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Project summary EU industry renewal, competitiveness and internationalisation through industry-led interrregional coooperation In the S34Growth project, 10 European regions from 8 countries develop an innovative interregional element to their structural fund policy instruments, supporting the renewal of Europe's industry and competitiveness. Within Vanguard Inititiave - New Growth through Smart Specialisation, the S34Growth partners have been pioneering a new approach to European industry-led interregional cooperation since late 2013. Key messagesSupporting the renewal of Europe's industry and competitivenessEmphasising the importance of industry-led interregional collaborationNew kind of interregional cooperation linking value chains across Europe and improving commercialisation and product & service development €2,305,738.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2020 Topic Research and innovation What will this project change? S34Growth develops and improves existing regional policy instruments in order to make interregional cooperation easier, more efficient and less bureaucratic.By facilitating industrial innovation-related interregional collaboration, S34Growth supports the renewal of Europe's industry and competitiveness.S34Growth supports interregional co-specialisation approach to smart specialisation which can be easily replicated at any domain and anywhere in Europe. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Finland’s structural funds program, Priority axis 2: Producing and using the latest knowledge and skills (ERDF) Specific objective 4.1 :Developing research, competence and innovation clusters that draw from regional strengths Industrial restructuring has been very strong in Tampere region since 2008. The GDP per capita has fallen from index value 119 to 107 (EU28=100) and the added value of manufacturing has decreased over 36%. Jobs in manufacturing have dropped 20%. Manufacturing companies have lost their competitiveness and ability to grow. One main factor here has been the collapse of Nokia ecosystem in Tampere region.   The main focus of S3 strategy for Tampere region is the renewal of manufacturing industry. One of the main tasks is to increase the international value-chains of our manufacturing companies. The ERDF OP needs more innovative ways to collaborate companies into regional cooperation and networks. The better use of innovative measures, e.g. Art. 70 of the CPR 1303/2013 or other funding possibilities, is the main objective. The companies in Tampere region must have better skills to overcome different trade barriers (distance, language, culture) in order to regain their competitiveness. Especially we expect to learn more of different ways to improve the capacity of manufacturing companies to entry existing and new markets and to develop new products and services based on market demand.   Which partners are working on this? The Council of Tampere Region The Baltic Institute of Finland Basque Country ERDF Operational Programme 2014- 2020 The Basque Country's ERDF Operational Program for the period 2014-2020 foresees to make use of Art. 70 of the CPR 1303/2013 in order to develop strategic partnerships in the areas of smart specialization pertaining to TO1 and TO4.   The Basque Government aims to increase the degree of connectiveness of the innovation actors in our region to those global networks so that they are able to overcome fragmentation and lack of critical mass as well as to facilitate access to research capacity and production of expertise. Article 70 would be used to implement the "outward looking" dimension of our smart specialisation strategy in terms of its orientation towards global value chains, the assessment of priorities vis-à-vis other regions, as well as the consideration of cross regional projects and networks.   Hence, the objective will be to improve the competences and capabilities to efficiently implement this rather innovative policy instrument (art. 70). Effectifve implementation of the Art. 70 woud foster various innovation policy measures with a strong cluster focus as the clusters existing in the Basque Country are an exemplification of our technical and scientifical capabilities which in turn are reflected in our RIS3 strategy. Implementation of Art. 70 will require unprecedental mesures to allow this investment to take part out of the borders of the Basque Country in order to increase the effectiveness of the funds invested and to ensure the impact on competitiveness and jobs. Which partners are working on this? Basque Government The Research and Innovation Strategy for the Smart Specialisation of Catalonia (RIS3CAT). ERDF Operational Program of Catalonia 2014-2020 (Thematic Objective 1). (RIS3CAT with focus on Manufacturing to be deployed by the Programme for the Industrial systems–PISI) One of main outputs of the Catalonia 2020 Strategy (ECAT 2020) aligned with the Europe 2020, was to define the Research and S3 in Catalonia (RIS3CAT), which has identified 7 sectors to lead an economic transformation towards 2020 targets: Food, Chemical, Energy and Resources Industries, Industrial Systems, Design, Sustainable Mobility, Health and Life Sciences and Cultural and Experience-based Industries, focusing on 6 cross-cutting enabling technologies: ICT, Nanotechnology, Advanced materials, Photonics, Biotechnology and Advanced manufacturing. To deploy RIS3CAT, the Government has just launched the Industrial Policy 2014-2020, aiming at strengthening the industrial sector under a sectorial approach, In particular, a Programme for the Industrial systems–PISI- has been created targeting more than 5680 companies, 10,433 M€ of billing and 68,750 professionals. On the other hand, the deployment of the Programme for the Chemical, Energy and Resources Industries –PIQER- and Action Plan for Industry Efficient Energy in Catalonia, will also be tackled by S34Growth. At last, two main RIS3CAT RDI instruments are foreseen at the axis 1 of the ERDF OP in Catalonia 2014-2020:1. RIS3CAT Communities: Volunteer PPPs to boost economic transformation plans through RDI in the 7 sectors. It is foreseen to create 1 RIS3CAT Community in the manufacturing sector. 2. Industrial R+D projects: In order to promote the development of KETs. It is foreseen to grant 50 projects in manufacturing sector. Which partners are working on this? Catalan Agency for Business Competitiveness (ACCIO)- Government of Catalonia Operational Program Flanders 2014 – 2020 (does not apply to the 5th call) In order to boost industrial productivity, TINA invests in products and services that are scaling up to the industrial market or that are at commercialisation stage. These products and services contribute to the transformative renewal and strengthening of the Flemish economy. TINA is not a grant or subsidy mechanism but expects a market level return based on the risk involved. The cofinancing rate decided by an indepedent investment committee varies from 30 to 50%.TINA invests in the development of transitions/spearhead clusters with strong economic valorisation potential, as they are identified by the Flemish Government and in the Flanders’ framework of Smart Specialisation. To increase competitiveness based on these regional strengths, internationalisation is becoming an important attention point (especially for a small open economy like Flanders). These spearhead