Abruzzo Region

Abruzzo is the hinge between the Centre and the South of Italy and is generally known either as "The Green Region of Europe" and "The Regions of Parks".

Indeed, it features three National Parks ("Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo", "Parco Nazionale della Majella" e "Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso"), several regional Parks and twenty protected areas, meaning that half of the territory is protected, the highest percentage than any other Region in Europe. At the same time, there are the highest peaks of the Apennine Chain ("Corno Grande - Gran Sasso" e "Monte Amaro - Majella"), a rich variety of wildlife and a marvellous 130 km long coastline on the Adriatic Sea. Abruzzo also represents a strategic node for the Mediterranean that can be easily reached via its many motorways, major rail network, international airport and various ports along the Adriatic Coast.

Abruzzo is a region with a particular vocation for religious, historical and cultural tourism. There are places that represent real strongholds of the Spirit: Hermitages, sanctuaries, ancient churches, renowned abbeys, works of holy art, monuments and constructions that stand out in a natural scenery, inclined to silence and personal reflection. 

Due to its history and its specific geographical characteristics, it has preserved much of its territory unchanged. Moreover, along the years, it has successfully combined the protection of its natural heritage and much of its landscape with a thriving socio-economic development.

Abruzzo territory consist of 305 municipalities, most of them being towns of less than 3.000 inhabitants. Industry is present, with small and medium industries, including major Italian and multinational companies of the chemical, pharmaceutical, automotive and microelectronics industries. But there is also a widespread network of vibrant, dynamics SMEs all over the Region. Agriculture, involving small holdings, has succeeded in modernizing and offering high-quality products. The mostly small agricultural holdings produce wine, cereals, potatoes, olives, vegetables, fruit. Traditional products are saffron and liquorices.

Dubrovnik-Neretva County

Dubrovnik-Neretva County is the southernmost county of Adriatic Croatia with neighbouring countries Bosnia and Herzegovina on the north, Montenegro on the south-east, and Italy, on the south. The peculiarity of this County is a narrow and inhomogeneous coastal zone, separated from the hinterlands by the mountain-massif. The area of the County consists of two main functional and physiognomic zones: a relatively narrow longitudinal coastal zone with the headland of open-sea and the nearby islands  and the area of the Neretva Valley with its gravitating coastal zone.

Dubrovnik-Neretva County is territorially divided into 22 units of local government, 5 cities (Dubrovnik, Korčula, Ploče, Metković andOpuzen) and 17 municipalities (Blato, Dubrovačkoprimorje, Janjina, Konavle , KulaNorinska, Lastovo, Lumbarda, Mljet , Orebić, Pojezerje, Slivno, Smokvica, Ston, Trpanj, VelaLuka, Zažabljeand ŽupaDubrovačka). The center of the County is the city of Dubrovnik. 

The prosperity of the city of Dubrovnik was historically based on maritime trade. As the capital of the Republic of Ragusa, a maritime republic, the city achieved a high level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries. Dubrovnik became notable for its wealth and skilled diplomacy. In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

The County has a highly developed educational network with many universities and a well developed relation between undergraduate and graduate programs. Furthermore, it has a well developed network of health institutions, as well as developed transportation network and a rich cultural life, all of which enhance the quality of life in the County.

Tourism, based on the unique cultural and historical heritage, is the leading area of investment in the County. Following tourism are both agriculture, with a highly developed potential based on fertile farming areas and on the areas favourable to the growth of the traditional cultures, and aquaculture, with great potentials based mostly on the favourable conditions of the local waters for farming of shells and white fish. Still, there is an existing potential for passenger and cargo transport development, developed maritime sector, shipyard etc., while other potential areas for investment in the County are numerous water resources, renewable energy resources and resources for the exploitation of mineral raw materials.

