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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 08/07/2021 Number 8 RUP EMPLOYMENT NETWORK NEWSLETTER Number 8 RUP EMPLOYMENT NETWORK NEWSLETTER Type: Project 08/06/2021 7th RUP EMPLOYMENT NETWORK NEWSLETTER Published number 7 of the RUP Employment Network Newsletter Type: Project 25/05/2021 NEW GROW RUP COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE ON LINKEDIN Community of Practice is created with the goal of keeping alive the cooperation: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12536553/ Type: Project 21/04/2021 Webinar Novos empregos e a transiçao Ecológica Istituto Emprego de Madera (The Maderan Grow RUP partner, organize an event to spread the results of the Action Plan in the framework of the ecological transiti Type: Project 15/04/2021 The Closing and Dissemination Event Grow RUP project The Closing and dissemination event of the Project Grow RUP was held last April 15th Type: Project 15/03/2021 Numbers 3 & 4 of the RUP EN newsletter Numbers 3 and 4 of the NEW RUP EMPLOYMENT NETWORK NEWSLETTER (February, and March 2021) has been published. You can download it from our Library Type: Project 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
Project summary The TraCS3 project addresses challenges on regional innovation infrastructures. Regional innovation infrastructures and innovation capacities are the backbone of dynamic regional innovation ecosystems. How to improve the support for regional innovation infrastructure?How to get better employment for the innovation infrastructure?Can there be more involvement in innovation value chains?TraCS3 also looks for solutions for regions to increase their innovation capacities.What is needed to build innovation and research excellence in regions?How to enable interregional collaboration?What do regions need to open up their innovation potential to the world?SMEs rely on research and innovation institutionsTo innovate, industry partly relies on research and innovation institutions. This is especially true for SMEs. The capacities of research and innovation institutions provide access to the necessary technology infrastructures. This is needed for upscaling, prototyping and validation of new solutions before an enterprise can enter the market. Gaps and opportunitiesThe project partners will look for ways to stimulate the development and utilisation of innovation infrastructures. What are the gaps and opportunities? TraCS3 aims to support further collaboration between existing infrastructures to increase innovation capacities. More innovation through interregional collaborationThe project partners seek to strengthen regional innovation potential through the interregional collaboration. They will explore opportunities to establish and improve financial schemes for use of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) outside the area of the programme. €1,698,874.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 31 May 2023 Topic Research and innovation Project objective TraCS3 The project objective is to improve regional policies in support of innovation infrastructure in S3 key priority sectors:strong innovation potentialaddress societal challengesenhance interregional cooperation This will be leading to more cooperation within and between emerging and expanding innovation ecosystems. Partners jointly work towards:support for the integration of innovation infrastructure interregional and international value chains knowledge networks  increase of innovation capacities Outputs 51 interregional learning events7 action plans 6 ERDF and 1 regional policy instruments addressed14 good practices analysed and shared95 people with increased professional capacity Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? The Operational Programme ERDF 2014-2020, North Netherlands investment priority 1.b, TO 1 .strengthening research, technological development and innovation The Policy instrument addressed is OP Priority axe 1: Innovation and within this priority the specific objective “Fostering knowledge development” and the following activity of this objective: “Knowledge development and research by businesses working in partnership with knowledge institutions or other businesses”. OP for the North Netherlands (NN) and the policy instrument addressed is directly related to the RIS3 and is used for RIS3 implementation. NN RIS3 aims at broadening and connecting (international) value chains, by creating ‘cross overs’ between sectors/clusters and technologies. It supports knowledge institutes, clusters and SME’s to invest in new (international) chains, products and markets. The Policy instrument addresses this issue by: fostering collaboration, between businesses and knowledge institutes; improving the access to knowledge, and improving the effectiveness and accessibility of support measures. The knowledge available within the region is insufficient to come to solutions, so crossborder collaboration plays a key role in this respect. New partnerships are envisaged to be developed, and existing partnerships are encouraged to be extended. The policy instrument aims to promote business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the HES, in promoting investment in product/service development, technology transfer, networking, technological and applied research, pilot lines, etc.   Which partners are working on this? Hanze University of Applied Sciences West Deal, Strategic Plan for a Sustainable Economic Transformation of West Flanders The strategic plan ‘West Deal’, describing the smart Specialisation strategy for West Flanders, is focussing on cluster development and support in a triple helix construction, involving all necessary stakeholders. It is a dynamic partnerships between suppliers, SME’s, industry, centres of academic excellence, higher education and local government, creating a broad basis for sustainable economic development and cooperation. It is theWest-Flemish approach to New Industrial Policy. West Deal concentrates on five specific clusters that pose excellent growth potential: - food - new materials ( textiles and plastics ) - mechatronics & machinery - health care economy - blue energy. West Deal is also focussing on creating the optimal framework conditions in support of this innovative and dynamic development : Modern and up-to date supportive infrastructure, development of sustainable logistic gateways and corridors, skill development , state of the art research facilities, incubators, support for innovative start-ups, etc. The international dimension of the policy instrument ‘West Deal’ can be further fine-tuned and elaborated by creating European cooperation between public authorities, agencies, reasearch centres and clusters from Europe’s most dynamic regions. Creating learning experiences and possibillities in sharing reasearch facilities and optimising infrastructure. A joint European cooperation and planning is currently not within the West Flemisch scope.     Which partners are working on this? Province of West-Flanders Operational Programme for the European Union Funds’ Investments in 2014-2020 Priority axis 1.Strengthening Research and Development and Innovation Policy instrument addressed targets to enhance research and innovation (R&I) infrastructure and capacities to develop R&I excellence, and promoting centres of competence through promoting more active use of the existing and new research, development and innovation infrastructure. OP aims to develop public and private RDI infrastructure, which is directly related to the strengthening of the economic competitiveness, and its closer linkage with the regional and European research infrastructure network. The aim of RDI financing is to achieve a more efficient exploitation of the existing RDI infrastructure for enhancing the economic competitiveness, also a more active involvement of the Lithuanian research potential into European and international networks of research institutions and researchers. OP seeks promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, networking, etc. Investments into RDI are long-term and very risky, therefore the state plays a major role in promoting them: only a small share of business entities is capable of investing into this area independently. Efforts will be made to increase the accessibility and quality of innovation support services for business and higher education institutions. Which partners are working on this? Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) The Operational Programme for the European Union Funds‘ Investments in 2014 – 2020, Priority Axis 1 – Strengthening Research and Development and Innovation General target of this activity is to mobilise and trigger innovation and research projects in the federal state (Bundesland) of Bremen. Research, development and innovation are considered key factors for economic growth and competitiveness of enterprises in the region. Therefore, more than 50% of the EFRE-funding will be spent for this priority. Within this framework a particular attention is given to the installation and upgrading of application oriented research infrastructures in the S3 key priority areas, especially in those parts of the regional economic structure, which are endued with particular strenghts, e.g. aircraft- and spacetechnologies or wind energy. It is intended to support constructional expansion of buildings, but also advanced equipment and technologies, research groups and special innovation related services. According to national studies, application oriented public and semi-public research- and innovation-institutions represent an extraordinary strength of the federal state (Bundesland) of Bremen. To make full use of these capacities for sustainable economic and social development it is intended to (1.) intensify the collabo-ration in international and interregional networks ; to (2.) enhance the cooperation in regional cluster struc-tures, especially in S3 key priority sectors; to (3.) pay higher attention to the involvement of SMEs in research and innovation structures. Which partners are working on this? University of Bremen, Institute Labour and Economy (iaw) The policy instrument addressed is Regional Operational Programme (ROP) 2014-2020 in Romania Priority concerned: Priority Axis 1 – Promoting technologic transfer, IP 1b for promoting investment in R&D, developing links and synergies between businesses, research and development centres and higher education, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation and public service applications, stimulating demand, networking and groups of open innovation through smart specialization, as well as supporting technological and applied research activities, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advanced and first production capacities In Romania, R&D&I support is extremely low in relation to 2020 targets (3% - EU and 2% - RO), being largely inefficient, with a fragmented research and innovation system, insufficiently demand-driven priorities, international connections weakness, lack of a critical mass concerning the quality of research results which do not turn into applied research and innovative applications, poor links between education, research and the business environment. It is therefore necessary to create new such innovation and technology transfer infrastructures as well as to further develop the existing ones so that they can operate in an optim way as intermediaries between innovation demand based on the needs identified on the market and diversified supply of research results, adapted to the demand.   Which partners are working on this? North-East Regional Development Agency 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 As a result of specific objective 4.1 measures, new innovation clusters drawing from new regional strengths and smart specialisation will be established. The goal is that by 2020 R&D investments have increased and the range of innovations has widened in line with regional strategies of smart specialisation. This growth has been possible because the OP promotes business investment in R&I, develops links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialization. Furthermore, new practices and tools for the development of open innovation platforms, both campus- and urban area-based, will be created. In order to be more competitive European companies and clusters must develop Europe-wide value chains. The Finnish OP for Structural Funds recognizes weakly this international and interregional aspect. This is why we need Interreg Europe projects to develop these European value chains. Whereas in S34Growth Interreg Europe project the focus is on enhancing interregional utilization of structural funds in a Tampere region S3 spearhead of renewing industry, in TRACS3 project, the focus is on S3 spearheads of smart city and bio and health branches. Which partners are working on this? The Baltic Institute of Finland The Operational Program: Castilla-La Mancha ERDF 2014-20 OP (T01 Research and Innovation) ERDF OP for Castilla-La Mancha 2014-2020, derived from the RIS3, and through Priority 1, is essential to build the RDI Regional System in Castilla-La Mancha (CLM), the main pillar for knowledge creation and innovations, and tthe foundation to increase the region competitiveness and its economic development. It is closely related with (and built according to) the CLM RIS3. OP recognizes the essential role of innovation infrastructure and innovation capacities to build the Regional RDI System. The industry in Castilla-La Mancha is scarce, as it is the “industry-industry” networking and collaboration culture, which is mostly reduced to simple business associations with commercial purposes. Priority 1, Area 1b includes: promotion of relationships and development of synergies between companies & research centers; technology transfer; networking; clusters and open innovation. Specific objective: Promotion of companies’ leadership in research and innovation activities; creation and consolidation of innovative companies. Measures: Public-private partnership on innovation and knowledge transfer; Cooperation program including all the actor of the regional science and technology system. Specific objective: Knowledge transfer and cooperation between companies and research centers. Measures: Creation of cooperation networks between the actors of the regional science, technology and innovation system; Improvement of coordination and collaboration between companies and research centers       Which partners are working on this? Business Innovation Center of Albacete Sign up for the TraCS3 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')); TraCS3 Tweets by TraCS3 Latest News See all project news 29/11/2021 Starting the Innovation Agency in Lithuania The Innovation Agency in Lithuania should be launched early next year; it will be the only body responsible for the development of the entire innovation... Type: Project 29/11/2021 TraCS3 moving on! Horizon Europe Innovation Ecosystems and Interregional Innovation Investments Type: Project 28/11/2021 TraCS3 developments from West-Flanders, Belgium News update and developments from TraCS3-partner West-Flanders in Belgium Type: Project 25/11/2021 Dissemination and Stakeholder Event in Bremen On Thursday, November 25th, a joint regional dissemination and stakeholder event on the topic “Smart Specialization and Innovation" was held. Type: Project 25/11/2021 Dissemination event in Lithuania Tracs3 dissemination event took place in Lithuania on 25th of November 2021 Type: Project 29/10/2021 TraCS3 partner meeting hosted by CEEI Albacete On 27th and 28th of October 2021, the European Business and Innovation Center of Albacete hosted a new Partner Virtual Meeting of the Interreg Project TraCS3 Type: Project 14/10/2021 Stakeholder meeting organized by MITA The last stakeholder meeting of the TraCS3 project’s first phase was organized by MITA today. Type: Project 14/10/2021 Tampere Regional Stakeholder Group in October The project stakeholders of Tampere region came together for an online meeting mid-October. Type: Project 29/06/2021 Project meeting in Lithuania a great success! Lithuania has something to be proud of - the best practices presented at the virtual event got international partners‘ attention! Type: Project 20/05/2021 Investment Manufacturing Innovation Valley Vilnius The Manufacturing Innovation Valley will open doors in Vilnius to provide a platform for small manufacturers, start-ups, technology developers, researchers etc. Type: Project
Project summary Seven regions.  1 goal.          Boosting the competitiveness of SMEs in Europe’s maritime industriesCLIPPER is an innovative interregional cooperation project that brings together seven pro-active regions to address the negative impact the global economic recession has had on Europe’s maritime sector. This sector is also suffering from growing competition from emerging countries.  The overall aim of the project is to develop better public policies to support the competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) working in Maritime Industries in Europe.  What will we do?  The regional partners involved - made up of experts from regions, universities and private companies – are exploring and implementing new ways of supporting SMEs to improve their industrial performance, the strength of their value chains and clusters, and access to international markets and finance.   In particular, the project is supporting the SMEs to develop innovative business strategies focused on diversification and differentiation that help them to create jobs and growth in the Blue Growth sector.   Why regional level?  The project is based at regional level because they have the ability to move quickly, utilise the resources needed, and bring together the partners required to improve the competitiveness of SMEs in their traditional activities, particularly in shipyards, while also helping them to become leaders in developing markets such as Marine Renewable Energies.   Regions are also usually the managing authorities for structural funds and have the competences required to drive forward economic development in their territories.   Sharing knowledge & influencing policy  The project partners will develop action plans for each of their territories and design political recommendations that will aim to make positive changes to public policy at local level, in line with the analysis of relevant national and European contexts.  Continuous exchange and discussion with the project’s stakeholders will ensure that they better identify challenges faced by SMEs, and guarantee coherence between their needs and the tools developed.  