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30/01/2020 - 31/01/2020
The fourth CITIES Forum - 'Together we shape a sustainable urban future' takes place in Porto on 30-31 January 2020.
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Project summary The lack of access to credit and financial exclusion can be a serious obstacle to business creation in many European regions. Microfinancing of SMEs and support to social entrepreneurship is an already tested and proven tool which can contribute to a high level of quality and sustainable employment, reducing disparities and poverty; and thus contributing to the realization of the « Inclusive growth » priority of the Europe 2020 strategy. There is a wide variety of microfinance programs across Europe, however, there are significant differences in how these microfinance initiatives reach their target groups. Therefore, the “ATM for SMEs” project is aiming at improving the access to microfinance in the participating regions by sharing and exchanging the local knowledge on innovative solutions. The "ATM for SME"s consortium is lead by Fejér Enterprise Agency (HU), and is characterized by a balanced proportion of managing authorities and microfinance institutions, and a European-level advisory partner. The intensive interregional policy exchange and learning process, planned in the framework of the project, allows the gathering of evidence on the feasibility of these good practices, and capitalising on the experience accumulated in the  participating regions.    The 9 regional partners will prepare 9 action plans in order to integrate and deploy  good practices learnt from interregional cooperation within the identified regional or  national policies.    €1,639,836.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2021 Topic SME competitiveness What will this project change ? The influence of the project can be demonstrated by the generation of new projects – tackling at enterprise development or improving the access to local microfinance programs – and improved management of the policy instruments by adopting new approaches in the way calls are organized and assessment methodologies are developed . The project indicators show that the successful implementation of the project will influence 626 million EUR of Structural Funds related policies and 0,6 million EUR of other policies. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Integrated Territorial Programme of Fejér County The Integrated Territorial Programme 2014-2020 (ITP) of Fejér County is an intrinsic part of the centralised Territorial and Settlement Development Operational Programme (TOP) of Hungary. The TOP incorporates the territorial development objectives of the Hungarian regions, and the funding of the projects will be managed in a decentralised manner, by the counties, based on the assessment system defined in the ITPs. The main priorities of the ITP include 1) local economic development and job creation; 2) development of local public services ; 3) inclusive local society, elimination of segregation and human resources development ; 4) support of local employment promotion initiatives. The measures concerning the « ATM for SMEs » project fall under priority 6 – Support of local employment promotion intiatives. The ITP sets up territorial assessment criteria for the evaluation of the projects applying for ERDF/ESF funding in the framework of the TOP. Some of these criteria are assessing the impact on the local economy, employment and enterprise promotion. Reasons for improving the ITP in the framework of the project : - a more sophisticated assessment scheme for projects dealing with enterprise promotion would be useful - shaping a new methodology to assess the social and territorial impacts of enterprise promotion programmes - generation of innovative projects in the field of enterprise promotion, including improved access to financing Which partners are working on this? Fejér Enterprise Agency Integrated Territorial Programme of Zala County The Integrated Territorial Programme 2014-2020 (ITP) of Zala County is an intrinsic part of the centralised Territorial and Settlement Development Operational Programme (TOP) of Hungary. The TOP incorporates the territorial development objectives of the Hungarian regions, and the funding of the projects will be managed in a decentralised manner, by the counties, based on the assessment system defined in the ITPs. The main priorities of the ITP include 1) Fostering local economic development and the capacity of the settlements to keep their population; 2) Preserving cultural heritage ; 3) Local cooperation programmes ; 4) Human resource development The measures concerning the « ATM for SMEs » project fall under priority 1 – Fostering local economic development. The ITP aims at fostering a high-employmente economy in Zala county, and promoting entrepreneurship is