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SACHE - Smart Accelerators of Creative Heritage Entrepreneurship

Sector: culture, cultural and creative industries
Website:
https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/SACHE.html

The SACHE project will develop and deliver integrated local development strategies based on tools and approaches that accelerate creative entrepreneurship within and around cultural heritage. The project will expand and strengthen the role of cultural heritage sites, symbols and values by transforming them into “Smart Accelerators of Creative Heritage Entrepreneurship” (SACHE) based on a newly developed central European model. Museums, galleries, theatres and festivals will be conceived not only as sites of education or entertainment but also as accelerators, i.e. cultural engines that mobilise and nurture the energies of small creative businesses. This will expand access to cultural heritage as well as the production of value enhancing services, the development of innovative clustering of CCIs around each SACHE. It will also help to foster cross-sectoral cooperation with other industrial and service sectors especially in digital technologies. OBJECTIVE The main objective of SACHE is to develop and deliver integrated local development strategies based on tools and approaches that would accelerate creative entrepreneurship within and around cultural heritage making central European cities and regions better places to live and work. In order to do so, the project will develop a central European model to increase the capacities of public and private actors to promote the sustainable use of material and immaterial CH based on uses and re-uses of smart, innovative technologies in cooperation with different creative sectors. The project will expand and strengthen the role of CH sites, symbols and values by transforming them into SACHE: “Smart Accelerators of Creative Heritage Entrepreneurship”. A common model, a transferable methodology and toolsets will generate SACHE for the design and implementation of regional/local hubs, new flexible outputs of social innovation equipped with the capability of assisting CCIs in sourcing and engineering innovative ideas. The development and implementation of strategies and policies for valorising CH and exploiting potentials of CCIs will trigger economic opportunities and employment at regional level. Transnational cooperation will help improving capacities of the public and private sector dealing with the protection and sustainable use of CH and resources by supporting integrated approaches. This will allow coordinated preservation and management of CH resources and sustainable growth. ACTIVITIES • Mapping and triggering cultural and creative environment able to promote entrepreneurship and growth. • Value services to promote the Smart Accelerators of Creative Entrepreneurship • Setting-up of “atmospheres” to promote cultural and creative entrepreneurship • Sustainabile value-chains, transferring and follow-up activities

DIVA - Development of ecosystems and innovation value chains: supporting cross-border innovation through Creative Industries

Sector: cultural and creative industries
Website:
http://ita-slo.eu/diva

Objectives: The main objective of DIVA project is to link the creative and economic sectors in order to create an eco-system of innovation, which is able to afford international markets in the field of digital transformation using “Smart” technologies for the benefit of the community. DIVA will establish an international eco-system based on existing or new interdisciplinary innovative platforms, able to strengthen a system of collaborative initiatives in economic, art (art thinking), design (design thinking) and various social initiatives (participation design). Throughout analytical, mapping, modelling, education and test approach, DIVA will catalyse this innovation, production and end-user system, where networks will incorporate innovators into local economy in a way in which the transition from an idea to the final solution will be fast, sustainable in the long period and oriented to citizens and their needs. With the creation of international ecosystem, DIVA will increase the possibility of new opportunities for collaboration and development both of high-tech industries and of communities of operators and companies capable of facing the markets and consumers challenges. These ecosystems will have a guide-role into the preparation and response capacity of companies into traditional industrial sectors and into society’s ability to respond to the challenges of digital transformation and the circular economy. DEFINITION OF A CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION MODEL FOR CCI GROWTH a) Identification of creative networks, actors and stakeholders in the cross-border area and elaboration of the cross-border map of both actors and resources; b) User’s needs; c) Consolidation of the cross-border cooperation between actors and awareness-raising actions; d) Elaboration of the DIVA cooperation model; DEFINITION OF AN ART-CREATIVE BASED METHODOLOGY TO FACILITATE CROSS-BORDER INNOVATION OF COMPANIES 1. Development of tools to facilitate cross-fertilization between CCIs and "traditional" SMEs; 2. Capacity-building actions aimed at local operators to facilitate the meeting between CCIs and traditional SMEs; 3. Definition of local operators networks and raise awareness to cooperation between Networks users and preparation activities of pilot actions 4. Definition of HUBs to strengthen cooperation between CCIs and SMEs; 5. Identification and implementation of programs aimed at increasing the inclination to creativity and innovation for children, young people and citizens. CROSS-BORDER CALL 1. Cross-border preparatory activities aimed at defining and setting a call for public evidence (Call) for the selection of pilot actions; 2. Publication of the public tender to select projects where a traditional SME proposes the purchase of innovative tools and / or services provided by a pre-identified creative cultural company; 3. Implementation of pilot projects. 4. Dissemination of pilot project results in the cooperation area in order to enhance culture and creativity impact and the cooperation model.

GE 16 ENI EC 03 18 - Twinning project GE 16 ENI EC 03 18 “Establishing Efficient Protection and Control System of Geographical Indications (GIs) in Georgia”

Sector: agriculture/fishing, capacity building

Overall objective: The overall objective of the project is to support development of Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications (GIs) system in Georgia through creation of effective supporting tools with the provisions of the European Union’s GIs protection system. The purpose of the project is to assist National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia - Sakpatenti, together with other relevant stakeholders, to create legal, administrative and institutional mechanisms to enhance the GI protection and control systems and strengthen capacity of the national institutions to implement and adopt the best European practices. Project activities: - Contribution to the revision of the Legal framework on protection and quality control system of GIs in compliance with the EU legislation; - Reinforcement of capacity of relevant state authorities and private sector (producers and/or producers’ associations) for enhancing and developing GI protection system; - Organization of the GI quality control system in line with EU regulations and EU best practices and strengthening of the current inspection and control system. Results: - IG protection and control system in place in compliance with EU regulations; - Legal amendments in the area of geographical indications developed and approved; - Administrative procedures of the National Center of Intellectual Property Sakpatenti and other interested insitutitions updated; - 4 new IGs created in different fields.

EURADRIA2019 - EURADRIA2019

Sector: HR and training development

Euradria 2019 is a set of actions aimed at promoting a fair, legal and profitable geographical mobility and the employment opportunities of the job market across the Euradria region. In line with the Eures Regulation 589/2016, art.27 - Support services in cross-border regions, the project aims to enhance and deepen the knowledge and the spreading of the labour market tools and their operability within the specific situation of frontier workers and of relevance for employers in the region. Moreover the action aims to valorize and spread the knowledge of the Eures network and tools, through the already established Eures Euradria networking and an e-learning based tool-WEBINARS, giving sustainability to the actions already accomplished in previous EaSI funded projects and reaching a wider audience through a physical and virtual one-stop-shop approach

PRIMIS - Multicultural Journey between Italy and Slovenia through the Minority Prism

Sector: culture
Website:
https://www.ita-slo.eu/it/primis

RESPONSe - RESPONSe – Strategies to adapt to climate change in Adriatic regions

Sector: environment/energy, capacity building

The project aims at empowering local policy-makers to enable climate-smart governance approaches and promote sustainable living in Adriatic marine and coastal areas. ADAPT will provide the tools to foster effective policy-making on climate adaptation at local level and support strategic decision-making on how best to address the effects of climate change on the coastal areas of the Adriatic basin. Building on the development of tailored climate services tackling vulnerabilities of the Adriatic region, ADAPT will promote the engagement of local policy-makers and help mainstreaming adaptation planning into policy frameworks. This approach will increase the adaptation capacity of the programme area and establish a common ground to lay the basis for an environment that furthers the protection of population wellbeing.

UnderwaterMuse - Immersive Underwater Museum Experience for a wider inclusion - UnderwaterMuse

Sector: tourism, culture

The project aims to propose the cultural improvement as a strong point towards the local development; such development would mainly be directed to the economic upgrading of the affected areas. The project aims at applying on sample areas (maritime landscapes of Torre Santa Sabina, Grado, Resnik/Siculi, Caorle) a methodological and technological protocol based on research/ knowledge and development/communication of an underwater archeological site that is complex and multi-stratified, characterized by strong diversity. The project’s objective is therefore to transform the site into an underwater archaeological park (or eco-museum) through innovative and/or experimental methodologies and techniques in order to try to reduce the loss of important cultural heritages as well as to guarantee an economic spin-off deriving directly from the creation of a sector linked to the tourist-cultural promotion of the context of reference. UnderwaterMuse targets local communities as long-term keepers of vitality at tourist destinations, promote co-creative partnerships among tourism and cultural actors, public decision makers, creative companies, associations of citizens, facilitating exchange of information. An immersive VR approach renders underwater sites accessible to a wider public, including people with different kinds of disabilities. Building capacity for professionals already working in this field will help them adapt to a “museum for all” concept, in spite of limited organizational or financial resources. Training diving guides will improve the immersive experience of underwater sites. Regional action plans will enhance environmental management and preservation of coastal areas harbouring those sites. Based on the gained experience, an innovative promotional GIS tool, the ‘UnderwaterMuse MAP’ for promoting underwater sites with accessibility standards, will be developed. The ‘UnderwaterMuse MAP’ will be promoted at transnational, national and local level, in the Adriatic and beyond, thus guaranteeing its sustainability and transferability during and after its implementation.

SECAP - SECAP - Support to Energy and Climate Adaptation policies

Sector: environment/energy
Website:
https://www.ita-slo.eu/it/secap

SECAP is a strategic project for the cross-border area Italy and Slovenia, because it was born to jointly address the issue of climate change in place, in order to find unified and shared solutions to mitigate the effects and reduce the vulnerability of the territories. In fact, the project wants to create a strategy for low carbon emissions, with the identification of specific policies and measures to protect the climate, which are in contrast with the changes induced by human activities and the effect of greenhouse gases, and that they adopt instead adaptation and mitigation measures for climate change. Precisely because of its specificity, SECAP wants to support the transaction towards a low carbon economy (OT4), realizing concrete actions to support the implementation of territorial policies on energy efficiency and the fight against air pollution, both at regional level ( of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto), which national (Republic of Slovenia). The project is also considered strategic because it wants to produce a substantial change in the energy planning of the cross-border area (unit strategy), to the advantage of a better awareness of the territories of the need to direct their guidelines and investments towards renewable energy, as well as to improve the ability of public administrations and municipalities to adopt and develop shared SECAPs, in their structure, between cross-border territories. The strategic dimension of SECAP, based on the results of all the project activities, is also guaranteed by the elaboration of guidelines for the Municipalities that want to improve their energy planning.

WALKofPEACE - Lo sviluppo sostenibile del patrimonio della prima guerra mondiale tra le Alpi e l'Adriatico

Sector: culture
Website:
http://ita-slo.eu/walkofpeace

Obiettivi La particolarità dell’area di programma è la presenza del patrimonio della PGM di straordinario significativo storico, talvolta mal conservato, con un potenziale non sfruttato nell’ambito dello sviluppo del turismo. Il progetto contribuirà a trasformare la situazione attuale mediante attività transfrontaliere condivise mirate alla conservazione a lungo termine del patrimonio PGM e all’accrescere il suo utilizzo nell’ottica dello sviluppo del turismo culturale sostenibile. Saranno svolti studi, allestite mostre, vi saranno eventi culturali e commemorativi per rafforzare la conoscenza generale e la consapevolezza del patrimonio PGM. Si terranno attività di formazione mirata e networking per operatori turistici, organizzazioni e altre parti interessate, volte a incoraggiare lo sviluppo della nuova offerta turistica. Per rafforzare la promozione e la commercializzazione congiunte del patrimonio della PGM sarà introdotto un marchio principale del Sentiero della Pace con linee guida di marketing, un sito web e altro materiale divulgativo. Saranno aggiornati e organizzati nuovi percorsi tematici, info point e centri con presentazioni interattive e innovative del patrimonio. Gli investimenti su piccola scala saranno finalizzati a preservare il patrimonio di straordinario valore della PGM. I sotto-obiettivi includono: 1. Rafforzare la conoscenza e la consapevolezza di un patrimonio comune della prima guerra mondiale nell’AP con la preparazione e l’organizzazione di programmi di formazione e ricerca transfrontalieri; 2. Incentivare lo sviluppo del turismo culturale sostenibile con la creazione di una destinazione e del brand Sentiero della pace e la realizzazione di strumenti per una promozione dei prodotti turistici; 3. Creazione di una rete di sentieri storici e info-point nell’ambito del brand Sentiero della pace con il restauro e la sistemazione dei sentieri, degli info- point e dei monumenti di particolare rilevanza storica. Attività del progetto ATTIVITA’ DI GESTIONE PROGETTUALE Coordinamento delle attività e gestione amministrativa-finanziaria del progetto COMUNICAZIONE IMPLEMENTAZIONE DATI GENERALI In questo WP sono previste iniziative mirate allo studio di tematiche storiche, alla didattica nonché alla formazione dedicata agli operatori del settore; si svolgeranno inoltre azioni di valorizzazione attraverso eventi e manifestazioni culturali, tali da promuovere il più ampio coinvolgimento del pubblico. Saranno complessivamente realizzati: raccolte di dati e documenti, pubblicazioni, anche digitali, mostre con relativi cataloghi, conferenze, seminari e percorsi formativi su vari livelli, laboratori didattici, visite guidate e viaggi di studio, eventi pubblici, performance, manifestazioni culturali. INVESTIMENTI Il WP include investimenti minori e azioni pilota per conservare, potenziare e sistemare il patrimonio della prima guerra mondiale (PGM), il che contribuirà a creare una rete di sentieri storici, di punti di informazioni e centri nell'ambito del marchio “Il sentiero di pace”. Risultati - studi sul patrimonio transfrontaliero della PGM e presentazione dei risultati selezionati; - formazione e networking mirati a promuovere la valorizzazione turistica del patrimonio PGM, per fornitori di servizi turistici, organizzazioni e altre parti interessate; - nuove mostre sul patrimonio della PGM, eventi culturali e commemorativi tematici e conferenze; il nuovo marchio principale del Sentiero della Pace fra le Alpi e l'Adriatico, con il “brandbook” e le linee guida di marketing congiunto del patrimonio della PGM; - linee guida di gestione per il percorso Plezzo (Bovec) - Trieste; - iniziative per lo sviluppo di nuovi servizi e offerte turistiche; - sito web comune del Sentiero della Pace e materiale di promozione del patrimonio della PGM; percorsi tematici e punti informativi rinnovati, riorganizzati e segnalati; - centri di informazione aggiornati e nuovi con ICT all'avanguardia e presentazioni multimediali del patrimonio PGM; ristrutturazione di monumenti, musei e altre strutture riferite al patrimonio di straordinario significato della PGM nell'area di programma.

GPP-Stream - Green Public Procurement and Sustainability Tools for Resource Efficiency Mainstreaming

Sector: environment/energy
Website:
https://www.interregeurope.eu/gpp-stream/

Objectives The overall objective is to support the GPP-STREAM partners to transfer the lessons learnt to all implementation phases of the policy instruments addressed and to create a community of stakeholders that can mainstream GPP practices. The sub-objectives include: 1. Identify, collect and share best practices and support tools for the adoption of green public procurement oriented towards resource efficiency within the responsible bodies of the policy instruments; 2. Improve the integration of GPP objectives and actions within the funding programmes and sectoral / development plans 3. Improve the capacity of national, regional and local administrations to align their actions in order to enhance GPP implementation; 4. Improve the capacity of monitoring GPP implementation triggered by the implementation of specific policy instruments and plans; 5. Stimulate the adoption of green demand for goods and services along all phases of policy instruments’ implementation, including those that are affected but not directly managed by the authorities that developed the instruments. Technical assistance to the Lead partner “Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia” Project activities LEARNING ACTIVITIES: - A GPP learning methodology - One methodology for GPP-STREAM stakeholder identification and analysis - One matrix for the identification of GPP areas of intervention - at least 40 regional first stakeholder meetings followed by reports - 5 transnational learning events - GPP-STREAM best practices showcase with at least 50 case studies - One online GPP tender models toolkit for resource efficiency - Two online toolkits for GPP compliance for beneficiaries of EU funds, rural and urban development strategies - GPP monitoring guidelines - 13 webinars (EU and national) - 6 Policy briefs, at least 4 participations in policy learning platform’s event - At least 8 online peer review meetings realized among partners - 8 Action Plans for the introduction of GPP in EU funds / development strategies COMMUNICATION: - GPP-STREAM communication strategy - 5 national kick-off conferences - GPP-STREAM social media accounts - 10 Project dedicated webpages - One online campaign for the kick off of the project - 7 editions of GPP-STREAM newsletter in 6 languages - leaflet, posters printed in at least 2,000 national copies and 10 roll ups - one EU GPP-STREAM conference in Rome - at least 20 articles and 10 EU and national press releases within the online campaign - at least 20 online interviews with GPP-STREAM stakeholders - 8 Open Days events organized by the project partners - 8 press conferences dedicated to the launching of the Action Plans - 1 high level political event PROJECT MANAGEMENT: - Project executive planning - Quality management plan - Guidelines for the sustainable management of the project - 6 progress reports - Steering group meetings: 10 online and 6 face-to-face Results: - At least 80 staff members of the partners develop their GPP knowledge and skills - At least 300 national, regional and EU stakeholders are consistently involved in the development of the GPP-STREAM Action Plans - 8 national, regional and local policy instruments from 5 EU countries will integrate GPP approaches in their management, especially by providing GPP guidelines to the beneficiaries and setting up GPP monitoring systems - At least other 40 EU policy instruments managing authorities will be extensively informed about GPP-STREAM tool kits and at least 20 regional bodies are expected to undertake actions towards the improvement of their policy instruments thanks to the lessons learned in GPP-STREAM and to the approaches proposed by the project - Min. 1,000 people attend the project physical and online events (webinars) - At least 10,000 “followers” on GPP-STREAM social media accounts - 2,000 annual new visits on the project webpages - 100% efficient management of the project, including project expenditure

SMATH - Smart atmospheres of social and financial innovation for innovative clustering of creative industries in MED area

Sector: culture, Cluster, capacity building
Website:
http://smath.interreg-med.eu

SMATH project aims to improve the quality and quantity of connections between the publicy oriented domain of culture and the business oriented domain of creativity. SMATH intends to generate and strengthen “Smart Atmospheres” able to support the start-up and the development of SMEs in the CC sector facilitating the access to “culture factories” and value enhancing services (private and public finance) and the development of innovative clustering on CCIs level and the setting-up of joint cooperation at PPPs among investors and public actors able to exploit their potential to support the growth in the MED Area.

BLUE KEP - BLUE Knowledge Exchange Program and integration of education systems in the cross Project title border area

Sector: youth policies, HR and training development
Website:
https://www.italy-croatia.eu/web/blue-kep

Objectives • to encourage standardization of technical schools curricula & knowledge mobility to support innovation • to increase availability of trained professionals in targeted sector with mutually recognized skills • to improve CB cooperation among targeted blue economy systems, clusters &complementary specializations Project activities • Diffusion of BLUE KEP Call for schools • Organization of project events and capitalization of project results • Setting up a technical working group and technical school selection criteria • School accreditation and matching • Teacher training and exchange of experience • Setting student selection criteria • Common training modules and mutual recognition of credits • Mobility preparation • Organization of trainings for students in selected companies in ship and maritime sector • Student selection and mobility execution • Student final assessment Results • improved education (secondary school level) system in nautical/ship sector through a standardization of technical schools curricula between Italian and Croatian educational systems and a better integration with the productive sector • creation of an effective "region of knowledge" in the cross border area, fostering the circulation of young people and the availability of trained professionals with mutual recognized skills thanks to cooperation among quadruple helix representatives (policy makers, schools, young people and companies) of the maritime/ship sector • Project results represent pivotal mechanisms contributing to a better exploitation of the existing potential of the cross border maritime/ship sector in terms of innovation.

CARE - A sustainable approach to Case&Care management in the crossborder region

Sector: HR and training development, health
Website:
https://www.case-care.eu/

Objectives: The aim of CaRe project is the development, regional piloting and evaluation of a superordinate cross-institutional CrM office, which serves as a regional contact point & counseling center for the system & care management of elderly people in need of care and their caring relatives. Project activities: - Horizontal coordination activities, kick offs, intermediate meetings and final conference; - Communication activities and dissemination of actions and projects results; - Modeling activities of the regional welfare network system, including analysis of the qualification of personnel and companies, and related assessment and analysis; - Piloting activities based on a model of Best Practice identified during the project; - Evaluation of piloting and development of a cross-border communication campaign for its transferability to other regions, as well as for sustainability activities. Results: - Development of care management (CrM) concerned with the system & care control, which coordinates and organizes across cases and institutions needs oriented support in social-and health care and demonstrates structural prerequisites for it. - Creation of an innovative CrM office that provides sustainable management & coordination of c are quality & cost-efficiency. This leads to a regional change in the program area. - - Add competences to the existing organizational forms of case management (CsM) in order to keep the balance between humanity and economics.

PATH - DEV - PILOT ACTION IN FISHERY SECTOR FOR LYBIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Sector: agriculture/fishing, HR and training development

Objectives: - Local sustainable economic development of the fishing sector; - Training and teaching activities for strengthening capacities and know-how of local technical experts and private actors of the fishing sector. Project activities: 1. Training in Italy of Libyan technical experts for evaluation of material and immaterial assets of the Libyan fishing sector; 2. Training in Italy of Libyan public authorities for labelling and certifications in the fishing sector; 3. Training in Italy of Libyan trainers for improvement of technical competences to be transferred to young fishermen trainees once back to Libya; 4. Purchase of training tools and equipment to allow the set-up of training labs for young fishermen in Libya. Results: - Improvement of know-how and capacities of technical experts and of private operators of the fishing sector; - Sustainable economic development.

CHIMERA - Cluster culturali e creativi innovativi nell'area MED

Sector: ICT and innovation, Cluster, cultural and creative industries
Website:
https://chimera.interreg-med.eu/

ChIMERA’s main objective is to improve innovation capacities of public and private actors of the cultural and creative industry (CCI) sector in participating regions and in MED area through strengthened transnational cooperation and connections among companies, research bodies, public authorities and civil society. Its purpose is pursued thanks to an integrated approach developed at both transnational level and regional level, in order to create and stimulate direct links and synergies in CCIs sector among enterprises, reaserch centres, Science&Tech parks, other operational bodies, public authorities and citizens, in particular promoting improvement (or creation) and internationalization of innovative CCIs cluster, investments, technology transfer, open innovation and cross sectoral innovation processes, regional and international networking. The Project’s strategy is very focused on internationalization, having, among its objectives to increase the capacities of companies to compete in the global market by developing their innovation potentials. The final goal of ChIMERA is to increase transnational activity of innovative clusters, the European territorial competitiveness and networks of key sectors of MED area. Objectives • To increase transnational activity of innovative clusters and networks of key sectors of the MED area • To outline, test and implement efficient innovation ecosystems/clusters models in the CCI sector functional to RIS 3 and development strategies • To build up and consolidate a transnational network of innovative CCIs clusters and innovation ecosystems supporting innovation and internationalization in CCI sector Project activities • the capacity building for innovation key actors, cluster managers and enablers; • the development of: regional action plans to improve innovation system for CCIs sector, innovative clusters business plans, a transnational work-plan to coordinate supporting tools for innovative CCIs sector; • the testing phase and the implementation of initiatives and services to operationalize the transnational workplan, the action plans and the clusters business plans; • transferring of tested innovation model/approach to other MED regions Results • 10strategic action plans(SAPs) for efficient innovation ecosystems/clusters models, 10 clusters business plans, 20financial tools, 10living labs&innovaion projects, 12 services for internationalization/innovation,10transferability plans.SAPs and clusters business plans outline the clusters models in participating regions; these models are tested and implemented through pilots tools/labs at regional/transnational level; 1transnational operational plan;

MAESTRALE - MAESTRALE

Sector: environment/energy
Website:
https://maestrale.interreg-med.eu

The overall objective of the MAESTRALE project is to promote the development of blue energy in the Mediterranean area as a key sector for sustainable growth, by fostering the creation and the transnational networking of innovative clusters. The main output consists in the creation of Blue Energy Labs (BEL) in each participating region. BELs will involve local enterprises, public authorities, knowledge institutions and citizens and will operate to support future blue energy policies and concrete strategies for blue growth. Objectives • Improvement of knowledge and development of a common strategy at the MED level regarding Blue Energy potential and available technologies. • Reinforcement of networks across Europe, and specifically in the MED area. • Development of pilot Blue Energy projects as test-beds and concrete demonstration activities to support the implementation of innovative and profitable Blue Energy technologies in the MED area. Project activities • Survey of available technologies, existing laws/regulations, hindrances and potentials of maritime renewable energy sources in the MED areas targeted by the project. • Development of innovative clusters in the blue energy sector • Business services and transnational activities • Creation of the transnational network of Blue Energy Labs (BEL) as a cooperating tool and meeting platform for key actors involved in the Blue Energy Sector • Create of public-private partnerships and knowledge and innovation exchange in order to lay the basis for concrete initiatives of blue growth. Results • Knowledge frameworks on Blue Energy in the MED area • Blue Energy Labs as transnational network among key actors in Blue Energy • Participative planning processes of Blue Energy projects (20 at least) to be realised in MED

SISMA - Supporting Innovative Schemes in the MED Area

Sector: environment/energy
Website:
https://sisma.interreg-med.eu/

• Direct involvement of private stakeholders as well as public stakeholders in order to form operational working tables to point out market obstacles and find viable solutions; • Around 100 Local Public Authorities per each participating country will increase their knowledge of EPC through the consultations arranged within project activities, through the technical workshops arranged at country level and through the one day training scheme. • Preparing reference documents (tenders, EPC, evaluation criteria sets, etc.) for different type of public buildings (schools, offices, gymnasiums, etc.) to facilitate and foster replication. • Better knowledge on EPC and the availability of models ready-to-use will constitute a significant potential for replication at transnational level. • The participation of an IPA country will be an asset to facilitate the replication in neighbouring EU countries.

CAPITALIZATION 2007-2013 NATURAL HERITAGE - Capitalization of results on the EU programming period 2007-2013 concerning soil protection and natural heritage conservation

Sector: environment/energy

Project objectives: The aim of the Research project is the capitalization of the results achieved in the European Programming period 2007-2013 on the measures/actions adopted for the conservation, management and conservation of natural capital alpine water basins and soil, in order to promote and disseminate the positive results achieved and the related development models (Best Practices) through the international dimension of the Alpine Convention. Project activities: • Selection of the best projects approved in the programming period 2007-2013 strictly related to the Project and the Alpine Convention topics, in order to transfer the best development models in the Alpine context; • Final selection of the projects in order to identify the “Best Practices” implemented in the three ETC Programmes considered in this Project in order to transfer results and ideas in the Alpine Convention. Expected results: • Development of methods which create policy changes at transnational level (for example, definition of common strategies and communication between Partners, new tools for the long-term management of water resources, transnational exchange of experiences).

