Estonian mayors visit the Algarve

A group of mayors from Estonia is visiting the Algarve with hopes to learn more about the “local development, economy, tourism and heritage” of the region.

“In Estonia, we will soon have an administrative reform and we would like to learn with the municipal experience of Portugal, a country which has been in the EU since 1986,” Kaisa Masso, trip organiser has told the Barlavento newspaper.

The visit began last Friday and ends tomorrow.

It included stops in Sagres, Vila do Bispo, Portimão, Loulé, São Brás de Alportel, Salir, Alte, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Cacelha Velha, where the Estonian mayors met with representatives from the local councils.

They were also introduced to “interesting projects” such as “Loulé Criativo, TASA, Projeto Querença, ANJE and Associação In Loco” – currently in the running for ‘NGO of the Year’ – and visited the production of biogas at ALGAR and the vineyards of Quinta dos Vales winery in Estômbar.