a key factor in achieving this objective. The ITP sets up territorial assessment criteria for the evaluation of the projects applying for ERDF/ESF funding in the framework of the TOP. Some of these criteria are assessing the impact on the local economy, employment and enterprise promotion. Reasons for improving the ITP in the framework of the project : - generation of innovative projects in the field of enterprise promotion, including improved access to financing - shaping a new methodology to assess the social and territorial impacts of enterprise promotion programmes   Which partners are working on this? Zala County Foundation for Enterprise Promotion Regional Operational Programme for Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship The objective of the Regional Operational Programme (ROP) for Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship is to increase the competitiveness of the region, ensuring in parallel the improvement of the living conditions of its inhabitants through the principles of sustainable development. The priorities set out in the programme are aligned with the EU 2020 Strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The programme provides for support on 10 thematic objectives, while concentrating resources on 1) support to enterprises and innovation, 2) low-carbon economy, 3) transport infrastructure 4) labour market programmes, supporting social inclusion and education. The expected results, concerning enterprise development and social inclusion are : 1) an increase in the number of unemployed and inactive who found a job after support from the programme 2) an increase in the number of people who have improved their skills thanks to support by the programme; 3) Support to more than 35,000 people at risk of exclusion. Reasons for improving the (ROP) in the framework of the project : - improve the way thematic calls related to enterprise development are organized in order to include the social impact of the actions. - generation of innovative projects in the field of enterprise promotion services and improving access to financing and business support services   Which partners are working on this? Świętokrzyskie Region – Marshal Office of Świętokrzyskie Region Sardinia ROP ERDF 2014/2010 In line with the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the European Union, the Regional Operational Programme (ROP) of Sardinia region is supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), both through financial support and eased credit conditions, and through strengthened key e-services, in particular in the field of facilitatations for setting up a business in the island. This should help to relieve the financial conditions of the Sardinian firms. The Programme focuses on seven main priorities, including : 1) Competitiveness of the economy, 2) Promoting social inclusion, fighting poverty and all forms of discrimination. The thematic priority « TO3 - SMEs competitiveness » contains measures to increase the performance and competitiveness of the SMEs in the region, in order to improve their capacities to increase in regional, national and international markets. The objective 3.6 under this priority is aiming at improving the access to credit and financing for enterprises. The specific measures are concerning the system of public guarantees (Action 3.6.1) and contribution to the development of venture capital funding market dedicated to startup's in pre-seed, seed and early stage (Action 3.6.4). Reasons for improving the ROP in the framework of the project : - shaping a new methodology for monitoring or evaluating measures; - improve the way thematic calls are organized in order to measure the social impact of the actions.   Which partners are working on this? Autonomous Region of Sardinia - Regional Department for Planning Municipal support for growth strategies of SMEs Since 2002 the city of Offenbach has successfully been implementing the strategy "Start-Up City Offenbach – Promotion and strengthening of business starters". Various measures supporting people in getting self-employed or starting a business have been developed and are well-functioning, with a specific view on socially disadvantaged population groups, such as: - Comprehensive information about the start-up process and contact points - Counseling, training and seminars - Funding possibilities including grants and loans such as microcredit - Networking and office space - Conferences and Business Start Up Awards However, the city’s current challenge is not only to support enterprises up to one year after start-up, but to particularly strengthen the business’ growth phase in order to further develop the potential of a business through growth financing and support for growth and innovation. So far several projects have been and are currently being carried out in the frame of the Municipal support strategy for the growth of SMEs. As such specific support is provided in the frame of ‘Planstation Offenbach’ to small and medium enterprises in the cultural and creative industries. Entrepreneurs can receive counseling and guidance as well as co-financing up to 25% for business investment for growth an innovation. The objective of the overall strategy is to increase the number of jobs created by business starters during the first five years of their business by 25%.   