Horta Airport
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February 20, 2024 Regional Government challenges ANA/Vinci's proposal for Horta airport with Secretary of State for Infrastructures The Regional Government has sent a letter to the Secretary of State for Infrastructures, Frederico Francisco, expressing its concern and dissatisfaction with ANA/Vinci's proposal to use part of the current runway at Horta airport to implement RESA (runway end safety areas), and urging him to remedy the situation. The Regional Government has been a very active and interested party in the whole process leading to the expansion of the runway at Horta airport, expressing its concern and dismay at ANA/Vinci's intentions. If the decision taken by ANA/Vinci moves forward, it will result in a reduction of the declared distances of the current runway by 180 metres (90 metres on each runway threshold), making it impossible to operate turbojet aircraft such as the Airbus A320 currently used by Azores Airlines for flights between Horta and Lisbon. This situation would significantly jeopardise the connectivity and mobility of Azoreans and undermine the principle of territorial continuity, creating serious constraints on flight connections between Mainland Portugal and the island of Faial. This is a clear contradiction with the basic requirements for the operation of regular air services following the public service obligations (already published in the Official Journal of the European Union), which provide for flight connections between Lisbon and Horta and presuppose the operation of turbojet aircraft. The implementation of RESA - which are safety areas at the end of the runway for use in emergencies - is an obligation under Regulation (EU) no. 139/2014 and has been in force for more than 10 years without ANA/Vinci having proceeded with its implementation, although there is a commitment to do so by the end of this year. Acknowledging the importance of Horta airport for the mobility of Azoreans and the need to boost its operational capacity, the Regional Government signed an ARAAL contract amounting to €800,000 with the Horta City Council in March 2023, to subsidise 40% of the cost of drawing up the project for the expansion of the runway. For this reason, the Regional Government considers the fact that ANA/Vinci is now considering limiting the usable area of the Horta airport runway beyond comprehension, especially at a time when the international public tender for its expansion is already underway and it is already public knowledge that there are seven proposals for its development. The Regional Government demands that any solution adopted for the Horta airport runway should not make its future expansion unfeasible or have any effect on its current operation. The Regional Government believes that, for all the above reasons, the solution being considered by ANA/Vinci and which has been presented to ANAC - National Civil Aviation Authority is inappropriate and highly detrimental to regional interests. Therefore, we urge ANAC (as the regulatory body) not to postpone this. We also suggest that alternatives be explored, such as making a formal request to the European Commission for a derogation from the implementation of RESA until the runway expansion works at Horta airport are completed, as proposed in the letter sent by the Regional Secretariat for Tourism, Mobility and Infrastructures to the Secretary of State for Infrastructures.
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My Europe project in schools in the Azores
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February 19, 2024 Faria e Castro highlights success of "My Europe" project in Azorean schools The Regional Under Secretary of the Presidency, Pedro de Faria e Castro, expressed the Regional Government's satisfaction with the success of the "My Europe" European citizenship project, which targeted 4th-grade students from all the islands of the archipelago. "The initiative lived up to expectations and we received excellent feedback from both teachers and students," said Pedro de Faria e Castro. The Regional Under Secretary emphasised the fact that he had been encouraged by teachers from various schools across the archipelago, where the project took place, "to replicate this initiative in the future," even among 3rd-grade students. Faria e Castro highlighted the "success of the initiative." According to him, the project succeeded in "addressing the European Union in a simple and clear manner, through fun activities and uncomplicated language for children, who will one day play active part in a European project of a Union of 27 member states." The "My Europe" project was developed by the office of the Regional Under Secretary of the Presidency and promoted by technicians from the Regional Directorate for European Affairs and External Cooperation. It took place between November 2023 and February 2024, with 63 sessions covering 1,441 students from schools accross the 19 municipalities of the Azores. This educational initiative consisted of promoting the project through interactive games that demonstrated the importance of participatory democracy and improved knowledge about the 27 member states of the European Union. The project also included the preparation and distribution of an activity book, aimed at 4th-grade students, made up of exercises in a wide range of areas that allowed them to learn about the symbols of the European Union, the values, the Euro currency, the countries and the Outermost Regions, with special emphasis on the Azores.
