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ECD 2014

With a few events still taking place during the following days, we are still waiting for the final numbers of this year’s European Co-operation Day, but one thing is certain – the local events organised this year have surpassed the ones of the previous years with their creativity, spirit and enthusiasm.

The idea of reaching out to your neighbours is as old as mankind, whether it be to share a meal or build a joint shelter, overcoming the shared obstacle or sharing the fruits of the joint labour, it is what makes us grow closer as humans, as communities and as Europeans. This idea has been at the core of the creation of the European Union and is best summarised by the motto of the campaign “Sharing borders, growing closer”.
 
The co-ordination of the campaign has been entrusted to Interact with the rising number of co-operation programmes joining the campaign since its beginning.
 
Now in its third generation, the European Co-operation Day has grown in size and quality and has proved to be an indispensable tool for bringing co-operation into the focus of media, decision makers, and most importantly, European Citizens.
 
The week surrounding 21 September has shown, for the third year in a row, the many facets of opportunity that the neighbouring countries have for joint action, whether tackling shared problems or capitalising on the common development potential.
 
The campaign started off with the kick-off event and video contest award ceremony in Milan, Italy on 16 September, opening the stage for the local events throughout Europe, including photo competitions, a number of thematic conferences, a joint cross-border video of the European Anthem, a rock concert and a circus performance. 
 
A detailed list of all the events and an interactive map are featured on the campaign’s website, which is being constantly updated with new materials and reports from the events held during the past week.
 
The special feature of this year’s European Co-operation Day was the video contest selecting the Europe’s best co-operation video. With over 70 entries, it showed the many creative ways in which the visual media have been used to promote the results of the co-operation between neighbours. The winning videos in four separate categories, as well as all the others are available for viewing on the European Co-operation Day’s website. 
 
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