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Project summary According to World Health Organization (WHO) "making cities and communities age-friendly is one of the most effective local policy approaches for responding to demographic change”. However, regional initiatives still lack alignment between absolutely complementary policy areas such as health, social affairs, territorial sustainable development, employment and wellbeing. This silo approach restrains the creation, availability and large-scale adoption of age-friendly solutions across Europe. Known is also the gap between technological developments and end-users real needs and expectations. Therefore, policy alignment, collaborative efforts and sharing of good practices will be keystones to add better quality of life, more inclusive and sustainable health and social care systems and citizen’s access to the services. The EU_SHAFE project will improve policies and practices in 7 European regions by developing a comprehensive approach to Smart Healthy Age-Friendly Environments (SHAFE). Through a 'learning by sharing' methodology, this robust multi-disciplinary and intersectoral consortium will build a four-helix European community to exchange experiences and practices to improve multilevel policy instruments. The consortium will create a cooperative, inclusive ecosystem between public authorities, European networks and user’s associations, embedding their experience and skills with research & design knowledge from academia and SMEs for the growth of community-based services and “ageing at home” around Europe. • EU_SHAFE will Invest in policy design and adaptation of regional instruments derived from ETCF (R&I priorities) and ESF (Social Inclusion), through the creation of a large Euro-local network of stakeholders that will work together in ecosystems towards a common model – a White Paper on SHAFE. • Select and re-design concrete and scalable interventions in the area of social innovation for SHAFE, that may be implemented as realistic innovative models for the future. €1,500,110.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Research and innovation Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Centro Regional Operational Programme 2014 - 2020 (CCI 2014PT16M20P002) - AXIS 1 Research, Development and Innovation (IDEAS) and AXIS 5 Strengthen Social and Territorial Cohesion (APPROACH and CONVERGE) The Centro 2020 Regional Operational Programme (ROP) is the main funding instrument available to the region for the implementation of its development strategy in the period 2014-2020. ROP Centro has available about €2,155m from EU funds: €1,751m (ERDF) and €404m (European Social Fund). The use of European funds under the ROP Centro 2020 will be geared primarily to strengthening the competitiveness of the companies based in the region and job creation. It will also be given particular emphasis on the efficient use of resources and the social inclusion of disadvantaged people. 10 strategic priorities have been established within the programme. EU_SHAFE intends to approach: - AXIS 1 Research, Development and Innovation - IDEAS (€169m) - Business investment in innovation and research and synergies between companies, R & D centers and higher education in networks and clusters through intelligent specialization - AXIS 5 Strengthen Social and Territorial Cohesion - APPROACH and CONVERGE (€155m) – specifically in investments in health and social infrastructures. These two axis are both contributing for the implementation of SHAFE but in need of more articulation in terms of transversal initiatives and funding, also with RIS3 platforms. In this sense, the main aim is to articulate these two axes with platforms 3 (quality of life technology) and 4 (territorial innovation) aiming at changing their framework and allowing the launch of new calls / initiatives to be funded around SHAFE. Which partners are working on this? Caritas Coimbra Welfare technology development fund (VTU Fund) The welfare technology program statement was adopted by the parties to the Aarhus municipality's budget agreement for 2013-2016. The text is contained in "Conciliation on the 2013 2013-2016 - Reinforced and Strengthened Out of the crisis", September 21, 2012. Welfare technology can increase citizens' safety, security and the ability to handle daily chores and mobility inside and outside the home. Welfare technology thus increases self-reliance and better quality of life for the primary target groups like older people, chroniclers and citizens with disabilities. The purpose of the welfare technology development fund is to spread the use of technological solutions across the municipal organizations, for the benefit of both citizens and enterprises. The fund finances or co-finances concrete welfare technology demonstration, test, development and implementation projects and strategic efforts. The purpose is to investigate the potentials and gains of a particular technological solution and assess whether it makes sense to introduce the solution on a large scale. However, the priorities associated to Health and building environments are separate from here and individually addressed. Therefore, the main improvement to deliver will be to understand the better mechanism to promote an integrative approach on Smart Healthy Age-Friendly Environments that can be reflected on policy recommendations and even reshaping this policy instrument. Which partners are working on this? Center for Assisted Living Technology - Aarhus Municipality Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the Period 2014-2020 Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy has three main overall aims: 1) finding way to economic recovery and breaking the trend of Slovenia's moving away from the average EU development level; 2) Ensuring prosperity for all citizens; 3) Putting a decisive stop to passive, cyclical changes by transforming them into lasting structural improvements. It has several priority axes. In the project, the focus will be on one priority axe: “Social inclusion and poverty reduction." Each priority axe has several specific objectives. The aim in SHAFE will be to influence the specific objective: “improved economic and social inclusion in areas of local action groups (LAGs)”. The major challenge that aims to be addressed by improving the policy instrument on the area of SHAFE is the fast growing problem of demography change. The trend is that the demography change problem will be in the first place addressed mainly in urban areas and later in rural areas in Lijita region. With SHAFE there is the possibility to collect lessons learned for Regions which are more developed in this subject and therefore start addressing these major challenges in advance. Which partners are working on this? Development Centre of the Heart of Slovenia Basque Country ERDF Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 Basque Country ERDF Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 aims to boost sustainable economic growth in the region by creating quality jobs - especially in activities with high added value sectors, and improving the competitiveness of the regional economy through 'smart' and innovative growth initiatives. The ERDF OP is aligned with the Europe 2020 strategy and the Basque Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS3). The area of health, and especially the field of Active Ageing and Healthy living, is among the highest priorities for the region. The Programme focuses on six main areas, of which two of them are particularly relevant for the implementation of this action: - Strengthening research, technological development and innovation. The investment is targeted at enhancing research and innovation infrastructures and capacities as well as developing the links and synergies with enterprises, research centres, and high education, in line with the RIS3. - Enhancing access to, and use and quality of information and communication technologies. In the development of ICT products and services, e-commerce and enhancing demand for ICT, as well as strengthening ICT applications for e-government. It is also relevant to mention the ESF Operational Programme of the Basque Country being one of its objectives Fostering Social Inclusion and Fighting against Poverty and any Discrimination to promote active inclusion. Which partners are working on this? Provincial Council of Bizkaia University of Deusto Operational Programme Hamburg ERDF 2014-2020, Germany The OP sets, as one of the two main priorities, the strengthening of research, development and innovation. It has a comprehensive approach, as it aims at supporting them in all sectors and in diverse ways, improving the related infrastructures, promoting private investments, enhancing exchange between economy and science, providing valid financial options for young innovative enterprises. Within this priority framework and because of the current local population structure, the Hamburg Ministry of Health and Consumer Protection (BGV) recognizes the need to use innovation and research to face the different dimensions of demographic change and to develop effective financial models to support investment and project development in this field. The ministry would like to use the INTERREG opportunity to work on a new more effective, more integrated, more result-oriented project framework, which will increase the quantity and the quality of the local projects and initiatives related to demographic change adaptions. The BGV would like to develop triple helix synergies, involving in the policy design process from the beginning universities and businesses (preferably with young entrepreneurs and local SMEs), who are the actors that should initiate and promote new projects in this field, enabling co-design for the draft of a new regulatory framework and creating new project development opportunities for these targets group actions while identifying new demographic change related issues. Which partners are working on this? Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg Ministry of Social Affairs Regional Operational Program - European Regional Development Funds of the Campania Region CANCELLED The POR CAMPANIA FESR 2014-2020 is the programming document of the Region that constitutes the reference framework for the use of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) resources to guarantee the full convergence of Campania to European development strategies. The Program defines the strategy for regional growth by identifying 11 priority areas, being relevant: Enhancing and promoting R&I:514M€ Improving and extending access to ICT:349M€ Promoting social inclusion:152M€ Promoting urban development:286 M€ Campania has outlined its regional strategy in 3 lines of intervention, with 2 relevant to SHAFE: - development of innovation with actions to strengthen the public / private research and competitiveness support system by overcoming the critical factors of entrepreneurial development; - constitution of a welfare system oriented towards inclusion and participation, raising the level of quality of life through the reorganization of the health system, the development and promotion of personalized services, actions that promote employment, social inclusion and education. These strategic lines need to be implemented in accordance with specific programmatic requirements, articulating also with RIS3. The articulation between different axis and objectives relevant top the implementation of SHAFE is the main challenge to be addressed in the project and the expectation is that the interregional exchange may provide the best instruments to respond to this structural need. Which partners are working on this? Campania Region Border Midland and West Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 The ERDF aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions. seeks to contribute to the Union’s strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in an effort to address regional imbalances. The third Regional Operational Programme (ROP) for the Border, Midland and Western (BMW) Region is a funding package of €320 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Irish exchequer and invested in the region between 2014 and 2020. EU legislation sets out the objectives for the ERDF and has identified 11 Thematic Objectives to facilitate Member States in adopting a common approach to the design of their Regional Operational Programmes. As the BMW Region is classified as a ‘more developed’ region the regulation prescribes that at least 80% of the ERDF allocation has to focus on the first four Thematic Objectives, therefore the BMW Regional Operational Programme focuses on a limited number of priorities. The total fund is €320 million which is 50% co-funded by the ERDF. The relevant priorities for SHAFE are (total 222M€): Strengthening Research, Technological Development & Innovation in the BMW Region Enhancing access to, and use and quality of ICT Sustainable Urban Development The need of improvement is to align these priorities specific mechanisms with Louth County strategy for the implementation aof Age-Friendly Environments, with Health and Care provision, smart solutions and research activities Which partners are working on this? Technological University Dublin Louth County Council Sign up for the EU_SHAFE newsletter Subscribe now (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')); EU_SHAFE Tweets by EU_SHAFE Latest News See all project news 15/11/2021 5th stakeholder meeting organised in Slovenia Presentation and evaluation of EU_SHAFE good practices for elderly in the field of health and community services Type: Project 15/11/2021 EU_SHAFE at the 2nd Communicating EU Initiative EU_SHAFE presented at the second Communicating Europe Initiative - Duologue for Strength and Resilience Type: Project 09/11/2021 5th Stakeholders Meeting in Bizkaia The European project EU_SHAFE held its 5th stakeholder meeting at the Euskalduna Congress Centre on the 4th November. Type: Project 04/11/2021 7th Local Action Group meeting (Ireland) The 7th meeting of the Local Action Group, Ireland took place on the 27th October 2021. Type: Project 25/10/2021 EU_SHAFE 3rd Intense Sharing of Good Practices The first physical meeting since the project kick-off was hosted by the Aarhus municipality on the 29th and 30th September 2021.. Type: Project 29/07/2021 The EU_SHAFE response to the Green Paper on Ageing On April 21st, TU Dublin submitted on behalf of EU_SHAFE the response to the Green Paper on Ageing. Type: Project 20/07/2021 Cáritas Coimbra held 4th Stakeholders Meeting Cáritas Coimbra, received in June, the 4th Stakeholder Meeting of the EU_SHAFE project. Type: Project 30/06/2021 Slovenia EU_SHAFE Inter-regional Event On Wednesday the 23rd June, the EU_SHAFE partner Development Centre of the Heart of Slovenia, with the organisational support of ECHAlliance.. Type: Project 09/06/2021 Stakeholder Meeting in Hamburg The stakeholder meeting in Hamburg regarding domain 3 - Communication and Information - took place on the 31st May 2021 online due the COVID-19 restrictions. Type: Project 31/05/2021 6th Local Action Group meeting (Ireland) The 6th meeting of the Local Action Group, Ireland took place on the 31st May 2021 by Zoom to evaluate the Good Practices in Domain 3.. Type: Project
FEMINA was invited to take part in a Breakfast Discussion in Brussels to talk about women in STEM.