BlueSKILLS - Improving skills and knowledge through the integration of VET systems for Blue Growth and Tourism Development

Sector: culture, tourism
Website:
http://www.blueskills.eu/

Objectives - Strengthen the system of vocational training in the Adriatic-Ionian area in EUSAIR strategic sectors - Encouraging mobility of knowledge and the creation of professional paths aimed to support the strategic value chain of Adriatic-Ionian area - Promotion of a feasibility study on the harmonization of education and VET system in the Adriatic-Ionian Macroregion; - Creation of synergies among KEPASS and DELMVET project partners in order to expand the existing network of schools and VET centres and transferring good practices and results issued by previous projects; -Valorisation of previous initiatives by extending the kind of target groups to be addressed, involving technical and vocational institutes, private sectors and policy makers. Project activities -Definition of a Work Plan based on the capitalization of previous project achievements -Creation of working group with Vocational and Training schools of Adriatic area for the definition of international training modules specific for Maritime and Tourism institutes -Organization of summer schools addressed to teachers of the schools networks -Drafting of a feasibility study for the harmonization of vocational and educational schemes for Maritime and Tourism poles in Adriatic area Results • Support in the implementation of EUSAIR actions of pillars 1 “Blue Growth” and 4 “Sustainable Tourism” • Supporting the reinforcement of an Adriatic-Ionian Macroregion of knowledge based on a mobility system and the mutual recognition of skills • Strengthening the education (secondary school level) and Vocational Educational Training system of the Adriatic-Ionian Area • Improve the competitiveness of Maritime and Tourism Sector through the reinforcement of the education value chain from schools to industry

CAPTAIN - Capitalization of Transport Models in Adriatic-Ionian Network for supporting EUSAIR Development

Sector: transport
Website:
http://captain.progetti.informest.it

Obiettivi: CAPTAIN risponde alla domanda comune di implementazione dell’accessibilità e mobilità nell’area adriatico-ionica e del suo entroterra, attraverso lo sviluppo di servizi di trasporto transfrontaliero integrato, sostenibile e integrato e il miglioramento delle infrastrutture. Questi obiettivi si raggiungeranno attraverso la capitalizzazione dei progetti EASEAWAY, Adrimob e AdriaticMoS. Gli obiettivi specifici del progetto sono: 1. promuovere l’analisi e studi di fattibilità per l’implementazione di azioni del Pilastro 2 dell’EUSAIR; 2. creare sinergie tra I progetti EA SEA-WAY, Adrimob, AdriaticMoS e i loro partner e sviluppare un più ampio network di attore del settore dei Trasporti per rafforzare le loro capacità e il trasferimento di best practice; 3. sviluppare scambi e sinergie grazie a strumenti, best practice e modelli implementati in EA SEA-WAY, Adrimob, AdriaticMoS; 4. aumentare l’impatto di EA SEA-WAY, Adrimob, AdriaticMoS sulle politiche regionali/nazionali nell’area adriatico-ionica e oltre e garantire il coordinamento degli interventi a superare i colli di bottiglia e i collegamenti mancanti sia per il trasporto passeggeri che merci. Lo sviluppo di attività integrate sugli output e risultati di Adrimob, AdriaticMoS e EA SEA-WAY sono programmati come segue: • realizzazione di analisi e studi di fattibilità su diversi aspetti quali l’integrazione dei porti con l’entroterra e la rete di trasporto per passeggeri e merci; • armonizzazione dei servizi ai Passeggeri con particolari necessità nei porti dell’area adriatico-ionica; • interventi infrastrutturali in 2 porti; • costituzione di un osservatorio sul trasporto Passeggeri nell’area AI e suo collegamento sinergico con l’osservatorio delle operazioni portuali MEDNET; • affinamento e adattamento dei principali risultati di Adrimob, AdriaticMoS ed EA SEA-WAY (come nel caso di nuove linee marittime transfrontaliere e altre azioni pilota di successo); • strategie volte allo sviluppo delle Autostrade del mare e al miglioramento della mobilità sostenibile nell’area AI.

ADRISTARTER - Advanced Development of macroRegional Infrastructures and Services for Transport and Accessibility of Residents, Tourists and EnteRprises

Sector: tourism, transport
Website:
http://www.adristarter.eu/

Objectives To consolidate green, reliable, resilient, smart and integrated transport systems by developing and modernize existing multimodal physical infrastructure and services To create a veritable policy learning Platform , capable of sharing and transferring the developed knowledge in joint projects addressing an integrated system of resilient, safe, sustainable ports/interports and airports To start a Joint Integrated Transport Infosystem To carry on pilot investments and feasibility study for accessible and green airports, ports and interports in order to develop common standards for the upgrading of environmental compliance, resilience and accessibility of transport infrastructures Project activities Creation of an interactive open library of main results of previous projects as a joint common ground to share methodological approach and existing resources. Preparation of a Common Action Plan, and a Permanent Policy Learning Platform to put in place and finalize the results of the four pilot actions that will be put in place in Jesi (Interport), Mostar (airport), Ortona and Monfalcone (ports and interports) Creation of an open database of emerging best practices for a Common Knowledge Basis and a Joint toolkit preliminary to the creation of the AGIRE Platform Meetings and activitities with local stakeholders groups; exchange visits open to additional partners and territories to study AGIRE standards for transport facilities and policies; studies and analysis of regional innovation strategies that can address innovation related to sustainable transport infrastructures and services for the Adriatic Ionian Area Results Upgrade of accessibility and greening of multimodal transports in the area and digitalisation of communication and of available accessible transport facilities Shared excellence standards for transport facilities and services, disseminated good practices, consolidated partnerships among logistics and public transport operators . Consolidated Network of Adriatic Ionian Innovators in Transport Improved accessibility for Adriatic- Ionian Region, enhanced economic potential of tourism and increased critical mass across the Region of “year-round” accessible destinations, New and innovative business and logistics models for connecting in-land tourism and the cruise sector

CRE:HUB - CRE:HUB – policies for cultural CREative industries: the HUB for innovative regional development

Sector: culture, Cluster, capacity building
Website:
http://www.interregeurope.eu/crehub/

CRE:HUB project aims to develop and refine instruments and policies in order to support at regional and European level the creation of new SMEs in the cultural and creative field, one of the most innovative business sector that can effectively increase regional competiveness and job creation capacity in the areas in which the CC enterprises are located. Through the collection, comparison and exchange of information and experience among partner countries, the project aims to achieve cross-border institutional agreements and develop common projects on specific issue relating to the creation and support of CC companies in the partner regions. CRE: HUB will produce SWOT analysis of the cultural and creative industries sector in the partner regions, will study and compare the main experiences in the project regions, draw up an operational roadmap, through study visits, workshops among regional stakeholders, field assessments and interregional events. It also will build a common system for monitoring and evaluation of regional policies and formulate an action plan for the adoption of new policies in support of this strategic sector.

AGRIBUSINESS - AGRIBUSINESS - Agricolture Heritage capitalisation in Dubrovnik Herzegovina Croatia crossborder region

Sector: agriculture/fishing, SMEs development
Website:
http://www.agrobizniscentar.com/en/about-project/

Capitalization of agriculture heritage in Dubrovnik-Herzegovina cross-border area. This objective is aiming to strengthen “internal” regional agriculture capacities, promote innovative approaches for typical agriculture sector and provide support to the rural SMEs and farms so they will be competitive and ready to respond to the market demands and obtain higher incomes. Stimulating access to regional and EU markets for local agriculture producers. AgriBusiness action will stimulate demand for the typical products and open sales channels, as well establish an intensive cooperation among people and municipal level in order to achieve common interests, building Agriculture Heritage network and clusters with the food processing and tourism industries. With the promotion of continuous cooperation and cross-border networking, these activities will have an impact on reducing the effects of area margining and the perception of borders as obstacles.

I4TOUR - Territorial Development for Sustainable Tourism, creative enterprisers, rural development and young employment

Sector: tourism
Website:
http://i4tour.info/

I4TOUR mira a supportare uno sviluppo territoriale sostenibile dell’area compresa tra Valona e Llogara –Dhermi (AL) puntando anche al miglioramento della coesione sociale tramite l’implementazione di azioni pilota volte allo sviluppo di un turismo di nicchia responsabile. L’obiettivo generale sarà perseguito attraverso attività in loco realizzate in stretto coordinamento con la Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia ed Informest. Gli obiettivi specifici sono i seguenti: 1- Miglioramento della protezione ambientale, salvaguardia e valorizzazione del patrimonio culturale dell’area 2- Sviluppo della coesione sociale attraverso l’empowerment delle comunità locali grazie ad un approccio partecipativo (consultazioni locali, questionari, censimenti) 3- Promozione di un turismo sociale ed ambientale responsabile, attraverso la valorizzazione delle risorse endogene ed un approccio dettato dal marketing territoriale 4- Creazione di nuovi posti di lavoro attraverso strumenti di partnership pubblico-privato, valorizzazione delle risorse endogene, supporto alla nascita di imprese innovative e creative nell’ambito turistico 5- Scambio di buone pratiche (modello di albergo diffuso, turismo slow, sistema agrituristico) dal Friuli Venezia Giulia in Albania

ITI GECT GO - Integrated Territorial Investment

Sector: regional socio-economic development, Structural Funds, health, tourism
Website:
http://www.euro-go.eu

The Italy – Slovenia Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 will apply the approach outlined in Art. 36 of the EU Reg. 1303/2013. ITI will constitute a significant implementation tool for the area comprised within the municipalities of Gorizia (IT), Nova Gorica and Šempeter-Vrtojba (SLO). ITI will be mono-fund but plury-axis since the strategic programming of the EGTC GO area needs interventions in different Thematic Objectives and Investment Priorities. The ITI will constitute the main instruments for the implementation of the territorial development strategy of the target area, taking into account its three main pillars: - capitalization of the experiences and outcomes of previous Italy – Slovenia programmes in order to ensure highest efficiency and effectiveness of public investments; - revitalization of the “border based” economy while supporting its reconversion by use of identified strengths and assets; - improvement of the quality of life of residents of the area by fostering the use of joint CB services. The ITI will be managed and implemented by the EGTC GO as intermediate body in line with the provisions of Art. 11 of ETC Regulation 1299/2013.

Twinning BA 12/IB/AG 01 - Further strengthening of capacities of phytosanitary sector in the fields of plant protection products, plant health and seeds and seedlings, including phytosanitary laboratories and phytosanitary inspections

Sector: agriculture/fishing
Website:
http://www.eufitobih.eu/

The main goal of the project is the development of a sustainable phytosanitary sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and its gradual alignment with the acquis institutional and regulatory requirements and standards.

More in detail, the project wishes to enable phytosanitary services to create and implement BIH plant health regime, seed and propagating material policy, plant breeders' rights and plant protection products management in line with acquis harmonised legislation and international obligations and standards in this area.

Main project activities are:

  • Domestic legislation review in order to harmonize it with the European and International requirements;
  • Assistance in the creation of a register of operators (phytoregister) and of a system for seeds’ examination, cataloguing and certification and in the draft of legislation acts regulating protection of breeders' rights;
  • Strengthening of the cooperation and coordination procedures between the Administration of BIH for Plant Health Protection and the phytosanitary inspections of entities and Brcko district;
  • Adjustment of BIH legisation on PPP (Plant Protection Products) with the EU standards.

Main project results are:

  • Draft legislation in line with the EU acquis in order to adjust and complete BIH legislation on the topic;
  • Draft legislation on seed breeder’s rights, monitoring and control programmes for harmful organisms, seeds’ control, cataloguing and certification systems establishment procedures and management; training of local agents of the sector; creation and implementation of the above-mentioned phytoregister;
  • Draft secondary legislation acts in accordance with EU acquis in line with IPPC and EPPO requirements and training of phytosanitary inspectors;
  • Draft of legislation on PPP in line with EU directives on the topic; training of local agents; creation and dissemination of guidelines on the legislation.

 

LED BIH - Gorazde BIZ - EU Support to Local Economic Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Gorazde Business Improvement Zone

Sector: SMEs development

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to economic growth and employment generation in Gorazde area through development of Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) for SMEs and entrepreneurship development. Business improvement zone will be located in the area in the centre of Gorazde (former old part of the City) where SMEs will be able to get better services and better conditions for development (specific objective 1). Better services will be provided by Business service centre with training facility that we plan to establish. Better conditions means that SME support programs and new financial instruments will be developed and offered to SMEs. It is planned to offer more attractive infrastructure in the BIZ (specific objective 2). The project aims to open “House of Crafts” as new tourism attraction, improve public infrastructure and initiate investments in private infrastructure. The project aims also to extend the efforts to establishing business improvement zone, valorising the river Drina for the first time (the biggest natural resource of Gorazde) and putting it in function of SME development.

IPA Balcani - Fight against organised crime: International Cooperation in Criminal Justice (IPA 2014/341-116)

Sector: European integration, capacity building, Home affairs
Website:
http://www.ipa2013wb.eu/

The project aims at preventing and combacting trans-border organised crime and linked corruption cases with cross border implications, and at dismantling criminal organisations involved in illicit trafficking destined to the EU. In particular, specific objective is to improve international law enforcement strategic ad operational cooperation among Beneficiaries as well as between Beneficiaries, EU Member States and EU/regional(international law enforcement organisations, through the support of international investigations and prosecutions, the promotion of secured exchange of information and intelligence, the use of modern communication technology and data protection mechanisms alligned to Eu standards.

Renew School - Sustainable school building renovation promoting timber prefabrication, indoor environment quality and active use of renewables

Sector: environment/energy

The project Renew School aims at promoting the retrofit of school buildings through the use of a system of outer coating made from prefabricated modular elements in wood. This wood envelope to "coat" the buildings has many advantages over the traditional measures based on the use of synthetic materials: • Healthiness of the material, • Intervention is just external (no need for internal disruption). • The elements of the façade which also covers new windows are made in the factory and transported to site only before Installation • Quick on site intervantion • Precise cost calculations, short on site work • The panels of wood can have a customizable exterior finish (glass, wood, metal, plaster, etc) and all new RES, ventilation systems and sun shielding systems can be incorporated in the panels. The technique is spreading mainly in the countries of Central and Northern Europe, where both the tradition of using wood as a building material and the sensitivity with respect to quality of indoor environment in schools are greater. However, it is applicable and suitable also in warmer climates such as the South of Europe. The technical production of the panels is similar to that used in the construction of prefabricated wooden houses, a sector that has already seen a good number of active producers in Italy and Friuli Venezia Giulia. The project mainly aims to spread the technique among the relevant stakeholders (school boards, producers, designers, local government), promoting a collection of case studies, mapping of the different solutions both from technical and financial points of view. It intends to map and disseminate the different possibilities and experiences of financial co-participation of the different stakeholders (schools, manufacturing companies, families, local government). The project objectives will be pursued through the implementation of dissemination activities, technology talks among experts and stakeholders to stimulate the market for this type of solutions, awareness-raising activities in schools, training activities dedicated to businesses and artisans and designers. The project involves the creation of ad-hoc platforms as a means to support decision-making processes of the school owners and financers.

CLUS3 - CLUS 3

Sector: regional socio-economic development, SMEs development, Cluster
Website:
http://clus3.progetti.informest.it

The project aims to increase the capacity of cluster management excellence according to the guidelines and tools developed by the European Cluster Excellence initiatives by the means of benchmarking, training and certification of participant clusters. The structure of the different phases of the project follows a vertical logic providing a general supervision of the accreditation path of participant cluster, starting from the initial benchmark up to the Gold Label. A specific activity will be dedicated to outline a regional strategy on cluster governance to ensure the sustainability of project results and to expand the positive impacts achieved to other regional clusters. Based on the call for proposal main purposes and requested tasks to be fulfilled, the project should be developed according to an already outlined path: a) Training of staff on cluster organization assessment through the use of the benchmarking tool b) Identification of 6 cluster in the regions concerned that will be involved as “tester” for the application of the benchmarking tool developed by ESCA c) Training of the staff (same that in point a ) to become cluster instructor d) Training addressed to cluster managers of selected cluster e) A Road Map for excellence: labeling of at least 3 clusters at gold level f) Sustainability and Follow-up: a common strategy towards the excellence of clusters The project expected outcomes are: - Improvement of internal staff knowledge and skills concerning excellent cluster development - Improvement of the quality of services provided by cluster organization thanks to the “commitment to excellence” pursued by labeling process - Better focus on smart specialization at regional level - Reciprocal learning on cluster governance structures and development of functional linkages among clusters involved

EA SEA-WAY - Europe Adriatic Sea Way

Sector: transport
Website:
http://www.easeaway.eu/

Objectives: Main objective of EA SEA-WAY is to improve the accessibility and the mobility of passengers across the Adriatic area and its hinterland, through the development of new sustainable and integrated transport services and the improvement of physical infrastructures related to those new services. In particular, specific project objectives are to: 1. integrate and upgrade existing and new collective passenger (tourists and residents) transport services to increase the accessibility across Adriatic basin and decrease CO2 emissions 2. explore a better integration of urban and regional connections between ports, airports and main tourist destinations/urban areas 3. develop new or renovate existing infrastructures in the Adriatic port system in order to promote and encourage a more sustainable and efficient passenger transport 4. foster the passenger sea transport and other collective transport means connected to the port system 5. test new governance models in the light of the forthcoming Adriatic Ionian Macro Region.; Activities the evaluation of the integration among Adriatic ports and their hinterland the activation of new governance tools in the Adriatic Ionian area and the shared definition of durable and sustainable cooperation strategies on passenger transport; the implementation of pilot actions putting into action those cooperation strategies. Capitalization and dissemination Results • Increased passenger traffic flow in the Adriatic basin • Better integration of Adriatic port system with hinterland and airports, rail yards, urban areas and main tourist destinations by sustainable public transport services; • Improved passenger services in the Adriatic area; • Easier, more efficient and sustainable passenger mobility through the Adriatic basin and among Adriatic Countries; • Change of passenger behaviors towards more sustainable transport modes

CAP752 - Capitolo 752 - Contribution to the Centre for Services and documentation for international economic cooperation - Informest for the development of activities in favor of activities in favor of the companies of the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia to the purposes of internationalization to the countries of Eastern Europe

Sector: capacity building

Following the Guide Lines provided by the Regional Government of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, INFORMEST is engaged to support the same Region in the following areas: • Support to the organization of institutional missions and informative events and seminars; • Monitoring of the European Commission calls for proposal and regional support during the coherence evaluation of the regional, national, international, and EU level planning, also in the frame of the new 2014-2020 programming; • Information, support, analysis and technical assistance to the Central Directorate of culture, Sport, International and Communitarian Relations for the activities and the projects related to the Regional international relations; • Support to the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia for the implementation of the European Group of Territorial Cooperation – EGTC “Euregio without Borders”; • Monitoring and every kind of "Expo Live" web platform implementation, which include the International Desk activities, and the dissemination to the all centers of the entrepreneurial system of Triveneto, nationally and internationally that deal with the enterprises internationalization.

MER - Marketing and governing innovative industrial areas

Sector: environment/energy
Website:
http://mer.progetti.informest.it

The project MER is based on the guide principle that the green promotion of territories and industrial areas is a key value to invest on. MER aims at arranging an effective network of actors able to concretely influence public policies into the frame of Europe2020. This network should be engaged for sustainable economic growth of the MED area. The milestone of MER will consist in networking activities aimed at defining guidelines for promoting and governing innovative industrial areas. MER will develop addresses for policies both at local and European level and all the PPs will sign MER commitment as a long-term capitalization engagement. The final purpose is to increase the European territorial competitiveness and attractiveness by applying green marketing tools and strategies to the promotion of industrial areas. The general objectives are: a) to capitalize results coming out from different cooperation project concerning industrial areas, with a particular focus on environmental issue, green marketing tools, qualification of the management; b) to build up a Europe wide network based on the “learning by interacting” in order to cherish experience, learn from failure, work for joint long-term solutions to shared problems; c) to develop a “lobbying approach” and propose a road map and an action plan capable of influencing regional and european new policies in the long term; d)to replicate good practices, models and procedures already implemented on a greater scale and in the different territorial contexts.

AGROWINE - Agrowine

Sector: agriculture/fishing
Website:
http://innowine.progetti.informest.it/agrowine/

The project aims to the valorization of autochthonous wine and horticultural species depending on the specificity of the target territories. This objective will be fulfilled through the transfer of know-how and the analysis of best practices of the regional territory. Moreover, the project purpose is to provide with tools for the development of the rural tourism through the valorization of local products of Istria Region and the County of Osijek Baranja. Specific objectives are: - improvement of the species and of autochthonous production in the partner territories; - transfer of scientific know-how and best practices in the wine, olive, fruit and horticultural sectors; - start up of the process of compliance with the EU production standards; - In-depth analysis concerning the creation of brand for agricultural products linked to the geographical zone and to the unique processes of transformation and production; - strengthening of the collaboration net among bodies and institutions of Region Friuli Venezia Giulia and the territories partner of the project.

REMIDA - Smart Energy chains and coMmunities in the Med Area

Sector: Structural Funds

Objectives

  • Development of new energy efficiency and RES solutions through Sustainable Energy Action Plans in the involved areas
  • creation and testing of innovative solutions of private-public-people partnerships to encourage the demand for EE and RES and the development of smart energy chains and communities

Activities

  • assessment of the energy system of the involved areas
  • outlining of roadmaps to achieve targets 2020
  • capacity building for the local administrations on "energy efficiency" and "renewables" in urban planning
  • Sustainable Energy Action Plans
  • Creation of Public Private People Partnership (PPPP)
  • assessment of the technical and financial feasibility of an intervention of SEAP;
  • final assessment of the activities

EUROSTART - Decentralized cooperation programme FVG-Vojvodina EUROSTART

Sector: SMEs development, health, culture, environment/energy
Website:
http://vojvodinafvg.progetti.informest.it/EUROSTART.php

The Programme EUROSTART aims to strengthen the collaboration in 4 priority sectors for Friuli Venezia Giulia and Vojvodina, like: renewable energies, SME, culture and welfare. The general objective is the establishment of strong partnerships that facilitate the joint access to funds for the local development. The programme is structured into one horizontal action, in order to provide technical assistance for the access to pre-accession funds of the European Union as well as national and international funds for the local development, and four vertical actions, each focused on four sectors considered important: - to foster the start of projects for the local development in the field of the renewable energies (Vertical action 1); - to foster the start of project for the intercultural collaboration (Vertical action 2); - to foster the start of project for the development of small and medium enterprises (Vertical action 3); - to foster the start of project in the socio-healthcare field (Vertical action 4).

ID WOOD - Clustering knowledge, Innovation and Design in the SEE WOOD sector

Sector: capacity building, SMEs development
Website:
http://www.idwood.eu

The main objective of the project is to foster innovation and competitiveness of SMEs in the wood

manufacturing sector in the SEE area by sharing and transferring technical and organizational know-how to enable local support organizations (wood clusters, wood technological centres and RDAs), to address structural deficits of SMEs and enhance innovation potentials of the productive sector. In particular, the specific project objectives are:

-  to build up and consolidate transnational network of wood-furniture clusters, wood technology centres, RDAs and knowledge poles (Universities, Design Institutes) that will share organizational models and pool complementary expertise to set up mechanisms to support the SME population in innovation processes;

-  to foster innovation skills in the wood sector supporting structures (wood clusters, wood tech centres and RDAs) creating new functions and competencies on design, intellectual property and environmental issues needed to support innovation processes in SMEs;

-  to bridge gaps between the productive sector and knowledge poles (Universities dealing with wood related technology or industrial design centres;

-  to rise SME capacity to implement innovation processes.

KEPASS - Knowledge Exchange Program for the Adriatic School System Project

Sector: culture, youth policies
Website:
http://www.kepass.net/

 

Objectives

Internationalization of the study program of Adriatic secondary schools

Creation of an Adriatic program for students' mobility at secondary school level

Creation of an institutional network of Adriatic School Authorities which develops criteria for mutual recognition of

secondary school programs and diplomas to increase students' mobility opportunities.

 

Project activities

- Creation of KEPASS program for students' mobility at secondary school level for the Adriatic Area

- Launch of the first Call for accrediting schools within the KEPASS mobility program

- Creation of a tool (the accreditation system) to drive schools towards more competitive and up to date education offer and assess it

- Monitoring visits to assess schools for accreditation

- Training workshop for school principals

- Training program for teachers of the accredited schools

- Pilot mobility for aged 17/18 in another Adriatic country for one term

- Definition of and assessment tool to measure the competences acquired by students during mobility

- Horizontal mainstreaming of the KEPASS program

- Presentations of the project results to Decision Makers in the Cooperation Area, EU representatives, EU delegation.

 

Results

- Increased formal, informal and non formal competences in students who participate in the mobility program

- Increased attractiveness and competitiveness of secondary schools accredited in the KEPASS program

- Mutual recognition of vocational diplomas in specific sectors of interest

- Creation of "International Modules" to be then added to the ordinary curriculum of each school receiving accreditation in the KEPASS system

 

MAE-Cina - Cultural heritage, the source of wisdom, heritage of all humanity

Sector: culture

GENERAL OBJECTIVE:
To improve "System Italy" through specific actions in several sectors of Cultural Heritage and to strengthen the competencies of the Regions following a "structured collaboration" approach, in order to accredit Italy as a point or reference for Chinese institutions about thematic of renovation and increase of cultural heritage.
 
SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES:
-          to develop a pattern of interregional offer for intervention in different sectors of Cultural Heritage in China;
-          to facilitate the presence on Chinese market of Italian companies and institutions in the sector of renovation and cultural heritage through the transference of know-how in terms of restauration, preservation, management of cultural goods and use of technological instruments;
-          to promote new Italian technology for renovation, preservation (nanotechnology and laser for restauration of works of art) and exposition (illuminating engineering, sound engineering and exhibition systems);
-          to enhance the Italian cultural heritage for the production of high-level artistic craft, design and technologies also through promotion of reciprocal exchange activities and cultural promotion in the sector of Cultural Heritage among the involved Italian-Chinese realities;
-          to support enterprises in order to promote and to assist, in different ways, single enterprises or groups of them for the participation of national and international calls for tender.

INNOWINE - Internationalisation and transfer of specialisation and know how in the wine-oenological sector of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region

Sector: agriculture/fishing
Website:
http://innowine.progetti.informest.it/

The project sets in the framework of the cooperation activities among Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, County of Osijek Baranja and Autonomous Province of Vojvodina - Vertical Action 3A "Transgrowth" of the Programme "SEENET - A trans-local network for the cooperation between Italy and South East Europe".
During the implementation of the activities concerning the wine-oenological sector, the territories belonging to the County of Osjek Baranja and Autonomous Province of Vojvodina have frequently highlighted the necessity of being supported in the sector of the cultivation of autochthonous species of wine and in the services addressed to producers.
In a continuum with the activities already carried out within the Programme SEENET, the present initiative aims to improve the value of autochthonous species, in the rural areas, through the improvement of qualitative standards for products and processes, also in order to strengthen the dialogue and the sharing of ideas among the different institutes of research. In this way the project intends to foster a sustainable local development of the involved areas by activating virtuous mechanisms of interchange in the field of research, production, international cooperation and strengthening of the capacity of the Public Administration in the government of policy for rural development.
The transfer of instruments, know-how, methods and techniques will enable the enhancement of competencies for the beneficiaries, ensuring therefore an adequate ownership of results and consequently a remarkable positive impact in the long term.
 
 
The general objective is the correct exploitation of the autochthonous, wine-oenological species in the area of the County of Osijek Baranja and the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina through the support in the re-adjustment of qualitative standards of products and the strengthening of the network among institutes of research.
The project aims to foster the sustainable, local development of the involved areas by activating profitable and useful interchange mechanisms in the field of:
-          research
-          production
-          international cooperation
-          increase of the development policy in the rural area from the side of the Public Institutions
 
 The specific objectives of the project are:
-          strengthening of the collaboration among international research institutes
-          transference of technical and scientific know-how
-          increase of the influence of local public administration
 
 
Direct beneficiaries:
-          local producers of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and County of Osijek-Baranija
-          Associations of producers
-          Universities and R&D Centers
-          Local economical system
 
Indirect beneficiaries:
-          Local Administration of the County of Osijek and Autonomous Province of Vojvodina
-          Operators of the satellite job of the wine-oenological sector
-          Students, teachers, researchers, technicians of the wine-oenological sector
-          Local population
 
Expected results:
-          Selection of species that can resist to the main cryptogam
-          Protocols/Agreements among the University of Udine, the University of Novi Sad and the University of Osijek
-          New systems/instruments for the laboratories of the R&D institutes
-          New services for the producers
-          Transfer of technological and scientific know-how in Vojvodina and Osijek
-          Transfer of know-how in the field of the European project management
-          Database with financial sources for the support of the rural development
-          Improvement of the interchange between the territory and the local administration

A Laboratory of Geomatic for the Management of Hydrogeological and Seismic Risk.

Sector: environment/energy

GENERAL OBJECTIVE: to incentivize University of Kashmir to train experts in the protection of soil and evaluation of the hydrogeological and seismic risk. To ease the adoption for local administration of informatics system for the monitoring of hydrogeological and seismic catastrophic events.

 

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES:

-          Link with regional and academic bodies in Trieste

-          Laboratories with workstation and software shareware for the territorial management

-          Start of an interchange between Geolab and local administration

 

EXPECTED RESULTS:

-          Working experience in Italy about thematic of hydrogeological risk

-          Transfer of calculation techniques and protection of soil

-          Establishment of a preliminary catalogue of landslides based on international criteria and their localization on an informative geographic system

-          Approach to monitoring techniques for movements of the soil through satellite GPS instrumentation

ADRIGOV - Adriatic Governance Operational Plan

Sector: European integration

The overall objective of AdriGov is to define and implement an Adriatic Governance operational plan able to foster institutional cooperation and promote a shared model of governance in the area by identifying and disseminating best practices and encouraging joint initiatives. A close involvement of the relevant stakeholders, in particular local administrators, in the definition of the plan is also envisaged as essential to its success. Specific Objectives are:

1) To contribute to the accession process into the European Union membership of Adriatic partner countries by: reinforcing their relations with the European institutions and relevant actors; promoting EU legislation and acquis communautaire transposition; enhance the multi-level governance and the regional dimension of EU policies. These actions are considered as necessary to encourage the territorial development and cohesion in the Adriatic Area.

2) To define the new cross border cooperation in post IPA planning.