clusters will be positioned in the international arena to become part of interregional value chains. In the process of interregional cooperation, the development of new value chains will face financing challenges to bring innovations into the market. Leveraging further investments through combining different financial instruments (on regional, national and European level) is of importance. One of these financing instruments that could accelerate transitions is TINA. Adapting TINA to these changing environments will be challenging but necessary. Which partners are working on this? Flemish Government, Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) "Innovation Voucher” The formal name of the instrument, as approved in the OP, is: Azione I.1.b.1.1 - Sostegno per l’acquisto di servizi per l’innovazione tecnologica, strategica, organizzativa e commerciale delle imprese (english translation: Action I.1.b.1.1 - Support for purchasing services finalized to technology, strategic, organizational and commercial enterprise Innovation) Vouchers support the implementation of innovation actions of SMEs. As an example, in 2011 vouchers were distributed for the definition of innovation requirements, financial planning for newcos, participation to EU R&D projects, economic check-up, introduction of highly skilled personnel in the company and patenting. Vouchers are granted after a multi-phase evaluation process where new vouchers can be obtained after the successful conclusion of previous phases. They cover from 50% to 80% of total costs (funding varied from 2.000€ up to 12.000€ in 2011). Eligible costs include innovation-oriented services that must be provided by regional accredited providers or, in some case, by providers directly selected by the companies. Regione Lombardia is using the vouchers’ system since 2003 and the instrument is working well from the technical point of view. Up to now, it aimed at supporting generic innovation processes but did not canalized regional resources towards clear focused goals in terms of technologies and applications. At the end of 2013 Regione Lombardia has defined its own Smart Specializations Strategy – RIS3 (last update April 2015) and adopted a Cluster-based governance system. As a result, Regione Lombardia is now shaping a new vouchers’ system aligned to more precise goals consistent with RIS3 and with the R&I Work Programs of the specialisation areas, approved in October 2014. In the project, the first in the area of advanced manufacturing will be carried out. Which partners are working on this? AFIL - Intelligent Factory Lombardy Cluster NORTE 2020 – Demonstration Projects NORTE 2020 is the Operational Programme of the North Region of Portugal, a comprehensive and integrated set of policies, priorities and funding instruments addressing the main challenges and opportunities facing this territory. With a total budget of 3.378 M€, it supports R&D and Innovation (representing 11,9,%), SME’s competitiveness (with 37,4% of the budget) and the low carbon economy area gathers 4,7%, among others. Due to its nature, objectives and relevance, a particular attention will be given in the scope of this project to the “Demonstration Projects” instrument. It aims at supporting the demonstration, in real productive conditions, of results from previously concluded R&D projects, including the setting up of pilot lines. This instrument addresses the growing need to integrate, test and demonstrate results from R&D projects, developed either at regional, national or international level, and to disseminate them to a wider audience, both geographically and sectorial, thus boosting the changes for cross fertilization and further valorization. It can also increase the complementarities between European and National/Regional funding sources. Since this is a new instrument and considering the still significant challenges related with the practical implementation of synergies between European and national /regional policies, programmes and instruments, this is clearly an area where mutual learning can give a strong contribution to a faster and better implementation. Which partners are working on this? National Innovation Agency Scottish ERDF Operational Programme (OP) Scotland’s ERDF OP places a great deal of emphasis on accelerating the innovative capacity and access to markets for its priority sectors linked to S3 priorities. The ERDF OP notes the need to support the capacity of SMEs to grow in international markets, through enhancing business collaboration and supply chain development and facilitating clustering opportunities. In particular, the OP notes a strand of activity under ‘deeper innovation’ which would see : ‘the creation of mechanisms to engage in smart specialisation supply chains with collaboration on new innovative products or services between SME suppliers and key players in global supply chains’.This Interreg project would allow for the exploration of this deeper approach to innovation but at an inter-regional level. It is widely recognised that inter-regional collaboration can create both scale and spillover benefits to industry in boosting their innovative and internationalisation capacity and which cannot be achieved easily when regions work in isolation. The project will offer new insights into the benefits of industry-led inter-regional collaboration – and the mechanisms which support this. This, in turn, will create new opportunities to refine and improve Scotland’s ERDF OP in terms of scope and reach. In addition, this project will allow us to explore Article 70 options and so explore risks and opportunities associated with undertaking this new form of investment outside of the region. Which partners are working on this? Scottish Enterprise Regional Structural Fund for Skåne-Blekinge (does not apply to the 5th call) The ERDF programme for Skåne-Blekinge 2014-2020 is the core financial tool for development in the Skåne region comprising 61 million euro in total. One of the important issues it is designed to address is the low level of internationalisation in Skåne, which is clearly shown int the OECD survey on Skåne from 2012. To be able to give the desired effect, the implementation of the programme needs to be improved giving more possibilities to collaborate across the EU. Examples of this is to develop the programme to better be able to use article 70 and having the programme support capacity building to be able to collaborate in cross European initiatives such as the Vanguard initiative. Which partners are working on this? Region Skåne OP South Netherlands OP South Netherlands has been allocated EUR 113,627,056 from ERDF for 2014-2020. With this, the region aims to strengthen its potential and has chosen 2 investment priorities: 1) Strengthening of Research, Technological Development and Innovation, and 2) Support the shift to a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy. With these, the region contributes to EU2020 strategy and to related Dutch targets. International top clusters: High-Tech Systems and Materials, Chemistry and Agriculture & Food are extremely important to Zuid-Nederland. Innovative capacity is the connecting thread running through Life Sciences & Health, Smart Logistics and Biobased Economy and Maintenance. These are regional clusters of national importance with international potential. By strengthening and linking them we will be enhancing our competitiveness.   