The INFORM EU 3rd Plenary Meeting will be held at the Convento do Espinheiro situated in Évora, the biggest city of the region of Alentejo in Portugal.
Convento do Espinheiro
Please note that you are responsible for booking your own flight. We recommend that you book your flight to Lisbon and your bus/train ticket to Évora as soon as you receive the confirmation of your participation by email. The European Commission cannot be held responsible if there are no more places available.
To help you with the flight search you can use sites like:
16th November - Lisbon Airport (LIS) to Évora – Transfers provided by Portugal as member host.
The bus leaves at 11.30 a.m. from Lisbon airport and goes directly to Convento do Espinheiro. Estimated time to arrive: 1 p.m. Pre-registration is mandatory. Only one bus transfer will be offered and it will leave on time. If you do not pre-register for the bus transfer or miss it, you have to organise going to Évora by your own means. See below for more options.
Lisbon Airport (LIS) to Évora by bus
The bus journey time between Lisbon and Évora is around 1h45 and covers a distance of around 131 km. Operated by Rede Expressos, the bus to Évora departs from Sete Rios station and arrives in Évora city. Typically 14 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.
From Lisbon Airport, you can take the metro red line (11 stops around 20min) to São Sebastião stop and take the metro blue line (2 stops around 3min) to Sete Rios station.
Lisbon Airport (LIS) to Évora by train
The train journey time between Lisbon and Évora is around 1h33. Operated by CP-Comboios de Portugal, train service departs from Lisbon Oriente and arrives in Évora city.
From Lisbon Airport, you can take the metro red line (3 stops around 6min) to Oriente train station.
Taxis - Taxi service is always an option too, and with airport taxis available 24/7 from outside of the airport, you never have to worry about finding one. Should you wish to book a taxi to take you back to the airport at the end of your visit, there are a number of reliable taxi services.
Taxis can also be booked via many taxi apps such as Uber, but also Bolt, Free Now or Izzy Move.
For those interested in hiring a vehicle, you can either book a car online or rent one directly at the airport. Whether you’re looking to hire a vehicle for the entirety of your stay, or simply for one excursion, there are a number of rental options available. Car hire is also possible here.
All participants are required to check the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal here to see whether they are required to obtain a Portuguese visa when entering Portugal.
Participants from EU countries and countries that are part of the Schengen Agreement do NOT need a Visa in order to travel to Portugal.
Participants from EU countries and countries that are part of the Schengen Agreement do NOT need a Visa in order to travel to Portugal.
List of Schengen countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
Please note that participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation.
We recommend that you stay whether at the Convento do Espinheiro (meeting venue) or at the Évora Hotel where shuttles to the venue and project locations will be provided. If you choose another hotel, it will be your sole responsibility to get to the various locations on time.
Preferential rates on hotels:
Convento do Espinheiro>
Single - 120€ / Double - 140€
Promocode: INFORM EU.PT
Single room: €70,00 / Double room: €80,00
Vila Galé Hotel
Reservations: Exclusively made through hotel website, with a 10% discount on all types and not combinable with another campaign. It should be noted, and since the array of values is not fixed, there may be changes in values over time.
Booking period during which it is possible to apply INFORM discount: From 14 to 19 November
Did you know?
Évora is often called Portugal’s “Museum City” because of its preserved architecture. Evora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to more than 2,000 years of history plus an escape from damage in the 1755 earthquake that nearly leveled Lisbon.
Évora was considered a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1986. According to this organisation, Évora is a museum-city with roots dating back to roman times. The golden age happened in the 16th century, when the portuguese kings lived here.
Some of the highlights in Évora are the architecture of the white houses, the tiles and the balconies. These features make Évora the best example of a city in the prime of the History of Portugal after the destruction of Lisbon in the 1755 earthquake. It was also in Évora that the inspiration was found to build portuguese cities in Brazil, such as Salvador da Bahia.
Unesco also mentions other strong reasons to visit Évora: the old wall, the Agua de Prata Aqueduct, medieval buildings like the cathedral, convents, palaces, churches, squares.