Who will benefit and what difference will be made?  The links developed with SMEs during preparatory work will ensure that they benefit directly from the project.  CLIPPER's results, and their long-term use, will provide significant support for public authorities and European institutions, helping to improve their business strategies for maritime industries. €1,086,023.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 30 Jun 2021 Topic SME competitiveness Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Regional ERDF / ESF Operational Programme 2014-2020 The 2014-2020 regional ERDF OP has been adopted by the Region in line with the RIS3. More than 50% of the total funds of the Programme are dedicated to innovation and competitiveness. The main structuring projects, such as technology equipment needs, have already been identified with regional stakeholders.  However, more specific actions for SMEs support still need to be developed. The key objective 3.2 of the Regional ERDF OP is aimed at "improving SMEs competitiveness to face economic mutations" but no specific action has been identified yet for the maritime industries field.  The maritime industries field has important capital-related needs and is facing a reconversion since the shutting of some historical shipyards since the end of the 1980s. Furthermore, SMEs are developing new competencies which give them the capacity to look at new and emerging markets such as Marine Renewable Energies (MREs). In addition, maritime industries involve a new integrated approach applied to a large range of economic activities. Each link of the value chain must be enhanced towards industrial performance in order to be more competitive in international markets.  Therefore, SMEs must be supported in those differentiation and diversification strategies, partly through the regional ERDF OP. It is necessary to take into account the specificities and evolutions of the sector to define the most adequate public policies.  Which partners are working on this? Pays de la Loire Region ERDF Regional Operational Programme for the Liguria Region The policy instrument’s objectives include one of sustainable development by increasing Blue and Green Growth, i.e. through activities of regional SMEs. The policy instrument includes a specific objective related to SMEs competitiveness (Axe 3). Its priorities concentrate also on research& Innovation (relationship between academia and SMEs), and Energy (marine platforms). It should be improved in order to include a “challenge-based” approach, encouraging business strategies focused on diversification and differentiation towards the production of new sources of energy, and supporting collaboration between European SMEs to establish industrial partnerships. Which partners are working on this? Ligurian Cluster for Marine Technologies ERDF operational programme for Schleswig-Holstein 2014-2020 The ERDF is a policy instrument with different financing measures meant to support SMEs. Axis 3 measures shall support the realization of the goals of the regional innovation strategy in the field maritime industry in Schleswig-Holstein (SH). The maritime industry is an intersection of two policies in Schleswig-Holstein: the maritime economy and renewable energy sources. Furthermore, the ERDF is linked to the RIS3 which includes a smart specialization focused on maritime economy and renewable energy sources. In both fields, SMEs are very important for future activities with growth and jobs. Nonetheless, this policy instrument must now be completed by concrete actions to be actually implemented. The needs of maritime industries SMEs must be better identified and compared to those of the partner regions. Which partners are working on this? R&D centre Kiel University of Applied Sciences GmbH Asturias Smart Specialization Strategy (RIS 3) The Asturian RIS3 has identified several priority activities, among which is included one dedicated to maritime industries: naval and offshore wind. Three fields of activity for maritime industries have been identified: fishing, transport and offshore energy. In reference to the offshore energy, the strategy focuses on new emerging markets but no specific action has been identified so that SMEs can take advantage of the new opportunities in these new markets (MRE for ex.).   Moreover, Asturias ERDF OP, which encompasses a Thematic Objective focused on competitiveness of SMEs (TO3) (It includes the support to the capacity of SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets, and to engage in innovation processes) does not mention specific actions to carry out but indicates that this objective must be aligned with the Asturian RIS3.   Therefore RIS3 should be improved in order to better define how maritime industries’ SMEs can be supported to access and consolidate their activity in the emerging markets.   This policy instrument must now be completed by an Action Plan focused in improving SMEs competitiveness by strengthening value chains, the internacionalization and supporting collaboration between European SMEs to establish industrial partnerships. Which partners are working on this? Asturias Energy Foundation (FAEN) Sustainable Growth and Jobs 2014-2020 - Finland's structural funds programme In South West Finland, the ERDF funding is focused on three thematic objectives: - enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs; - strengthening research, technological development and innovation; - and supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors. This means structural changes, new operating models, product development, investments and development of multi-sectoral expertise. In the fast-changing world, we need to update our mindset regarding structural funds so that regions and companies will have sufficient means to reshape operating approaches. The new program period has started in an economic situation – both nationally and regionally - that is entirely different from that of the previous programming period. The operational environment is increasingly uncertain, as better results and effectiveness are expected from the activities. Structural Funds are divided into the national Europe 2020 strategy thematic objectives. Improving the competitiveness of SMEs has been allocated ca 40% of ERDF funding. Regional emphasis in maritime sector is to create long-term guidelines for development measures to make Finland an internationally attractive maritime industry cluster. Which partners are working on this? Turku University of Applied Sciences Ltd. Split-Dalmatia County Development Strategy County Development Strategy (CDS), the regional development policy, is the main strategic document at county level for long-term socio-economic development which defines main development priorities and measures for their implementation. It recognizes all needs and development potentials on county level from one side, and builds future structure for sustainable development based on guidelines and development priorities determined by the strategies from national level (Industrial strategy and Smart specialization strategy) on the other side. Vision of development: Split Dalmatia County is a highly-developed, marine-oriented, open Euro-Mediterranean region with competitive economy. Since the shipbuilding industry is on the first place by the share in the total employment at the county level, with 50% of total exports on County level, Split-Dalmatia County bases its future development in the maritime industries with a focus on specialization and development of high technology. General actions are planned for SMEs competitiveness support (e.g. internationalisation, innovation, clustering, finance…). Nonetheless, this development strategy needs concrete actions targeting maritime SMEs in order to become actual and concrete.   Which partners are working on this? Public Institution RERA S.D. for Coordination and Development of Split Dalmatia County Scottish ERDF Programme 2014-2020 Scotland ERDF OP includes a Thematic Objective focused on competitiveness of SMEs (TO3). The main feature of TO3 is to support the capacity of SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets, and to engage in innovation processes. It has been acknowledged that Scotland needs to increase growth readiness and the ambition of SMEs as they make up 99% of the business base. TO3 should be improved in order to better support maritime industries’ SMEs, notably by encouraging diversification and differentiation business strategies towards for instance the production of new sources of energy. Indeed, no specific action has been identified yet for the maritime industries field. SMEs are more and more active in new and emerging markets such as MRE. Each link of the value chain must be enhanced towards industrial performance in order to be more competitive in international markets. Therefore, SMEs must be supported in their strategies, partly through the ERDF OP. In addition, improvements need to be made to tackle the lack of leadership capacity for a sustainable growth strategy. Which partners are working on this? Fife Council LinkedIn - Join our group Access our page! Tweets by CLIPPER Latest News See all project news 04/08/2021 Toolbox Publication of the CLIPPER toolbox - english and french version Type: Project 29/06/2021 Successful Final Conference for the CLIPPER project Gathering over 300 