Which partners are working on this? KIZ SINNOVA company for social innovation gGmbH Operational Programme Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020 of Croatia As a new EU member state, Republic of Croatia has prepared 2 operational programmes for facing new challenges after entering into EU membership. Operational programme related to SME sector is “OP Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020”, while a public policy related to this project is Priority Axis 3 Business Competitiveness, Investment Priority 3a1 "Better access to finance for SMEs". Alos, PORA is main coordinator for implementation of County Regional Development Strategy for period 2011-2013 (valid for 2015). In past 20 years, a lot of measures from national level has been developed and applied in Croatia with aim of enhancing the system of SME’s microfinancing. Based on transfer of best practices planned in the framework of the ATM project gained from all other EU partners and regions, OP Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020 can be improved in the sense of adopting those new practices and policies and improving existing measures and policies in the area of SME’s microfinance (e.g. establishment of new funds on national land regional level for SME’s microfinancing, adopting new and improved specific measures successful in other EU countries and regions).   Which partners are working on this? PORA Regional development agency of Koprivnica Križevci County Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme of Hungary – 8th priority: Promotion of financial engineering instruments and services The Economic Development and Innovation Operation Programme (EDIOP) draws on two of the structural funds, ERDF and ESF. In order to achieve the above high-level goals, the EDIOP designates 8 priority axes covering the fields of (1) SMEs, (2) R+D+I, (3) ICT, (4) energy, (5) employment and (6) vocational training, (7) tourism and (8) the application of financial assets. Priority Axis 8 includes FEIs and supports all the above priority axes 1in reaching their objectives. One of the major inadequacies SMEs facing is the lack of capital and the consequential obsolete business infrastructure, to which EDIOP response with capacity enhancement. Another area is the low level of willingness to cooperate and efficiency, which EDIOP intends to remedy through network-based economic development. The development of the SME sector with financial instruments will have an important role, part of which, is the “loan on trust” experimental programme. Young people and start-up enterprises can have access to preferential financial instruments after receiving grants, supported with a mentoring programme, and having stabilised their operation. The volume of Priority Axis 8 (composed of FEIs) is more than EUR 2.2 billion, which requires very well established monitoring and evaluating measures. There is also need for better targeted measures in microfinance to reach those groups that are in most need of this type of financing.   Which partners are working on this? Ministry of Finance Youth Self Employment Programme of Burgos City Burgos City Council youth self-employment programme, currently integrated within the general “self-employment” programme is focusing on direct grants to the promoters of the projects on a regular and equal distribution basis (2000€ per project aprox.) This local financial instrument is dedicated to projects which aim at promoting self-employment and entrepreneurship among the young population of Burgos city.   This instrument, taking into account the lack of enough financial resources and the social, economic and political interest of the issue, could be improved in terms of spreading out the number of projects supported and funded, along with increasing the efficiency of its implementation.   