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Project summary Medical technologies are a key sector for the future in Europe by bringing solutions to reduce healthcare costs in a context of ageing population. With the emergence of new and cross-sectoral technologies, it is one of the most innovative high-tech sectors which faces a strong world competition requiring each time more innovation.  In this context, public authorities at regional level need to contribute to strengthen the Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) ecosystem in favour of innovative medical technology industry in generating economic growth, creating jobs and providing solutions for patients and healthcare systems in the regions. Objective Our objective is to improve public policies in favour of RDI facilities to be more adapted to the specificities of the medtech sector. Main activities and outputs State of play of the medtech sector in each partner’s region; Joint cross analysis; Self assessment of regional policies, benchmarking of regional innovation ecosystems, mapping of excellence domains; Study visits and workshops; Local Action Plans. Expected results Thanks to the exchange of experience between regions and identification of best practices, the partners will be able to implement new solutions to improve their regional policies, in particular: Strengthen the innovation ecosystem for the medtech sector; Develop business models of RDI infrastructures giving better access to SME’s; Implement new RDI interregional projects with the identification of complementary excellence domains between regions. €1,634,534.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 30 Nov 2022 Topic Research and innovation Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Regional operational programme Rhône-Alpes ERDF - ESF 2014-2020 The 1st priority axis of the Rhône-Alpes ERDF OP focuses on innovation to tackle the main societal issues. Through the specific objective 1.1 (related to the IP 1.A), it supports the increase of research offer and development of innovation for companies in the fields of smart specialisation by settling or reinforcing technological and innovation infrastructures (technological facilities, test means…) and associated skills and services dedicated to achieve RDI projects of regional SMEs (technological readiness level 3 to 6). The OP supports the reinforcement of knowledge production in the 7 domains of smart specialisation of the regional S3 among which the personalised health. It enhances projects collaboration between public research institutions and industrial sectors. A call for proposal has been settled to that end by financing RD equipment acquisitions, technological skills (human resources, technical knowledge, patents…), external expertise, dissemination actions. Despite strong involvement of the regional authorities, SMEs of the medtech sector still keep away from RDI facilities. The sector is composed of numerous small firms operating in various domains. RDI facilities exist but they are highly specialised and do not cover all the topics. The addressed policy instrument has to be improved to create better conditions to adapt the RDI ecosystem and facilities to the specificities of medtech sector by encouraging cross-sectorial and multi-disciplinary approaches. Which partners are working on this? Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Region ERDF Operational Programme South Netherlands 2014-2020 Priorities of the ERDF OP South Netherlands are based on the RIS3 South: to further develop and become a top economic world class region. To reach that goal, one of the clusters of national importance to foster is the Life Sciences and Health Cluster. Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus (BMHC) is an ambitious development in a triple helix context for which investments in high end, top excellence R&D Infrastructures have been decided to contribute to have a whole value chain for medtech. BMHC aims to accelerate the excellence growth of its life science tenants as R&D institutes and industry. The focus lies on entrepreneurial environment within a research and clinical climate. The campus infrastructures encourage collaboration among the tenants. Shared buildings support open innovation, knowledge sharing and cross over activities. Goals within the RIS3 are declined into programme for Life Science and Health South Netherlands and a biomedical materials and regenerative medicine roadmap. It is the basis for the implementation of relevant project in the OP. The process will carry on with inputs from European best practices to reach excellence. Priorities concerned: P1B1, strengthening and broadening open innovation system in cross overs between national and international top clusters, aiming at a larger SME participation / P1B2, strengthening the valorisation potential of SMEs within national and international top clusters to contribute to the solution of societal challenges. Which partners are working on this? Province of Limburg Gazdaságfejlesztési és Innovációs Operatív Program Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme (EDIOP) Objective: EDIOP intends to support strengthening of research and innovation capacities to reach European level, and especially in those scientific domains, where international excellence based cooperation is intensive (as in medical technologies). Main prerequisite of the above actions is to be in direct linkage with national S3 strategy. Characteristics: as an ERDF co-financed programme, in framework of international excellence based initiatives and programmes the Hungarian presence is to be made more intensive.This cooperation serves system based research, intelligent manufacturing and sustainable society, especially in research field of healthy society and well being where medical technology actions belong to. The focus is