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Project summary Through POTEnT, communities will develop or improve energy services that are locally-owned. In this way their transition to a low-carbon economy will be quicker and deeper. POTEnT (Public Organisation Transform Energy Transition) innovatively addresses a key challenge for European cities and regions: how to achieve more carbon reduction by harnessing the potential of direct and local action by citizens and communities. The need is both great and urgent. The EU is committed by international treaty to achieve ambitious carbon reduction targets. Regional and local authorities can provide a positive alternative to the market-based provision of energy services. The POTENTIAL lies in their local connections, opportunities and accountability. However, they face many challenges in becoming actors in the energy market. First, they need to develop legal mechanisms, attract investment, acquire skills, engage communities. Second, many market-regulations are made at Member State level, so tailor-made solutions are required. The project’s objective is to reduce carbon emissions faster than “Business As Usual” through more and better energy services provided by local and regional authorities. 8 partners will: * analyse partners’ plans through two Thematic Events and eight Mentoring Days, * identify good practices that will improve these plans, studying them through Study Visits, importing them via special workshops and Regional Action Plans. * develop/improve public Energy Services Companies (ESCos) and increasing their “market-share” * build the capacity of all relevant public authorities including ERDF Managing Authorities * increase investments in low carbon projects, and inspire/empower local decision-makers and communities   The project’s main outputs will be focused on new energy transition solutions through: * New projects to increase investment in low carbon projects, inspire/empower local decision-makers and communities to achieve higher levels of carbon reduction * Improved governance by delivering policies to develop/improve public Energy Services Companies and transform existing mechanisms into "future-fit" organisations that will have a bigger impact on carbon reduction. €2,010,623.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Low-carbon economy Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Operational Programme ERDF/ESF Brittany: 2014-2020 MAIN FEATURES The fields of intervention of the ERDF in Brittany focus in particular on the development of renewable energies, with in particular Action 311 of the ROP-Supporting the development of renewable energy production and distribution capacities in Brittany. Priority is given to pilot industrial parks and testing. In the field of methanisation, support is granted within the framework of "industrial" projects, innovative or collective projects or integrated into local energy loops. The conversion of biomass energy is also supported area. The Region wishes to develop the production and storage of renewable energies and intelligent energy systems implemented within the framework of integrated energy management. WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED In the field of renewable energies, significant help is given to project investment support, but the organisations that can take these projects to an industrial scale are poorly connected with the territories. The interface needs-achievements must be built in order to allow the emergence of integrated renewable energy development sectors. The city of Lorient is developing a municipal utility company (ESCo), and POTEnT will help in creating the right conditions for the effective deployment of the desired investments and for the take up of energy ownership initiatives. The arrangements for creating local energy loops, which are for now instruments of cooperation, can also be improved to enable to acquire operational investment capacity Which partners are working on this? ALOEN – Energy and climate local agency of South Brittany Emilia-Romagna ERDF Regional Operation Programme 2014-2020 MAIN FEATURES The objective of the ROP ERDF (Promotion of the low carbon economy in regions and in the production system-Priority axis 4) is to stimulate energy efficiency and savings and the development of renewable sources both by public bodies and enterprises with a view to regional sustainable development both in terms of protecting the environment and cutting energy costs. The recipients of the policies are public bodies or companies, both through capital grants and through a revolving fund directed to the production system. The intended results include: reducing the energy consumption of production processes for industrial businesses and public buildings by 20% and increasing businesses’ energy production from renewable resources by 20% and self-consumption by 25%. WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED There is a lack of direct policy to directly involve citizens both in terms of reducing consumption (eg residential sector - condominiums or public structures-sports facilities managed by associations) and as regards the production of renewable energy (eg small renewable energy plants built in collaboration with citizens gathered in cooperatives or building solar platforms available to citizens). In addition to identifying these new targets, towards which investment support measures must be adopted, it is necessary to develop new business models, both from a legal, financial and tariff point of view, for shared public/private management, even for already existing small plants. Which partners are working on this? Parma Municipality Navarra ERDF 2014-20 Operational Programme MAIN FEATURES: The Navarra ROP includes the TO4: Support the transition to a low-carbon economy in all sectors. It only considers the IP 4c: Support for energy efficiency, intelligent management of energy and the use of renewable energy in public infrastructure, including public buildings, and in housing, with a single specific objective on providing Subsidies to improve the buildings’ envelop for their energetic regeneration.   WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED: Navarra has a positive evolution in relation to GHG emissions and Energy Efficiency (EE), and is a reference on renewable energy sources (RES) at national level. Despite these positive aspects, it is difficult to achieve some of the objectives set out in the European 2020 Strategy (specifically the reduction of GHG emissions) and the Region presents one of the highest per capita consumption ratios at the national level. Several strategic strengths such as the RES sector of the region are not specifically defined within the actions listed by the ROP. What needs to be improved in this context is the connection between citizens and local stakeholders and the energy and climate policies and instruments. Local authorities are key players in the energy sector as they are the level of public authority working more closely with citizens, associations, non profit organizations and SMEs in the energy sector; local energy action plans and projects are a key factor in fulfilling the ROP objectives. Which partners are working on this? Pamplona City Council Milton Keynes Energy, Water and Carbon Strategy to 2050 and beyond The Energy and Carbon Strategy builds upon the Low Carbon Living Strategy 2010 and Low Carbon Action Plan 2011. It embodies the feedback from MK citizens from the research for the MK2050 Roadmap which was adopted by Cabinet in 2015. The strategy is an overview of how a low carbon environment interacts with other Milton Keynes Council (MKC) policies and citizens to provide energy resilience, reduce carbon emissions, save energy and meet statutory reduction targets. The strategy aims are to: - Provide energy resilience for the city - Reduce expenditure on energy for MKC buildings and processes - Reduce carbon emissions across all sectors (domestic, commercial and transport) - Engage with all stakeholders to promote the benefits of low carbon lifestyle and behaviour - Encourage water efficiency.   The policy identifies themes for action and evaluates the potential for these to enable the city to meet it goals, but does not identify specific actions or projects.   POTEnT will identify and evaluate the practicality of key projects in each of the main themes to enable the city to meet the objectives of the Strategy and willl address the concerns of both citizens and commerce to ensure support for the actions. The evaluation of each theme will include the local rationale and financial analysis to enable business models to be developed, ultimately leading to a case for funding each of these. In each case, the potential sources of funding will be identified. Which partners are working on this? Milton Keynes Council Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan of City of Ostrava City of Ostrava will improve its own policy instrument - Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan of City of Ostrava (SEAP/SECAP, adopted in 2018). This is follow-up policy after Sustainable Energy Action Plan of City of Ostrava adopted in 2014. The main objective of SEAP/SECAP is to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 40 % by 2030 (as compared to the year of 2000) by adopting mitigation and adaptation measures.   The Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan of City of Ostrava contains measures to reduce CO2 emissions by the: implementation of energy management and energy-saving measures in public buildings, in sector of other services and in housing sector, modernization of heating systems and boilers, greening of public transport, organizational and economic measures in transport and measures in the new construction.   The strategy also includes energy measures that cannot be performed and fulfilled by the city itself. The aim is to find new approaches to engage all relevant stakeholders – not just public organizations but mainly private sector, which in fact, has the appropriate means to create new opportunities in the field of sustainable production and energy distribution which can contribute to and support the implementation of new market models. Which partners are working on this? City of Ostrava Green Kronoberg 2025 The Regional Development Strategy for Kronoberg County 2015-2025 (RUS) is indicative for the work on sustainable regional development. The actuality of the strategy is tested every four years. The target picture is Gröna (Green) Kronoberg - Open and sustainable habitats with renewal skills.   AIM The starting point is that RUS is a tool that will help to achieve the goals of regional growth policy by creating better conditions for sustainable regional development, by setting the investment priorities. Coordination between RUS and municipalities overview planning is particularly sought.   OBJECTIVE 2025 (1 out of 6) Heading towards a PLUS ENERGY county. 80% of total energy use in 2025 in Kronoberg County will be from renewable sources.   OBJECTIVE 2050 Kronoberg County strives to become a PLUS ENERGY county in 2050 The goal is positioning - Kronoberg County will be the greenest region and accelerate development towards a circular economy, where one of the principles is to use renewable energy as well as achieving a positive footprint in terms of resource utilization.   REASON FOR IMPROVEMENT The policy will be tested every fourth year and renewed every tenth. Input to these revisions is key to improve the strategy. For the Plus Energy target no detailed roadmap exists and the way to reach the goal is unclear. Transnational learnings and capacity building through POTEnT will give input to next version of the RUS and a plan to be a PLUS ENERGY County Which partners are working on this? Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden Republic of Estonia: Operational Program for Cohesion Policy Funds 2014¬2020 MAIN FEATURES The Operational Programme (OP) for Cohesion Policy Funds is a multifund programme, bringing together investments from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Cohesion Fund and aimed at contributing to the delivery of the European Union's strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and to the achievement of economic, social and territorial cohesion. In particular: Priority axis 2.6 Energy Efficiency Investment priority 1: Supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings, and in the housing sector; Specific objective 1: Energy efficient housing sector and street lighting, and increased share of renewable energy in final consumption. Priority axis 2.9 Sustainable Urban development: supporting sustainable development strategies of five larger urban areas in Estonia, one of them being Tartu WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED The Development Plan of Tartu City 2018-2025 bases on OP for Cohesion Policy Funds. Sustainable urban development, technical and user-centred infrastructures can be ensured with smart energy management. As municipalities are looking for tools to develop energy efficiency and most energy providers are privately owned and not motivated to make additional investments in smart energy management. It is important to improve cooperation between stakeholders to develop sustainable energy planning for CO2 emissions reduction Which partners are working on this? Tartu Regional Energy Agency Stadtwerke Ettlingen Corporate Strategy STATE OF PLAY The company’s Corporate Strategy is a policy that Stadtwerke Ettlingen (SWE) is continuously revising to keep up with the evolving energy market. The company primary objective is to provide its customers with a secure and cost-effective supply of energy and energy services. In addition to these economic objectives, which are geared to competitiveness, SWE as a municipal company also pursues non-material goals, for example: - improving the IT security and the integration of the blockchain technology - reduce further the GHG emissions from the energy production, distribution and consumption at the clients’ level, including the city itself - facilitate the transition towards further increased Low-Carbon Economy.   WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED The improvement of SWE's own policy instrument is necessary to maintain SWE's competitiveness on the energy market and to remain a central player in the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement at local level. The integration of digitalisation is the biggest challenge SWE is facing after the liberalisation of the energy market at the beginning of this century. It requires an in depth review and improvement of the corporate strategy. Digitalisation aims to systematically improve energy use and energy efficiency in the long term. Unused energy efficiency potentials are to be tapped, energy costs reduced and greenhouse gas emissions reduced in order to make a valuable contribution to climate protection. Which partners are working on this? Ettlingen Municipal Services Agency Latest News See all project news 09/06/2021 Energy communities: ready, steady, go! On May 27th the municipalities of Parma and Pamplona presented their projects on energy communities during the online study visit involving POTEnT partners. Type: Project 02/06/2021 Ostrava presents its smart metering system Enabling users to monitor their water consumption is the aim of the smart metering system presented by the City of Ostrava during the last POTEnt study visit. Type: Project 30/05/2021 3 questions to… Ayuntamiento de Pamplona Let's discover more about POTEnT partners: time to discuss with the Municipality of Pamplona about its plans for energy transition and sustainability. Type: Project 30/05/2021 3 questions to... Comune di Parma Few words about energy transition with the Municipality of Parma that will introduce us to its future goals and plans. Type: Project 29/05/2021 The Estonian perspective on Energy and Climate Plan Interesting insight about Sustainable Energy and Climate Plans and the situation in Estonia given by POTEnT Estonian partner TREA Tartu Regional Energy Agency. Type: Project 20/05/2021 Parma municipality ready to launch its new SECAP! Launching the SECAP by end of May 2021, Parma accepts the challenges of the New Green Deal and identifies the key actions to improve its green strategy Type: Project 13/05/2021 SEN: digital support for local energy in France Would a free software be able to contribute to the mobilization of citizens for an energy transition programme? Discover the SEN toolbox by Lucioles Energies. Type: Project 06/05/2021 Gamification to educate school pupils about energy How to elicit a behavioral change in energy usage: a pilot game-designed project in a public school in Pamplona. Type: Project 28/04/2021 A study visit about One-Stop-Shops On April 21 Parma, ALOEN & Pamplona shared their experience on the creation of refurbishment info points. A turning key for a more effective urban regeneration. Type: Project 31/03/2021 Italy towards PED: the experience of Milan & Parma Talking about Positive Energy Districts and energy communities, the Italian cities of Milan and Parma recently presented their plans and projects. Type: Project
Project summary Context Many business intelligence surveys demonstrate that Digital Realities (Virtual reality and Augmented reality) are becoming a huge market trend in many sectors, and North America is taking the lead in this emerging domain. Tourism is no exception and the sector in Europe must innovate to get ahead of the curve of this technological revolution, but this innovation needs public support. Partnership In order to provide labs, startups and SMEs willing to take this unique opportunity with the most appropriate support policies, 9 partner organizations from 8 countries (FR, IT, HU, UK, NO, ES, PL, NL) decided to work together: regional and local authorities, development agencies, private non-profit association and universities. Objective Thanks to their complementary experiences and know-how, they intend to improve policies of the partner regions (structural funds and regional policies), in order to foster a tourist channelled innovation in the Digital Realities sector. Approach All partners will work together on policy analysis tasks before exchanging their best initiatives and transferring them from one country to another. This strong cooperation will allow them to build the best conditions to foster innovation thanks to more effective structural funds policies and regional policies. €1,957,745.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 31 May 2023 Topic Research and innovation What will this project change? Main activities & outputs 8 policy instruments are addressed, among which 7 relate to structural funds programmes. Basis for exchange of experience: Reciprocal improvement analysis and 8 study trips with peer-review of each partner’s practices. Video reportages for an effective dissemination towards other territories in Europe.   Main expected results At least 16 good practices identified. 8 targeted policy instruments improved. At least 27 staff members will transfer new capacities in their intervention fields. At least 8 involved stakeholders with increased skills and knowledge from exchange of experience. Expected 17 appearances in press and media, including at European level. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Auvergne ERDF ESF regional operational programme 2014-2020 Axis 1, investment priority 1.b As mentioned above, the measure concerned is the Axis 1, Investment priority 1.b. Axis 1: Strengthening research, technological development and innovation Investment priority 1.b: Development of research and innovation infrastructures, and of capacities to foster excellence in R&I, and promotion of expertise centres   This instrument aims at increasing the number of innovative joint projects in the strategic sectors identified in the RIS3 (which includes culture and tourism), by: - Supporting joint projects involving research bodies and SMEs - Enforcing support services to help develop innovative projects - Encouraging dissemination of knowledge and promoting public private partnerships. This measure seems well adapted to the needs of the regional economic stakeholders, and would be the perfect tool to support digital realities innovation in the tourist sector. Unfortunately, none of the beneficiaries so far were working on this topic. We need to find solutions to increase the use of this policy instrument by the tourist research bodies and SMEs, so that the region does not miss the challenging arrival of Digital Realities technologies which will transform completely the sector of tourism on the long term. Which partners are working on this? Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Tourism Investment Programme for Growth and Jobs 2014-2020 Priority Axis 1, Investment priority 1.b), Specific Objective 1.1, Action 1.1.3 The Investment Programme for Growth and Jobs 2014-2020, funded by the Region (15%), the State Rotation Fund (35%) and the ERDF (50%), contributes to the EU strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The axis 1 is dedicated to strengthen research, technological development, innovation and to improve the conditions for R&D by fostering the quality innovation demand and the spread of research activities within the territory of the Aosta Valley, in line with the guidelines of the S3. The intended result is to increase the percentage of oragizations which carry out R&D activities in collaboration with external subjects from the actual 65% to 67% at the end of the programming period. The selected investment priority 1.b wants to promote R&I investments of organizations through services and prototypes of innovative solutions to create challenging situations for innovation and a knowledge-based economy. Action 1.1.3 is focused on supporting projects aiming at promoting innovative solutions in processes, products and organizational formulas, in particular those operating in the local specialization sector, as identified in the S3. In order to increase the effectiveness of the policy, P2 wants to benefit from new ideas to inspire local organizations to present similar innovative projects in their area, increasing the use of available ERDF funds. Which partners are working on this? Grand Paradis Foundation Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme, 2. priority: Research, technological development and innovation Hungary’s multi-fund operational programme for economic development and innovation supports the country’s least developed regions to improve their economies. The Digitourism project aims to improve the second financing priority of the programme (Priority 2): Research, technological development and innovation. Important objectives of this priority are improvement of R&D activity of knowledge- and technology-intensive companies, development of an advantageous background for innovation, more effective use of knowledge, development of marketable products/technologies and services, as well as increasing number of strategic networks between R&D companies, SMEs and universities. Another priority of the OP aims at developing the tourism industry and supporting info-communication developments, therefore Digitourism assists the OP by also connecting these 3 thematic fields.   The problem with this Priority 2 is that the calls of the programme are not reflecting to innovation trends such as augmented reality applications, though introducing this possibility would provide an efficient tool for the tourism facilities in improving their marketing, raising income and level of employment. On the other hand research facilities and IT companies could join R&D co-operations, which aim is also defined in the OP. The scope of Digitourism is also in line with the thematic priorities of the national S3 strategy, and the implementation of S3 is supported by EDIOP. Which partners are working on this? University of Pécs European Regional Development Fund England Operational Programme (OP) 2014- 2020. Investment priority1b: Promoting business investment in R&I. It looks to develop links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the Higher Education sector, in particular by: - promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation; -supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advance manufacturing capabilities and first production, in particular in key enabling technologies and diffusion of general purpose technologies. The Coast to Capital ESIF Strategy sets out localised detail for ERDF as “Intervention Area 1”, highlighting the following need; “Promote SME/HEI/public sector collaborative research and innovation and commercialisation, including collaboration with HEIs and local business research and innovation institutes within and across our five priority sectors and our specialised technology futures”. In order for product development and take-up to increase, opportunities need to be understood and incentivised. There needs to be more sharing of knowledge and experience between various stakeholders and a greater degree of joined-up policy and practice. This policy needs to include prioritisation of funding opportunities through financial instruments including ESIF and ETC. Which partners are working on this? Surrey County Council Strategy for the tourism industry for Oppland County Authority 2012-ongoing Vision: Oppland shall have a sustainable tourism industry with experiences and adventures of high quality ahead of the demand from the market. The tourism industry shall be an important contribution in maintaining viable local communities. The strategy has two main components: 1) adventures / experiences and development of destinations. The aim is to increase value creation and power of attraction through a focus on experiences / adventures, destination development and further development of second homes. 2) Marketing. The aim is to have at least the same yearly development as the national average in number of overnight stays and value creation. The latter aim needs to be reframed, as it is overly defensive. Oppland is in the very top nationally when it comes to both overnight stays and value creation, from both the national and the international market. Furthermore, we need to highlight sustainability. This is the overarching aim of Oppland County Authority as a whole. Digitalization also needs to be embedded in the strategy in order to meet future demands. The innovation factor has a high focus in the industry now, and therefore needs to be a part of the policy document. Which partners are working on this? Innlandet County Council (until 31/12/2019 Oppland County Authority) Aragon ERDF Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020; Axis 1 – Thematic Objective 1 Strengthening research, technological development and innovation; Investment Priority 1B It intends to promote the investment of companies in innovation and research, to develop linkages and synergies between business actors, research centers and Higher/University education stakeholders. In particular, investment in the development of products and services, technology transfer, social innovation, eco innovation, public service applications, stimulation of demand, networking and promotion of clusters and open innovation through smart specialization; Support of the applied technology research, pilot lines, early validation of products actions and advanced manufacturing capabilities, particularly focused on key enabling technologies (KETs) and general purpose technologies dissemination. Technology transfer and collaboration among the different stakeholders of the Research and Innovation ecosystem (Universities, Technology centers, companies...) is working reasonably, with accountable and growing indicators. But essentially this transfer is properly done in terms of joint projects, knowledge and resources sharing. Going beyond, via new businesses creation, and its foster and enhance during their whole lifecycle is the necessary next step to be faced and improved. Sharing knowledge and experiences with other territories will allow taking the best practices in this field in order to avoid unfruitful actions in this improvement goal. Which partners are working on this? Aragon Institute of Technology Canary Islands ERDF Regional operational programme 2014-2020 Axis 1 Smart Leadership of Tourism; Improvement of the competitiveness and productivity of the Canarian tourist product; Specific objective: Innovation for the introduction of new tourism products and the cost-effective consolidation of existing products Investment priority 1b.   