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Programme Downloadagenda Day 1 - Research and innovation: Speed dating and networking cocktail: Day 2 - SME competitiveness: 09:00 - 09:30 Registration and welcome coffee 09:30 - 10:45 Plenary session Welcome by the Policy Learning Platform & host region & moderatorAndrea Di Anselmo, Interreg Europe Policy Learning PlatformRegional Minister for University Research and Open innovation - Regione LombardiaErwin Siweris, Interreg Europe Joint SecretariatPlenary session: interview style with key EU ActorsAlison Hunter, Joint owner and Director, Economic and Public Policy ConsultancyAnna Giorgi, Professor, University of MilanAnnamaria Zonno, Policy Officer, European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and InnovationArnaud Senn, Policy Officer, European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications NetworksNicholas Harrap, Researcher, S3 PlatformModerator: Christian Saublens, Former Executive Director at European Association of Development Agencies 10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break 11:15 - 13:00 Breakout sessions: Policy instruments explained Topic: How to find common objectives and remove obstacles to facilitate use of R&D results.Team A: How to use R&D and synergies between the Horizon 2020 Programme and the European Regional Development Fund. Moderated by Andrea di Anselmo.Team B: In search of the money – how to effectively engage with private sector to find funding in the early stages of the R&D projects. Moderated by Luigi Amati.Team C: The more the merrier – how clusters and large companies can benefit open innovation. Moderated by Marc Pattinson.The teams will consider, as part of the overall context of each of the three breakout sessions: the Smart Specialisation Strategies for growth and jobs, public-private partnerships and programs such as the Seal of Excellence.  13:00 - 14:00 Lunch 14:00 - 15:30 Back to breakout sessions: Learning from the latest trends and practices Participants continue in teams where thematic experts will present good practices:Team A: How to use R&D and synergies between the Horizon 2020 Programme and the European Regional Development Fund.DG RTD “Common Exploitation Booster Service” - Andrea Di AnselmoThe Seal of Excellence - Annamaria Zonno - DG RTDModerated by Andrea di AnselmoTeam B: In search of the money – how to effectively engage with private sector to find funding in the early stages of the R&D projects.Co-investment Financial instruments for Proof of Concept - Luigi AmatiPeter Lalvani - EUREKAModerated by Luigi AmatiTeam C: The more the merrier – how clusters and large companies can benefit open innovation.Angelo GATTO - FinlombardaAlison Hunter - Economic and Public Policy Consultancy (EPPC) Moderated by Marc PattinsonFollowed by Q&A and discussion. 15:30 - 16:30 Plenary session: How policy improvements contribute to R&D results implementation? Discuss with rapporteurs from the breakout sessions and select challenges for policy instruments for R&D&I to define future priorities for the Policy Learning Platform. 16:30 - 17:00 Coffee break Day 2 participants who will join the speed dating and cocktail, can register during the break. 17:00 - 18:00 Speed dating on the Policy Learning Platform: Find out about our services & tips from the experts What to expect from the knowledge hub?How to submit a Good Practices in the data base?How to use the helpdesk?How to be active in the community? 18:00 - 19:30 Cocktail and networking 09:00 - 09:30 Registration and welcome coffee 09:30 - 09:45 Joint welcome by Interreg Europe Joint Secretariat, host region & Policy Learning Platform Erwin Siweris, Programme Director, Interreg Europe Joint SecretariatRepresentative from the regione of LombardiaPhilippe Delearde, Thematic Manager, Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform 09:45 - 10:45 Plenary session: interview style with 4 speakers Moderator: Christian Saublens, Former Executive Director at EURADA (European Association of Development Agencies)Andrew Gibson, Executive Member - Culture, Recreation & Countryside Hampshire County Council, United Kingdom and Vice President - Equal Opportunities, Assembly of European RegionsLaila Gercane, Head of Development and Project Department, Vidzeme Planning Region, LatviaAriane Lecerf, Project Officer, European and contractualisation Department, Pays de la Loire, France 10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break 11:15 - 13:00 Breakout sessions: Policy instruments explained Each participant chooses a team where topic How to find common objectives and remove obstacles to foster SMEs competitiveness, especially by dealing with innovation will be discussed.Team A: Creative and cultural industriesThis industry knows a significant growth due to the development of the digital economy, the potential of innovation and the interest from the public for this activity.Cinzia Lagioia, Project Manager, Distretto Produttivo Puglia CreativaAlessadro Chiesa, Project manager, Finlombarda, ItalyChristina Koch, RCIA, Interreg Europe project, Austria Wirtschaftsservice GesellschaftMonika Ptak-Kruszelnicka, Design4Innovation, Interreg Europe Project, Marshal's Office of Silesia Region, Silesian Government, PolandTeam B: Support of SMEs in the rural territoriesInnovation services and other support to SMEs are often available in urban area where the main stakeholders are located. The cohesion and inclusive initiatives must help for a better territorial coverage.Jackie Brierton, GrowBiz, CEO, Perthshire, ScotlandBen L.J. van Os, RuralGrowth, Interreg Europe project, Province of Drenthe, NetherlandsRicardo Pizarro Villanueva, [email protected] SMEs, Interreg Europe project, Society for the Development of the Province of Burgos, SpainCarlo Palazzoli, RUMORE, Interreg Europe project, Lombardy region Team C: Access to appropriate skills by the SMEs.The education and training ecosystem must adapt to new trends and technologies in order to match the needs of the SMEs.Maria Beck, Director, SME Competence Centre 4.0 Dortmund, GermanyAriane Lecerf, CLIPPER, Interreg Europe project, Pays de la Loire, FranceMarcin Podgórski, SME ORGANICS, Interreg Europe project, Lodzkie Brussels office, PolandElzbieta Ksiasek, ESSPO, Interreg Europe project, Adam Mickiewicz University Foundation, Poznan Science and Technology Park, PolandTeam discussion agenda:Introduction presentation to give an overview on the sector (15 minutes)TedTalk style presentation on challenges and objectives for policy instruments by 2-3 managing authorities (10-15 minutes each)Throw a mic: sharing experience and expectations (30 minutes)Working together on access to innovation: find topics that require future Policy Learning Platform support (30 minutes) 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch 14:00 - 16:00 Plenary session: How policy improvements contribute to R&D results implementation and access to innovation by SMEs Our Policy Learning Platform Thematic Expert, Pertti Hermannek, will present the Small Business Act and how regions can help its implementation through EuropePresentation of the Seal of Excellence initiative by Annamaria Zonno, European Commission, DG RTDFeedback from the breakout sessions by the rapporteurs and interview with the moderator to tell others what you have come up with.Vote for the top priorities via online survey to define future priorities for the Policy Learning Platform. 16:00 - 16:30 Wrap up by moderator and concluding remarks by host Philippe Delearde, Thematic Manager & Andrea Di Anselmo, Thematic Manger