also very much on European exchange and transfer of medical technology solutions. Eligible beneficiaries are research-innovation organisations and enterprises. Priority concerned: 2nd priority “Research, technology development and innovation”, 3rd specific objective “Strengthening research and innovation capacities for international excellence”. Eligible actions focus on knowledge triangle made up of education, research and innovation for joining relevant international excellence based cooperation within Horizon 2020 and European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) Programmes, in accordance with NS3 objectives. Reasons for improvement: low level of organizational excellence in Hungary by taking part in medtech sector focused ETC projects should be increased. Which partners are working on this? South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Nonprofit Ltd University of Pécs Regional Growth and Development Strategy for the Capital Region of Denmark The objective of the strategy is to create a green and innovative metropolis with high growth and quality of life, to be achieved through targeted investment within 4 sectors. The policy instrument has a budget used to fund initiatives to assure the Capital Region (CR) will reach those goals. One of the main goals is to strengthen the position of the region within health research and innovation. CR has a strong international position in the field of health, but there is still a need to develop even stronger public-private innovation, further knowledge and talent and more public-private partnerships. It is in extension to this process, that CR wish to join the project, in order to strengthen regional, national and global collaboration between top universities, leading research institutions, care organisations, and healthcare companies and ensure that development of the policy instrument supports even better infrastructure and ecosystems for these stakeholders. The IP is within the Growth Area: Health and welfare technology growth. Reasons why the policy instrument needs improvements are: 1. The policy instrument did not manage to scale-up or implement enough of R&D actions. RDI infrastructures and facilities are central in resolving some issues and barriers present in the implementation and scale-up process. 2. Increased collaboration and a better understanding of methods and processes, both within internal and external partnerships revolving around the RDI infrastructure. Which partners are working on this? The Capital Region of Denmark Regional Operational Programme for Śląskie Voivodeship 2014-2020 The ROP (in link with the Regional Innovation Strategy, Technology Development Programme 2010-2020) depicts Silesia’s specialisations. It indicates the involvement of both the region and the innovative communities in development of selected science branches, enabling global market advantage or technological advancement of fields and sectors of economy of Silesia. RIS3 (Priority 1. Increase internal integration of the region’s innovative potential / Strategic objective: Supporting change in innovative communities strongly cooperating with knowledge and information production centres on a global scale) is complementary to these arrangements. It uses attainments of the to-date programming and from the angle of Silesia innovative development strategic challenges and thematic issues, on which the region should strive to concentrate business actors, academic circles, NGOs and local authorities. 2 technological specialisation fields are identified: medical technologies / ICT. ROP Thematic priority: T 01 - research and innovation. Priority concerned: 1a - Improving RDI infrastructure The 3 identified improvements of the ROP are: - more support to applied research at university and non-university research centres - increase stimulation of knowledge and technology transfer between science and industry - more internal RDI in firms Which partners are working on this? Upper Silesian Accelerator for Commercial Enterprises Ltd (GAPR) Smart Specialisation in the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region – Research and Innovation Strategy for Regional Development 2014–2020 (referred as HUR RIS3) which is part of the Sustainable growth and jobs 20142020 – Finland's structural funds programme 2014FI16M2OP001, Subprogramme for Helsinki – Uusimaa. The priorities of the RIS3 in Helsinki-Uusimaa are determined by the spearhead industries, key enabling technologies and cross-cutting theme of well-being solutions enabled by digitalisation. The RIS3 priorities of HUR are Urban Cleantech, Human Health Tech, Welfare City, Digitalizing industry and Smart citizen. The HUR RIS3 aims at better focused financial and project complexes with better utilisation of policies and financial instruments. The goal is to create significant improvements in the region's business environment and prerequisites for innovation ecosystems. Improving international co-operation in a small country requires that activities are scaled up in order to create critical mass around the spearhead industries. The specific objective is to develop the medical technology sector of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region into a truly competitive international innovation cluster and a pioneer capable of creating the conditions for employment to increase in the region and the whole of Finland. This requires that the innovation activities implementing though HUR RIS3 must be systemical, the quality must be improved, the main processes need to be commercialised and the region's innovation activities must be scaled up. The innovation ecosystem in the field of medical technologies needs to be strengthen trough European level partnerships and projects, exchange of best practices and capacity building and by developing R&I excellence. Which partners are working on this? Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Lombardy Regional Operational Programme (ROP) ERDF 2014-2020 ERDF ROP provides nearly 1 billion € investment with the priority objectives of Region’s economic growth and social development and enhancement of its productive capabilities. It promotes smart, sustainable, inclusive growth model in line with the objectives of the EU 2020 strategy and with the regional government’s development policies promoting productivity and competitiveness of businesses and the economy of the Region. MEDTECH4EUROPE will act on ROP priority axis I «Strengthen technological research, development and innovation » PI:1B.2. Promote R&D investments among enterprises, establishing connection and synergies between firms, research centers and higher education institutes, supporting investments in products/services, technology transfer (...), support technological and applied research, pilot lines. RDI in the framework of RIS3 are the core element of the ROP. Targets of Priority axis I : Increase businesses innovative activity raising proportion of firms engaged in R&D in collaboration with outside bodies/ Strengthen regional and national systems for innovation by raising proportion of GDP on R&D overall/ Promote new markets for innovation optimizing public expenditure with more efficient services. But ROP does not take into account specific objectives related to accessibility and involvement of RDI facilities despite the 269 labs in Lombardy, which especially for MEDTECH area of innovation, are one of the main elements of the value chain of the MEDECH products. Which partners are working on this? Cluster Technologies for Living Environment -techforlife Policy instrument supporting research and development infrastructure in the medical technology sector Priorities of the policy instrument are based on the regional S3. The main objective is to maintain Baden-Württemberg's top position as one of the most innovative and economically strong regions in the EU. To reach that goal, expansion of research, technological development and innovation within the RIS3 priorities is a main objective. Health and care is one of the identified fields with high potential for innovation, growth, employment.The regional technology transfer (TT) system in BW is characterised by an effective cooperation between clusters, universities, regional development and innovation agencies, and chambers of commerce. This TT system is facing multiple challenges in connection to the strong global innovation competition, acceleration of innovation cycles and demographic issues. An economic dialog on TT in BW has been initiated to implement measures that will allow a quick transfer of scientific knowledge into economic value creation. The result has been a program divided in 4 fields of action. The adressed policy instrument refers to the 1st field "Improvement of research and transfer structures", more precisely "expansion of the close-to-economy R&D structure" and "provision of manufacturing services" such as transferfabs or living labs. By establishment and expansion of research infrastructures, is is intended to provide regional SMEs with additional research capacities. These should help to increase R&D staff in public research infrastructures. Which partners are working on this? Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH Tweets by Medtech4 Europe Latest News See all project news 18/01/2022 MEDTECH4EUROPE WON THE 2021 SMAU INNOVATION AWARD ! The Cluster TechForLife has been nominated and won the 2021 SMAU Innovation Award, presenting Medtech4Europe Project Type: Project 03/08/2021 Medtech4 Europe has a Good Practice Award winner! Medace is a centre of excellence as a unique (bio)medical learning&working facility, offering GMP-ready and ISO cleanrooms, labs and state-of-the-art equipment. Type: Project 19/07/2021 Good practice: Research Campus M²OLIE At the moment, the phase 2 of the project, which focuses on influencing policy, is ongoing. This is supported by a number of good practices collected earlier in Type: Project 22/04/2021 The Medtech4 Europe pilot action officially accepted The pilot action was officially approved by the Interreg Europe monitoring committee on 5 April 2021. Type: Project 18/03/2021 University-industry collaboration The Policy Learning Platform (PLP) organised its next research and innovation webinar on 11th March 2021 with the focus on university-industry collaboration. Type: Project 02/02/2021 What future for European Robotics? Robotics is important for EU economic growth and COVID-19 recovery. Type: Project 18/01/2021 Action Plan: Silesian Voivodeship The Action Plan for the Silesian Voivodeship Type: Project 03/12/2020 Action Plans in Medtech4 Europe project Medtech4 Europe project partners prepared local Action Plans until the end of the first phase. In the next two years, they will implement these operations. Type: Project 30/11/2020 Medtech4 Europe brochure Medtech4 Europe project brochure Type: Project 23/11/2020 We reached the end of Phase 1 The Medtech4 Europe Interreg Europe program will complete its first phase in November 2020 after two and a half years. Type: Project Latest Events See all project events Mar 04 2022 Medtech4 Europe Interreg project – WEBINAR How to shorten time-to-market for innovative medical devices: the HUB4AIM alliance Type: Project