participants, the CLIPPER Final Conference provided an opportunity for maritime industry stakeholders from across the whole of Europe to come Type: Project 15/06/2021 Kiel University R&D Centre develops 3 case studies Kiel University R&D Centre is delighted to announce the successful development of three case studies and the implementation of its action plan. Type: Project 04/06/2021 CLIPPER Final Conference last few days to register! Final preparations are underway for the CLIPPER Final Conference that will be held next week. Type: Project 04/02/2021 CLIPPER presented in an Interreg Europe Webinar Pays de la Loire Region presented the Neopolia cluster in the Increasing SME competitiveness through cross-sectoral Inter-cluster webinar. Type: Project 06/11/2020 Observatoire de la Mer’s annual report published Pays de la Loire Region, first MRE Region in France Type: Project 15/10/2020 FAEN Meeting with MEP Nicolás González Casares CLIPPER Project highlighted during FAEN meeting with MEP Nicolás González Casares to discuss the industrial chain associated with the energy sector. Type: Project 24/09/2020 Where are we with the CLIPPER Action Plans? The article below provides an update on the various action plans of the CLIPPER partners. Type: Project 11/06/2020 CPMR highlights EU Industrial Strategy CPMR highlights the importance of an EU Industrial Strategy during the annual CLIPPER meeting. Type: Project 08/06/2020 Invitation - Webinar on building resilient economies On Wednesday 17 June (14:00-15.15 CEST), the Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform will organise a webinar on building resilient economies. Type: Project
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Any costs associated with this control are indicated so they can be planned for in any project budget. The system Romania has opted for a centralised first level control system. Expenditure of Romanian project partners will thus have to be checked and confirmed by the following body: Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration First Level Control Directorate Libertatii 14 Blvd, Bucharest Contact person: Marieta Enache Director Phone: 0040 372 111 807 Fax: 0040 372 111 376 Email: [email protected] The project partners are requested to submit their progress report to the first level control body for verification and confirmation within 15 days after the end of each reporting period. In case of clarifications request, the project partners will be granted 5 days to reply. The costs The above-mentioned body will perform the first level control free of charge to Romanian project partners. 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Project summary Embark with us on our journey to the Life Cycle Approach! LCA4Regions is expected to contribute to the more effective implementation of environmental policy instruments by the application of Life Cycle Methodologies. Currently, many individual policies are implemented in isolation of others. Thus, the project is focused on expanding the use of life cycle methods as a holistic approach when conceiving and implementing public policies related to environmental protection and resource efficiency. Life cycle expertise resides mainly in the business sector while public authorities are much less familiar with the techniques and their functioning. However, the full success of policy implementation depends on similar expertise also in governmental authorities. The outcomes of improved public policy implementation are greater concordance with stated sustainability objectives, fewer unwanted side-effects and greater transparency in the compromises and offsets that need to be made to move ahead on sustainable economic targets. Each project region has its own characteristics, methods of design and implementation of policies. Nevertheless, all of them face a common challenge: the adoption of a more efficient use of natural resources to reduce the non-desirable secondary effects (spill-overs) that generate negative economic and environmental impacts Expected results: 7 Actions Plans to improve 7 policy instruments funded by the ERDF in the following regions: Navarre (ES), Satakunta (FI), Baixo Alentejo (PT), Lombardy (IT), Lodzkie (PT), Kaunas (LT), and Zahodna (SI). This is achieved through, inter alia, intense local stakeholder group involvement, 7 transnational learning journeys, exchanges of experiences, study cases and the compilation of good practices. These activities are intended to clarify the success factors and barriers for the application of life-cycle management approaches for policy implementation. Action plans will contribute to: 1) improve policy instruments introducing the LCA in all steps of policy cycle management 2) Enlarge the circle of end-users that will benefit from making conscious decisions on resource efficiency and investments using the LCA €1,719,759.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Environment and resource efficiency     Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ERDF Navarra 2014 - 2020. Priority axis 4. To enhance the transition to a low carbon economy in all the sectors. Investment priority 4.3. Support for energy efficiency, smart energy management and the use of renewable energy in public infrastructures, including public buildings, and in housing The strategy of the ERDF OP of Navarra 2014-2020 has been carried out considering the needs and challenges at regional level defined in the strategic territorial diagnosis (S3, goo.gl/Vc1yza). In this programming period, some of these issues are being addressed through the thematic objective 4 of the ERDF OP, which promotes measures to support energy efficiency, smart energy efficiency and management and the use of renewable energy. In order to improve the policy instruments, it is necessary to introduce a more integrated and systemic approach that can consider all the impact generated by the policies. The Life Cycle Approach can improve the use of the natural resources by means of the minimisation of the spill- over effects that usually are generated by concentrate the policies only in one or two objectives Thus, LCA methodology applied to this actions will help to encourage the transition to a low carbon economy and a more efficient use of resources. Moreover, the proposal of the Commission of the ERDF regulations fund 2021-2027Includes as specific objective OP2, a greener, lower-carbon Europe promoting a clean and fair energy transition, green and blue investment, the circular economy, climate adaptation and prevention and risk management. The application of LCA could generate better results in terms of reduction of waste and material flows and pollution that could be considered as the main challenges of the EU regions for the next ERDF programming period. Which partners are working on this? Government of Navarre Industrial Association of Navarra-AIN Operational Programme for the European Union Funds’ Investments in 2014-2020 Republic of Lithuania. Priority axis 5. Environment, Sustainable use of Natural Resources and adaptation to Climate Change. The competitiveness of Lithuania and its ability to restore and further enhance the welfare lost during the crisis is primarily built on the ability to innovate and launch new products, services, businesses, social processes and models. A very small share of enterprises implementing all types of innovations, introducing limited business expenditure on research and technological development, low commercialisation of the existing Lithuanian scientific potential signal the need for substantial changes. Natural resources that are essential for the functioning of Lithuanian, European and global economies are becoming increasingly scarce; therefore in the long run only resource-efficient growth will be possible. According to the statistical data, Lithuania is still behind the EU-27 average in terms of the level of investment into eco-innovation and underestimates the technological, in particular resource-efficiency-based, breakthrough of SMEs, which determines the economic growth in the country. Due to increased prices for materials, energy and other resources, it is important to encourage SMEs to implement eco-innovative products, processes and organisational eco-innovation. New or technologically upgraded production methods and service provision processes, also new business models and new management systems will give a competitive edge to SMEs, cut production costs, increase volumes and thereby contribute to the economic growth. Which partners are working on this? Kaunas University of Technology Sustainable growth and jobs 2014-2020 - Structural Funds Programme of Finland Policies 1,2 and 3 of the Regional Programme have the objectives for development of competitivity and vitality. They fortify human activity and productivity as enterpreneurs and workers. They improve the vitality by enabling growth in areas of renewable industry, energy, food systems, bioeconomy, circular economy, as well as secure services and improve attractivity of regions by taking charge of conservation, protection, promotion, and development of natural and cultural heritage and biodiversity. Through LCA4Regions project these policies will obtain contents, and best practises that are collected throughout this project can be implemented. The implementation of the Regional Programme of Satakunta is funded by the