European Cooperation Day – it is a journey!

The European Cooperation Day campaign 2014 is officially opened! On 16 September the kick-off event under the auspices of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union took place in Milan. It offered a journey through the world of cooperation within European Union and across external borders.

A virtual journey through events set for 2014 was performed and on 24 September the stop was in Malnava, Latvia, where the Quiz “101 questions about EU and EC Day” is going to take place.


Four ECDay 2013 flagship stories from the past were presented and among them Round Trip by the Estonia-Latvia CBC Programme. 


Estonia-Latvia Road Trip story was presented Mr Kaspars Rūklis. ECDay allies made a virtual tour through projects supported by the Programme. The presentation about Estonia-Latvia Road Trip can be downloaded here.

Estonia-Latvia-Russia CBC Programme together with historical heritage project „Preserve not to lose!” is marking European Cooperation Day with three similar events. Joint cleaning activities and preservation actions took place in Sangaste (Estonia) on 13 September, next actions will be held in Dedovichi (Pskov Oblast, Russia) on 25 September and Balvi (Latvia) on 30 September.

European Cooperation Day event in Sangaste, Estonia reflected in Programme News and Gallery.

The European Cooperation Day in Dedovichi on 25 September will start at 14.00 with the opening of information stands and map representing historic monuments of the Devovichi District and aiming to attract tourists’ attention to the cultural heritage. Further on, Dedovichi district library restored with the Programme support will be opened after reconstruction to host from now on the Cultural Heritage Centre. Folklore ensamble „Ivushka” will sing folk songs and offer traditional bred-and-salt treat to the guests of the ceremony.

The event will be finalized with planting a young oak tree in the recreation area near the library which will symbolize the partnership and cultural connections between three municipalities joined to preserve tangible and intangible heritage of Estonia, Latvia and Russia.


European Cooperation Day in Latvia will be held on 30 September at 12:00 in Balvi Manor Bear Park and it will start with joint cleaning activity where pupils, students, JTS staff and local public will grab autumn leaves of trees to prepare the place to install benches and mini-stage around the Grand Oak, as well to encouarge ants to leave the tree. Action is aimed to preserve and save hundred years old oak tree. Celebration of European Cooperation Day will be marked with saving the Oak, degustation of Latgale traditional bread and enographic performance.

At 15:00 the official opening of newly established Museum of Balvi County will take place and digital etnographic and historical expositions developed within cross border cooperation project „Preserve not to lose” will officially be opened. 



Several events are organized by Projects supported within the Programme:

12 September - Opening of the exhibition of the International Contest in Pskov Kremlin, Russia

22 September - Lecture on ECDay and quiz about the EU and European Cooperation in Saintpetersburg State TRansport University, Saintpetersburg, Russia

24 September - Information Event with Quiz "101 questions about EU and ECDay" in Malnava College, Malnava, Latvia

27 September - Clean-up activity in Dagda, Latvia

27 September - Clean-up activity in Preiļi, Latvia 

Events take place also in October.

Flagship projects of the Programme for the European Cooperation Day 2014:

Flagship project and co-organizer of the ECDay campaign with Estonia-Latvia-Russia CBC Programme „Preserve not to lose”

HERITAGE BUSINESS (Promoting the use of cultural heritage and resources in product development in border areas). Story about project can be read here.

LSG Development (Supporting the local self-government development to improve the quality of life in rural areas). Story about project can be read here.