Peipsi Koostöö Keskus from Tartu-Estonia organized from 5-8 June 2019 the seventh cross-border culture experts meeting within the framework of the EPICAH – Effectiveness of Policy Instruments for Cross – Border Advancement in Heritage project. Also during this period was held the eighth meeting of the Project Steering Committee consisting of the project managers from each partner. At these meetings were discussed and clarified issues related to the project management and its main activities.
The meeting was attended by specialists in the field of cross-border culture as well as project managers representing all 9 partners: Eixo Atlántico do Noroeste Peninsular from Braga -Portugal having the role of lead partner, Eixo Atlantico del Noroeste Peninsular-Vigo and Asociación Ibérica de Municipios Ribereños del Duero from Spain, Agenzia per lo Sviluppo Empolese Valdelsa Spa from Empoli-Italy, Tokaj Borvidék Fejlődéséért Nonprofit Kft.-Hungary, Regional Development Fund / Region of Western Macedonia from Kozani-Greece, Peipsi Koostöö Keskus from Tartu-Estonia, Regionální rozvojová agentura Plzeňského kraje, o. p. s. from Plzeň-Czech Republic, Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association. The Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association was represented at this meeting by Paul Dancu–assistant project coordinator within the project, Cristina Ilieş, projects local financial officer, Daniela Culic – manager of Satu Mare Chamber for Commerce and Industry as an external coordinating expert of the local stakeholder's group, Jankó-Szép István, member of the local stakeholder's group.
On 5 June have held in Tartu two parallel sessions of Experts and Steering Committee. In the experts, a meeting was discussed the EPICAH good practices selected to be included in the regional action plans and main conclusions from previous two study visits. In the frame of Steering Committee session were discussed and clarified issues related to the project management and its main activities, and the project implementation at partners level, proposal for European Cross-Border Tourism Association. The Lead-partner presents the results of EPICAH project participation in the exhibition fair and Tourism Forum from Braga, was fixed the date and agenda for Interparliamentary forum presenting the project results. The sessions merged, in the afternoon in the Joint Experts/Partners meeting about the state of play of Project action plans from each partner. In the afternoon was done the study visit to Setomaa and Võromaa good practices in Estonian border. On June 6 was held in Valga the sixth Thematic Seminar on: „The usage and importance of ICT for the efficiency of policies and strategic actions regarding natural and cultural cross-border heritage management”. Were presented the Estonia-Latvia cooperation programme results, good practices about the valorization of cultural, natural and touristic heritage and visited the Valmiera-Latvia area. On 7 June was done a study visit in Estonian-Latvian border area, focused on good practices about the valorization of cultural, natural and touristic heritage. Were visited Mulgimaa region and Taagepera Castel. On 8 June has visited the Valga-Valka twin-city cultural festival as good practice.