Objectives: • Promote the orientation of scientific and technical research carried out in research organizations and in business R&D activities, towards the priorities of the RIS3. • Promote the generation and significant advance of scientific knowledge and research at a level of excellence • Avoid the fragmentation of research groups, promoting cooperation and coordination between companies, universities and research centers, as well as supporting the participation of Canarian entities in international R&D programs and projects. Characteristics: Companies and research centres receive a grant up to 70.000€ per project chosen by international criteria of good practices in the evaluation of Scientific and technical research. Why should it be improved? The policy does not include reference technologies. It mentions the RIS3 strategy but does not provide guidelines in order to align the projects with other EU projects or with the technological most interesting trends. Therefore, the policy needs a technological framework. With this technological framework, all the results would have a clearer meaning and the projects would cope easier with the latest technologies in the RIS3 sectors. Which partners are working on this? Innovalia Association Regional Operational Programme for Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship 2014-2020 Priority Axis 2 Digital Region Thematic aim 2: Increase of access, level of use and quality of information and communication technologies Action 2.2 Digital access and utility of public information and scientific, cultural and regional heritage resources. Regional Operational Programme (ROP) is the financial instrument which supports implementation of the Strategy of Development 2020+ as well as Regional Innovation Strategy. ROP consists of 11 priority axes directly related to the regional Strategy of Development 2020 +. 72 % of the structural funds of ROP K-PV come from ERDF, 28 % from ESF. The support within the chosen policy instrument is dedicated to the projects related to creation of new e-public services as well as improvement of the existing ones. Other actions planned are dedicated to increased access to public information and scientific and cultural resources. In the region there is a strong need of digitalization of archeological data, as it could be the basis of new cultural and tourist offers. But despite the eligibility of this topic under the target policy, no projects have been submitted so far and the need is not covered. This may be due to lack of knowledge and good practice which P8 hopes to obtain during the Digitourism project implementation, in order to stimulate project applications. Tourist & cultural companies need this data to build new products, in particular those based on Digital Realities, and the difficult access to the data makes innovation in this field extremely difficult. It is consequently crucial to find solutions to help the data owners to make it available to the public and more importantly to the stakeholders of the tourist sector which is a very important economic sector in the region. Which partners are working on this? Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship Online Study Visit to Gran Paradiso Find out more (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Digitourism Tweets by Digitourism Latest News See all project news 06/05/2021 Online Study Visit to Gran Paradiso On May 4-5, Study visit to Gran Paradiso in Aosta Valley, Italy, took place. Type: Project 30/04/2021 Online Study Visit to Kujawsko–Pomorskie Region The online Study Visit to the Kuwjawsko – Pomorskie region took place on April 21 and 22, 2021 Type: Project 22/03/2021 Online study visit to the Canary Islands Partners and stakeholders will have the opportunity to learn how digital realities are being developed, promoted and implemented in Canary Island. Type: Project 13/08/2020 The first Digitourism video reportage is now online! Watch the first video reportage of the Interreg Europe Digitourism project on "AR and VR games and edutainment sector". Type: Project 02/03/2020 AR-technology teaches children “the olden days” The open air museum Anno in Hamar (Norway), has implemented AR in their quest of teaching children what the world looked like Type: Project 09/09/2019 P8 annual stakeholder group meeting On 9th September Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship organized the annual meeting with the regional stakeholders Type: Project 13/11/2018 Interreg Europe Communication Seminar in Dublin Interreg Europe Communication Seminar took place on 13th November in Dublin Type: Project
Project summary PURE COSMOS brings together two of the big challenges facing the EU: the need to stimulate and support SMEs and the need to reduce the weight of public administration.  So PURE COSMOS aims to improve the effectiveness of public support for SMEs by 15%, cutting costs by 10% and improving quality by 20%. We will develop highly integrated approaches to deliver these improvements and we will especially target entrepreneurs aged 25-40.  We will improve regional policies through innovative new projects and by improving governance so that the different stakeholders can agree common solutions. We will do this by: * analysing partners’ plans through peer review, * identifying good practices that will improve these plans, studying them through Study Visits, importing them via special workshops and Regional Action Plans. We will closely involve SMEs in the work.  The project’s main outputs will benefit SMEs, especially young entrepreneurs. They are: * New projects to implement advanced services such as e-payments tools, One Stop Shop, “digital by default” models, digital-skills support * Improved governance through IT administrative solutions, regional legislation review, simplifying and speed up the launching of new businesses calls. All Action Plans will be prepared using intense cooperation between the key decision-makers (horizontal cooperation) and between the city and the MAs (vertical cooperation). The project will also work closely with the IE Policy Learning Platform. €1,812,241.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2021 Topic SME competitiveness Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? OP-ERDF 2014-2020 Liguria Region. Priority Axis 3: “Competitiveness of SMEs”, TO 3 “Enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises - c) supporting the establishment and expansion of SMEs capacity for the development of advanced products and services”. MAIN FEATURES The OP ERDF 2014-2020 of the Liguria Region includes in it the activities related to the creation, development and growth of small and medium-sized enterprises. In particular: Priority Axis 3 “Competitiveness of SMEs”, TO 3 “Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs c) supporting the establishment and expansion of SMEs capacity for the development of advanced products and services”. The policy instrument recognizes the centrality of SMEs for the economic growth of the Liguria Region, identifying the tools for a policy strongly linked to the "think small first" principle focused on the following actions: • simplification of procedures and red tape, • encouragement of business combinations, • introduction of digital innovation in business processes, promoting the transition from standard tools to the most advanced. THE REASON(S) WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED The ERDF data show that in 2013 the Ligurian GDP decreased by 1.8% and this data was worse than other parts of the Northwest of Italy that lost 1.3%. In this context Administrative simplification plays a key role to reduce regulatory complexity and uncertainty for the development of SMEs and reduce unnecessary burdens created by bureaucracy and paperwork. In its OP the Liguria Region has planned productive investment linked to the consolidation of businesses to achieve the grow of regional production, its technological development and the employment in general.  Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Genoa ERDF ROP Tuscany 2014-2020, Priority Axis 3 "Promote the competitiveness of SMEs" – Specific Action 3.5: “Creation and development of SMEs”. MAIN FEATURES The partner intends to improve the policy instruments included in the Regional Operational Programmes under ERDF (Priority Axis 3 - Action 3.5.1 ERDF ROP Tuscany), related to the support to the promotion of the competitiveness of SMEs and entrepreneurship, thus improving the dynamism of the economic system. The specific objective is the creation and development of Micro Small and Medium enterprises (RA 3.5), by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms. THE REASON(S) WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED Tuscany is facing the entrepreneurship crisis phenomenon (many SMEs are closing) not well balanced by the creation of new ones (since 2008, in fact, the turnover tax is negative). The choice of activate this specific objective is based on the decision of contrasting these negative dynamics, by the realization of actions devoted to increase the dynamism of productive system through a simplified and facilitated access to the beaurocratic and administrative processes.   Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Florence Hajdú-Bihar County Territorial Development Operational Programme Priority 3 : Competitive economy Action 3.4 : Innovation and competitiveness development  The Hajdú-Bihar County Territorial Development Operational Programme (HBCTDOP) defines the vision of the county, the development targets and the intervention areas and the development trends needed to reach the targets. The 3rd priority of the strategy deals with the development of competitive economy. The objective is the implementation of measures towards the increasing of SMEs, hence supporting national enterprises. This priority concentrates on the advanced, well run sectors on one hand, which can be a development opportunity for less enterprises as well and on the other hand it focuses on the less developed sectors and aims to increase their competitiveness too. This priority intends to boost entrepreneurial activities as well through increasing capital investments; entering in new, mainly foreign markets; supporting joint investments. Action 3.4 creates the possibility for knowing, acquiring and exchanging good practices and innovation through the complex innovation chain. The strategy also supports the international appearance and the strengthening of the international cooperations of enterprises. Boosting entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial activity is crucial: this means the enhancement of umbrella organisations and the simplification of administrative activities as well. Hajdu-Bihar County Council would like to contribute to the solution of these problems with the good practices identified in PURE COSMOS project.  Which partners are working on this? Hajdú-Bihar County Government Strategy : Offensive for SME Saxony-Anhalt I³-Growth through innovation, investment and internationalisation, comprises measures of the operational programs ERDF and ESF of Saxony-Anhalt 2014-2020, TO3 : Competitiveness of SMEs, TO8: Employment and Labour mobility The Mittelstandsoffensive comprises all activity in favour of SMEs of the regional government of Saxony-Anhalt. Section III.1. states how the regional government wants to improve framework conditions for SME. Section III. 2 comprises financial funding instruments the regional government offers for SME. Funding schemes under the structural funds programs 2014 – 2020 like the “Beratungshilfeprogramm” (finances consultants for SMEs) and the “Messefördung” are an integral part of the Mittelstandsoffensive. Section III.1g) of Mittelstandsoffensive states that cutting red tape for the structural funds programs is an important step towards a more business friendly climate in Saxony-Anhalt and can improve the conditions of SME for investment and growth. As partner of PURE Cosmos the Investitionsbank strives for improving processes to offer better, on-line based services and provide faster access to funding. (912characters) Which partners are working on this? Development Bank of Saxony-Anhalt European Structural and Investment Fund Strategy: Priority 2: Stimulating Business and Enterprise The UK government has decided that the ERDF in England will be delivered by the network of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). In accordance with this, the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP (GBSLEP) has adopted the "European Structural Investment Fund Strategy” which combines a range of funds (including ERDF) into an integrated programme. For PURE COSMOS This includes Investment priority 3 of ERDF priority axis 3: Promoting entrepreneurship. In particular this will facilitate the economic exploitation of new ideas and foster the creation of new firms, including through business incubators. In the GBSLEP European Structural Investment Fund Strategy this corresponds to Priority 2: Stimulating Business and Enterprise. This sets out a range of strategic activities covering the whole life cycle of business development and growth across GBSLEP region. It addresses the needs of early stage and SMEs particularly to generate more high growth firms; increase the proportion of exporting firms; improve the level of investment in innovation.The Structural and Investment Funds are expected by the UK Government to support this agenda by ‘building capacity of existing businesses, including social enterprises and micro-enterprises, ensuring they reach their growth potential and supporting an entrepreneurial culture to encourage sustainable new businesses  Which partners are working on this? Birmingham City Council Operational Programme Region of Central Macedonia 2014-2020: Priority Axis/Thematic Objective 3: Enhancing the competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises.  Investment Priority 3C: Supporting the creation and the extension of advanced capacities for products and services development .  