Sustainable growth and jobs 2014-2020, Structural funds programme of Finland. Since Structural Funds are clearly diminished in the region in this programming period, it is essential to improve the governance of this funding instrument and increase the benefit from existing projects by wider dissemination and capitalisation. With LCA4Regions and interregional cooperation, the implementation of the Satakunta regional programme will be improved by providing more explicit and tangible support to promotion of new regional development models for the sustainable, resource-efficient economy. These actions also support the evaluation process and defining the implementation plan of the Regional Programme. Which partners are working on this? Pyhäjärvi Institute ALENTEJO 2020 - Regional Operational Programme of Alentejo The main objective is to promote the environmental, urbanistic and landscape quality of the territory as a distinctive factor. Some of the measures are the development of innovative solutions and pilot actions in the field of sustainable development, support to the monitoring of environmental parameters and qualification of the urban environment and consequent rehabilitation. Taking into consideration that circular economy is considered in the national and regional policy instruments namely in the number 1 b) of article 40 of the specific regulation for competitiveness and internationalization and where is stated that must be developed projects that incorporate the principles of eco-efficiency and circular economy in order to promote more efficient use of resources, encourage the reduction and reuse of waste and minimizing the extraction and use of raw materials, one of the major issue is that regional entities should be able to improve their process and include LCA in there processes. There exists also the necessity to change the regional productive profile, through the incorporation of Innovation. The main challenge is to eliminate barriers that still exist on the processes, knowledge and innovation levels, which require the dissemination and diffusion of new knowledge, that should be carried out as a priority. Which partners are working on this? CIMBAL - Baixo Alentejo Intermunicipal Community POR Lombardia FESR - Lombardy ERDF ROP The Lombardy Region’s 2014 - 2020 Regional Operational Programme (ROP) under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) provides investment funds of nearly one billion euros (€970,474,516) with the priority objectives of the Region’s economic growth and social development as well as the enhancement of its productive capabilities. The ERDF ROP promotes a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth model in line with the objectives identified in the “Europe 2020” strategy and with the regional government’s development policies promoting the competitiveness and sustainability of its businesses and the entire economy of the Region. The ERDF ROP strategy lays emphasis on building an economy which uses resources efficiently, guides the development of new technologies and processes, and underpins Lombardy companies’ competitive advantages by making use of EU-wide networks, in line with the flagship initiative entitled “A resource-efficient Europe”. With this in mind, and in keeping with the provisions of the Environment and Energy Regional Programme measures to be taken under the ERDF ROP Axis IV have the main following aim: to reduce the energy consumed in public buildings and by public lighting.This must be done in connection with the sustainabe urban development. Through the Interreg project improvements can be done for the connection of the measures and to support the beneficiaries for the presentation of better proposals which take into account the potential multi-impacts. Which partners are working on this? Lombardy Region Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy for the period 2014-2020 Slovenian Smart Specialisation Strategy - Area of Aplication 2.2: Networks for the Transition into Circular Economy The objective is to link the stakehodlers - economic entities, educational and research area, NGOs, authorities and individuals - in the value chain according to the principle of completed continuous flows, as well as to develop new business models for transition to a circular economy. Goals till 2023 are: a. Improve the material efficiency index from 1.07 (2011) to 1.50 (2020) b. Establish 5 new value chains with the completed material flows Focus areas and technologies: 1. Technologies for biomass processing and development of new biological materials 2. Technologies for the use of secondary raw materials and reuse of waste 3. Acquisition of energy from alternative sources The implementation of the industrial symbiosis model represents a development opportunity not only for the chemical industry, which is one of the most competitive in Slovenia, but also for a range of traditional industries such as, for example, paper, wood and textile industry, agriculture and food processing industry and services. In the field of "Extraction of secondary raw materials", Slovenia does not show the disclosed comparative advantages. The reason why it should be improved lies on the fact that there is a lack of credible industrial symbiosis model for transition of knowledge and technology from academia to industry. It should empower research area to incubate ideas further to scientific achievements, not only simple transition through licensing and patenting. Which partners are working on this? National Institute of Chemistry Regional Operational Programme for Lodzkie Voivodship 2014-2020 Priority Axis: V Environment Protection, with the Thematic Obcetive 6: Preservation and protection of the natural environment and support for effective resource management, Measure V.2: Waste management The objective of the Regional Operational Programme is to increase the competitiveness of the Lodzkie Region, ensuring in parallel the improvement of living conditions of its inhabitants through the principles of sustainable development. The priorities are aligned with the EU 2020 Strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The specific objective of measure V.2 is the limited storage of waste in the region. The effect of interventions undertaken in the area of environmental protection will be: improvement of adaptation to climate change, saving resources and protecting ground and surface water purity, improving the environment (especially biodiversity) and orientation of tourism in areas of natural value in accordance with the principle of sustainable development. The implemented projects in the field of waste management will significantly contribute to the increase in the weight of waste other than landfilling, which will significantly affect the preservation and improvement of the quality of the natural environment, as well as the protection of natural resources. Lodzkie sees the need of improvement of the ROP and well asits Waste management plan in relation to Life Cycle Assesment and dignosis of regional corelations and value chains. Lodzkie will be able to improve and update regional development documents in order to implement LCA methodology and enviromental approach. Which partners are working on this? Lodzkie Region Sign up for the LCA4Regions newsletter Subscribe now LCA for evaluating and monitoring policies Come with us to Lombardy next 22-24 November for our 6th TLJ! More on the TLJ #6 LCA4Regions answers you Interested in LCA? You can contact us for information [email protected] LCA4Regions: to make a long story short LCA4Regions leaflet is meant to guide you throughout the different steps of our journey. Get on board! Download LCA4Regions leaflet "What goes around comes around..." The LCA4Regions newsletter Life Cycle Catalyst #4 is online! Read Life Cycle Catalyst #4! Tweets by LCA4Regions Latest News See all project news 24/11/2021 Lombardy's policy instruments A series of five articles to discover the policy instruments and the use of LCA of the Lombardy Region for the 6th TLJ. Type: Project 23/11/2021 Lombardy's policy instruments (4) Fourth episode of the series dedicated to the policy context of the Lombardy Region. Type: Project 23/11/2021 Lombardy's policy instruments (5) The fifth and final episode of the series on the policy context of Lombardy focuses on a national policy instrument, the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. Type: Project 22/11/2021 Lombardy's policy instruments (2) Second part of the overview of Lombardy's policy instruments before the peer review session of the TLJ#6. Type: Project 22/11/2021 Lombardy's policy instruments (3) Third episode of the series dedicated to the analysis of the policy instruments of Lombardy. Type: Project 19/11/2021 Food Waste: exchange of good regional practices Navarra is inviting you to join an event in Brussels on 22 November dedicated to food waste. Type: Project 19/11/2021 Lombardy's Policy instruments (1) To prepare for the next TLJ, find the first part of an overview of Lombardy's policy instruments. Type: Project 18/11/2021 Register now for TLJ#6 Registrations for the public sessions of the next TLJ are open! 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Technologies and processes can be a source of innovation and competitive advantage when they are combined with established practices from other sectors.
