(Projects starting in 2018/2019)

Sustainable tourism strategies to conserve and valorise the
Mediterranean coastal and maritime natural heritage - INHERIT

Programme: Interreg MED
Contract No: 3076
Website: To be advised

Programme part-financed by the European Union European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Co-financing rate: 85% EU Funds; 15% National Funds.

The INHERIT project initiative comes out of the need to protect the MED coastal and maritime natural heritage that is under pressure from intensive tourism. MED regions need to react by developing sustainable tourism, to ensure the future of the MED environmental habitat as well as the sustainable tourism growth potential. The project aims to contribute to this change as an integrated policy platform that will launch, operate and validate a combination of policy measures and interventions with the necessary ambition and critical mass.

(Projects starting in 2016/2017)

Green public procurement for resource-efficient regional growth -

Programme: Interreg Europe
Contract No: PGI02462
Website: https://www.interregeurope.eu/gpp4growth/

Programme part-financed by the European Union European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Co-financing rate: 75% EU Funds; 25% National Funds.

Since April 2016, the new EU public procurement system generates new opportunities for public administrations to incentivise eco-innovation and resource efficiency via green public procurement (GPP), i.e. by applying new environmental criteria in tenders. GPP4Growth aims to promote sustainable consumption & production patterns amongst the participating regions and encourages them to use regional & national policy instruments for effectively, to exchange experiences & practices, and improve their capacity on implementing resource efficiency policies that promote eco-innovation and green growth through GPP.

Coastal areas sustainable tourism water management in the Mediterranean –

Programme: Interreg MED
Contract No: 1262
Website: https://castwater.interreg-med.eu/

Programme part-financed by the European Union European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Co-financing rate: 85% EU Funds; 15% National Funds.

CASTWATER is the first MED project to support sustainable tourism policies & practices on water efficiency in coastal areas. The transnational challenge is to reduce the impact of tourism activities on environmental heritage and to improve management of water resources. The project's overall objective is to support sustainable tourism water management in MED coastal areas, by improving the monitoring and assessment of the water sustainability performance of the tourism. CASTWATER follows a studying, testing and transferring approach of transnational cooperation, involving public authorities, tourism enterprises, and relevant agencies and stakeholders.

MRDDf was involved in 3 EU funded projects over the past years:

(2011 to 2013)

READAPT: Relationship Education And Domestic Abuse Prevention Tuition

Program: Daphne III | Contract No. TBA | Managed by MRDDf

READAPT is a two year project part-funded under the European Commissions’ DAPHNE violence prevention programme. It is concerned with supporting and enhancing the resilience of young people living with violence at home. READAPT addresses the question of what works with young people living with violence by providing a robust evaluation of the attitudinal change induced by three different grassroots preventative projects located in the UK, France and Spain. READAPT seeks to extract lessons learnt from these evaluations in order to :

  • revise practice in the host sites;
  • assist a new country (Malta) to develop new interventions;
  • establish good practice guidance with the assistance of the experts in Sweden;
  • disseminate information about a successful violence prevention programme across Europe

  • READAPT will produce an Education and Training Resource Pack, Research Evaluation Toolkit, Project Brochure and Website to support Regional and EU wide development.
    This is the first time a DAPHNE project will address the issues of how best to enhance children’s resilience through the use of quasi-experimental methods applied to relationship education and domestic abuse prevention tuition programmes. READAPT is innovative because it attends to the development of preventative educational programmes for young people through a robust cycle of implementation, evaluation, and development work, supported by a strong EU wide dissemination strategy. This cycle will ensure effective but piecemeal development across the partner sites involved, and promote sustainable and evidence led developments across the EU.
    The project’s specific objectives involve:

  1. Sharing lessons learnt between partners established in anti-violence education work, those developing existing provision, a new
    member state planning to develop country wide provision, and a partner conducting ground-breaking research on children’s social networks and social services responses to children’s exposure to domestic violence.
  2. Evaluating three grassroots schools’ based interventions for children and young people using a quantitative pre-test post-test design.
  3. Engaging children in evaluating the interventions through focus groups and user group consultation.
  4. Developing training packs that will enable practitioners – i.e. teachers, teaching assistants, social workers - and policymakers to (a) learn from the experiences of these projects (b) evaluate the effectiveness of their interventions.
  5. Establishing web-based resources to support EU dissemination and ongoing support for project participants.

Direct beneficiaries include children and young people, families living with violence, grass roots projects involved in READAPT.  Indirect beneficiaries include educators across the EU, and those commissioning violence prevention education interventions, the research community, equalities bodies, and all other organizations concerned with the prevention of violence against women and children.