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The third regional stakeholder meeting will focus on giving feedback from the first three thematic events and on the upcoming baseline survey.
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Project summary WE ARE 6 partners from 5 different countries, regional and local councils, public development agencies and universities, sharing good practices on circular economy, involving research capacities to empower local authorities and to improve regional public policies. In France, HESAM Université and the Regional Council of Burgundy-Franche-Comté ;In Spain, the Provincial Council of Grenada ;In the Netherlands , Van Hall Larenstein University from North-East Friesland ;In Romania, the Regional Development Agency of Centru ;In Czech Republic, the Central Bohemia Innovation Centre.WE BELIEVECircular economy is a cross-cutting issue which does not fit into sector-bound policiesLocal authorities are key players to make circular economy solutions happenInnovative cooperations with the research community can help local authorities address this issue of circular economy and its local governance.WE DO identify and mobilize stakeholder groups in each of the 5 partner regions,help create new collaborations between local authorities and researchers on circular economy,meet every semester in one of our partner countries, every time different, to learn more on the regional policy and activities on circular economy (methodology, key players, difficulties),share good practices.  €1,209,041.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Franche Comté Operational Programme. Priority 3 : Ensuring a sustainable development of Franche Comte by reducing energy consumption. Specific objective 3.1 Develop renewable energy production building on its potential (timber, methanisation, geothermy) Until quite recently, Burgundy-Franche-Comté was not one but 2 different regions. A challenge is to expand the policy to the new perimeter. The targetted policy instrument aims at increasing the production of renewable energies. Expected beneficiaries are local authorities, energy unions, social housing landlords, agricultural cooperatives, etc. There are 2 main reasons why this policy should be improvedThere is work to be done upstream within each local authority and community in the early stages of projects, to identify and support them locally very early on, and therefore help to increase the number and quality of projects applying for funding.The production of renewable energy can no longer be addressed on its own. Primary (woodlands, river streams…) or secondary resources (eg agrowastes), used to produce renewable energy, are part of a broader ecological, social and economic system; e.g. the region has a very important forest resource which is exploited in energy but also meet the needs for silviculture, recovery of by-products of local industries and end-of-life wood valuation. A circular economy approach could make them work together, both individually and as a whole. Which partners are working on this? Burgundy-Franche-Comté Regional Council HESAM University Integrated Regional Operational Programme (IROP), 2014-2020, Czech Republic Priority axis 4 – “Community-led local development”, Investment priority 9d “Investing in community-led local development strategies”, Specific objective 4.1 ”Strengthening community-led local development to improve the quality of life in rural areas and mobilizing local potential”   In comparison with other EU countries, the Czech Republic is home to many more self-governed municipalities. Approximately 80% of the municipalities have fewer than 1,000 inhabitants and have the most serious problems in providing basic services to the population. The highest number of small municipalities is located in the Central Bohemia. All rural areas of the Czech Republic have similar characteristics (poor basic services and infrastructure, poor functioning of local economy, transport or insufficient use of resources) Central Bohemia has to deal much more with intraregional disparities. Peripheral territories are mostly rural and sparsely populated. The metropolitan part with the capital in the middle is overpopulated . In the context of thse disparities and (global) trends, innovative solutions and policy instruments are becoming part of municipal interest. The role of Local Action Groups (LAGs) represent the "bottom-up" approach of community-led local development as a main feature of the priority axis 4. This axis contributes to the fulfilment of Thematic objectives (including Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency). Which partners are working on this? Central Bohemian Innovation Centre “Acceleration Agenda: NorthEast Friesland Regiodeal ” Regiodeal North East Friesland aims to improve the region of North East Friesland by tackling the development challenges associated with a decreasing active population and resource shrinkage. The ambition is to increase the Gross Regional Product (GRP) by € 400 million in 2025 through innovation, lifelong learning and partnership. The main issue at stake is the embedding of a circular economy (CE) in the region that is both economically and ecologically viable. More specifically an area-oriented CE should contribute to an increase in: income; local GRP; labour; education level and inhabitants. Furthermore, sustainability theme’s like biodiversity, landscape, nature and energy are important rural policy issues. A major measure in the RegioDeal consists in a Fjildlab (Living Lab). It is structured as a quadruple helix, based on a cooperation between local authorities and stakeholders. The cooperation mechanisms of the Fjildlab are key to its success. How can the governance arrangements be monitored and improved? How can local authorities ensure a smooth landing of innovations coming from the Fjildlab in their community? How can research support local authorities ? Knowledge of effects of area-oriented CE is required to give permits, locational policy/site policy and to develop/change policy on biodiversity, nature, landscape etc. Important as well is that the Fjildlab will give insight in which policies are obstructing so policy can be changed or exemption can be granted. Which partners are working on this? Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences ROP 2014-2020, Centru region ; Priority Axis 13 (PA 13) – “Support of urban regeneration of small and medium urban areas”, Investment priority 9b. “Providing support for physical, economic and social regeneration of deprived communities in urban and rural areas.” Specific objective 13.1 (SO 13.1) “Improvement of the life quality of the community in small and medium urban areas in Romania”. PA13 aims to enhance the life quality of the urban population and supports physical, economic and social regeneration of deprived small and medium communities (under 100.000 inhabitants). Its implementation involves multi-stakeholders cooperation including local authorities, social services and health, education, culture, religion, social assistance or non-governmental organizations. The projects can be implemented by local authorities and/or partnerships between local authorities and NGOs. During the preparation of the programming period 2014-2020, circular economy was not recognized as a policy priority area in the European Union. Therefore, within ROP 2014-2020 are applied only the principles of sustainable development and equality as horizontal priorities meaning that those projects that make an effort to integrate effectively the horizontal priorities into the project will receive a higher score and will be more likely to obtain funding. Within these sustainable development is assessed in its broadest sense which covers economic growth, social cohesion and the protection of the environment. This way most of the projects involve sustainable development measures.Through this project we aim to improve PA 13 of ROP 2014-2020 by creating a better understanding of these horizontal priorities and through higher focus on resources efficiency and local resources use and circular economy concepts at the project elaboration and implementation. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Agency Centru Urban Strategy for Comprehensive, Sustainable Development of the Urban Agglomeration of Granada and of the Metropolitan Southwest area, Specific Objective 4.5.4 “Improvement of energy efficiency and rise of renewable energy” The Urban Strategy for Comprehensive, Sustainable Development of the Urban Agglomeration of Granada and the Metropolitan Southwest area is funded by the ERFD through a call for proposals made by the Ministry of Finance in the framework of the urban axis of the Spanish OP ERFD for Sustainable Growth 2014–2020. The strategy has been designed with the collaboration of town councils, stakeholders and citizens. It includes an implementation plan that will be funded with ERFD 25 M€ in the framework of the following objectives: - Promoting ICT: Technological platforms to manage urban problems (mobility, urban habitability, energy consumption); Open Government; Digital Administration - Promotion of a sustainable, urban mobility: Inter-municipal Mobility Plan; Transport exchange platforms; Promotion of cycling mobility; Traffic pacification - Improvement of energy efficiency and the rise of renewable energy - Promoting the protection and development of natural and cultural heritage, especially this one with a tourist interest - Improvement of urban spaces and its environment: Recovery of degraded or empty urban areas; Rehabilitation / maintenance of green areas; Improvement of air quality and acoustic comfort - Physical, economic, social regeneration of most disadvantaged urban areas (Social Inclusion and Fight against Poverty): Improvement of urban spaces and its environment; Revitalization of retail trade; Support to entrepreneurs; Itineraries for social, labour integration Which partners are working on this? COUNTY COUNCIL OF GRANADA REPLAY - 4th Interregional Learning Event Hosted by ADR Centru, our partner from Romania, the 2-day event addressed how circular economy is dealt with in the Region & showcased local projects. Summary & replay What is COLOR CIRCLE about? Our COLOR CIRCLE project in a 2-minute video (subtitled in FR, ES, NL, RO, CZ) Play video Building a food democracy in the EU 17 May 2021 - 10AM - A 2-hour session with projects from FR, ES, RO, NL Agenda Spain 2030 & the Andalusian Bioeconomy Strategy Experts presented the Spanish Circular Economy Strategy & the Andalusian Bioeconomy Strategy to partners in June 2020 Click here Friesland is becoming a circular economy role-model Regional authority explains how this province is becoming one of the best examples of a successful transition towards a circular economy Read it! A New Circular Economy Action Plan for Europe The new Circular Economy Action Plan, adopted on 11 March 2020 by the EU Commission, available in English, French, Dutch, Czesh, Romanian and Spanish Read it in your language El folleto en español Investigadores o autoridades locales, involucrados en temas de economía circular, descarguen la versión en español del folleto El folleto en .PDF Broșura în limba română Cercetător sau reprezentant al comunității implicat în problematica economiei circulare, descarcă versiune în limba română a broșurii Broșura în .PDF La brochure en français Chercheur ou collectivité, engagés sur les questions d'économie circulaire, téléchargez la version française de la plaquette La brochure en .PDF Tweets by COLOR CIRCLE Latest News See all project news 25/10/2021 NL partner visits our RO partner NL partner is flying to RO to support our partner from the Centru Region (RO) in the elaboration of its regional action plan and the creation of a living lab Type: Project 22/06/2021 A hybrid format for the 4th IRLE On 15-16 June the COLOR CIRCLE project partners and their stakeholders met for the 4th interregional learning event, hosted by RDA Centru, PP5 Type: Project 21/02/2021 Local authorities & researchers on circular economy Burgundy-Franche-Comté Region and HESAM Université have launched a series of online meetings for local authorities to meet with researchers on circular economy Type: Project 15/02/2021 COLOR CIRCLE in a 2-minute video COLOR CIRCLE video in EN, FR, ES, RO, CZ, NL Type: Project 29/01/2021 Centru (RO) regional mapping presented to partners On 22 January 2021, IRCEM presented to COLOR CIRCLE partners the result of the regional mapping they did in the Centru Region (RO) Type: Project 26/01/2021 3rd RSG Color CIRCLE meeting in Centru Region (RO) RDA Centru (PP5) organised on January 26, 2021 an online meeting with the regional stakeholder group from Centru Region, Romania Type: Project 17/12/2020 2020 Review and milestones ahead COLOR CIRCLE’s Annual Activity Review (2020) Type: Project 04/11/2020 A university network on circular economy HESAM Université (FR) has launched a network of circular economy for sharing good practices between its 14 members. Type: Project 27/09/2020 The circular economy of the avocado Local initiative on the agri-food industry of avocado and how it can take circular economy into consideration Type: Project 24/09/2020 A cicular future for poplar plantations in Andalusia The cicular future of poplar plantations in Andalusia, Spain Type: Project