The Portuguese currency unit is the Euro. International credit and debit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners' Club are accepted in Portugal in almost all hotels, shops and restaurants.
Safety and Emergency Services
Portugal is considered as being a very safe country but as with anywhere else, it's worth taking sensible precautions. The three most commonly used emergency services in Portugal are the police, fire service and emergency medical service. If you need to contact any of the services in the case of an emergency, dial 112. These calls can be made from any phone and are free of charge – only use them in a real emergency.
The Meeting venue is not located in the city centre, so bus transfers will be provided from/to Évora hotel to the Meeting venue, please check the programme to see detailed bus transfers per day.
Évora is a relatively small city. So, it is very easy to go from the bus and train stations to Évora city centre. You can even cover the distance on foot.
You may visit the website Visit Évora to plan your journey, or you can book a taxi by many taxi apps such as Uber, but also Bolt, Free Now or Izzy Move.
Health and safety
COVID-19 | Measures implemented in Portugal
As of July 1, 2022, passengers entering national territory (including Azores and Madeira) are no longer required to present proof of carrying out a test to screen for SARS-CoV-2 infection with a negative result or to present a COVID-EU digital certificate or vaccination or recovery certificate issued by third countries, accepted or recognized in Portugal.
Measures in force may be reviewed in accordance to the evolution of the pandemic.
IMPORTANT: Before traveling, it is important to confirm the entry formalities and procedures with the airline company and the Portuguese border service - SEF (www.sef.pt / firstname.lastname@example.org), the entity responsible for the border control.
RULES IN MAINLAND PORTUGAL (valid on 16 September)
General behavior guidelines
It is your responsibility to be aware of the latest health and safety obligation in place in Portugal. In case you do not comply with them, the European Commission will not be responsible, so make sure you anticipate your travel.
The working language of the meeting is English; no interpretation services will be provided.
Photography and video recording
Photography and filming will be taking place at this event. Therefore, by coming to this meeting, you may be filmed and have your picture taken. Kindly be informed that your registration to this meeting implies your irrevocable consent for being filmed, recorded and photographed throughout the duration of the event, as well as giving the European Commission the right to use this media at its sole discretion.
Useful Contacts, Links
Portugal Tourism Authority: www.visitportugal.com/en
Visit Alentejo: www.visitalentejo.pt/en/
City of Évora: https://www.cm-evora.pt/en/
National health services (Sns24): Emergency contact
The health services can all be accessed by phone in English.
Dial 808 24 24 24 and choose option 9. They are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day (clinical services).
For any query, please contact the INFORM EU team at informEU@teamwork.fr.
1. Crisis Communication Workshop: In an open brainstorm format, this session will establish good principles in crisis communication through analysis of real world examples (from the past and present) and participatory discussion.
2. Countering foreign information manipulation and disinformation: Introduction to manipulation techniques used by the actors targeting EU information environment.
3. Reaching your audience with correct messages: Helping you transform the communication legislative requirements, the EU priorities and the EU-funded project objectives into messages your beneficiaries and end users really understand.
4. Crafting proximity communications in partnership: How joint campaigns around co-funded popular places can give a European dimension to the local pride.
5. Make a leap! Communicate S.M.A.R.T.: Allow yourself to be surprised! The content of this workshop will only be revealed on the spot, however, it will be from the field of communication, of course.
6. How to nurture your relationship with the media: Discover the key principles of journalistic work and get a first hand experience on what you should do in order to jointly achieve a win-win result.
Project 1. Modernisation of the Veterinary Hospital (ERDF/ESF+) & Assistance to people with disabilities (POISE/ESF+): The HVME intends to develop a project with the purpose of developing new facilities for veterinary medicine, physiotherapy and creating an animal rehabilitation centre. The development of a virtual visit to hospitalised animals will provide customers with greater satisfaction. It will be necessary to purchase new computers, a server and software. Lastly, we should mention its environmental concern, with the purchase of photovoltaic panels.
Total investment ERDF:185 .71.28 euros.