Lubuskie Region

The Lubuskie Voivodeship is situated in the western Poland and borders with the Zachodniopomorskie, Wielkopol­skie and Dolnośląskie Voivodeships and with the German Federal-States of Brandenburg and Saxony. The region is administratively divided into 83 com­munes that create 14 districts, township and country districts. The following bo­dies have their seats in the two biggest cities: The Marshal of the Voivodeship in Zielona Góra and the Voivod of the Lubuskie Voivodeship in Gorzów Wiel­kopolski.

The region encompasses an area of 13,988 square kilometres and has a population of 1,011,024. Popula­tion density is 72 people per square ki­lometre and it is one of the lowest ratio in Poland. Despite the low population in the country, the voivodeship has a strong social potential in the form of a large group of people in their pre and production age. In terms of demogra­phy, it is a young region. 

 The EU funds are spent primarily on increasing the availability and compe­titiveness of transport infrastructure: new roads, ring roads, and modernised railway lines. The main road transit ro­utes run though the region: A2 Warsaw - Świecko - Berlin, S3 Szczecin-Gorzów Wlkp. - Zielona Góra - Legnica and A18 Dresden - Olszyna - Wrocław. The im­portance of the Zielona Góra-Babimost Airport, which supports passenger air traffic with the capital of Poland - War­saw, is constantly growing.

Investments in science and technology parks, which determine the develop­ment of a knowledge-based economy, are very important for development of the region. It is the most impor­tant strategic goal for us. The Centre of Renewable Energy at the High Vo­cational School in Sulechów and the Agrotechnical Centre in Kalsk, as well as the Scientific and Technological Park of the Zielona Góra University in Nowy Kisielin (with created Logistic Centre) have already been established. The Centre of Innovation - Technologies for Human Health is under construc­tion, the following are next: the Centre of Balanced Construction and Energy and the Centre of Information Techno­logies. 

The Lubuskie Region is young, dynamic and diverse. This is where the music will play until the end of the world and one day longer: in Kostrzyn nad Odrą with the largest outdoor festival in Poland - Woodstock. Crowds of music fans flock every year to the monastery in Gości­kowo-Paradyż to the Music Festival in Paradise, and the faithful moviegoers come to Łagowo to the Summer of Film. „ROMANE DYVESA” International Meetings of Gypsy Bands, Russian Song Festival, International Children's Folklo­re Festival, Gorzów Theatre Festival and International Auteur Theory Quest Eu­rope Film Festival, create a rich cultural background of our land. 

And the history of our region confirms that Lubuskie is the land of wine and honey. The wine-making traditions date back to the thirteenth century, and the only Route of Wine and Honey in Poland runs through our land. Over 200-kilometre route covers dozens of charming stops, which feature such at­tractions like vineyards, museums and bee farms where you can enjoy the ta­ste of the Lubuskie Voivodeship. „Lubuskie warte zachodu” (Lubuskie -worth your while) is the shortest cha­racteristics of the Lubuskie Region, where it is worth going on sight-seeing tours and worth investing in.

Prešov Region

The Prešov Region is situated in the north-east of Slovakia and borders Poland (360 km) and Ukraine (38 km). The region covers the area of 8,974 km². It is the most populous Slovak region with 814,527 inhabitants. 

The city of Prešov is the third largest city in Slovakia, where the Prešov University provides higher education to around 10,000 students each year. 

A mountain and sub-mountain landscape is an essential attribute of the Prešov Region. The three national parks belong to the regional highlights: the Tatra National Park with the High Tatras – the highest mountain range of Slovakia (Gerlachovsky peak 2,655m); the Pieniny National Park (the oldest international natural park in Europe); and Poloniny National Park with the Carpathian Beech Wildwoods (UNESCO). The region is also rich in mineral and thermal waters used in spa and health resorts.  

The most important historical and cultural sites include: the town of Bardejov (UNESCO), the town of Levoča and surroundings (UNESCO), the Kežmarok Castle, the Ľubovňa Castle, Spišská Kapitula, 32 ancient wooden churches (four of the wooden churches in the UNESCO), the Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art in Medzilaborce, the Tatra Gallery in Poprad, and the Library P.O.Hviezdoslav in Prešov.