Prolonged recession and the steady increase in unemployment rates have had a very negative cumulative effect on companies, especially small and micro enterprises, which represent the overwhelming majority of Greek SMEs. SMEs need support to increase their investments and develop new forms of cooperation and networking at national and international level. Priorities concerned: • Strengthening of regional entrepreneurship by supporting the creation of new innovative companies • Increase in production rate and market entry of new innovative products / services • Promotion of clusters is the continuation of a long‑term plan for establishing strong cores of business activities which have the potential to exploit research results in order to create innovative products and services. • Improvement of the competitiveness of SMEs through technological modernization and improvement of their administrative capacity and their staff. The particular importance of national and regional policies for SMEs in Greece is clear, more than in the other EU Member States for the following two reasons: a. drastic recession of the country in relation to employment capacity and investments; b. drastic reduction in the number of SMEs while still directly threatening the viability of thousands of small businesses, with well-known consequences for employment, the social benefits system and government revenues.  Which partners are working on this? Development Agency of Eastern Thessaloniki’s Local Authorities (ANATOLIKI SA) OP Enterprise and innovation for competitiveness, priority Axis 2: Support of enterprising especially by facilitation of economic utilisation of new ideas and by support of establishment of new companies, also through business incubators Specific objective 2.1 – Increase of the competitiveness of starting and development of SMEs MAIN FEATURES The policy instrument focuses on increase of number of SME ś and number of working places by public services improvement and support of development of projects leading to more effective solutions and financial savings. The main areas for searching of innovative solutions and projects development are in particular ICT infrastructures  e-government  solutions. The aim is to reach financial savings, affectivity in public services provision, services of new quality and designs on new solutions. WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED Ústí Region is the region with the highest unemployment rate in the Czech Republic and support of establishment of new SMEs and by this creation of new working places are of a high priority of the Regional government. The regional office will present the work with SMEs already provided, but what is expected is the transfer of best practices form experienced project partners. The direct contact and communication with EU stakeholders will show to regional representatives the new ways of work and involvement of regional stakeholders. Regional SMEs representatives participation in the project help to identify the main bottlenecks in SMEs establishment and development to create the suitable activities which might be provided by the Region. The developed strategies and know-how reached by the Ústí Region will serve also to other EU regions suffering with the similar problems as Ústí Region   Which partners are working on this? Ústí Region One stop shop Operational Plans addressed to Entrepreneurs 2015-2017 (OSS Plan 2015 – 2017). MAIN FEATURES One of the main problems to SMEs competitiveness is the amount of administrative costs and procedures. New policies and measures are needed to contribute to the improvement of rates of business creation and consolidation. In this sense, Extremadura has been developing an Employment, Entrepreneurs and Companies Plan which priorities and objectives are adapted to those goals established in Europe 2020 Strategy. This plan promotes the development of a new productive model based on modernization,and simplification of administrative procedures to foster entrepreneurship and improve the relationship between the administration and citizens. In this way, Law 4/2013 (de 21 de mayo, de Gobierno Abierto de Extremadura) establishes instruments that enable greater efficiency of public administration through simplified and innovative structures and procedures. One of these instruments is the Simplification Plan about creating entrepreneurial activities. WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED Although there have been a lot of improvements, the previous work shows the need to carry on working on this subject since some measures have been taken only a few months ago. In this sense, the regional government has to go on analysing the procedures in order to ease business creation and boost e-government. Moreover, a better coordination is needed at all governance levels in order to facilitate procedures for new (and ongoing) businesses.  Which partners are working on this? Government of Catalonia (Department of Business and Knowledge) (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); PURE COSMOS Tweets by PURE COSMOS Latest News See all project news 20/11/2020 PURE COSMOS: “Best Practice for Innovation” PURE COSMOS nominated “Best Practice for Innovation”- edition 2020 Type: Project 27/10/2020 Regional stakeholder Group Meeting in Ústi On 27.10.2020 Ústir region organized online the PURE COSMOS Regional Stakeholder Group Meeting Type: Project 08/10/2020 Pilot Action of “CEMaO-misme completed The activities offered to nine (9) companies / potential entrepreneurs, who had joined the pilot action were succesfully completed Type: Project 30/09/2020 Ústí Region One Stop shop launched The contact point for regional entrepreneurs has been open in the Ústí Region in September 2020 Type: Project 29/09/2020 Final Conference of PURE COSMOS The International Online Conference for Small and Medium Size Enterprises, was successfully implemented as a FINAL CONFERENCE OF PURE COSMOS project. Type: Project 24/06/2020 A journey to business success Greek and foreign speakers shared big and small secrets to business successes at an event organized in the framework of the Pilot Action "CeMaO-misme” Type: Project 18/06/2020 Pilot Action CeMaO completed personal counselling Pilot CeMaO which supports micro SMEs in Central Macedonia Region, completed personal counselling sessions for all 9 businesses, participating the pilot action. Type: Project 17/06/2020 Big & small Secrets to business success ANATOLIKI SA, will hold the online event entitled " Big & small Secrets to business success», on Wednesday, June 24th, at 17.00 CET Type: Project 01/06/2020 Overcoming difficulties -on the road to success On Monday, June 1st, took place the event entitled "Overcoming difficulties -on the road to success" in the context of the pilot action CeMaO. Type: Project 30/03/2020 CeMAO-misme becomes flexible Due to COVID 19 situation, the pilot PURE COSMOS Action “ CeMAO-misme” is becoming flexible. Type: Project
Project News Sort results by Newest first Oldest first MOMAr visits the Murero site in Zaragoza Province 01/06/2021 MOMAr scientific team of the Provincial Government of Zaragoza, made a technical... Type: Project MOMAR Tour in Eastern Zaragoza 20/05/2021 The MOMAr scientific team of Zaragoza Provincial Government carried out a MOMAr... Type: Project Rural tourism to fight depopulation 30/04/2021 The Provincial Government of Zaragoza, together with some of the Spanish... Type: Project Cooperation, an improvement driver 22/04/2021 On the 22 of April, MOMAr organised an international meeting to share and debate... Type: Project III MOMAr Interregional meeting, second session 25/03/2021 The second session of the III Interregional Meeting of MOMAr took place on 25... Type: Project III MOMAr Interregional meeting, first session 24/03/2021 The third interregional meeting of MOMAr took place on the 24 and 25 of Marc, on... Type: Project Groningen works on the design of a Pilot Action 22/03/2021 Representatives from 7 different organizations from the Province of Groningen... Type: Project Zaragoza, case of study on the Green Transition 02/03/2021 MOMAr scientific coordinator, Irene Ruiz, participated in the Green Transition... Type: Project Interview with Castles on Malše river association 22/02/2021 We talk with Radek Kocanda, the director of HNM, about near-future plans of... Type: Project Third regional stakeholder meeting in Saxony-Anhalt 08/02/2021 The Ministry of Regional Development and Transport of Saxony-Anhalt hosted its... Type: Project Lead partner holds its second stakeholder meeting 04/02/2021 MOMAr’s lead partner, the Provincial Government of Zaragoza, held its second... Type: Project Interview to Groningen Historic Churches Foundation 13/01/2021 MOMAr interview the director of the Groningen Historic Churches Foundation,... Type: Project 1234 Next Sign up for the MOMAr newsletter Subscribe now We are MOMAr Discover MOMAr and its goals reading our brochure Read more (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); MOMAr Tweets by MOMAr
Project summary   Destination strategies for the competitiveness of the local SMEs The aim of Destination SMEs is to assist European territories in designing effective destination management strategies in order to provide tourist SMEs with a favourable environment for growth and improve their competitiveness.The project brings together 7 partners from 7 European countries (France, Italy, Malta, Ireland, Finland, Latvia, Slovenia) consisting of a mix of public authorities at national, regional and local level and agencies having a delegation of competences from their public authority. Creating effective tourist destinations Tourist SMEs need favourable conditions to succeed and to increase their competitiveness.  Only a well-managed "Destination" can offer such conditions.. how?Strengthening the identity of the territory Establishing a territorial tourist development strategy Ensuring a cohesion between the various tourist offers in the area Allowing cooperation among stake holders & an effective governance systemThe project: exchange of experiences and knowledge transfer Thanks to the interregional exchange, the analysis of policies and best practices from different countries and the involvement of relevant stakeholders within each area, the partners will have the opportunity to improve their territorial policies or to develop new destination management projects (action plans), giving an effective support to SMEs of the tourist sector. €1,483,536.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 30 Jun 2021 Topic SME competitiveness Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Auvergne ERDF ESF regional operational programme 2014-2020; Axis 3 SMEs competitiveness; Investment priority 3d Support to the capacity of SMEs to participate to processes of innovation and growth; Specific Objective: Strengthen the finance opportunities to cover all development steps of SMEs This measure aims at supporting the creation, the development, the innovation and the improvement of the productivity of tourist SMEs. Only private investment projects (like tourist accommodation) are eligible to these subsidies. It is expected that supported SMEs will contribute to the economy of their territory, directly and indirectly. During the previous programming period, the Tourism Department of the Auvergne regional Council observed that beneficiaries of ERDF located on a territory where a destination management strategy had been developed, were more successful than others to attract customers. Indeed tourist SMEs are part of a destination, an area with activities, accommodation, transportation systems etc. Destinations that are well managed are more likely to generate `wise growth' in their visitor economy. This is why the Tourism Department introduced an inflexion in this new Operational Programme to give a preference to projects located on a territory where a destination management body or strategy exists. But the measure does not give any support to the implementation of such destination management strategies, which means that many territories in the region, and consequently many SMEs, don't benefit from the favourable environment that an "organized destination" can provide. This is the point that needs to be improved in the OP, which can be done twice a year (Application Doc.) or in 2018 (mid-term review of the OP). Which partners are working on this? Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Tourism ‘until 31/12/2016 Regional Tourist Development Board of Auvergne’ Investment program for the growth and the occupation 2014/20, Priority axis 3, Investment priority 3.b), Action 3.3.2 The priority axis 3 is dedicated to the competitiveness promotion of SMEs. The main objective of the axis is the strengthening, modernisation and diversification of the productive systems. The intended result of the measure is to increase tourist flows in relation to the population (target value: from 23,2 days of 2013 to 24,5 days in 2023). The selected Investment priority is 3.b, which aims at developing and realizing new models of activities for SMEs, in particular as far as internationalization is concerned. Action 3.3.2 is focused on the support to the development of products and services complementary to the enhancement of identified cultural and natural attractiveness factors of the territory, even by means of the integration of businesses belonging to the cultural, tourist, sports, creative and media sectors and to the traditional and typical products supply chain. The foreseen interventions are oriented to the qualification of the accommodation and reception services and to the support to the SMEs operating in the cultural and tourist fields.   