About us

Our mission

The mission of the Alentejo European Office is to coordinate efforts, promote synergies while representing Alentejo Region, through the dialogue with the European institutions, other regional representations, and more broadly with Brussel’s stakeholders. Following this direction, Alentejo EU office acts as a liaison office having established bilateral and multilateral relationships with the European Brussels arena.

To achieve this mission, the main activities are:
Constant dialogue with European institutions, namely, European Committee of Regions, European Commission, EU Council and European Parliament;
Liaising with Brussels-based representative of regions/cities: participation and cooperation in European regions networks in which Alentejo is associated;
Advisory to the representatives of Alentejo society while traveling to Brussels and offer of its facilities;
Policy analysis and monitoring; “Brussels’ Pulse” Bulletin with key information on European news and opportunities;
Organization of events and meetings, about matters of special interest to the region;
European Project proposal assistance, in close collaboration with the European Projects Office of the Government;
Organization of events and high-level meetings;
Assistance in the presentation of European projects proposal, including European partners search.

Our History

Alentejo's flag has been flying in Brussels since 2019, with a clear objective: to reduce the distance between Europe and Alentejo. On March 14th, 2019, the Alentejo European Office in Brussels was officially launched with a dedicated event, “Welcome Alentejo”. "Welcome Alentejo" was both a "special breakfast” and networking event, aimed at giving an insight on the Alentejo/Europe Initiative, an overview of Alentejo strategic priorities, as well as a future perspective on interregional cooperation. The event launched the regional representation activities in Brussels and the new members of the Brussels-based circle of Regional Representations.

The Presidents of Alentejo Development Commission and Alentejo Development Agency highlighted the relevance of the initiative and simultaneously promoted Alentejo as a destination of excellence for foreign direct investment. Alentejo European office, born under the Initiative Alentejo Europe, a consortium between ADRAL (Agência de Desenvolvimento Regional do Alentejo) and IrRADIARE Science for Evolution (European affair Bureau) with the support of CCDR Alentejo (Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Alentejo (CCDR).

Alentejo Representation acts as a “bridge” between the European Institutions and the local territory. During the three-year of representation, the EU office has promoted Alentejo as a territory able and capable to cooperate and to share/receive know-how for enhancing the transition towards a new paradigm of green, digital and inclusive development.

Networks

Building a strong cooperation network with Brussels-based entities has been the Alentejo/Europe Initiative’s main activity, Brussels-based networks are oriented towards exchanging information, enhancing cooperation opportunities, especially when it comes to projects partnerships, and disseminating best practices.




Our dissemination activities


“Brussels Pulse” Bulletin for Alentejo’s stakeholders

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Alentejo Europe Initiative Annual Report

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