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31/03/2017
Second stakeholder meeting in Stara Zagora (Bulgaria) for the 2nd semester of the INNOGROW project.
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14/06/2019
A selection of news from the second semester of project
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04/11/2020
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15/12/2020
Smart Waste lead partner ARRR and Green Kosice representatives met online.
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Project summary Industry 4.0 (I4.0) is taking off across Europe. Regions are keen to ensure that their strategies are coherent with this new line of integrated, digital development. They must also ensure that SMEs, the heart and soul of regional economies, are involved and that they benefit from it. This is not only technological R&D. It is about cultural mind-set, preparation and qualifications. 4.0-Ready partners cooperate at interregional level to reach their overall aim: to prepare SMEs for the I4.0 revolution. With SMEs, we refer to entrepreneurs, owners, managers and staff at all levels, who need to become ready to take on the new challenges of I4.0. European social funding (ESF) can support vocational and professional capacity building. European regional development funding (ERDF) can support technological, organisational and skill development. Improvements to these policies could go far to ensuring that SMEs, and people working for them, are able to embrace and benefit from industrial digitalisation and automation. 4.0-Ready partners and stakeholders cooperate to understand SMEs’ skill and digital maturity needs and what policy makers can do with policy instruments to address these needs. They develop an Action Plan, with proposals on how ESF/ERDF policies can better support SMEs in preparing for I4.0. Partners and selected stakeholders implement and monitor the Action Plan, starting in project Phase 1, leading into Phase 2. Policy improvements range from funding projects on I4.0 skills and digital maturity, to management approaches that create synergy between policy instruments, to strategies that integrate both I4.0 and the SME skill focus. Partners are Managing Authorities or Implementing Bodies of selected policies: they have the power to make real change. 4.0-Ready regions will become better placed for a successful, durable and profitable application of I4.0. They will support their SMEs to become more competitive, while maintaining and creating more and better jobs. €1,366,300.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jan 2023 Topic SME competitiveness Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ROP ESF 2014 – 2020 / Axis A Employment and Axis C Education and Training ROP ESF 2014-2020 is the regional investment programme for growth, employment, education and training. It included Axis A - better and sustainable occupation (including A.4 Adaptation of businesses, entrepreneurs & workers to change) and C - professional training & continuous learning (C.3 Adapting training systems to the labour market). Both support continuous training (particularly for RTD and innovation), ITS / IFTS training courses, worker retraining and support for SMEs to adapt to economic change. Final beneficiaries are SMEs and their workforce (young and aged workers, professionals, managers and entrepreneurs). 31% of ROP ESF resources were initially scheduled for 2019-20. This is now increased and calls are expected in each of remaining year of the period. This leaves room for significant improvements. ROP ESF was created before the I4.0 revolution, so did not make reference to skills in this field. In 2017, the Managing Authority (MA) started to adapt ROP measures/calls to the I4.0 national strategy. However, more work is required. ROP ESF needs to test and adapt funding measures to support SMEs in training / employing a workforce that can adapt to necessary technological and organisational actions. Possibilities include training for employed people, technical education/training courses, continuous training and other initiatives, such as intergenerational mentoring. POR ESF should support a combination of measures for a smooth integration of I4.0 into the workforce. Which partners are working on this? Agency for the development of the Empolese Valdelsa Regional Government of Tuscany 2014-2O SUSTAINABLE GROWTH AND JOBS 2014-2020 (with annexe - Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy) Finland’s ESIF programme is a multi-funding instrument aiming to create over 12,700 new jobs and support 5660 SMEs by 2023. 