EUROPEA Bi-annual Meeting and ERASMUS+ Seminar
Dec 06th 2013

22-26 October 2013 Bergen, Norway

This autumn EUROPEA members got together in the beautiful city of Bergen, Norway for the bi-annual meeting and also for the ERASMUS+ Seminar to learn more about the new frame of funding which is to replace the Life Long Learning system from January 2014.

The very first evening already saw participants in action: cooking, preparing and sharing an international dinner where each country presented some of their national specialities.

On the first official day of the seminar we were welcomed by Ms. Berit Roksvåg, representative of Hordaland County and by Mr. Magnus Vaktskjold, headmaster of Stend Upper Secondary School.  We got to know more about the region, the agriculture and the school system in Norway. The most important presentation from the point of view of future EUROPEA projects was certainly the one called From Lifelong Learning Programme to Erasmus+ given by Mr. Tore Kjærvåg from the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education. Mr. Kjærvåg provided us with lots of precious information about the changes in the system and tried to answer all our questions.

In the afternoon we had the opportunity to meet and greet some very well prepared students of Stend who showed us a bit of their skills and knowledge in horse and dog training. The rest of the afternoon was spent in workshops sharing our new project ideas and trying to get partners for them. The day finished in the charming local church where we were invited to a piano concert and listened to pieces of the Bergen born composer, Edvard Grieg (1883-1907).

Henrik talks at EUROPEA gathering

Henrik Dethlefsen, secretary general talks to us, EUROPEAns

Early next morning we got on the bus and headed towards the magnificent Hardanger fjord and the breathtaking Folgefonna Glacier. We paid a visit to the Steinstø Fruit Farm and also to the Hardanger Akvasenter (a fish farm) where we stopped for lunch, enjoyed delicious salmon dishes, wonderful nature and beautiful sunshine! On the way home we were warmly welcomed at Syse Gard fruit farm and we also dropped in the Voss Agricultural School.

The programme of the last day included meetings of the national coordinators and the editors. Workshops were continued and by the end of the day we had lots of great project proposals. In the evening we were taken to a guided tour through the city, which is on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sights. A fine dinner at the Fløien Folkerestaurant on the top of the famous Bergen Funicular wrapped up this outstanding three-day meeting. Looking down from the heights onto the bright lights of this marvelous city that stretches along the cost and over seven mountains we all had the feeling to have been part of something really great.

Our congratulations and many-many thanks must go to our hosts Astrid and Torbjørn for the excellent organisation and a wonderful meeting.

See you all again in Austria in spring 2014 !!

Judit Covic, HU

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Attention!!!

For a complete and nicely illustrated report written by our Spanish colleague Francisco José Fernández Sánchez click on this link! We really encourage you, to do so, it’s great.

For more information on the visited sights click to:

http://stj.hfk.no/templates/SchoolFrontpage.aspx?id=7098
http://www.akvasenter.no/index_english.shtml
http://www.steinsto-fruktgard.no/18-shop_caf_
http://www.sysegard.no/index.html
http://voj.hfk.no/templates/ExtensionSchoolSubsiteFullWidth.aspx?id=32274

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