In order to increase the effectiveness of the policy which was recently approved, P2 wants to benefit from new project ideas abroad to inspire local businesses to present similar innovative projects in their territory, increasing the use of available ERDF funds by local entrepreneurs. Which partners are working on this? Grand Paradis Foundation EcoGozo – the local Sustainable Development Strategy for the island of Gozo This policy instrument aims to translate the national Sustainable Development policy into a sustainability action plan for the island of Gozo, resulting in a stronger economy, a sounder environment and an improvement of the island’s social and cultural milieu. Like all sustainability action plans, this policy is in constant need of revision and improvement. The Rural Tourism aspect – identified in the National Tourism Policy as the strategic choice for Gozo - is seen as crucial in this regard. In fact, the National Tourism Policy states that: “Gozo has established itself strongly as a quality destination attracting activity and special interest holidays. Gozo is also strong in quality relaxation travel, besides also having pioneered aspects such as rural-tourism experiences. These are attributes which strongly differentiate Gozo from mainland Malta and need to be further developed as part of the Island’s strategy to achieve more sustainable tourism flows.” The following actions are listed as Policy actions with respect to Gozo: • Development of a specific tourism strategy for Gozo within the framework of the national tourism policy • Support Gozitan traditional crafts and promote the artisans who work in these sectors • Initiatives supporting the rural characteristics of Gozo • Incentives supporting Green Tourism All these points could be dealt with by developing a transversal Destination Management strategy in order to answer all the needs identified in the policy document Which partners are working on this? Ministry for Gozo Southern & Eastern Regional Operational Programme, Priority Axis 3: SME Support, promotion and capability development. The Operational Programme sets out a strategy, including a set of investment priorities to meet the strategic objectives set for the Regional OP. The specific objective 3a, that corresponds with investment priority 3a, is ‘To increase employment levels in micro-enterprises in the Southern and Eastern Region by supporting business start-ups, business expansion and higher innovation levels in micro-enterprises’. The investment priority supports start-ups and growing businesses through the provision of business information, advisory services, capability building, mentoring and financial supports. Micro-enterprise supports are administered by Local Enterprise Offices in each local authority area. The OP states that supports will be provided for SMEs specifically targeted at micro-enterprises in the manufacturing and traded services sectors. The potential for growth in the tourism sector should be acknowledged with specific reference to the extension of supports to tourist SMEs. Also, there is a need to include supports for the establishment of destination management body(s)/ cluster for tourism related SMEs, which could develop a destination management strategy, as there is no such provision in the current OP. Unless there is specific policy support to encourage territories to organise themselves as a tourist destination, tourist SMEs are unlikely to succeed. The establishment of such a body/ cluster would increase the efficiency and effectiveness of current ERDF supports. Which partners are working on this? Cork County Council Regional Development Programme POKAT 2017 and its “sub-programme” Tourism Operational Programme 2014-2020 The Tourism Operational Programme of North Karelia 2014-2020 aims at improving competitiveness of tourism destinations, increasing international tourism, developing tourism events, nature- and culture-based tourism product development. In North Karelia, tourism sector is scattered and there is a lack of tourism SMEs agglomerations. Resources allocated to tourism development should be targeted at fewer projects, objectives and actors based on the tourism entrepreneurs needs. Better coordination and enhancing SMEs agglomerations are main foci.The Tourism Operational Programme of North Karelia 2014-2020 is a sub-programme of the Regional Strategic Programme of North Karelia for 2014-2017 that outlines regional development targets based on the region’s potential, needs, culture and special characteristics. Tourism is one of the selected development targets. Which partners are working on this? Regional Council of North Karelia National Operational Programme “Growth and Employment” investment priority No. 3.2.: "Supporting the capacity of SMEs to engage in regional, national and international markets, and innovation processes." Specific Objective No. 3.2.1.: to promote the competitiveness and exporting capacity of SMEs. This policy aims at promoting international awareness of Latvian products and services, thus increasing the competitiveness of enterprises in external markets and hence, the volumes of export of goods and services of SME’s. It does not cover destination management as one of the means for increasing competitiveness of SMEs.The cooperation approach for implementing destinations and promoting SMEs development and cooperation is missing. It is important that national level policy instrument includes the needs of Vidzeme region tourist SMEs. Latvian tourism development policy guidelines aims at accentuating the creation of regional tourism clusters. Educating tourism SMEs on the benefits of developing their business and joining clusters is encouraged in the Tourism development policy guidelines. Destination SMEs will help to draw the attention to destination management issues. Vidzeme region set up a tourism cluster in the Gauja national park and sustainable tourism is included as one of the region’s S3 areas. In order to develop the cluster and implement region’s S3, it is important to improve the coverage of destination management in the National Operational Programme. Since the last planning period, there have been discussions of the disadvantages of dispersed investments and on the advantages of stakeholder cooperation in a destination. The detailed conditions of implementing the policy instrument are still in progress, so it would be advisable to include clustering in it. Which partners are working on this? Vidzeme Planning Region Policy of encouraging competitiveness of Slovenian tourism (Slovenian Tourism Development Strategy), Measure 1.1 “Encouraging development of tourist destinations” The policy to facilitate increase the competitiveness of Slovenian tourism is included in Slovenian Tourism Development Strategy. Within the project we will focus on the Measure 1.1 of respected policy - namely “Encouraging development of tourist destinations” which proposes an active participation of all stakeholders in Slovenian tourism (regional tourism organisations, local tourism organisations, tourist societies, etc.) for developing effective tourism destinations with high-quality and attractive integrated tourism products as well implementing sustainable and responsible management in the tourism industry and at destinations.  Slovenian Tourism Development Strategy is the key strategic document in the field of tourism development and sets out the role and the importance of all stakeholders in this field. Roughly, we can summarise three development areas in national tourism strategy: - increase competitiveness, - increase favourable business environment and - increase efficient and innovative marketing. Which partners are working on this? Institute for Culture, Tourism and Sport Murska Sobota Final Destination SMEs video newsletter Destination SMEs final video newsletter shows the main results of the project at the end of Phase 1 Have a look at the video (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Destination SMEs Tweets by Destination SMEs Latest News See all project news 23/10/2020 The official launch of the Gozo Artisan Network The Gozo Artisan Network and the territorial quality brand is the result of a pilot action within the Interreg Europe Destination SMEs Project, Type: Project 16/10/2020 DSMEs workshop at the #EURegionsWeek The workshop “Cooperation for better Destination Management” was held on October 14, 2020 with the aim of sharing DSMEs Projects tips and tricks on what makes Type: Project 20/09/2020 Cooperation for better Destination Management What makes a destination management policy more effective? Destination SMEs project will share tips and tricks on governance and empowerment of SMEs. Type: Project 02/03/2020 Cork County Council - A dissemination event Cork County Council recently hosted an awareness event about the project and extent of supports available for SMEs in the Tourism sector in Cork. Type: Project 18/02/2020 Ministry for Gozo - approved the Pilot Action The Ministry for Gozo is pleased to announce that the Interreg Europe monitoring committee has approved the request for a pilot action Type: Project 16/01/2020 The PP met in Amsterdam to share the progresses At one year from the beginning of the second phase, the Project Partners met in Amsterdam to supervise its development and to plan the next actions. Type: Project 27/04/2018 Destination SMEs project study visit to Slovenia During study visit in Slovenia "Destination SMEs" partners learned about public policies and implemented initiatives related to destination management. Type: Project 08/01/2018 Exploring tourism practices in North Karelia In December 2017 Destination SMEs partners went to North Karelia, Finland, to learn about the region’s practices related to destination management. Type: Project 16/10/2017 Good Practices showcased in Cork Destination SMes project: policy learning in Destination Management moves to Cork Type: Project 30/05/2017 Destination Gran Paradiso Destination SMEs partners met in Italy from 29 May to 1 June 2017 in the Gran Paradiso area (Aosta Valley) for the fourth project study trip. Type: Project
Project summary Nine regions from the EU share experiences and good practices on smart health and care innovation, to improve active and healthy ageing of the population. A key aim is to refine regional policies in order to support innovative businesses, create growth and scale up the deployment of innovative health and care solutions. In the end, the result is smarter healthcare policies and stronger regional and interregional ecosystems for the benefit of European citizens.As you set out for Ithaca  hope the voyage is (...) full of adventure, full of discovery.                         - C.P. Cavafy       €2,097,691.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2021 Topic Research and innovation ITHACA’s primary outputs include: ITHACA self, peer and expert assessment tools and findings focused on regions’ strengths, weaknesses, policy priorities and policy enhancements relating to all stages of the innovation cycle and ecosystems; An ITHACA Framework Strategy for developing evidence based and co-designed policies, programmes and implementation methods and for identifying how best to improve policy instruments;  9 Regional Action Plans (each informed by the Framework Strategy, pre and interim self-assessments and EEPE case study) to enhance the implementation of regional policy instruments. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Operational Programme Zuid-Nederland 2014-2020 (OP Zuid) Operational Programme South-Netherlands ERDF 2014-2020 (OPSN) Theme 1 - Research and innovation. South-Netherlands consists of the provinces of Noord-Brabant, Limburg and Zeeland. Aim: To strengthen potential for research and innovation and supporting the shift to a resource-efficient and low carbon economy. Priorities: Increase research and innovation intensity SMEs and support development and roll out of low-carbon technology. Impact: Support to and increase of innovative SMEs (including the RIS3 cluster life sciences & Health) more new products and successful business cases. To be improved: We need a better process for integrated policy development in which the social, economic and spatial domains are involved. We need a more integrated regional policy for sustainable innovation. Only then societal challenges like active and healthy ageing can be tackled better and new innovative business development can be supported. This means the developing public private partnerships for shared risks and initiating multi helix learning ecosystems in which all stakeholders are involved. For the Noord-Brabant's societal challenge 'validation and scaling of smart solutions for active and healthy ageing' the next OP needs to better facilitate the new role of the regional government as a catalyst in the regional learning ecosystem. Also be able to facilitate better the crossovers between clusters and other promising domains.  Which partners are working on this? Province of Noord-Brabant ERDF-OP 2014-2020 TO1 Research and innovation ReVUS (Regional Growth and Development Strategy) is Region Zealand's SFP action plan for the Regional Operational Programme ERDF.  Objectives for Region Zealand 2015-2018 are: For major construction works, such as the new hospitals, to contribute to growth and employment. Two new clusters are to be set up. 4% more businesses will introduce new products and services. Increased export and collaboration with neighbouring regions. Innovation increases productivity and ensures growth. A strengthened digital infrastructure makes it attractive to live and work in all parts to the region. Five new “super hospitals” are currently under construction in Denmark in each of the five Danish regions. A national partnership has been set up for health and hospital innovation to ensure that the growth potential of the major hospital investments in Denmark is exploited. Integrated health care centres are being set up in the municipalities. Detailed regional objectives for health are described in the Regional Health Agreement, Sundhedsaftale 2015-18. To be improved: A strengthened Public-Private collaboration, including structured knowledge sharing in Region Zealand will help ensure the development and implementation of smart health innovations, and thus contribute to meet the objectives of the ReVUS in terms of growth and development. Which partners are working on this? Region Zealand Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the Period 2014-2020 Priorities: University of Ljubljana refers to two investment priorities (IP) under TO 9:Enhancing access to affordable, sustainable and highquality services, including health care and social services of general interest. Investing in health and social infrastructure which contributes to national, regional and local development, reducing inequalities in terms of health status, promoting social inclusion through improved access to social, cultural and recreational services and the transition from institutional to communitybased services. Objectives: Specific objective (SO) of the first mentioned IP is pilot testing of approaches for improved integration of longterm care services. SO of the second IP is to improve the quality of community based services. To be improved: According to Operational Programme future objective is "to upgrade, redesign or integrate some of these services, and to develop new ones as necessary". While referring to possible