Project summary Ports have been vital gateways for prosperity and engines for growth over centuries. While they constitute an important economic asset for their regions, they can also have significant negative environmental impacts. Inefficient road traffic in port areas causing CO2 emissions has been much overlooked in the past It involves a complex network of different stakeholders engaged in various kinds of daily port activities, in particular in the course of transporting goods, operational and clearance procedures – all powered by CO2 intensive fuels. Optimizing road traffic in port areas and developing strategies for smooth and efficient transport flows has been a crucial challenge for policy makers in order to reduce CO2 emissions. However, in most European regions, structural funds programs or other relevant policy instruments, have neglected to address this problem in the past. The SMOOTH PORTS project sets out to change that. €1,139,601.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jan 2023 Topic Low-carbon economy Transport Flow, Alternative Fuels, Transport Policy By engaging stakeholders from administration, port related business’ and logistic business’ along the supply chain, SMOOTH PORTS’ aims to reduce CO2 emissions from port-related road traffic by improving regional policy instruments in a holistic manner.To achieve these aims, SMOOTH PORTS wants to utilise the differences of the project partners’ ports through an exchange of effective tools and best practices. A key focus lies on finding optimal procedures for the clearance of the goods that are so vital for society and commerce – making their processing speedy and avoiding unnecessary burdens on environment and people. A further focus will be on the different approaches regarding Information and Communications Technology solutions for various traffic related port activities as well as on the question what alternative fuels can power port activities in the future.Based on this, a comparison of the strengths and weaknesses of the respective policy instruments will help to improve the local policy instruments of the partners. This close and joint effort between the different authorities, public institutions and ports will produce a beneficial synergy from which all stakeholders benefit. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Operational ERDF Programme 2014-2020 of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg Operational ERDF Programme 2014-2020 of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (hereafter: PI (policy instrument))Priority axis 2: Reduction of CO2Thematic objective 4: Supporting the shift towards low-carbon economy in all sectorsInvestment priority 4b: Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in enterprisesSpecific Objective: Promoting of measures to reduce CO2-emmission in enterprises, including measures to increase energy efficiency and use of renewable energiesThe PI provides a valuable opportunity to support measures aimed at reducing CO2 emissions in enterprises. Principally, this also includes measures in the port of Hamburg.  However, from the perspective of SMOOTH PORTS, the PI yet leaves room for improvement. Given that CO2 emissions are caused by  various and diverse reasons of road traffic in ports, inter alia: Unnecessary routes driven attributable to the lack of sufficient prior planning, of inefficient procedures, of insufficient prior exchange of accurate data needed in ports at an early stage, and of an improvable communication and coordination between different relevant entities in ports, including enterprises involved in port activities as well as public bodies;CO2 intensive fuels used by the vehicles,A more holistic approach is needed to reduce CO2 emissions caused by road traffic in port areas,  encompassing different kind of suitable measures for the sectors active in the Port of Hamburg. Which partners are working on this? Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Ministry of Economy and Innovation Interreg Italy-France Maritime The Interreg Italy-France Maritime (hereafter: IT-FR MARITTIMO) is the territorial cooperation programme in charge of integrating the Italian-French coastal regions, notably Corsica, the French departments of Var and Alpes-Maritimes as well as Liguria, Tuscan coastal areas and Sardinia. The program addresses the priorities of enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs, developing the regional and cross border transport network, dealing with the climate change and natural disasters, as well as improving skills and competences of workforce.The transport network of the area in particular relies much on the ports, since most of the trade and passengers’ flows are routed/shipped through the ports. Seaports therefore represent the main access gates to peripheral regions of Sardinia and Corsica along with minor islands and are pivotal for freight- and passenger mobility in this area. The program has targeted the efficiency and competitiveness of ports and logistics chains, with the specific objective “Development of multimodal transport systems for improving the connection of secondary and tertiary nodes within the cooperation area to the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T)”. Projects have insofar aimed at analysing and testing new technological (IT) solutions to improve the smoothness of port operations. However, the whole logistics and port operations deserve a more specific focus. Including the impact of procedures, from an administrative- and control perspective, and on the efficiency of ports. Hence, it is advisable that the experience made at EU-level for processing cargo and passengers is brought to IT-FR MARITTIMO programme and shared with the on-going projects. This experience could also be useful in the light of the next programming period 2021-2027, with the operational programme to be finalised and new calls for projects to be published. Which partners are working on this? Port Authority Network Northern Tyrrhenian Sea Regional ERDF/ESF Operational Programme 2014-2020 The current regional ERDF/ESF Operational Programme 2014-2020 (ROP), which aims at strengthening economic development and cohesion on the regional territory, puts a strong emphasis on the reduction of environmental impacts. Investment priority 4-e supports low carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas. It aims to deliver a holistic approach within a defined area to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across a range of thematic areas to create an integrated approach to reducing emissions. While in some instances the implementation of individual low carbon activities can bring significant greenhouse gas reductions, an integrated approach which combines several connected measures within an area is likely to generate greater impacts in the short and long term, and maximise the value of investments.   