Total investment ESF:6.771,44 euros
Beneficiary:Hospital Veterinário Muralha de Évora
The Support Model for Independent Living (MAVI) is a pilot programme aimed at creating conditions for people with disabilities to lead an autonomous life, contributing to their self-determination.
MAVI provides personal assistance to people with disabilities to support them in carrying out activities that they cannot carry out on their own, according to their guidance and decision.
Total investment ESF:1.253.305.12 euros
Beneficiaries: Associação Portuguesa de Pais e Amigos do Cidadão Deficiente Mental
Project 2. Innovation Centre CIU3A (Interreg): The aim of the project is the construction and commissioning of a joint innovation centre that will bring together the universities of Seville, Algarve and Évora. It also includes the development of a number of R+D+i activities at that centre. It will be a specialised, multi-enclave, cross-border, collaborative university centre. It is an instrument to transfer the 3 main universities of the ACT. It is an innovation centre.
Total investment ERDF: 16.000.000,00 euros
Beneficiaries: Universidade de Sevilha, Universidade do Algarve, Universidade de Évora Martrain, CRL & Parque do Alentejo de Ciência e Tecnologia, SA
Project 3. Entrepreneurship center & Convent of S. Bento de Castris (Interreg): Castris Hub - Located in the Convent of S. Bento de Castris, in Évora, it includes the creation of a business incubator with all the technical, logistical and networking conditions for developing SMEs linked to the creative cultural industries. Design Factory Hub - Located in the old Fábrica dos Leões, partially occupied by the School of Arts of the University of Évora, it is aimed at the incubation of new companies for young talents and the creation of cultural and creative startups.
Total investment ERDF: 20.499.749,98 euros
Beneficiaries: Gerencia de Urbanismo. Ayuntamiento de Sevilla, Instituto Lusíada de Cultura – Ilc, Universidade de Évora, Instituto de la Cultura y de Las Artes de Sevilla
Project 4. Housing for refugees (AMIF): The project aims at creating facilities to accommodate refugees in Alentejo, in collaboration with the JRS Évora Transition Centre. It aims to increase the accommodation capacity in this region of the country. The project is based in Vendas Novas, in existing facilities, which need to be adapted in order to accommodate 100 beneficiaries and applicants for international protection, who will be permanently accompanied by a team of social technicians, psychologists, interpreters. The works to create and rehabilitate the facilities are currently underway. They are expected to be completed by the end of this year. The centre is expected to start operating in 2023.
Total investment AMIF: 1.061.408,22 euros
Beneficiary: Serviço Jesuíta de Refugiados
Project 5. Domestic and community composting (CF): The operation, to be carried out in partnership by GESAMB and the Municipality of Alandroal, comprises a set of investments to be made in home and community composting, and includes the construction of a small chip production facility in the Municipality of Alandroal. It covers all the parishes of the municipalities of Alandroal, Arraiolos, Borba, Estremoz, Montemor-o-Novo, Mora, Mourão, Redondo, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Vendas Novas, and Vila Viçosa; and the parishes of the municipality of Évora.
Investment Cohesion Fund: 437.523,48 euros
Beneficiary: GESAMB - Gestão Ambiental e de Resíduos, E.I.M.
Websites: https://re-planta.pt/ , https://www.facebook.com/projeto.replanta/
Project 6. SPA of Roman Baths (ERDF): This project consists of taking advantage of the growing dynamics of tourism in the city of Évora, creating a place of relaxation in the city centre, using, to that end, the Arab and Roman teachings, so present in the streets of the city. The aim is to recover the therapy used in Roman baths, where conviviality, leisure and relaxation help visitors recharge their batteries. The Roman SPA process is simple and involves alternately using three pools with different temperatures. The tepidarium, a temperate water pool (at about 30º) where you can relax. The caldarium, a pool with very hot water (around 39º), which serves to open up the pores of the skin. And finally the frigidarium, a pool with cold water (around 18º) that allows closing the pores. This process is accompanied by a massage session to ensure total relaxation.
Eligible costs presented ERDF: 284.302,90 euros
Beneficiary: Surpresa Inesquecível, Lda.