Project summary When the project began in 2016 all the partners in ERUDITE had successfully extended High Speed Broadband infrastructure to reach a significant numbes of urban communities and rural communities in their regions and enable all stakeholders to contribute and benefit from the digital economy and society. Our aim in the project was to create new community partnerships to create new services that would fully exploit the economic and social potential of these networks and respond to real public, private and community needs. ERUDITE partners have created these new services through a tailor made methodology combining open innovation and social return on investment processes which has enabled partners to build partnerships between businesses, citizens and public administrations, empowering them to innovate and plan together to optimise value and benefits. ERUDITE has defined sustainable business models for digital service development and deployment by involving multiple stakeholders in design, delivery and ownership of services, reassuring investors by demonstrating wider and most importantly, measurable social, environmental and economic benefits ERUDITE partners recognised that whilst digitalization and development of innovation capacity are essential elements of current policy instruments, the exploitation of new digital opportunities to support employment growth, quality of life and territorial attractiveness had been insubstantial. ERUDITE partners concluded that the development, design and implementation of effective digital services in Europe required an innovative re-thinking of all the processes involved in their creation and through integrating digital demand stimulation with digital education and training raising the capacity of all European communities to digitally innovate and deliver social and economic growth. ERUDITE in 1 video: www.youtube.com/watch €2,528,785.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 30 Sep 2020 Topic Research and innovation What the ERUDITE project changed and achieved ERUDITE changed the way our partners approach service design and implementation by creating simple value-led roadmap, that we call SEROI+, with four steps that constitute the building blocks for service co-creation for smart rural communities and ecosystems:1.              Define policy or practice goals for the services;2.              Identify and engage relevant stakeholders and define their goals;3.              Co-design the service;4.              Set indicators and values, estimate and then monitor social, economic and environmental return on investment. A dedicated section of the website to SEROI+ has been created https://www.interregeurope.eu/erudite/seroi-documents/ At European level through its contribution to the ENRD Thematic Working Group on Smart Villages ERUDITE made a significant congtribution to advancing the theory and pratice of SMART Rural Territories. See the dedicated section https://www.interregeurope.eu/erudite/smart-villages/ and the https://enrd.ec.europa.eu/enrd-thematic-work/smart-and-competitive-rural-areas/smart-villages_en . In the context of this Group ERUDITE co-organised the 8th-thematic-group-meeting in the village of Lormes in the Nièvre https://enrd.ec.europa.eu/news-events/events/8th-thematic-group-meeting-smart-villages_en In the Library section you can find a selection of projects developed through the project in the 'ERUDITE Projects' folder To help better communicate the results of the ERUDITE project a our partner the University of Ljubljana created a dedicated video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X5AME0dz1s&t=115sEach partner selected a service for monitoring in Phase Two where key indicators and values were selected by stakeholders to monitor and measure the social, economic and environmental impact the new service would have. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? South Ostrobothnian Regional Strategy Investment priority Objective 1.1.4 (does not apply to the 5th call) In the Innovation Priority Objective 1.1.4 of the Regional strategy of South Ostrobothnia it is stated that developing new innovative services, piloting them and implementing them is one of the aims of the region. ”E-service is a service that is provided via electronic interface and completely or partially performed electronically and where the end-user plays an active role in accessing and contributing to the performance and effectiveness of the service. According to the strategy, both private and public services are targeted. The aim is to enhance innovation and renew the services for better economic and social productivity. From the regional development viewpoint the target is necessary in order to improve growth prospects and improve the range and scope of services. However the priority and targets needs to be clarified and practical solutions need to be introduced from other European regions in order to ensure the best value for the region. Secondly whilst partnership working is at a good level, the Open Innovation process supported by Social and Economic Return on Investment Studies (SEROI), will enable the region to improve multi-stakeholder skills and awareness of innovation processes and potential. Which partners are working on this? Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia Economic Development Agency of Suupohja Region Operational Programme for Slovenia 2014-2020, Section 2.1.4: .....promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social & eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation (does not apply to the 5th call) The principal features are: - to promote investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation; - to develop links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector; Objectives include: Networking and Strengthening of links and Synergies in the Innovation System; building a critical mass of different stakeholders, disciplines in priority areas of use identified in the RIS3. Motivation and engagement of experienced experts (from academia and industry), future entrepreneurs, students and general youth. As innovations and innovativeness are also an important factor to enhance the competitiveness of the public and third sectors, the country intends to support the innovations in these fields. Slovenia needs to improve links between excellence, competences and potentials for development of new services and integrated solutions. Innovation activities must involve rural/peri-urban areas, currently lagging behind main urban centres. ERUDITE will support PO improvement through multidisciplinary exchange at European level by holding Open Innovation process supported by SROI; where the resulting multi-stakeholder design of digital services will improve targeting of investments towards projects that foster digital service development which maximise economic and social returns Which partners are working on this? Ministry of Public Administration (Until 22/07/2016 Ministry of Education, Science and Sport) University of Ljubljana Italian National Operational Programme “Metropolitan cities 2014-2020” (NOP METRO) does not apply to the 5th call In line with the 2014-2020 cohesion policy, NOP METRO is a new Operational Programme, financed by structural funds, approved on 14/7/2015 by the EC (Decision C(2015)4998)developed for the 14 Italian metropolitan cities established by law in 01/2015: Venice, Turin, Milan, Genoa, Bologna, Florence, Bari, Naples, Reggio Calabria, Rome, Cagliari, Catania, Messina and Palermo. In accordance with the European Urban Agenda, NOP METRO aims at turning metropolitan cities into more accessible, functional and sustainable places and make them more inclusive and inter-connected. The programme’s main objectives consist in spreading digital services, increasing sustainable mobility in urban areas, reducing energy consumption in public facilities and encouraging interventions for social inclusion. As Intermediate bodies, the metropolitan cities will be the directly in charge for the management of the funds. The City of Venice will therefore manage the budget of EUR 40,2 millions allocated to the Venice metropolitan area, composed of 44 small and medium municipalities. The ERUDITE project will support the City of Venice to boost the results of the NOP METRO priority “Metropolitan Digital Agenda” providing the methodology for: 1) activating open innovation processes to strengthen cooperation with local Innovation ecosystem players; 2) evaluating the impact of the investments to be financed by the NOP METRO in order to really meet social and territorial needs through digital service provision. Which partners are working on this? City of Venice Regional Operational Program Investments for jobs and growth(ERDF) for Middle Norrland OP 2.c.1 In the PI Access to High speed broadband and the development of new e-services to create growth and support structural changes has been identified as a highly prioritised area in the region. Increased access to, usage and quality in ICT is one of the thematic objectives with investment priorities that will improve ICT-applications for e-governance, e-learning, e-integration, e-culture and e-health.   The goal 2.c.1 for this is that new digital services are established and existing developed so that accessibility to private and public services improves The PO needs to be improved through the development of projects which optimize the use of available investment, social and economic impacts. With the increasing need to improve services, whilst stabilizing expenditure and raising e-literacy and innovation (social and economic) in a sparsely populated area digital solutions offer both an inclusive and efficient solution.   Currently however there is a low level of development and adoption of new e-services in the municipalities and the full potential of the existing ICT-infrastructure to create an efficient public organisation and services is not being used. Innovative processes are required to engage all stakeholders in developing solutions that meet their needs and which raise their digital skills/knowledge. Which partners are working on this? Association of Local Authorities in Västernorrland Local Economic and Community Plan for County Donegal (Donegal Digital Action Plan) The project will address the Local Economic and Community Plan for County Donegal (LECP) which provides a 6 year framework to guide the strategic direction of future activity and relevant funding streams within Donegal. More concretely the measure concerned is the Donegal Digital Action Plan developed within the LECP process, which mandated that a separate Donegal Digital Action Team be setup to develop and implement the action plan. The main goals of this instrument are: 1. Digitally-skilled communities co-creating services with the business and public sectors 2. An expanded digital cluster, home to indigenous and FDI companies. 3. A working, visible and relevant Donegal digital research and innovation environment.   