(2009 to 2011)


Program: Comenius | Contract No. 502145-LLP-1-2009-1-DE-COMENIUS-CMP| Managed by MRDDf

The main objective of the project is to develop an advanced training on the subject of political and intercultural competencies of elementary school teachers. The long term goal is to improve the in-class motivation of children with a migratory background by which their integration into the host society will be facilitated. In MIRACLE, this will be achieved by incorporating professional content from within the field of EU and national migration and asylum politics as well as the teachers’ reflections on their own attitudes into one coherent teaching approach. Moreover, by applying this methodology elementary school kids will be introduced to the concept of European Citizenship at an early stage.

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MIRACLE is two-year Comenius multilateral project, part-funded by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme. The long term aim of the project is to enable pupils with a migration background of realising a more successful school career and to increase their learning motivation via two main strategies:
  1. The development of teaching and learning material for pupils in which the portrayal of pupils with a migration background is not homogenized or limited to stereotypical images.
  2. A 5-day teacher training course will offer various modules on self-reflection, which will be partly based on the anti-bias approach, and contain a special focus on anti-discriminatory civic education. Anti-bias, unlike other approaches in the field of intercultural education, does not focus solely on the individual level of discrimination. It also takes into consideration the complex interrelation between the individual, institutional and ideological level, where discrimination is likely to occur. This will make it possible for each individual to engage in a self-reflecting process and enable teachers to become aware of their own possible and unconscious prejudices.

Key Elements and Methodology

Migration in schools is a topic which becomes more and more relevant in many countries. School is the place where children from different cultural as well as socio-economic backgrounds meet. However, teachers often face problems in their daily teaching that arise due to a diverse or heterogeneous class composition and at the same time lack the necessary methods and concepts to address these issues professionally. How can teachers be supported to deal with it? What practical approaches for everyday teaching situations could be helpful?
The MIRACLE project aims to address these issues by developing teaching methods and modules as well as learning materials which are based on the ‘diversity approach’.

Key elements of the MIRACLE project include:

  • Teacher training modules for elementary school teachers. Contents of this teacher training will also include modules on different self-reflection approaches like Anti-Bias and Betzavta
  • Learning material for elementary school children at varying levels
  • A course manual and DVD (in German, English, Italian, Slovenian, and Hungarian)
  • A five-day teacher training course offered via the Comenius-Database.
  • An external evaluator will review the quality of the modules and teaching/learning material

The ‘MIRACLE’ project is being organised by a consortium of 9 partners and 2 associated partners from 6 European countries. The partners involved in the MIRACLE project have a clear understanding of indicators of discrimination in education and society through well established frameworks and a vast track record in addressing educational barriers.
Please visit this site regularly. We look forward to updating you on our progress and to provide you with more details on the 5-day teacher training course in Berlin, Germany.

Website: www.miracle-comenius.org

Miracle pictures Malta    

(2011 to 2013)

European Citizens’ Consultations 2009

Programme: DG COMM No. 2008-Q68100-020; Plan D
The EU funded project “European Citizens’ Consultations 2009” is part of an ongoing process to further develop citizen participation and consultation mechanisms. It builds on the success of ECC 2007, which established a new model for citizen participation through the first pan-European participatory project to involve citizens from all 27 Member States of the EU in the debate on the future of Europe. The project is organised by an independent consortium of foundations and non-profit organisations from all over Europe and led by the King Baudouin Foundation. In Malta, the Citizen’s Consultations will be led and organised by the Malta Regional Development and Dialogue Foundation (MRDDF).

This project is being done in close collaboration with the Malta-EU Steering & Action Committee (MEUSAC).

European Citizens Consultations

on the Future of Europe

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For more information click here or visit the official website http://www.european-citizens-consultations.eu.

The Maltese website for the project can be found via http://mt.european-citizens-consultations.eu/.


Building on the successful dialogue of 2007

In the run-up to the 2009 Euro-elections, the European Citizens’ Consultations 2009 (ECC 2009) will bring together randomly selected citizens from all 27 EU Member States to discuss key challenges facing the EU with each other, and then with policy-makers. ECC 2009 will focus on the issues currently of greatest concern to EU citizens, seeking to answer the question: “What can the EU do to shape our economic and social future in a globalised world?”


‘Family and social welfare’ were among the topics chosen by citizens for in-depth discussion at ECC 2007 and the latest Eurobarometer opinion poll shows that social and economic issues remain high on the public’s agenda. As the EU institutions begin work on a post-2010 successor to the Lisbon Agenda for economic growth and competitiveness, ECC 2009 will also provide timely and relevant input for decision-makers.