3) To set up a pilot action on multi level governance.

4) To improve the local authorities planning capacity, through training courses and experience exchanges in order to acquire specific skills concerning European project cycle management, structural funds management, fund raising and networking activities.

MECOM - Mechanical and components Kragujevac

Sector: ICT and innovation, SMEs development

Project objectives:

  • spreading and development of the knowledge of the R&D system of the   Kragujevac area among the most important actors of the institutional, research and economic system by the definition of a deeper and more objective analysis of the points of strength of the  territory;
  • support to the local actors in the acquisition of competences and knowledge necessary for the development of a scientific and technological park capable of correctly managing the innovation and SME development processes, as well as of providing the know how and the useful instruments for the joint participation to national and European R&D programmes;
  • strengthening of the  SME innovation capacities of the regional economic realities of excellence in the engineering and industrial components sectors; promotion of their internationalization by the development of weaving factories with Serbian partners so as to foster a joint development and the possibility of profiting of international opportunities thanks to the mix of know how/specialization of FVG enterprises and prices and the manufacturing capacities of Serbian actors;
  • development of a participatory communication process with the most important stakeholders of the two territories, as for example economic and institutional realities and the civil population so as to foster the cohesion between the two regions.

Expected results:

  • increased knowledge of the R&S system of the  Kragujevac area among the most important actors of the institutional, research and economic system by the definition of a deeper and more objective analysis of the points of strength of the territory aimed at the implementation of new joint projects and programmes;
  • Feasibility study and transfer of the models for the start-up of the management of a scientific and technologic park.
  • start up of collaborations between the Friuli Venezia Giulia SMEs and their counterparts for the implementation of joint projects.
  • Development of a participatory communication with the most important stakeholders of the two territories.

MMWD - Making Migration Work for Development - Policy tools for strategic planning in SEE regions and cities

Sector: European integration

The focus of the project is to enhance policy-making, reinforcing the capacity of public administrations to understand, anticipate and strategically manage the implications of demographic change for the growth and cohesion of European regions and cities, and for the overall integration of the SEE area. Local and regional authorities are at the forefront in facing the effects of current demographic, economic and social changes, and their mutual implications in terms of overall cohesion and competitiveness of their territories. They are confronted with the need to actively govern such processes, regaining their full planning and strategic capacity, instead of limiting their action to managing their ultimate effects. Demographic change is a complex process, that includes different trends of transformation in the population structure. The project MMWD is aware that migration flows have become the major force of population change, and that at the same time the knowledge gap is particularly evident when it comes to migration and, even more, to the effects migration flows produce on the economic and social development prospects for specific territories. MMWD takes into account the multifaceted realm of migration processes, which include movements occurring within the same region/country (i.e. from rural to urban areas) as well as across regions placed in different countries (i.e. intra-EU and between EU and non EU regions). MMWD will offer concrete knowledge-based tools to policy-makers and test policy-making processes that make appropriate use of such tools, at both sub-national and trans-national level.

ENJOY TOUR - Bon appetit on cross boarder itineraries of taste

Sector: agriculture/fishing
Website:
http://enjoytour.progetti.informest.it

The main objective is the sustainable development of tourism in cross boarder rural area, based on the link among the typical local products and food, the natural richness and all existing thematic itineraries. Operative goals are:

Objective 1: to preserve and develop typical agricultural and fish food of the cross boarder area.

Objective 2: to ensure (monitor) the quality of products and food of the cross boarder area.

Obiettivo 3: to increase the level of awareness and education of farmers, sellers, experts, tour operators, general public and young people of this area concerning typical local products.

Obiettivo 4: to improve the level of awareness and marketing of typical products, thanks to promotion activities addressed to farmers and tour operators through events and advertising in mass media.

Obiettivo 5: to stimulate the cross boarder networking between farmers and sellers of the touristic sector.

Obiettivo 6: to improve the level of employment in tourism and in other job induced activities for people of the rural area, especially for young people and women.

Obiettivo 7: elaboration of a distinctive and global offer, linked to the offer of typical products, touristic itineraries of wine and other similar itineraries (natural, touristic, cultural).

PARTEN - Regional Archeological Project Land of Ninive

Sector: regional socio-economic development

The area of intervention of PARTeN is the Northern Iraqi Kurdistan. PARTeN's purpose is to intervene in this area focusing on six cultural-scientific objectives:

1)      Excavation aimed to obtain a complete and well stratified occupational sequence, that covers the period from prehistory to iron age;

2)      Study of paleo-environment and paleo-climate for the reconstruction of the ancient environment of the area and its evolution as a consequence of climatic change and anthropic impact;

3)      Cataloguing, documentation on the base of modern IT technologies, preservation, enhancement and management of the main open-air neo-Assyrian monumental site;

4)      Monitoring of mountainous areas between Dohuk and Al-Khazir river in order to identify possible sites still unknown;

5)      Reconstruction of the historical geography of the region, in particular of paleo, middle and neo-Assyrian age, on the base of a surface reconnaissance, of the results of excavation and data from cuneiform sources of II and I millennium A.C.;

6)      Renovation and preservation of a big number of archeological finds from different zones of the region, stored at Dohuk Museum.

KS 10 IB EN 01 - Twinning Programme - Institutional Support to the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning (MESP) of Kosovo

Sector: environment/energy, capacity building, European integration
Website:
http://twinning-kosovo.progetti.informest.it/en/

The overall objective of the twinning project is to improve the state of the environment including water, waste and management of urban settlements in accordance with the EU environmental acquis and with EU best practice to provide better health and living conditions for the citizens of Kosovo.

More directly, the project is addressed to  strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Environment and of stakeholders in completing and enforcing the implementation of secondary legislation on water and river basin management,

management of water infrastructure including dams, waste management, spatial and urban planning management, and nature protection and biodiversity.

Main project activities are:

  • Review of Environmental and Spatial Planning Legislative Framework;
  • Assistance in Monitoring the Water Quality and Water Resource Management;
  • Strengthening of Waste Management Institutional and Legal Framework;
  • Spatial Planning and Prevention of Illegal Constructions .

Main project results are:

  • Adoptance of the secondary legislation in accordance with EU directives and licensing, permit and control procedures are defined in the following fields: Water quality, water resource management; Waste management; Spatial urban planning, housing and construction; Nature protection and biodiversity and Environment protection;
  • Reinforcement of the institutional framework for monitoring and controlling water quality and water resource, including river basin management plans and the definition of roles and institutional responsibilities for water infrastructure;
  • Reinforcement of the institutional framework for effective waste management and control in central government;
  • Strengthen of competences and administrative capacity of the Environment Ministry and Institute for Spatial Planning, including definition of duties and responsibilities with regard to spatial and urban planning, prevention of illegal construction and regularisation of informal settlements.

 

JULIUS - Exploitation and enhancement of cultural heritage and joint use of sports facilities in the cross-border area from the Julian Alps to the Adriatic See

Sector: tourism, regional socio-economic development, HR and training development, environment/energy
Website:
http://juliusproject.progetti.informest.it

The project, inspired by principles of environmental sustainability and cross-border cooperation, aims to improve the joint use of sports and recreational facilities in the recipient areas. In particular, interventions will focus on the promotion of sports activities that take

place in the natural environment, such as climbing, hiking and mountaineering cycling, addressed to young and disadvantaged social groups.

Specific objectives

  • Enhancement of the cycle-tourism and hiking supply;
  • Realization of new sporting and educational cross-border projects;
  • Creation and development of suitable centres to support sporting activities and excursions;
  • Development of education and training, particularly the horse-therapy addressed to vulnerable people.

Expected results

  • Requalification of facilities and equipment for climbing and hiking;
  • Realization of specific programs for climbing training;
  • Development of programs and paths enjoyable by vulnerable people;
  • Creation of entertainment and information centres;
  • Organisation of training sessions for tourism and social operators and sport courses for tourists;
  • Organisation of a joint cultural week dedicated to mountain environment and sports;
  • Publication of monographic guides and information catalogues on the Julian Alps.

PROFILI - Creation of a cross boarder platform for services aimed to improvement of processes in the construction sector

Sector: SMEs development
Website:
http://profili.progetti.informest.it

PROFILI aims to realize an informative system in order to integrate and coordinate the set of competencies and technologies for the planning, management and implementation of building projects and thus ease the encounter between demand and offer in the area Public-Private Partnership initiatives. The project aims to strengthen the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises through the creation of two main cooperation activities among enterprises and between enterprises and institutions. The project has the following objectives:
-          Creation of a cross boarder platform to support the competitiveness of the construction field, that speeds up the transference of knowledge and improves the management, integration and coordination of inter-enterprises processes within the construction area;
-          Support to technological transfer and spread of new procedures to make processes, products and services more competitive;
-          Integration and coordination among partners (public ad private) regarding planning, finalization and management of enterprises procedure in the construction sector in order to improve processes to select providers, planning and implementation (reduction of costs and time) for enterprises and public administration;
-          Support to internationalization processes and enhancement of planning, technologies, materials, organization and management within the construction sector;
-          Strengthening of the capacity to produce new ideas to increase the competitiveness and innovation of building enterprises;
-          Coordination and support to demand for innovation by fostering its structuring and creating synergies about innovation program;
-          Simplification of the bureaucracy for tender and selection of projects for Public-Private Partnership in order to make simpler the participation of private and less hard its use by public administration;
-          Benchmarking and identification of best practices for Public Administration, in particular municipalities, to be taken as example for drafting of Public-Private Partnership projects, that respect high-quality criteria and innovation;
-          Education activities and benchmarking to identify best practices, related to Public Administration and small-medium enterprises, for the drafting of business plan and project financing plan in Public-Private Partnership;
-          Definition of initiatives for Public-Private Partnership, that stimulate the adoption of innovative processes and economical attitudes;
-          Activation of a monitoring system about opportunities of Public-Private Partnership in order to foster cross boarder partnership between privates and Public Administration, enlargement of market and a better competitiveness.

EXPOLIVE - Business opportunities

Sector: ICT and innovation, SMEs development, regional socio-economic development

 

Realization of a new online platform to support the internationalization of Italian enterprises in new markets and promote new business opportunites. The tool, in English language, has free entrance and allows companies to have a virtual showcase where promote their products and services, and to get in contact with other selected companies, interested in establishing new commercial and business relations.

Management and maintenance of the platform.

Companies networking

 

FIT4SMEs II - Financial facilities for SMEs: training and capacity building for Business Support Organisations in non-EU member states of the Central European Initiative

Sector: SMEs development, European integration, capacity building, environment/energy
Website:
http://fit4smes.progetti.informest.it

The proposed project is the second step of a 24 months programme developed by Informest which has a twofold objective:

  1. To strengthen skills and improve capacities of participating Business Support Organisation - BSOs in the field of financial instruments made available by International Financial Institutions to small and medium sized enterprises;
  2. To provide technical assistance to a pilot group of selected SMEs in each recipient country to facilitate their access to international financial schemes for investments.

Project purpose

  • Increased understanding of selected BSOs staff of their role in assisting SMEs in their search for finance;
  • Intensification of collaboration between BSOs and SMEs in the field of IFI facilities.

Expected results

  • Updating of the FIT4SMEs BSO database;
  • Elaboration of a questionnaire to be delivered to each registered BSO in order to update the training needs;
  • Conduct of a training needs assessment analysis;
  • Organisation of three training sessions held in SERBIA, UKRAINE and ALBANIA;
  • Organisation of a Pilot Action (2-3 SMEs selected for each recipient country);
  • Updating of the project website.

TIP - Transborder Integrated Platform

Sector: transport
Website:
http://www.tip-project.eu/

Project TIP plans activities and actions aiming to foster the functional coordination of Gorizia and Vrtojba truck-terminal and intermodal areas with the motorway "Villesse-Gorizia-Razdrto", particularly focusing on the following aspects: - road system connecting the structures located on the border with the urban areas nearby; - fostering and developing the road-rail and RoLa intermodal system between Italy and Slovenia; - improving restroom areas and facilities (self-service restaurant, safe rest, truck repairs and washing service, etc.) also by implementing new technologies; - territorial and environmental sustainability in relation to mobility, urban layout and energy efficiency of the premises.

ADRIA3 - Strengthening and development of cooperation between countries on the Eastern Adriatic coast

Sector: environment/energy, capacity building, European integration, youth policies, SMEs development, HR and training development, regional socio-economic development
Website:
http://adria3.progetti.informest.it

The main objective of the project is the transfer of experiences and good practices to the stakeholders in the three recipient countries. The intervention axis are:

  • AXIS I: Preservation of biodiversity between Friuli Venezia Giulia and Istria;
  • AXIS II: Internationalization - development of economics relations between Friuli Venezia Giulia and Montenegro: strengthening and development of economic cooperation between Friuli Venezia Giulia and Montenegro SMEs.
  • AXIS III : Social Cooperative: the activities aim to include vulnerable people in the Albanian labor market - transfer of best practices in Albania.

Project activities:

AXIS I: 1. scientific research aiming at the preservation of the bee ecotype populating the Eastern coast of the Adriatic See; 2. direct trainig for the beekeepers; 3. promotion of beekeeping products and honey nutritive proprieties, raise of awareness about the importance of bees in human food chain through the participation at events and the organisation of formative meeting addressed to primary school students.

AXIS II: presentation conference organised by Unioncamere FVG; 2. collection of the regional agencies' expressions of interest in order to participate at the mission; 3. research of Montenegrin partners; 4. B2B in Montenegro and in Triest.

AXIS III: 1. visit to the Social Cooperative ONLUS Hattiva's buildings by the Albanian onlus; 2. individuation of the study area in Albania; 3. feasibility study in order to verify the reproducibility of Hattiva’s experience in the Albanian territory.

MOTOR - Mobile Tourist Incubator

Sector: tourism, regional socio-economic development
Website:
http://www.motor-mti.eu

The MOTOR Project aims to contribute and increase the attractiveness and competitiveness of tourism supply in some territorial segments, such as tourist destinations into protected areas, the less developed rural areas and urban centers with a rich cultural heritage.

In particular, the project aims at fostering innovation in the tourism sector through the development of cross-border tour packages that connects existing tourism facilities. Furthermore, the project favors knowledge and training of tourist actors through activities such as local coaching and tutoring and supports new investments in innovation and the creation of new services and local tourism offers.

Expected Results:

• Creation of a joint study on the tourism potential and a development plan for the areas involved in the project;
• Implementation of training initiatives and coaching addressed to actors and stakeholders acting in the tourism field;
• Organization of study visits in areas characterized by good practices and exchange of experiences;
• Development of cross-border tourist packages and programs;
• Joint presentation in a sectorial fair.

 

ENERBIO - Renewable energy and biotechnology between FVG and Vojvodina

Sector: environment/energy
Website:
http://enerbio.progetti.informest.it

Project Objectives:

  • Developing and enhancing knowledge of Vojvodina Research and Development system among main institutional actors of FVG research and economic system;
  • Supporting local actors in the acquisition of competences and knowledge necessary for the development of innovation processes towards green and highly productive technologies and for joined participation in national and European programmes of research and development;
  • Reinforcing competences of regional economic realities in competing in internationalization processes, according with foreign opportunities;
  • Developing a process of participated communication with most important stakeholders of the territories, with economic and institutional realities and with civil society.

Expected results:

  • Feasibility sectoral study in biotechnology and renewable technology sector;
  • Training activities aimed at providing local actors with necessary competences and knowledge for the development of innovation processes;
  • Dissemination activities about opportunities for regional enterprises and organization of meetings;
  • Communication activities and dissemination of project content and activities.

ACQUIS 3 - Local development and acquis communautaire in the Balkans municipalities

Sector: SMEs development, capacity building

Project Objectives

ACQUIS 3 project is aimed at the following specific objectives:

1. Implementation of an institutional workshop representing the result of the technical assistance path to local administrations for the definition of their Statute, in a EU harmonization logic;

2. Implementation of a service of accompaniment and technical assistance to the FVG authorities and SMEs in the individuated areas (Kragujevac, Bar), by the valorisation of the presence and role of local partners;

3. Reinforcement of the FVG info-point of Kragujevac (Serbia) with the aim of valorising the cooperation activities started by INFORMEST and IAL FVG, so as to seize the emerging opportunities for the socio-economic system of FVG region;

4. Setting up of a stable presence in Bar (Montenegro) so as to valorise the presence of FVG region started with the previous project. Focus will be on the building and hotel works sector and plant, included domotics, water depuration and waste management.

5. Activation and realization of seminars targeted to the interested subjects of the two areas so as to train up persons capable of assuring a follow up to the transfer of information, competences and opportunities, useful for the promotion, planning and implementation of local development, cooperation and economic exchange initiatives.

6. Drafting of project proposals for local development in both countries.  

EUIC - EU Information Centre Management Tirana-Albania (Europeaid/127938/C/SER/AL)

Sector: regional socio-economic development, European integration, Structural Funds

Project objectives:

  • Increase knowledge of the country's integration process and its implications particularly among key target groups;
  • Increase general understanding of the EU, its policies and programmes among the population at large.

Specific Objectives:

  • Enhancing EU information impact and provide clear image of the EU via explaining its policies and objectives;
  • Providing information on the development of the relations between the European Union and Albania and better understanding of the impact of the pre-accession process on one's own life and expectations;
  • Increasing knowledge about the implementation of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) in the country;
  • Increasing synergies with multipliers and other interested parties for the provision of the information on the EU.

Expected Results

  • The EU Information Centre well managed
  • Support to the EU Delegation for the implementation of information and communication activities in Albania
  • Information on the development of relations between the European Union and Albania provided to maximum key target groups
  • Tailor made information on the implementation of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) in the country provided to maximum key target groups
  • Synergies with multipliers and other interested parties on provision of EU information established
  • EU information products (print, audiovisual and electronic ones) delivered
  • Events on EU related actions organised

ACOST - Coordinated activities of tourism development

Sector: capacity building, tourism

ACOST general objectives are strengthening the Croatian tourism sector, both supporting Croatian economic actors and policy-makers who play an important role in the tourism planning, development and promotion and improving the economic cooperation between Italy and Croatia in the tourism sector to strengthen the Italian market's penetration in Croatia.

Activities:

  • Training activities addressed to the Croatian policy-makers to ensure the professional growth and the tourism sector growth;
  • Analysis of capacities of the Croatian associations to penetrate in the main markets of demand's formation in tourism sector;
  • Training activities addressed to economic operators to re-force the knowing of complexity of products' promotion and of products' selling;
  • Study-tour in Trentino Region addressed to the Croatian participants of the training courses;
  • Participation of a delegation of Croatian operators in a fair of tourism sector in Italia;
  • Participation of a delegation of Italian operators in a fair of tourism sector in Croatia;
  • Meeting b2b within Croatian and Italian firms.

Expected results

  • Making improvements of planning capacities of policy makers;
  • Innovation of process and products of world's tourism sector;
  • Qualifying of tourism offer;
  • Making improvements of marketing and web marketing;
  • Enheancing of the positioning of the Croatia on the world tourism destination market;
  • Growth of tourism incoming;
  • Making improvements of quality level of hotels;
  • Re-forcing of economic relationship between Italia and Croatia;
  • Economic agreements between Italian and Croatian firms.

ADRISTORICAL LANDS - History, Culture, Tourism, Arts And Ancient Crafts in the European Adriatic Territory

Sector: tourism

The project promotes the utilization of existing cultural values and tourist potential of target territories creating local identities having as references both promotion and tourism management based on the appeal factor of historical villages, walled cities, castles and cultural sites comprised in the these territories. These factors contribute to the development of the economic potentials of the local economy assuring the highest employment rates and improved living conditions for the population of the target territories.

The project supports both the preservation of these areas and the use of historical and cultural determinants in order to promote sustainable tourism as an essential factor in developing urban areas together with their surrounding rural areas.

The envisaged activities include: The promotion of the historical villages, fortified cities, cultural sites and cultural itineraries in the target territories; The sensitization of the target area stakeholders and local policymakers/operators to the economic and social advantages that can be derived from creating a network of common experience and by the  affiliation to the to-be constituted network of cross-border centres with a high tourist appeal; The management of pilot projects regarding particular territories and itineraries; The development of a institutional training and promotion shared network among cross-border centres with a high tourist appeal; The creation of a series of promotional and educational activities together with media representatives and tour operators.

The main goal is to strengthen the bond of common origin among Adriatic cities through territorial cooperation, the aim being to create and to put into practice a common cross-border strategy emphasizing local history and heritage, cultural tourism and other factors essential for the economic rebirth of historical centers.

AGRONET - Realization of a permanent network of logistic, distribution and services infrastructure in the food industry chain of the Adriatic Area.

Sector: SMEs development, European integration, ICT and innovation, capacity building, environment/energy, agriculture/fishing
Website:
http://www.agronetadriatic.eu/

Project objective

AGRONET is a permanent network of logistic, distribution and service infrastructures in food production lines among the two Adriatic coasts. The general objective of the project is to develop transnational cooperation activities within the framework of the SME system in order to promote forms of commercial cooperation and investments in transnational areas.

Project activities

  • Setting up of a Sheering Committee in order to coordinate all activities;
  • Definition of a dissemination plan for the project to promote cooperation among countries;
  • Setting up of a observatory for implementation, management and development of a single agricultural and food production lines within the territory;
  • Providing outsourcing professional support and consultancy technical services;
  • Devising some guidelines to implement work process certification systems;
  • Endorsing agreements with Credit Institutes, in order to be granted dedicated banking lines and credit lines and some specifics forms of guarantees for exporting products and for structural investments of companies;
  • Setting up of a specific software programme for manage logistic platform;
  • Defining a protocol of intentions to establish an European Territorial Cooperation Group (GECT);
  • Benchmarking and training about the implementation of certification systems and the use of an information platform.

Expected results

  • Implementation of entrepreneurial methods based on the concept of cooperation within the framework of production lines in the Adriatic area, in order to maximize the potential for internationalization;
  • Fostering distribution and service systems in food production lines in order to strengthen enterprises with a perspective of transational cooperation;
  • Introduction of support measures for enterprises by applying certified productive systems and financial measures in order to increase investments, development and presence in the market;
  • Research and support to internationalization and spreading of the best practises about the organisation and management of production lines, also by means of public-private cooperation agreements on the development of territories;
  • Study and testing of new technologies and managerial techniques in production lines, in order to stimulate the introduction of techniques and solutions;

Promotion and use of joint ventures among economic subjects in different areas or countries.

YOUTH ADRINET - Sharing experiences and developing joint tools in order to increase the participation of the youth Adriatic population in the civil society and create a network

Sector: youth policies

Objectives

  • To concretely involve youth dimension in public life and policies (in particular anti-discrimination, sport, culture and access to labour market)
  • To strengthen the youth participation in the civil life and in the decision-making processes;
  • To create a Youth Policies Commission within the Adriatic Euroregion

Activities

  • To analyze youth policies at national and local level and youth organisations
  • To set up Youth Forums, Youth Information Services and Multimedia Communication Centres
  • To create a Youth Policies Commission within the Adriatic Euroregion
  • To train young people and promote entrepreneurship in the cultural sector;
  • To organize events in the Adriatic area

Results

  • Improved knowledge of EU/foreign legislation, experiences and best practices in youth policies;
  • Improved participation of local young population in local civil life;
  • Creation of stable network of youth associations at local and cross-border level;
  • creation of a Youth Policies Commission within the Adriatic Euroregion

 

 

 

 

Health project

Sector: European integration, health, HR and training development

Objective

The initiative is in accordance with the health framework of Operative Plan of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region 2010-2013. The objective is strengthen international and local partnership in order to establish future partnership to implement cooperation projects in the health sector to finance within  European and international programmes. The initiative aims at establishing a coordinate framework for the project of scientific and institutional stakeholder that are operating on regional territories in a international view.

Project activities 

  • Cooperation and implementation of projects and realization of training course
  • Support to implementation of  European and international projects
  • Cooperation between Friuli Venezia Giulia region and health Ministry of Albania with the involvement of the regional IRCCS and of Albanian hospital in the frame of "Institutional Table"

CHERPLAN - Enhancement of Cultural Heritage through environmental planning and management

Sector: tourism, regional socio-economic development, environment/energy

CHERPLAN aims to provide a strong basis for ensuring compatibility and synergy between Cultural Heritage conservation and socio-economic growth by fostering the adoption of a modern Environmental Planning approach. The aim of the project is to integrate traditional urban and spatial planning with the concerns of environmentalism to ensure a sustainable development.

In particular, the specific objectives of the project are:

  • Enhancing capacities of national/local authorities, tourism operators and CH managers;
  • Increasing relevant stakeholders integration and motivation to participate in the revitalization;
  • Enhancing joint strategies for the development of historical centres and management of CH;
  • Transferring know-how from more to less experienced countries/contexts by promoting a transnational pooling of expertise;
  • Introducing innovative tools of economic development based on environmental services;
  • Implementing International Conventions on Cultural Heritage.

Project activities

  • Predisposition of a communication campaign (brochures, articles, events, seminars);
  • Creation of a project website hosting a GIS platform to ensure easy access to information;
  • Analysis of the legislative frameworks on Cultural Heritage and existing planning tools at regional, national and EU levels;
  • Realization of a studying research on the Cultural Heritage of the recipient countries;
  • Elaboration of a CH Environmental Planning and definition of possible comprehensive scenarios;
  • Realization of pilot projects experiences.

DIGI.TV - South-East European Digital Television

Sector: ICT and innovation, European integration

SEE Digi.TV aims to speed-up the digitalization of the broadcasting services,including the largest number of stakeholders, especially broadcasters and industry. On a long term, the project aims to solve issues of digital divide and social inclusion and thus will contribute to the creation of the region of equal opportunities. The overall objective of the SEE Digi.TV is the harmonization of the activities related to the introduction of Digital Broadcasting services in the target SEE region.

Project objectives:  

  • speed-up the overall process of analog switch-off in the region and further developments to more efficient technologies;
  • maximize the harmonization of the legislative and technical frameworks with the EU digitalization process;
  • avoid policy, technology and market fragmentation;
  • develop regional strategy for optimal use of freed frequency spectrum for new ICT broadband services;
  • efficiently manage digital dividend.

Furthermore the project contributes to environmental sustainability as new digital broadcasting technology at both sides, transmitting and receiving side, lowers the power consumption significantly.

RECULTIVATUR - Elaboration of a tool for the inclusion of religious-related cultural values in the planning and development processes of urban centres, systems of settlements and surrounding rural areas.

Sector: environment/energy, European integration, regional socio-economic development, tourism

Project objectives

The project aims at the development and implementation of operative plans and new tools in order to consolidate and diversify urban and regional economy through the enhancement and tourist promotion of historic, cultural and religious heritage in the partner countries. In particular, the project aims to integrate the religious cultural values in the planning and development processes of urban, rural and peripheral centres of SEE programme area.

Project activities

  • Creation of a religious heritage catalogue and assessment of the development potentials through the realization of a GIS map concerning all the partner regions, good practices and tourist service assets analysis;
  • Elaboration of a Religious Tourism Common Model (RTCM);
  • Creation of four Agencies - in Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece - specialised in religious tourism development;
  • Internationalization and marketing promotion of religious touristic products in the South East Europe area, through the definition of touristic itineraries and routes, the participation into International Tourism Fairs and Seminars, the organization of promotional activities addressed to tour operators and religious tourism specialized agencies.

Expected results

  • Elaboration of a SEE cultural and religious heritage virtual map;
  • Elaboration of a Religious Tourism Common Model;
  • Design and promotion of religious tourism itineraries;
  • Creation of Tourist Agencies specialized in the development of religious tourism;
  • Identification of a cross-border route to be proposed to the Council of Europe and included into the European Cultural Routes.

SPRINT - Technical assistance to the Central Directorate for Productive Activities in the framework of L.R. 11/2011

Sector: SMEs development

Technical assistance to the Central Directorate for Productive Activities, in the framework of L.R. 11/2011, with the final objective to support the realization of project aimed at fostering international promotion and internationalization processes of SME and ASDI of region Friuli Venezia Giulia through the concession of public incentives, also economical, for the internationalization.

FIT4SMEs I - Financial facilities for SMEs: training and capacity building for Business Support Organisations in non-EU member states of the Central European Initiative

Sector: SMEs development
Website:
http://fit4smes.progetti.informest.it

The project aims to raise awareness and facilitate access to financial instruments made available by International Financial Institutions (IFIs) to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) though a training addressed to the staff of selected BSOs located in the 9 non EU CEI Member states, in order to strengthen their internal capacities and knowledge on instruments available through major IFIs. The proposed project is a first part of a larger programme developed by Informest which seeks to develop skills and improve capacities of participating BSOs to help them provide a similar level of assistance offered by business support organisations in the European Union countries.