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Project summary PERFECT integrates the many benefits of green infrastructure into the planning and investment for the future of urban and rural areas. It seeks to influence the policy-making process by raising awareness of the social, environmental and economic potential of green infrastructure. The project will:  Identify and analyse good practice in multi-use of green infrastructure;Fully engage Managing Authorities on the socio-economic benefits of green infrastructure to influence new projects and improve governance of policy instruments;Increase the professional capacity of key stakeholders in delivering new projects;Develop Action Plans focusing on policy change to influence strategic investment in green infrastructure based on its multiple benefits. “From climate change adaptation and mitigation; health and leisure benefits; energy; tourism and economic uplift, green infrastructure is key to the future success of European regions.”      €2,501,314.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2021 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Maximising the benefits of Green Infrastructure The overall objective of PERFECT is the identification, analysis, dissemination and transfer of good practices and policy experiences in the multiuse of Green Infrastructure (GI) into investment and planning strategies. PERFECT aims to demonstrate how the protection, development and exploitation of natural heritage can deliver sustainable, smart and inclusive growth through the exchange of good practice on new uses of GI to blend with, and enhance existing uses. How will this be achieved? PERFECT will deliver study visits, seminars, factsheets, stakeholder workshops, good practices, peer working and practical demonstrations of the value of green infrastructure, together with robust data and empirical evidence. The project will maximise the contribution of partners on specialist areas of expertise on GI including physical and mental health improvements, improved air quality, costs savings through climate mitigation and adaptation measures and the economic benefits of ecosystems services.  The main outputs of the project include:  7 Action Plans for new and improved GI through maximising its multiple benefits; Expert Papers and factsheets; Guidance on Green Infrastructure Partnership working;MAGIC (Multi Advantages of Green Infrastructure in Cities) matrix of good practices. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? European Regional Development Fund - England Operational Programme 2014 to 2020. Thematic Objective 6: Preserving and Protecting the Environment and Promoting Resource Efficiency. Investment Priority 6d- Protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystem services, including through Natura 2000, and green infrastructure. Bring together environmental protection and economic growth objectives, ensuring they complement each other as an integrated approach. Invest in Green and Blue infrastructure supporting provision of ecosystem services on which businesses and communities depend to increase local natural capital and support sustainable economic growth. Add to area’s natural capital/ecosystem services and benefits from them. Improve local environment to act as economic growth catalyst by attracting investment, increased visitor spend, reducing costs of adverse environmental conditions, providing health benefits and generating employment. Provide baseline data for GI including development of a national habitat connectivity indicator - connectivity & multifunctional green space   Why it should be improved: Understand multi-functional benefits and whole life saving opportunity from GI e.g. flood protection and improving health via recreation and nature conservation to promote equal footing for green and grey infrastructure investment; baseline state of natural capital needed to ensure consistent measurement of costs and benefits and opportunities for jobs and growth by preserving and exploiting natural heritage; understand linkages between state of natural heritage and investment decisions/potential for uplift; need catchment Action Plans for sustainable management and exploitation of the natural environment through ecosystem services; communities need to be engaged in audit and decision making   Which partners are working on this? Cornwall Council Territorial and Settlement Development Operational Programme (TSD OP) TSD OP Priority axis No 2: Entrepreneur friendly, population retaining settlement development Thematic Objective 6 (1301/2013/EU Regulation 5. article 6 (e))  Main features: Territorial and Settlement Development Operational Programme (TSD OP) is a centralised regional development OP incorporating territorial development objectives of all regions. The enhancement of environmental friendly urban areas can be an incentive for new business enterprises. The TSD OP recognises the value of maintaining, enhancing and planning the connectivity for green areas, recreation and adaptation to changes in the built and natural environment. Objective: Urban developments to enhance economic activity and retain population. The main characteristics: Liveable cities: climate friendly urban areas to be established via increasing the area of green spaces and quality enhancement of GI. Green spaces needs more strengthening on quality and quantity to provide recreation area for inhabitants and make cities more liveable. Why it should be improved: Densely developed urban areas are in lack of green spaces, so to increase the quality and quantity of green spaces will generate economic development. The improvement of the OP will enable the multi-functional role of natural heritage to be maximised for socio-economic benefit. Hungarian planning systems needs innovative models. Decision makers can accept new solutions if they see the advantages of the non-traditional urban methodology. The maintenance of green spaces is expensive so there is a need for cost efficient maintenance practices and awareness of the multifunctional benefits.  Which partners are working on this? Social Ascention of Somogy Development, Communication and Education Nonprofit Ltd. (SASD) (does not apply to the 5th call) The Ferrara Council Structural Plan (CSP) is the urban planning tool which defines the strategic choices of the City for the development of the territory in order to protect the physical and environmental integrity, and natural and cultural heritage of the entire territory (in line with the urbanistic plans of Emilia-Romagna Region). The CSP promotes local development through the protection and enhancement of the landscape and environmental, natural and cultural resources to improve the quality of life of citizens through the promotion of environmental quality and recognizes the strategic role of green insfrastructure. The CSP includes 'The Green City' that aims to build and manage green areas with involvement of the local community; manage public green areas; link green areas; promote and support operations in wooded areas and  policies for the agricultural peri-urban areas.  The CSP needs improvement because it has no GI strategy to deliver the ‘Green City’ to create jobs and growth by, for example, connecting the land with the Ferrara waterway or improved accessibility along the river to enhance the natural and cultural heritage with positive economic impacts. The CSP could also address using GI for climate mitigation and adaptation to protect citizens and the city from extreme weather impacts. In parallel we intend to influence the Emilia-Romagna policy in this field by addressing the OP ERDF at the ‘governance’ level. We need to learn about more uses for GI to maximise the impact of the CSP. The improvement of our policy instrument will prepare for the transfer of some PERFECT good practices within the Mainstreaming Programme (OP ERDF) of our region (i.e by addressing applications mainly during the current programming period 2013-2020 as well as in the future regional framework instruments).   Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Ferrara (does not apply to the 5th call) Spatial planning law of Styria 2010 In the Spatial planning law of Styria the rules for spatial planning for the 287 Styrian municipalities are set and the basic principles require spatial planning to ensure that the quality of natural living standards will be kept, and sustainable development and saving natural resources will be achieved. It requires that spatial planning should develop the settlement structures considering the climate protection aims and the ecological, economic and social capacity of the area. Neither the municipality nor the controlling authority is 100% concentrated on these issues right now. Therefore these determinations should be taken more seriously under the aspect of environment. In law the spatial planning instruments such as Local Development Concepts, the Land Use maps and the Zoning maps of the municipalities are declared with a minimum content. This needs to be increased regarding GI environment and natural heritage. For the Styrian Region the benefits from PERFECT are: social, ecological effects and health problems in terms of air quality in  small urban areas with particulate matter problems.Greening makes cities more liveable, greening can cool down the cities in the increasingly extreme heat of summer. Greening of urban areas increases the prices of the real estates and bring more people to the cities where they have their jobs. Greening and protecting of natural heritages bring more jobs (taking care of parks, climate- or environment expert)   Which partners are working on this? Provincial Government of Styria, Department for environment and spatial planning Operational Program Quality of the Environment for the 2014 - 2020 period” The OP is to support sustainable and efficient use of natural resources, ensure environmental protection, active adaptation to climate change and promote an energy efficient, low-carbon economy. The specific objective is to reduce risk of flooding and negative effects of climate change and seeks to mitigate further negative effects of climate change by appropriate water retention in the landscape the issues of drought.  