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APCA Madeira was in Brussels for the final meetings of the project

June 20, 2023​

APCA em Bruxelas

The final meetings of took place between May 31st and June 1st, in Brussels, bringing together the members of the Consortium: Institut Français (project leader), APCA - Agency for the Promotion of Atlantic Culture and OCTA - Overseas Countries and Territories Association and members of the European Commission. As representatives of the entities involved, the Atlântica Culture Promotion Agency was represented by Helena Moniz Sousa, Cultural Projects Manager, and Beatriz Oliveira, Coordinator of the Communication Department. On the part of the Institut Français, there was the intervention of Valerie Lesbros (responsible for the Culture and Solidarity Partnerships Hub and the Cooperation, Dialogues, Languages and Societies Directorate), Thierry D'Anna (Development Project Manager, European Partnerships Unit and Directorate of Cooperation, Dialogues, Languages and Societies) and Francky Blandeau (Deputy Director of the Department of Cooperation, Dialogue and Societies). Marta Fernández Fornieles (Coordinator of the OCTA Secretariat), Ann Philipps (President of the Executive Committee of OCTA – Representative of Curaçao in the EU) and Shandra John, Legal Consultant – assistant representative of Aruba in the EU, were present from OCTA, the entity that hosted the meetings. HUH). Germán Esteban (Deputy Head of Unit/Deputy Head of Unit, Outermost Regions) and Daniel Albuquerque (Policy Officer, Outermost Regions) represented the European Commission at the meetings.

It is worth remembering that APCA has been part of since 2021, being the only Portuguese entity selected for the Consortium of the European Union pilot project. Within the scope of this program, two projects from the Autonomous Region of Madeira were supported through the Fund for the Safeguarding and Promotion of Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories: “A Rota do Bandolim” by the Madeira Mandolin Association and “ATREMAR ” by Associação Cultural Casa Invisível in partnership with AFERAM. was launched in October 2021 and is now in the final stage of recommendations. The pilot project supported 49 projects distributed across the European Union's Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories.

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