Potulka - city walks in Košice organized by ETP Slovakia in partnership with the City Information Centre and hosted by famous local guides Milan Kolcun and Zoltán Balassa presented what traces have various foreigners left in Košice in the past and how they contribute to the development of the city currently.

Fifteen tours were held on 6th, 7th and 8th of December 2019. More than 450 people took part in the walks and got acquainted with people who left their home countries and influenced the city of Kosice and its locals by their business, artwork or thoughts. The walks included visiting many places and buildings, which are famous for its residents. 

Only few participants knew that 100 years ago Košice had six Turkish cafés and a shop with overseas/colonial goods. First translation of Quran from Latin into Hungarian was made and printed in Košice in 1831. Even nowadays locals can enjoy Japanese art piece in the city park or a renaissance painting by Italian artist on a house facade in the city centre.

The owners of the Café de Paris - French-Slovak couple invited all participants to taste sweet meringue-based confection – colourful macarons. All Potulka participants received another special gift: the illustrated map of restaurants owned by foreigners living in Košice - Bon appetit Neighbor!

The conference took part Dec. 3, 2019 in Brussels. It was organized by the Committee of the Regions, which recently launched the initiative Cities and Regions for Integration, together with other Commission departments. Enhancing the dialogue with local and regional authorities is a priority for the work on integration at EU level. Cities and regions are key actors in putting in place effective integration policies on the ground. However, many local authorities, especially small ones, have difficulties in accessing the resources available at EU level both in terms of knowledge and funding – a challenge recognized and tackled also by INTEGRA.

The conference gathered over 400 representatives from local and regional authorities to inform them about the support available at EU level and give them an opportunity to exchange their practices and experience.

INTEGRA partners from Sofia, Prague, Košice and Osijek took part in the conference. In recognition of the project success, Sevdalina Voynova from SDA was invited to moderate one of the conference workshops, Narratives matter. The session focused on the public perception of migrants and refugees in Europe and its relationship with facts and the reality, the role of opinion makers as well as local politicians in influencing the attitudes of citizens towards immigrants.

The conference was organized also in cooperation with other Commission departments active in the field of integration, such as the Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Education and Culture, Regional and Urban Affairs and the Joint Research Center.

This project is funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund

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