Which partners are working on this? European Business and Innovation Centre of Burgos (CEEI-Burgos) Cooperation platform for business development in the Follo Region (cancelled) The Cooperation Platform for Business Development in the Follo Region is a policy instrument developed among 7 municipalities in the Follo region. The main objective of The Follo Joint board with this strategy is to contribute to strengthening Follo as business region so that the region's economies can be triggered,by: Goal 1: Develop an innovative business and scientific community who are international leader in bio-economy. Goal 2: Assist more entrepreneurs with establishing new enterprises Reasons for improving the policy instrument: The process of developing a action plan for business development in the region has just started, and this action plan will support the goals of the cooperation platform in order to build an innovative business and knowledge based environment in the region. The Action plan on business development in the Follo Region is meant to be a very action oriented practical strategy document that will outline several relevant tools and ways of reaching the general goal of developing a more favourable environment in the region, and also towards reducing the risk of investing in the early phase of new businesses. Lack of risk-willing capital is seen as one of the most important barriers for innovation and business creation from the idea to early stage development. Responsibility among the actors will be shared, and there will be cooperation with enterprises, private NGO’s (such as Microfinance Norway) and other actors. Which partners are working on this? Microfinance Norway ATM for SMEs Leaflet Download Regional Action Plan Read the Lead Partner Regional Action Plan right now! Download Tweets by ATM for SMEs Latest News See all project news 08/12/2020 Videos of the ATM for SMEs Final Conference All the video content of the Access To Microfinance for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises project are available on https://vimeo.com/showcase/atmforsmes Type: Project 17/10/2018 FINAL STUDY TRIP IN CROATIA PORA Regional development agency of Koprivnica Križevci County organized a three-day study trip in Croatia in the period from 15th to 17th October 2018. Type: Project 03/10/2017 Microfinance as a tool to local employment.  The workshop organized by UMWS  focused on the topic "microfinance as a local employment tool. Type: Project 10/07/2017 Cagliari Study Trip The study trip started with a welcome speech by Mr. Raffaele Paci (Vice President, Sardinia Region) who stressed the relevance of the project for the social and... Type: Project 15/05/2017 Study Trip in Burgos The Involvement of priority groups meeting took place at the CEEI Burgos. Type: Project 20/03/2017 Social and technological innovation in Oslo Project “ATM for SMEs” continues in Norway with the scope of identifying of best practices in the field of access to microfinance for SMEs Type: Project 24/10/2016 1st Study Trip in Offenbach Dr. Matthias Schulze Böing, Head of the City of Offenbach’s Department for Employment, Statistics and Integration presented Offenbach... Type: Project 29/09/2016 ZMVA Stakeholder group meeting In 29th of September 2016 a stakeholder group meeting was held in Zalaegerszeg . Type: Project 26/09/2016 KIZ SINNOVA Stakeholder-Group Meeting: ATM for SMEs Make Offenbach more attractive for start-ups. Type: Project 30/08/2016 Stakeholder meeting by Ministry for National Economy A brainstorming session on local good practices. Type: Project
26/06/2018
Disscusing innovations in health and telemedicine services
Type: Project
16/04/2018
"Casa Eficiente 2020" will incentive buildings rehabilitation improving the energy efficiency in Portuguese buildings
Type: Project
27/05/2020
Third episode of the analysis of the challenges addressed by Brittany
Type: Project
31/05/2019
Summary of the 2nd stakeholder meeting in Region Dalarna.
Type: Project
13/06/2019
Reflect with us on the unique opportunity we give to European regions to shape their policies.
Type: Programme
19/07/2018
Local stakeholders exchanged on ambitious mobility projects for the Baia Mare Metropolitan Area (RO)
Type: Project
17/12/2018
Citizen panel focused on transpor within Thessaloniki city was held on 15th of December 2018. 28 citizens worked on new sustainable future for their region.
Type: Project
Project summary THE CHALLENGE The agricultural sector accounts for almost 10% of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU, mainly for food production and transport. While there is an enormous potential to produce renewable energy on farms due to the availability of wind, sun, biomass and agricultural waste, important barriers and challenges still remain.                                      Recent studies have proven that the main barriers identified by farmers to produce renewable energy are: complex permit and subsidy procedures, high investment costs, limited access to credit and doubts about profitability. Subsidies and feed-in tariffs are a key factor in encouraging farmers to shift towards a more environmentally friendly production and use of energy. The EU’s rural development policy helps the rural areas meet economic, environmental and social challenges, and it shares objectives with other ESIF funds. MS and regions draw up their rural development programmes based on the needs of their territories, and addressing some of the common EU priorities. At least 30% of funding for each RDP must be dedicated to measures relevant for the environment and climate change. OVERALL OBJECTIVE: The main objective is to develop measures that encourage the production and use of RE in the agricultural and rural sector. AgroREs will support this sector by solving its energy needs in a sustainable, economic viable and socially responsible way.   