4.0-Ready will particularly address ERDF Action Line for Producing and using the latest information and knowledge. Funded projects should implement the Smart Specialisation Strategy of Helsinki-Uusimaa (RIS3), where Industrial Digitalisation is a spearhead thematic area. The RIS3 is highly relevant in the context of regional governance reform. The Policy addresses SME Competiveness by generating new businesses, promoting growth, internationalisation and energy efficiency in SMEs, addressing production and use of the latest knowledge. It does so by developing centres of research, expertise and innovation based on regional strengths, strengthening innovation in enterprises and developing renewable energy and energy-efficient solutions. Beneficiaries are educational institutes and development organisations. SMEs are indirect beneficiaries. At least 2 calls are expected in the last programme years, but not yet defined. It would be important for at least one call to strengthen readiness for Industry 4.0 in SMEs. As ERDF and ESF funding is limited, it is important to find efficient ways to use funding, to strengthen links between ERF and ESF (with different managing bodies) and to find synergies with other funding instruments. As the ERDF programme cannot give direct support to companies, there is a need to find efficient new ways for SME capacity building. Which partners are working on this? Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Operational Programme 2014-2020, Axis 6 - Competencies, Measure 1.1 The ERDF Axis being analysed within 4.0-Ready funds creation and equipment of Competence Centres for Industry 4.0. The ESF OP provides complementary funding for trainers within these Centres. The Policy Instrument has funded 3 Competence Centres working in different sectors on global and additive technologies, automation, robotics and smart maintenance, sustainable development and energy efficiency. The projects were created with SIRRIS research centre and clusters MECATECH and WAN (smart specialisation). The Policy Instrument has also financed important projects on the digital economy, though these are not directly linked to Industry 4.0. These large scale projects have absorbed the majority of ERDF and ESF funding in this sector (though some savings may be observed in the final years) and the challenge now is to monitor and improve their implementation. Improvements concern better integration of projects into a global strategy for the development of Industry 4.0. These projects should also be linked to the Wallonie Digital Strategy, which was approved in 2015 after projects were already set up. The current training axis in Wallonie is largely focused on schools and teaching, while the SME component could be strengthened. Interregional learning and regional stakeholder engagement should help to achieve improvements: creating a greater Industry 4.0 culture, enlarging the circle of trainers active in I4.0, supporting a more coherent and multi-stakeholder skills approach. Which partners are working on this? Public Service of Wallonia Regional Operational Programme of the Silesian Voivodeship for 2014-2020 (with Regional Innovation Strategy) ROP WSL 2014-2018 is the regional investment programme for economic and entrepreneurship development, growth, employment, education and training. This multi-fund ERDF/ESF OP aims to fulfil the Silesia 2020 Development Strategy. It runs alongside the regional RIS3 (planned updates in 2019-20). The OP provides funding for 10 thematic objectives, with SME Competitiveness allocated 12% of total investment. It aims to improve the viability of SMEs that are most vulnerable to market fluctuations and to boost investment in innovation. Axis I supports the Modern Economy (ERDF). It funds activities aimed at increasing market value of R&D, increased enterprise R&D, improving the pro-innovation environment of enterprises and improving the competences of SMEs employees. Among the initiatives funded, the OP has funded the Network of Regional Specialised Observatories (SORIS). SORIS will support enterprises (SMEs) in raising qualifications and competences in the area of regional specialisations. Axis 8 supports Regional knowledge-based economy cadres (ESF). Activities improve competences of employees in the SME sector. The current OP does not distinguish activities to support industry 4.0, which is now essential for the proper development of entrepreneurship. Thus, updates to the OP and the Regional Innovation Strategy, must ensure that I4.0 and means of dealing with industrial modernisation are an integral part of measures for SME competitiveness and conditions on the employment market. Which partners are working on this? Marshal's Office of Silesia Region, Silesian Government ERDF Regional Operational Programme Navarra 2014-2020 ERDF OP, within Priority Axis 3 Improvement of SME competitiveness, supports SME to create and enhance advanced capabilities for the development of goods and services. This measure funds two schemes, where beneficiaries are Navarra based companies (mostly SMEs): • Investment projects for SME competiveness that must acquire new tangible or intangible fixed assets. • Improved goods and services provided by SME, production processes or