Project summary "After the creation and growth of a business, transfer is the third crucial phase in its life cycle." - Commissioners Tajani and Hahn, Foreword of Guidebook No. 3 - Facilitating Transfer of Business 2012.  STOB regions project addresses the challenges of this third phase of business transfer in 9 EU regions. There has been a strong focus on start-ups across Europe, however, of equal importance is ensuring the survival of existing businesses. Safeguarding SMEs, arguably, has a higher impact on jobs and growth. This is reinforced by the fact that the success rate of transferred businesses is higher than that of start-ups. The STOB regions partnership brings a range of different experiences and levels of expertise, including regional authorities and business support institutions. The interregional approach explores and examines the challenges faced by succession and seek to find new or improved methods to support business transfers. €2,316,488.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2021 Topic SME competitiveness Knowledge sharing between regional stakeholders  Over 3 years of sharing experiences and participating in interregional learning, the partners benefit from improved knowledge on the various approaches across the regions. Peer reviews and workshops on specific topics related to business transfer will help promote the learning process and improve the implementation of ESIF programmes. STOB regions also offers input to the debate on both a European and regional level,encouraging greater attention on business transfer in the future cohesion policy with two high-level dissemination events.  The strength of having a wide range of institutions involved guarantees knowledge sharing between regional stakeholders, feeding into the learning process as well as into regional action plans, a key output of the project. These plans will contain concrete projects that build on the good practices identified and transfer new ideas to partner regions with recommendations made for a future regional strategy to support succession. They will be implemented and monitored in the second phase of STOB regions. Watch the video to hear partners' testimonies on the added value of Interregional cooperation! Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Operational Programme of the state of Brandenburg for the ESF 2014-2020 (2014DE05SFOP006) The ESF Operational Programme (OP) for Brandenburg is based on the strategy of ‘good work for everybody and sound transition into the labour market’. The focus of the programme – which totals EUR 452 million – is to improve the competitiveness of enterprises by enhancing the quality, innovation, security and flexibility of the labour market and workforce. Under the ESF OP, there is one specific objective which STOB regions would like to address :   Enhancement of start-ups and company succession The aim of the specific objective and the respective funding programme is to create new and to secure existing jobs through pilot services, start-up workshops and start-up support at universities. Against the backdrop of deteriorating dynamics in the field of entrepreneurship and the still high level of unemployment, the support of startups and - becoming more and more important - business succession should be encouraged as one way for innovation, economic growth and for keeping skilled people in the region. According to a panel from 2012 7% of all companies (4.000 SMEs with more than 40.000 employees) in Brandenburg are looking for a successor/buyer in the next years. 29% of these companies did not have a solution for the transfer of business. With the ESF funding Brandenburg wants to contribute to successful transfers. Which partners are working on this? IHK-Projektgesellschaft mbH Priority 3: Enhancing the Competitiveness of SMEs in Support of Growth & Jobs within the Scottish ERDF Programme 2014-2020 -- cancelled -- Smart Growth shares the strategic aims of Scotland's Smart Specialisation Strategy - the Scottish Government's Economic Strategy - to increase labour market participation, business competitiveness and investment in research and development. Efforts are focused on achieving long-term and sustainable growth by increasing investment in Scotland's assets and resources - skills, research capacity, clusters and niche products and services, approaches to finance and investment and partnership structures. The Smart Specialisation sectors are Creative Industries, Energy, Financial Services, Food and Drink, Life Sciences and Tourism. Scotland already possesses the resources required to achieve the country's growth potential. It is home to internationally renowned academic institutions capable of transferring invaluable knowledge to the Smart Specialisation Sectors and SMEs making up 99% of Scotland's business base. This knowledge transfer would equip SMEs and sectors to build a stronger Scottish business base. However, a major risk associated with achieving this objective is sustainable SMEs that continue to contribute economically and have succession strategies that see viable going-concerns successfully transferred. Which partners are working on this? Glasgow City Council Action Plan 2016-2017 Today there is no policy instrument defined on regional level to support ToB, however, the framework for the Danish implementation of ESF and ERDF has room for the purposes of business transfer. In other words, there is a fit with the programmes, but not all means to implement the programmes are defined. Through this project we want to explore how we can improve the implementation of Business Transfer in our region. The Action Plan as a basis for getting funding from the Danish OPs should be improved to address the vast need for guidance in connection with Business Transfer. In the past, sub-regional efforts have been made to address a part of some 6,000 regional Business Transfers envisaged during the coming 5 years. In one programme, Business Development Funen received 5 times the demand to their programme. It