The revision of previous relevant “digital” work carried out in County Donegal, a survey conducted among relevant stakeholders have served to identify the main areas to be improved: • The low levels of research activity and adoption of emerging innovation approaches needed to be addressed in the medium term • The need to facilitate the presence of highly visible innovation hubs in other towns that - in addition to working space - would provide facilities and resources for ICT training, remote campus, smart working, community capacity building, citizen living lab/open innovation initiatives. Participation in ERUDITE will help to find new approaches that support the creation and enhancement of these objectives Which partners are working on this? ERNACT Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme (EDIOP) 2014HU16M0OP001 Priority 2.2 The programme (source: ERDF, ESF, IKF; a total of 9,004.2 M EUR over 7 years) aims to stimulate the economies of the less developed regions in Hungary. The specific measure of the Program Measure 2.2. aims to develop links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector with focus on stimulating business investment and innovation, boosting economic growth, via strengthening links and synergies among businesses, research institutions, government and the local community. It explicitly promotes the establishment of strategic partnership networks, where ICT infrastructure could play a more enhanced role in involving the rural areas. The governance, performance and scope of these networks requires improvement   The instrument aims to trigger actions that will reinforce and expand regional innovation capacity based on the potential of involving, educating and empowering local business, citizens and public administration to become partners in the creation of digital services appropriate to their needs. In recent years heavy investment has taken place in ICT infrastructure in Hungary. The current challenges are how to convert it for the benefit of the rural areas, how to convert the hard infrastructure into social and economic advantages. Bringing more opportunities to disadvantaged regions, to achieve convergence, is a national priority.   Which partners are working on this? Pannon Business Network Association Burgundy Regional Operational Plan priority Theme 2: Promotion of a digital society; Priority 2.2 Provision of support services to facilitate development of digital economy & society The objective of the Policy Instrument (PI) is to ensure that the region’s citizens and businesses benefit fully from access to innovative, open, inter-connected and compatible e-services and which will be designed to be accessible using the range of evolving devices and which together will constitute a package of replicable and reusable services for the region.   The PI in particular envisages the development and deployment of open networked digital service platforms that are open and compatible. The aim is to mutualise and capitalize on the number of services on offer: primarily e-administration, e-education/training and apprenticeship share and facilitate their development and their use by the maximum number of private and public stakeholders. The general public will also have access to a wider range of services better in tune with their daily needs.   The PI needs to be improved by developing projects that involve citizens and/or representative bodies, key public, private and third sector stakeholder organization in the development and delivery of new and improved e-services who will co-design them, taking into account and investment priorities and territorial needs established by Social Return of Investment. The region will learn how to really involve local stakeholders in the design of a of e-service platforms in order to foster innovation and maximize the social return of investment of the projects supported by the PI. Which partners are working on this? Burgundy Franche-Comté Regional Council Digital Nièvre Joint Authority Interreg Erudite FLICKR (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')); ERUDITE Tweets by ERUDITE Latest News See all project news 01/03/2021 Szombathely 2030 How to achieve digitalization-driven innovation in a countryside city. Type: Project 10/02/2020 Erudite Final Project Coordination Meeting Erudite Finale Project Coordination Meeting in Venice on 23-24 January 2020 Type: Project 06/11/2019 Korean Rural Economy Institute visit Lormes Korean Rural Economy Institute visit Lormes Type: Project 04/10/2019 European Week of Regions and Cities: Smart Villages Smart Villages: overcoming the divide between rural and urban areas Type: Project 16/09/2019 Smart villages conference in Slovenia a key for development rural areas Type: Project 05/09/2019 Report of ENRD about the 8th Thematic Group Meeting Report of the eighth meeting of the Thematic Group (TG) focused on approaches for developing local digital ecosystems. Type: Project 12/06/2019 Report on Lormes visit on TV France 3 June 6th was the last day of the Erudite Interreg final conference. Type: Project 01/06/2019 Co-creating digital transformation: final agenda INTERREG EUROPE Erudite final conference programme (4-5 June 2019) + ENRD 8th thematic working group on smart villages (June 6 2019) Type: Project 21/05/2019 Vitilab project in France This video explains the Vitilab project, implemented in France in the Bourgogne region (video in French) Type: Project 21/05/2019 New video (innovation in Bourgogne)! 5 experiences on open innovation and digital services (video in French) Type: Project
Project summary Transitioning from a region with public transportation based on diesel buses to a region with e-bus fleets requires ample expertise in different fields. A wide range of themes must be covered in order to initiate and support e-bus development. eBussed concentrates on the exchange of experience between partner regions at different stages of e-bus operation development, thereby serving regions struggling with this highly technical and fast developing field. As no partner region has as of yet entirely settled their e-bus transitioning path, new ideas, solutions and technologies can still be introduced to their development plans regardless of their current e-bus status.   eBussed supports the transition of European regions towards low carbon mobility and more efficient public transport. It promotes the uptake of e-buses in new regions and supports the expansion of existing e-fleets. eBussed project contributes to the Interreg Europe programme Specific objective 3.1 “Improving low-carbon economy policies” by encouraging regions to develop and deliver better policies related to the deployment of e-buses. The project also facilitates the integration of electricity production based on renewables and low carbon electrified public transport. Through new ideas and better policies, the project promotes both the demand and supply side of electricity from clean renewable sources and the subsequent transitioning towards a low carbon economy.   eBussed will engage regions from all directions with and without practical experience on e-buses. The project will deliver 6 regional action plans and produce 4 thematic best practice reports, a set of readiness level indicators and policy recommendations to be used in partner regions. The project will increase capacities and knowledge among its partner regions via a multi-level exchange of experiences and cross-regional pollination of ideas to better support the transition towards fully electrified bus fleets and low carbon mobility. €1,427,109.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Low-carbon economy Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Turku Climate Plan 2029 The City of Turku aims to be carbon neutral by 2029. On 11th June 2018 Turku City Council decided to adopt the Climate Plan that will help with reaching the objective of carbon neutrality. This requires extensive innovations especially within the energy and transport systems, as well as the operations of the City, companies, and the whole civil society. If the goals are met, Turku will become carbon neutral more than a decade ahead of schedule, as the city's previous ambition was to reach carbon neutrality by the year 2040. The plan follows the EU SECAP model and entails periodic goals and milestones for 2021, 2025, 2029. The plan defines the GHG emission baseline, emission scenarios, objectives as well as interventions and actions on becoming carbon neutral.   In Turku, travel-related emissions are aimed to be halved from the current state by 2029. In order to reach this, the conditions for cycling and walking are being strongly developed, as well as a culture of sustainable mobility. Public transport (PT) will be turned into a completely carbon neutral service via both electrification of public transport and supplementing use of bio-based fuels. Which partners are working on this? Turku University of Applied Sciences Hamburg Climate Plan 2015 The Hamburg Climate Plan (HCP) determines the regional climate policy, concluded by the regional government (“Senate”) in Dec 2015. It is the binding document for all regional authorities to act in order to achieve the climate goals for the whole region. Following European and national premises the Climate plan provides the strategic goals (i.e. « Climate Smart City »), long term perspectives and a detailed Action Plan 2020/2030. Hamburg is a city with massive public transport, a fleet which is now in a continuous electrification process.   The HCP and the Action plan are clearly describing aims, steps, measures and evaluations until 2020/2030. The reason of using this policy instrument in the project is that Hamburg expects from the partners experience in the practical implementation especially of e-mobility in the public transport sector in order to improve the political demands, targets and achievements.   As a city Hamburg is the center of a Metropolitan area. Therefoe, best practice solutions achieved already will be useful for a transfer into other regions and vice versa. Which partners are working on this? Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg The 'Kansen voor West II' ERDF Operational Programme The ’Kansen voor West II’ policy instrument facilitates four goals: (1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation; (2) supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy in all sectors; (3) stimulating employment and supporting labour mobility; and (4) stimulating social inclusion and fighting poverty. With participating in the E-buses project the province aims to contribute to improve the ERDF policy instrument to further support the transition to a low-carbon economy. Within Europe, the Western Netherlands lags significantly behind in terms of renewable energy generation and distribution. In view of the high population density and equally high concentration of economic activity in the region, the challenge of reducing CO2 emissions in the coming years is of particular importance to the region. For that reason 20% of the available ERDF budget in the region will be invested as an accelerator in concepts and projects of energy transition that will generate growth and will lead to repetition and upscaling. Several mobility concepts are tested like the project Clean & future proof mobility concepts, the project Plug-in hybride water taxi and the project Smart Solar Charging Regio Utrecht. More examples are needed to improve the ERDF policy instrument and to enlarge its impact. Therefore the province is in constant search for new innovations, new concepts and joint efforts from all European regions and from different sectors. Which partners are working on this? Province of Utrecht HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht Operational Programme I: Fostering a Competitive and Sustainable Economy to meet our Challenges - Priority Axis Seven 7: Shifting towards a more low-carbon Transport sector Priority Axis 7’s main objectives are to reduce carbon and GHG emissions emanating from the Transport Sector. In this regard, two main initiatives shall be financially supported by this Priority Axis. These are investments towards the establishment of the required infrastructure to facilitate modal shift from cabon dependent modes of transportation towards sustainable, low-carbon transport systems. Secondly, investments to render public transport as a more viable and attractive alternative to private transport. Besides this, through this Priority Axis, the Maltese Government shall support measures designated in bolstering renewable energy production in the transport sector. Under the Europe 2020 Strategy, Malta is committed to increase its share of renewable energy in the transport sector by 10%.   