Turkey ICT

Sector: ICT and innovation, SMEs development
Website:
http://turchia-ict.progetti.informest.it

The project has the general objective to promote and sustain the development of the regional economic system in Turkey, with particular attention to the sector of technologies and telecommunications (ICT), with the aim to strengthen economic and institutional relations among the two territories and support the local productive system in the acquisition of competencies and knowledge in the field of ICT.

ITHREU - Italy and Croatia: a partnership for Europe

Sector: capacity building
Website:
http://ithreu.progetti.informest.it

ITHREU main objective is supporting Croatia in the integration process towards the European Union. The project provides a technical assistance to the representatives of the Croatian public agencies/ministries, in particular in the sectors of SMEs, energy, environment and construction in order to transfer the Italian good practices and expertises focused on a complete industrial re-conversion and a stronger development of the Croatian productive system and an enforcement of the direct Italian investment in Croatia.

Project activities:

  • Organization of the Italian-Croatian Economic Fora on mid-years basis;
  • Creation of a web site dedicated to the Economic Fora;
  • Organization of workshops to identify partnerships between Italia and Croatia;
  • Analysis of the needs of the Italian-Croatian cooperation;
  • Supplying of 50 days of training and technical assistance for Croatian public officers;
  • Study-tour in Italia for the Croatian public officers;
  • Territorial marketing analysis of interchange and cooperation between Italia and Croatia to define the most interesting sectors;
  • Elaboration of a promotional plan and brochure;
  • Joint participation of Italian and Croatian delegations in two International fairs on third markets.

Expected results:

  • Efficacy of the Italian-Croatian Economic Fora;
  • Strengthening of the Croatian governance;
  • Development of a integrated planning;
  • Acceleration in the last phase of the Croatia adhesion process to the European standards;
  • Strengthening of the cooperation between the Italian and Croatian economic and productive systems;
  • Development of a territorial marketing plan;
  • Increase of the Italian-Croatian collaboration in productive, economic and trades fields.

ICON - Competitiveness of SMEs through Innovation and Collaborative Entrepreneurship

Sector: regional socio-economic development, SMEs development, ICT and innovation
Website:
http://www.icon-project.eu

The general objective of the project is the strengthening of competitiveness of SMEs in the cross border area through the development of cooperation activities and the creation of networks among enterprises, with the general aim to develop competitiveness of the cross border territory toward the global market.

Specific objectives:

  • Promotion of R&D and of the knowledge economy, with particular attention to the system of SMEs
  • Improve and qualify the occupational potential through the creation of coordinated systems of educational activities
  • Strengthen systems of communication and instruction

Activities:

  • Creation of a network among institutions supporting SMEs
  • Implementation of a Knowledge Management System (KMS)
  • Implementation f a Digital Business Ecosystem
  • Creation of cross border clusters
  • Activities of territorial marketing for the joint participation of cross border SMEs on foreign markets
  • Development of specific actions for the involvement of junior and senior in the entrepreneurial contest
  • Awareness of SMEs on innovation opportunities and on benefits of the internationalization process

Results:

  • Creation of an active entrepreneurial cross border frameworks through the establishment of networks/platforms and clusters
  • Activation of joint services for SMEs
  • Improvement of competencies of junior and senior and connection between labour market and the educational system

INNOWEEK - The week of Innovation, Science and Technology in Novi Sad

Sector: ICT and innovation
Website:
http://innoweek.progetti.informest.it/

"Innoweek" - the week of Innovation, Science and Technology in Novi Sad, is a project financed by the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia and coordinated by Informest, whose aim is to represent in a serie of events and meetings in Vojvodina's main city, the Friuli Venezia Giulia 's regional system of scientific research, innovation and technological development.

The general objective of the project is to favor and consolidate the cooperation between the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina in a number of key sectors of the technological development already identified, establishing permanent relations among scientific institutions and local actors of the territorial development, promoting common projects and intensifying bilateral exchange programmes.

The Protocol Agreement in force between the Region FVG and the Province of Vojvodina since June 13th, 2007, and updated on January 30th, 2009, with the signature of a joint declaration from the two Presidents Renzo Tondo and Bojan Pajtic, contains a working map to enhance the cooperation between the two regions. In particular, strengthening the so-called 'Regional Innovation System' (i.e. the cluster of research centers, academy, local institutions and innovative enterprises in the region) has been identified as a priority in the partnership building process, considered the excellence of the 'Friuli Venezia Giulia model' at European level and the receptiveness of the innovation network in Vojvodina.

The 'Innovation Week' that is going to be organized in Novi Sad by Informest and the two project partners on 21-23 September 2010, will allow some of the actors of the Friuli Venezia Giulia innovation system to present themselves to potential partners in Vojvodina and activate a knowledge exchange path capable of rising a long-term strategic partnership between the two geographical areas.

It is foreseen the creation of several bilateral Working Tables that will gather research centers, enterprises and institutions to debate around the following priorities:

  • Biotechnologies applied to agrofood and medical / health care sectors
  • Energy efficiency and new energy sources
  • ICT for personal and collective mobility.

Maricoltura/Maricultura: scientific and economic cooperation between the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Montenegro in the aquaculture sector

Sector: agriculture/fishing

Project objectives:

In the framework of a wider and long-lasting cooperation between the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Montenegro, the main objective of the Maricoltura project was the analysis of the water conditions in the Bay of Kotor for the implementation of an experimental oyster farm aiming at enhancing and modernizing the Montenegrin aquaculture and traditional fishing sectors, diversifying production, introducing new technologies and innovative knowledge tools and allowing the adoption of sustainable production methods meeting the European standards.

By increasing the economic incidence of aquaculture and fostering fish-based nutrition attitudes, the project has thus strengthened the scientific, economic, social and institutional cooperation between Friuli Venezia Giulia and Montenegro to support the maritime identity of Montenegro and develop its productive, economic and social potential.

Project activities:

  • Mapping of the Bay of Kotor to set the ground for oyster farming;
  • Implementation of an experimental oyster farm in one of the areas granted to the Institute of Marine Biology of Kotor;
  • Implementation of the project website.

Project results:

  • Identification of the sea areas suitable for oyster farming;
  • Introduction of innovative technologies and know-how;
  • Sustainable exploitation of the Bay of Kotor;
  • Improvement of the aquaculture sector for the economic development of the country.

Comunità Aperta

Sector: HR and training development

Project objectives:

The objective of the initiative i sto increase knowledges and skills related to access and use of EU funds: target groups are young people of the Gorizia and Isonzo area interested in starting a professional career as EU project manager and EU policies experts.

Project activities:

Concept and implementation of a training course addressed to young people (24 to 30 years old) living in Gorizia and Isonzo area aimed at deepen issues related to Eu programmes promoting an approach both theoretical and practical with the scope of providing young people with operative tools to work in the field of cooperation project, both transnational and crossborder. The course will be structured in 2 modules: one focused on EU insititutions & programmes and on shaped as "laboratory" for EU project managers. It is foreseen to organize 8 workshops for a total of 24 hours of training with a final project work on a specific call for proposals.

Expected results:

  • Implementation of a training course of 24 horus for 15 participants.
  • Selection of 2 participants for a traineeship in Informest.

Youth Space at the border - Feasibility plan and Ideas competition for the identification and renovation of an area where to build a Multicultural International Youth Centre

Sector: regional socio-economic development
Website:
http://spaziogiovanigorizia.progetti.informest.it

Project objectives:

The project aimed at organising an Ideas Competition to identify and design an international multicultural and multifunctional Youth Centre, likely to be built in the Northern area of the City earlier occupied by the Civil Hospital, and at drafting a feasibility plan for the renovation/requalification of the target area.

Project activities:

  • Identification of the permanent Steering Committee;
  • Management and technical coordination of the project;
  • Publication of the European call for the ideas competition;
  • Evaluation of the project proposals;
  • Fund raising to implement the renovation activities;
  • Promotion activities.

Expected results:

  • Identification of the Evaluation Committee;
  • Draft and publication of the call;
  • Collection and evaluation of the submitted proposals;
  • Identification of the financing opportunities;
  • Seminars with the stakeholders;
  • Release of a publication and organisation of an exhibition to present the project and the winning ideas;
  • Organisation of cross-border seminars to launch the renovation process.

ADRIAA - AdriaA

Sector: tourism, transport
Website:
http://www.adria-a.eu/

The aim of ADRIA A project is to contribute to the re-organization of the accessibility and transports system with the scope of setting up an integrated metropolitan area

The project objective is to achieve a critical mass in order to ease the competition of territories and realizing an efficient, integrated and sustainable transport system. It's foreseen the projecting of the missing links on the railway infrastructure both Italian and Slovenian, allowing to realize joint transport services on the whole area (railway, local public transport, inter-modalities between airports/railway/sea) in order to improve connections among cities.

ADRIA will establish the 1st EGTC (European Group for Territorial Cooperation) between Italy and Slovenia, instrument based on EU law supporting cross border cooperation for future actions in the field of spatial planning and transports.

Objectives

  • Development of an Integrated transport system trough a Light Train between cities like Gorizia, Nova Gorica, Sesana, Divaca, Koper, Trieste.
  • Creation of a transport network among participating cities, regions ( Veneto and Friuli VG), ports, operators, associations through the establishment of new market oriented transport services able to launch a tourist promotion of the integrated cross-border area.
  • Creation of a Common cross-border body under EU law on European Group of Territorial Co-operation: The first EGCT created in Italy on Italian territory
  • Strategic studies and Analysis of demand for shuttle trains connecting cross-border and programme area cities, airports and ports, so as to facilitate attainment of transport and economic objectives (also in light of potential tourist market opportunities), while pursuing regional development and modal shift objectives
  • Development of policy recommendations and medium term investment road map so as to promote intermodal passengers transport and to integrate with inland transport

OER ACTIVE - Observatory on the real economies of Central Eastern Europe relevant to the Friuli Venezia Giulia - Actions for the orientation of the entrepreneurial environment and society at the regional level

Sector: regional socio-economic development
Website:
http://osservatoriocrisi.progetti.informest.it

Project objectives:

The project aimed at implementing an active communication, mainly targeted at regional enterprises, in order to spread the contents of the monitoring activity carried out by Informest analysts on rigorous scientific grounds since the beginning of 2009, about the real trends of the economic situation and the effects of the anti-crisis measures adopted in 12 Eastern countries. Because of their relevance to the economic relations of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, these countries will play a key role in the future growth trends of the region. Thus, the monitoring activity focused on the most important perspectives in the short and medium run, as well as on the new opportunities arising from the post-crisis environment, with the aim of orienting the business and investment operations of the regional enterprises looking for diversified markets.

Project activities:

The Observatory offered a differentiated analysis of the economic perspectives in the target countries, presenting their situation in three different fields: the progress of reforms; the impact of the crisis and the measures adopted to overcome it. The dissemination of the monitoring activities, already experimentally started, has benefited from the realisation of a dedicated website featuring multimedia and interactive contents, from the publication of printed and electronic-format materials and from the organisation of dissemination events in the regional territory (seminars, etc.).

Expected results:

  • Dissemination of the acquired knowledge and promotion of the economic culture in the entrepreneurial environment, through the supply of original knowledge on the factors influencing the development of the emerging markets and on the competitiveness of the Eastern markets, and through the strengthening of the strategic programming capacity rooted in the use of up-to-dated and verified economic data by the local economic actors;
  • The dissemination activities, consistin in both traditional means (public events and seminars, printed materials, Cds) and the dedicated internet website, are meant to benefit the local territory as for: the number of participants to public events and seminars, the dissemination of the documents elaborated, the use of the internet website, the direct answer to the requests of information/in-depth analysis of enterprises and institutions.

PROMOGEL - PROMOGEL

Sector: SMEs development

Project objectives: to encourage new commercial partnerships in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro in the sectors of equipments and products for ice cream.

Project activities:

  • Identification of participating Italian companies;
  • Identification, for each Italian company, of the foreign company belonging to the same sector and located in the target countries;
  • Creation of a website to promote the project and the italian companies in the target countries. The web-site, realized in Italian, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian and Montenegrin language, is part of the International Ice Cream Exhibition web-site organized by Longarone Fair;
  • Research of companies (distributors, buyers, foreign importers ,...) interested in starting a business collaboration with Italian companies;
  • Organization of a B2B event in the conference hall of Longarone Fair;
  • Follow-up activity.

SEENET - A trans local network for cooperation between Italy and South East Europe

Sector: regional socio-economic development, capacity building, European integration, SMEs development, HR and training development
Website:
http://www.see-net.org/

SeeNet Programme is based on a network of local authorities from Italy and South-East Europe that cooperate in order to strengthen the governance skills of involved territories, promote sustainable local development and enhance the EU integration process of SEE countries. In order to achieve the Programme objectives, there are foreseen two types of Actions: Horizontal Actions that will involve the whole partnership and Vertical Actions that will involve each italian partner in a specific thematic to be implemented in specific SEE territories. The Horizontal actions are so divided: Action A - Institutional Building; Action B - Information and dissemination; Action C - Research; Action D - Partnerships between South East Europe Local Authorities. While the Programme will implement nine vertical actions that can be grouped in four thematics: 1 - Valorisation of cultural tourism; 2 - Valorisation of rural areas and natural environment; 3 - SME support and cross-border entrepreneurial cooperation; 4 - Territorial planning and social services.

Technical assistance in the implementation of the Axis V, ESF ROP Veneto Region 2007-2013 - Interregionality and Transnationality

Sector: HR and training development

Project Objectives:

The project consists in the supply of technical assistance to the implementation of the Axis V of the Veneto ROP ESF for 2007-2013 - Interregionality and Transnationality.

Project Activities:

Technical assistance in the implementation of the projects financed under the Axis V - Interregionality and Transnationality, approved by the Regional Law no. 4124 from 30/12/2008:

  • Information and promotion activities towards the Member States Managing Authorities aiming at stimulating interest and generating possible collaboration in the publication of joint calls;
  • Identification and support to strategic projects.

Technical assistance in the programming process:

  • Strengthening the regional presence through small territorial twinning, transnational and/or interregional agreements;
  • Supporting monitoring activities in the framework of the Veneto ROP "Regional Competitiveness and Employment" financed by the ESF - Interregionality and Transnationality and other European Funds and Programmes to enhance the complementarities and synergies of projects;
  • Identification of project opportunities to be presented in the calls financed by the European Commission and by Structural Funds;
  • Organisation of events and communication activities. Technical support to the organisation and realisation of mainstreaming events in order to consolidate the links between the territory (socio-economic partnership, potential stakeholders) and the regional administration.
  • Supporting the management of the ESF Transnational Contact Point in Veneto. Management of the relations with the National Contact Point at the Ministry for Employment and with the Regional Contact Point at the Regions Technical Coordination Office.

Expected results:

  • High-quality partnerships and really transnational and interregional activities for funds absorption;
  • Identification of common needs and implementation of projects really pursuing common needs in the fields of training and education, active employment policies, social inclusion;
  • Development of complementarities with other Funds by supporting complementarities and synergies among projects.

ACT - Territorial Cooperation Activities

Sector: regional socio-economic development, HR and training development

Obiettivi perseguiti:

On the 8th of November 2007, a Cooperation Agreement was signed between the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia and Alba Iulia County Council, establishing bilateral cooperation in commercial-economic, technical, scientific and cultural fields.

The themes and sectors envisaged by the Agreement have been object of meetings and technical discussions among the representatives of the two regions. Alba Iulia County Council expressed it's interest in focusing a first phase of cooperation on rural tourism development by combining the characteristics of its territory with the expertise of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region in the creation and management of the "albergo diffuso". Starting from such specific interest, the collaboration between the two public authorities and Informest's technical assistance has been addressed mainly to the development of projects and individuation of financing opportunities supporting local development policies, especially in the tourist sector.

The collaboration context has therefore led to the presentation of a joined project called ACT - Territorial Cooperation Activities, for the realisation of specific actions aiming at supporting local development strategies programming process and management, for the tourist sector, rural development, transports and enterprise services.

Attività progettuali:

  • Training of local administrations (County Communes and County Council staff) on local development issues: rural development and LEADER, tourism, transport services, project cycle management, etc.;
  • Management of local development participated processes (meetings among the local public administrations and the County Council aimed at the creation of shared development strategies);
  • Strategic planning; the activity foresees the realisation of a feasibility study for tourism transport sector and a feasibility study for the creation of a common information and assistance structure to the public and private sector;
  • Start-up of a pilot project through the creation of the local development offices; such offices shall support the County Council, the local administrations and the private sector in the individuation of financing opportunities, in the presentation and implementation of projects, in supplying technical assistance for the development of local development strategies and the realisation of information and awareness actions addressed to the socio - economic sector.

Risultati attesi

  • Improvement of coordination actions at local level for the realisation of shared projects and strategies, coherent with a better integrated context and resources;
  • Increase of key actors participation into public decision - making processes through the creation of stable and balanced partnerships;
  • Elaboration of local development strategies envisaging rural development issues by combining tourism, agriculture, handcrafts and services;
  • Increase in the local and transnational cooperation of the public sector - local administrations - and private sector - enterprises, associations, other key players.

PRICES - Regional Programme for the economic and social cooperation

Sector: regional socio-economic development

Objective of the project

Improving the economic cooperation between italian and SEE local systems and productive sectors, in order to promote the internationalization of the local italian systems and the use of the new tools of the european cooperation.

Activities

In Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina and Serbia, the project acts on 3 prioritary subsectors: economic cooperation between local productive systems; rural development; decentralization of the services to promote the employment.

Activities are: common events for the exchange of experiences and strengthening the partnership; identification of the potentials for the business cooperation and promotion of the opportunities at Italian level; decentralization of services for the SMEs; editing of a business guide for the Italian investments in the involved areas.

Results 

Economic and institutional partnerships between Italian and Balkan areas.

EUIC - EU Information Centre Management - Tirana-Albania (Europeaid/127938/C/SER/AL)

Sector: European integration

Project objectives:

The purpose of the project is to increase the level of information and public awareness about the European Union in the Republic of Albania as well as about the accession process through the establishment and management of an EUIC. In particular the specific objectives are:

  • To increase knowledge of EU policies, objectives, priorities, institutions and perspectives;
  • To increase knowledge on the relations between the European Union and Albania and better understanding of the impact of the pre-accession process on one's own life and expectations;
  • To increase knowledge about the implementation of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) in the country;
  • To increase information on the EU resulting from networking with multipliers and other interested parties.

Project activities:

Various information and communication activities with the aim of building public support for the accession process based on well informed and realistic expectations, such as: running of an EU Information Centre, creation and implementation of strategies and information campaigns, press and media relations, events and visits management, web page development and update, networking, update of databases, research issues, production of publications and other necessary activities in the information and communication domain.

Expected results:

  • Support to the EC Delegation for the implementation of information and communication activities in Albania insured;
  • An EU Information Center established in the Capital of Albania, Tirana;
  • An EU Information Center well managed;
  • Information on the development of relations between the European Union and Albania provided to maximum key target groups ;
  • Tailor made information on the implementation of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) in the country provided to maximum key target groups;
  • Synergies with multipliers and other interested parties on provision of EU information established.
  • EU information products (print, audiovisual and electronic ones) delivered;
  • Events on EU related actions organised.

CLIMALP TOUR - Climate Change and its Impact on Tourism in the Alpine Space

Sector: environment/energy

Objective of the project

The project aimed at dealing with the internationally recognized issue of the effects of climate change on alpine tourism, winter tourism and winter sports in some areas of the Alps and all-season tourism in other areas, providing:

  • appropriate strategies to ensure a balanced development of alpine tourism
  • the preparation of appropriate adaptation policies at the national, regional and local level
  • assessment of the economic and social effects of climate change on tourism  

Project activities:

  • Analysis on the impacts of climate change on Alpine tourism;
  • Creation of an executive overview of the tourist areas;
  • Analysis on adaptation and management strategies in the Alpine region;
  • Selection of a set of parameters and identification of common trends in order to develop a strategy;
  • Creation of an electronic tool for stakeholders;
  • Development of strategies in the pilot areas with a direct involvement of local authorities, stakeholders and the public.

Expected results:

  • Overview and assessment of possible impacts of climate change;
  • Identification of possible adaptation strategies;
  • Development of an electronic web-based tool;
  • Information, education and communication activities.

ADC - Adriatic Danubian Clustering

Sector: regional socio-economic development

Informest as the "Technical Secretariat" of the Region of Veneto, was appointed for project writing, co-ordination and management of the whole project.

Project objectives:

The general objective of the project is to strengthen the territorial marketing of the Adriatic - Danubian compound in the global market for the purpose of developing local economies and their endogenous resources by creating sectoral networks relationship suitable for making more of the more competitive transnational value chains and fostering FDI attractiveness, and for reducing regional disparities.

Specific objectives are:

  • Identification of more important transnational value chains ant their suitable and accessible location;
  • Growth of vertical ties among companies of the Adriatic - Danubian compound for the full exploitation of the sectoral opportunities on transnational basis.

Project activities:

Identification of transnational value chains, set up of local help desk for partnership promotion, development of territorial marketing capacities, provision of ICT advanced tools for collaborative entrepreneurship.

Expected results:

  • 1 transnational context analysis for the identification of strategic economic sectors;
  • 1 transnational marketing strategy;
  • 4 transnational partnership agreements;
  • 1 Feasibility study for the implementation of a DBE model;
  • 1 Catalogue of product and service of the Adriatic-Danubian compound published;
  • 1 standing trans-national working group established;
  • 1 concept for the governance of trans-national productive chains outlined;
  • 5 local desk established;
  • 1 single territorial brand designed and delivered.

ITALBALK - Integrated Transport and Logistics with Balkans

Sector: transport

General objectives

1) To augment the level of economic integration of the two national production systems through the increase of commercial inter-change and direct investments on Italian businesses in the Balkans.

2) To support Italy's role as the logistic platform of Mediterranean and Balkan countries on the East-West and North-South corridors.

3) To improve Italian regions' capacity in the management of international cooperation programmes on transport and logistics as well as in the initiatives for supporting regional entrepreneurship in the field of services abroad.

Expected Results

1) The implementation of a network composed of institutional bodies and Italian and Balkan public and private economic operators in the sectors of transport and logistics, so as to ensure the constant inter-change of information, the emergence of joint projects between the two areas and the coordination of cooperation initiatives

2) The definition of at least 3 hypotheses (one per country) for new maritime and/or air-lines between ports and airports in Albania, Montenegro and Serbia

3) The emergence of shared business initiatives realized by public and private bodies from Italy and the beneficiary countries aimed at augmenting and enhancing the level and quality of transport and logistics services, at encouraging harmonization of operational and management standards on the crossing corridors in the countries involved as well as at leading the operators towards the use of intermodal techniques and solutions

Project Structure

Sub-project 1
Acquisition and data analysis and information on issues of logistics and freight transport on routes Italy-Balkans.

Sub-project 2
Analysis of technical and economic feasibility of new air and shipping routes between Italy and the Balkan countries.

Country Sub-projects 3 to 4
Development of relations in logistics and freight transport with: Albania, Serbia and Montenegro.

FVG Home in Vojvodina

Sector: SMEs development
Website:
http://vojvodinafvg.progetti.informest.it

Project objectives :

FVG Home in Vojvodina had the general objective to create a common meeting place where to develop business and institutional cooperation activities, with the aim of strengthening collaboration among the two territories.

Project activities:

  • Sectorial context analysis of Vojvodina, within the agro-food, construction and automotive sectors;
  • Promotion of opportunities in the FVG territory, through the institutional association system and identification of interested companies;
  • Creation and transfer of a road map on the innovation system in Friuli Venezia Giulia;
  • Enhancement of the economic and institutional system for the development of bilateral relations and collaborations;
  • Promotional activities.

Expected results:

  • Economic context analysis;
  • Institutional and economic mission in Vojvodina;
  • Transfer of competences and know-how on the innovation system;
  • Project website;
  • Press release.

ASVILOC PLUS - Agencies Supporting Value of Innovation systems in regional and LOCal economies

Sector: ICT and innovation

Objectives:

  • Contribute to the creation of a trans-national system of innovation
  • Develop the role of development agencies in the innovation regional systems enforcement
  • Diffuse and capitalize the lessons of the EU Regional Plans for Innovation (RPIAs)

 Activities:

  • Creation and consolidation of the local and trans-national network;
  • Knowledge sharing on themes relative to innovation;
  • Implementation of staff exchange and training packages;
  • Improvement and specialization of Development Agencies staff
  • Pilot activities to test the innovative services for SMEs and their associations;
  • Thematic workshops with the participation of policy makers and of the key actors of innovation;
  • Elaboration of a Memorandum of Understanding / Central Agreement of the Development Agencies together with the Communitarian Policy makers participating in the program management 2013-2020;

 

Results:

new ICT tools for the management of innovation knowledge; adoption of the new training tools to enforce the management of knowledge and to develop the innovation process; constitution of regional networks for innovation and for innovation policies; create a trans-national network for the management of services and development policies

FATE - From Army To Entrepreneurship

Sector: regional socio-economic development
Website:
http://fate.progetti.informest.it/

Project objective:

  •  Promote an urban sustainable requalification providing local administrations with 1. tools to manage the entire process of conversion, from the negotiation with the central government to the participation of private investors and 2. programming future investments;
  • Favour entrepreneurship and competitiveness of the territory throughout the process of restructure of the abandoned military areas into enterprises support centres with the definition of regional strategies and measures to support SMEs and start ups
  • "test" the measures and tools defined in the project on 8 specific cases of abandoned military areas.

 Project activities:

  • Definition of a common methodology for the valuation of abandoned areas;
  • Analysis on the economic and entrepreneurial context with particular attention to the impact of the conversion into enterprises support centres on the economic system;
  • Mapping and valuation of the ex military areas;
  • Definition and application of tools/measure for the management of the transfer of property and conversion of military areas;
  • Definition of measures to promote entrepreneurship
  • Pilot actions (Feasibility study, planning, operative plans and investments for the conversion of the areas in Service Centres/incubators);
  • Results diffusion

Expected results:

Transfer of methodologies and knowledge; adoption of 9 plans (or recommendations) for the conversion of the abandoned military areas; 8 urban plans for the creation of service centres/incubators; adoption of a common strategy to promote entrepreneurship.

GESTIONE FORESTE - Analysis of the good practices in sustainable forest management in the area of the Adriatic Euroregion

Sector: environment/energy

Project objectives:

The project aimed at evaluating the good practices and the sustainable forest planning in the area of the Adriatic European region, with particular reference to the area of the High Adriatic (Veneto Region, Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Emilia Romagna Region and the Croatian Counties of Istria and Rijeka), in order to draft a strategic action plan for the forest sector according to the European policies and to identify the relevant opportunities in the European programming and international cooperation.

Project activities:

  • Analysis of good practices in forest management in the target areas;
  • Drafting of the strategic action plan according to the European policies and identification of the instruments to support implementation;
  • Activities to share the achieved results;

Expected results:

  • A document containing the analysis of the good practices in forest management in the High Adriatic area and identification of the strategic guide lines for a sustainable forest planning according to the European policies;
  • Final workshop to present the achieved results.

POLYINVEST - Improving the conditions for investments in order to foster polycentric development by leveraging local Public Administrations unexploited real estate

Sector: regional socio-economic development
Website:
http://www.polyinvest.eu

POLYINVEST aimed at improving the conditions for investments in the marginal areas of SEE space, favouring the entry onto the market of a broad offer of unused public real estates, with a consequent income and saving on the maintenance and management of the public assets. Starting from the previous experiences of the partners and of a strengthened best practice, the objective of the project is to develop an active approach to the market by the public administrations, favouring the definition and the implementation of complete territorial offer packages; these packages will include information about the real estates which can be alienated and information on the conditions which could favour the realization of investments from private investors.

 

To achieve the abovementioned objectives, the following activities were performed

  • Þ Transnational project management and coordination
  • Þ Communication and Dissemination
  • Þ Market analysis, definition of themes and census
  • Þ Legislative and administrative procedures
  • Þ Platform construction and data input
  • Þ Sustainability: Promotion, marketing and scouting
  • Þ Pilot Actions

 

The project POLYNVEST carried out the following results

  • Þ Improvement of the public properties capitalisation and widespread diffusion of the potentialities of public real estate;
  • Þ Alienation and procedural facilitations for potential investors to invest in the target areas;
  • Þ International networking between different public actors, real estate managers and private investors,
  • Þ Improvement of the overall economic development and requalification of the target areas;

Dissemination, awareness campaign follow-up plan defined

SEETAC - South East Transport Axis Cooperation

Sector: transport
Website:
http://seetac.progetti.informest.it/

Project objectives:

The overall project objective is the establishment and implementation of an effective and coordinated SETA framework, promoting and fostering the institutional cooperation between PEC structures and member states in order to reach the EU's objectives of (i) transparency and information reliability; (ii) develop of an harmonised and efficient institutional framework and (iii) rapid implementation of the transport priority projects. This overall objective could be reached by the implementation of a specific WP1 in compliance with EU recommendations (in particular HLG Report, 2005-2007, EC Comprehensive Monitoring Reports and COM (2008) 125 final). PECs have similar problems above all regarding administration and exchange of information. SEETAC will enable this exchange, in coordination with EC SFC 2007-Electronic Data Exchange project, the identification of common problems and solutions in order to attain the common mobility (good, capitals and people) standards for the whole EU territory.