ECC 2009 has six objectives:

  • Promoting interaction between citizens and policy-makers: fostering debate between citizens and policy-makers in the run-up to – and after - the European elections;
  • Citizens as policy advisors: feeding citizens’ opinions into the political debate at both European and national levels;
  • Citizen participation as a policy instrument of the future: mainstreaming trend-setting and long-term oriented citizen consultations at the European level;
  • Closing the gap between the EU and its citizens: bringing the EU closer to citizens and citizens closer to the EU;
  • Increasing the general public’s interest in the EU: generating substantial media coverage of the dialogue between the EU and its citizens;
  • Partnerships in participation: deepening European co-operation within existing civil society networks and their respective partner networks, as well as e-participation providers

1,500 randomly selected citizens reflecting their country’s demographic composition will attend National Citizens’ Consultations in all EU’s 27 Member States in March 2009. These identical conferences, held simultaneously over three weekends, are the heart of the ECC process, enabling citizens to discuss issues of common concern with each other, and with key national policy-makers. A European Citizens’ Summit, with 150 participants from the National Consultations, will be held in Brussels in May 2009 to finalise a set of European recommendations and present them to EU decision-makers. Throughout the process, the general public will be able to participate in the discussions via national websites, giving an unprecedented number of citizens the opportunity to get involved in the debate on Europe’s future. The citizens’ recommendations will also be discussed with many more stakeholders, decision-makers and civil society at regional events in autumn 2009.

A unique consortium of more than 40 independent European partners including foundations, NGOs, universities and think-tanks will implement the project, with co-funding support from the European Commission under its “Debate Europe” programme.


What are the European Citizens’ Consultations?

ECC 2009 is not merely a repetition of ECC 2007. It aims to use the momentum generated by the first series of pan-European citizen participation projects to develop more structured and long-term citizen involvement in EU decision-making processes. New elements have been added to the project, further enhancing its scope, reach and potential:

  • An online debate, involving the general public, on the issues to be discussed at the National Consultations;
  • An internal online forum for participants in the National Consultations;
  • A focused debate, with the aim of developing comparable European recommendations which can be succinctly summarised and communicated more effectively to policy-makers;
  • Greater involvement of policy-makers in the debates at national and European level, with a particular focus on the MEPs newly elected in June 2009;
  • A larger final European event, with more citizens participating, to maximise its impact;
  • Additional regional outreach activities in Phase II of the project, to ensure that the results of the consultations are disseminated and debated more widely.

What has ECC achieved so far?

  • Added public and political value: ECC was the largest of the Plan D initiatives, and involved several Heads of States, Ministers, European Commissioners, members of European and national parliaments, plus observers and volunteers in all 27 Member States. ECCs are organised by the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium) in collaboration with a network of operative partners (weblink to list) and funders (weblink to list) from all EU Member States. They do not compete with representative institutions or seek to replace opinion polls or expert recommendations.
  • More than an opinion survey: ECC 2007 proved that in-depth deliberation with citizens can provide significant added value, going beyond and different from that provided by opinion polls. Instead of recording a static snapshop of individual opinions, ECCs inspire participants to explore opinions, weigh trade-offs, and, ultimately, find common ground, generating important information for policymakers by showing how opinions develop in the course of a policy debate and highlighting areas of potential societal consensus.
  • Beyond the usual suspects: 1,800 citizens representing the diversity of the population were randomly selected using professional opinion research methodologies. All opinions in society were represented in the debates, and thus there is no reason to believe the outcome would be significantly different with more participants. The participants also showed an extraordinary level of engagement, with 97% saying they would participate in similar dialogues again.
  • Beats traditional PR for cost-effectiveness: €3.8m for 31 professionally facilitated dialogue events with VIP guests, observer programmes, additional follow-up activities, excellent print media response at EU/national/regional level, TV/radio coverage, 500,000 hits on the project website per month, and several academic research initiatives.
  • Giving citizens a better understanding of the EU: the evaluation of ECC 2007 showed that citizens felt more European after participating in the process, gained a better understanding of EU policies and institutions, and were more interested in European affairs afterwards.
  • Civil society network in all Member States: ECC 2007 brought together the largest ever operating network of independent foundations and civil society organisations in all 27 Member States, capable of implementing large-scale pan-European deliberation processes and involving decision-makers at all levels. The Network of European Foundations for Innovative Cooperation, NEF, is at the heart of the funding coalition.
  • A responsive policy tool for the future: ECC 2007 was tailored to the specific context of Plan D but adaptable to any European policy debate. With 27 national events in six weeks, it showed that large-scale deliberation processes can add value to political decision-making processes within a very short timeframe.
  • Impact on EU communication policy: in its latest Communication on Debate Europe, the European Commission supports future “pan-European participatory democracy projects holding citizen’s consultations in each Member State and establishing a common set of conclusions at European level”.
    ECC 2007 pictures Brussels    
    ECC 2007 pictures Malta
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