future measures for the two IPs, the OP prioritises projects that will include "development of ICT supported services", and projects that will "involve key stakeholders" and "contribute to the exchange of experiences, results and good practice at the regional, national and transnational level", these topics could be much more emphasised. The policy instrument should focus on development of ecosystems and on interdisciplinary integration; there should be a better mechanism for coordinating activities between government directorates, research organisations, service providers and the industry. Which partners are working on this? University of Ljubljana POR FESR 2014-2020 della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia ROP ERDF 2014 – 2020 of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region  Objectives: The Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) ROP ERDF 2014-2020 addresses the themes of eHealth, eCare and active ageing in the priority axis 1, namely “Enhance research, technological development and innovation”, specifically through the objectives: To promote investments of enterprises in R&I developing synergies among enterprises, R&D centres and the high education sectors, particularly promoting investments in the development of products and services, transfer of technologies, social innovation and applications in public services, along with the development of networks, clusters and open innovation through the smart specialization.Priorities: The implementation funding instruments foresees a development priority on “Smart Health” that includes specific topic on AAL domain, eHealth, telemedicine and domotica, to support the regional stakeholders in the implementation of the RIS 3, for the active and healthy ageing and wellbeing.To be improved: Improvements to the policy should aim at the definition of models and guidelines for a regional ecosystem, more effective connection between regional and national cluster on AAL, strengthen cooperation and synergies among public and private actors involved in the R&D of innovation, improving the participation of the private sector, supporting innovative models for independent living and active and healthy ageing, providing evidence-based solutions for the implementation of the Regional Law on Active and Healthy Ageing.   Which partners are working on this? Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region EU Structural and Investment Funds Strategy 2014-2020: Liverpool City Region The policy instrument that links to the ERDF for England 2014-2020 Operational Programme sets out how the cityregion will spend its EU funding allocation. It lays out opportunities for and barriers to growth and sets out priorities to increase GVA, grow the business base, create jobs and help residents into employment. Priorities: The policy instrument prioritises five portfolios. This includes an innovation economy portfolio that is allocated €26.5 million of ERDF and €5 million of ESF resources. Within this portfolio, key actions include: Creating the physical and organisational conditions to support smart specialisation priorities and innovation. Boosting the application of knowledge and innovation through Open Innovation and commercialisation of new products and processes. Impact: Key outputs relate to enterprises supported, new jobs created, companies involved in research collaboration and private sector finance levered. An accompanying innovation plan puts more flesh on the focus of activity to deliver outputs and objectives. It has four priority areas. One, on health and wellbeing, incorporates a Smart Health and WellBeing Programme that embraces ecosystem development, living labs, testing grounds and scaling up of smart healthcare solutions. To be improved: For impact to be maximised in this area, there is a need to ensure that the policy focus and adopted measures effect evidencebased good practices and offer cityregion companies access, for validation and scaling up purposes, to other European regions. Which partners are working on this? NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group OP Limousin 2014 - 2020 ERDF ESF (CCI number 2014FR16N20PO006) Aim: The Limousin region has included ageing as a transversal theme within its Operational Programme and made it one of the seven specialisation fields of its RIS3. The actions supported within this framework have to bring solutions to R&I, economic development, ICT and intelligent buildings. Priorities: The improvement pursued is for the implementation of this OP, considering the need of some industries, in terms of support and financing, to help them to ripen their needs in innovation, not only technological. Impact: The implementation will be made concrete through the Regional Innovation Strategy and the Smart Specialisation. Ex ante conditionality for the validation of the regional OP, the RIS3 is an instrument for the economic development of the Region. It is not an action plan but rather a state of play, with a SWOT analysis. To be improved: Next step is the implementation of governance. An evaluation of the former Regional Innovation Strategy identified that the “techno push” approach of the regional policy was successful in term of project emergence but not in terms of leading products to the market. It stated that the regional policies need to integrate an approach more centered on the needs of the companies and their clients, as well as territories and their users. The Region needs to focus on a more specific approach in the field of the Silver Economy to reach this goal. The Regional Innovation Strategy aims to enable the emergence of innovative projects, giving businesses the means to innovate. Which partners are working on this? GIP Autonom’lab Basque Country ERDF Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 The ERDF Operational Programme 2014-2020 of the Basque Country is the document in which the strategy and thematic objectives of intervention are set up in the Basque Country (ACBC), addressing finance activities by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the programming period 2014-2020, and the financial arrangements set for these objectives. Aim: The ERDF Operational Programme is completely aligned with the Basque Country government strategy, which has also been analysed in the Basque strategic framework for the management of the funds of the European Common Strategic Framework, putting special emphasis on the defense of employment and economic recovery, prioritising and ensuring social services and health system prestige and quality. Objectives: The ERDF Programme puts special focus on the thematic objectives addressed to promote the smart specialization strategy in Europe 2020: R+D+I (OT1), TICs (OT2), SMEs (OT3) and Low Economy and Carbon (OT4). Within the thematic objective 1 (R+D+I), there is an specific mention on boosting the R+D+I on ageing and health by promoting the technological community to fill gap markets on ageing, health and others. Also the Basque Country Smart Specialisation Strategy puts the emphasis and priorities on R+D+I between others in health and bioscience. To be improved: Creation of new services, products for ageing of the population and health is an explicit objective detailed in thematic objective to improve the competitiveness of the SMEs. Which partners are working on this? Basque Foundation for Health Innovation and Research Regional Operational Programme for the Malopolska Region for 2014-2020. Objectives: The main objective of Priority Axis 9 (“Socially cohesive region”) is to increase intraregional cohesion in social and health benefits. Specific Objective 1 (“Promotion of social inclusion, tackling poverty and all forms of discrimination”) aims inter alia to improve the quality and accessibility of social services, including activation of dependent people, meet their needs in a way that supports their independence and social participation. To be improved: This may be achieved by providing care and domestic services, rehabilitation services, telecare, counselling and psychological support, organising activities that support the activity of seniors and people with disabilities, as well as ensuring the implementation of local services by these institutions. The instrument should be improved, because telecare is at the early stages of development and it is implemented within pilot actions. We need to create a system for active and healthy ageing (AHA) and ambient assisted living (AAL). What is more, in the Regional Operational Programme, interventions are focused mainly on stationary care, day centres, nursing homes and seniors’ centres. We plan to demonstrate that telecare positively influences quality of life and answers the older and disabled people’s needs, especially in the psychological dimension.The instrument should be improved because an approach to care management system hasn’t been foreseen and there’s lack of solutions how to organise and implement the complex social care system. Which partners are working on this? The Malopolska Region European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Programme Baden-Württemberg 2014-2020: Innovation and Energy transition (2014 DE16RFOP001). Theme 1: Innovation Clusterförderung (O04/O05 EFRE OP) / Cluster development. Aim: To strengthen potential for research and innovation and supporting the shift to a resource efficient and low carbon economy. Priorities: Increase research and innovation (especially specific targets 1, 2 and 3 of the Operational Programme (ERDF, Priority A 01 1b) Impact: cluster development, support to, and increase of, innovative SMEs (including the RIS3 clusters), more new products and services. To be improved: Cluster development is an integral part of the Baden-Württemberg innovation policy, however the dovetailing between technology and services is often missing. A much more integrated policy development is needed in which social, economic and spatial domains are involved. Thus the State Government of Baden-Württemberg is using the OP to foster cross-sectorial exchange between technology providers, component suppliers and service providers. One important aspect in this initiative is the combination of new technologies with care and health services to implement new breakthrough technical as well as social innovations. This policy instrument, however, could be improved by integrating the demand side into the innovation process in a more effective way – i.e. by using Smart Care Living Labs. This offers a great opportunity for tackling the specific targets 1, 2 and 3 of the Operational Programme (ERDF, Priority A 01 1b) and to strengthen the cluster development in Baden-Württemberg significantly. Which partners are working on this? 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Project summary The objective of the Urban Manufacturing Project is to ensure that collaborative makerspaces thrive.  We achieve this through identifying best practice, testing policy approaches and supporting our cities/regions in creating receptive conditions. Our hope is that we will demonstrate the impact that cooperative facilities can have on innovation and establish a European network of advocates.  WHAT ARE COLLABORATIVE MAKERSPACES?  Collaborative makerspaces take many forms, but common to all is the idea of producing physical objects through cooperation. This sharing can occur during ideas generation or fabrication and is most profound when different sectors come together.  The benefits of working in this way are numerous and include: new and improved products; an enhanced sense of community; increased mutual knowledge; quicker and more comprehensive solutions; and the tapping of latent potential. This leads to more effective and far-reaching innovation. Examples of collaborative makerspaces include Fab Labs, Open Innovation Centres, Living Labs and Cross-Sector Incubators.  Collaborative makerspaces are typically located within urban environments, so understanding the ecosystem – for example the interdependencies between education, policy makers and manufacturers – is of fundamental importance. Through nourishing these connected elements, cooperative facilities can flourish.  Through our partnership, we are analysing the effect of policies across seven related themes: STEAM Communities Ecosystems Funding to support makerspaces Results of investment in makerspaces Routes to market Enterprise We develop our understanding through a process of knowledge sharing.      €1,868,317.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2021 Topic Research and innovation PROJECT OUTPUTS The project will produce: A good practice brochure with 24 case studies of makerspaces from across the partnership. A city or regional action plan for each partner to track and support the implementation of policy changes. We will do this through: Policy clinics, where exchange of experience in policy development will take place between cities across shared themes. Peer review sessions, to analyse the relevance and transferability of policies. Study visits, to show to the partnership and our stakeholders the range of makerspace models that already exist. The beneficiaries will include: Policy makers, innovators, entrepreneurs, cluster managers and the maker community.   Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Programa Operacional Regional de Lisboa 2014-2020 (ERDF Operational Programme) priority investment No.1b The objective of the Operational Programme (OP)of the Lisbon region 2014-2020 is to strengthen research, technological development and innovation in the region.Priority Investment No. 1b - Promotion of Business Investment in Research & Development, has a clear strand related to collaborative making, focusing on the development of connections between companies, research and development centres leading to applied pilot lines, early validation of products, first production and advanced production capabilities. Open innovation is seen as key, as is stimulating demand in networks and clusters. Of particular importance is the promotion of investment in new products and services developed in this way. Other areas of focus for the Priority include technology transfer, intelligent specialisation, support for technological research, enabling the dissemination of essential technologies, all alongside social and eco-innovation, particularly in situations which benefit the public.  