Investment priority to support GI in the OP 'Quality of the environment' is specific objective 2.1.1: Reducing the risk of flooding and negative effects of climate change. The objective addresses preventive flood protection and water retention in residential areas with a high % of impermeable surface with adverse effects on natural water circulation causing excessive surface and ambient heat in hot summers causing significant deterioration of the local microclimate. The GI strategy/Action Plan could improve the pluvial flood protection by supporting sustainable urban drainage systems; improving the natural values and biodiversity of natural heritage by eco-corridors and multifunctional zones to maintain healthy ecosystems for city resilience. The water retention measures are supported in the OP through bio-retention systems (rain gardens, collection ponds, etc.), green roofs, soaking strips, infiltration trenches, as a part of GI in urban areas. Although GI is included in some sectoral policies, they lack clear definition or sound GI strategy/Action Plan to create an overarching framework for the Municipalities. Such a document will set out the overall approach for delivering an integrated network of high quality green spaces, habitats, and landscapes across the Municipality to enable GI to support the flood protection whilst improving recreation, biodiversity promotion and bring various others benefits, and demonstrate a good practice of multi-use of GI for PERFECT.  Which partners are working on this? Bratislava Karlova Ves Municipality (does not apply to the 5th call) The ERDF Operational Programme (OP) Kansen voor West (Opportunities for West) 2014-2020 supports physical, economic and social regeneration of deprived communities in urban areas. The PERFECT project will strengthen this policy by promoting the health of disadvantaged communities through investments in Green Infrastructure in their neighbourhoods. Investments in green infrastructure (GI) improve the implementation of the OP priority to establish attractive business climates in Amsterdam. City park areas attract businesses. PERFECT will strengthen OP ambitions by targeted activities in these areas. The project will deliver better designed GI and will thus promote Amsterdam as business location. PERFECT will also positively impact on the OP priority axis 4: promoting social inclusion and combating poverty, by providing support for physical, economic and social regeneration of deprived communities in urban areas. Amsterdam faces socio-economic divides between city districts. To uphold Amsterdam’s social conditions it is crucial to counter spatial segregation. To elaborate OP priorities PERFECT will focus on the health of disadvantaged communities in socio-economically deprived areas and how GI can address this. City parks and neighbourhood initiatives in the Ring Zone outside the more affluent central city are selected. They demonstrate health problems connected to high concentrations of communities with low incomes and poor education (Amsterdam Health Monitor 2012).The potential for health gains in these neighbourhoods is substantial and can be achieved by promoting physical activity, human contact and physical and mental recovery in area of GI. By monitoring health benefits of GI PERFECT will evidence public health improvement of deprived communities and further the OP goal to create a social inclusive labour market. Which partners are working on this? City of Amsterdam Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 (OP); Prior. Axe 6. Improvements of the environment and biodiversity status; Them. Obj. 6.4 Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency. Investment Priority: Taking action to improve the urban environment, to revitalise cities, regenerate and decontaminate brownfield sites, reduce air pollution and promote noise-reduction measures The policy instrument supports efficient land-use within cities and urban areas through physical, social and economic renewal of degraded, vacant and underused urban areas including natural heritage and improving the quality of areas of public use. The policy aims to create conditions for the development of economic and social activities and improve the attractiveness of the urban environment for work and living. It provides measures for physical renovation of urban areas including landscaping, design of new areas of public use and maintenance of existing areas including green space. These actions will be implemented by means of the Integrated Teritorial Investment (ITI) mechanism and based on the sustainable urban strategies. The policy provides a solid foundation for integrated urban renewal, including green space. But, it could go much further in promoting innovation at the level of utilisation, management and maintenance of urban GI, combining its various environmental, social and economic potential. Another area of potential improvement is broadening the focus of the instrument by adding smaller cities and towns to the currently listed beneficiaries of the 11 largest cities of Slovenia. The Ministry for Environment and Spatial Planning is currently undergoing a renewal of the Spatial Planning Strategy of Slovenia (SPRS) where the polycentric development of Slovenia would be emphasised as one of the aims. The Ministry aims at improving the role of the ITI in this manner. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region National Planning Policy Framework The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out policies in England for the future of the built and natural environment. The NPPF guides the development of local plans, masterplans and neighbourhood plans, and has a major impact on the outcomes of decisions affecting the built and natural environment in England.   The focus for the partner is on the green infrastructure (GI) policies of the NPPF. The NPPF is structured in chapters according to key strategic themes - including health, the economy, housing, transport and design. GI is currently referred to as a strategic policy, and under the health chapter, but not in other areas that determine the future outcomes from decisions.   In 2017/18, £6.2bn of investment was secured in contributions from developers across England through implementation of the NPPF. This is managed at a local level using the NPPF as guidance.   The policies in the existing NPPF do not recognise the potential of GI for jobs and growth which has been acknowledged by key stakeholders in recent years and other government strategies such as the 25 Year Environment Plan. The outcome is that decisions made about the future of local areas do not take account of the potential role of GI. Priority is given to other issues such as "grey infrastructure" (e.g. roads, car parks) and housing targets rather than recognising the longer-term benefits of GI which can support wider social and economic aims and create a sustainable future for local areas. Which partners are working on this? Town & Country Planning Association LATEST NEWS Find out about the latest news from the PERFECT project Click here Latest News See all project news 01/12/2021 PERFECT workshop In the sixth year of the PERFECT project, the partnership is looking at the changes in the use of green infrastructure as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic Type: Project 23/09/2021 The PERFECT project has been extended one more year! The PERFECT project has been extended one more year through Interreg Europe’s ‘call for additional activities’ (5th Call). Type: Project 31/07/2020 PERFECT progress on action plans The PERFECT project is now seven months into phase 2 of the project and despite the COVID-19 pandemic partners keep on progressing. Type: Project 24/06/2020 What does good GI policy look like? An Expert Paper on what good green infrastructure (GI) looks like has been published! Type: Project 24/06/2020 Investment finance for green infrastructure The paper examines the potential for diversification and blending of investment finance for green infrastructure. Type: Project 15/04/2020 Action Plans published! The PERFECT partners have published their action plans to be implemented in Phase 2 of the project, 2020-21 Type: Project 25/03/2020 Green infrastructure and biodiversity The PERFECT partnership has published a new expert paper on 'green infrastructure and biodiversity'. Type: Project 25/02/2020 Place-making and green infrastructure The PERFECT partnership have published a new expert paper on place-making and green infrastructure Type: Project 20/02/2020 What are the benefits of green roofs? The PERFECT partnership has published a new factsheet on green roofs. Type: Project 19/12/2019 Factsheet 4: Green Infrastructure and Food Fourth factsheet from the PERFECT partnership, A resource for decision-makers to highlight how GI contributes to food growing opportunities. Type: Project