internal organisation: advanced engineering and consultancy services. At the time of the elaboration of the OP, Industry 4.0 concept didn’t have the current level of development. Measures to increasing SME competitiveness were foreseen, but there was no reference to Industry 4.0. RIS3 Navarra has since included it as a priority. The evaluation criteria of OP calls now include a criteria where projects that comprise technological enablers in the field of I4.0 are subsidised with higher level of aid. This is a first step to make SME aware of the need to adopt I4.0 and to get ready for the changes that it implies. However, public policy should now provide SME more specific and customised services, in different domains. To foster I4.0 4.0-Ready is expected to provide input to this. Measures could include elaboration of roadmaps towards digital transformation, calls targeted at supporting SME investment in I4.0 technology and training. There should be public support to training centres so that they can offer up-to-date training on I4.0 related fields.   Which partners are working on this? Government of Navarra Operational Programme Human Capital 2014 - 2020, Priority 3, "Jobs for all", Axis 3.12 Improving employees' level of knowledge / skills / skills related to economic sectors / areas identified according to SNC (National Competitiveness Strategy) and SNCDI (National Research, Development and Innovation Stategy) The overall objective of the OP is to improve equal access to lifelong learning for all age groups in a formal, non-formal or informal setting, updating knowledge, skills and competences of the workforce and promoting flexible learning pathways. Priority 3 “Jobs for all” supports access to employment. This will entail improving people’s skills, facilitating the recognition of qualifications and experience; assisting participants in finding a job or setting up micro companies and SMEs. Within this, Axis 3.12 focuses specially on improving employees’ skills related to the country’s key economic sectors, as identified by the national competitiveness and R&D strategies. Eligible applicants are individual enterprises (micro and SMEs). The Application Guidelines for this specific priority, document to support potential beneficiaries in applying, are now under public consultation. The ESF objectives were created before the Industry 4.0 revolution, so there is currently no reference to it in the guidelines. This priority can be improved with measures to support the integration of Industry 4.0 into the workforce. The growing need for lifelong learning in means that the OP should promote more flexible types of delivery, personalised training offers and well-established validation systems for non-formal and informal learning. The potential of Information and Communication Technology can be used to stimulate education and training of SME staff and help them adapt to I4.0. Which partners are working on this? Regional Intermediate Body for Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resources Development - Bucharest - Ilfov Region Operational Programme for the European Union Funds’ Investments in 2014-2020, Priority Axis 9 ESF support within Priority Axis 9 is allocated to 6 measures addressed to SMEs. The overall objective of these measures is to ensure support for employees’ qualification and training. They also seek to create conditions for employees to acquire specific competences and to adapt to changes in the economy. “Competence LT” funds training for the development of sectoral competences for enterprises. “Apprenticeship” funds trainings for employees in the form of apprenticeship; trainings in the workplace. “Invest LT” and “Training for the employees of foreign investors" fund trainings and qualification improvement of employees of foreign investors investing in Lithuania. A number of projects have already been funded for each and each has targets for the number of SME employees to be trained. Calls are foreseen for these measures until mid-2020. These measures administered by the 4.0-Ready partner are linked with RIS strategies, through improving the competitiveness of SMEs. Changes and improvements for these measures are carried out continuously by monitoring projects in steering committees, which include all stakeholders, adjusting to industry needs and changes. Industry 4.0 is only in the initial stage. The ESF policy instrument and calls launched until now do not address it directly. This needs to be addressed: SME competitiveness must be connected to I4.0 priorities in programming documents and in calls. Which partners are working on this? Foundation European Social Fund Agency Tweets by 40Ready Latest News See all project news 13/10/2020 40Ready @Factory 4.0 Conference Partner OIR POSDRU participated in the Factory 4.0 Conference, held by one of our stakeholders from the project Type: Project 28/09/2020 2nd Stakeholder meeting in Silesia Second