Map of Little Big Things Participants

Reference to LBTinEU project by Italian Television

City of Siderno: Joint press conference of the Association of Municipalities of Locri and the City of Siderno on transnational project "Little big things in Europe and in our local communities," which takes place as part of the Europe for Citizens program, measure 1.2 city networks.

[Città di Siderno: Conferenza stampa congiunta tra Associazione dei Comuni della Locride e del Comune di Siderno su progetto transnazionale «Little big things in Europe and in our local communities» che si realizza nell'ambito del programma l'Europa per i cittadini, misura 1.2 reti di città]

A short introduction to the Bram, France

Since the second century BCE, Bram Gallo-Roman (formerly Eburomagus) developed in the middle of the plain Fresquel, natural outlet to the Limouxin,the Razes, Ariege and Black Mountain.
In the medieval times, it wove its flying stone robe around its beautiful church, offering air looks concentric streets. They mark the stages of its development as furrows: the magic of "circulades" living witnesses of the successive phases of construction of the city!
Bram continued to grow over the civilizations and thanks to its unique position became rapidly a strategic place : the Way of Aquitaine is the firstexample, wide and straight, allowing to easily join Toulouse and Narbonne. With the Canal du Midi much later (seventeenth century), which PROMOTED economic development. Thanks to the railway and motorway of the two seas today, last Bram road linking the main European axes, to complete its economic development.
Thus, historically, Bram was able to enroll in his time, ensuring its own development that harness its geographical position.
But Bram has jealously keep track of its past and its heritage evidenced today: circular village church, Lordat Castle, Park Essar[t]s, Canal du Midi, and especially the
archaeological museum "eburomagus" which shows through more than 4000 pieces of the past buried rich western Aude ...

Schist Villages - Lousã-Portugal

A new concept of rural Portugal

The project was based on a simple idea: to bring a new dynamic to tourism in the Centre Region through the use of the natural and human resources of the Schist Villages. The challenge, however, resided in doing so without loosing sight of the lifestyle of its inhabitants, the preservation of their values and the increment of their self esteem.
But as the Portuguese say, “there in no shortcut to labour” and the Sustained Development Plan for the Schist Villages had to create modern infrastructures, to train the population and to promote a tourist culture.

Buildings were reconstructed, using traditional methods and preserving original traits. And while some were pledged to take care of the houses, others were becoming technicians, preparing to face a new standard for qualification. In gastronomic production, craftsmanship, cultural entertainment, the Schist Villages stand out for their presentation of excellent products, services and professionals. New products are made from the fruits of the land. A river becomes a canoeing track. A forest becomes a path for trekking. A boy from the village becomes a guide. A house becomes a bed and breakfast.
A new strength is given to producers of local specialities. And, based on the knowledge of many years, innovative objects are created. Objects of contemporary design.

Attracted by the promise of a rich cultural and natural heritage, visitors come here to find, besides dazzling landscapes, practically endless possibilities of outdoor entertainment. But if outdoors the days are joyfully spent, life indoors is similarly busy. A mix of professionalism and sincere kindness welcome us to the rural lodging units, as to each restaurant, shop, Tourism Information Kiosks and entertainment company. Availability of information, quality of service and the assurance that these are certified activities guarantee the success of initiatives.
Little by little, Pinhal Interior starts to forget its stone sadness, and the schist landscapes are hot with new projects. The bonds connecting the network intensify, synergies are perfected, partner-ships grow stronger. Working as a network, the territory’s economic agents develop coordinated strategies and make joint investments.

With training and employment opening a new window of hope, young people are no longer dreaming of departing to urban areas. In fact, some are starting to return from the city for holidays or weekends, some to stay. A new dream is built, and the villages that used to be desolated and abandoned, are now becoming joyful. With the support of the Schist Villages Programme, the villages are reinventing themselves and once again, assuming a central role. Attracting the eyes of the world to the centre of Portugal, they invite us to discover a region that is a national treasure and to become a part of the challenge, believing it is possible, and worth, to change.

«LBTINEU» is a thematic network project, developed among various European municipalities based in 6 countries.

The partner municipalities wish to share and valorise little stories in the social, cultural and economic development that represent the values and the objectives of the European Union such as the solidarity, combating of social exclusion and discrimination, the sustainable development, the promotion of economic, social and territorial cohesion.
Through a close agreement the promoters intend to perform a two-year pilot project, characterised by the realisation of five international events targeted at the key actors in local development and useful to raise awareness amongst the general public, about the best practices of local and social development promoted by their citizens.
Coordinator: Municipality of Kastoria (GR)
Partner countries: GR, MT, BE, PT, IT, FR
Venue: Kastoria (GR), Siderno, Locri (IT), Santa Venera (MT), Viroinval (BE), Lousa (PT)

Το “Little big things in Europe and in our local communities” αποτελεί ένα θεματικό πρόγραμμα δικτύωσης, που αναπτύχθηκε με πρωτοβουλία του Δήμου Καστοριάς μεταξύ διαφόρων ευρωπαϊκών δήμων και ενώσεων τοπικών αρχών για την ενίσχυση της κοινωνικής-οικονομικής ανάπτυξης τους μέσα από την αξιοποίηση και την ανταλλαγή καλών πρακτικών που έχουν προκύψει σε τοπικό επίπεδο αλλά και τη δημιουργία νέων εργαλείων συμμετοχής των πολιτών τους.

Στόχος είναι να παρουσιαστούν καλές πρακτικές αλλά και παραδείγματα που αντιπροσωπεύουν τις αξίες και τους στόχους της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης όπως η αλληλεγγύη, η καταπολέμηση του κοινωνικού αποκλεισμού και των διακρίσεων, η αειφόρος ανάπτυξη, η προώθηση της οικονομικής, κοινωνικής και εδαφικής συνοχής.