Within S34GROWTH, we will target Investment Priority 1B1 (strengthening and broadening open innovation system in cross overs between international top clusters and between national and international top clusters, aiming at a larger SME participation) and 1B2 (strengthening the valorization potential of SMEs within national and international top clusters to contribute to the solution of societal challenges) (in total 65 mEUR allocated for these two within OP).   Multinationals and SMEs with strong export positions are established in South Netherlands. It’s in our region’s interest that OP is aligned to a maximum to their – or their representatives’ – needs. Which partners are working on this? Brainport Development Kansen voor West 2014-2020 Operational Programme (West Netherlands) Throughout 2014-2020 the region of Western-Netherlands (provinces Zuid-Holland, Noord-Holland, Utrecht and Flevolan) receives funds from the ERDF to the amount of €189,847,057. This allocation will be used to boost the region's potential for R&I while at the same time contributing to the development of a resource efficient, low-carbon economy. By focusing on these clear objectives, the region contributes to reaching the overarching EU2020, as well as the Dutch targets set in this regard.   The region recognizes the need for targeted investments and takes into account its socio-economic profile. It also bears in mind the overarching European & national strategies and in particular the Regional Innovation Strategy of Western-Netherlands. The OP will therefore: -promote business investment in R&I, develop links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres, knowledge institutions, and foster cross-overs between the regional sectors -facilitate the use on a larger scale of energy derived from residual heat and stimulate the roll-out of energy saving measures in the building environment.   In order to address societal/ economic challenges, our ambition to create new jobs, stimulate growth and make our economic sector more globally competitive, we need to work together with other regions. Through the project we will be able to deploy new ways to learn from previously developed policy frameworks and existing cooperations. Which partners are working on this? Province of Zuid-Holland Tweets by S34Growth Latest News See all project news 02/07/2021 S34Growth continues! Our proposal for a one-year extension has been approved. Type: Project 16/06/2020 S34Growth nominated for RegioStars 2020 Five Interreg Europe projects taking part in the RegioStars competition. Type: Project 21/02/2020 Vouchers for SMEs in the bio-based industry A voucher scheme for all SMEs in the EU and working in the field of bio-based industry. Type: Project 12/11/2019 S34Growth Newsletter 4 Check out the fourth and final newsletter of S34Growth. Type: Project 29/10/2019 S34Growth Final Event The final event of the project was organised in Tampere, Finland, last week. Type: Project 27/03/2019 S34Growth partner meeting in Barcelona The last partner meeting in phase I of the project was organised last week. Type: Project 21/03/2019 Scots visiting Tampere region Innovation partnership in the making between Scotland and Tampere region. Type: Project 03/12/2018 S34Growth partner meeting in Brussels The first get-together since spring 2018 was full of intensive discussions. Type: Project 22/03/2018 OSDD Flanders and S34Growth debate Last week in Belgium was a fruitful one for our project. Type: Project 20/02/2018 OSDD South-Holland 30 Jan - 1 Feb 2018 At the turn of January and February, S34Growth visited South-Holland. Type: Project
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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 5th call - A busy new year for CISMOB partners Despite the new teleworking trends, our roads are increasingly congested while public transport is still far from recovering pre-pandemic demand. After the covid-19 pandemic, the challenge of green and accessible mobility for everyone is becoming more complex. It is essential to provide attractive fares, safe payment systems and reliable updated ICT based info especially about occupancy and comfort levels, to incentivize passengers in selecting more sustainable mobility choices.  ICT tools also have a fundamental role in promoting alternative solutions such as micromobility. Typical examples are real-time location, new forms of payment, integrated services, and real-time environmental conditions. Electric mobility also gained additional importance to promote more sustainable mobility in individual vehicles when public transport alternatives or soft mobility are not viable. In this field, ICT tools are vital to support fleet management, interoperability, information, and payment systems. CISMOB partners meet again for another year full of activities and exchange of experiences, with the aim of supporting the regions in designing their policy instruments to adapt to the new post-pandemic mobility paradigm 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 Latest Events See all project events Jan 26-28 2022 Aveiro and Agueda, Portugal Main exchange of experience event in Centro Region In January the first of four interregional experience sharing events to discuss the impact of COVID on the CISMOB regions will take place in Portugal Type: Project
Project summary The TITTAN COVID-19 project (Translation, Innovation & Technology Transfer in Ageing Network in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic), aims to establish a knowledge exchange network within five European regions to promote innovation and technology transfer in the field of the COVID-19 pandemic. The TITTAN COVID-19 project extension lasts a year and a half and is funded through the Interreg Europe Program. TITTAN Network for Technology, Innovation and Translation in Ageing European population is ageing rapidly. The number of people aged 65 and over is projected to increase from 14% in 2010 to 25% in 2050. Advances in science and technology contribute to prolong people lifespan, but unfortunately that does not mean they will be healthier. In its headline strategic document “EU2020 Strategy”, the EC has identified active and healthy ageing as a major societal challenge common to all European Countries. The TITTAN project (Network for Technology, Innovation and Translation in Ageing) aims to tackle that challenge, by improving the quality and performance of the European regional healthcare systems in relation with the healthy and active ageing. Its specific objective is to exchange, benchmark and implement good practices and measures in 7 European regions about policies which can foster the design, up-taking and use of innovative technology-based products/solutions. The TITTAN learning approach is focused on 3 Thematic Areas (TAs): how to uptake innovative health products/services through new public procurement practices (PCP and PPI); how to promote the establishment of innovation ecosystems in the health sector; how to raise citizen´s awareness about using new technologies for improving quality of life.The project is promoted by a well-balanced partnership, which involves 7 European regions: Galicia (lead partner), Basque Country, Scotland, the Metropolitan Area of Amsterdam, Lombardy, Saxony and Lower Silesia. The strong ties among them - coming from the cooperation in previous projects and the active participation in the EIP-Active and Healthy Ageing – represents an added-value for the partnership. TITTAN will contribute to improve 7 regional policy instruments. all of them are linked to the EU Structural Funds. Thus,TITTAN will provide partner regions with the opportunity to orientate the spending process of the Structural Funds towards some of the most-effective and result-oriented policy practices for healthy and active ageing. €1,784,916.