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Latest update: 2018.07.27

OPENING OF THE MODERNIZED MUNICIPAL BEACH IN EŁK

The 20th of June 2018 was the date of official opening of the modernized municipal beach in Ełk, one of the main results of the crossborder project co-financed by the Interreg Lithuania-Poland Cooperation Programme. On this occasion, the Regional Contact Point of the Programme in Olsztyn went on a study visit to Ełk for the interview with the beneficiaries. During interesting interview with the manager of the project titled „Development of tourism based on natural and cultural heritage of transborder towns Elk and Kaunas” we got more familiar with the benefits coming from cooperation on the Polish-Lithuanian border thanks to the Interreg initiative. The RCP representative asked project manager about  establishing cooperation, timeframe for project preparation as well as for challenges of the initiative. Please enjoy your reading.

 

How did you establish cooperation with partner from Lithuania? Is it a long-term cooperation or a new undertaking?  (RCP LT-PL)

We have established cooperation with support from our partner in Alytus, with whom we already have a close and long-term relations. Our municipality and Kaunas were looking for a partner for tourist project, which is why our friends from Alytus recommended us as a reliable partner. This is a new cooperation link, but we hope it will result in tangible and strong partnership as with Alytus we do have.

 

How long did it take from the project idea until the application has been prepared and successfully co-financed by the Lithuania-Poland Programme?

Kaunas Municipality firstly contacted us. The first meeting of the delegations took place about a month before submitting the application. We did not need a lot of time, the partner was very efficient and there were already common ideas for planned soft activities. 

What do you consider as the most important added value of the cooperation in a cross-border project, which you would not have achieved, for example, within a regional or national level Programme?

I would say increasing cultural potential and establishing cooperation between local governments. Without this cooperation, we would not be able to promote Ełk city as a potential destination for tourists, untill now, Ełk was basically unknown destination in Kaunas. 

What was the biggest challenge through project implementation?

In principle, we did not encounter significant difficulties in the implementation of the project. It can be said that always challenging is the issue of promotional materials, each side has a vision of how common catalogue should look like.

A recipe for a good project – advices for future beneficiaries: what we should avoid and what to focus on.

First of all, choose your partnership wisely and demonstrate good potential, avoid "art for art's sake " - the idea for project must result from the needs of citizens. Consider budget plan very carefully and realistically, think about the indicators to be achieved. Besides, an honest partnership is important, it is cooperation, so let's avoid imposing various actions on each other .

And last question do you plan to apply for funds under ETC programmes (including Lithuania-Poland in particular) in the future ?

Yes, we are planning to implement tourism based projects from the Lithuanian-Polish Programme with Kaunas and continue cooperation with Alytus. In total, we intend to participate in 4 projects as a partner, and in 1 as a leader.

Thank you for the interview!

 

 

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