is imperative that the issue of Business Transfer is addressed, because: - Owners are notoriously unrealistic about the value of their business. A programme to assist a common sense nominal evaluation based on future cash flows gained through the “current state” of the business and calculated by an independent and impartial body would be more meaningful. - Owners do not know who to contact to proceed into the process of business transfer and seldom understand how the company should be sold. - Owners could benefit from a programme that would put their company into the best shape possible under the current owner, in order to benefit as much as possible from a sale   Which partners are working on this? Business Development Centre Southern Jytland ´until 31/12/2018 [Business Development Centre Vaeksthus Southern Denmark]` Regional Operational Programme for the Małopolska Region for 2014-2020 (ROP MR 14-20) With ROP MR14-20 government of Małopolska Region supports development of main areas of social and economic life. MRPO 14-20 concentrates on supporting of innovativeness and R+D, rising competitive strength of SME, urban regeneration, transport, labour market and education. Axis 3 of ROP MR 14-20 (Enterprising Małopolska) concerns creating the conditions for stable economic growth through support to SME. Measure 3.2 of Axis 3 (Promotion of Entrepreneurship and potential of business environment institutions) concerns creating the conditions for innovative business concepts and potential of business environment institutions. Indicators: - number of advanced services providing by business environment institutions; - number of business environment institutions, supported in services professionalization. Operations projected withinthe Measure 3.2 are directed for new entrepreneurs (functioning no more than 24 months), especially based on new technologies. However, the process of supporting business transfer is equally important, especially from the perspective of public policy. The reason is fact that the second generationmay be interested in implementing innovations in inherited companies. New technologies combined with experience can bringa new quality and help company to be more competitive. Axis 3 of ROP MR provides support for business environment institutions, which provides advisory servicesto SME. It is worth to branch out their offer with business transfer issues. Which partners are working on this? Malopolska Region Sustainable growth and jobs 2014 - 2020 - Finland's structural funds programme' CCI number: 2014FI16M2OP001; East and North Finland regional programme (TL2) Sustainable growth and jobs 2014 - 2020 - Finland's structural funds programme' has five priority axes and 13 specific objectives. Each project must deliver at least one of these specific objectives. Total budget is 2,598,922,190.00 € and total EU contribution is 1,299,461,095.00 €. 70,9% of the programme is dedi-cated to Northern and Eastern Finland as sparsely populated areas facing stronger challenges. KE will rely on TO3 Competitiveness of SMEs, and especially 3a - Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms in business hubs. TO3 Competitiveness of SMEs is focused on generating new businesses. Funding criteria include 1) he start-up of new enterprises and the development of new business, 2) improving business expertise and internationalisation skills, 3) investments and development projects in SMEs that promote growth, internationalisation andcompetitive-ness, 4) the development of business clusters, business networks and other forms of business co-operation, and 5) transport and logistic connections as well as smart transport solutions that support SMEs.   Items 1,2,3, 4 may / can be linked to economy renewal through generation shift processes. This is an objective is part of the regional development plan of Kainuu region. Its implementation relies on ESIF, national, regional, and private funding. Which partners are working on this? Regional Council of Kainuu Kainuun Etu ltd National Strategy for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises 2014-2020 - Small Business Act The National Strategy for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises 2014-2020 is a political document in accordance with EU policy in this area and this policy is implemented through Operational programme "Innovation and Competitiveness" 2014-2020 (OPIC) Thematic Objective 3 (TO3) Priority areas of the strategy are: Encouraging entrepreneurial activity; Providing appropriate regulatory and administrative framework for SMEs by applying the "Think Small First"; Improving conditions for SMEs to access foreign markets;   For Entrepreneurship - Create and maintain an environment in which entrepreneurs can thrive and entrepreneurship is rewarded: care for future entrepreneurs, in particular by encouraging entrepreneurial interest and talent, particularly among students, young people and women by easing the conditions for starting a business; easing access to finance through existing and new programs by priority start and more; Transfer of business: Measures aimed at the smooth conduct of the transfer of business: public campaigns, mentoring schemes of the process, creating a fund to Bulgarian Development Bank to finance the process of transfer business The implementation of the indicative measures under this investment priority aims at achieving a positive effect on the development of a sustainable market competitiveness of the Bulgarian SMEs. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Agency with Business Support Centre for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Competitiveness Operational Programme 2014-2020 Since 2012 Ilfov County Council has been developing an intensive SMEs support program structured on three levels of action: creating and developing support mechanisms for businesses based on an active partnership within the triple helix, administration/ science /business; promoting entrepreneurship among the young by getting the academia involved; managing financial instruments, financed by public, private or structural funds made available to the start-ups. Ilfov County Council policy can refer to three Operational Programmes, as follows: Competitiveness Operational Programme, Regional Operational Programme and Human Capacity Operational Programme. Ilfov County Council received a LoS also for the Regional OP but wants to focus in the STOB regions project on the Competitiveness Operational Programme as the policy instrument addressed with the scope to improve its provisions with regard to Transfer of Business. In the next funding period we need to improve the following features of this policy: - Developing business support centres by investing in human capital and by providing SMEs specialized services; - Stimulating the business of start-ups and SMEs already active by organizing networking events - Promoting an evolving business environment that will favour the increase of entrepreneurial initiatives, including the social groups that have a limited presence in this sector Which partners are working on this? Ilfov County Council Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU cohesion Policy 2014-2020 is a centralised OP for territorial development of Slovenia, covering all 11 Thematic Objectives. Our goal is to improve priority 3: Development and implementation of new business models for SME-s especially in the connection with internationaliation, specific goal; increasing the international competitiveness of the SME-s, Measure: development, implementation and improvement of business models and encouragement of the excellency in SME-s.   