stakeholders meeting held in Silesia Region Type: Project 21/09/2020 4th stakeholders meeting in Wallonie The fourth local stakeholder group meeting has been held on 21st September 2020. Type: Project 27/07/2020 2nd Stakeholder meeting in Bucharest-Ilfov The local stakeholder group workshop in Romania was organized online due to the COVID 19 situation. Type: Project 24/07/2020 I40 - Lithuanian competence needs analysis in SMEs Performed analysis of the competence needs for SMEs in order to prepare for and overcome the challenges of Industry 4.0. Type: Project 20/07/2020 Project implementation and COVID-19 The news summarises the last activities carried out by the project partners during the first months of Covid-19 Type: Project 26/06/2020 Stakeholders meetings held in Wallonia Three different stakeholders meeting were organised by P3 during the second semester Type: Project 18/02/2020 1st stakeholder meeting in Silesia The first stakeholder meeting was held in Silesia on February 18th. Type: Project 14/02/2020 Further Stakeholder meetings held by ESFA (P8) Six different stakeholders meeting were organised by ESFA (P8) between December and February Type: Project 28/01/2020 1st Stakeholder meeting in Bucharest-Ilfov The 1st stakeholder meeting was held in Bucharest-Ilfov on January the 28th. Type: Project
Project summary GROW RUP is an Interreg Europe project bringing together five EU Outermost Regions. GROW RUP supports the creation and growth of innovative companies in the field of green and blue economy, with a particular focus on long-term unemployed people in the ORs.GROW RUP double challenge: support for SME competitiveness and employment in the ORs. €1,169,423.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 30 Jun 2021 Topic SME competitiveness Interregional cooperation for SME competitiveness The outermost regions (ORs) have to deal with a number of difficulties related to their geographical characteristics, such as remoteness, insularity, small size, climate, which have usually acted as a constraint on their development. In addition to these structural features, the economic crisis from which Europe has suffered in the last years has further jeopardised their economic growth. GROW RUP fits in this framework in two ways:boosting SMEs competitiveness and entrepreneurship and targeting long-term unemployed people in the ORssupporting green and blue growth with a view to deliver more resource efficient and sustainable economy activities in those territories The project will allow partner organisations to exchange experiences, practices and ideas among them, as well as with relevant stakeholders, and thereby find solutions to improve their regional approaches.  What we will do? Interregional learning process A key element of the project are interregional site visits, where project partners share strategies and experiences on specific themes and brainstorm with policy-makers and stakeholders to select a number of best practices.  Following interregional site visits, partner regions organise workshops for organisation staff and local stakeholders to present to the results of the site visits, validate the best practices selected and develop guidelines for the drafting of the action plans. GROW RUP learning process is conducted during 2017-2019, after which the findings are collected, analysed and compiled into regional action plans and into the GROW RUP compendium. Follow-up processGROW RUP is about working together across borders and organisations, with the support of stakeholders, to find the best solutions for regional business creation and growthIn 2019-2021 GROW RUP will move from learning to implementation. Regional actions plans are put into practice and their progress is closely monitored.  Project recommendations and results will be widely disseminated to the other ORs not involved as partners in the project, as well as other EU regions to provide them with the chance to take and replicate the lessons learnt. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Canarias FEDER 2014-2020 PO The policy instrument addressed is the ERDF operational programme and the specific thematic objective is TO3 ‘Improve the competitiveness of SMEs’ while the investment priority is IP3a ‘Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new businesses’. The policy instrument addressed falls under the Interreg Europe specific objective 2.1. IP3a is intended to promote the creation of new enterprises and to strengthen the existing ones through the provision of grants and other financial subsidies along with supporting services. Currently the measure does not prioritize the creation of businesses in the green and blue economy which are indeed priorities in the RIS3 neither its ensures the inclusion of unemployed people as beneficiary. These are two main issues which the project aims to address, given the higher unemployment rates and the untapped potential that green and blue economy represents for the archipelago. By fostering Canary Islands’ regional development and bringing the region closer to EU development rates, the project contributes to the EU regional and cohesion policy. Since this thematic objective is common to all ERDF programmes in Europe and that 449 NUTS2 are maritime regions in Europe, the theme addressed in the project has also a clear EU added value.   