This policy should be improved because Lisbon is looking to better connect its maker community to its research, technology and innovation base. Through this process it is posited that new strands of specialised, cooperative products will be created, stimulating the high-value economy. The knowledge generated will be shared with the corporate sector, improving networks within the regional innovation system. This will lead to increased business investment in Research & Development, developing value chains and opening up international markets. Which partners are working on this? Lisbon City Council ERDF England Operational Programme 2014-20, specifically the Greater Birmingham and Solihull (GBSLEP) ESIF investment strategy. (In Birmingham, the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has adopted its own European Structural Investment Fund Strategy that contributes to the English Operational Programme.) Two Priority Axes of Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Economic Partnership's (GBSLEP) ESIF programme directly relate to collaborate maker spaces:   Priority Axis 1: Strengthening Research, Technological Development and Innovation. Specifically: * Building collaborative research between enterprises, research institutions and public institutions * Physical infrastructure for innovation including incubation space for enterprises linked to research institutions * Supporting businesses to commercialise research and development  Priority Axis 2: Stimulating Business and Enterprise. Specifically: * Acces to physical space to encourage and support growth of enterprise, particularly through ... co-working spaces and approaches to enable grassroots design and manufacturing such as Fab Labs.  This policy instrument should be improved because GBSLEP is facing serious challenges in relation to innovation infrastructure, including: * The low level of investment in innovation, despite a strong research base * The low representation of high-value sectors in the innovation economy  The project will define how collaborative maker spaces can strengthen GBSLEP's approach to addressing these challenges, particularly through influencing key actions already defined in GBSLEP's Strategy for Growth: * Putting in place the key enablers/infrastructure * Stimulating demand for new products and services * Promoting best practice in the management and governance of innovation * Developing effective business networks Which partners are working on this? Birmingham City Council ERDF OPERATIONAL PROGRAMME RESEARCH AND INNOVATION, FOR PROGRAMMING PERIOD 2014 – 2020.  The overarching aim of the Operational Programme (OP) for Research and Innovation is to stimulate structural change in the Slovak economy, based on excellence in research and innovation, to support sustainable growth, employment and quality of life. Specifically, the OP contains a number of strategic objectives which are closely related to the topic of collaborative maker spaces:  1. Through the cooperation of local supply chains, deepen the integration of key major industries, so increasing local value 2. Increase the contribution of research to economic growth 3. Create a dynamic, open and inclusive innovation society  The particular Priority Axis which Bratislava has chosen to address is: Priority Axis 2: Supporting Research, Development and Innovation in the Bratislava region. with Specific Objective 2.2.2. Enhancing Research, Development and Innovation capacities in industry and services in the Bratislava Region.        The policy instrument needs to be improved because Bratislava wishes to better support collaborative innovation districts, as a means of meeting the challenges posed by globalisation and the transition towards a knowledge economy. For example, through the development of inter-disciplinary information and communication technologies, which contribute to new forms of knowledge. The city wishes to identify and mobilise the specific resources and competences of the territory which will catalyse collaborative innovation and so enhance cluster activity. Which partners are working on this? Municipality of the City of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava Lithuania Operational Programme for EU Structural Funds Investments for 2014-2020 Vilnius will specifically address the Investment Priority "Strengthening Research, Development and Innovation".  The main feature of this priority is that it is designed to develop and support 6 particular measures of Research, Development and Innovation (R,D&I) (Smart Specialisation): 1) Energy and sustainable development 2) Inclusive and Creative Society 3) Agro Innovations and Food Technologies 4) Health Technologies and Bio-Technology 5) Transport 6) Logistics and Information and Communication Technologies  The policy instrument needs to be improved because levels of investment into these areas is lower than EU average - the aim is for ESIF to invest 1.9% of GDP. The two specific methods defined to reach this goal have strong links to collaborative maker spaces: a) Improve research and innovation infrastructure, and the capacity to use Research & Development technologies, as well as encouraging the activities of professional Centres of Excellence. b) Encourage business investment in Research & Development, social innovations, cooperation between business, universities and research centres, and the production of innovative products and services. Establish and support networks and partnerships at national and international level.  The approach to addressing the policy instrument will be to identify opportunities for the Cultural and Creative Industries to collaborate with more 'typical' R,D & I organisations, generating innovations, opening funding opportunities and allowing cultural operators better access to innovation infrastructure. Which partners are working on this? Vilnius City Administration Programme for fostering the development of craftsmanship and small and medium sized entrepreneurship in the City of Zagreb The main objective of the policy instrument selected by Zagreb is to encourage the devlopment of craftsmanship and small and medium sized enterprises within the city. Clearly, this aligns with the aims of Urban Manufacturing, in being focused on making in a city context. Currently this programme runs from 2013 - 2017, but through the project the city will seek to improve future iterations.The policy instrument emerged from Zagreb's commitment to provide a nurturing business environment, particularly in preparing cratfspeople and entrepreneurs for the conditions of global markets. The City undertook research with trade organisations and other stakeholders, which further specified their needs. It also took into account exisiting strategic documents governing small businesses and the Development Strategy of the City of Zagreb (ZAGREBPLAN), the latter of which identified the main directions for activity in the field of craftmanship and provided a framework for incentive mechanisms.  Improvements are required because better alignment is needed between the policy instrument and the ESIF Operational Programme. The latter, for the period 2014-20 will feature an ITI (Integrated Territorial Investment instrument for Urban Development) and defining synergies will allow for more efficient treatment of collaborative innovation infrastructure.  Which partners are working on this? City of Zagreb Technical Museum Nikola Tesla Basque Country Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020. The Basque Country Operational Programme (OP) 2014-2020 sets our the strategy and objectives for involvement in ERDF operations. It is organised according to identified regional needs designed to achieve smart growth. Specifically, San Sebastian will focus on Priority 1 of the OP, which is concerned with Strengthening and Promoting the Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) system in line with the Basque RIS3.  Within this Priority, Axis 1 addresses the need to strengthen and boost the RDI system in line with the Basque RIS3, concentrating on supporting investment by companies in Research and Innovation, and prioritising interventions which create a productive Innovation ecosystem. Of particular importance are those types of support which encourage business to collaborate with the actors if the Basque Science and Technology Network.  Further specific policy areas are:  IP1.2 Promotion of Investment by Businesses in Research & Innovation - development of linkages and synergies between businesses, research centres and higher education, in particular technology transfer, innovation platforms, innovation infrastructures, creation of innovative SMEs, networking, clusters and open innovation through RIS3. and SO1.2.1. Boosting and promoting R&I-led businesses, supporting the creation and consolidation of innovative firms.  This policy instrument needs to be improved as regional innovation actors currently lack a well-developed set of tools to enable collaboration.   Which partners are working on this? Fomento San Sebastian, Economic Development Agency REGIONAL OPERATIONAL PROGRAMME - ERDF - 2014-2020 ROP (approved on 12.2.2015) Lazio Region proposes to focus on Priority Axis 1 "Research and Innovation" (OT1), Priority Number 6 "Instruments for Innovation and Creative Start-Ups". This action 1.4.1 addresses new innovative and creative enterprises in the region, providing loans for start-up and growth. It also encompasses actors and organisations capable of offering financial support to facilitate the development of start-ups, such as incubators, consultancies and training providers. Additionally, it covers the application of knowledge and research, with spin-off activities in line with smart specialisation.  This action contains specific objectives for the Lazio Region, including: * Promoting and sustaining at least 500 innovation and creative start-ups * Creating interventions in at least 25 start-ups to help them pass to the second phase of growth * Enhancing the generation and support of innovation and creative start-ups by strengthening private business incubators/accelerators  The policy instrument needs to be improved as Lazio Region is looking to develop links between its innovative and creative enterprises and the wider European maker movement. Through understanding where synergies lie with project partners, they hope to develop a clear dimension of European added value, encouraging trade agreements with collaborative maker spaces across partner cities/regions, leveraging in opportunities to internationalise and innovate, with a particular interest in the impact on traditional sectors. Which partners are working on this? Lazio Region Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020  The Operational Programme (OP) for the Implementation of the EU cohesion Policy 2014-2020 is a centralised OP for the territorial development of Slovenia, covering 11 Thematic Objectives. Within Urban Manufacturing, the aim is to adopt Goal 1: Fostering Research, Technology Development and Innovation   The specific Priority will be 2.1: “International competitiveness of Research, Innovation and Technology Development in cooperation with smart specialisation and bigger competitiveness for green economy, with a focus on sub priority 2.1.3: "Improvement of the Infrastructure for Research and Innovation and competences for the development of excellence in Research and Innovation, aligned with promotion of competence centres, especially in the European interest".  The Policy Instrument needs to be improved because, whilst investment in Research & Development (R&D) has so far created a good environment for innovation, there is a need to put more emphasis on the usage of R&D infrastructure to better support collaborative innovation processes, particularly in relation to the economy and public sector. This will allow the exploration of market potentials. Existing R&D infrastructure and partnerships (including maker communities) will be used to foster the transfer of knowledge, improving and developing new approaches to cooperation between the research base and economy, in line with smart specialisation. Within this, creative & cultural industries, different areas of science and the economy play a vital role. Which partners are working on this? BSC, Business support centre Ltd., Kranj Latest News See all project news 06/12/2020 Donostia Innovation Week 2020 Innvation week continues depsite challenges created by Covid-19. Type: Project 20/11/2019 Five lessons from Bratislava for your makerspace Find out what the team have learnt from #UMconf19. Type: Project 12/08/2019 How Zagreb is helping makerspaces thrive Zagreb has been making waves when it comes to impact on makerspaces. Lidija Pavic-Rogosic tells us how. Type: Project 11/06/2019 Urban M peer review, a design-led process (part one) Birmingham City Council's, Heather Law, reveals how Birmingham’s Collaborative Maker Space (CMS) infrastructure can become more innovation active. Type: Project 11/06/2019 Urban M peer review, a design-led process (part two) Birmingham City Council's, Heather Law, reveals how Birmingham’s Collaborative Maker Space (CMS) infrastructure can become more innovation active. Type: Project 03/06/2019 How Birmingham is brimming with maker space know-how Laura Veart explains how the Birmingham maker space scene is a European exemplar. Type: Project 02/04/2019 Three key trends in the maker movement. Dr Steve Harding reports back from the Urban M team’s visit to Zagreb and comments on maker movement trends. Type: Project 12/02/2019 What STEAM learning really means for innovation Director of the Institute for Creative Innovation, Dr. Steve Harding, explains what makes STEAM learning unique and why it’s all about the people. Type: Project 19/10/2018 Reflections from policy clinic in Vilnius Birmingham City University's Laura Veart shares the activity from September's policy clinic in Vilnius. Type: Project 11/10/2018 Birmingham City Council's view on Urban M Part 1 Heather Law from Birmingham City Council shares how UrbanM will be benefitting the Birmingham region and how it will have influence in all it's partner cities. Type: Project
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A review on the 2nd Regional Stakeholder Event held by the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce on 30 November 2017.
