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08 May 2017

On the 26th, 27th and 28th of April, a delegation from Loulé was present in the city of Budapest, in a transnational meeting with representatives from the Hungarian city and also from Sibenik (Croatia), as part of the "Vital Cities" project.

The delegation was composed of João Martins, councilman of the Municipality of Loulé, Tiago Guadalupe, local coordinator of the "Vital Cities” project, Júlio Guerreiro, from the Communication Department, Pedro Guerreiro, engineer, Adriana Cavaco, the Social Action Technician of the Municipality of Loulé, Luís Vicente, the head of the Clube de Ténis de Loulé (Tennis Club),  and Rui Costa, the head of the “Let's Go Run” project, two of the local partners from Loulé in this European Project.

This group travelled to Budapest for two intense days of meetings that were consummated in a "deep dive" in the ongoing projects in the 13th District of Budapest, within the "Vital Cities" European project, the network led by Loulé and constituted of 10 European cities, which aims to promote active and healthy lifestyles in the fight against inactivity and fostering social cohesion.

It was an opportunity to share experiences but also to improve the activities carried out by the Hungarian municipality, according with the philosophy of the "Vital Cities", through the proposals and suggestions presented by the Portuguese and Croatian partners and the lead expert, Twan De Bruijn.

On balance, Tiago Guadalupe, the local coordinator of the European project, considered very interesting to verify that different places have similar problems, referring that the 13th district of Budapest "has the same type of challenges as Loulé, despite the uniqueness of their culture, specific context, tradition and democratic values, so the answers in each case will necessarily be different”. He concluded that "this transnational meeting was held in an extremely positive exchange of experiences, in addition to being able to make contact with the new trends at European level and because significant steps are being taken in the old continent, in order to make cities more active and vital".

Next week, a delegation from Loulé will be in the Italian city of Rieti for the intermediate meeting of the "Vital Cities" project, which will have the representation of the ten partners.