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Meeting of the INFORM and INIO networks of EU cohesion policy communicators

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

15.00 – 17.00

INIO meeting  (restricted to Social Fund communicators)

The challenge of implementing and communicating European Pillar of Social Rights through ESF:

  • Aris Peroulakis, coordination of INIO network, DG EMPL, ESF Coordination Unit Presentation PDF
  • Loris Di Pietrantonio, Head of ESF Coordination Unit DG EMPL, through registered video

How to better communicate the European Pillar of Social Rights

  • Elena Pascual Jimenez, DG EMPL Communication Unit Presentation PDF

Examples of using ESF to implement European Pillar of Social Rights


Plenary session open to all participants

Welcome by Georges Alexakis , Deputy Governor of the Cretan region

Key updates from the European Commission on "The new reformed cohesion policy"

  • Priorities of a simplified, streamlined and more integrated communication post 2020 – The Commission's #EUbudget and legislative proposal on the future cohesion policy by Agnès Monfret Presentation PDF
  • Communication and visibility rules: Omnibus and the new rules proposed post 2020 by Matteo Salvai Presentation PDF
  • Publication of open calls
  • Pilot action on monitoring and evaluating communication measures – Call for volunteers
  • Update on on-going activities and campaigns:
  • GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation

Thursday, 31 May 2018


Introduction: Agnès Monfret and Aris Peroulakis + Welcome and Presentation by Maria Kasotaki, Head of the Managing Authority of Crete Region

How to reconnect with citizens though Cohesion policy? 

  • Final results of the COHESIFY project by Anna Frankowska, Project Manager, Old-Continent Agency Presentation PDF


"Country team" discussion

Finding synergies and connections between regional, national, EU-wide campaigns  


Parallel sessions of peer-to-peer learning

1) Organizing events, open days and open door)
What works well, what doesn’t work? How can we learn from each other’s experiences?
Exchanges with participants introduced by short presentations by: Claudia Dominicus and Lara Jansen, the Netherlands - Presentation PDF ; Michal Klusak, Czech Republic - Presentation PDF; John McCandless, UK - Presentation PDF; Bože Čolak, Croatia; Eleni Pouliasi, Greece.
Moderators: Agnès Monfret and Claudio Nichele, DG REGIO

2)Develop a strong digital presence
Web site: Presentation of the approaches and experience by Interreg programmes Presentation PDF

  • Frank Schneider, Interreg Central Europe Programme;
  • Eloy Gomez, Interreg Danube Transnational Programme and Laura Pugeiu, Interreg MED Programme
  • Arkam Ograk – Interact Programme

#LookAtYou App - Like Pokémon Go for discovering EU projects

Video: what to do in 2018?

  •   Silva Havlů, Digital communications Team Leader, DG EMPL Presentation PDF

Moderator: Alain Vanden Borre, DG REGIO


2 Parallel workshops




1) Interactive training on audio-visual copyrights, licencing and creative commons
By Maarten Zeinstra, Advisor Copyright and Technology at the independent Amsterdam-based think tank Kennisland. Representative for Creative Commons in the Netherlands. Presentation PDF

2) Interactive training on public and storytelling - Focus on strategy, focus on inspiration, focus on techniques (room CAM)
By Georgia-Zozeta Miliopoulou, Ph.D. Full Time Assistant Professor, Deree-The American College of Greece; Professional Trainer, Hellenic Institute of Communication. Presentation PDF


"Cohesion policy" Communication awards - Pitch your best communication campaign in 3 mins

1) Real people. Real story, Eloy Giron Gomez, Danube Transnational Programme

2) Road Show 2017, Peter Malec and Ingrid Šrámková, Slovakia Presentation PDF

3) L’Europe et nous, Juliette Cristescu, Brittany, France Presentation PDF

4) #cooperationiscentral, Frank Schneider, Interreg Central Europe Presentation PDF

5) ESI Funds on the Rock for People festival, Michal Klusák, Czech Republic

6) Inclusive growth: Does anyone care about this? Laura Belenguer, María Aparisi and Mercedes  Acitores, Interact

7) TalentLab, Domenico Rositano and Yvonne Spadafora, Calabria,Italy Presentation PDF

8) Investiamo nel vostro futuro, Valeria Covarelli, Umbria, Italy

9) People with disabilities in our society: "How" instead of "If at all", Inita Kabanova, Latvia Presentation PDF

10) European Sails 2018 EU investment funds project competition, Sandra Zvirblyte, Lithuania Presentation PDF

11) Did you know ..?, Paula Vicente, Portugal

12) EU Project, my Project, Nataša Rojšek, Slovenia Presentation PDF

13) School excursion to the programme's projects, Christina Tseliou, Thessaly, Greece

14) Europe Day Flash-Mob, Malina Frateanu and Mariana Ionescu, Romania

Moderator: Vera Tarnai, DG REGIO

Friday, 1 June 2018


Rotating sessions

a) Local ESIF projects visit in old town of Chania

Town Art Gallery & Chrisostomos building (Halidon street); Potié street renovation and pedestrian area; restoration of Splantzia square and Saint Nicolas and Saint Titus churches; renovation of Kanevaro street and fire prevention system; refurbishment of Big Arsenal and Old Customs buildings

b) Local ESF project presentation: community centres project + others local projects

  • Community Centers and other types of social structures, Christos Kyrkoglou, Head of Unit, EYSEKT, Ministry of Economy  and Development Presentation PDF
  • Community Centers: Communication tools, Alexandra Tseliou, Communication Officer, EYSEKT, Ministry of Economy and Development Presentation PDF
  • Community Center of Municipality of Platanias: Objectives, strategy and actions, Gabriel A. Kouris, Secretary General, Municipality of Platanias Presentation PDF

INFORM and INIO looking into the future
Moderators: Matteo Salvai, Aris Peroulakis and Claudio Nichele


Conclusion, next steps and wrap-up of the meeting
Closing address by the Mayor of Chania Tassos Vamvoukas


Minutes of the meeting PDF