on the 24 April 2018 with entries from schools across the area. The quiz included eight rounds of questions on daily life and culture, geography, music, food and drink, sport, faces and places, name that country and languages with spot prizes.

The winners of the Armagh heat were St Paul’s High with Down High runners up!


CRANE: Meeting Belfast, Northern Ireland: 16 – 17 April 2018

The CRANE project is funded for 2yrs through Erasmus+ strategcrane-logoic
partners for adult education: KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices.

The aim of the project is to provide farmers involved in multifunctional farms with the skills and competencies required to fulfill their role of promoting and informing people about agriculture through non formal education.

The project will use the experiences of farmers across the partner regions from Italy, Spain, Malta and the UK to develop training to provide farmers with the necessary skills to develop or improve these services/ activities on their farms.

The meeting in Belfast was to provide an update on the project objectives, budget and review of the tasks to be completed as well as test the modules for the training programme in Malta in May 2018.

The training in Malta will be delisted to 2 multifunctional farmers from each the partner regions to test and improve the pilot training.

The training will last 5 days and will provide a general overview of multifunctional farming as well as modules on the specific areas of expertise form each of the partners:

General overview of multifunctional farms, & results of questionnaires (Malta)
Agritourism (Italy)
Social farming (N Ireland)
Direct selling (Spain)
Educational farms (Italy)

Each of the training modules will include case studies.

The two day meeting included a visit to two social farms facilitated by Rural Support.

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Erasmus+ Celebration

Mid Ulster Council hosts a celebration of the Erasmus+ funded Euro-Youth MediaLab  Project which has involved youth from Dungannon over the 2year term of the project.

The aim of the project is to work with youth to explore what issues concern them and present their views through multimedia reports which they will produce and share with their project partners.

Five of the ten partners involved in the Euro-Youth MediaLab project take part in  an Erasmus+ youth exchange programme. The five project partners are: Bulgaria, France, Spain, Sweden and UK.  The youth exchange includes 5 youth and one leader from each region working together during a week long programme to explore EU key issues.

Youth from Dungannon and Cookstown took part in youth exchanges in France, Spain, Bulgaria and Sweden where they worked with youth from Sweden, Spain, France and Bulgaria. Project information


The fourth and final youth exchange took place in Baena, Spain 18 – 22 March 2018 and included 5 youth and a youth leader from Bulgaria, France, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

The youth exchange was hosted by the project partner from Baena, Spain which is a town of Andalucia in the province of Córdoba in southern Spain.

Five youth and their youth leader from Cookstown Youth Council took part in the exchange. Full report