OUTPUTS €1,540,286.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Low-carbon economy What will this project change? AgroRES raises awareness of the benefits of investing in renewable energy in agriculture and promotes public dialogue in order to overcome previously identified barriers and challenges. As a result of the project, partner regions will design policies that support the use of renewable energy in agricultural and rural areas.  Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ROP FEDER 2014-2020 Extremadura-Investment Priority 4.2 Promotion of Energy Efficiency and renewable energy MAIN FEATURES Investment priorities PI.4.2. includes 1 OE related to Enerselves: OE.4.2.2. “Promotion of renewable energies in companies”. ERDF allocated in OP4 OE4.2.2 is 7,5 M€ OE 4.2.2 aims to increase the participation or RES in thermal uses, specially biomass and solar, in companies. These PIs presents several axes of intervention included in the OP in relation to AGRORES: - Promotion of RES for heating in companies - Promotion of other RES integrated in companies (solar thermal, PV, hybrid, geothermal)   REASONS WHY IT WHOULD BE IMPROVED Actions described in the OE 4.2.2 focus on the integration of RES technologies in companies. However, until now the major investment has been for SME-building related sector, with low representation of any other sector. From 2014 to 2017 grants calls were launched for energy audits, and EE investment, while in 2017 DG Energy launched a call for RES application in companies, which included industry and agrocompanies. However, the applications received were unbalanced, with very few applications coming from the agriculture sector.   The calls have to be reviewed, analyzing the specific support which requires the agricultural companies. A full analysis of current support schemes and required investment must be done by potential agriculture users and RES technology. The result has to be a tailor-made support per agriculture sector and Res technology.   On the other hand, a monitoring system to control the achieved impact is also required.   Which partners are working on this? Extremadura Energy Agency, AGENEX Regional Operational Programme for Lubelskie Voivodeship 2014-2020 MAIN FEATURES Regional Operational Programme for Lubelskie Voivodeship 2014-2020 has 3 thematic priorities focusing on low carbon economy and climate change: • TO5 - Climate change and risk prevention • TO6 - Environment and resource efficiency • TO7 - Transport and energy networks Every thematic include actions capable to fud RES integration in fields such as buildings, enterprises, industry or agriculture. The policy of the Lubelskie Voivodeship in the field of energy efficiency improvement and the use of RES is currently focused on supporting activities aimed at achieving the 3x20 goals. As part of the ROP LV, the following are supported: projects concerning the construction of installations for the production of energy from renewable sources in small and medium-sized enterprises operating in the region.     REASONS WHY IT WHOULD BE IMPROVED ROP 3 Regional Operational Programme for Lubelskie Voivodeship 2014-2020, has defined 7 specific impacts in terms of research, employment and society, which has a specific challenging “Increased share of electricity production from renewable energy sources in total electricity production from 1,5% to 5,6%”. However, these values are based on RES electricity plants thanks to national supporting schemes, while the promotion of small installations in companies will only afford a small part of this production. The agriculture and the promotion of RES in all its production chain is largely under supported and rquires specific revision.   Which partners are working on this? Lubelskie Voivodeship Devon County Council (DCC) Climate Change Strategy and Energy Policy MAIN FEATURES On 14 July 2004 DCC signed up to the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change. The declaration requires councils to develop an action plan to tackle climate change hand-in-hand with local communities. By signing the agreement, we have committed ourselves to working with central government to contribute, at a local level, to deliver the UK Climate Change Programme.   One action plan is the authority’s Energy Policy which has a renewable energy objective of achieving 30% of energy to come from renewable sources for the corporate estate. The strategy also commits DCC to assist in the implementation of measures to reduce the regions emissions of greenhouse gases.   