Which partners are working on this? Employment Service - Canary Islands Government Programme Opérationnel FEDER Réunion Conseil Régional 2014-2020 The policy instrument addressed by the partner region is the ERDF operational programme of Reunion under the investment priority for growth and jobs, and the thematic objective specifically taken into account is TO3 ‘Improve the competitiveness of SMEs’ while the investment priority is IP3a ‘Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new enterprises. The thematic objective that Reunion specifically addresses is the one concerning the support of SMEs competitiveness, whereas the investment priority relates to the promotion of entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and by supporting the creation of new businesses. TO3 is aimed at promoting entrepreneurship, especially in the areas identified by the region’s smart specialisation strategy (which encompasses in its priority areas also green and blue economy) and strengthening the factors of production of enterprises, including employment. With 24,6% as unemployment rate in 2015, it is necessary to ensure that ERDF efforts are aimed at creating jobs, in particular in those sectors such as green and blue economy, which are included as priorities in the RIS3. Through the exchange of experience and good practices with the other ORs, the partner aims at maximizing ERDF effort for a more sustainable growth of its territory and for the creation of jobs, in a way to close the development gap with Europe.  Which partners are working on this? Regional Council of Reunion Programa Operacional Regional dos Açores 2014-2020 The policy instrument addressed by the partner is the regional operational programme of Azores under the investment priority for growth and jobs, and the thematic objective taken into account is TO3 ‘Improve the competitiveness of SMEs’ while the investment priority is IP3a ‘Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new businesses’. The thematic objective that Azores specifically addresses is the one concerning the support of SME competitiveness, while the investment priority relates to the promotion of entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and by supporting the creation of new businesses. TO3 is aimed at promoting entrepreneurship, especially in the areas identified by the region’s smart specialisation strategy and strengthening the factors of production of enterprises, including employment. The partner region considers necessary to enhance skilled and creative entrepreneurship and to create the conditions for the affirmation of regional SMEs, which are vital vectors for the region to recover from the business sector loss and from high unemployment rates (17%) and can contribute to qualify the business fabric and expertise in emerging sectors, in particular green and blue economy.   Which partners are working on this? Regional Department for Employment and Professional Training Programa Operacional Regional da Madeira 2014-2020 The policy instrument addressed by the partner is the regional operational programme of Madeira under the investment priority for growth and jobs, and the thematic objective taken into account is TO3 ‘Improve the competitiveness of SMEs’ while the investment priority is IP3a ‘Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new businesses’. The thematic objective that Madeira specifically addresses is the one concerning the support of SME competitiveness, while the investment priority relates to the promotion of entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and by supporting the creation of new businesses. TO3 is aimed at promoting entrepreneurship, especially in the areas identified by the region’s smart specialisation strategy (fisheries and coastal aquaculture, marine renewable energies, maritime transport and logistics, tourism and blue growth) and strengthen the factors of production of enterprises, including employment. The partner region considers necessary to enhance skilled and creative entrepreneurship and to create the conditions for the affirmation of regional SMEs, which are vital vectors for the region to recover from the business sector loss and from high unemployment rates (18,3%) and can contribute to qualify the business fabric and expertise in emerging sectors, in particular in those identified in the RIS3.   