Project activities:

  • Istitutional coordination to build an effective SETA framework and network in compliance with recent EU transport policies (i.e. HLG Report and COM(2008) 125 final);
  • Establishment of an institutional and transparent communication system;
  • Implementation of a coordinated database management system;
  • Definition of multi-modal traffic scenarios and common mobility standards and environmental (EIA & SEA) guidelines;
  • Identification of necessary financial resources and financing mechanisms;
  • Finalisation of SEE Spatial Planning.

Expected results:

  • Established transnational transport framework and regular SETA organisational/administrative reports (Operational Manual, Audit / Administrative / Progress / WP Reports);
  • Information management system including communication plan and tools; regular meetings of Ministers of Transport, PEC bodies, EC and Donors;
  • Electronic database management system including traffic, social, environmental and economic data;
  • Multi-modal traffic scenario study identifying good practices and recommendations;
  • Common multimodal transport standards and EIA/SEA guidelines;
  • Priority project fiches & application documents to be submitted to donors for financing and financial report;
  • SEE Spatial Plan / SETA Strategy compatible with the SEETO Action Plan.

These results could be easily transferred to other EU Transport Axis, in particular to Central Axis, where another coincidence of CE Programme eligible area exists.

SEPA - Sustainable and Equipped Productive Areas

Sector: regional socio-economic development
Website:
http://sepa.progetti.informest.it/

Project objectives:

The SEPA project aimed at transferring, through feasibility studies and investment attraction, the experience gained by the Prato industrial area (IT), creating infrastructures and centralised services to improve the environmental, economic and social performances of the target areas (rational water use, management of induced mobility, clean energy production and waste management), according to EMS/EMAS standards.

Project activities:

  • Implementation of regional stakeholders networks for the socio-economic and environmental reconversion of industrial areas;
  • Development of a transnational model for the sustainable management of productive areas with a low environmental, economic and social impact;
  • Identification and selection of the active or under-construction industrial areas where the pilot model of sustainable economic development could be implemented;
  • Feasibility study aimed at defining the model of development/reconversion of the pilot areas and intervention planning;
  • Investment attraction in the target areas with the organisation of a transnational conference/seminar.

Expected results:

  • To achieve and share methodologies and procedures needed to realise and manage industrial areas in an socio-economically and environmentally sustainable way;
  • To development of a new model for sustainable production areas;
  • To improve the abilities to plan and organise industrial sites and in particular to project and realise production areas according to new sustainability parameters and indicators;
  • To create a transnational network of pilot areas in order to transfer and guide the transformation process of the production sites at the international level.

BIOENERGY - A bio-energetic link between Friuli Venezia Giulia and Moldova.

Sector: environment/energy
Website:
http://bioenergy.progetti.informest.it/

Project Objectives:

The project aimed at enhancing the diversification of the agrofood industry in Moldova through the adoption of agro-energetic cultivations which are more environmentally sustainable and allow for the self-production of energy. In particular, the project aimed at fostering trade between the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Republic of Moldova, enhancing the bilateral partnerships at the institutional/university level as well as between entrepreneurs.

Project activities:

  • Feasibility study from an economic and logistic point of view, focused on the implementation of a biofuel chain and, in particular, on the cultivation of vegetable oil to be transformed in biodiesel;
  • Technical assistance and best-practice exchanges;
  • Organisation of study tours in Italy and Moldova;
  • Dissemination of results.

Expected Results:

  • Partnerships between regional/Italian and Moldovan enterprises in the biodiesel sector for the supply of raw materials, by-products and semi-finished goods, technologies and instruments, knowledge;
  • A better-organised production, diversified and improved agriculture products, increased qualitative standards.

ACQUIS 2 - Local development and acquis communautaire in the Balkans municipalities

Sector: HR and training development, SMEs development

Project objectives:

The project had the objective to consolidate and develop the network created among local municipalities, institutions and agencies located. In the territories of Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Montenegro with the institutional and economic system of Friuli Venezia Giulia, with the aim to boost local development and assist local administrations in the acquis communautaire processes.

Project activities:

  • Realization of a training programme to transfer information and competences necessary to plan and implement local development and cooperation initiatives, in the frame of the Acquis Communautaire processes;
  • Activation of a Friuli Venezia Giulia Infopoint in Kragujevac for the promotion of both economic and institutional opportunities;
  • Organization of focus group in Friuli Venezia Giulia with companies and institutions to present the economic and institutional system of the Balkan territories;
  • Technical assistance and support to B2B meetings among FVG and local companies.

Expected results:

  • Involvement of at least 40 regional enterprises;
  • Presentation of project proposals for local development;
  • Organization of 4 focus groups.

Progetta FVG

Sector: ICT and innovation
Website:
http://progettafvg.progetti.informest.it

The project, defined in the framework of a national initiative lauched by a structure of the Presidence of the Council of Ministers (in cooperation with the Italian Minitry of Regional Relations), named Progetto Opportunità delle Regioni in Europa (P.O.R.E.), consisted in the creation and management of a grant system to enhance the project generation capacity of the territory, realized by means of an on-line operational platform and a project database.

The regional subjects proposing projects in the framework of a pre-defined list of European Programmes may request for a contribution from the regional budget through the website, within given time-frames, supplying the requested documentation. Prizes are given also to projects that haven't obtained a European co-financing due to the limited budget available in the Programme. Subjects requiring contributions may receive assistance from an help-desk. The projects includes the development of promotional activities.

Participation of Veneto Region in Adriatic Euroregion: acquisition of technical assistance service

Sector: capacity building, Structural Funds, European integration

The Adriatic Euroregion was founded on June 30, 2006 in Pula, Region of Istria, Croatia. It represents a model of co-operation that includes trans-national and inter-regional co-operation between regions of the Adriatic coastline. The Adriatic Euroregion is the institutional framework for jointly defining and solving important issues in the Adriatic area. It consists of 23 members - Regional and local governments from Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania. The aims of the AE are the fallowing: (i) Forming an area of peace, stability and co-operation, (ii) Protection of the cultural heritage; (iii) Protection of the environment, (iv) Sustainable economic development in particular of tourism, fishery and agriculture; (v) Solution of transport and other infrastructure issues. The objective of this project is to provide Veneto region with technical assistance to strengthen its role and to support the newborn Adriatic Euroregion.

 

The following activities have been carried out:

  • Þ Support to the activities of Veneto Region - International Relations department in the institutional bodies of the Adriatic Euroregion;
  • Þ Support to the operative coordination of the participation of Veneto Region in the Adriatic Euroregion Commission;
  • Þ Favouring a strategic regional action with regard to all the initiatives and projects activated in the Adriatic Euroregion to monitor the ongoing activities;

Support to the communication activities

Training at national and regional levels for enhancing the absorption capacity for the managed Operational Programmes (EuropeAid/14201/D/SER/RO)

Sector: Structural Funds

Project objectives:

To improve the overall absorption capacities at national and regional levels, thus ensuring a correct utilization of ERDF, European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument, Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance, and ESF.

Project activities:

  • To reinforce the skills of final beneficiaries in preparing good project proposals that correctly match the priorities of the National Development Plan and would lead to a proper project pipeline for financing from the Structural Funds' type of intervention;
  • To strengthen the capacity of the Training Units within MEI and RDAs to efficiently coordinate and manage the training delivered both at national and regional levels, within the framework of the Human Resources development policy;
  • To strengthen the capacity of ROP Final Beneficiaries in terms of Organizational structure, partnership etc., as well as regards critical issues to be observed in the process of application to SF financing opportunities.

Expected results:

  • Enhancing the preparation, information, management, control, evaluation and other tasks of the Managing Authorities established within the Ministry of European Integration for the Regional Operational Programme and European Territorial Cooperation Operational Programmes, and of their respective Intermediate Bodies;
  • Strengthening the capacity of potential beneficiaries to develop and implement operations to be financed under the above-mentioned Operational Programmes.

The Balkans On line 2

Sector: ICT and innovation
Website:
http://balcanionline.progetti.informest.it/

Project objectives:

  • Maintenance and enhancement of the information network created in the framework of the Project "Balcani on line";
  • Development of the on line editorial office in order to manage and improve the information services provided;
  • Development of new information services;
  • Technical management of the on line editorial office and of the website.

Project activities:

On the basis of the activities and outputs of the Project "Balcani on line", the project consisted in:

  • The creation of a more efficient on line editorial office: through an on line platform, Informest editorial staff daily collected coordinated and edited on the website the news provided by 7 ICE Offices operating in the beneficiaries Countries and by Informest itself.  The news were targeted at Italian SMEs and investors interested in the Balkan region. In addition, a staff of six persons monitored and translated to Italian the most interesting news published on local online newspapers in the beneficiary countries. Informest editorial staff selected and edited this press review;
  • The development of more efficient information retrieval tools on the website www.balcanionline.it;
  • The collection and uploading of documents and news about events interesting for Italian SMES;
  • The drafting of articles promoting special initiatives and presenting interesting projects;
  • The creation of an innovative database of all the projects implemented thanks to the Italian Law 84/01: the online database has a search engine and an interactive map showing the areas involved in the searched projects initiatives;
  • The organization of an international event involving up to 150 participants from Italy and the project beneficiary countries. The event focused on IPA Adriatic Cross-Border cooperation programme and South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme. The participants were from public entities and institutions, development agencies, chambers of commerce, NGOs, universities and research centres, eligible projects promoters/partners in the framework of the above mentioned programmes. The participants were grouped in order to work on specific thematic working tables moderated by Informest staff.

Piccoli Grandi Alberghi (Small, Big Hotels)

Sector: tourism

Project objectives:

The project aimed at providing technical assistance to the National Association of Small and Family Hotels in order to increase the professional skills of the personnel, to re- qualify the facilities and services, to create a unique market image, to develop the co-operation with the Italian and European tourism market.

Project activities:

  • Analysis of the Association’s status, management tools, marketing policy and offer, analysis of the market diversification, facilities and services level, and the professional skills of the Association’s members;
  • Implementation of the membership criteria in product clubs;
  • Definition and realization a of a training course for the Association’s members;
  • Internship of the Association’s members in Italian hotels and associations;
  • Definition and realization of promotional and marketing initiatives on the European tourist market;
  • Final conference for the dissemination of the project results.

Expected results:

  • Definition of quality standard indicators for each target club;
  • Increasing of the professional skills and boosting of the marketing policies on the European tourist market;
  • Successful positioning of the Association’s members on the tourist market;
  • Proposals for the review of the marketing plan.

PRO.COOP. - Promotion of Cooperative enterprises in Balkan Europe for social and economic cohesion

Sector: SMEs development

Project objectives:

PRO.COOP. general objectives were: the provision of assistance and promotion services to cooperative associations and associations’ members in the Balkan countries (Montenegro, Croatia and Bulgaria), the improvement of the local environment in which the cooperatives work and the increasing of their economic potential. From the Italian side, the project aimed at a more developed internationalization of the cooperative system.

Project activities:

  • Realization of an analysis on legal, juridical and organisational issues of the cooperative systems in the beneficiaries countries, finding out weak points and opportunities offered by the systems and trying to harmonize them with the Italian and European model;
  • Technical assistance initiatives, aimed at strengthening Balkan cooperative associations and at spreading the opportunities offered by Italian associations for the Balkan co-operatives. The initiatives included the realization of management tools (a Vademecum), two internships in Italy for employees of the Croatian and Montenegrin Associations; two on-job-trainings in Croatia and Montenegro;
  • Realization of three seminars in Croatia and Montenegro for the promotion of the project at local level;
  • Implementation of a pilot civil action in Montenegro, aimed at giving a practical example of civil economy through the creation of a new entrepreneurial activity, which helps disadvantaged people to re-enter in the labour market, according to the model of Italian social cooperatives;
  • Establishment of a desk dedicated to the development of the opportunities between Italian and Balkan co-operatives and creation of a database of the business opportunities;
  • Realization of two business initiatives (B2B) in Croatia and Montenegro for Italian and Balkan co-operatives;
  • Participation of the partners in a trade fair on social cooperation;
  • Promotional and dissemination initiatives, carried out during all the project implementation phases.

Expected results:

  • Analysis of the juridical status of the co-operative system in the beneficiaries’ countries and definition of legislative proposals;
  • Promotion of the Italian and European cooperative systems and models in the beneficiaries’ countries;
  • Introduction of technology, methods and product innovation tools for the cooperatives of the Balkan area;
  • Improvement of professional skills of the cooperatives’ associations personnel and development of modern and innovative services rendered to Italian enterprises;
  • Increasing of business relations between Italian and Balkan cooperatives;
  • Improvement of the cooperative's image in the Balkan countries, thank to the information spread about similar experiences in other countries;
  • Reinforcement of the Italian productive system in the Balkan area, by developing existing entrepreneurial relations and creating new development opportunities for Italian enterprises;
  • Strengthening of the relations between Croatia, Montenegro and the European Union, favouring their juridical and economic integration in the single market.

GIFIP - Integrated Governance of productive companies in sectorial clusters

Sector: regional socio-economic development
Website:
http://vojvodinafvg.progetti.informest.it/GIFIP/GIFIP.asp

Project objectives:

The overall objective of the project was to develop the capacity for an integrated governance between public and private sectors in areas affected by business clusters in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, sharing experiences with the central and provincial authorities.

Project activities:

  • Development of methodology for the identification of possible emerging clusters such district;
  • Business meetings with Serbian cluster manager to verify the structure of cluster chain relationships and their openness to the market;
  • Development of knowledge sharing between Italian districts and Vojvodina and Serbian clusters, with the aim to develop business cooperation among companies;
  • Training activities and a study in Friuli Venezia Giulia Region among productive districts;
  • Organization a final conference for the presentation of clusters and for match making activities;
  • Promotion of a paper on Serbian clusters activities, in order to improve the accessibility by Italian entrepreneurs.

Expected results:

  • Analysis of supply chain relationships and of their degree of openness to the market;
  • Development of two training seminars for cluster managers and business supporting organizations and a study tour to Friuli Venezia Giulia districts for 15 public officials and Serbian cluster manager;
  • Preparation of a document analysis of Serbian cluster types;
  • Elaboration of a Serbian model for the institutional support to the growth of the district;
  • Organization and promotion of the final conference;
  • Creation an electronic paper containing the activities of the 18 Serbian clusters interviewed.

Est-Ovest - Interdisciplinary review on European integration studies

Sector: European integration
Website:
http://estovest.progetti.informest.it

Since 1970 Est-Ovest acted as a very privileged observatory and an open forum on the evolution of Central and Eastern Europe and of the Western Balkans. Thanks to its standing staff of economic analysts and external contributions, in the past the Review was a tool for monitoring the former socialist systems in the East, their interconnections and reform processes, later featuring the past and the on-going paths of their accession to EU, and the relevance of European Neighbourhood Policy for the relations with Russian Federation and other Far Eastern countries. After incorporation by Informest January 2008 of the "Istituto di Studi e Documentazione sull'Europa comunitaria e l'Europa orientale - I.S.D.E.E.", Trieste (Italy), founder of the Review, Est-Ovest was edited in electronic format on-line till No. 4/2009. 

Friend Europe

Sector: SMEs development
Website:
http://friendeurope.progetti.informest.it/

As a part of the Enterprise Europe Network, the Friend Europe Consortium intended to deliver integrated services to SMEs covering North-East Italy area. Friend Europe worked to support business and innovation, to enhance their competitiveness, improve their innovation potential and promote the exploitation of opportunities arising from the enlarged internal market. This was implemented while playing a proactive role in the information and support of a wider target of local stakeholders for the development of policies and instruments coherent and complementary with the European strategy for SMEs, as outlined in the Competitive and Innovation Programme 2007-2013 and other Community actions, programmes and initiatives. The services planned by the Consortium under this proposal were therefore fully in line with local policy and tried to maximize the impact of the CIP on the target area by proactively integrating and complementing the services and initiatives already in place (private support services, regional and national policies and instruments) and intermediaries acting in Triveneto.

The main activities were:

Information and Promotion activities aimed to:

  • provide first assistance, information and guidance to companies and to signpost for specialised services and assistance to the most appropriate partner or other local expert organizations;
  • proactively promote the different EU initiatives and programmes;
  • provide main stakeholders an up-to-date overview of EU policies, programmes, initiatives;
  • act for the integration of the European dimension into the local context.

Stimulation and Participation service level was meant on one side to stimulate the participation of SMEs in EU consultations since they need edto understand their fundamental role in the EU decision making process and on the other side to stimulate the cross border cooperation and to facilitate the partners search. The Consortium Partners intended also to directly help the Commission, by providing impact assessments on EU legislation and programs, becoming in this way a link between Europe and the Triveneto area.

Assistance and Diagnosis services provided direct specialised support to SMEs, and particular attention was devoted to companies that have never participated or benefited from EU Single Market.

ASIAN TOUR - European and Asian Integration in sustainable tourism management

Sector: tourism
Website:
http://asiantour.progetti.informest.it/

Project Objectives:

The general objective of the project was to provide EU technical assistance to the Asian tourist sector for its sustainable and responsible growth on international markets, in order to attain the socio-economic benefits of an efficient management and the exportation of sustainable tourist products. The project thus aimed at:

  • Enhancing the Asian countries skills and strategies to export sustainable and high quality tourism on the international market;
  • Developing an integrated and permanent cooperation between the EU and Asian actors of the tourist sector at different levels;
  • Growing the awareness of the economic impact of tourism in the socio-economic framework of the Asian countries partners.

Project activities:

  • Collecting the market facts and figures;
  • Design and management of the project web portal;
  • Organization and realization of training courses in Nepal, Mongolia and Italy;
  • Organisation of a seminar in Italy about tourist opportunities in Asia;
  • Organisation of a 5 day mission in Nepal and Mongolia;
  • Selection of interns and mission participants.

Expected Results:

  • Enhancing the Asian tourism sector skills in planning, managing and exporting diversified sustainable tourist products;
  • New business and cooperation contracts between Asian and European tourist operators;
  • New investments in the Asian tourist sector;
  • Improvement of the living standards of the local communities.

DKFVG II - Desk Kosovo in Friuli Venezia Giulia 2008: development and enhancing of economic cooperation activities between the Friuli Venezia Giulia regional system and Kosovo

Sector: SMEs development
Website:
http://dkfvg.progetti.informest.it

Project objectives:

The project had the general objective to guarantee the participation of the regional economic system at the development of Kosovo in his present historic phase of legal and economic consolidation, enhancing the relations between Friuli Venezia Giulia and Kosovo, both at the economic and institutional level, and creating collaboration opportunities for Italian and Kosovo enterprises. In particular, it aimed at developing and fostering the relations with the Italian Embassy in Kosovo, ICE Pristina, the Ministry for Trade and Industry and the Ministry for Energy and Mining, the Investment Promotion Agency – IPAK and the Association of road construction enterprises; as well as, in the regional framework, with ANCE FVG, Federlegno, CIA , the University of Udine, the Carnia Mountain Community and Lega Coop FVG.

Project activities:

  • Institutional and economic monitoring among the main institutions and organizations of Kosovo;
  • Activities of consolidation of the sub-project on renewable energies, started with the previous DKFVG project during 2007;
  • Assistance to the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce to obtain ISO certification and to support ICT enterprises;
  • Development of activities and interventions in the dairy sector in the Mitrovica region;
  • Analysis and monitoring of opportunities arising from the infrastructure sector, with particular reference to road construction;
  • Promotion of an economic mission in the wood sector during the Pristina wood fair;
  • Implementation of the web site and of the Kosovo Business Guide. 

Expected results:

  • Mission in Kosovo to participate at Natyura Fair 2009 and B2B meetings among enterprises; 
  • Economic mission in Kosovo and realization of B2B with Kosovan companies working on the ICT sector;
  • New mission to verify the opportunities arising from hydroelectric energy plants and assistance to potential investors of Friuli Venezia Giulia to participate at tenders for concession;
  • Analysis on the dairy sector, study visit in Friuli Venezia Giulia of Kosovan dairy sector representatives and training activities; 
  • On the field analysis of the dairy sector and construction of a local technical table;
  • ISO certification for the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce;
  • Updating of the business guide and of the website;
  • Creation and training activities for the maintainance of SHE-ERA website.

MONTENEGRO LEGNO - Development of the entrepreneurial culture and new collaboration opportunities in the wood sector of Montenegro

Sector: HR and training development, SMEs development

Project objectives:

The Montenegro Legno project aimed at fostering the wood sector growth and the regional economic development in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and Montenegro, through the creation of new investment opportunities and the transfer of good practices among the target economic actors. In particular, the project contributed to the increase of collaboration opportunities between Italian and Montenegrin SMEs, enhancing investment inflows in technology and production and the wood sector growth according to European standards.

Project activities:

  • Analysis of the structural features and trade opportunities available in the Montenegrin wood sector;
  • Training activities targeted at the sector enterprises;
  • Organisation of study visits and B2B meetings between Montenegrin and FVG enterprises;
  • Technical assistance for the granting of the forest certification;
  • Promotion activities and dissemination of results.

Expected results:

  • Identification and promotion of new opportunities for collaboration between FVG and Montenegrin SMEs;
  • Transfer of technologies and good practices for the development of the wood sector in Montenegro;
  • Forest certification and environmental-friendly management of forests;
  • Increase of skilled workers able to use the transferred technologies.

OFFICE 2008 - Friuli Venezia Giulia and Vojvodina togheter in Europe – Development of bilateral relations between the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina through the activities of the Coordination and Liaison Office in Novi Sad during 2008

Sector: capacity building
Website:
http://vojvodinafvg.progetti.informest.it/

Project objectives:

The project had the general objective to guarantee the presence of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region in Vojvodina as a strategic choice for positioning its regional system in Europe. In particular, the project activities aimed at strengthening the economic relations between the two realities and the institutional relations between the main regional institutions and organisations, in order to implement the bilateral agreement signed by the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina in June 2007.

Project activities:

  • Development of the permanent Office for Cooperation and Liaison of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region in Vojvodina;
  • Enhancing of the benefits produced for the all system by the activities implemented;
  • Development of common initiatives and projects;
  • Promotion of investments and productive collaborations between the two realities; 
  • Implementation and improvement of the project website.

Expected results: 

  • Maintainance of institutional and economical relations between the two realities and enlargment of the partnership with other institutions and organisations;
  • Participation of FVG and Vojvodina partners at common Euroepan projects;
  • Economic mission in the building sector.

STARNETREGIO - Starring a trans-national network of regional research-driven marine clusters

Sector: regional socio-economic development, ICT and innovation

Objective of the project:

The STARNETregio project has been conceived to increase the overall capacity of regional players in the regions Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy), Slovenia and the County of Rijeka (Croatia) to invest in RTD and carry out research activities concerning the marine industry, in specific the shipbuilding and port equipments, intended to strengthen and develop the sector's scientific and technological basis and ultimately the economic growth of the regions. The project will support the performance of "regional research-driven clusters", associating universities and research centres (RTD), enterprises (industry cluster) and public regional authorities (PA), and will enhance coordination and cooperation among these regions.

Project activities:

  • Establishment of an institutional cluster framework and mapping of regional development plans and RTD key actors;
  • Cross regional analysis of regional development plans and RTD actors;
  • Knowledge transfer through mutual learning processes and mentoring activities;
  • Development of a joint Action Plan for improving the integration process.

Expected results:

  • Regional reports on RTD policies, RTD financing and private and public RTD key actors and SWOT analysis;
  • Regional research agendas;
  • Report on maritime and shipbuilding relevant target players;
  • Shared Transnational Agenda;
  • Workshop and training activies;
  • Joint Action Plan.

STRADE - New Strategies of Local Development in Border Areas

Sector: regional socio-economic development

Project objectives:

The project aimed at supporting the Sarajevo Canton in its harmonisation process towards the EU standards required for the Stabilisation and Association Agreement and in particular for the enhancement of the local environment and natural resources. Specific objectives of the project were:

  • To strengthen the relations between the Autonomous Region of FVG and the Sarajevo Canton;
  • To propose a new model for urban management in a target area of the Sarajevo Canton;
  • To transfer new competencies to local civil servants in the environment, public service and EU programming sectors, and in particular about waste management, developing the guidelines for the context analysis and the communication campaign of the recycling project;
  • To strengthen the knowledge about the opportunities and risks of the target territory for the implementation of a recycling system, with a context analysis;
  • To evaluate the economic and technical feasibility of the pilot project for recycling in the target area;
  • To increase the awareness of the population and local stakeholders about environmental protection and waste management.

Project activities:

  • Organisation of a project launching seminar in Gorizia;
  • Training activities in Sarajevo;
  • Research study about a target area of the Sarajevo Canton and context analysis;
  • Drafting of a recycling plan and the relative communication campaign;
  • Final seminar in Sarajevo to increase the awareness of the population;
  • Design and publication of a DVD about the project activities.

Expected results:

  • To strengthen the administrative capacity of the Sarajevo Canton;
  • To improve the quality of the urban management in a target area of the Sarajevo Canton.
  • To draft and implement a pilot project for recycling in a target area of the Sarajevo Canton.

PORTUS - Perspectives on inter-regional transport unitary system: Development of integrated logistic system between the main Central and Northern Adriatic ports

Sector: transport

The aim of the PORTUS Project was to define a common development strategy for improving competitiveness of the Adriatic maritime system, developing the connections between the main regional ports and the Trans-European Network of Transport (TEN-T). The direct target groups included ministries, regional administrations, municipal institutions, port authorities, which cooperated in the implementation of the priority scenarios identified for improving the transport and logistics of the Adriatic maritime system. The main activities of the Project included:

  • fostering dialogue and cooperation for the definition of a common Adriatic policy involving transport network planning, infrastructure investments and spatial development;
  • identifying and setting in motion the actions necessary to improve port competitiveness;
  • defining a Road Map for the realisation of the selected priority development scenarios;
  • developing an institutional framework for future cooperation on cross-border and interregional policy issues, necessary for an efficient and competitive Adriatic maritime system.

The long-term aims of PORTUS were: promoting the competitiveness of the Adriatic maritime transport system and improving the access to new global markets. This was accomplished through the development of a truly intermodal maritime transport sector. From a socio-economic point of view, PORTUS regarded the prospective of developing the intermodal transport network, as a trigger of regional vitality. Furthermore, the transport systems advocated by PORTUS will have beneficial effects for the environment due to the strong focus placed on low-impact modes, such as sea and inland water-way transport.

APPLE-NET - Networking and Marketing towards the Economic Development"

Sector: SMEs development, capacity building

The project aimed at fostering the development of agricultural economy in the area, by acting on the skills of the involved people, on the infrastructure of the region, and on the organisation and rationalisation of the production.

This has been achieved through the following tools:

  • A technical assistance to the regional development agencies and to the producers that will be gathered in the cluster. The focus of the technical assistance was the promotion and certification of local products
  • The investment in a small fruit processing plant, which is one of the infrastructures which are necessary on a region-wide level
  • The creation of a cluster of fruit (apple) producers, with a recognisable commercial brand and the realization of a marketing plan to promote the initiative all over the target territory

The following activities were performed:

  • management and organization, horizontal for all the project duration.
  • Needs assessment and identification of instruments in order to identify the priorities and involve specific experts and partners.
  • Technical assistance to increase the competences of local institutional actors, farmers and other stakeholders in the management of the economy, aimed at implementing the development and competitiveness of the local area.
  • Institution of a small processing unit to provide a concrete support to agricultural production and Incentive for future farmers' investments
  • Institution of an agricultural cluster and commercial brand
  • Dissemination of results

The following results were achieved:

  • Acquisition of know- how in the procedures to get certification for local products and to constitute associations and joint- ventures; acquisition of skills in developing marketing strategies;
  • Realization of a pilot action consisting in the establishment of a cluster in the agro food sector among local (Croatian) agricultural operators and the acquisition and promotion of a commercial brand;
  • Creation of a network among the operators involved in the project and reinforcement of the existing networks

TECHFOOD UE ASIA - New Technologies for Safe Food: Challenges and Business Opportunities

Sector: SMEs development
Website:
http://techfood.progetti.informest.it/

Project Objectives:

The project aimed at fostering technological and business collaboration among SMEs from EU and Asian countries in the sector of food processing and food packing technologies. The project thus aimed at:

  • Enhancing the sector development in the Asian partner countries which need technological support to grow in the European market and development aid in their own regions;
  • Fostering the development of the food technology industry clusters in the EU partner countries, in order to create business opportunities in the related sectors of the Asian partner countries.