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The regional institution MANRA (Mancomunitat de la Ribera Alta) has started with the cultural and natural digitalization
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Project summary Europe has always been a step ahead regarding sustainable transport mode in comparison with the rest of the world and Europe has developed valuable expertise and innovation in the railway sector. That is why, railway is identified in many RIS3. However due to a fierce competition in particular from emerging industries, the whole sector and especially SME are facing big challenges regarding their competitiveness (pricebased vs. innovationbased competitiveness). To tackle this challenge, regions with the help of the EC, put efforts to encourage R&I joint activities (triple helix concept) by offering innovation delivery support in the ERDF OP (direct fundings, cluster policy...). Other initiatives have been launched towards the railway sector but it has been pointed out that SME have specific issues due to the way public transport works, the specificities of its value chain and its market structure (few big companies with thousands of SMEs, few profit margin, low innovation culture, etc.). Taking this into consideration, the RECORD project aims at helping SME to invest more and better in innovation activities by redesigning the regional policy instruments. To do so, we plan individual work to be compared with partnering regions and analyzed. Benchmark and brainstorming sessions with local stakeholders will help draw provenoriented conclusions and develop new approaches together. To have comparability and to be able to share experiences and learn from each other, it is key to admit regional policy structure, industrial environment and clusters differences. Stakeholders engagement in this project is very important as it will be the first time managing authorities, clusters, businesses, universities, other funding organizations, regions etc. are working together early in the political process in the railway sector. This lends credibility and builds solid foundation to develop a framework that will be accepted for implementation. €922,796.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 31 May 2022 Topic Research and innovation Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Operational Programme European Regional Development Funds 2014-2020 region Nord Pas de Calais Axe 1 IP 3d The objective of the OP ERDF Axis1 is to invest in NordPasdeCalais in R&I activities related to the RIS3. The aim is to improve the capacity to develop R&I excellence and promote centers of competence by promoting investment in R&I and developing links and synergies between businesses, research and development centers and the higher education sector (see the “triple helix” concept). The IP 3d is focussed on private R&D investments and the companies'capacity to innovate with public research centers. The project’s intervention logic is: in NPDC, the main industry is the rail sector. The rail sector is characterized by a few big companies and hundreds of SME which face big challenges due to a fierce international competition. This means that they need to innovate to offer added value products and services to be able to face competitors. The issue is that they have difficulties to invest more and better in R&I. To increase their level of investments, they can use instruments put at their disposal by the regional council or BPI France (the French public bank of investments dedicated to innovation and growth). Also, to increase the quality of their investments, they can get support from clusters (financed partially and supported by the region) that will help them build joint R&D projects namely with academia. Nevertheless the SME investments are under expectation. Therefore the policy instrument should be redesigned to solve this issue. Which partners are working on this? i-Trans / Transports Terrestres Promotion Hauts-de-France Regional Council ERDF Regional Operational Programme Aragón 2014-2020 IP 1b IP 1.b : Promotion of the companies’ investment in research and innovation (R&i), development of links and synergies between the companies, the research centres and the university (triple helix concept). Specifically, the thematic objective OE.1.2.1. will be addressed. The project will aim to improve the creation of an innovation culture and the promotion of R&i activities, improving at the same time the low position of Aragon in innovation and the low level of research results transfer to the companies. Even though there is a strong commitment of the region in the railway topic, there are not so many SMEs working and innovating in it. In fact, this could be improved by a higher cooperation of SMEs working in innovation projects, and, of course, if this cooperation could include the university and the research centres, it would be better. Gathering the relevant logistics-related stakeholders in one platform is one step ahead, but it has still room for improvement. Which partners are working on this? ITAINNOVA/ Technological Institute of Aragon ROP Toscana ERDF 2014-2020 Thematic Priority TO1 - Research and Innovation; Priority of Investment 1b The TO1 – 1b aims at promoting enterprises’ investments in innovation and R&D and at developing synergies between enterprises and R&D bodies. The Partner will mainly focus on the “Specific Objective RA 1.1” (Enhancing innovation activities in enterprises), and 2 specific actions : 1.1.4 Support to collaborative R&D for developing new sustainable technologies, new products and services : since it covers the activities of “Technological Districts” (Clusters), therefore it is the one directly concerning the Partner. Since we are already aware of the huge differences between the Clusters involved in the project not only in terms of organisation and financing but also in terms of activities and impact, identifying best practices will be crucial to us and the Tuscany Region. 1.1.5 Support to pilot actions, early validation of products and large-scale demonstration : it is for sure a crucial tool to build a long-lasting competitive advantage for enterprises bworking in the railway sector. Which partners are working on this? DITECFER District for Rail Technologies, High Speed, Safety & Security S.c.ar.l. 2014 SE16RFOP004 East Middle Sweden Operational Programme 2014 2020 Investment priority 1 The objective of the policy instrument mentionned above and especifically the TO1 is to strengthen research, technological development and innovation’. Both 1a and 1b, as they are interconnected, will be addressed. The aim of 1a is to enhance research and innovation (R&I) infrastructure and capacities to develop R&I excellence. 1b is to promote business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector (see the “triple helix” concept) thanks to clusters and open innovation related to RIS3. The intervention logic is: In East Central Sweden, railway SMEs are reluctant and historically weak in investing in R&D. The region has a strong railway sector, which is identified as a key sector in the region, and is developing the Järnvägskluster (Railway cluster). Private R&D investments are currently limited to large companies and focused on technological innovations, when more is needed of organizational, market or social innovations. Also, generally speaking, collaboration between academia, trade/industry and society is low. As a consequence, the overall project objective is to redesign the policy instrument to foster measures and policies for collaboration across sectors on larger challenges of transport/railway, to identifying best practices and simplification for SMEs to increase effectiveness of policies and benefit from opportunities for crossregion learning on cluster policies and programs. Which partners are working on this? Region Västmanland Operational Programme Research and Innovation The Operational Program for Research and Innovation (OPRI) is based on the priorities of the Europe2020 strategy as well as the main recommendations of the Small Business Act and the Business Action Plan2020. It is a joint program led by the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic with the Ministry Education, Science, Research and Sports of the Slovak Republic and via which budget resources of about 3billionEUR are allocated. Its focus, structure and content of activities is based directly on analysis of needs and development potential as well as expected results defined in the Slovak Republic's Partnership Agreement2014-2020. Moreover, it reflects the principles of state education, research, development and innovation policies contained in The National Reform Program of the Slovak Republic. OPRI is a key implementation tool of the "Knowledge for Prosperity - Strategy for Research and Innovation for the Smart Specialization of the Slovak Republic" ("RIS3 SK") targeting SME. Since 2014, projects within OPRI were implemented. The results require our attention as they are not as good as expected. Indeed, the actual support seems inadequate: the number of cooperations supported by public grant programmes to develop innovation is very low. We must analyse & define why objectives are not achieved and make improvements towards socio-economic changes and define new actions. The aim is also to ensure specific support to the transport sector as required by regional stakeholders. Which partners are working on this? Technical University of Kosice Latest News See all project news 08/06/2021 Webminar on Patents system and its utilility ITAINNOVA organized the Webminar "Patents and their utility" to show SMEs the power of the use of industrial protection tools, for competitive intelligence. Type: Project 26/05/2021 Summary Video of the Study Visits Here you can visualize a summary video of all the study visits and international exchange of experiences of RECORD project Type: Project 03/05/2021 Presentation on a webminar organized by ERCI. Partners of project RECORD will participate on May 12th, in a webminar organized by European Railway Clusters Initiative (ERCI). Type: Project 04/02/2020 RECORD. 4RD Study Visit in Košice (SK) Study Visit and Steering Committee of RECORD Project Type: Project 08/07/2019 RECORD. Finished 3rd Study Visit in Pistoia (IT) 3rd Study Visit of RECORD project Companies and public bodies discussed on the hottest innovation topics and how to support trans-regional collaboration. Type: Project 14/06/2019 RECORD. 3rd Study Visit in Pistoia (IT) 3rd RECORD Study Visit (June 17th-19th) will take place in two key-hubs of the regional rail supply industry: Pistoia and Firenze. Type: Project 29/11/2018 STUDY VISIT IN ZARAGOZA (ES) RECORD´s Steering Committee and First Study visit took place in Instituto Tecnológico de Aragón (ITAINNOVA, ES) . Type: Project 20/11/2018 FIRST STAKEHOLDERS MEETING. PISTOIA (IT) On November 19th DITECFER (Tuscany, Italy) organized its 1st Stakeholders’ Meeting at the “Polo Universitario” in Pistoia. Type: Project 19/11/2018 FIRST STAKEHOLDERS MEETING. ARAGON (ES) RECORD project joins stakeholders of Aragón in ITAINNOVA. On November 26th and 27th, all partners will meet in Zaragoza, for first SC and Study Visit. Type: Project 12/09/2018 RECORD partners meet in France Will design sustainable transport policies for the railway sector Type: Project