The program itself support development of business models, improvement of development of business processes, value chains, optimisation of innovation potentials of SME-s. The specific topic of transfer of business is not tackled by the programme. Existing support measures do not support the transfer of business and its specific questions and development challenges of SME-s facing with transfer of business.   Therefore existing SME support measures has to be upgraded and develop approaches that can be used to foster the transfer of business and at the same time improve the cooperation between support organisations and SME-s in their endeavour to pay specific attention to the needs of SME-s in the process or in the preparation phase for transfer of business. Which partners are working on this? BSC, Business Support Centre Ltd., Kranj Andalusian ERDF Operational Programme 2014-2020 (Programa Operativo FEDER Andalucía 2014-2020), TO3: Improving SMEs competitiveness, agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture Andalusian ERDF OP 2014-2020, consistent with the 2020 Strategy and cohesion policy, aims to contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and to achieve economic, social and territorial cohesion in Andalusia. Its Thematic Objective 3 (TO3), based on improving competitiveness of SMEs, indicates that "avoiding the disappearance of SMEs due to the lack of continuity, through the promotion of the generational replacement" is a need in the region, where an important number of companies are disappearing in the generational change. This issue is especially relevant considering the fact that the weight of private sector in Andalusia is smaller in comparison to Spain and the EU and that most enterprises are considered microenterprises (enterprises in Andalusia are also smaller than in other Spanish and EU regions, in average), which usually disappear when there is not a replacement of the activity by the new generations. This phenomenon is particularly damaging the economic tissue in rural areas and low populated areas, being Andalusia a very large region with vast rural areas and hundreds of villages with a high risk of depopulation. Within the Andalusian ERDF OP 2014-2020, its Action Line 3.3 aims to “Support to the business consolidation of SMEs and entrepreneurs, by promoting new management models and facilitating its access to advanced services. In particular, it observes the development of activities to support the generational replacement”. Which partners are working on this? Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping of Seville Sign up for the STOB regions newsletter Subscribe now Successionwiki Knowledge sharing platform for Succession and Transfer of Business in Regions Learn more! ACTION PLANS The endorsed and accepted regional action plans are available to view here Click here STOB regions videos and interviews Videos from various STOB regions events Videos (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); STOB regions Tweets by STOB regions Latest News See all project news 24/11/2021 STOB regions Final Conference on 24/11/21 STOB regions project held a successful online Final Conference on 24th of November. Type: Project 01/08/2021 STOB regions 5th call proposal accepted STOB region partnership will continue their efforts to address the effect of COVID19 pandemic to business transfer policies. Type: Project 25/03/2020 Action plan of PP1 uploaded to site The first action plan to support to the transfer of businesses in the region of Brandenburg, Germany, developed by Lead partner IHK-Projektgesellschaft mbH, has... Type: Project 31/12/2019 STOB regions project reaches the end of Phase I After a challenging yet highly insightful interregional policy learning period spanning the past three years, it is a pleasure to announce the action plans of t... Type: Project 11/12/2019 Action plan conference - Denmark On the 29th October 2019, Business Development Centre Vaeksthus Southern Denmark (PP3) held a mini conference at Trinity in South Denmark. The conference focuse... Type: Project 09/12/2019 Succession planning workshops #2, Slovenia BSC Kranj, project partner of STOB Regions project, has completed the second cycle of workshops for family businesses that are already considering transferring ... Type: Project 05/12/2019 Video: How to help SMEs - Bulgaria Velizar Petrov, Executive director of project partner Regional Development Agency with the Business Support Centre for SMEs, Plovdiv presented and was video int... Type: Project 28/11/2019 STOB regions at SME Assembly 19 On Wednesday 27th November 2019, STOB regions Interreg Europe project contributed and shared results and solutions of “regions promoting business transfer” ... Type: Project 25/11/2019 Malopolska Region - AP workshop On the 15th November 2019, the regional stakeholder group meeting and Action Plan workshop of STOB regions' project partner Małopolska Region was held. In ant... Type: Project 18/11/2019 STOB regions at SME Assembly 2019 The SME assembly is the most significant event for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe. The conference takes place once a year during the Europe... Type: Project
P-IRIS was taking part in the first meeting of the Policy Learning Platform on Research & Innovation and SME Competitiveness in Milan.
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Tackling the ‘digital divide’ - Co-creation of inclusive social service infrastructures in regions beyond metropoles
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The International Council for Small Businesses is putting forwards its “Top Trends for 2021”.
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The Policy Learning Platform held an online #EURegionsWeek participatory lab on ‘Reuse and Repair in a circular economy’. Discover the key takeaways.
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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.