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Applications for the programme to support youth entrepreneurship, creativity and talent
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February 20, 2024 Applications now open for programme to support entrepreneurship, creativity and young talent Applications are now open for the AECT - Support Programme for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Youth Talent, promoted by the Regional Secretariat for Youth, Vocational Training and Employment, through the Regional Directorate for Youth. Applications must be submitted through the juventude.azores.gov.pt portal until February 29 for the START and REART initiatives and until March 31 for IMPACT projects. After assessment and validation, projects and initiatives to be developed during the second half of 2024 are eligible for support under the START and IMPACT measures, while applications for projects to be developed between 1 April and 30 November are eligible under the REART measure. The START measure supports the implementation of small initiatives in the areas of youth entrepreneurship and creativity, which contribute to the initial impetus for youth creation and innovation. The IMPACT measure aims to boost the development of high-potential initiatives in the creative and youth entrepreneurship areas, which will result in projects with a positive impact on the youth community and/or with the expectation of sustainability and long-term success. The REART measure supports short-term artistic residencies. The maximum duration of projects varies between 6 and 12 months and the funding amounts to 1,500 and 5,000 Euros for the START and IMPACT projects, respectively. Short-term Artistic Residencies (REART) can be carried out from three to five days, with support amounting to 100 Euros a day per participant. AECT projects can be promoted by young people aged between 16 and 30, born or resident in the Autonomous Region of the Azores; informal groups of young people; non-profit organisations; artisans whose status is recognised by the Crafts and Design Centre of the Azores (in the case of the REART measure) and Houses of the Azores with projects to promote Azorean identity. AECT also encompasses the FORMART measure to support training in the creative arts, and applications are also open on the Azores Youth Portal.
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Statements
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February 19, 2024 Works contract awarded for construction of new São Jorge slaughterhous The works contract for the construction of the new São Jorge slaughterhouse has already been awarded by the Institute for Food and Agricultural Markets, IPRA (IAMA), as part of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP). According to the order issued by the Regional Secretary for Agriculture and Rural Development, António Ventura, lot 1 of the international public tender, which consists of construction works such as earthworks, landscaping, wastewater and rainwater networks, electrical installations as well as telephone and data installations, was awarded to the companies Tecnovia - Sociedade de Empreitadas, S.A. and Tecnovia Açores, Sociedade de Empreitadas, S.A., for €7,249,000.00. In turn, lot 2, which concerns isothermal and cold storage, was awarded to the company Frincor Frio Industrial e Comercial, Lda, for €1,657,912.79, while lot 3, which concerns processing equipment, was awarded to the company Blasau S.L. for €2,697,040.22. Lastly, lot 4, which concerns the fluid network (water supply, fire network and hot water plant), was awarded to the company Termovapor - Indústria de Caldeiras, S.A. for €698,680.64. With the aim og ensuring the levels of food quality, safety and excellence that distinguish regional production, the Regional Government has made significant investments in slaughtering infrastructures, creating the conditions to ensure that the added value resulting from the preparation and processing of carcasses remains with the Autonomous Region of the Azores. In an effort to constantly improve the regional slaughter network, it is necessary to make new investments aimed at building new slaughter units or improving existing ones. In addition to evolving market requirements, the design of these units must also keep pace with the legal constraints on the matter, including those concerning food hygiene and safety, the processing of byproducts, animal welfare, the pursuit of environmental targets and climate change. The respective contracts will be signed once the legal deadlines and subsequent procedures have been completed, according to the rules set out in the Public Procurement Code.
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Presentation of the tremor Festival
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February 19, 2024 Regional Government renews support for Tremor festival This year, the Regional Government will once again support the Tremor festival, which is going into its 11th edition, emphasising its social, sustainable and educational aspects, combined with its musical component. The event was presented today at a press conference held in Ponta Delgada, which was attended by the Regional Director for Youth, Eládio Braga, on behalf of the Regional Government. According to the event's organisers, this year's edition "will once again feature a series of residency spaces and new ideas so that, through music and art," "new ways of reading and experiencing the Azorean heritage" can be explored. The festival will once again combine formal concert halls, shops and other indoor spaces with outdoor proposals that promote new readings and experiences in the Azorean nature. "There will be indoor and outdoor concerts, surprise moments, the traditional Tremor Todo-o-Terreno sound and performance walks, in addition to talks and other meeting spaces. We will once again work alongside musicians, visual artists, the different associations of the archipelago and citizens to create unique shows. We will continue to focus on discussion and experimentation in different areas of knowledge so that the festival can be thought of in a more sustainable and surprising perspective," as mentioned by the organisation. The Tremor festival takes place between March 19 and 23 on the island of São Miguel. All the information about the event can be found at the following link: Tremor (tremor-pdl.com)
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