REASONS WHY IT WHOULD BE IMPROVED The policy needs to better reflect the move to a subsidy free renewables environment and the creation of new, multi-vector renewable energy systems as well as contractural arrangements which increase the profitability of renewables and therefore enable investment from public, private and community sectors   Which partners are working on this? Devon County Council “Climate and Energy Programme of North Karelia 2020” and its implementation plan “Roadmap Towards Oil-Free and Low-Carbon North Karelia 2040” MAIN FEATURES Regional Climate and Energy Programme is linked to Europe 2020, Regional Development Programme 2021 and Sustainable Growth and Jobs 2014-2020, Structural Funds Programme for Mainland Finland (ERDF, ESF). In 2017 was published an implementation plan for the Regional Climate and Energy Programme, Roadmap Towards Oil-Free and Low-Carbon Region 2040, which suggests tangible steps that are to be taken to reach the regional climate and energy targets.   North Karelia aims to be fossil oil free region by 2030 and it is the first region in Finland to apply for a membership in Carbon Neutral Municipalities HINKU-network. Nine out of thirteen municipalities in North Karelia has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 % until 2030 inside the municipalities borders. Achieving these ambitious targets is relying especially on this sector.   REASONS WHY IT WHOULD BE IMPROVED Regional Climate and Energy Programme is concentrating on energy production and to transport. Roadmap has pointed out that for example electric and biogas machinery will replace combustion engines. The Action Plan for Oil-Free Machinery and Agriculture will be created in this project and it will define the concrete steps to implement the regional energy and climate targets in this sector.       Which partners are working on this? Regional Council of North Karelia Regional Operational Programme Investment in Growth and Jobs ERDF 2014-2020 MAIN FEATURES The ROP 2014-2020 is a national programme but with regional allocation for all priority axis, so this context relates to both national and regional level. The Regional Operational Programme Investment for Growth and Jobs ERDF 2014-2020 includes: Priority Axis 3: "Support for transition to a low carbon economy". Investment Priority 3.2: Promotion of the carbon dioxide emissions reduction strategies for all types of territory, particularly urban areas and detaliation as activity to fulfill the Specific Objective 3.2: Other investments for carbon dioxide reduction.   REASONS WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED The reemergence of the Romanian agricultural sector continues to provide employment and to contribute to the national economy. However, the agricultural sector is one of the higher emitters of C02, and this contributes to the pollution of the whole territory. The policy instrument needs to be improved by defining concrete strands of activity and supporting specific initiatives which will help SMEs (and SMEs within specific agricultural and rural sectors) to harness opportunities linked to the low carbon economy, more precisely investmnets in renewable energies. Which partners are working on this? Bucharest-Ilfov Regional Development Agency ROP LAZIO ERDF 20142020 approved on 12.2.2015. Priority Axis 4 " Sustainable energy and mobility” Action 4.1.1 PROGRAMMA OPERATIVO REGIONE LAZIO FESR - Fondo Europeo Sviluppo Regionale 2014 - 2020 Priority Axis 4 "Sustainable Energy and Mobility" - Action 4.1.1 The policy instrument addressed by the project belongs to the AXIS 4 of the Regional Operational Programme for LAZIO 2014-2020. This axis aims at supporting energy efficiency, intelligent energy management and the use of renewable energy in buildings, infrastructures and different sectors, decreasing polluting emissions.   European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) through its Focus Area 5C aims at supporting and promoting the procurement and use of renewable energy sources, by-products, waste materials and residues and other non-food raw materials for the purpose of bio-economy.   In the national panorama, the agricultural sector accounts for 6,7% of greenhouse gas emissions and is responsible for 40% of methane emissions and 49% of nitrous oxide. The public resources allocated to the Focus Area 5C amount to 34,58 M euro (EAFRD 14,9 M euro) for a total investment in the production of renewable energy (T16 indicator) equal to 63,55 M euro (4% of the RDP resources).   