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2021 Topic Research and innovation What will this project change? The European TITTAN Project, aims to tackle the challenge of ageing, by creating a network of communication for interchanging good practices that can foster the design, innovation and technology transfer, up-taking and use of innovative products/solutions for this problem, for improving the quality of life of elderly people and improving the performance of the European regional healthcare systems too. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? 2014 – 2020 ERDF Operational Programme (OP) of the Region of Galicia The Galician ERDF Operational Program (OP) has been approved in March 2015, aligning with Europe 2020 targets and the Regional Specialization Strategy. The area of health and especially the field of Active Ageing and Healthy living, are among the highest priorities for the region.The Galician OP has been divided in 10 Thematic Objectives (TOs).TO1 aims to foster Research and innovation development in the region. Galicia aims to become a lead region in Southern Europe that offers knowledge-intensive products and services linked to a healthy lifestyle model. Under this framework the Galician Regional Health Government is aware of the challenges ahead.Galician senior population (more than 65 years old) reached in 2015 23% of the total population. Besides, a considerable part of Galician people live in rural areas and the management of healthcare services are most expensive. Innovation seems the only solution to overcome current health challenges. Since 2011,our region collaborates with other European regions in the development of European and participating actively in some of the most important initiatives developed at EU level (KIC, EIPonAHA, etc).Long term collaborations and exchange of good practices can be a very powerful measure to incorporate successful strategies implemented by other European regions in Galicia.The final goal is to increase the quality of life of our patients, guaranteeing a sustainable healthcare system through the incorporation of innovative policies. Which partners are working on this? Galician Health Knowledge Agency (ACIS) 2014 – 2020 ERDF Operational Program (OP) of the Basque Country. The ERDF Operational Program 2014-2020 of the Basque Country is the document in which the strategy and thematic objectives of intervention are set up in the region. It addressed finance activities by the ERDF for the new programming period 2014-2020, and the financial arrangements set for these objectives. The ERDF Programme put special focus on the thematic objectives addressed to promote the smart specialisation strategy in Europe 2020 : R+D+I (OT1), TICs (OT2), SMEs (OT3) and Low Economy and Carbon (OT4). The OP measures addressed through the TITTAN project are as follows : - Thematic objective 1 (R+D+I), where there is a specific mention on boosting the R+D+I on ageing and health by promoting the technological convergence to fill gap markets on ageing, health and others (page 12 of the document). - Thematic objective 3 (to improve the competitiveness of the SMEs), to which creating new services, products for ageing population, and health, is one of its main issues (page 15 of the document). The strategic approach and the expected achievements of the Basque Country´s ERDF OP are different from the ones of Galicia, considering that - according to the Cohesion Policy classification of regions -  it is a long-stading "More Developed" region, whereas Galicia is a newcomer  "More Develope" region. Therefore, the participation of both regions in the project can surely enrich the learning process, even tough they are from the same Country. Which partners are working on this? Basque Foundation for Health Research and Innovation (BIOEF) 2014 – 2020 ERDF Operational Programme (OP) of the Region of Lombardy The ERDF Operational Programme of the Region of Lombardy is the regional policy instrument that manages ERDF funds. The measure concerned by the TITTAN project is the Axis I “Strengthening research, technological development and innovation”, with a focus on the following areas: - promotion of new markets for innovation – support to PCP and PPI actions; - support of projects concerning the regional innovation strategy for smart specialization (RIS3) – of which one of the specific work programmes is active ageing; - support to actions enabling the regional stakeholders to participate in innovation platforms, such as clusters, as well as to participate in European programmes for research and innovation; - enhancing the level of innovation practised by business, with the intent also, but not exclusively, of industrialising research results. The Operational Programme could profit from the expertise of other European regions, particularly if it helped to find ways to enhance the transfer of transnational research results to businesses, and in policies and projects concerning the innovative thematic of telehealth and its application in the public healthcare system. Which partners are working on this? Regional Foundation for Biomedical Research (FRRB) ERDF operational programme of Saxony 2014-2020, approved by European commission on 17.11.2014 The ERDF Operational Programme of the Free State of Saxony is the regional policy instrument that manages ERDF funds. It has been approved by the Saxonian government in November 2014 as a result of detailed consideration regarding regional challenges as well as overall investment priorities. Extensive parts of this programme align with priorities of the Europa 2020 Smart Specialisation Strategy, e.g. to foster research, development and innovations, reduce CO2-Emissions, the adjustment to climatic changes as well as the preservation oft he environment and many more. The improvement of healthcare through more resourceful and innovative technology-based measures is among the top priorities of the region. The rate of population under the age 20 decreased from 24% in 1990 to 15% in 2012 while the rate of senior population (age 65 or higher) increased during the same period from 16% to 25%. It is expected that the amount of senior population will be increased up to the rate of 33% by 2025 while the rate of the younger population will hardly increase. Furthermore a remarkable amount of the saxonian population lives in rural areas where medicinical provision and healthcare are far less marked than in urban regions. Only by fostering and implementing technology-based innovations, Saxony can take on the distinctive demographic and healthcare challenges mentioned above.   