Project activities:

  • Collecting the market facts and figures;
  • Design of the project web portal;
  • Organisation of two matchmaking events in Europe and Asia;
  • Organisation of two workshops concerning food safety in China and intellectual property rights in Italy;
  • Realisation of B2B meetings.

Expected results:

  • Improving the competitiveness of the Asian SMEs thanks to the adoption of international standards, know-how and best practices exchange;
  • Increasing the international business exchanges in the sector considered;
  • Contributing to the improvement of the quality and safety of final products in the sector considered for the sake of consumers.

Investment Promotion Kosovo UNMIK

Sector: capacity building

Project objectives:

The objective of this project was to increase domestic and foreign direct investment (FDI) through the further institutional development of the Investment Promotion Agency and the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Project activities:

  • Institutional and capacity building of the Investment Promotion Agency; 
  • Establishment of a twinning agreement between the MTI/IPA and two EU economic development agencies; 
  • Policy development to support domestic and international investment; 
  • Planning and implementation of activities that attract FDI and promote Kosovo exports.

Expected results:

  • Training activities;
  • At least 2 twinning agreements between the MTI/IPA and two EU economic development agencies;
  • Two international events in Kosovo or the EU to enhance the country’s participation.

AGROKOVAR - Pilot project for joint Italian and Croatian initiatives in supporting and providing financial assistanto to entreprises

Sector: SMEs development
Website:
http://agrokovar.progetti.informest.it

Project objectives:

The project aimed at developing cross-border cooperation, through the analysis and the feasibility study concerning the implementation of a joint-ventured operative structure in charge of investment promotion in North-Eastern Croatia. This innovative body shall support and provide high value-added services to the economic actors and enterprises of the agro-food and logistic sectors. The project contributed to the setting up of new highly innovative enterprises in the agro-food sector, providing services for innovation and internationalisation processes in Croatia.

Project activities:

  • Analysis and study of the territory;
  • Research of models for enterprises in the agro-food sector and the advanced technology distribution;
  • Activities for the creation of the enterprise supporting system;
  • Common services and process to transfer know-how;
  • Workshops and research activities for local enterprises;
  • Partnership for the setting up of a joint-venture in the county;
  • Drafting of a plan for financial/fiscal incentives targeted at the Italian and Croatian production systems and in particular at SMEs to foster the industrial development of the target area.

Expected results:

The project allowed for the single entrepreneurial ideas collected during the dissemination activities to become real investments for the economic development of the Vukovar County and its agro-food sector in particular, also due to the analysis of the technical and economic structure of the County, of the available financial opportunities in national, European and international resources, in the agreed framework of the incentives for enterprises.

AMAMO - Through the sea and the mountains

Sector: tourism
Website:
http://amamo.progetti.informest.it

Project objectives:

AMAMO aimes at enhancing economic growth generated from rural tourism by making more of endogenous resources of the territory in maritime and mountainous rural areas and the increasing capacity for operational programming of local actors.

AMAMO's specific objectives are:

  • To strengthen and diversify entrepreneurial activity in the primary sector and its chain of transformation and commercialisation;
  • To safeguard and promote existing natural and cultural heritage, also with measures of rehabilitation and social management;
  • To establish a transnational network in order to guarantee to partners and relevant final beneficiaries a permanent access to the innovation of their governance techniques;
  • To promote productive cooperation among NUTS III and NUTS IV territories of the IARs and of EAC Counties.

Project activities:

  • Establishment of the Transnational Secretariat, project management and networking of the implementing units;
  • Definition of selection criteria for the experiences of integrated operative programming (IOP) and of rural tourism projects implemented in such frame;
  • Definition of benchmarks for the validation of good practices;
  • Editing of a catalogue containing 20 experiences of integrated operative programming (IOP) and implemented projects of similar approach in the partner realms;
  • Hospitality of one relevant officer from each EAC partner by a IAR partner organization for a two-week internship for deepening of IOP techniques;
  • Strategies and methods for the design of Operational Programmes and project generation with local impact;
  • Local SWOT analysis of the results achieved with experiences of integrated operative programming (IOP) and rural tourism projects implemented in this frame for overcoming of weaknesses and making more of success factors;
  • Short term detachment of IAR experts at the premises of each 5 EAC partners for the implementation of IOP methodologies;
  • Local activity of partners for overcoming IOP weaknesses and/or starting of new programming / new projects generation;
  • IAR experts, relevant to the enhancement of endogenous resources pivotal in the Croatian single territorial areas, will implement short term cross-border missions;
  • Relevant Croatian officers and selected entrepreneurs will participate to study visits in IAR realms;
  • IAR experts, skilled in the institution building of PPP bodies, will implement 10 short term cross-border missions in the Croatian single territorial areas;
  • Cross-border demonstrative pilot actions in the frame of the new rural tourism strategy.

Expected results:

  • Public actors experience new working forms allowing them to acquire new competencies and new co-operative relationships, letting them mutually integrate in a permanent co-operation logic;
  • Private actors will have the opportunity to experience new forms of organisation and co-ordination with public subjects (PPP) and to promote their products and services;
  • Long term: Institutional beneficiaries will have experienced new and more structured working forms (strategic planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of results) turning out to be substantially important for the new community planning in the period 2007-2013 (in Italy) and in view of adhesion and related funds (in Croatia);
  • Companies will take advantage of a wider, articulated and permanent network of relations throughout the Adriatic and therefore of a stronger capability of access and management of the related markets, even through the establishment of strategic alliances.

ASVILOC - Integration actions of the Agencies for the Local Economic Development for the promotion of the territory and the Adriatic cross-border Small and Medium Enterprises

Sector: regional socio-economic development

Project objectives:

The project has the overall aim of supporting the expansion process of the socio-economic structure of the target areas, developing the capacity building of the Agencies for the Local Economic Development to encourage cross-border cooperation and integrating the small and medium enterprises and their syndicates.

Project activities:

  • Coordination, administrative-financial management, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Analysis/identification of the existing Agencies for Economic Development on the regional territory;
  • Analysis of the socioeconomic impact of the Agencies for Economic Development on the SMEs systems;
  • Cross-border Network of the Agencies for Economic Development;
  • Training on the Job;
  • Socioeconomic animation;
  • Pilot Actions - Activities BtoB;
  • Dissemination activities.

Expected results:

  • To facilitate the process of internationalization and metabolisation of external know-how and resources on their own territory;
  • To animate the local economic tissue using specific information about the marketing channels;
  • Awareness of the existing marketing cooperation opportunities, the modality used for their implementation and the tools available for financial and organizational support;
  • Consolidation of the existing marketing relations and the activation of new relations;
  • Internationalization and cooperation strategies to increase their competitiveness in the sector;
  • The capacity of governance and the regulation of the local socio-economical system.

First Italian Conference on IPA - Adriatic Cross-border Co-operation, organized on behalf of the Managing Authority

Sector: capacity building

Project objectives:

The project objective consisted in the diffusion of information and a better acknowledgement about IPA Adriatic Cross Border Cooperation Programme, through the organization and realization of five working tables, one for each thematic priorities of the programme, with a previous and a following plenary session of work. The participant countries at the event are the ones belonging to the IPA Adriatic Cross Border Cooperation Programme area: Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Serbia.

Project activities:

  • Definition of the event beneficiaries on a national and international level;
  • Definition and realization of promotional and advertising material about the event;
  • Promotion of the event on a national and international level;
  • Organization of the necessaries logistic services (interpreting, audio-video recording, rooms setting-up, billboards, catering);
  • Management of orders and contacts with suppliers;
  • Organizational secretariat of the event;
  • Follow-up.

Results:

  • 254 participants (Regional political Authorities, Regional Bodies and Agencies, Universities, NGOs, Ministerial officers);
  • 78 project proposals presented;
  • Realization of 5 working tables;
  • Realization of a press conference.

ADRIATIC SEAWAYS - Creation of a model for an integrated and sustainable tourist development and elaboration of a territorial marketing strategy for the old and new Adriatic seaways

Sector: tourism
Website:
http://adriaticseaways.progetti.informest.it/

Project objectives:

The main objective of the SEAWAYS project was to create a model for an integrated and sustainable development of the tourist sector, strengthening the cooperation and integration of the cross-border regions in the Adriatic area. In particular, the project aimed at:

  • promoting policies for economic development, supporting SMEs and the creation of new jobs in the tourist sector;
  • increasing mutual knowledge of the Adriatic economic and social situation;
  • consolidating the exchange of skills concerning business internationalisation processes.

Project activities:

  • Study on the seaways and commercial routes in the Adriatic basin to promote this common historical and cultural heritage as a common ground for enhanced transnational cooperation activities;
  • Organisation of workshops and seminars, exchange of good practices and training activities targeted at local stakeholders;
  • Development of trans-national pilot actions for the elaboration of innovative tourist offer packages.

Expected results:

  • Elaboration of a model for an integrated and sustainable development of the tourist sector;
  • Study and rediscovery of the historical and cultural heritage of the commercial seaways and seafaring tradition in the Adriatic;
  • Improvement of the professional competences concerning innovation, management and planning in the tourist sector.
  • Development of a marketing plan, improvement of the quality of the tourist offer and promotion of the economic growth in the target areas.

DKFVG - Creation of a "Kosovo Desk" in Friuli Venezia Giulia

Sector: SMEs development
Website:
http://dkfvg.progetti.informest.it

Project objectives:

The project general objective was to assure the participation of the Friuli Venezia Giulia regional economic system to the development of Kosovo in the current transitional phase. The specific objective is to give institutional and operational support to the carrying out of the Cooperation Agreement, signed in Prishtina on 4 April 2006 between the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce (KCC), Informest and four Friuli Venezia Giulia Chambers of Commerce.

Project activities:

  • Monitoring and providing news, events and investment opportunities, among which the monitoring of international tenders for works and supplies in Kosovo and their promotion among Friuli Venezia Giulia companies;
  • Kosovo market analysis and strengthening of the interest of Friuli Venezia Giulia companies for the opportunities in Kosovo;
  • Development of a sub-project in the sector of renewable energy in Kosovo, in particular for the hydro-electric production;
  • Arrangement and accompaniment of two business missions (one in Kosovo and one in FVG);
  • Support to the participation of FVG companies to auctions for the privatization of collective companies in Kosovo;
  • Creation of the Business Guide Kosovo according to the pattern patented by Informest, including the training of the Kosovo staff.

Expected results: 

  • At least fifty news, events and opportunities, including international tenders for works and supplies in Kosovo, monitored and fostered among Friuli Venezia Giulia companies;
  • At least fifteen entrepreneurial meetings for the promotion of Kosovo organized for Friuli Venezia Giulia companies;
  • At least two entrepreneurial missions on sectoral basis, one from Friuli Venezia Giulia and one from Kosovo, with partnership meetings;
  • A defined and implemented sub-project in renewable energy sector, aimed at transferring FVG know-how and at evaluating possible FVG investments in Kosovo in that field;
  • At least four FVG companies that show interest in participating to privatization auctions in Kosovo;
  • Drafting of the new Business Guide Kosovo on the basis of Informest standard, prepared and made available to public.

EUQUALEN - Enhancing the European Quality in the Entrepreneurial Approach in the Koprivnica-Križevci County in Croatia

Sector: European integration
Website:
http://euqualen.progetti.informest.it/

Project objectives:

The project general objectives consisted in:

  1. A deeper understanding and implementation capacity of EU principles and standards on sustainable local development by the target groups and final beneficiaries;
  2. More added value for the productive sector of the Koprivnica-Kri?evci County by matching EU market driving principles and local civil society standards and expectations.

Specific objectives were the following:

  1. To establish in Koprivnica-Kri?evci County a public-private board involving local administration, relevant stakeholders of the SME sector and NGOs of the civil society, in order to address current weaknesses in the awareness and implementation of the European culture on quality standards within the local entrepreneurial environment;
  2. To support the competitive upgrading of local businesses in line with the principles of the European Charter for SMEs by the design of innovative approaches to entrepreneurial development.

Project activities:

  • Mobilization of the Italian Project leader (IPL) and establishment of a regional working group PPP for the generation of new guidelines and innovative projects on local sustainable development;
  • Promotion and management of 3 PPP-based focus groups;
  • Organisation of 3 thematic workshops;
  • Design and issue of communication tools relevant to the workshops;
  • A final public conference;
  • Networking on EU information and capacity building experience with other Croatian Counties on European Charter for SMEs.

Expected results:

  • A standing innovation capacity of the consultative board based on public-private partnership about sustainable development programming harmonised with EU acquis in place;
  • The know-how achievement for the implementation of the European Charter for SME at the regional level enhanced a pro-active participation to the pre-accession process at decentralised level, better qualifying of the County attractiveness for foreign investors and the absorbing capacity of new EU funds;
  • The establishment of a long lasting network for the dialogue between the Koprivnica-Kri?evci and Friuli Venezia Giulia societies has further bridged the information gap, contributed to a better mutual knowledge and brought the players of the political and economic systems closer in view of further enlargement of European Union to Croatia.

INTERNATIONAL DESK - Forum on "The scenarios of development in the Adriatic-Balkanic area"

Sector: transport, regional socio-economic development, SMEs development, European integration, Structural Funds, capacity building, environment/energy

Project objectives:

In the framework of the International Desk South East Europe, the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia promoted the organisation of the congress "Scenarios of development in the Adriatic-Balcanic Area", held in Gorizia (Italy) the 8 and 9th March 2010. The aim of the congress was to start a multiannual collaboration between the target countries for the elaboration of a common development strategy in the Adriatic-Balkanic area. Informest, as a partner of the Region, was thus charged of the technical organisation of the congress: a two-day event, structured in three thematic tables (energy, transports and financial insurance sector) with the participation of 250 guests and institutional representatives of high level from the target countries (Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, FYM of Macedonia, Albania, Romania, Greece and Turkey).

Project activities:

  • Organisation and technical supervision of the congress;
  • Secretariat activities, logistics, transports and realisation of promotional materials;
  • Coordination of the involved actors (institutions, public security authorities, suppliers and partners);
  • Coordination and supervision of the event;
  • Follow-up.

Expected results:

Organisation and realisation of a permanent Forum aimed at define the intervention priorities for the development of the Adriatic-Balkanic Area.

KAMAFUTURE - Feasibility study about the development of the relationships between the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and the Perm Region on waterways

Sector: capacity building

Project objectives:

The project objective was to put into effect the cooperation agreement between the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Perm Region, fostering the development of trade exchanges (in particular in the timber, mechanical and agro-industrial sector). The feasibility study investigatesdthe opportunity and convenience of modernizing and improving the Port of Perm in sight of the development of the waterways between the Perm Region and the ports of Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Project activities:

  • Analysis of the resources potentiality available in the Perm Region, which could be interesting for the regional economy of Friuli Venezia Giulia;
  • Realization of the feasibility study;
  • Realization of seminars for the promotion of the Perm Region in Friuli Venezia Giulia and the results of the feasibility study;
  • Organization of two missions in Perm (a start-up mission and a final mission with the participation of entrepreneurs of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region);
  • Organization of a mission of the Russian partners’ representatives in Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Expected results:

  • A feasibility study on the potentiality of the business relationships between the Perm Region and the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region on waterways;
  • Increasing of the business relationships between Russian and Italian enterprises;
  • Boosting of the institutional relationships between the administrations of the Perm Region and the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region.

OFFICE 2007 - Friuli Venezia Giulia and Vojvodina together in Europe

Sector: capacity building
Website:
http://vojvodina2007.progetti.informest.it

Project objectives:

The project general objective was to give institutional and structural continuity to the results achieved by the implementation of ISSER Project - Socio-economic regional development initiatives - and to strengthen bilateral relations between the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina.

The project had also the following specific objectives:

  • To promote an integrated approach of the Friuli Venezia Giulia intervention in Vojvodina;
  • To strengthen the project design of new bilateral projects among institutions, agencies and companies of both Regions;
  • To strengthen investment promotion and economic co-operation between companies from Friuli Venezia Giulia and Vojvodina by monitoring the last phase of the privatization process and the opportunities erasing from work and supply tenders in Serbia.

Project activities:

The implemented actions concerned the following areas:

  • Start-up and functioning of the permanent Cooperation and Liaison Office in Novi Sad;
  • Organisation of two seminars aimed at illustrating legal, technical and financial aspects related to ongoing and future bilateral projects and aimed at generating new project initiatives between subjects of both Regions;
  • Organisation of meetings to put in contact potential partners;
  • Assistance to the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, other Regional bodies interested in the project, the Chambers of Commerce, entrepreneurial associations, companies consortia and other public, private and mixed bodies and companies in accessing investment opportunities in Vojvodina and support economic collaboration between both Regions;
  • Design, implementation and updating of the Vojvodina Database (VD);
  • Set up of a project web site with access to VD within the Informest portal www.informest.it. The website has been updated with quarterly reports about Vojvodina (Focus on Vojvodina) and with a monthly Newsletter published by Informest on the Internet.

Expected results:

  • Organisation of seminars, meetings; assistance to companies and institutions that aim to start up and develop co-operation with Vojvodina;
  • Three partnership events between companies, promoted by public authorities or by other Vojvodina’s development actors;
  • Vojvodina Data Base design and updating.

Technical Assistance to the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia in the Objective 3, Structural Funds 2007-2013

Sector: Structural Funds

The main objective of the project was to give assistance to the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Directorate for International Relations and Local Government Autonomies in the fields of territorial cooperation and EU structural funds, in order to enhance the Region FVG staff in the elaboration of the Operative Programmes. In particular the assistance provided concerned:

  • cross-border cooperation;
  • transnational cooperation;
  • interregional cooperation.

Informest activities were aimed also to spread up within the target groups the knowledge of the Structural Funds regulation 2007-2013, objective and instruments, trough the organisation of seminars, events, conferences and training courses.

Market Intelligence Project for the Observatory on Productive clusters in the Veneto Region

Sector: SMEs development
Website:
http://guida-distretti-veneto.progetti.informest.it/

Project Objectives:

In the framework of the Observatory on Productive clusters, Informest has implemented a Market Intelligence Project concerning Eastern European countries and markets (New EU MS, Balkan countries and Western countries of the former Soviet Union), aiming at enhancing and leading the internationalization process of the SMEs of the Veneto Region, increasing the knowledge, the evaluation of existing business and productive opportunities and the access to these markets who make the object of a growing economic and geopolitical interest. The project thus met the need of the single enterprises as well as the whole industrial clusters to get reliable and precise information on possible local partners, consumption behaviours and the economic situation in the target countries. The project particularly aimed at:

  • Fostering the growth of enterprises, identifying the best available opportunities for business and productive collaboration;
  • Defining new development policies at the cluster level.

Project activities:

  • Realisation of 19 country reports to analyse the structural, legal and industrial characteristics of each country;
  • Realisation of 15 country reports focused on specific production sections or productive clusters, such as fashion, housing, agro-food, sport and leisure sectors.

Expected results:

The Marketing Intelligence project and the realisation of the country reports improved the competitiveness of the Veneto productive system, enhancing the transfer of products, services, technologies and training opportunities towards the target countries.

In the long run, the country reports, updated on a yearly basis, allowed a constant monitoring activity on the business cycles and trends in the target countries and economic sectors (weaknesses and strengths, threats and opportunities), representing a reliable and precise data base for Veneto enterprises to develop their marketing strategies.

OPSLOCOOP - Slovenia Opportunity II: Economic animation in support of cross-border cooperation among small and medium enterprises

Sector: SMEs development
Website:
http://opslocoop.progetti.informest.it

Project objectives:

Due to the great potentialities offered by the relationships between the SMEs of the two border areas, the project aimed at improve the relations between the two entrepreneurial systems, through different activities involving the institutional and economic players from both the territories. In particular, the project aimed at increase knowledge, competitiveness and innovation at the local level fostering institutional and economic cooperation.

Project activities:

  • Economic animation and creation of institutional networks;
  • Activities to strengthen cross-border cooperation between SMEs;
  • Activities to support technological cooperation between SMEs in the cross-border area.

Expected results:

  • Economic animation and creation of institutional networks to last after the conclusion of the project;
  • Enhanced economic cooperation between SMEs;
  • Information activities and support to the internationalisation process and technological development of enterprises, increasing their awareness and orientation towards innovation and the opportunities to set up new enterprises with benefits for the employment in the area;
  • Further integration and harmonisation of the two areas, considering their potential economic-productive sector characterised by the presence of a considerable number of SMEs that can be positively affected by joint and complementary activities.

Economic cooperation between China and Central and South-eastern European countries

Sector: regional socio-economic development

The analysis was focused on a new phenomenon recently intensifying, that is the development of economic cooperation between P.R. of China and some Eastern European countries. The study, following an initial phase of data collection, aimed at underlining the typology of trade exchange, as if involving intermediate or final goods, whether the trade development flow interest mainly demand related to domestic consumption or some productive delocalisation phases, and at individuating the main trade patterns. The analytic evaluations were prevailingly focused on imports of some East European countries from China. The four relevant EE countries considered were: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia and Albania. The aim of these case-studies was the individuation of the analytic structure of trade patterns with China and of the eventual other forms of bilateral cooperation. Moreover, for this four countries, a special attention has been given to the growing exports to China, an issue destined to assume a greater importance in the medium term. The identification of the economic relations between EE countries (and specificately the four mentioned) and China was to be related with a reference framework that could be useful to Italian enterprises that are interested to penetrate Chinese market.

MATRIOSCA AAP - Management Tools, effective Relations for new Interregional Organisation aimed at Strengthening the Cooperation among Adria-Alp-Pannonia Regions

Sector: European integration

Project objectives:

The project aimed at contributing to the setting up of a new governance instrument in the territory of the Alpe-Adria-Pannonia, through the management of the new cross-border, transnational and interregional programmes established at the European level.

Project activities:

  • Analysis of statistical and qualitative data about the socio-economic situation of the area;
  • Identification of a common strategy and shared policy goals for the setting up of a formal cooperation framework;
  • Setting up and coordination of four thematic working tables (Transport Infrastructure and Location Development, Spatial Planning and Development; Socio-Economic development and co-operation; Co-operation among urban centres and municipalities)
  • Dissemination of results.

In particular, Informest has been charged by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region of the organization of the First Political Conference, held in Trieste on 24 January 2007, with the participation of the highest institutional representatives of the target countries, the technical experts and the project partners. Informest was also responsible for the organization of the meetings between the representatives and experts of the partners involved, as well as for the preparation of the analysis and the technical documents required for the project implementation.

Expected results:

  • Improved understanding of the present situation and future trends in key areas for spatial development;
  • Proposal of an institutional structure for cooperation at political and administrative levels
  • Clear definition of the relations with the Alps Adriatic Community and EUROREGIOs (established or planned)
  • Setting up of networks at the administrative and experts level
  • Joint strategies in key areas influencing spatial development
  • Pipe-line of projects to be elaborated jointly

Decentralization and Institution building in Central and South Eastern countries

Sector: capacity building

The Project was aimed at carrying a study on the features of the local autonomies in the New Member Countries of Central Eastern Europe as in the countries of South-Eastern Europe (candidates or not). The analysis focused on the presentation of a general framework of the process of regionalization in the region, with special reference to topics as deconcentration, delegation and devolution of powers. For each considered country was predisposed a specific report, comprehensive of the legal framework in force and the perspectives of its implementation, a political comment on the process of regionalization pursued, a description of the sub-national structures and bodies close to the regional level, the procedures of local elections, a record of powers (legislative, executive) and of the competences detained. Eventually, the study containes a list of the principal contacts and addresses in loco. A final chapter of the study foresaw a mapping of existing assemblies with legislative power in the considered area related to the deconcentration/delegation/devolution taxonomy.

CARBON-PRO - Carbon balance drafting and new resources management tools according to Kyoto PROtocol –

Sector: environment/energy
Website:
http://carbonpro.progetti.informest.it

Project objectives:

The project objective consisted in pinpointing integrated cross border methods, systems and tools of sustainable management of agricultural and forest resources in the CADSES area, towards a shared carbon balance, taking into account the fundamental function of forests in absorbing and retaining carbon and implementing existing environmental policies according to the State commitments towards the Kyoto Protocol. The project allowed to provide concrete tools for the assessment and improvement of the capability of the grand agricultural and forest resources of  the CADSES area, to play a primary role in the global market of the carbon shares, following the application of the Kyoto Protocol.

Project activities:

  • Transnational data collection and identification of CADSES cross-border territorial areas of intensive monitoring in order to determine the balance of carbon;
  • Analysis of the cross border gaps and support to the description of the carbon cycle in the target areas, in order to improve the analysis of the regional agricultural and forestry resources management;
  • Carbon cycle evaluation and definition of targets in order to improve management of resources in the cross border CADSES areas and increase carbon credits;
  • Pilot actions for the application of transnational sustainable management principles of agricultural and forest resources, aimed at supporting the government bodies in the application of the transnational Action Plan delivered in the previous actions;
  • Dissemination and exploitation for the improvement of agricultural and forestry resources management in the CADSES area.

Expected results:

  • Creation of a database on agricultural and forest systems and setting up of models for the public administration to allow a better management of forest and agricultural areas;
  • New strategies and technologies to improve the management of agricultural and forest systems in order to obtain the best environmental and economic results and promote sustainable development;
  • Common monitoring activities at the transnational level in cross border areas to determine the balance of carbon within an integrated methodology;
  • Actions to support the integration process of spatial and rural development at the regional level;
  • Best practice exchange concerning the management of closed carbon cycles, which could later be implemented in other EU regions.

ACIND - Adriatic Cooperation for Industrial Development

Sector: ICT and innovation
Website:
http://acind.progetti.informest.it

Project objectives:

The ACIND project aimed at enhancing the exchange of knowledge and good practices on sustainable industrial development between the two shores of the Adriatic Sea and promoting common approaches and methodologies in order to involve local actors on local development and investment attraction issues. In particular, the project focused on innovation, energy management and environmental management in industrial sites. The project also aimed at increasing the planning skills of the involved territories to realize suitable infrastructures and thus contribute to their harmonious development and the reinforcement of local cohesion, as well as to create the right conditions for the identification and planning of infrastructures for local and SMEs development.

Project activities:

  • Setting up of thematic working tables and local working groups;
  • Development of an "assessment toolkit" on industrial sites and SMEs, SWOT analyses about local specificities;
  • Identification of good practices and their classification in Best Practise Providers (the territory where the good practice can be found) and Best Practices Recipients (actors interested in solving a specific issue);
  • Implementation of pilot projects on innovation, sustainable environmental management and energy efficiency to develop industrial clusters.

Expected Results:

  • Elaboration and sharing of methodologies and planning processes in order to start initiatives aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of the industrial sectors and fostering bottom up approaches in setting up local development policies;
  • Evolution to a new model of production, environmentally sustainable and focused on knowledge economy assets, skills and quality of productive and managerial processes, energy saving and efficiency;
  • Increase of the skills in planning industrial sites and, in particular, of the capacity to plan and realize technologically advanced industrial sites, with ecological and innovative equipments and spaces and services for new business, as business incubators and technological parks.

IDEA - Interactive Database for Enterprises and Associations

Sector: SMEs development
Website:
http://idea.progetti.informest.it

The IDEA (Interactive Database for Enterprises and Associations) project is conceived as one of the promotion and assistance activities addressed to companies, in the framework of art. 5 of the Italian Law 84/01 regulating the Italian participation to the stabilisation, reconstruction and development process in the Balkan Area.

The Project objective, in accordance with the priorities defined by the resolution of the Italian Council of Ministries on 20/11/2003, was to facilitate the availability and the circulation of the information essential for companies development in the beneficiaries Countries, and for the attraction of foreign investments. In particular, the Initiative aimed at: 

  • Monitoring, region by region, the existent supporting tools for companies arranged both by Central and by Local Authorities (at regional, county and municipal level), also pointing out if such tools are available for Italian companies and Mixed Capital Companies as well, or only for purposely established joint ventures between Italian and local enterprises;
  • Monitoring, at regional and sub-regional level, the public and private organizations providing business supporting services (Service Providers), in particular to SMEs, in the beneficiaries Countries;
  • Implementing, on the basis of the just mentioned monitoring activities, an interactive multilingual database, available through the Internet, containing organized information about all the private and public entities that provide services to enterprises at regional and local level in the beneficiaries Countries. In addition, the database contained information concerning the provided services and their accessibility;
  • Creating a technological support system to facilitate the networking among the local development agencies, the business supporting organizations, and the companies final beneficiaries as well. The final network increased such the subjects' capacities in providing good-quality services tailoring local and foreign companies needs, especially those Italians. Thanks to the networking, the companies shall interact amongst each others and with the supporting organisations.