To better reach the above commitments, this policy instrument requires further refinement to reflect the realities and difficulties associated with the large scale introduction of fully powered electric collective public transport vehicles such as buses. In particular, this policy instrument must better reflect the potential state aid implications resulting the introduction of fully electric buses within public transport systems that are operated by the private sector.   Which partners are working on this? Ministry for Gozo Transport Malta Integrated Transport Development Operational Programme (ITDOP) The OP includes the main transport infrastructure investments of Hungary. It focuses on improving public transport services, regional accessibility, development of highways and railways to provide direct links to the Trans-European transport network for more cities. ITDOP focuses on four main priorities: 1, Improve international road accessibility; 2, Improve international railway accessibility; 3, Developing sustainable urban and suburban transport; 4, Improving access to the TEN-T road network. The current project will be able to support the achievement of the 3rd priority of the OP, which is strongly linked to the exploitation of alternative fuel based transport possibilities, such as e-buses, trolleys, trams, etc. Among its expected impacts, the programme intends to ensure that public transport becomes a more attractive travel alternative with over 132 km metro, tram and local train lines to be built or upgraded. Although there’s a possibility for some cities to benefit from urban transport investments and light train developments, investments mainly affect Budapest and the surrounding area and neglects the support of e-buses. The topic of the E-bussED project perfectly fits to the ITDOP programme’s concept, therefore the OP has to be improved in a way that calls should directly support the switch of other settlements to electric public transport, contributing to the climate protection goals of Hungary and the EU. Which partners are working on this? Tolna County Development Agency South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Non-profit Ltd. ERDF ROP 2014-2020 of Tuscany Region, Axis 4 “Support the transition to a low carbon economy in all sectors”, Action 4.6.2. Renewal of rolling stock Tuscany ROP includes 7 Axes with 3 main objectives including "increased competitiveness in relation to environmental sustainability". Those ROP Axes focus on specific issues of the Regional Development Plan (PSR) and other policy instruments (e.g. Regional Transport Plan and Mobility). The most relevant Axis for E-bussED is Axis 4 " “Support the transition to a low carbon economy in all sectors”", especially Investment priority (SO4.e) "Promoting low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multi-modal urban mobility and relevant adaptation and mitigation measures".   Reason for improvement is the necessity of accessing state-of-the-art applications of electrically-powered public transport vehicles which can be effectively introduced in replacement of diesel-engine ones. Technical and infrastructure requirements, different barriers and drivers, procurement and tendering to match local conditions, possible constraints and opportunities in the region will need to be reviewed and possibly reflected in the selection procedures for implementing - within Specific Objective RA 4.6 “Increase of sustainable mobility in urban areas” - the following Action 4.6.2 “Renewal of rolling stock - Support to sustainable urban mobility interventions: renewal of local public transport vehicles in urban areas”. Which partners are working on this? Province of Livorno Sign up for the eBussed newsletter Subscribe now (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')); eBussed Latest News See all project news 30/09/2021 New electric buses in Utrecht public transport Clean and quiet: new electric buses in Utrecht public transport The public transport fleets in the province of Utrecht currently include 76 electric buses an... Type: Project 23/09/2021 At the heart of procurement and tendering In an optimal situation, an interregional learning event brings together a group of experts and an active audience with sharp questions. That was the case in th... Type: Project 22/06/2021 E-Way electric bus presented in Livorno On 10 June 2021, CTT Nord presented the Iveco E-way fully-electric, 12-meter, 100% electric city bus, that for a few days will parade through the streets of the... Type: Project 11/06/2021 Free rein for the new electric U-OV buses On Sunday 14 March 2021, the time had come. At exactly 7:18 AM, the first electric bus of supplier Heuliez departed from the Remiseweg in Nieuwegein. With that,... Type: Project 17/05/2021 Good practices from hilly and hot Malta Maltese stakeholders gathered to discuss and identify Good Practices in a Gozo-lead meeting on 17 May. Due to their close working with their test drive on the V... Type: Project 05/05/2021 From 6 to 70 Next summer Turku region, which is one of the six eBussed project districts, will have a drastic change in the number of its e-buses. Currently, the public tran... Type: Project 21/04/2021 Test rides in Livorno In April, Livorno and its citizens got a unique opportunity to the latest public transport technology when CTT nord, a local public transport company in north-w... Type: Project 31/03/2021 Experiences and awareness raising To share recent experiences and know-how and to give a comprehensive picture of the awareness-raising for the deployment of e-buses, STRIA South Transdanubian R... Type: Project 24/03/2021 Speakers confirmed Type: Project 12/03/2021 eBussed Stakeholder Meeting in Gozo eBussed Stakeholder Meeting in Gozo The regional online stakeholder meeting for Gozo was held on 12 March 2021. For this meeting, there were present representa... Type: Project
Project summary Six European partners collaborate in the framework of the Interreg Europe Program for the implementation of DIALOG. The project has the objective to improve the effectiveness of innovative policies for regional competitiveness through the involvement of local stakeholders in the policy decision. DIALOG will analyze and exchange experiences and good practices in the field of social innovation. The aim is to define action plans to promote a real participation of the social partners and citizens in the definition and implementation of the innovation ERDF investments. The present condition to strengthen the effectiveness and sustainability of innovation policies funded by the ERDF operative programme is creating a real social consensus around these policies. Policies have to be enhanced through more widespread bottom-up participation. The citizens in most experiences objectively remained, at the edge of decision and implementation processes. Conversely, innovation policies based on new technological vision and intended to produce added value, need to reach acceptance by all the stakeholders, citizens included. DIALOG project has the aim to improve the effectiveness of innovative policies for regional competitiveness through the creation of a model that involve the social partners and citizens in the local policy implementation This model have to be define through the networking, negotiation and exchange that involve all the local stakeholders not only in the design but also in all the stages of local policy implementations. DIALOG project through the analysis and exchange of the best good practices in the field of social dialog want guarantee a real participation of the local stakeholders and citizens in the definition and implementation of the innovation ERDF investments.     €1,312,872.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Research and innovation Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Operational Program of the European Regional Development Fund for the Autonomous Province of Trento approved by decision of the European Commission number 905 of 12 February 2015 (2014IT16RFOP018). The ERDF 2014-2020 Operational Program focuses on three intervention priorities - Axes, to which technical assistance is added. An integral part of the Program is the Provincial Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation, which identifies the priority research and innovation areas in which to intervene. The total resources allocated to the Autonomous Province of Trento for the implementation of the aforementioned OP amount to € 108,668,094. The challenges on which the investments related to the ERDF OP 2014-20 are concentrated are the following: Axis 1 (Thematic Objective 1) - Strengthening research, development, and innovation: support the growth of productive investments able to incorporate innovation and research, enabling continuity and spreading Research & Development and innovation by companies and research institutions, making full use of the development potential identified by the Smart Specialisation Strategy; Axis 2 (Thematic Objective 3) - Promoting the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises: strengthen and increase the presence of companies on the market, also by supporting the start-up and consolidation of new companies, especially those with a higher rate of innovation such as technological spin-offs; Axis 3 (Thematic Objective 4) - Supporting the transition to a low carbon economy, reducing energy consumption and environmental impact. Which partners are working on this? Autonomous Province of Trento Trentino Federation of Cooperation  Operational programme "Innovation and Competitiveness" 2014-2020 (OPIC) OPIC 2014-2020 directly engages in smart growth (under priority axes 1, 2) and sustainable growth (under priority axes 3 and 4), aiming at the complementary effect in terms of inclusive growth. The support under OPIC 2014-2020 aims at addressing the needs, overcoming the challenges and seizing the opportunities for development of Bulgarian economy. The Investment priority aims at directly contributing to the promotion of innovation activities of enterprises in the thematic areas identified in RIS3: a) fostering partnership between innovative enterprises and academia; b) introducing specific measures for support of innovation activities in enterprises; c) further development of existing or introducing new financial instruments for funding innovation activities; d) support for research and innovation infrastructure for business needs; e) internationalization of innovation process; f) popularisation of good practices of innovation activities. Which partners are working on this? Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vratsa Operational Programme Niedersachsen ERDF/ESF 2014-2020 (2014DE16M2OP001) The Operational Programme in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) 2014-2020 is connecting different funds and is overarching various funding regions. The merging of ERDF and ESF funds in one Multifund Programme marked a substantial change in Lower Saxony from the previous programming period. Through the combination of ERDF and ESF in one programme and through the joint strategic approach aiming at improving the developments in the different parts of Lower Saxony, synergies and efficiency should be reached. With a regionalized and integrated approach, the programme should help addressing the needs and potentials of the region to generate growth and employment. At the same time, the strategy of the Multifund Program supports the objectives of the Government in the field of innovation defined in the Lower Saxon Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3). Which partners are working on this? Lower Saxon Ministry for Federal and European Affairs and Regional Development OPERATIONEEL PROGRAMMA VOOR DE DOELSTELLING "INVESTEREN IN GROEI EN WERKGELEGENHEID" The Operational Programme for the implementation of the European Social Fund in Flanders in the 2014-2020 period supports initiatives that increase employment and improve social cohesion. In the years to come near 1 billion euro will be invested, of which 600 million euro financed by the Flemish budget and 387 million euro by the European budget. The programme not only aims to stimulate employment and social inclusion, but it also intends to promote innovation and transnational cooperation. It supports targeted actions for more entrepreneurship, an increased flow from social economy, as well as a better integration and inclusion of unskilled youngsters and Roma. The Flemish OP will assist 250,000 