Which partners are working on this? Madeira Employment  Institute (IP-RAM), Autonomous Region of Madeira Programme Opérationnel FEDER-FSE Martinique Conseil The policy instrument addressed by the partner region is the Regional programme Martinique Conseil Régional 2014-2020, and the thematic objective specifically taken into account is TO3 ‘Improve the competitiveness of SMEs’ while the investment priority is IP3a ‘Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new enterprises. The TO that Martinique specifically addresses is the one concerning SME competitiveness, whereas the IP relates to the promotion of entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and by supporting the creation of new businesses. TO3 is aimed at promoting entrepreneurship, especially in the areas identified by the region’s smart specialisation strategy (agro-transformation, tourism, health and ageing, biodiversity preservation and sustainable use of natural resources, waste management, renewable energy, digital technology). Through its participation in GROW RUP the partner is committed to ensure that ERDF efforts are aimed at SME competitiveness and entrepreneurship support since it considers of utmost importance to improve its employment situation and to foster business creation and development. Furthermore, it intends to pay specific attention to the field of green and blue economy to promote a more sustainable exploitation of its biodiversity and natural resources while driving new jobs.  Which partners are working on this? Territorial Collectivity of Martinique Sign up for the GROW RUP 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')); GROW RUP Tweets by GROW RUP Latest News See all project news 15/11/2020 2nd RUP EMPLOYMENT NETWORK NEWSLETTER Second number of the RUP Employment Network Newsletter. Nov. 2020 Type: Project 10/11/2020 AYUDAS PROGRAMA EMPLEAVERDE Interesting Call for porposals for projects in the blue and green economy in Spain, promoted by Fundacion Biodiversidad Type: Project 12/10/2020 Outermost Regions Forum 2020 is coming The 2020 Outermost regions Forum “Together for a sustainable future” organised by the European Commission -Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy - w Type: Project 10/10/2020 Number 0 RUP EMPLOYMENT NETWORK NEWSLETTER The RUP Employment Network, launch a monthly newsletter in order to promote a stable shared communication channel, including news and useful information Type: Project 15/04/2020 COVID 19 HITS THE EU OUTERMOST REGIONS (RUP) The COVID19 crisis hit hard the RUP economies, depending on transport and tourism, especially damaged by the Pandemia. All our innovation skills are needed! Type: Project 29/01/2020 SUPPORTING GREEN & BLUE SELF-EMPLOYMENT New call of support for self-employment initiatives promoted by Canarian jobseekers, including special support for Blue & green activities, Type: Project 27/11/2019 GROW RUP IN CAMPUS GROW RUP project has been presented at the event CAMPUS RUP, organized by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and seven RUP universities. Type: Project 15/11/2019 GROW RUP in Climate Change ERDF actions event Presentation of GROW RUP project in Jornada Actuaciones de Cambio Climático cofinanciadas por el Programa Operativo FEDER Type: Project 17/10/2019 OCTA – Ocean Conference and Declaration on Oceans GROW RUP project mentioned in OCTs Declaration on Oceans Type: Project 16/10/2019 GROW RUP PROJECT AT OCTA Conference on Oceans GROW RUP PROJECT AT OCTA Conference on Oceans - From the Poles to the Tropics, OCTs’ Blue Landscape. Type: Project
Project summary WILDLIFE ECONOMY (WLE) is based on the conviction that nature is an economic asset. In some cases, especially in remote parts of Europe, it can be one of the main building blocks of a sound economic development strategy. This conviction is not common practice. Nature is seldom considered an economic asset, making implementation of policies for nature conservation ineffective as nature conservation measures are regarded an expense or threat for economic development, leading to a lack of local support. Regional economic development policies often fail to capitalize on the opportunities arising from nature development and conservation. Additionally, mechanisms for re-investment of income from natural capital into nature and visitor management tend to be lacking.  WLE aims to support European regions in delivering sustainable growth, by enabling them to improve policies for regional economic development rooted in their regional natural assets. Good practices of wildlife economy will be exchanged, showcasing WLE as an innovative, viable and attractive economic strategy.  