Technical meeting of the project FoRuO in France

The European project INTERREG POCTEFA FoRuo in which entities from France and Spain participate was officially approved on June 22 and will create a cross-border observatory and a network of training collaboration on production and processing of aromatic and medicinal plants and berries, between the participating regions.

Solsona, 16 July 2020. The project “Training to promote new jobs in the forestry and rural sector” (FoRuO) organized from 8 to 10 July in Rivesaltes (Pyrenees Orientales, France), a technical seminar in which have made known the activities that have developed so far, and also have presented the partners and associates to this European training project in production and transformation of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) and berries.

During these days, several meetings and visits have been held, among others, to the Établissement Public Local d’Enseignement et de Formation Professionnelle Agricole de Perpignan Roussillon (EPLEFPA-PR), with the aim of jointly analysing the existing training offer and better understand the training systems used by the partners, complementing the workshops with visits to companies in the area.

The Center for Forest Science and Technology of Catalonia (CTFC) together with the Center for Agri-Food Research and Technology of Aragon (CITA), the Center for Vocational Training and Agricultural Promotion Ariège-Comminges (CFPPA-AC), the Department of Agriculture , Livestock, Fisheries and Food of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Agricultural School of Forestry of Santa Coloma de Farners and EPLEFPA-PR, will create a cross-border observatory and a collaboration network for the development of training modules, in order to to promote a new cross-border training offer with professional certification.

The project is carried out between 4 regions: Catalonia and Aragon (Spain) and Ariège and the Pyrenees Orientales (Occitania, France), by research and training centers in agricultural, forestry and product development skills, each with complementary experience in different aspects of PAM and PF production. So far there is no complete and regulated training in this area and this project will allow professionals to access a recognized qualified training, expanding the job opportunities of people in the territory.

The person in charge of this project at the CTFC is Eva Moré, a specialist in the Aromatic and Medicinal Plants Group of the CTFC Bioeconomy and Governance Program. The project has a duration of two and a half years and has a total budget of 642,172.62 euros, with € 165,572.72 corresponding to the CTFC.

The project has been 65% co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the INTERREG V-A Spain-France-Andorra program (POCTEFA 2014-2020). The aim of POCTEFA is to strengthen the economic and social integration of the Spain-France-Andorra cross-border area. Its support focuses on the development of cross-border economic, social and environmental activities through joint strategies in favor of sustainable territorial development and specifically the project is part of priority axis 5 to strengthen skills and inclusion in territories, to promote the endogenous potential, the development of training systems and the skills of people in the cross-border territory in order to improve access to employment.

More information about the project at http://foruo.eu/

This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER)

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