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Project summary Six European partners collaborate in the framework of the Interreg Europe Program for the implementation of DIALOG. The project has the objective to improve the effectiveness of innovative policies for regional competitiveness through the involvement of local stakeholders in the policy decision. DIALOG will analyze and exchange experiences and good practices in the field of social innovation. The aim is to define action plans to promote a real participation of the social partners and citizens in the definition and implementation of the innovation ERDF investments. The present condition to strengthen the effectiveness and sustainability of innovation policies funded by the ERDF operative programme is creating a real social consensus around these policies. Policies have to be enhanced through more widespread bottom-up participation. The citizens in most experiences objectively remained, at the edge of decision and implementation processes. Conversely, innovation policies based on new technological vision and intended to produce added value, need to reach acceptance by all the stakeholders, citizens included. DIALOG project has the aim to improve the effectiveness of innovative policies for regional competitiveness through the creation of a model that involve the social partners and citizens in the local policy implementation This model have to be define through the networking, negotiation and exchange that involve all the local stakeholders not only in the design but also in all the stages of local policy implementations. DIALOG project through the analysis and exchange of the best good practices in the field of social dialog want guarantee a real participation of the local stakeholders and citizens in the definition and implementation of the innovation ERDF investments.     €1,312,872.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Research and innovation Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Operational Program of the European Regional Development Fund for the Autonomous Province of Trento approved by decision of the European Commission number 905 of 12 February 2015 (2014IT16RFOP018). The ERDF 2014-2020 Operational Program focuses on three intervention priorities - Axes, to which technical assistance is added. An integral part of the Program is the Provincial Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation, which identifies the priority research and innovation areas in which to intervene. The total resources allocated to the Autonomous Province of Trento for the implementation of the aforementioned OP amount to € 108,668,094. The challenges on which the investments related to the ERDF OP 2014-20 are concentrated are the following: Axis 1 (Thematic Objective 1) - Strengthening research, development, and innovation: support the growth of productive investments able to incorporate innovation and research, enabling continuity and spreading Research & Development and innovation by companies and research institutions, making full use of the development potential identified by the Smart Specialisation Strategy; Axis 2 (Thematic Objective 3) - Promoting the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises: strengthen and increase the presence of companies on the market, also by supporting the start-up and consolidation of new companies, especially those with a higher rate of innovation such as technological spin-offs; Axis 3 (Thematic Objective 4) - Supporting the transition to a low carbon economy, reducing energy consumption and environmental impact. Which partners are working on this? Autonomous Province of Trento Trentino Federation of Cooperation  Operational programme "Innovation and Competitiveness" 2014-2020 (OPIC) OPIC 2014-2020 directly engages in smart growth (under priority axes 1, 2) and sustainable growth (under priority axes 3 and 4), aiming at the complementary effect in terms of inclusive growth. The support under OPIC 2014-2020 aims at addressing the needs, overcoming the challenges and seizing the opportunities for development of Bulgarian economy. The Investment priority aims at directly contributing to the promotion of innovation activities of enterprises in the thematic areas identified in RIS3: a) fostering partnership between innovative enterprises and academia; b) introducing specific measures for support of innovation activities in enterprises; c) further development of existing or introducing new financial instruments for funding innovation activities; d) support for research and innovation infrastructure for business needs; e) internationalization of innovation process; f) popularisation of good practices of innovation activities. Which partners are working on this? Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vratsa Operational Programme Niedersachsen ERDF/ESF 2014-2020 (2014DE16M2OP001) The Operational Programme in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) 2014-2020 is connecting different funds and is overarching various funding regions. The merging of ERDF and ESF funds in one Multifund Programme marked a substantial change in Lower Saxony from the previous programming period. Through the combination of ERDF and ESF in one programme and through the joint strategic approach aiming at improving the developments in the different parts of Lower Saxony, synergies and efficiency should be reached. With a regionalized and integrated approach, the programme should help addressing the needs and potentials of the region to generate growth and employment. At the same time, the strategy of the Multifund Program supports the objectives of the Government in the field of innovation defined in the Lower Saxon Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3). Which partners are working on this? Lower Saxon Ministry for Federal and European Affairs and Regional Development OPERATIONEEL PROGRAMMA VOOR DE DOELSTELLING "INVESTEREN IN GROEI EN WERKGELEGENHEID" The Operational Programme for the implementation of the European Social Fund in Flanders in the 2014-2020 period supports initiatives that increase employment and improve social cohesion. In the years to come near 1 billion euro will be invested, of which 600 million euro financed by the Flemish budget and 387 million euro by the European budget. The programme not only aims to stimulate employment and social inclusion, but it also intends to promote innovation and transnational cooperation. It supports targeted actions for more entrepreneurship, an increased flow from social economy, as well as a better integration and inclusion of unskilled youngsters and Roma. The Flemish OP will assist 250,000 people in finding or keeping a job, in setting up a company, or in participating in vocational training. The priorities of the programme are: -Investing in sustainable and qualitative jobs on the Flemish labour market and investing in VET and lifelong learning. -Supporting social integration and equality and to combat poverty. -Strategic measures to support companies and for making working environment more attractive for their employees. -Promoting transnational exchange and cooperation, as well as innovation or the sponsoring of innovative labour market services. Which partners are working on this? ESF Flanders “Fondounimpresa” (“Creating a new company”)   Fondounimpresa is an action aiming at promoting entrepreneurial spirit and competences in IVET pathways, and simultaneously at fostering self-employment attitudes and opportunities