Training of Executives coming from priority economic sectors and originating from the Russian Partner Regions of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia

Sector: HR and training development

Project objectives:

The project aimed at training 30 young Russian professionals coming from Perm and Kaliningrad regions, through training courses, internships and study tours. The project was tailored on the needs expressed by entrepreneurs of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, who work on a regular basis in the Russian Federation and have ascertained the lack of professionalism in certain specific sectors. Managers of the following sectors participated in the initiative: furniture and wood processing, light industry, machine building.

Project activities:

  • Launching of the call for applicants;
  • Selection interviews for applicants in Russia;
  • Organisation of the practical training in Italy: refreshment courses realised for young executives of Kaliningrad and Perm region in the following sectors: furniture and wood processing, training of trainers;
  • Organisation of the internships and study tours in Italy;
  • Tutoring of participants before, during and after their permanence in Italy.

Project for the transfer of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region competences in the field of Drainage and Irrigation to the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina

Sector: agriculture/fishing

The general project objective was to promote the growth of the agricultural sector in Vojvodina through technical co-operation provided by Informest and the Union of Drainage and Irrigation Consortia of the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia. The experience held by the Union, which is particularly skilled in the field of programming and construction of facilities and has relevant competence in administrative aspects and procedures when dealing with different public and private bodies located in our Region, has been of great interest to the Executive Council of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and to Vojvodina's public company in charge of irrigating and drainage water management. The co-operation with Vojvodina's Provincial Secretariat of Agriculture, the Executive Council of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and the public company Vode Vojvodine within this project thus allowed to meet the following specific project objectives:

  • The development of Vojvodina's programming capacities in the field of water management, considering also that this region had been hit by disastrous floodings;
  • The international benchmarking with Friuli Venezia Giulia's experience and skills in the field of drainage and irrigation, especially with regard to the classification criteria of the territory;
  • Cartographic innovation aimed at a better management of the water system in general and of irrigation waters in particular;
  • Identification of needed facilities in the fields of agricultural redevelopment and irrigation, with emphasis on different facility typologies, different financial sources, costs, criteria for allocating resources to the beneficiary areas;
  • Strengthening of the capacity to acquire funds, also on the basis of partnership agreements between public and private investors;
  • The capacity to manage with flexibility the programming instruments aimed at innovating Vojvodina's agriculture and at the harmonization of its production standards to the EU regulations.

In order to achieve these objectives, Informest implemented the following activities:

  • Inception and inspection mission;
  • 3 Technical assistance missions to the Executive Council of the AP Vojvodina and to the Company Vode Vojvodine;
  • Internship for 3 technicians from Vojvodina at the Drainage Consortia of Friuli Venezia Giulia, members of the Union;
  • Final Project Conference in Vojvodina.

Project for the organization of seminars aimed at enforcing the competences of Croatian Counties for drafting Regional Operative Programmes (ROPs)

Sector: European integration

Project objectives:

The objective of the project was to organize and carry out 3 seminars aimed at transferring competences and techniques for drafting Regional Operative Programmes (ROPs) to 3 Croatian partner Counties of the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia within the framework of the future EU 2007-2013 programming. The need for strengthening these competences within the Croatian partner Counties was evident also with respect to the current pre-adhesion policy of the Croatian Government.

Project activities:

  • 3 technical seminars of one day each organized and carried out in 3 Croatian Counties, i.e. in the County Primorsko-goranska, in the County of Istria and in the County Koprivnicko-krizevacka (Koprivnica-Krizevci);
  • Deployment of short-term experts and competent FVG regional managers in the field of ROP drafting and implementation from FVG;
  • General coordination of project activities, monitoring, operational and financial management.

Expected results: 

3 Croatian Counties, partners of the Autonomous Region of FVG, have acquired best practices and technical capacity for regional development programming according to EU standards and for the planning of trans-national partnerships for the implementation of the future EU cohesion policy Objective 3 for the period 2007-2013.

Study Tour and twinned internships for Local Development Managers between development actors of Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina - Project Generation Facility

Sector: HR and training development

Project objectives:

The project aimed at favouring the transfer of best European practices in the field of development programming and entrepreneurial support as they are implemented in the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia by tje public administration and other relevant bodies. Moreover, the project supported the development of new twinning initiatives between public organisations and bodies from Friuli Venezia Giulia and Vojvodina, where the acquired experiences and best practices owned by Friuli Venezia Giulia are of primary importance for the benefeciary organisations in Vojvodina.

Project activities:

  • Organisation of a study tour in Friuli Venezia Giulia for officials from the administration of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and other public organisations and bodies in charge of local development;
  • Organisation of internships in Friuli Venezia Giulia for officials and executives from the administration of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and other public organisations and bodies in charge of local development;
  • Drafting of new twinning initiatives between relevant FVG and Vojvodina public organisations and bodies with the technical assistance and support of their FVG counterparts;
  • General co-ordination activity of the afore-mentioned iniatives and monitoring over the creation and development of new twinning programmes.

Expected results:

  • Institutional co-operation between Friuli Venezia Giulia and Vojvodina stregthened thanks to a better mutual knowledge and the creation of new partnerships between public administration and other bodies in charge of local development from both Regions;
  • New twinning initiatives between public organisations and bodies involved from both Regions to boost also new commercial and economic co-operation between companies;
  • Generation on new local development projects for Vojvodina and strengthening of Vojvodina's competences to access international financing.

Support to New Dynamic SMEs in Kosovo

Sector: SMEs development

Project Objectives:

The project aimed at certifying the quality of at least 30 private SMEs from Kosovo and at supporting them in the process of accessing EU markets, especially as regards the economic co-operation with Italian enterprises from Friuli Venezia Giulia. The project also aimed at spreading in Friuli Venezia Giulia a better and more objective knowledge of the business and investment opportunities avalaible in Kosovo.

Project Activities:

  • Deployment in Kosovo and in Italy of an Italian senior expert in charge of identifying at least 30 Kosovan privately owned SMEs with the support of the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce and other relevant Kosovan institutions;
  • Identification of a relevant number of Kosovan privately owned SMEs and selection of at least 30 of them to be involved in the project; 
  • Presentation of the selected Kosovan SMEs to the enterprises of Friuli Venezia Giulia through specific events and conferences to be organised in the Region FVG;
  • Organisation of one partnership event in Kosovo between selected Kosovan SMEs and Italian companies from FVG interested in building new commercial and investment partnerships with their Kosovan counterparts.

Expected results:

  • Identification of at least 30 Kosovan privately owned SMEs and their quality certification;
  • Support to the access of Kosovan identified SMEs to the EU market, support to the extension of commercial co-operation between Kosovan SMEs and Italian companies from Friuli Venezia Giulia;
  • Spread of objective information and opportunities offered by Kosovo among Italian enterprises from Friuli Venezia Giulia through seminars, informative events and company match-making.

ALTER ENERGY - Demonstrative utilisation of alternative sources of energy in Moldova through crop cultivation experimentation

Sector: environment/energy
Website:
http://alterenergy.progetti.informest.it

Project objectives:

The aim of the project was to support local economic development, rural diversification and use of alternative sources of energy in Falesti district, by introducing and experimenting agrarian crops to be used for energy purposes, through the set up of an agro-industrial process aimed at producing alternative energy from oleaginous crops (sunflower and canola).

Project activities:

  • Experimental cultivation of oleaginous crops;
  • Processing of oleaginous biomass and esterification of bio-diesel;
  • Utilisation for motor-traction and electric power generation in demonstrative farms;
  • Analysis of project results;
  • Economic missions of Italian and Romanian entrepreneurs in Moldova;
  • Study visits of Moldavian delegations in Italy and Romania;
  • Dissemination of project outcomes.

Expected results:

Enhancement of the multifunctional role of agriculture and diversification of economy. Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, especially CO2, and improvement of the environmental quality standards. Stimulation to the creation of new income sources and new jobs thanks to the introduction of experimental cultivation.

Russia of Regions

Sector: SMEs development
Website:
http://regionirusse.progetti.informest.it/

Given that, in the framework of the 2005 Italian Promotional Program for foreign trade, the Russian Federation had been chosen as the priority Country, the Project Russia of Regions was conceived in order to finally facilitate Italian economic actors and those companies interested in the Russian market, to know more about its huge regional dimension, so that the Italian investment initiatives could seize also, and even more, the opportunities deriving from these territories and their emerging economies.

The project finally led to the implementation of the First Italian Official Web Portal Focused on the Different Russian Regions supported by a database in Italian containing information about the different Russian regional markets: not only statistics and macroeconomic indicators, but also some useful services such as business opportunities and data on the most attractive factors of the single Russian Regions. The Portal Russia of Regions represented, at the same time, a real opportunity also for all the 86 Russian regions, who could promote themselves and open new collaboration and trading channels with an increasing number of Italian economic operators and Regional Administrations.

Euroregion Magazine - The discussion magazine in view of the creation of the "Euro-region"

Sector: European integration, Structural Funds

On behalf of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Informest was assigned to the project focused on the realization and publication of a review (EUROREGIO) as a mean of discussion in view of the creation of an Euroregion in the Alps-Adriatic area. The review, published in three editions (Italian, Slovenian and German), each bilingual (Italian/English, Slovenian/English, German/English), to be issued in 4 numbers, is conceived as distinct essays: the first one focused on research and innovation; the topic dealt with in the second number was the experience of cross-border cooperation in this area and the new EU institutional framework for reciprocal cooperation; the other considered themes were transports, healthcare, culture, tourism. The purpose of this review was to promote cooperation among the regions situated in an enlarged area from North Adriatic to Danube, diffusing the concept of Euro-Region.

SEA-BRIDGE - Adriatic port facilities as a bridge for trans-europen network

Sector: transport

The SEA-Bridge (Adriatic port facilities as a bridge for trans-European network) was aimed at developing and strengthening the sea transport networks linking the Region of Abruzzo (Central Italy) to the most important pan-European networks such as Corridor V and Corridor VIII. The Project aimed, in fact, at helping to increase the co-operation between the two versants of the Adriatic sea, to say Adriatic Italian regions and EACs, and at the same time, to favour and strengthen the cross-border exchanges of both people and goods, optimising their flows. Specifically, Abruzzo region's ports could become a junction point for traffic flaws originating from Lazio region and the capital area and directed to EACs. The Project's specific objectives were the realisation of two infrastructure interventions in the sea ports of Pescara and of Ortona and the realisation of a feasibility study.

The feasibility study was composed by three sections:

  • Evaluation of the traffic between Italy and the Balkan countries by mode of transport;
  • Role of the maritime transports in the relationship between the Italian "Mezzogiorno" and the Balkans;
  • Market scenarios: external trade, economic cooperation, foreign direct investments.

GRIP_IT - Governance of Regionally Integrated Projects using Innovative Tools. Structural Funds implementation in an integrated approach

Sector: Structural Funds
Website:
http://grip-it.progetti.informest.it/

Project objectives:

The action aimed at promoting integrated project approach in the implementation of Structural Funds. Its contribution to the objective was the production of innovative tools of governance and institutional models for planning and management of integrated projects.

Project activities:

The operation promoted and financed subprojects for trans-national partnerships, for the creation and testing of innovative practices in subprojects, exchange of expertise, production of methodologies for territorial subprojects, thematic projects, public private partnerships The output of GRIP_IT were subprojects, presentation of good practices, international conferences and workshops involving social and economic actors.

Phare Twinning United Kingdom-Italy-Bulgaria (BG03/IB-SPP-02) - Preparing MRDPW's central and regional structures for managing future ERDF-type programmes and projects

Sector: Structural Funds

Informest as the mandated body of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia managed the whole deployment of civil (4) and non-civil (4) servants originated by Friuli Venezia Giulia.

In this position Informest experts dealt with activities related to all specific objectives of the programme:

  • Strengthening institutional structures at central level in order to achieve, upon accession, sound and efficient management of EU Structural and Cohesion Funds;
  • Preparing the Bulgarian regional authorities for effective implementation of regional development programs, thus ensuring more transparent involvement of the regions in programming, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EC assistance in line with the partnership principle;
  • Developing sound and effective co-ordination between central and regional institutions in order to facilitate the absorption of the future funding under EU Structural and Cohesion Funds.

Moreover one Study Tour in FVG Region was organised for relevant Bulgarian officers on the issues of the organisation of expenditures certification and payment processes in particular.

T4T BULGARIA - Training for Trade Bulgaria

Sector: SMEs development

Project objectives:

  • The implementation of initiatives that will favour riconversion and development of the manufacturing and industrial sectors through targeted actions on several sectors of interest for the local industry and for eventual co-operation with Italian enterprises;
  • Development of trade relationship and creation of opportuntities between Bulgarian and Italian small and medium-sized enterprises in the most perspective sectors of the economic and trade relations between Bulgaria and Italy;
  • Training and capacity building of 80 Bulgarian entrepreneurs;
  • One-to-one tutoring of entrepreneurs and realization of 80 business plans;
  • Meetings, development of contacts and trade opportunities between 80 Bulgarian and 30 Italian companies.

Project activities:

  • Project promotion in Italy and in Bulgaria, collection of participation forms coming from Bulgarian companies;
  • Selection of suitable Bulgarian companies that will be included in the training activity;
  • Implementation of the training activity through workshops;
  • Evaluation of business plans prepared by the participants during the training;
  • One-to-one tutoring of the Bulgarian entrepreneurs;
  • Promotion of business opportunities between Bulgaria and Italy and organization of meetings and seminars between Italian and Bulgarian enterprises.

Implementation of the "European Charter for Small Enterprises" in Croatia

Sector: European integration
Website:
http://cartapmi.progetti.informest.it

Project objectives:

  • Promotion and diffusion of the European Charter for small-sized enterprises among stakeholders, entrepreneurs, public administration at County level;
  • Implementation of the Charter principles by the local administration in 3 beneficiary Counties through the innovation of policies in support of SME development;
  • Spread of the importance of SMEs for the local socio-economic development;
  • Generation of innovative projects also on the basis of public-privat partnership;
  • Support to Croatian regional authorities in the process of innovating their policies for the local development.

Project activities:

  • Project management, co-ordination and monitoring;
  • Definition of a communication strategy about the principles and the purposes of the Charter;
  • Technical assistance in the activity of verifying existing Croatian legislation with the principles of the Charter;
  • Presentation of the relation between the principles of the Charter and the acquis communautaire relevant to SMEs with the organisation of workshops and seminars;
  • Formulation of innovative proposals for the policies relevant to SMEs;
  • Creation of partnerships between private and public bodies for the generation of innovative projects in support of SME development;
  • Realisation of study seminars and exchange of best practices between Croatian and Italian entrepreneurs and civil servants on the relationship between SMEs and public administration.

Regional Development Strategies - Russian Federation (EuropeAid/119636/C/SV/RU)

Sector: regional socio-economic development

Project objectives:

The main objective of the project was to promote regional policy as an instrument of economic growth and enhance the role of the regions in their efforts to provide and manage demand-oriented locations for business and investments, and to contribute to a balanced national development. In particular, the project aimed at fostering regional economic development in the Russian Federation, in line with EU practice, improving business and investment and supporting sustainable economic growth of the Russian economy.

Project activities:

  • Establishment of three Resource Centres to provide legal and policy advice to regional and municipal institutions and to promote international cooperation;
  • Formulation of Regional Development Strategies;
  • Training activities targeted at regional authorities and major stakeholders;
  • Dissemination activities, best-practices exchanges, implementation of the project website.

Expected results:

  • Improvement of the institutional, policy, legal and regulatory framework for regional development according to EU practice;
  • Efficient public management and implementation of the regional development strategies;
  • A closer co-operation between Russian Federation regions and with EU regions.

BETA 2 - Balkan Expert Training Activity - II Edition

Sector: HR and training development
Website:
http://beta2.progetti.informest.it/

Project objectives:

  • An increased awareness of Italian SMEs on trade and co-operation opportunities in the Balkans;
  • Providing Italian participants with specialized training focused on the Balkan area, on company management, trade marketing and strategies, on Italian and Community programmes and funding lines for SMEs.

Project activities:

  • Finalization of project activities and creation of the Project Steering Committee;
  • Finalization of the training programme, promotion of the initiative and selection of participants;
  • Building-up of the virtual library in support of the training activity;
  • Organization and implementation of the theoretical training activity;
  • Organization and implementation of the internships in Italy and abroad;
  • Final exams and conclusion of the training.

BON COURAGE - Business opportunities through Networking and Communication about Enlargement

Sector: SMEs development

Project objectives:

  • Assisting the SMEs to operate and to cope with the enlarged internal market;
  • Building interactive information - communication process between SMEs and their intermediates;
  • Strengthening the sustainable expert network to assist SMEs in the process of growing into the enlarged market;
  • Promoting the cooperation between companies in different sectors;
  • Promoting the synergies between SME organizations and strengthening the networks between intermediaries.

Project activities:

  • Cooperative events, seminars, conferences;
  • Preparatory training for the consultants;
  • Vocational training in the enlarged Europe;
  • Creation of the country/sector information tables (CSIT);
  • Creation of the website.

GIER FVG e RS - Governance of the Internationalization of the Regional Economies of Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Republika Srpska of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sector: regional socio-economic development
Website:
http://gierfvgrs.progetti.informest.it/

Project objectives:

  • The development of integrated economic relations between the reality of Republika Srpska and the FVG;
  • The development of local support policies in relation to production systems and business clusters;
  • Spreading of knowledge to the local PPP in relation to SME systems and of the system of Chambers of Commerce for the growth of SMEs;
  • Raising participant's awareness and understanding of the systems for relations between companies, representative associations and territorial institutions;
  • The strengthening and consolidating of the entrepreneurial Associations as well as their promotion and creation where they are lacking;
  • Economic and production integration between the local and economic realities, with particular emphasis on the wood sector.

Project activities:

  • Establishment of the Local Operating Unit;
  • Identification and assessment of the needs of the local beneficiaries;
  • Group seminars with the representatives of the organizations identified;
  • The spreading of knowledge related to the principles that govern Community policies for the development of SMEs;
  • The transferring of best practices related to the operation of innovation and technology transfer centres;
  • The selection of 10 candidates to participate in a study visit in Friuli Venezia Giulia over a period lasting 5 working days;
  • Creation of a project website and creation of an information network between the local reality and the FVG one;
  • Formulation of proposals for the involvement of the companies of the Republika Srpska in activities of a trans national nature directed towards other markets.

ISSER - Regional Socio-Economic Development Initiatives in Vojvodina

Sector: regional socio-economic development

Project objectives:

  • Technical assistance in capacity building of local authorities for drafting a regional development strategy;
  • Enhancement of local entrepreneurship for the implementation of regional strategy objectives;
  • Creation of partnerships between the public and the private sectors in the activity of programming regional development strategies;
  • Spread knowledge of the methodology and increased use of feasibility studies in the procedures related to public expenditure;
  • Spread knowledge of resource programming methodology and of tender procedures methodology in disbursing of public aid to enterprises;
  • Creation of public-private partnerships for the creation and the implementation of projects coherent with the adopted regional strategies.

Project Activities:

  • Project management, co-ordination and monitoring;
  • Training of public officials and entrepreneurs on the topic of partnership building;
  • Training on the topic of feasibility studies and their implementation;
  • Training on the topic of public aid to enterprises in the EU through the use of public tenders
  • Transfer of best practices for the promotion of SMEs and job creation;
  • Partnerships as a tool for identifying and implementing quality projects;
  • Transfer of best practices for integrated local development actions.

TIC - Tourism Initiative Croatia

Sector: tourism

Project objectives:

  • Development of local networking in the County of Split-Dalmatia for the creation of an integrated system of tourist offer, coherent with the peculiarities of the beneficiary area and of its tourism potentialities;
  • Promotion of an innovative tourism culture together with the promotion of a sustainable development of the area;
  • Improvement of competences and skills of operators of the tourism sector in the area;
  • Creation of conditions for the development of induced entrepreneurial activities linked to the tourism sector.

Project activities:

  • Project co-ordination;
  • Analysis of the current situation in the tourist sector in the beneficiary area through the collection of data in situ;
  • Writing of a general report on the tourism situation in the area with emphasis on the identification of potentials for the development of an integrated tourism offer;
  • Identification of destination management subprojects;
  • Selection of 12 participants for the training;
  • Organisation of the training activity, both in Croatia and in Italy;
  • Writing out of a feasibility analysis of destination management subprojects prepared by the participants to the training;
  • Dissemination of results in Croatia through the organisation of a public event in the end of project activities.

Balkan's transport infrastructure development and his effects on Italian economy and the Mezzogiorno: main issues (2005)

Sector: transport

The general aim of the Project was intended to give a contribution to the selection of those links, in the Balkan infrastructure network, potentially more relevant for the strengthening of economic cooperation between Italy (South regions in particular) and Eastern Adriatic Countries. The strategic aim of the Project was to facilitate the cooperation between the main Italian decision-makers on transport and development policies by the identification of a set of infrastructure projects.

The co-operation with CERPEM was manly focused on development of Mezzogiorno's regions analysis, particularly on two topics:

  • Balkan area development scenarios focused on the economic and political dimensions and the perspectives for the relations with Italy and the EU;
  • Main gaps of transport network (links) in/toward the Balkan area. These gaps are a constraint to trade and economic cooperation development between the area and Italian regions, particularly South-Italy's regions. The negative effect on bilateral trade flows between the Italian regions and Balkan countries was estimated by means of gravitational models.

The second phase of the project was mainly aimed at the identification of the priorities and actions to be implemented in the short and medium term, in order to improve the Italian strategy and its diversification regarding both prevailing transport modes in the concerned areas and their own specific issues.

FISH.LOG - Transnational initiatives for the promotion of the fishery sector's SMEs of the Adriatic Region: development of technical assistance, logistic and market structures

Sector: agriculture/fishing

Project objectives:

  • Support to the SME sector and to the local institutions through an investment programme aimed at developing the coastal areas of the Eastern Adriatic, traditionally linked with the sea and fishery;
  • Construction and reconstruction of fish markets and strengthening of all logistic facilities connected with the fishery sector;
  • Strengthening of the economic co-operation and trade between Croatian and Italian SMEs of the fishery sector.

Project activities:

  • Preparation of a feasibility study highlighting the weak structural and infrastructural aspects of the production activities on the Adriatic coast;
  • Investments for building the fish market facilities in the cities of Pula and Rijeka;
  • Realisation of the fish markets;
  • Training for the staff to be employed in the fish markets.

Country Report - Serbia

Sector: SMEs development

The Project was aimed to the elaboration of a comprehensive country report and to assess the business climate in the Republic of Serbia in occasion of the business summit "Italia a Belgrado 2004". In the general part the report provided an in deep analysis on the political, institutional, economic framework, while in the second part (20 chapters) provided focuses on different business sectors analysing trends and opportunities, gave the reader a complete picture of the business climate assessing different sources of risk. A special focus was given to the legal frameworks governing the sector of public procurement, concessions, foreign investments and existing incentives for foreign nationals and companies.

Phare Twinning Italy - Poland (PL03/IB-OT-03) - Implementation of the Integrated Regional Development Programme (IROP) at central and regional level

Sector: Structural Funds

Informest as the mandated body of the Autonomous Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia within the consortium led by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance managed the whole deployment of civil (4) and non-civil (4) servants originated by Friuli Venezia Giulia for the benefit of the Ministry, Voivodship and Marshall offices.

In this position Informest experts dealt with activities related to all specific objectives of the programme:

  • Enhancement of the capabilities of institutions involved in implementation of IROP for sound and effective management of the programme, including financial management;
  • Enhancement of the capabilities of institutions involved in implementation of IROP for monitoring and evaluating the programme;
  • Enhancement of the capabilities of institutions involved in implementation of IROP and potential beneficiaries for application for SF support and implementation of the projects;
  • Raising awareness of institutions involved in implementation of IROP and potential beneficiaries of possibilities for receiving support from Structural Funds under IROP.

Moreover one Study Tour in FVG Region was organised for relevant Polish officers on the issues of the organisation of expenditures certification and payment processes in particular.

ACCESS - Actively Coaching and promoting Cooperation in the light of Enlargement for Small and Sole proprietor businesses

Sector: European integration
Website:
http://access.progetti.informest.it/

Project objectives:

To enhance the competitiveness of small, micro and sole proprietorship businesses situated in the border regions next to the accession countries, belonging to those economic sectors which will be particularly affected by the impending enlargement: construction and environmental technologies in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg in Germany; construction and wood in Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy.

Project activities:

  • Activity A - Train the trainer seminar;
  • Activity B - Selection of micro, small and sole proprietorship enterprises;
  • Activity C - Preparatory seminars for SMEs;
  • Activity D - Cooperation events – Fairs and business trips;
  • Activity E - Individualised coaching;
  • Activity F - Website and database;
  • Activity G - Partner meetings;
  • Activity H - Information material / Publications;
  • Activity I - Dissemination.

SITIU - Development of the Tourist Interchange between Italy and Uzbekistan

Sector: tourism
Website:
http://uzbekistan.progetti.informest.it

Project objectives:

  • To promote tourism interchange between Italy and Uzbekistan;
  • To help increasing incomes into the country;
  • To favour the development of eco-tourism in Uzbekistan in order to exploit natural resources without damaging the environment;
  • To give Italian tour operators a range of possible tourism offers to be spread.

Project activities:

  • Survey of all kinds of tourist resources available in Uzbekistan;
  • Mission of Italian experts to map tourism state of the art in Uzbekistan, in particular by interviewing local tour operators, universities and other research and development institutions dealing with tourism issues. The research aimed at inspecting the country's tourism infrastructure, the transport system and the current situation of foreign investment in tourism infrastructure;
  • Creation of a marketing plan to foster sustainable tourism in Uzbekistan;
  • Organisation and management of public events to disseminate results in Italy and Uzbekistan;
  • Creation of a website for the promotion of tourism in Uzbekistan containing all necessary information and documentation on the country's tourist attractions, basic information and other useful links.

eMarketServices - European B2B e-marketplaces Portal

Sector: ICT and innovation

The objective of this project was to develop and maintain a European online portal, serving as a knowledge exchange on business-to-business electronic marketplaces. The portal contains neutral and reliable information, which guide SMEs in selecting the most appropriate and trustworthy e-marketplaces and business partners. This contributed to making e-commerce an even more important tool for European SMEs. The portal provides interactive services and structure information surrounding electronic marketplaces, business partners and e-commerce in general. The portal is available in a number of relevant languages of the EU member states, the acceding countries, the candidate countries and the EEA EFTA states. The consortium made use of existing expertise and the established eMarket Services portal, to create a comprehensive European service, addressing the opportunities and obstacles for European SMEs and the business advisors assisting them regarding e-marketplaces. Efficient promotion of the service through trusted channels can make European SMEs aware of different Internet trading platforms and potential business partners, and enable them to evaluate, use, and take maximum advantage from participation in e-marketplaces, when appropriate. The increased use of e-marketplaces aimed at increasing the competitiveness of European SMEs in a global perspective and making trade within the European union and with other parts of the world more dynamic.

Project activities included the design and implementation of the European portal on B2B electronic marketplaces; the improvement and update a database of e-marketplaces; the production of an handbook on e-marketplaces; a set of customised services to provide personalised guidance and assistance to SMEs concerning B2B e-marketplaces; independent rating and Codes of conduct; list of events/conferences on B2B e-marketplaces; promotion of the service; meetings, reports and plan for the continuation of the project. Direct beneficiaries are managing directors, marketing-, sales- and purchasing managers in small and medium sized companies in Europe.

Mercati Aperti (Open Markets)

Sector: SMEs development
Website:
http://mercatiaperti.progetti.informest.it

Project objectives:

  • Assisting SMEs that operate on international markets (especially in New Member States and Eastern Europe in general);
  • Informing enterprises about economic opportunities in foreign markets;
  • Identifying SMEs assistance needs, in particular concerning the selection of foreign markets and partners;
  • Defining innovative enterprise strategies essential to identify: new market opportunities; new foreign partners; new trans-national sources of innovation;
  • Generating new development and internationalisation projects on a territorial basis;
  • Extending the international network of relationships between enterprises, suppliers of consultancy, centres of excellence and innovation, bodies and programmes for local development, governmental agencies and chambers of commerce;
  • Promoting collaboration with EU and foreign partners, with particular attention to those located in the new EU Member States.

