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2014-2020: Opportunities to capitalise ANATOLE PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00

On February 17th and 18th, CAAC attended the Cities of Tomorrow Forum, represented by its presidency (A Corunna), by member Santander and by CAAC coordinator, Tamara Guirao. The aim of this event was to launch the discussions on an “Urban Agenda” for Europe. As ANATOLE is a project that relies mainly on cities’ activities, the goal was to identify programmes and funding lines for future capitalisation:

New Urban Development Network: The Forum for Urban Development

The Forum for Urban Development (art 9 ERDF) is a new tool for the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 . Managed by the Commission, it will direct dialogue with cities. Unlike URBACT, it will be entirely dedicated to integrated urban sustainable development.

The platform, called New Urban Development Network ( UDN) will aim to fund and support projects that integrate economic , social, environmental, climatic and demographic dimensions, dimensions that are reflected in the aims, activities and results of the ANATOLE project.

Integrated sustainable urban development

5% of the ERDF ( art. 7) shall be used for sustainable urban development. Even if selection will depend upon the final composition of Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes, ANATOLE complies with the main principles of this axis.

Innovative actions in the field of sustainable urban development

Created by new ERDF regulations, these actions will be launched by the European Commission , which will select through calls for proposals for studies and pilot projects to identify or test new solutions. As for ANATOLE, economy of proximity and short delivery chains are already labelled as “social innovation” activities. Therefore, this represents a clear opportunity to capitalise the project.


URBACT encourages participating cities to develop action plans supported by local action groups involving all relevant partners.  In line with the Europe 2020 strategy , eligible projects must involve one of the five priorities:

1. Strengthening research

2 . Supporting the shift towards a low- carbon ,

3 . Promoting a sustainable use of resources,

4. The social inclusion and the fight against poverty

5. Employment.

Any of them may be suitable for ANATOLE. Priority 1 was mentioned in the Lisbon meeting, priority 2 and 3 rely on the short delivery chain as an alternative, and priorities 3-4 were the main objectives of the discussions in A Corunna in October 2013.

ANATOLE and the Atlantic Arc Festival: promoting the economy of proximity PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 February 2014 10:41

On January 30, the coordinator of the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities (CAAC), Ms. Tamara Guirao, met the Councillor of Culture of Gijón, M. Carlos Rubiera, to discuss the Atlantic Arc Festival next edition. With this festival, the city of Gijón/Xixón aims to promote a common Atlantic culture, create a link and a platform for exchange between the peoples that compose the European Atlantic Arc.

According to the organizers, culture and trade contribute to the construction of the identity of the European Atlantic Area and improve its projection in the rest of Europe. In the previous edition, the local economy was highlighted with Michelin-starred cooking shows, workshops for children, a food fair and tourism and gastronomic events as an essential part of the programme.

These activities are complementary to the philosophy of ANATOLE project, finding synergies between city life and the local economy.  This was made evident during the meeting, at which the CAAC gave Mr. Rubiera the guide of good practice of the ANATOLE project. Similarly, the two organizations work to ensure that the Irish ANATOLE partners would be present at the next edition of the festival.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 10:59
ANATOLE examines urban food systems in Lisbon PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 January 2014 17:05


The current global crisis and the acknowledgement that, in coming decades, the world population will be predominantly urban, brings about new necessities and demands for innovative approaches to food systems’ planning.

This need urges to identify the most efficient and consistent ways to deal with problems concerning economic and energetic efficiency, environmental quality, food security, job creation and urban development.

Invited by the University Nova of Lisbon, ANATOLE project partners met in Lisbon, city member of the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities, between the 10 and 12 December 2013, with several objectives:

- Supporting ANATOLE scientific results and promoting the launch of a debate on a larger scale in government and academic institutions.

- Learning at first-hand experiences of economy of proximity in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area

- Reflecting about the progress of the project in each of the territories involved

- Building on these developments a training proposal that will meet the aims of the Europe 2020 strategy and the new European programmes.




Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 18:35