of the population as a whole (including workers and unemployed adults), through training, coaching, access to seed capitals. Although the action had already been launched during the early years 2000s, the innovative character is strictly linked to the integration of Fondounimpresa in a framework policy aiming at creating a competitive environment for entrepreneurial activities and economic development. Ticino’s RIS is geared by the Triple Helix approach, and it is based on an integrated set of sectorial policies, including economic promotion instruments, territorial marketing actions aiming at attracting investments (thanks to good infrastructures, institutional stability and high quality services), measures for promoting industrial innovation and the availability of a first-class human capital (thanks to a very solid VET system and the presence of academic and research institutions). Ticino’s RIS, as well as Fondounimpresa, have been planned and are actually managed and monitored activating a participative approach (“Tavolo dell’economia”), involving the social partners, academic and R&D institutions, decision makers. Different Cantonal Departments are involved in the management of the RIS, and particularly the DFE and the DECS (VET and CVT policies).    Which partners are working on this? Ticino Canton Education, culture and sport Department VET Division The Operational Programme for the implementation of the European Social Fund (ESF) in Castilla la Mancha in the 2014-2020 The Operational Programme for the implementation of the European Social Fund (ESF) in Castilla la Mancha in the 2014-2020 period supports initiatives that promote the creation of employment and the improvement of the employability, especially, by encouraging entrepreneur initiatives and by promoting the active inclusion in the labour market of the most disadvantaged people. The strategic goals of the programme are: -Reduce unemployment rate among the population. - Stimulate and support entrepreneurship as a measure of job creation. - Increase and improve professional qualifications, and the growth of productive sectors to facilitate employment and lifelong learning. - Reduce social inequalities, promote equal opportunities and fight against discrimination. The ESF OP budget 2014-2020 of Castilla-La Mancha amounts to a total of 236.805.624 euros, of which 80% is co-financed through the European budget, 189.444.499 euros. In order to promote multilevel governance, the design of the ESF operational program has involved the active participation of regional and local authorities, other public authorities, economic and social partners and representative bodies of civil society. In this sense, any program aimed at implementing social innovation projects in order to stimulate entrepreneurship, economic development and employability in disadvantaged geographical areas of our region, shares the objectives of the ESF operational program. Which partners are working on this? Junta de Comunidades of Castilla-La Mancha Latest News See all project news 17/12/2021 Castilla La Mancha workshop Castilla La Mancha workshop on participatory methods Type: Project 15/12/2021 CCI Vratsa ONLINE WORKSHOP Participatory methods On 15th of December 2021 Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vratsa implemented Online workshop with the topic “Participatory processes and methods” Type: Project 14/12/2021 Workshop with trentino's stakeholders Workshop with Local Stakeholders on 14th December 2021 - Marangonerie Room - Buonconsiglio Castle Type: Project 07/12/2021 Hannover Workshops on DIALOG participatory methods Stakeholder Workshops on DIALOG model on participatory processes and methods Type: Project 29/11/2021 ESF Flanders workshop on participatory methods ESF Flanders organized an online interactive workshop with local shs to discuss on the participatory model and guidelines and other outputs. Type: Project 23/11/2021 Canton Ticino workshops on participatory methods Presentation and discussion on the model of the participatory methods with the Canton Ticino's stakeholders Type: Project 11/11/2021 Social D first dissemination seminar Interreg Dialog partners took part at the first dissemination web seminar on social d pilot action. Type: Project 21/10/2021 Bulgarian study visit in Trento - Social D 19- 21 October 2021 the Bulgarian study visit in Trento - Social D pilot action Type: Project 21/10/2021 Study visit in Trento-Pilot Action Social D 19-21 October 2021 TERRITORIAL WELFARE, GOOD PRACTICE TO BE TRANSFERRED TO BULGARIA - SOCIAL D ACTION PLAN Type: Project 14/10/2021 sc meeting on participatory methods Steering committee meeting to validate the model on participatory methods Type: Project
Project summary PERFECT integrates the many benefits of green infrastructure into the planning and investment for the future of urban and rural areas. It seeks to influence the policy-making process by raising awareness of the social, environmental and economic potential of green infrastructure. The project will:  Identify and analyse good practice in multi-use of green infrastructure;Fully engage Managing Authorities on the socio-economic benefits of green infrastructure to influence new projects and improve governance of policy instruments;Increase the professional capacity of key stakeholders in delivering new projects;Develop Action Plans focusing on policy change to influence strategic investment in green infrastructure based on its multiple benefits. “From climate change adaptation and mitigation; health and leisure benefits; energy; tourism and economic uplift, green infrastructure is key to the future success of European regions.”      €2,501,314.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2021 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Maximising the benefits of Green Infrastructure The overall objective of PERFECT is the identification, analysis, dissemination and transfer of good practices and policy experiences in the multiuse of Green Infrastructure (GI) into investment and planning strategies. PERFECT aims to demonstrate how the protection, development and exploitation of natural heritage can deliver sustainable, smart and inclusive growth through the exchange of good practice on new uses of GI to blend with, and enhance existing uses. How will this be achieved? PERFECT will deliver study visits, seminars, factsheets, stakeholder workshops, good practices, peer working and practical demonstrations of the value of green infrastructure, together with robust data and empirical evidence. The project will maximise the contribution of partners on specialist areas of expertise on GI including physical and mental health improvements, improved air quality, costs savings through climate mitigation and adaptation measures and the economic benefits of ecosystems services.  The main outputs of the project include:  7 Action Plans for new and improved GI through maximising its multiple benefits; Expert Papers and factsheets; Guidance on Green Infrastructure Partnership working;MAGIC (Multi Advantages of Green Infrastructure in Cities) matrix of good practices. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? European Regional Development Fund - England Operational Programme 2014 to 2020. Thematic Objective 6: Preserving and Protecting the Environment and Promoting Resource Efficiency. Investment Priority 6d- Protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystem services, including through Natura 2000, and green infrastructure. Bring together environmental protection and economic growth objectives, ensuring they complement each other as an integrated approach. Invest in Green and Blue infrastructure supporting provision of ecosystem services on which businesses and communities depend to increase local natural capital and support sustainable economic growth. Add to area’s natural capital/ecosystem services and benefits from them. Improve local environment to act as economic growth catalyst by attracting investment, increased visitor spend, reducing costs of adverse environmental conditions, providing health benefits and generating employment. Provide baseline data for GI including development of a national habitat connectivity indicator - connectivity & multifunctional green space   Why it should be improved: Understand multi-functional benefits and whole life saving opportunity from GI e.g. flood protection and improving health via recreation and nature conservation to promote equal footing for green and grey infrastructure investment; baseline state of natural capital needed to ensure consistent measurement of costs and benefits and opportunities for jobs and growth by preserving and exploiting natural heritage; understand linkages between state of natural heritage and investment decisions/potential for uplift; need catchment Action Plans for sustainable management and exploitation of the natural environment through ecosystem services; communities need to be engaged in audit and decision making   Which partners are working on this? Cornwall Council Territorial and Settlement Development Operational Programme (TSD OP) TSD OP Priority axis No 2: Entrepreneur friendly, population retaining settlement development Thematic Objective 6 (1301/2013/EU Regulation 5. article 6 (e))  Main features: Territorial and Settlement Development Operational Programme (TSD OP) is a centralised regional development OP incorporating territorial development objectives of all regions. The enhancement of environmental friendly urban areas can be an incentive for new business enterprises. The TSD OP recognises the value of maintaining, enhancing and planning the connectivity for green areas, recreation and adaptation to changes in the built and natural environment. Objective: Urban developments to enhance economic activity and retain population. The main characteristics: Liveable cities: climate friendly urban areas to be established via increasing the area of green spaces and quality enhancement of GI. Green spaces needs more strengthening on quality and quantity to provide recreation area for inhabitants and make cities more liveable. Why it should be improved: Densely developed urban areas are in lack of green spaces, so to increase the quality and quantity of green spaces will generate economic development. The improvement of the OP will enable the multi-functional role of natural heritage to be maximised for socio-economic benefit. Hungarian planning systems needs innovative models. Decision makers can accept new solutions if they see the advantages of the non-traditional urban methodology. The maintenance of green spaces is expensive so there is a need for cost efficient maintenance practices and awareness of the multifunctional benefits.  Which partners are working on this? Social Ascention of Somogy Development, Communication and Education Nonprofit Ltd. (SASD) (does not apply to the 5th call) The Ferrara Council Structural Plan (CSP) is the urban planning tool which defines the strategic choices of the City for the development of the territory in order to protect the physical and environmental integrity, and natural and cultural heritage of the entire territory (in line with the urbanistic plans of Emilia-Romagna Region). The CSP promotes local development through the protection and enhancement of the landscape and environmental, natural and cultural resources to improve the quality of life of citizens through the promotion of environmental quality and recognizes the strategic role of green insfrastructure. The CSP includes 'The Green City' that aims to build and manage green areas with involvement of the local community; manage public green areas; link green areas; promote and support operations in wooded areas and  policies for the agricultural peri-urban areas.  The CSP needs improvement because it has no GI strategy to deliver the ‘Green City’ to create jobs and growth by, for example, connecting the land with the Ferrara waterway or improved accessibility along the river to enhance the natural and cultural heritage with positive economic impacts. The CSP could also address using GI for climate mitigation and adaptation to protect citizens and the city from extreme weather impacts. In parallel we intend to influence the Emilia-Romagna policy in this field by addressing the OP ERDF at the ‘governance’ level. We need to learn about more uses for GI to maximise the impact of the CSP. The improvement of our policy instrument will prepare for the transfer of some PERFECT good practices within the Mainstreaming Programme (OP ERDF) of our region (i.e by addressing applications mainly during the current programming period 2013-2020 as well as in the future regional framework instruments).   Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Ferrara (does not apply to the 5th call) Spatial planning law of Styria 2010 In the Spatial planning law of Styria the rules for spatial planning for the 287 Styrian municipalities are set and the basic principles require spatial planning to ensure that the quality of natural living standards will be kept, and sustainable development and saving natural resources will be achieved. It requires that spatial planning should develop the settlement structures considering the climate protection aims and the ecological, economic and social capacity of the area. Neither the municipality nor the controlling authority is 100% concentrated on these issues right now. Therefore these determinations should be taken more seriously under the aspect of environment. In law the spatial planning instruments such as Local Development Concepts, the Land Use maps and the Zoning maps of the municipalities are declared with a minimum content. This needs to be increased regarding GI environment and natural heritage. For the Styrian Region the benefits from PERFECT are: social, ecological effects and health problems in terms of air quality in  small urban areas with particulate matter problems.Greening makes cities more liveable, greening can cool down the cities in the increasingly extreme heat of summer. Greening of urban areas increases the prices of the real estates and bring more people to the cities where they have their jobs. Greening and protecting of natural heritages bring more jobs (taking care of parks, climate- or environment expert)   Which partners are working on this? Provincial Government of Styria, Department for environment and spatial planning Operational Program Quality of the Environment for the 2014 - 2020 period” The OP is to support sustainable and efficient use of natural resources, ensure environmental protection, active adaptation to climate change and promote an energy efficient, low-carbon economy. The specific objective is to reduce risk of flooding and negative effects of climate change and seeks to mitigate further negative effects of climate change by appropriate water retention in the landscape the issues of drought.  