Project activities:

  • Matchmaking events, seminars, conferences;
  • Support to specific dynamic sectors to build common strategies to approach new foreign markets;
  • Mapping of SMEs in the project eligible areas;
  • Opening of Information Points;
  • Creation of a project website.

Bilateral Cooperation Project for Regional Development in Croatia

Sector: regional socio-economic development

The overall project aimed at improving the awareness and knowledge about concerted development programming; at applying in three selected micro-regions of Croatia the Italian experience in territorial integrated programming and at analysing possible use of the tested TIP approach at central government level. On behalf of the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, between October 2004 and December 2005 Informest managed the project in the micro-region of Gorski Kotar in the Primorsko-gorenska County of the Republic of Croatia, deploying its leading staff (5) + a number of civil servants and private experts.

The main activity focused on partnership building and programming methodology for the design of micro-region development plan, that resulted as a pilot experience also for County ROP implementation. A project pipeline has been established, focussing on tourism upgrading, educational improvement, support to SMEs competitiveness in agro-food and wood-processing clusters. Moreover one Study Tour in FVG Region was organised for Croatian local beneficiaries.

Technical Assistance for Capacity Building for Relevant Partners involved in Structural Funds Programming and Implementation

Sector: Structural Funds

The project provided technical support through the means of training to the creation of functioning managing authorities, implementing bodies, paying authority, monitoring committees and relevant partners capable to implement EU structural funds, Cohesion fund and Community Initiatives interventions on national and regional levels. The service focused on three specific objectives:

  • To build up the capacity of all the institutions and partners involved in the SF/CF programme /project cycle (programming, implementation, management and monitoring);
  • To apply the principles of partnership and transparency when it comes to managing and monitoring the implementation of SFs/CF;
  • To raise general public awareness of SF/CF programmes and projects and to increase the quality of project proposals made by potential beneficiaries drawn from the economic and social partners at local and regional levels.

The above objectives were achieved by carrying out the following activities:

  • Preparation of training materials for tailored training of the staff in the MAs/ IBs, PA, Monitoring Committees;
  • Realisation of the training for 500 trainees from the MAs /IBs, PA, Monitoring Committee members;
  • Organisation of 8 regional conferences, one in each NUTS III region, in partnership with the VUCs and the social and economic partners;
  • Preparation of promotional materials, publication of publicity materials and SF/CF programme information on MoCARD website.

East Enlargement and European Integration

Sector: European integration

The study has been released at the eve of an important phase of EU enlargement; the product is the result of the co-work of a group of experts that focused their studies mainly on EU enlargement. The process has been approached from different points of view: main characteristics and timeline, defence, security, impact of new CAP on new members, reflex of parallel NATO enlargement, the relations with the Italian economic system and its capacities of access these markets, the evolution of European Treaty.

Chapters of the study:

  • From Old to New Europe;
  • Characteristics and timelines of integration processes between EU and Central and South-Eastern Europe;
  • Economic integration and access to markets;
  • Communitarian structural funds and labour market perspectives;
  • The impact of New agriculture policy on New Members;
  • NATO and EU enlargements. Reflex on security and defense policies;
  • European Convention and Constitution Treaty.

The study was published in 2004 by Franco Angeli.

BLACK SEA - Feasibility study for new maritime cargo routes between the Black Sea regions and North Adriatic ports

Sector: transport

The project aimed to carry a feasibility study for the setting up of new maritime cargo lines between Bulgarian and Romanian ports and North Adriatic ports. The study was based on the analysis of the growth potential of both economies also in the perspective of their adhesion to the EU single market in 2007, with a special reference to the potential growth of foreign trade between the two states and the EU markets and an in-depth analysis of trade flows per mode of transport between Romania, Bulgaria and the main EU trading partners. The analysis of road infrastructure between Romanian and Bulgarian ports and some industrial districts in the hinterland together with the mapping of all the operating maritime lines offered the opportunity to elaborate a cost/distance greed for every mode of transport. These analysis guaranteed a comprehensive data base to evaluate the potential freight and the scope for a modal shift in the freight transport towards the EU largely dominated by road transport. The Marco Polo EU program funds for intermodal shift were considered as an opportunity to reduce the cost in the start-up phase of the new maritime transport service.

Parts of the project:

  • Macroeconomic situation of Bulgaria and Romania;
  • Potential macroeconomic development in both Republics;
  • Evolution of trade flows between Bulgaria, Romania and the EU;
  • Analysis of the trade flows between Bulgaria, Romania and the main EU partners (Italy, France, Swiss, Austria, Germany);
  • Transport infrastructure between Bulgarian and Romanian Ports with the hinterland;
  • Analysis of actual maritime lines between Bulgaria and Romania and Adriatic and Tirrenian sea ports;
  • Evaluation of the potential freight for a new maritime line;
  • Hypothesis of the line's route, type of ship, operating costs;
  • Financial plan;
  • EU funds for enhancing competitiveness of the new transport service.

FOR WOOD - Forest Resource Sustainable Management and Integrated Development of Wood Life Cycle

Sector: agriculture/fishing

Project objectives:

  • To increase technical, scientific and economic co-operation between Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Chernovtsy Oblast and Botosani County, marked by the same natural richness in wood, that represents one of the major resources of the two cross-border regions;
  • To stimulate the development of strategies by the local authorities on cross-border basis in order to solve common problems through joint co-ordinate actions;
  • To establish a network between wood experts in order to create the basis for an Ukrainian specialized centre for wood certification, testing and professional training.

Project activities:

  • Feasibility study of Ukrainian territory and local wood resources;
  • Transfer of basis methodology and best practices in wood management;
  • Workshops in Italy and Ukraine;
  • Assistance in the start-up of joint activities between wood experts.

Subcontractors involved in the project were: CATAS (Italy) and Centre EcoResource (Ukraine). The target groups involved were: public institutions engaged in timber development activities; research centres; sawmills and wood processing SMEs; wood and forestry industry associations.

Phare Twinning Italy-Czech Republic (CZ 2002/IBSPP/03) "Joint Regional Operational Programme and Community Support Framework: Building Implementation Capacity"

Sector: capacity building

Informest as the mandated body of the Autonomous Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia within the consortium led by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance managed the whole deployment of civil (5) and non-civil (6) servants originated by Friuli Venezia Giulia. In this position Informest experts dealt with the following activities:

  • Coordination and partnership mechanisms;
  • Information and publicity;
  • monitoring and evaluation including indicators and programming + financial control and paying procedures;
  • Annual and final reports;
  • Project generation and selection.

Moreover one Study Tour in FVG Region was organised for 8 Czech beneficiaries focused on the presentation of methodology and case studies on FVG absorption capacity in the frame of its Ob. 2 SPD. Special importance was given to the establishment of integrated territorial development initiatives and to the use of state aids for entrepreneurial local development in the framework of Structural Funds programming.

BETA - Balkan Expert Training Activity

Sector: HR and training development

The overall project aim was to spread common awareness among Italian SMEs about business opportunities in the Balkan area and to stress the strategic importance of these markets for the future Italian economic development. The main project activity was the training of 15 young Italian operators in the field of SME assistance and consulting. The training aimed at providing a support system to the Italian SME with young and competent specialists skilled in business economics, EU, multilateral and cooperation programmes with a good knowledge of the local culture. The final intention was to facilitate Italian SMEs, especially those located in North-Eastern Italy, in establishing more business opportunities with their Balkan counterparts. In order to achieve all these aims the project foresaw the implementation of a training programme for young Italian graduates in economics and law. The training consisted of a theoretical part and an internship experience to be held both in Italian and Balkan SME support agencies and service centres. The final project objective was the integration of those human resources in Italian agencies and service centres providing support to SMEs and thus the enhancement of the development of new and high-quality services to be made available to Italian enterprises willing to develop their activity in the Balkans.

FOR BANK - For bank Bulgaria

Sector: HR and training development

The Project aimed at training 30 Bulgarian bank managers and improving their managerial skills in order to make the Bulgarian banking system meet European standards. This action was also expected to have an impact on the approach between the Bulgarian and Italian banking systems with a consequent strengthening of the Bulgarian credit system and an increase of trade between the two countries. Finally, the project was expected to exerce a remarkable impact on the openness of the Bulgarian market for major economic cooperation with foreign economies. The first step of the project was the implementation of two major surveys, one concerning the needs of Bulgarian enterprises in the field of credit management and the other focusing on the needs of the Bulgarian banking sector and on its strong and weak points in the international banking relationships. The training process was structured keeping in consideration the results of the two surveys. Once the contents of the training was set, the project team selected the criteria for the screening of candidates and afterwards made the selection among Bulgarian banking managers working especially on investment and international matters. A total number of 30 participants took part in the theoretical training in Italy. The classes were followed by internships in Italian banking facilities. All participants, during their internships, wrote a report on the possibility of co-operation between their local and hosting banking institutes. The scripts produced by the participants were then analysed, processed and summarized in a final report transmitted to all the parties involved in the project and to other authorities.

TABLUM - Technical Assistance to Banja Luka Municipality

Sector: capacity building

The TABLUM Project aimed at improving the quality level of utilities, especially in the fields of planning and management of water supply and waste removal services, in the Municipality of Banja Luka. This purpose was reached by providing the local administration with all the necessary knowledge and technical assistance. The task have been carried out under the supervision of a long-term Italian expert assigned to Municipality of Banja Luka for the entire duration of the project. He was in charge of constituting an Operative Unit at the Municipality where officers and other Municipality staff have been trained with the assistance of local experts. Prior to the training, the Operative Unit had to analyse the needs assessment of the services provided by the Municipality either with interviews, either with a questionnaire. After that, the Operative Unit identified the level and the quality of competences held by Municipality services. Consequently, it defined the beneficiaries and the contents of the training. Afterwards, a 15-day theoretical training programme was held at the Banja Luka Municipality and followed by a study tour to some Italian Public Utilities Companies, with particular regard to some significative aspects, such as the tarification criteria, the staff training, information to customers and the equipment. The project aimed at establishing contacts with Italian Public Utilities Companies in order to put into reality various forms of co-operation between the Banja Luka Municipality and Italian Public Utilities Companies.

Balcani online - The Balkans on-line

Sector: ICT and innovation
Website:
http://balcanionline.progetti.informest.it/

The Project aimed at implementing an online information tool on the internet, i.e. a website that shall provide both the public and the enterprises with information concerning the state of accomplishment of the Italian Law for the reconstruction, the stabilization and the development in the Balkan area together with the EU development programmes and programmes of other international donors. At the same time the website acts as a conveyer of information originating both from institutional sources (Italian Organization for the Foreign Trade, Informest, Chamber of Commerce system, Ministries) and specialized international and Balkan area sources in order to establish a sole point of reference for the enterprises willing to operate in the whole area.

The main project objectives were the followuing:

  • The realization of a support system for SMEs of the Balkan area through the concentration of all available information concerning the Balkan countries (real time news, researches, surveys, statistical evaluations, business guides, risk assessments, business opportunities, information on tenders, etc.) with the aim of backing the competitiveness and the bringing up to date of the Italian economic system in the Balkans.;
  • To qualify the offer of information by referring to a vast network of Italian and international sources regarding the Balkan area;
  • To build up an e-community on Balkan reconstruction issues through the diffusion of newsletters and the setting up of discussion groups, online forums, etc.

Creation of a Support Net for Local and Italian SMEs in Macedonia (FYROM), Bosnia-Herzegovina and Bulgaria

Sector: SMEs development

The main aim of the project was to promote economic growth and stabilization in Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Bulgaria, to create a favourable context for the development of local SMEs and to foster co-operation with Italian enterprises by further developing  the existing support network for SMEs in the beneficiary countries. The project main activity was the training of 15 persons already working in the SME support system in the three countries in order to improve the range of services available to entrepreneurs and thus encourage their international competitiveness. The first project activity was the implementation of a detailed survey regarding the existing SME Support structure (i.e. agencies, centres) in Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Bulgaria. This activity has been carried out by the local experts in each of the beneficiary countries. The local experts and the promoter afterwards detected and analysed the training needs of the SME support structure and the overall needs of local SMEs in terms of assistance services. Once the picture of the current situation was clear, the suitable training programme for the operators dealing with SME assistance was set. The 15 most receptive and motivated candidates for the training were selected from a list of significative organizations screened in the very beginning of the project. The participants have been trained in Italy and then took part in internships in Italian development agencies and other SME support and assistance organizations. In the final part of the project the participants have been given on-the-job assistance provided by an Italian expert in order to guarantee the correct implementation of newly acquired skills. Finally, an Intranet service was implemented as a useful means of sharing experiences and problems.

Republic of Serbia: Regional Socio-economic Development Initiatives Programme

Sector: regional socio-economic development

The overall objective of the project was to contribute to the economical and social cohesion of all the population groups in Serbia through promoting regional development strategies. The technical assistance supported the development of public - private partnership for programming in the selected regions, the diffusion of a collaborative culture between various actors, and the enhancement of the capacity of local institutions to promote social-economical activities, including integrated approaches to territorial local development. The established partnership structures, assisted by the project team, were steering, implementing and monitoring the whole range of project cycle. In parallel, to facilitate the partnership building process, the preparation of Regional Development Strategic Plans for each region was performed through the contribution of public and private stakeholders based on partnership principles. Other specific objectives of the project included the enhancement of local government capacity to improve the territorial infrastructure of the regions in order to secure the provision of adequate business services and the creation of favourable conditions for the development of entrepreneurship in all productive sectors of regional importance with particular emphasis on tourism development. The project also aimed at encouraging local productive initiatives. The experts have been also engaged in co-operation with local actors in designing an integrated programme in order to foster the development of human capital in the region, to promote the local socio-economic development and to create pathways to employment for vulnerable groups. The consortium also assisted the beneficiaries in designing and implementing a pilot regional development fund, taking in due account EU best practices, structural fund principles and the EU Practical Guidelines for local development.

Opportunity and Ability of Accessing Community Grants for Co-financing of Development Projects in the Scope of the Region

Sector: HR and training development

50 civil servants of different departments of the Regional Administration have been selected for the participation in a training activity focused on the EU Internal Policy and related programmes. The training cornerstones were:

  • role of action programmes or the EU Internal Policy implementation;
  • EU communication policy and information tools; in-depth analysis of the EU internet sites;
  • understanding principles and reading ability of the new EU Budget;
  • partnership establishment for European projects generation;
  • methodology of the successful project drafting; Project Cycle Management;
  • reading the call for proposals; Logical Framework Analysis;
  • partnership based projects drafting and management;
  • public - private projects administration.

All items have been supported by the presentation of selected case studies and success stories. 24 hours of collective training repeated in two different seats for a total of 8 teaching days have been organised, plus four days of distance-learning supported by a telematic help-desk managed by the EuroInfo Centre IT388 - Friuli Venezia Giulia, hosted by Informest. A Technical Scientific Committee supervised the training implementation and evaluation of training results.

Russian Managers in North-Eastern Italy - III and IV

Sector: HR and training development
Website:
http://managerrussi.progetti.informest.it

The project "Russian Managers in Nord-Eastern Italy - III and IV", deeeply up-to-dated in comparison with the two previous editions, aimed at providing training in Italy to Russian young managers in the framework of the "Programme on Training managers and executives for the enterprises of national economy of the Russian Federation" (PMTP). The third and fourth editions aimed at training young Russian managers through a distance learning course followed by internships in Italy for the best performing participants, as in the two previous editions. The choice to use an e-learning methodology represented not only a logistic and economic advantage, but also allowed the Russian managers to use advanced computer tools. Informest designed and delivered e-learning courses on business management, particularly focused on four different subject areas: (i) international marketing; (ii) quality management; (iii) tourism management; (iv) business support services. Informest also organized internships within Italian companies for a 4-week period. All the project cycle implementation has been supported by a project interactive web site (http://www.progetti.informest.it/managerrussi4)

EDEF - Identification of Emerging industrial Clusters and Training of local Development Managers in 3 pilot Areas of the Russian Federation

Sector: HR and training development
Website:
http://edef.progetti.informest.it

The project aimed at identifying emerging industrial clusters and at fostering their socio-economic development through accurate economic analysis and regional planning activities. Based on the Italian experience of local development through cluster economy enhancement, the project included the following activities, performed in close contact with a local network of selected institutional stakeholders:

  • The economic analysis of the local productive and industrial specializations and the identification of three pilot areas showing the typical features of emerging industrial clusters;
  • The identification of local development players interested in taking part to the project testing and to the dissemination of inter-companies relationship and territorial development of good practices topical for a cluster approach;
  • Training and technical assistance to experts belonging to the Russian partner organization;
  • Training - provided by Italian experts - of key local development players that will take direct care of the field piloting of the practices, and that will monitor the needs of local businesses;
  • Final analysis of the collected data and preparation of a final report (concept) summarizing the cornerstones of innovative governance for making more of industrial clusters specialisation to the Russian relevant authorities at federal and local level.

The results of the project have been presented to the Russian authorities during a final conference, where experts representing the Italian districts with specializations similar to the ones piloted in Russia have been invited, in order to promote mid term twinning among similar clusters in the two countries. The project also included the design and implementation of a multi-lingual web site, where details regarding project, partners, experts, best practices, pilot areas and actions, contacts and links are available (http://www.progetti.informest.it/edef/).

LOOK-EAST NET - Looking Eastwards: Challenges and Opportunities for Innovative Companies in EU Border Regions

Sector: European integration
Website:
http://look-east.progetti.informest.it

The aim of the project was to promote networking and co-operation links among SMEs and sector associations in EU border regions and their counterparts in Accession Countries and EU non-border regions, in order to identify the opportunities generated by the enlargement process in terms of wider markets and integrated economies. The project focused on three EU border regions - Friuli-Venezia Giulia (IT), Carinthia (AT) and Anatoliki Macedonia-Thraki (GR) - where priority sectors have been selected according to the specific characteristics and needs of the regional economic systems and the innovation potential of the sectors. The projects involved also four Accession Countries regions [Vratsa (BG), Budapest (HU), Cluj (RO), Koper (SI)] and two EU non-border regions [Murcia (ES) and Puglia (IT)]. The main project beneficiaries included: (i) small companies (up to 50 employees); (ii) crafts companies; (iii) SMEs which are leaders in their manufacturing sectors; (iv) sector associations and specialized development agencies; (v) SME service providers. The project main activities consisted in the organisation of three large partnership events - one in each EU border region - and included promotional, organizational and follow-up actions for more than 250 participants as enterprises, business associations and local development agencies.

Eastern Balkans: Infrastructural networks and prospects for international collaboration

Sector: transport

The aim of the study was to analyse the situation of transport and energy infrastructure in Eastern Balkan countries, t. i. Bulgaria and Romania. It also represented a complementary similar work of the study previously dedicated to the Western Balkans. The examination foresaw a description of the legal framework in force, the main characteristics of local construction enterprises (this part has been realised thanks to the cooperation of Impregilo and Todini), the situation of transport and energy infrastructures in the area, and some final considerations and speculations on potential effects if the foreseen transport infrastructure projects would be carried on.

The main chapters of the study were:

  • Legal construction framework;
  • Features of construction enterprises in eastern Balkans;
  • Regional macroeconomic framework;
  • Transport infrastructure system;
  • Energy infrastructure system;
  • Potential economic effects of the projects referred to transport infrastructures.

The study was published in 2004 by Franco Angeli.

INDE - Information Development (for business clusters networking)

Sector: ICT and innovation

The project aimed at promoting co-operation between business clusters of some EU Member States and SEE accession and pre-accession countries whose stabilisation through economic integration is of increasing importance for the European Economic Space. The emergence of information society is currently the most significant phenomenon reshaping the territorial competitiveness: therefore the decision was to set up a project for improving and extending ICT networks over the Adriatic - Danubian area of CADSES providing ICT tools for SMEs match-making on the basis of clusters identification and networking.

Achieved results brought also to effective exchange of good practices among clusters managers of the partner countries involved into INDE and the creation of an effective platform on the web (http://www.inde-network.net/). Though recently the ACs have experienced a remarkable catch-up process as far as extension and use of ICT are concerned, it was clearly visible that the diffusion of this technology into the more remote parts of a country required a bundle of supporting strategies ranging from the provision of infrastructure facilities to adequate training supply.

This project raised awareness and supported local, regional and national actors in making use of ICT opportunities and developing the potentials offered by the information society in order to promote entrepreneurship and sustainable spatial development. Local and regional governments, other decision-makers in the public sector, regional development agencies, Chambers of Commerce, all these institutes needed support in the development of an efficient market information system. Within the CADSES regions there will be new internal border regions that will gain attractiveness due to the enlarged market size and to the better prospects for infrastructure investment. The project examined regional prerequisites, communication needs, business models, competence for sustainable operations and other factors that affect the full exploitation of ICT potential. This project assessed how digital technology can actually lead CADSES Countries toward regional development and growing transnational business in a wired world, making more of experience provided by skilled existing players of European development like Euro Info Centres, their host organisations and other agencies.

Caravana Fondurilor Structurale (Caravan of Structural Funds)

Sector: Structural Funds

Structural Funds Caravan was a national tour of information seminars addressed to all national and local stakeholders. Its aim was to raise awareness of organizations involved in preparation and implementation of development strategies at regional or local level on concepts and financial instruments of regional development in EU and Romania and to stimulate companies to apply for funding. The project included:

  • Preparatory activities, i.e. the preparation of a guide for regional and local development actors, containing basic information on Structural Funds adapted to target group's objectives, i.e. preparation of local or regional development strategies, creation of local partnerships, use of opportunities offered by the Structural Funds. The guide, available in the official project web site http://caravanafs.ccina.ro/, also includes focuses on specific issues and references to successful experiences of Italian and European projects;
  • The Structural funds Caravan national tour, with seminars organized in 8 Romanian towns (Constanta, Galati, Iasi, Baia Mare, Brasov, Bucuresti, Rm. Valcea and Timisoara);
  • The preparation and on-line publication of a guide addressed to businesses and business service providers, focused on the advantages that structural funds offer to agriculture, industrial, tourism, trade and service sector companies and on the strict rules that govern the regional and SME aid at European level. A relevant section of the guide is dedicated to the presentation of case studies, both sectoral or highlighting relevant issues regarding structural fund strategies, advantages and regulation.

Dissemination seminars have been targeted to companies to stimulate them to take advantage of the business opportunities offered by the structural funds.

EU enlargement, increase of West-East exchanges and relevance of Corridor 5 for the Italian traffics with Eastern Europe

Sector: European integration

The study focused on the importance of the role of Corridor 5 in the development of West-East and Italian trade exchanges. A particular attention was given to the present infrastructure situation and the inefficiencies and delays in implementation that hinder the traffic flows and even deviate them North of Alps (mainly through Austria), an alternative but also concurrent directrice from Germany.

EXTRA-LARGE - Explaining transition to enlargement

Sector: European integration

The project aimed to evaluate social and economic consequences of the enlargement on EU bordering regions, in the specific case on the territory of the Italian bordering region Friuli Venezia Giulia. The analysis was multisectorial in his general approach. The first part of the study addressed the impact of the enlargement on some specific sectors (industry, agriculture, crafts, tourism, trade) while the second part focused on the consequences on the labour market in different sectors (customs, transport) as well as on migrations flows and cross border workers. One part of the study aimed to determinate the impact in terms of changes in eligibility to the European Structural Funds, in particular Objective 1 and 2 Funds in the bordering territories of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Slovenia.

PRELUDE - Promoting European Local and Regional Sustainability in the Digital Economy

Sector: ICT and innovation

PRELUDE (Promoting European Local and Regional Sustainability in the Digital Economy) was an IST accompanying measure funded by the European Commission to boost regional and local innovation supported by information and communication technologies. PRELUDE was particularly concerned with the building of ERA (European Research Area) with a large participation of researchers, high-tech SMEs and public administrations, as enablers and users of ICT applications, addressing needs of citizens and local economies.

PRELUDE was engaged in the following activities:

  • Dissemination of EU programmes that are part of the eEurope 2005 Action Plan and the new instruments of 6th Framework Programme of RTD with special regard to the Information Society Technologies (IST) thematic priority; 
  • Creation of a large European web community through the web portal and services in order to put forth the local and regional dimension of research, technology and innovation in the European scenario;
  • Creation of European Clusters for Innovation, which are designed to be public-private partnerships built through a constituency process aiming at mainstream initiatives. The use of EU funding schemes to support research, technology and innovation was instrumental;
  • Preparation of a Societal Learning Model for cluster-based approach to regional RTD and innovation and drafting of Policy Guidelines;
  • Preparation of a set of Thematic Guides in the key application areas of European Clusters of innovation;
  • Definition of a roadmap proposal for future interregional cooperation among PRELUDE Regions and partners supported by the three European networks.

Technical Assistance and Training Project for the Development of Local Entrepreneurial Resources and Services to Companies for the Modernization and Change to Market Economy of the Kaliningrad Region

Sector: regional socio-economic development
Website:
http://kaliningrad.progetti.informest.it

The project provided technical assistance and training to organizations and their officials dealing with economic development, entrepreneurial and management training in Kaliningrad Region. The aim of the project was to produce more local endogenous resources, especially for:

  • Regional policy making innovation through benchmarks with EU territorial approaches from the structural funds programming methods;
  • Business and investment opportunities identification and development;
  • Promotion of the economic relations between the Kaliningrad Region, Italy and the EU.

The project provides an internet web site for information and promotion of Kaliningrad Region in English, Italian and Russian languages (http://www.progetti.informest.it/kaliningrad).

Project for the promotion of a wood industrial cluster in Romania

Sector: SMEs development
Website:
http://distrettolegno212.progetti.informest.it/

The main objective of the Project was the establishment and promotion of a wood Industrial Park in Brezoi, Valcea County (Romania).

The project activities included an on-the-field evaluation of the endogenous resources available in the area and of their potentialities, as well as the analysis of the demand for raw materials and semi finished products in North-Eastern Italy in order to implement planned dislocation activities.

The second phase of the project consisted in a feasibility study about the implementation of a wood industrial park in Brezoi, with special reference to the legal, administrative, financial and town-planning aspects involved in the set-up of the park and establishment of the enterprises with partial Italian shares. Promotional events have been later organised about the development of the industrial park. The implementation of the operational program identified by the feasibility study was conditioned to the interest of new investors in the Brezoi area and to a local environment easing the collaboration with foreign actors and the competitive collaboration among local players as in the virtuous model of the Italian industrial clusters. During this phase, the Italian enterprises, who were interested in delocalise in Breszoi, set-up joint-ventures o directly invest in the area, have been identified and the profiles of the potential local partners have been presented to the Italian entrepreneurs.

In the following project phases, training  activities and study tours in Romania and Italy have been implemented for Romanian entrepreneurs and business technicians from Brezoi. The final phase concerned the implementation of five enterprises from Nord-Eastern Italy in the Brezoi industrial park. The targeted enterprises have been provided with technical assistance on all the aspects related to the set-up of the new businesses.

ISEO - Italian-Serbian Economic Opportunities

Sector: SMEs development
Website:
http://iseo.progetti.informest.it/

The Project aimed at supporting the transformation and economic development of FRY - Republic of Serbia, fostering co-operation between Italian and local companies. This objective was pursued by means of: 

  • Technical Assistance to the Ministry of International Economic Relations of the Republic of Serbia for the identification in Belgrade and Novi Sad areas of local SMEs belonging to the following sectors: agro-industrial, wood, building and mechanics. This assistance was focused on industrial reorganization and consequent relaunching of local SMEs through a rapid acquisition of technical and economic standards from the point of view of international integration;
  • Theoretical and practical training of 20 managers coming from Serbian SMEs in Italian companies, suitable for the transfer of technical and economic know-how;
  • Drawing up of a feasibility study to establish a Service Centre for the support to Serbian SMEs and Italian enterprises willing to co-operate with local SMEs.

These objectives have been met through the implementation of the project activities as follows. Phase 1: Start-up and "Qualitative analysis of the economic and territorial structure of SMEs in the areas of Belgrade and Novi Sad". Phase 2: Dissemination of the available opportunities for cooperation with Serbian counterparts. Phase 3: Selection of candidates from the Republic of Serbia and their training. Phase 4: Follow up for the development of the cooperation. Phase 5: Feasibility Study.

Technical Assistance for SME Counselling and Training

Sector: HR and training development

The two main specific objectives of the project were the following: 

  • Improvement of Regional Advisory and Information Centres (RAICs) / Business Innovation Centres (BICs) sustainability by strengthening their position among SME sector through high quality