people in finding or keeping a job, in setting up a company, or in participating in vocational training. The priorities of the programme are: -Investing in sustainable and qualitative jobs on the Flemish labour market and investing in VET and lifelong learning. -Supporting social integration and equality and to combat poverty. -Strategic measures to support companies and for making working environment more attractive for their employees. -Promoting transnational exchange and cooperation, as well as innovation or the sponsoring of innovative labour market services. Which partners are working on this? ESF Flanders “Fondounimpresa” (“Creating a new company”)   Fondounimpresa is an action aiming at promoting entrepreneurial spirit and competences in IVET pathways, and simultaneously at fostering self-employment attitudes and opportunities of the population as a whole (including workers and unemployed adults), through training, coaching, access to seed capitals. Although the action had already been launched during the early years 2000s, the innovative character is strictly linked to the integration of Fondounimpresa in a framework policy aiming at creating a competitive environment for entrepreneurial activities and economic development. Ticino’s RIS is geared by the Triple Helix approach, and it is based on an integrated set of sectorial policies, including economic promotion instruments, territorial marketing actions aiming at attracting investments (thanks to good infrastructures, institutional stability and high quality services), measures for promoting industrial innovation and the availability of a first-class human capital (thanks to a very solid VET system and the presence of academic and research institutions). Ticino’s RIS, as well as Fondounimpresa, have been planned and are actually managed and monitored activating a participative approach (“Tavolo dell’economia”), involving the social partners, academic and R&D institutions, decision makers. Different Cantonal Departments are involved in the management of the RIS, and particularly the DFE and the DECS (VET and CVT policies).    Which partners are working on this? Ticino Canton Education, culture and sport Department VET Division The Operational Programme for the implementation of the European Social Fund (ESF) in Castilla la Mancha in the 2014-2020 The Operational Programme for the implementation of the European Social Fund (ESF) in Castilla la Mancha in the 2014-2020 period supports initiatives that promote the creation of employment and the improvement of the employability, especially, by encouraging entrepreneur initiatives and by promoting the active inclusion in the labour market of the most disadvantaged people. The strategic goals of the programme are: -Reduce unemployment rate among the population. - Stimulate and support entrepreneurship as a measure of job creation. - Increase and improve professional qualifications, and the growth of productive sectors to facilitate employment and lifelong learning. - Reduce social inequalities, promote equal opportunities and fight against discrimination. The ESF OP budget 2014-2020 of Castilla-La Mancha amounts to a total of 236.805.624 euros, of which 80% is co-financed through the European budget, 189.444.499 euros. In order to promote multilevel governance, the design of the ESF operational program has involved the active participation of regional and local authorities, other public authorities, economic and social partners and representative bodies of civil society. In this sense, any program aimed at implementing social innovation projects in order to stimulate entrepreneurship, economic development and employability in disadvantaged geographical areas of our region, shares the objectives of the ESF operational program. Which partners are working on this? Junta de Comunidades of Castilla-La Mancha Latest News See all project news 29/11/2021 ESF Flanders workshop on participatory methods ESF Flanders organized an online interactive workshop with local shs to discuss on the participatory model and guidelines and other outputs. Type: Project 23/11/2021 Canton Ticino workshops on participatory methods Presentation and discussion on the model of the participatory methods with the Canton Ticino's stakeholders Type: Project 11/11/2021 Social D first dissemination seminar Interreg Dialog partners took part at the first dissemination web seminar on social d pilot action. Type: Project 21/10/2021 Study visit in Trento-Pilot Action Social D 19-21 October 2021 TERRITORIAL WELFARE, GOOD PRACTICE TO BE TRANSFERRED TO BULGARIA - SOCIAL D ACTION PLAN Type: Project 27/09/2021 Conference CCI Vratsa Social D On September 27, 2021, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Vratsa, organized and held an Online Press Conference on Pilot action "SOCIAL-D Type: Project 23/09/2021 Web meeting on participatory methods On 23rd September 2021 the lead partner Autonomous province of Trento organized a web meeting to present the last version of the model of participatory methods. Type: Project 21/09/2021 Bulgarian study visit in Trento - Social D 19- 21 October 2021 the Bulgarian study visit in Trento - Social D pilot action Type: Project 21/09/2021 Interreg Dialog proud Interreg Dialog project was recognized as an international best practice and published in the innovation platform of OPSI Type: Project 30/06/2021 Steering committe meeting 30 June 2021 Steering committee meeting on the stakeholders survey reports and draft model of participatory method. Type: Project 29/06/2021 III web seminar on communication tools III web meeting on communication tools promoted by the Autonomous Province of Trento. Type: Project Latest Events See all project events Dec 07 2021 Hannover, Germany Lower Saxon workshops on participatory methods Lower Saxon Ministry on participatory methods Type: Project Dec 14 2021 Trento, Italy Trentino workshop on participatory methods Presentation and discussion on the participatory methods with the trentino's stakeholders. Type: Project
Project summary PERFECT integrates the many benefits of green infrastructure into the planning and investment for the future of urban and rural areas. It seeks to influence the policy-making process by raising awareness of the social, environmental and economic potential of green infrastructure. The project will:  Identify and analyse good practice in multi-use of green infrastructure;Fully engage Managing Authorities on the socio-economic benefits of green infrastructure to influence new projects and improve governance of policy instruments;Increase the professional capacity of key stakeholders in delivering new projects;Develop Action Plans focusing on policy change to influence strategic investment in green infrastructure based on its multiple benefits. “From climate change adaptation and mitigation; health and leisure benefits; energy; tourism and economic uplift, green infrastructure is key to the future success of European regions.”      €2,501,314.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2021 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Maximising the benefits of Green Infrastructure The overall objective of PERFECT is the identification, analysis, dissemination and transfer of good practices and policy experiences in the multiuse of Green Infrastructure (GI) into investment and planning strategies. PERFECT aims to demonstrate how the protection, development and exploitation of natural heritage can deliver sustainable, smart and inclusive growth through the exchange of good practice on new uses of GI to blend with, and enhance existing uses. How will this be achieved? PERFECT will deliver study visits, seminars, factsheets, stakeholder workshops, good practices, peer working and practical demonstrations of the value of green infrastructure, together with robust data and empirical evidence. The project will maximise the contribution of partners on specialist areas of expertise on GI including physical and mental health improvements, improved air quality, costs savings through climate mitigation and adaptation measures and the economic benefits of ecosystems services.  The main outputs of the project include:  7 Action Plans for new and improved GI through maximising its multiple benefits; Expert Papers and factsheets; Guidance on Green Infrastructure Partnership working;MAGIC (Multi Advantages of Green Infrastructure in Cities) matrix of good practices. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? European Regional Development Fund - England Operational Programme 2014 to 2020. Thematic Objective 6: Preserving and Protecting the Environment and Promoting Resource Efficiency. Investment Priority 6d- Protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystem services, including through Natura 2000, and green infrastructure. Bring together environmental protection and economic growth objectives, ensuring they complement each other as an integrated approach. Invest in Green and Blue infrastructure supporting provision of ecosystem services on which businesses and communities depend to increase local natural capital and support sustainable economic growth. Add to area’s natural capital/ecosystem services and benefits from them. Improve local environment to act as economic growth catalyst by attracting investment, increased visitor spend, reducing costs of adverse environmental conditions, providing health benefits and generating employment. Provide baseline data for GI including development of a national habitat connectivity indicator - connectivity & multifunctional green space   Why it should be improved: Understand multi-functional benefits and whole life saving opportunity from GI e.g. flood protection and improving health via recreation and nature conservation to promote equal footing for green and grey infrastructure investment; baseline state of natural capital needed to ensure consistent measurement of costs and benefits and opportunities for jobs and growth by preserving and exploiting natural heritage; understand linkages between state of natural heritage and investment decisions/potential for uplift; need catchment Action Plans for sustainable management and exploitation of the natural environment through ecosystem services; communities need to be engaged in audit and decision making   Which partners are working on this? Cornwall Council Territorial and Settlement Development Operational Programme (TSD OP) TSD OP Priority axis No 2: Entrepreneur friendly, population retaining settlement development Thematic Objective 6 (1301/2013/EU Regulation 5. article 6 (e))  Main features: Territorial and Settlement Development Operational Programme (TSD OP) is a centralised regional development OP incorporating territorial development objectives of all regions. The enhancement of environmental friendly urban areas can be an incentive for new business enterprises. The TSD OP recognises the value of maintaining, enhancing and planning the connectivity for green areas, recreation and adaptation to changes in the built and natural environment. Objective: Urban developments to enhance economic activity and retain population. The main characteristics: Liveable cities: climate friendly urban areas to be established via increasing the area of green spaces and quality enhancement of GI. Green spaces needs more strengthening on quality and quantity to provide recreation area for inhabitants and make cities more liveable. Why it should be improved: Densely developed urban areas are in lack of green spaces, so to increase the quality and quantity of green spaces will generate economic development. The improvement of the OP will enable the multi-functional role of natural heritage to be maximised for socio-economic benefit. Hungarian planning systems needs innovative models. Decision makers can accept new solutions if they see the advantages of the non-traditional urban methodology. The maintenance of green spaces is expensive so there is a need for cost efficient maintenance practices and awareness of the multifunctional benefits.  