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The city of Starachowice, Poland, hosted, between 25 and 28 July 2021, the start of the implementation of the international project “Cities for Youth” co-financed by the European Union under the Erasmus + program.
The project is an international partnership between the city of Starachowice (Poland), the city of Santarém (Portugal), the city of Klaipeda (Lithuania) and two non-governmental organizations – the Institute for Research and Training in European Affairs-IRTEA, from Greece , and ACD LaHoya, from Spain.
With this project, the Municipality of Santarém intends to disseminate and exchange good practices between the various European partner countries in the field of Youth policy and in the development of social skills among young people.
During the project, 5 international meetings will be held on project coordination, Youth policies, Municipal Youth Councils, Youth activities and non-formal education.
Santarém was represented by the Councilor responsible for Youth, Ricardo Gonçalves Rato, and by 2 young people from the Municipal Youth Council, André Gomes and Luís Campos. “With this international project, we involve young people from all over Europe to learn about different Youth policies and develop social skills”, explained Ricardo Gonçalves Rato.
Ricardo Rato emphasizes the importance of this type of international projects to stimulate and train the young people of the CMJ in Santarém.