Which partners are working on this? Healthy Saxony (HS) Scottish ERDF Operational Programme (OP) 2014-2020, Priority “Innovation in support of Growth & Jobs: Promoting business investment in innovation and research, and developing links and synergies between enterprises, R&D centres and higher education sector” Innovation is a key driver of productivity growth, and Scotland has a strong base of innovation to build on. As Scotland's Economic Strategy makes clear, improvements in innovation enable businesses to become more competitive, grow more quickly, enter new markets and become more resilient to change. The Scottish Government is fully committed to ensuring that Scotland becomes an innovation nation, and has a portfolio of supporting actions to achieve this. The Scottish Government is supporting ambitious collaborations between businesses, universities and others to capitalise on Scotland's world-class research through a network of Innovation Centres. There are currently eight in Scotland, and the Digital Health Institute is one of them. DHI plays a hub role in the Scottish health and care ecosystem and has a main focus on ageing, a potential domain for innovation. In addition to supporting innovation activity in Scotland, the Scottish Government will support international collaboration by piloting Innovation and Investment Hubs at key global locations, and this project could be an enabler for its development. Which partners are working on this? The University of Strathclyde - Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) The 2020 Strategy for the Lower Silesia Voivodship (does not apply to the 5th call) The 20202 Development Strategy for the Lower Silesia is the most important document of the Voivodeship setting out mid-term policy direction. It is implemented in accordance with the national and Community legislation, in particular with the Act on the National Development Plan and the Council Regulation laying down general provisions on structural funds and the Cohesion Fund. Account was also taken of the Council Regulation on the ERDF, the ESF and the Cohesion Fund in the new European Union financing perspective. Among the Strategy´s eight priorities, it has to be mentioned the regional development based on the cluster cooperation, Development of entrepreneurship and innovation, the intensification of cooperation economy-science-administration. One of the main objectives of the policy instrument is the achievement of a better healthcare queality, to ensure accessibility to certain types of benefits, taking into account the long-term demographic trends. An important direction of activity is the development and support innovative solutions raising the quality and availability of services.The improvement of the policy instrument will consist in promoting technological innovations in the health sector, by introducing new products and services and changing the manner in which the services are provided. Which partners are working on this? Lower Silesian Voivodeship Marshal Office (LSVMO) 2014-2020 ERDF Operational Programme (OP) of the West Nederland - Kansen voor West II (does not apply to the 5th call) The OP Kansen voor West II has been build in cooperation with 8 partners (4 Provinces and 4 cities in Western Netherlands), with the aim of achieving the EU2020S objectives. The emphasis is on innovation & investment into R&D. In particualr, the four big cities involved (among them, Amsterdam) face specific challenges, as sections of these cities seem to 'miss their connection' to current economic developments, because of ageing, which is felt more strongly is densely populated areas. In some parts, ageing appears to give rise to an economic and social divide. The TITTAN project has a synergy with two of the priority axis of the OP: a) Axis "Innovation" : focus is on providing innovative solutions to societal challenges and needs that are of a composite nature, for instance, as food and health and work and health. Solutions to these composite needs will increasingly have to be developed by connecting new technologies to the sectors. Life Sciences and Health, and especialy healthy ageing/vitality is one of the main sectors which is mentioned (p. 6 of the OP). Focus will be on accelerating the implementation of new technologies in health, thereby supporting specific objective 2 and 3 of the TITTAN project. b) Axis "Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty", Investment priority 9b: it is coherent with the TO3 of TITTAN,, which aim to raise awareness among citizens about the importance of using new technologies for improving quality of life and lifespan.   Which partners are working on this? City of Almere (CAL) Sign up for the TITTAN newsletter Subscribe now Action Group Reports Last Uploaded: Final Report of Action Group 3 (Active Citizens for healthy ageing) Reports Results and outputs Last Uploaded: Interregional Portolio (July, 2018) Specific results Tweets by TITTAN Latest News See all project news 29/10/2021 Kick-off meeting of the TITTAN COVID-19 project Translation, Innovation & Technology Transfer in Ageing Network in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Type: Project 01/12/2020 Final Conference of the TITTAN Project High-level dissemination event of the TITTAN project Type: Project 29/10/2020 High-level dissemination event of the TITTAN project The High-level dissemination event of the TITTAN Interreg Europe project will be held online on 1 December 2020, 12:00 - 14:15 CET. Type: Project 09/09/2020 TITTAN in the “European Week of Regions and Cities” TITTAN will participate in the great event “European Week of Regions and Cities” with a Talk about patients empowerment. Type: Project 22/07/2020 #Europecooperates 2020 Interregional cooperation forum | Online | Special edition 2020 Type: Project 11/06/2020 TITTAN in the forum "Europe, Let´s Cooperate!” The TITTAN Lead Partner, ACIS, participated in the Interreg Europe Forum presenting its Pilot action: the Health Living Lab of Ourense Type: Project 05/05/2020 TITTAN pre-selected for RegioStars Awards 2020 The Interreg Europe Managing Authority has selected TITTAN as one of the five projects that will represent the Interreg programme at the RegioStars Awards 2020. Type: Project 18/09/2019 TITTAN project meeting in its implementation phase The partners of the European interregional project TITTAN held the first meeting of the project in its second phase. Type: Project 18/07/2019 TITTAN in the Creative workshop of MONITORIS3 The workshop concluded with a presentation of the leader of the TITTAN project, who provided very interesting tips for the design of the Action Plans. Type: Project 22/05/2019 ACIS achieves one of the 13 pilot actions in 2018 In 2018, out of 133 action plans developed in Interreg Europe projects, only 13 pilot actions were funded... Type: Project