REASONS WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED The project can help produce new political and rural development planning instruments, and to facilitate the integration of funds deriving from the ROP LAZIO ERDF - Priority Axis 4 and EAFRD Focus area 5C in order to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and emissions in agriculture in line with the objectives set by the European Community. Which partners are working on this? ARSIAL Border, Midland and Western Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 Priority3: SME Competitiveness Thematic Objective 3, namely to promote entrepreneurship, including high growth and potentially high growth sectors, facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, (Investment Priority3(a); and to support the capacity of SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets, and to engage in innovation processes (Investment Priority3(d)). Such supports will also promote green jobs and eco-innovation. Priority4: Low Carbon Economy “…This will be achieved through an increased use of renewable energy, development of green technologies and a modernised transport sector, and promotion of energy efficiency.” “…Ireland’s per capita aggregate GHG emissions are the second highest in the EU, its CO2 emissions per capita are the 10th highest. This reflects the fact that non-CO2 GHGs, mainly methane and nitrous oxide from agriculture, make up a significant proportion of total emissions in Ireland.” MAIN FEATURES Priority 3 includes 1 Thematic Objective (TO) related to AgroRES: TO3 - Enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises, the agricultural sector (for the EAFRD) and the fisheries and aquaculture sector (for the EMFF), with a total fund allocation 58M€   Priority 4 includes 1 Thematic Objective (TO) related to AgroRES: TO4 - Supporting the Shift Towards a Low Carbon Economy in all sectors, with a total fund allocation 36M€   These objectives and priorities present several cross cutting opportunities in the OP in relation to AgroRES: • Promotion of agri-sited Renewable Energy (RE) technologies (Solar, Wind, Biomass, Biogas, Geothermal). • Promote an agri-market for RE deployment as a driver for green jobs.     REASONS WHY IT WHOULD BE IMPROVED Priority 4 recognizes the impact of the agri-sector on GHG emissions. Priority 3 promotes entrepreneurship and innovation in SMEs (including agriculture). However, some key innovation enabling supports remain inaccessible to the agriculture sector in line with EU State Aid guidelines.   AgroRES seeks to reduce barriers to the opportunities for the agri-sector in both reducing its own climate impact and supporting a regional low-carbon economy. Agriculture in Ireland can be characterized by tradition, which requires encouragement and confidence to diversify. The RE potential in the agri-sector requires a significantly higher profile.   Which partners are working on this? Institute of Technology, Sligo Northern and Western Regional Assembly Sign up for the AgroRES 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')); AgroRES Tweets by AgroRES Latest News See all project news 28/07/2021 Two years of collaboration in AgroRES project AgroRES partners have been collaborating two years by now in developing measures that encourage the production and use of RE in the agricultural and rural secto... Type: Project 23/07/2021 Community energy report is launched Devon County Council has officially launched the community energy report. The report concludes that investing in community energy projects creates more benefits... Type: Project 08/07/2021 The 4th AgroRES newsletter has been published The 4th AgroRES newsletter has been published. AgroRES newsletter gathers up-to-date information on project activities and results. Type: Project 07/07/2021 AgroRES partners met online 7 July AgroRES Steering Committee held its meeting together with an action plan workshop online 7 July. All the partners were presented in the meeting. Type: Project 05/07/2021 The 4th Local Meeting by Arsial, Italy The 4th Local Meeting by Arsial was held on 1 July 2021. The event was held in hybrid mode. There were in total 40 participants of which 28 were participating r... Type: Project 02/07/2021 Community-owned renewable energy in local economy A new study has concluded that community-owned energy schemes have significant environmental benefits and can save local communities money. Type: Project 01/07/2021 4th local stakeholder e-meeting in Extremadura AGENEX presented advancements of the AgroRES project, including the first ideas for an action plan, to its stakeholders in a webinar Type: Project 29/06/2021 4th local meeting at Cincinnato Cooperative, 1 July Save the date 1 July at 10:30-13:00 (GMT+2)! Arsial is organizing the 4th local meeting of INTERREG EUROPE AgroRES project. Type: Project 09/05/2021 Extremadura boosts agribusiness incentives Extremadura will launch this year a new call for agribusiness incentives amounting to 25 million euros. Type: Project 27/04/2021 Exchange of know-how in progress AgroRES partners are exchanging know-how and experiences on renewable energy investments, policies and programmes in the agricultural sector. Type: Project