Partners will: >Develop Regional Action Plans (RAPs) supported by local communities, including hunters, farmers and fishermen, that integrate entrepreneurial development strategies in nature conservation policies to make nature conservation policies more effectiveExchange good practices and generate input for the RAPs through tailor-made study visits with regional stakeholdersOrganize peer2peer sessions to generate joint solutions for common issuesBuild a knowledge base in cooperation with an international team of expertsSet up a joint monitoring plan of WLE resultsGenerate new projects that implement the wildlife economy principlesCommunicate results to relevant stakeholders, amongst other via two conferencesWLE impacts existing nature areas by attaining a better conservation status. Moreover, the regional economy benefits from an improved business climate for regional entrepreneurs. €1,234,146.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2022 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Interreg V programma Vlaanderen - Nederland 2014- 2020 (Interreg V programme Flanders - The Netherlands 2014-2020) MAIN FEATURES Interreg VA VL-NL is the cross-border cooperation programme for 3 Dutch + 5 Flemish provinces. WLE targets investment priority 3A: “the protection and restoration of biodiversity, soil protection and the promotion of ecosystem services" (SO 6D). Key to this priority is a joint approach to environmental issues in the economically intensively used cross-border region, with the intended result of improving the balance between ecology and economic vitality. Projects supported within this SO are e.g. restoring degraded ecosystems and cross-border management of nature areas. Nature and ecosystems are not a SO in the NL ERDF programmes, so the ecosystem and cross-border focus of VL-NL is a perfect match for the WLE activities. WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED VL-NL considers nature as a counterbalance for economic development instead of an economic asset. Thus, nature-based business opportunities are not seized, or rather developed ‘stand alone’, which results in uncontrolled pressure on the area while generated income does not flow back into nature management of the area. A more cohesive approach will allow to develop financial mechanisms for management of nature areas struggling to generate sufficient budget. Also, VL-NL does not require ecological projects to be in synergy with local economies and communities, making initiatives less effective. E.g. reintroduction of indigenous species is a policy aim, but a lack of local support results in delay and/or cancellation. Which partners are working on this? Province of Limburg Regional Landscape Kempen and Maasland Interreg VA Nord Programme MAIN FEATURES Interreg Nord supports cross-border cooperation to promote economic, environmental and social development. Geographic regions included in the programme are northern Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Sápmi (Lapland). WLE will address thematic objective 6: Protecting the environment and promoting the sustainable use of resources, SO 6d: “Preserve and protect the environment and promote sustainable use of resources by protecting and restoring biodiversity, soil and promoting ecosystem services, including through the Natura 2000 and green infrastructure”. This focus matches well with WLE, making it a very relevant policy instrument. The programme works with open calls and selection by two steering committees. Financial decisions are authorized by the County Administrative Board of Norrbotten (SW). WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED In Interreg Nord, biodiversity development and economic development are not integrated. Economic opportunities resulting from biodiversity development and ecosystem restoration are thus not recognized. Wildlife-based models can provide economic opportunities with integrated motives to protect nature, both resulting in benefits for biodiversity and economy and social development, but the programme is not able to select on these synergies at this moment. Furthermore, stakeholders and local communities do not have a role in this programme and its projects. This leads to a lack of projects with local support and lack of an effective conservation strategy. Which partners are working on this? County Administrative Board of Norrbotten Rewilding Europe – Sweden Grenzüberschreitendes Entwicklungs- & Handlungskonzept der Euroregion POMERANIA für den Zeitraum 2014 – 2020 (EHK) Cross-border development and action plan of the Euroregion POMERANIA for the period 2014 - 2020 MAIN FEATURES EHK is a regional development plan for cross-border cooperation in Central/Eastern Europe in the German-Polish Euroregion POMERANIA. Based on the EU2020 strategy, it aims for economic growth whilst supporting social and sustainable development. Its thematic priorities include the expansion of the tourism sector and employment support. EHK acknowledges the potential conflicts of interests between nature preservation and tourism / agriculture, and its Recommended Actions 5.7 and 5.8 include measures to strengthen the link of tourism and nature conservation.  The EHK priorities, which are close to Interreg Europe investment priority 6c, match the WLE ambitions better than Interreg VA Mecklenburg-Vorpommern/Brandenburg/Poland, whose MA also does not support Interreg Europe projects aiming to start new projects.  WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED While EHK recognizes economic opportunities resulting from biodiversity protection and ecosystem restoration, these are not specifically linked nor encouraged. WLE models can provide hands-on economic opportunities to protect nature with support of local stakeholders. But as the WLE approach is absent from the EHK regional policy, there is a lack of projects with local support and effective conservation strategies. The project aims for a new EHK approach in which nature and wildlife are an important part of regional economic development. The drafting of the post-2020 EHK is a good opportunity to influence the new version. Which partners are working on this? Municipal Community Europaregion Pomerania reg. Ass. Environmental Action Germany País Vasco FEDER 2014-20 PO CCI: 2014ES16RFOP021 MAIN FEATURES Basque Country’s ERDF OP aims to boost smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Its Priority Axis 6 (PA6) focuses on “the conservation and protection of the environment and the promotion of resource efficiency”. Under SO 6.4.1, IP 6.d, the OP looks for “Protection and restoration of the biodiversity and the soil and promotion of the services of the ecosystems, included in Natura 2000” PA 6 is linked to the Strategy for the Biodiversity of the Basque Country 2030, that targets the “Impulse of Natura 2000 as an instrument for opportunity” through 4 key challenges involving the definition of the Natura 2000 economic model, evaluation of socio-economic effects, elaboration of good practices and development of a model that promotes the sustainable economic use of environmental assets. WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED - economic and environmental challenges are currently addressed separately by Basque Country’s ERDF OP. - the programme still searches for a translation of the rather abstract challenges regarding nature preservation and ecosystem services into practical strategies and projects, for which it is looking for shared experiences and best practices as a basis for improvement. - currently, the programme does not require project development in synergy with local communities. Which partners are working on this? Alava Provincial Council WLE Brochure DOWNLOAD Sign up for the WLE 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')); WLE Latest News See all project news 29/10/2020 WLE online partner meeting Unfortunately, due to the Corona crisis and the measures taken accordingly, the partner and steering group meeting were again online. Type: Project 08/10/2020 WLE stakeholder meeting Alava Spain Our Spanish partner was able to organize their second stakeholder meeting live. Still, a number of people were able to attend! Type: Project 09/06/2020 WLE online partner meeting Due to the Corona crisis all partners joined in an online meeting during which information was exchanged and challenges were discussed. Type: Project 29/01/2020 WLE stakeholder meeting Riverpark Meuse The stakeholder meeting about WLE in the RiverPark Meuse, was a day of special meetings. Type: Project 23/01/2020 WLE stakeholder meeting Kempen~Broek The first stakeholder meeting of boundary park Kempen~Broek was a huge success. Type: Project 27/11/2019 WLE partner meeting Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alava The partner meeting was hosted by the Alava Provincial Council and took place in the Palacio Europa Congress Hall in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Type: Project 27/11/2019 WLE peer2peer meetings Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alava Everyone was divided in three different groups, depending on what kind of organisation they work for. Type: Project 29/10/2019 WLE stakeholder meeting Alava Spain On 29 Oktober 2019 a stakeholder meeting was organised in the Alava region in Spain.  Type: Project 29/10/2019 WLE stakeholder meeting Pomerania Representatives from regional administrations (economy, environment), protected areas, NGOs, nature education centers, tourism agencies from Germany and Poland Type: Project 14/10/2019 WLE stakeholder meetings Sweden On 14, 15 and 21 Oktober 2019 stakeholder meetings were organised in Sweden. Type: Project
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Discover four Interreg Europe projects that are dedicated to developing and delivering better cluster policies.
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To foster entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial ecosystem should display all the elements, but most importantly these elements have to collaborate.
Type: Project
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The Puglia Region seeks a Training Expert for the implementation of ALICE operational activities.
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