United Kingdom Display Project Ideas Display Events Display Projects Country-specific information FAQ on Brexit COVID-19 note First level control information FAQ on Brexit The Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the UK means that projects will be able to continue as planned, under the same arrangements and rules as before. If the end of the transition period means any changes for your project, the joint secretariat (JS) and/or UK national contact point will contact you. For now, you should carry on delivering your project as planned. The following questions may help if you have specific queries. You can download them all here.Can I still participate in my project from 1 January 2021?The Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU confirms that 2014-20 ETC programmes will be able to continue with UK project partners, and UK project partners can continue delivering their projects in line with existing programme rules and timescales.Can I bid for more money in currently open or future funding calls?Yes. The Withdrawal Agreement between the EU means that UK organisations can still apply for funding and can deliver projects until project closure. UK organisations can and should continue to secure funding and deliver successful projects for the current programming period.Can I stop doing some administration or audit tasks after 1 January 2021?The Withdrawal Agreement means that your project can continue as planned, including under the existing terms of your contract. You are still subject to the same eligibility rules as set out in your contract, you still have to follow all audit and first level control requirements, and you will remain liable for any irregular expenditure that you claim.Will I still be able to do all the activities in my contract from 1 January 2021?The Withdrawal Agreement means that your project is still able to continue, and please be reassured that the programme wants to support you to deliver successfully. If you are concerned that you may no longer be able to undertake some activities in full, you should discuss this with your JS contact.Will all existing expenditure still be eligible?Your project can continue as planned under the existing terms of your contract, and all expenditure remains eligible providing it is delivered in line with the EU and programme eligibility rules as set out in your contract. You will still have to follow all audit and first level control requirements, and you will remain liable for any irregular expenditure that you claim.Will additional banking / transaction fees from January be eligible?Office and administrative expenditure, which includes bank charges for administering an account, is covered by your existing overheads budget line, i.e. a flat rate of [15%] of each partner's staff costs.Will any additional costs related to the movement of people be eligible? Will any additional costs related to the movement of goods be eligible?If there are any such additional costs, these would be eligible for your project provided they are in line with programme rules and the terms of your contract. You may want to speak with your JS officer to clarify any specifics relating to your project.Please be aware that the expectation is that you manage this within the existing project budget and the limits of the budget flexibility rules.Can I still hold my .eu domain name from 1 January 2021?Guidance on this is contained at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/eu-domain-names-what-you-need-to-do-before-the-end-of-the-transition-period, and this will apply to all UK organisations. You should follow the advice here, including to contact your domain registrar to understand what this means for you. You should also contact your lead partner or joint secretariat contact to seek their advice.A number of UK-based ETC project partners have already transferred domain registrations to one of their EU project partners, and this may be something that you wish you explore within your project.Additional guidance for the Interreg Europe programme: as the Interreg Europe programme is hosting all project websites on the programme website, the programme does not expect this to be an issue for most Interreg Europe project partners.Will there be changes to how can I store, access and share data as part of my work in the project? What do I do if data can no longer be shared and my planned project activities cannot proceed as normal?If the UK and the EU reach a data sharing agreement to enable the free flow of data, you can continue sharing data within your project. However, if no agreement is reached, you may be unable to do so in the same way you do now. The UK national contact points and the programme will ensure you are kept up-to-date on this, and will provide any further guidance as necessary. More information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/using-personal-data-in-your-business-or-other-organisation-after-the-transition-periodWill I still be granted access to programme IT systems via their portals?Yes, you will still be able to access the programme IT systems you need to be able to manage your project and receive payment.Can you confirm that we can continue as lead partner for the project whatever happens? Will it still be acceptable for a UK lead partner to undertake all the functions and responsibilities or should we now look to find a lead partner from a Member State?The Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU means that the UK will continue to participate in current programmes until they end. UK organisations currently acting as lead partners in projects should therefore continue to undertake all functions and responsibilities as at present.  COVID-19 note A note for project partners from the United Kingdom: ETC programmes are separately adapting to support project partners through the COVID-19 crisis. Each managing authority is setting out what it means for their programme and project partners. Please contact your lead partner, relevant joint secretariat / managing authority, or visit the relevant programme website. Alternatively, you can contact the MHCLG ETC team via [email protected]  First level control information United Kingdom This section provides information on the system set up for first level control in your country. Any costs associated with this control are indicated so they can be planned for in any project budget. The system United Kingdom has opted for a decentralised first level control system. The body responsible for the approbation of first level controllers is the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The address and contact persons are stated below.  Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local GovernmentETC Programmes, Compliance and Audit3rd Floor SW Qtr., Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF Once the project is approved the Ministry will contact the project partners in the UK about appointing a first level controller. The Ministry will provide all the necessary guidance on the appointment process.  The project partners will have to propose an independent internal or external controller to the Ministry using an on-line form which should be sent to a dedicated e-mail address. The approval will also be completed on-line by the Ministry. No paper copies will be used in the process.  Contact persons:  Amarjit Singh Narain (Arni)FLC approbation officerPhone: + 44 (0) 303 444 2706E-mail: [email protected] Neil MarshFLC approbation officerPhone: + 44 (0) 303 444 3875E-mail: [email protected] The costs The costs resulting from the control can be reported as eligible costs in compliance with the relevant EU-regulations and programme rules.  On-the-spot checks In compliance with the article 23 (4) of the Regulation (EU) No 1299/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 and article 125 (5) and (6) of the Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013, on-the-spot verifications are done for each project partner at least once during the project lifetime. For first level controllers controlling more than one project partner, sampling may be possible under the condition that the method is well justified and documented.   Northern Ireland The systemNorthern Ireland has opted for a centralised first level control system. Expenditure of project partners from Northern Ireland will thus have to be checked and confirmed by the following body: Special EU Programmes BodyFinancial Control UnitThe Clarence West Building, 2 Clarence Street West, Belfast BT2 7GPFLC Signatory: Mr Paul SheridanDirector of Corporate ServicesPhone: +44 (0) 28 90 266660Fax: +44 (0) 28 90 266661Email: [email protected] Contact person : Lisa KellyFirst Level ControllerPhone: +44 (0) 28 90 266699Fax: +44 (0) 28 90 266660Email: [email protected] The costs The above-mentioned body will perform the first level control free of charge to project partners from Northern Ireland. 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