Investment priority to support GI in the OP 'Quality of the environment' is specific objective 2.1.1: Reducing the risk of flooding and negative effects of climate change. The objective addresses preventive flood protection and water retention in residential areas with a high % of impermeable surface with adverse effects on natural water circulation causing excessive surface and ambient heat in hot summers causing significant deterioration of the local microclimate. The GI strategy/Action Plan could improve the pluvial flood protection by supporting sustainable urban drainage systems; improving the natural values and biodiversity of natural heritage by eco-corridors and multifunctional zones to maintain healthy ecosystems for city resilience. The water retention measures are supported in the OP through bio-retention systems (rain gardens, collection ponds, etc.), green roofs, soaking strips, infiltration trenches, as a part of GI in urban areas. Although GI is included in some sectoral policies, they lack clear definition or sound GI strategy/Action Plan to create an overarching framework for the Municipalities. Such a document will set out the overall approach for delivering an integrated network of high quality green spaces, habitats, and landscapes across the Municipality to enable GI to support the flood protection whilst improving recreation, biodiversity promotion and bring various others benefits, and demonstrate a good practice of multi-use of GI for PERFECT.  Which partners are working on this? Bratislava Karlova Ves Municipality (does not apply to the 5th call) The ERDF Operational Programme (OP) Kansen voor West (Opportunities for West) 2014-2020 supports physical, economic and social regeneration of deprived communities in urban areas. The PERFECT project will strengthen this policy by promoting the health of disadvantaged communities through investments in Green Infrastructure in their neighbourhoods. Investments in green infrastructure (GI) improve the implementation of the OP priority to establish attractive business climates in Amsterdam. City park areas attract businesses. PERFECT will strengthen OP ambitions by targeted activities in these areas. The project will deliver better designed GI and will thus promote Amsterdam as business location. PERFECT will also positively impact on the OP priority axis 4: promoting social inclusion and combating poverty, by providing support for physical, economic and social regeneration of deprived communities in urban areas. Amsterdam faces socio-economic divides between city districts. To uphold Amsterdam’s social conditions it is crucial to counter spatial segregation. To elaborate OP priorities PERFECT will focus on the health of disadvantaged communities in socio-economically deprived areas and how GI can address this. City parks and neighbourhood initiatives in the Ring Zone outside the more affluent central city are selected. They demonstrate health problems connected to high concentrations of communities with low incomes and poor education (Amsterdam Health Monitor 2012).The potential for health gains in these neighbourhoods is substantial and can be achieved by promoting physical activity, human contact and physical and mental recovery in area of GI. By monitoring health benefits of GI PERFECT will evidence public health improvement of deprived communities and further the OP goal to create a social inclusive labour market. Which partners are working on this? City of Amsterdam Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 (OP); Prior. Axe 6. Improvements of the environment and biodiversity status; Them. Obj. 6.4 Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency. Investment Priority: Taking action to improve the urban environment, to revitalise cities, regenerate and decontaminate brownfield sites, reduce air pollution and promote noise-reduction measures The policy instrument supports efficient land-use within cities and urban areas through physical, social and economic renewal of degraded, vacant and underused urban areas including natural heritage and improving the quality of areas of public use. The policy aims to create conditions for the development of economic and social activities and improve the attractiveness of the urban environment for work and living. It provides measures for physical renovation of urban areas including landscaping, design of new areas of public use and maintenance of existing areas including green space. These actions will be implemented by means of the Integrated Teritorial Investment (ITI) mechanism and based on the sustainable urban strategies. The policy provides a solid foundation for integrated urban renewal, including green space. But, it could go much further in promoting innovation at the level of utilisation, management and maintenance of urban GI, combining its various environmental, social and economic potential. Another area of potential improvement is broadening the focus of the instrument by adding smaller cities and towns to the currently listed beneficiaries of the 11 largest cities of Slovenia. The Ministry for Environment and Spatial Planning is currently undergoing a renewal of the Spatial Planning Strategy of Slovenia (SPRS) where the polycentric development of Slovenia would be emphasised as one of the aims. The Ministry aims at improving the role of the ITI in this manner. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region National Planning Policy Framework The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out policies in England for the future of the built and natural environment. The NPPF guides the development of local plans, masterplans and neighbourhood plans, and has a major impact on the outcomes of decisions affecting the built and natural environment in England.   The focus for the partner is on the green infrastructure (GI) policies of the NPPF. The NPPF is structured in chapters according to key strategic themes - including health, the economy, housing, transport and design. GI is currently referred to as a strategic policy, and under the health chapter, but not in other areas that determine the future outcomes from decisions.   In 2017/18, £6.2bn of investment was secured in contributions from developers across England through implementation of the NPPF. This is managed at a local level using the NPPF as guidance.   The policies in the existing NPPF do not recognise the potential of GI for jobs and growth which has been acknowledged by key stakeholders in recent years and other government strategies such as the 25 Year Environment Plan. The outcome is that decisions made about the future of local areas do not take account of the potential role of GI. Priority is given to other issues such as "grey infrastructure" (e.g. roads, car parks) and housing targets rather than recognising the longer-term benefits of GI which can support wider social and economic aims and create a sustainable future for local areas. Which partners are working on this? Town & Country Planning Association LATEST NEWS Find out about the latest news from the PERFECT project Click here Latest News See all project news 12/12/2021 Increased recognition of the impact of GI on health Workshop for partners and stakeholders on the ‘Increased recognition of the impact of GI on health and wellbeing as a result of Covid-19’. Type: Project 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 22/09/2021 Lessons from the PERFECT partnership video Watch this video that celebrates the end of the PERFECT partnership and shares the lessons learnt from the project. 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