Which partners are working on this? Social Ascention of Somogy Development, Communication and Education Nonprofit Ltd. (SASD) (does not apply to the 5th call) The Ferrara Council Structural Plan (CSP) is the urban planning tool which defines the strategic choices of the City for the development of the territory in order to protect the physical and environmental integrity, and natural and cultural heritage of the entire territory (in line with the urbanistic plans of Emilia-Romagna Region). The CSP promotes local development through the protection and enhancement of the landscape and environmental, natural and cultural resources to improve the quality of life of citizens through the promotion of environmental quality and recognizes the strategic role of green insfrastructure. The CSP includes 'The Green City' that aims to build and manage green areas with involvement of the local community; manage public green areas; link green areas; promote and support operations in wooded areas and  policies for the agricultural peri-urban areas.  The CSP needs improvement because it has no GI strategy to deliver the ‘Green City’ to create jobs and growth by, for example, connecting the land with the Ferrara waterway or improved accessibility along the river to enhance the natural and cultural heritage with positive economic impacts. The CSP could also address using GI for climate mitigation and adaptation to protect citizens and the city from extreme weather impacts. In parallel we intend to influence the Emilia-Romagna policy in this field by addressing the OP ERDF at the ‘governance’ level. We need to learn about more uses for GI to maximise the impact of the CSP. The improvement of our policy instrument will prepare for the transfer of some PERFECT good practices within the Mainstreaming Programme (OP ERDF) of our region (i.e by addressing applications mainly during the current programming period 2013-2020 as well as in the future regional framework instruments).   Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Ferrara (does not apply to the 5th call) Spatial planning law of Styria 2010 In the Spatial planning law of Styria the rules for spatial planning for the 287 Styrian municipalities are set and the basic principles require spatial planning to ensure that the quality of natural living standards will be kept, and sustainable development and saving natural resources will be achieved. It requires that spatial planning should develop the settlement structures considering the climate protection aims and the ecological, economic and social capacity of the area. Neither the municipality nor the controlling authority is 100% concentrated on these issues right now. Therefore these determinations should be taken more seriously under the aspect of environment. In law the spatial planning instruments such as Local Development Concepts, the Land Use maps and the Zoning maps of the municipalities are declared with a minimum content. This needs to be increased regarding GI environment and natural heritage. For the Styrian Region the benefits from PERFECT are: social, ecological effects and health problems in terms of air quality in  small urban areas with particulate matter problems.Greening makes cities more liveable, greening can cool down the cities in the increasingly extreme heat of summer. Greening of urban areas increases the prices of the real estates and bring more people to the cities where they have their jobs. Greening and protecting of natural heritages bring more jobs (taking care of parks, climate- or environment expert)   Which partners are working on this? Provincial Government of Styria, Department for environment and spatial planning Operational Program Quality of the Environment for the 2014 - 2020 period” The OP is to support sustainable and efficient use of natural resources, ensure environmental protection, active adaptation to climate change and promote an energy efficient, low-carbon economy. The specific objective is to reduce risk of flooding and negative effects of climate change and seeks to mitigate further negative effects of climate change by appropriate water retention in the landscape the issues of drought.  Investment priority to support GI in the OP 'Quality of the environment' is specific objective 2.1.1: Reducing the risk of flooding and negative effects of climate change. The objective addresses preventive flood protection and water retention in residential areas with a high % of impermeable surface with adverse effects on natural water circulation causing excessive surface and ambient heat in hot summers causing significant deterioration of the local microclimate. The GI strategy/Action Plan could improve the pluvial flood protection by supporting sustainable urban drainage systems; improving the natural values and biodiversity of natural heritage by eco-corridors and multifunctional zones to maintain healthy ecosystems for city resilience. The water retention measures are supported in the OP through bio-retention systems (rain gardens, collection ponds, etc.), green roofs, soaking strips, infiltration trenches, as a part of GI in urban areas. Although GI is included in some sectoral policies, they lack clear definition or sound GI strategy/Action Plan to create an overarching framework for the Municipalities. Such a document will set out the overall approach for delivering an integrated network of high quality green spaces, habitats, and landscapes across the Municipality to enable GI to support the flood protection whilst improving recreation, biodiversity promotion and bring various others benefits, and demonstrate a good practice of multi-use of GI for PERFECT.  Which partners are working on this? Bratislava Karlova Ves Municipality (does not apply to the 5th call) The ERDF Operational Programme (OP) Kansen voor West (Opportunities for West) 2014-2020 supports physical, economic and social regeneration of deprived communities in urban areas. The PERFECT project will strengthen this policy by promoting the health of disadvantaged communities through investments in Green Infrastructure in their neighbourhoods. Investments in green infrastructure (GI) improve the implementation of the OP priority to establish attractive business climates in Amsterdam. City park areas attract businesses. PERFECT will strengthen OP ambitions by targeted activities in these areas. The project will deliver better designed GI and will thus promote Amsterdam as business location. PERFECT will also positively impact on the OP priority axis 4: promoting social inclusion and combating poverty, by providing support for physical, economic and social regeneration of deprived communities in urban areas. Amsterdam faces socio-economic divides between city districts. To uphold Amsterdam’s social conditions it is crucial to counter spatial segregation. To elaborate OP priorities PERFECT will focus on the health of disadvantaged communities in socio-economically deprived areas and how GI can address this. City parks and neighbourhood initiatives in the Ring Zone outside the more affluent central city are selected. They demonstrate health problems connected to high concentrations of communities with low incomes and poor education (Amsterdam Health Monitor 2012).The potential for health gains in these neighbourhoods is substantial and can be achieved by promoting physical activity, human contact and physical and mental recovery in area of GI. By monitoring health benefits of GI PERFECT will evidence public health improvement of deprived communities and further the OP goal to create a social inclusive labour market. Which partners are working on this? City of Amsterdam Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 (OP); Prior. Axe 6. Improvements of the environment and biodiversity status; Them. Obj. 6.4 Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency. Investment Priority: Taking action to improve the urban environment, to revitalise cities, regenerate and decontaminate brownfield sites, reduce air pollution and promote noise-reduction measures The policy instrument supports efficient land-use within cities and urban areas through physical, social and economic renewal of degraded, vacant and underused urban areas including natural heritage and improving the quality of areas of public use. The policy aims to create conditions for the development of economic and social activities and improve the attractiveness of the urban environment for work and living. It provides measures for physical renovation of urban areas including landscaping, design of new areas of public use and maintenance of existing areas including green space. These actions will be implemented by means of the Integrated Teritorial Investment (ITI) mechanism and based on the sustainable urban strategies. The policy provides a solid foundation for integrated urban renewal, including green space. But, it could go much further in promoting innovation at the level of utilisation, management and maintenance of urban GI, combining its various environmental, social and economic potential. Another area of potential improvement is broadening the focus of the instrument by adding smaller cities and towns to the currently listed beneficiaries of the 11 largest cities of Slovenia. The Ministry for Environment and Spatial Planning is currently undergoing a renewal of the Spatial Planning Strategy of Slovenia (SPRS) where the polycentric development of Slovenia would be emphasised as one of the aims. The Ministry aims at improving the role of the ITI in this manner. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region National Planning Policy Framework The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out policies in England for the future of the built and natural environment. The NPPF guides the development of local plans, masterplans and neighbourhood plans, and has a major impact on the outcomes of decisions affecting the built and natural environment in England.   The focus for the partner is on the green infrastructure (GI) policies of the NPPF. The NPPF is structured in chapters according to key strategic themes - including health, the economy, housing, transport and design. GI is currently referred to as a strategic policy, and under the health chapter, but not in other areas that determine the future outcomes from decisions.   In 2017/18, £6.2bn of investment was secured in contributions from developers across England through implementation of the NPPF. This is managed at a local level using the NPPF as guidance.   The policies in the existing NPPF do not recognise the potential of GI for jobs and growth which has been acknowledged by key stakeholders in recent years and other government strategies such as the 25 Year Environment Plan. The outcome is that decisions made about the future of local areas do not take account of the potential role of GI. Priority is given to other issues such as "grey infrastructure" (e.g. roads, car parks) and housing targets rather than recognising the longer-term benefits of GI which can support wider social and economic aims and create a sustainable future for local areas. Which partners are working on this? Town & Country Planning Association LATEST NEWS Find out about the latest news from the PERFECT project Click here Latest News See all project news 01/12/2021 PERFECT workshop In the sixth year of the PERFECT project, the partnership is looking at the changes in the use of green infrastructure as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic Type: Project 23/09/2021 The PERFECT project has been extended one more year! The PERFECT project has been extended one more year through Interreg Europe’s ‘call for additional activities’ (5th Call). Type: Project 31/07/2020 PERFECT progress on action plans The PERFECT project is now seven months into phase 2 of the project and despite the COVID-19 pandemic partners keep on progressing. Type: Project 24/06/2020 What does good GI policy look like? An Expert Paper on what good green infrastructure (GI) looks like has been published! Type: Project 24/06/2020 Investment finance for green infrastructure The paper examines the potential for diversification and blending of investment finance for green infrastructure. Type: Project 15/04/2020 Action Plans published! The PERFECT partners have published their action plans to be implemented in Phase 2 of the project, 2020-21 Type: Project 25/03/2020 Green infrastructure and biodiversity The PERFECT partnership has published a new expert paper on 'green infrastructure and biodiversity'. Type: Project 25/02/2020 Place-making and green infrastructure The PERFECT partnership have published a new expert paper on place-making and green infrastructure Type: Project 20/02/2020 What are the benefits of green roofs? The PERFECT partnership has published a new factsheet on green roofs. Type: Project 19/12/2019 Factsheet 4: Green Infrastructure and Food Fourth factsheet from the PERFECT partnership, A resource for decision-makers to highlight how GI contributes to food growing opportunities. Type: Project
