Every year, the Interreg V-A Romania- Hungary Programme organises its Annual Event, aiming at promoting the Programme, the financed projects and in particular the achieved results to the wide public. In 2019, the Programme chose to dedicate the event to one of our guiding principles: environment protection. The GREEN INITIATIVE set out to plant almost 100-100, altogether 200 trees on both sides of the border in a selected locality, thus drawing attention to the importance of nature preservation and reminding us that small actions can go a long way. Acknowledging the importance of trees in our daily lives, the Programme hopes to set a good example to the coming generations regarding the care for our surroundings, responsible thinking and an aim for sustainable actions. In addition, each tree symbolises one of the projects financed within our Programme, thus celebrating the great initiatives currently under implementation.

The trees were planted in Pecica town, Arad county (RO) and Gyula town, Békés county (HU), forming a Cooperation Alley, accessible to all locals and visitors. As an announcement of the alley and the motives behind, two handover events were organised in both localities, on 11. November in Pecica, and 12. November in Gyula, with more than 120 attendants. We welcomed the wide public participating in the occasions, where the Managing Authority, the Joint Secretariat, the National Authority of the Programme, as well as representatives of the diplomatic bodies and local authorities all expressed their commitment to the cause of environment protection and their desire to contribute to the related developments.

 Hereby we would like to thank the two towns for their support and engagement in the initiative, as well as all participants for making the event a success!