Our thoughts are with all those suffering from the COVID-19 crisis. Especially those who are in intensive care or have relatives with serious health problems. EURADA is nowadays an entity beyond a professional community of practice. Working together since 1992, there is an extended group of people providing mutual support for the benefit of our agencies, territories and local stakeholders. The cornerstone of our association will always be excellent personal relationships between the people who work in development agencies. Thanks to them we have overcome all the challenges that we had to face in the past.

For almost thirty years, under the leadership of our former Director and past Presidents, we have been able to work together to reinforce Europe’s regions and their economies. Our members have been exceptional representatives generating consensus in what we call “EURADA democracy” under which the questions were unanimously approved. They have delivered high quality operative results for the benefit of the regional economic practitioners. All of them have been an example of defending the common interest, effectiveness in actions and impact on the agencies.

We recognise the former members of EURADA’s Board of Directors. Some of them have represented their agencies for decades and today they are retired. They have been skilful providing mentoring, partnerships across borders and different cultures. Our former senior members are integrated into our “éminence grise club”; to them we wish to convey in these challenging moments our highest respect and consideration for their contribution during all these years. Our thoughts are every day with those who are suffering from illness in this challenging time. We wish all of them a speedy recovery!