There are many possibilities to collaborate within the PlurAlps project and they are beneficial for all sides. This is one core insight the representatives from the project partners took home after the second project meeting.
The event was held under the motto “Spirit of collaboration”. In an enriching speed dating session, the partners exchanged transnational collaboration opportunities and agreed on the follow-up. The project partner Alliance in the Alps for example will share the final report from its project “Zusammen.Leben in den Alpen”, a handbook for municipalities on migration, with the other partners (it is also available in the “further reading” section). The Regional Development Agency Upper Styria East will explore possibilities for a field visit or exchange with the Swedish Heartland Project which is one of PlurAlps’ observers.
Another topic of the meeting was the progress of the pilot activities in which new offers and services for migrants will be developed. Eurac for example will work with the municipality of Mals/Malles in Val Venosta which already has made successful experiences with the integration of immigrants. Now, action will be taken in the field of the engagement of volunteers. The Swiss partner Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts will, together with four pilot regions, work on how to improve the integration of Portuguese migrants. All project partners are now defining the details of their pilot activities so that they can start in the coming months.
Finally, the partners started the planning of a big transnational conference which will take place in May 2018 in Turin, Italy. One core topic will be the ceremony for the “Alpine Pluralism Award” which will be launched in autumn 2017.
16 representatives from all ten partner organisations came to Ljubljana for the second partner meeting which was hosted by the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia from 7th to 8th June 2017.