GlossaryCheck the specific meaning of words or terms in our glossary. As you navigate throughout the site, glossary terms appear with a dotted underline. Hovering over this with your mouse will reveal the definition. If you are unsure of the meaning of a term, and it's not in our glossary, then drop us a line! A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z # A Acronym an abbreviation of the project title Action plan An action plan is a document providing details on how the lessons learnt from the cooperation will be implemented in order to improve the policy instrument tackled within a given region. The document specifies the nature of the actions to be implemented, their time frame, the players involved, the costs (if any) and funding sources (if any). Additionality one of the three main programme criteria, to be respected by all proposed project activities; it means that the activities proposed to the Interreg Europe programme have to be different from the normal and regular tasks of the partners involved in the project. In particular, the pilot actions have to represent additional activities that would not be carried out without the support of the Interreg Europe programme Advisory partners a specific type of partners in Interreg Europe projects. They participate in the project as they offer a particular competence that can facilitate the project’s implementation. This may be the case of an academic institution that is specialised in the topic tackled by the project or in the exchange of experience process. Like any other ‘normal’ partner, they can receive financing from Interreg Europe. But they do not address a policy instrument and therefore do not need to develop an action plan. Audit authority the body responsible for ensuring that audits are carried out on the proper functioning of the management and control system of the operational programme and on an appropriate sample of operations on the basis of the declared expenditure. Back to top C Call for proposals period of time in which applications can be submitted to the Joint Secretariat Certifying authority the CA is mainly responsible for drawing-up and submitting certified statement of expenditure and application for ERDF payment to the European Commission. Moreover, it is responsible for making the ERDF payments to the lead partner of approved projects. Cohesion Policy Cohesion policy was enshrined in the Treaties with the adoption of the Single European Act (1986). It is built on the assumption that redistribution between richer and poorer regions in Europe is needed in order to balance out the effects of further economic integration. In the 2007-2013 financial perspectives, cohesion policy amounts to 35.7% of the total EU budget (€308 billion), 62% of which should finance projects linked to the Lisbon agenda for growth and employment. Cross border cooperation EU regional policy programme which promotes projects whose partnership is constituted by partners coming from two or more states and who are located in the border area Back to top D Decommitment rule at the beginning of every year, the Commission allocates a certain amount of ERDF to the Interreg Europe programme. The annual allocation must be spent within 3 years following the year of commitment. If, at the end of 3 years, the annual allocation is not spent, the corresponding ERDF budget will be lost (= decommitted). The first year of potential decommitment for the Interreg Europe programme is 2018. Deep delegation refers to the wider stakeholders that each partner needs to have on board to ensure successful implementation of the good practice(s) transferred e.g. regional development agencies, monitoring committee of operational programme. Only costs of partners listed in the application form can be reimbursed Durability of the project’s results one of the basic requirements of any public funded project is to demonstrate at the application stage that the planned results to be achieved within the project will not be lost at the end of the funding period. Back to top E Eligibility check the first step of a two-step evaluation procedure. Project proposals applying for ERDF funds have to pass the eligibility check successfully in order to be considered for funding. Eligibility criteria mainly technical requirements operations applying for ERDF funds have to fulfill in order to pass the eligibility check Eligible costs costs that are in line with the programme requirements and can be approved for co-financing from the ERDF ERDF co-financing rate the ERDF co-financing rate for Interreg Europe projects depends on the legal status of the project partner and amounts to 85% for public bodies and bodies governed by public law and to 75% for private non-profit bodies. Europe 2020 Strategy Europe 2020 is the European Union’s ten-year jobs and growth strategy. Launched by the European Commission in 2010, it aims at smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. As part of the EU cohesion policy, the Interreg Europe programme supports the Europe 2020 Strategy. The programme mainly supports the smart and sustainable pillars of the Europe 2020 strategy. Inclusive growth also has a place but it is tackled indirectly through the other investment priorities (for example social innovation, support to entrepreneurship, etc.). European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) The ERDF is intended to help reduce imbalances between regions of the Community. The Fund was set up in 1975 and grants financial assistance for development projects in the poorer regions. In terms of financial resources, the ERDF is by far the largest of the EU's Structural Funds European Territorial Cooperation this is the EU Regional policy’s second goal of the programming period 2014-2020. It refers to all Interreg programmes (cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation) as well as INTERACT III, ESPON and URBACT III. With the present programming period, a specific regulation has been put in place for this Goal (Regulation (EU) No 1299/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council). This is the first time it happens. This change means higher political priority as well as higher visibility and expectations from this goal compared to the past. External expertise and services Costs paid on the basis of contracts and against invoices to external service providers who are sub-contracted to carry out certain tasks of the project are eligible. Public procurement rules must be observed in selecting a company or individual to provide external expertise. It is recommended to provide maximum rates for certain services (e.g. fees of speakers/ moderators). Back to top F First level control (centralised/ decentralised) before submission to the joint secretariat, each progress report has to be verified and confirmed by an independent controller compliant with the first level control system set up by each Member State and Norway in accordance with Article 125 of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 and Article 23 of Regulation (EU) No 1299/2013. This verification is carried out by a first level controller who must verify that the expenditure connected to the project implementation was spent in compliance with the relevant EU, national, regional, institutional and programme rules. The main aim of the controls is to provide a guarantee for the managing authority, the certifying authority and, most importantly, to the project itself that costs co-financed under the Interreg Europe programme are accounted for and claimed in accordance with the legal and financial provisions of the subsidy contract, the approved application form, the Interreg Europe programme rules, national rules and EU regulations. First level controller an institution/ individual responsible for verification of financial documentation of beneficiaries in a given country Back to top G Good practice in the context of the Interreg Europe programme, a good practice is defined as an initiative (e.g. methodologies, projects, processes, techniques) undertaken in one of the programme’s thematic priorities which has already proved successful and which has the potential to be transferred to a different geographic area. Proved successful is where the good practice has already provided tangible and measurable results in achieving a specific objective. Back to top I In-kind contribution provision of works, goods, services, land