Project summary CISMOB main vision is to promote innovative ways to reduce carbon footprint and increase the sustainability of urban areas by improving the efficiency in the use of urban transport infrastructure through ICT. In a context of increasing availability of sensor technology to monitor and record large amounts of data, a common challenge to policy makers is to identify the best practices to take advantage of these new sources of data and use them to prioritize intervention areas, to manage efficiently current road networks, to inform citizens and motivate them to choose more sustainable mobility options. CISMOB will focus on improving the implementation of regional policies and local mobility programmers by having a thorough understanding about the different transport-related impacts and the main vulnerabilities associated to different zones of the territory. CISMOB partners consider that policy and local mobility programs should not be focused in minimizing a particular parameter (ex. Levels of congestion), but rather to promote holistic approaches capable of responding to the questions: what (to minimize)? Why? When? Where? And how? Regional and Policy instruments should also provide a framework of indicators to assess and inform the costs and benefits of environmentally effectiveness of different mobility solutions. CISMOB integrates a set of cities and regions of heterogenic characteristics, which are represented by institutions with complementary profiles. All partners will cooperate together in order to learn best practices of sustainable management of urban transport taking advantage of ICT. Workshops, staff exchange-programs and dissemination actions will be carried out with the aim of exchanging local experiences, learning best practices and enhancing the citizen’s participation. €1,324,748.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2020 Topic Low-carbon economy Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Programa Operacional regional do Centro - Operational Programme for the Centro Region – Centro 2020 – Main features of this policy instrument   The Operational Programme of the Centro Region (Centro2020) is a regional development strategy built on a strong mobilization of all regional partners.   The program is a key tool in the  implementation of the Smart Specialisation strategy defined in CENTRO  Region (RIS3), which will act as a rationalizing element of investments to support and implementing the competitiveness priorities. The CISMOB objectives are in line with the  thematic objective "Supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy in all sectors" (102.377.467 EUR from ERDF) and  the investment priority 4e - promoting low-carbon strategies for all types of territories,  Simultaneously, the project aligns strategically with innovation platforms (IP) related to  smart specialization RIS 3, such as the promotion of technologies for quality of life (IP3); and territorial innovation (IP4) , in particular the development of creative and smart cities (Area 4.2) .    First it  is not envisaged the use of  FI in the Investment priority 4e.  Therefore, CISMOB will  encourage synergies between European Structural funds,  Horizon 2020 and other research programmes. Second, there is no incentives for inter-municipal cooperation, namely by supporting the development of green mobility projects based on ICT beyond the scope of sustainable mobility plans to be financed. Which partners are working on this? University of Aveiro Municipality of Agueda Sustainable Mobility Strategy for the Municipality of Agueda The Strategy for Sustainable Mobility  follows the municipal and European concerns for the promotion of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, developing the proposals in the Intermunicipal Plan for Mobility and Transport in the Region of Aveiro (PIMTRA) at the municipal level, within the municipal activity for the 2020 horizon in the field of mobility.   Priority or measure concerned: • Optimization of the pedestrian and cycling network • Restructuring of public transportation network • Expand the electric bicycles sharing system to other places Improving accessibility for all   Promote increased electric vehicle fleet  • Actions to change behaviors towards sustainable mobility.   Why it should be improved?   Necessity of inclusion of multi­scale environmental and performance indicators (from street / intersection level to city / regional level) to support city council to determine and disseminate environmental gains arising from city actions to improve urban sustainability. Essential to develop a methodology for prioritizing the areas of intervention towards the sustainable urban development and equitable governance. There is also necessity of promoting synergies and transfer technical and scientific knowledge among city administration, universities and private sector, namely on ICT, transport system and environmental assessment.   Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Agueda University of Aveiro BMTA policy and strategic aims, for medium and long term (abandoned in 03/2018) Objective and characteristics     Bucharest Metropolitan Transport Authority (AMTB) was established on the initiative of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in 2011, and its main responsibilities is to draft and approve transport programs so that the transport requirements of citizen are ensured within Bucharest metropolitan area, for all types of transportation (subway, buses, trams, trolley buses, regional trains and shipping).    Priority or measure concerned: • Exclusive information service  • Smart systems for real-time information of the travellers    Advantages:  • Increased use of public transport instead of the individual one, with effects on the environmental quality by reducing emissions  • Allowing travellers to compare different modes of transport information before making a trip; • Providing information which allows travellers to change their travel plans, when traffic incidents occur  • Developing a social transport –  • Providing grants.    To achieve these goals AMTB aims at acquiring new financial resources and funds directed to the implementation of intelligent transport solutions.    Why it should be improved?   The goals and activity of AMTB have to be constantly updated and adapted to the needs of the public transport in the Bucharest­ area.         Which partners are working on this? Bucharest - Ilfov Inter-Community Development Association for Public Transport (until 31/03/2018 Bucharest Metropolitan Transport Authority) Programul Operational Regional 2014 - Regional Operational Programme (ROP) The overall objective of the ROP is to support sustainable economic, social, territorially balanced and sustainable development of the Romanian Regions. Specifically, the Priority Axis 4 "Supporting Sustainable Urban Development"and  the Specific Objective 4.1 (SO4.1) "Reducing CO2 emissions in county capitals through investments based on sustainable urban mobility plans" will be addressed.      SO4.1 defines the following main investment areas: - improving public urban transport: electric vehicles, modernization of public transport routes, multimodal public transport terminals, bicycle lanes, e-ticketing systems - electric and non-motorized transport modes - other investments for reducing CO2 emissions: video monitoring systems, park and ride    Why it should be improved?   SO4.1 does not put enough focus on using ITS as a solutions for increasing mobility and reducing environmental impact. Only a few ITS measures (e-ticketing and video monitoring) are mentioned. Rather it deals mostly with hard measures (physical infrastructure) instead of soft measures – ITS services (public transport and traffic management, parking management, multimodal traveller information) which we believe could have an important impact and are easier to implement. Also, because SO4.1 is related with the policies to be included in the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans which are not yet available, it is planned to revise the result indicators by 2018 in order to better monitor the implemented projects.   Which partners are working on this? Intelligent Transport Systems Romania – ITS Romania Bucharest - Ilfov Inter-Community Development Association for Public Transport (until 31/03/2018 Bucharest Metropolitan Transport Authority) Operational Program for ERDF of Extremadura 2014-2020.  Main features Investment priority      PI.6.5 Actions to improve urban environment, modernizing cities, retrofitting industrial areas, reducing air pollution and promoting noise reduction The specific objective is OE 6.5.1. To improve urban environment, retrofitting industrial areas, reducing air pollution, soil pollution and promoting noise reduction This policy presents 2 axes of intervention related to the project proposal and included in the OP: - Actions related to the monitoring and measurement of environmental KPI - Actions for air quality control and elaboration of Plans and implementation of measures for the adaptation to climate change. The assigned budget for this policy tool is 8 M€ for the full period 2014-2020.    Reasons why it should be improved       This policy presents 5 axes of intervention, from which 2 are related to the project proposal and included in the OP: actions related to the monitoring and measurement of environmental KPI; actions for air quality control and elaboration of Plans and implementation of measures for the adaptation to climate change. Even if the main current source of urban air pollution is transport, none of the 5 axes (even the 2 related) includes specific mobility actions for the coming ERDF 2014-2020 period. Furthermore, In the current OP only non-refundable grants were selected to invest the budget of the energy priorities. New tools are under development in Europe which could better manage the 8M€ of the priority 6.5.1. Which partners are working on this? Extremadura Energy Agency Sign up for the CISMOB newsletter Subscribe now (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')); CISMOB Tweets by CISMOB Latest News See all project news 06/08/2021 Partners will address the impact of the pandemic Activities will run until the end of September 2022 Type: Project 26/11/2019 Workshop “Fostering citizen-focused urban mobility” Aveiro University coordinator and eGovlab Stockholm University partners participated at Interreg's WS “Fostering citizen-focused urban mobility” Type: Project 09/10/2019 STRATEGY FOR BOOSTING ELECTROMOBILITY IN EXTREMADURA AGENEX shared “STRATEGY FOR BOOSTING THE ELECTROMOBILITY IN EXTREMADURA" that was born in the framework of CISMOB project. Type: Project 02/09/2019 Extremadura Reg Gov & Sustainable Mobility Actions Extremadura Regional Government has developed a grants scheme focused on boosting electromobility in the region. Type: Project 06/08/2019 CISMOB´s Pilot Action Update CISMOB´s Pilot Action Update Type: Project 03/07/2019 CISMOB Partners meeting in Bucharest 7th Steering Group Meeting 6th Working Group Meeting Type: Project 16/05/2019 CISMOB at ITS Romania Congress 2019 ITS Romania Congress 2019 took place in Timisoara from May 16-17 and was organized by ITS Romania and hosted by University “POLITEHNICA” Timisoara. Type: Project 13/05/2019 CISMOB Project nominee for REGIOSTARS AWARDS 2019 The CISMOB project is one of the 3 nominees for REGIO STARS AWARDS 2019. Type: Project 30/04/2019 CISMOB LP at Stakeholder Meeting of InnovaSUMP As PP of Interreg Europe Project InnovaSUMP, Municipality of Viseu invited CISMOB Lead Partner to 4th Regional Stakeholder Meeting of the InnovaSUMP project. Type: Project 16/04/2019 Best practices of AGENEX in sustainable mobility AGENEX has participated in the exchange of experiences "ELECTRICITY MOBILITY IN THE EUROACE: Sustainable transport in rural areas" organized by Fundecyt-PCTEX Type: Project
Lazio Region has progressed in its action plan implementation to the promotion of Via Francigena - South, Cultural Route, and link with other initiatives
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