or real estate for which no cash payment has been made (e.g. unpaid voluntary work). In-kind contributions are not eligible in the Interreg Europe programme. Innovative character of results (also see Added value) Projects financed under the programme have to explain the innovative character of their expected results. Applicants should make sure that their own project and its expected achievements will be of added-value compared to these past or existing initiatives Integrated approach cross-sectoral approach, in which projects are linked to different programme subthemes, even though they have to clearly focus only on one Intermediate body of operational programme is any body which acts under the responsibility of a managing authority and which carries out, on their behalf, duties related to the management of the operational programme Interregional cooperation Part of the C strand of the ETC (as well as of the former Interreg III Community Initiative), its aim is to promote exchange and transfer of knowledge and best practices among the European regions. Interregionality interregional character of the activities has always to be demonstrated in the application form. Activities of ‘purely’ local character cannot be supported under Interreg Europe. Investment for Growth and Jobs programmes these are the operational programmes that translate the first goal of the EU Cohesion policy (Investment for Growth and Jobs) into concrete actions at national and regional level. These programmes are drafted by Member States and regional administrations, with the objective to plan a seven-year framework for policy delivery. They are funded through the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) Back to top J Joint secretariat The joint secretariat (JS) is responsible for the day-to-day management of the programme. The team is based in Lille, France. Back to top L Lead applicant workshop is a conference organised for lead applicants to provide information on project development and how to complete the application form Lead partner The lead partner has full financial responsibility for the entire operation including all partners and is responsible for the proper reporting of progress to the respective joint secretariat as also stipulated in the subsidy contract Back to top M Managing authority (MA) The MA bears the responsibility for managing and implementing the operational programme; it acts as interface between the European Commission and the participating states and regions and ensures compliance of the programme with Community regulations and policies. Monitoring committee (MC) The monitoring committee is supervising the implementation of the programme Back to top N National information day event organised by a country's point of contact in order to provide information on the programme for the potential applicants in a given country NUTS The nomenclature of territorial units for statistics (NUTS) was created by the European Office for Statistics (Eurostat) in order to create a single and coherent structure of territorial distribution. It has been used in the Community legislation pertaining to the Structural Funds since 1988 Back to top O On-the-spot check is a check carried out by the first level controller on partners’ premises (whereas desk checks are carried out on the first level controller’s premises). In accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 Article 125 (5), at least once during the project’s lifetime, the first level controller has to go on-the-spot in order to verify that the reported activities have taken place, the delivery of sub-contracted supplies, work and goods is in progress or has been completed. At the same time, the means invested in going on- the- spot should remain proportional to the costs to be verified. Consequently, it may be legitimate to use sampling unless Partner State rules indicate differently for their first level control system. Operational programme a document developed by EU countries and/or regions and approved by the Commission, which defines their priorities as well as the programming required to achieve these priorities. Output Outputs directly result from activities of the operation. They are typically measured in physical or monetary units such as: number of meetings/seminars/training sessions, number of collaborative projects, number and type of reports/policy tools/written concepts, and many others Back to top P Partner contribution amount of co-financing not covered by ERDF. The partner contribution may come from the partners’ own budget or from other sources. Each partner must commit to providing its own contribution through a project partner declaration. Partner search forum an annual event organised for applicants by the Interreg Europe programme to identify partners for their project and to obtain information on the programme Partnership agreement In order to secure the quality of the implementation of the project, as well as the satisfactory achievement of its goals, the lead partner and the partners have to conclude a partnership agreement. The partnership agreement allows the lead partner to extend the arrangements of the subsidy contract to the level of each partner. Paying authority (PA) Authority designated by the Member State for the purposes of drawing up and submitting payments applications and receiving payments from the Commission. Pilot action it means an implementation carried out by one of the partners in order to test a new approach on its territory. It can be related to a completely new experimentation for the concerned partnership. A pilot action can also be related to a transfer of practice from one authority to another authority. Point of contact institution designated by each Partner State to promote the programme among potential project applicants in their country and support them in generating projects Policy instrument a means for public intervention. It refers to any policy, strategy, or law developed by public authorities and applied on the ground in order to improve a specific territorial situation. In most cases, financial resources are associated with a policy instrument. However, an instrument can also sometimes refer to a legislative framework with no specific funding. In the context of Interreg Europe, operational programmes for Investment for Growth and Jobs as well as Cooperation Programmes from European Territorial Cooperation are considered to be policy instruments. Beyond EU cohesion policy, local, regional or national public authorities also develop their own policy instruments. Preparation costs costs incurred for the development of the project. Preparation costs are fixed in the form of a lump sum of EUR 15,000 (or in ERDF /Norwegian funding: EUR 12,750 (85%) and EUR 7,500 (50%)) for approved projects. This amount will be automatically included in the lead partner’s budget at the application stage. With the first progress report, the EUR 15,000 lump sum for preparation costs will be added to the reported lead partner’s expenditure, and the corresponding ERDF / Norwegian funding will be paid by the programme after approval of the progress report. Private non-profit body in the context of the Interreg Europe programme a private non-profit body is an organisation (a) not having an industrial or commercial character; (b) having a legal personality; (c) not being financed, for the most part, by the state, regional or local authorities, or other bodies governed by public law; or not subject to management supervision by those bodies; or not having an administrative, managerial or supervisory board, more than half of whose members are appointed by the state, regional or local authorities, or by other bodies governed by public law. In Interreg Europe projects private non-profit bodies can be project partners but they cannot take on the role of a lead partner. Programme area made up of 30 countries: the 27 EU Member States, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Programme manual Part of the application pack. Intended to assist applicants in drafting applications, as well as in implementing and finalising the approved operations. Programme priorities thematic areas around which programme is structured Progress report Comprised of the activity report and the financial report. It documents the progress of the project and serves as payment request. Lead partners of projects have to submit a progress report at the end of each reporting period to the joint secretariat. Project idea feedback a form filled in by a lead applicant of a project in order to receive feedback from the joint secretariat on their project idea Project partner All project partners other than the lead partner Public authorities they are generally understood as the national, regional, or local authorities. Public law body/ body governed by public law according to Article 2 (1) of Directive 2014/24/EU, it means all bodies (a) established for the specific purpose of meeting needs in the general interest, not having an industrial or commercial character; (b) they have legal personality; (c) financed, for the most part, by the state, regional or local authorities, or by other bodies governed by public law; or are subject to management supervision by those authorities or bodies; or have an administrative, managerial or supervisory board, more than half of whose members are appointed by the state, regional or local authorities, or by other bodies governed by public law. Public procurement whenever purchases are made and contracts are awarded to external suppliers, project partners have to be in a position to demonstrate the compliance with the public procurement rules defining the tendering , publicity and contracting procedures applicable to different threshold values. The principles of transparency, non-discrimination and equal treatment have to be respected and conditions of effective competition must be ensured in compliance with the EU public procurement directives, national rules and internal rules of the partner organisation. Back to top Q Quality assessment second step of a two-step evaluation procedure that project proposals applying for ERDF funds have to pass successfully in order to be considered for ERDF funding. Back to top R RegioStars Awards The objective of the RegioStars Awards is to identify good practices in regional development and to highlight original and innovative projects which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions. Back to top S Second level audit sample checks on projects carried out in order to verify that projects have correctly declared expenditure in the progress reports. The declared expenditure shall be audited based on a representative sample and, as a general rule, on statistical sampling methods. These checks are done under the responsibility of the audit authority assisted by a group of auditors with at least one representative from each participating country. In the context of Interreg Europe, they will be carried out every year between 2017 and 2023. Spending plan at the application stage, each project needs to foresee a spending plan for each of the six-monthly reporting periods. The project’s spending plan should be an estimation of the actual payments to be made in each of the six-monthly periods. The programme’s spending plan is based on ERDF allocations by the Commission. Thus, if the projects do not meet their spending plan, the programme may also not meet its own. In the event of the programme not meeting its spending target, it will be subject to decommitment. If this loss results from certain projects lagging behind their spending targets, the programme will be obliged to reduce the budget of these projects. Therefore, the spending plan is part of the subsidy contract, which also includes provision that any amounts which are not reported in time and in full may be lost. State aid aid which is granted selectively by Member States or through state resources and which may affect trade between Member States or distort competition (Article 107 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union - TFEU). State aid is prohibited. However, it may be permitted if justified by objectives of general economic interest, if it falls within the General Block Exemption, if it falls within de minims or if it has been notified to and approved by DG Competition. Steering group a body consisting of representatives of all project partners, which is responsible for joint project management and decision-making on strategic level Structural Funds Financial tools set up to implement the regional policy of the European Union. They aim to reduce regional disparities in terms of income, wealth and opportunities. There are two Structural Funds: the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The ERDF aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions. It promotes among other innovation and research; energy efficiency in small- and medium-sized enterprises, housing and public buildings; production and distribution of renewable energy; low-carbon strategies for urban areas. European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) is also supported by ERDF. The ESF focuses on improving employment and education opportunities across the European Union. It also aims to improve the situation of the most vulnerable people at risk of poverty. It supports among other the reform of education and training systems, adaptation of skills and qualifications, up-skilling of the labour force, and the creation of new jobs. Structural Funds are governed by a single set of rules covering all 5 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF): • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) • European Social Fund (ESF) • Cohesion Fund (CF) • European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) • European Maritime & Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Subsidy contract contract between the managing authority and the lead partner. It determines the rights and responsibilities of both parties, the scope of activities to be carried out, terms of funding, requirements for reporting and financial controls, etc Back to top T Terms of reference a document providing main guidelines related to a specific call for proposals Transnational cooperation Part of the former B strand of the ETC (as well as of the Interreg III during the 2000-2006 programming period); its main aim is to promote the cooperation and a better integration among large groups of European regions which have similar characteristics Back to top W Work plan a plan of activities to be conducted within the lifetime of the project Back to top Back to top
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Take a look at these exemplary good practices from Interreg Europe for innovation in the health sector!
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