The design of the policy instrument focused on very specific projects which did not leave enough room for other players/infrastructures.   In line with the economic development objectives, the minimisation of the impact on the environment has to be addressed by all actors; therefore the target could perhaps be reconsidered. Which partners are working on this? Port of Nantes Saint-Nazaire Authority Urban area traffic plan “P.T.A.U” of the Municipality of Monfalcone The Port of the City of Monfalcone is located at the most northern point of the Mediterranean and one of the largest shipyards in Europe, Fincantieri shipyard, is located here. Monfalcone furthermore is one of the most important rail-, road and airport logistics hubs in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. Recently the port of Monfalcone has also become part of the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea, together with the Port of Trieste. The sister ports are projected to grow due to the wide availability of connectivity to the hinterland and the recently introduced new Master Plan for development.With the projected growth, there is an increase traffic and potential congestion. Therefore, the objective of the City of Monfalcone in SMOOTH PORTS is to identify long-term solutions to relieve the urban area of traffic congestion and reduce pollution factors linked to the traffic flows and generated through Port and activities and the logistics infrastructure in the port area.The Urban area traffic plan “P.T.A.U” (Masterplan of Urban Traffic of the City of Monfalcone) is a specific policy instrument related to the territorial context, in the responsibility of the Municipality of Monfalcone, which aims to improve accessibility of the territory. Therefore, the projected growth will have an impact on this Policy Instrument. The Municipality of Monfalcone set the first example in the Region for adopting the Urban Area Traffic Plan P.T.A.U. in 2011 as an over-municipal planning tool to regulate and improve the accessibility of the territory in a larger extra-municipal vision. P.T.A.U. contains innovative development planning in line with the new EU directives and 2020 Strategy. It is a fundamental instrument for the liveability, urban sustainability, environmental protection and health considerations in the urban area of Monfalcone. The actions are the municipalities answers to the new Directives of the EU on the Green Deal and the related reductions of CO2. The Master Plan has become even more relevant with the Port of Monfalcone, together with its sister Port – the Port of Trieste, joining the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea and considering the expected investments foreseen in the new Harbour Master Plan.Action: problem solving related to the traffics of main road arteries and transport infrastructures to create rehabilitation and new accessibility of the territory and to improve the air quality and the urban environment.The analysis of CO2 emissions in the Port of Monfalcone, as part of the joint study in SMOOTH PORTS, and on expected traffic development, will support the decision-making process for the Policy Instrument, since its aim is to resolve the traffic problem of main roads, whilst ensuring adequate accessibility of the territory.Intervention: The interventions are planned for the port area to encourage the use of transport modes powered by alternative fuels. Furthermore, the intervention foresees adjustments to the Policy Instrument to take intermodality into account (especially rail- and naval transport). Utilising intermodality is a more sustainable way to change traffic flows, especially for the truck traffic along urban axes. It is a very important aspect, which also leads to the consideration of adopting a new Port-Town Planning Plan as part of the Policy Instrument, which is necessary due to increasing traffic in the Port of Monfalcone. An example for a problem being solved concerns the transport of ferrous materials unloaded at the port and directed to the iron and steel industries. Through the introduction of intermodal solutions, Monfalcone was able to already reduce the number of trucks crossing the City of Monfalcone by more than 2,000 trucks. Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Monfalcone Bulgarian Operational Program “Transport and Transport Infrastructure” (OPTTI 2014-2020); Overall objective (OO) of OPTTI 2014-2020-Developing a sustainable transport system. TO 4 (Supporting the shifts towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors) and TO 7 (Promoting sustainable transport and removing sections with insufficient capacity) with their achievements will contribute to the desired sustainable mobility of people and goods. 3rd National Action Plan on Climate Change focuses on reduction of transport emissions and fuel consumption, diversification of transport, informing and training consumers. 7 specific objectives have been identified as part of OO, including Improved transport management through introduction of innovative systems. Improvement of PI is needed becauseit is identifying underdevelopment of infrastructure, IP 7c considers developing and improving environmentally friendly low-noise/low-carbon transport systems for inland waterways and maritime transport, ports, multimodal links to promote sustainable regional and local mobility, modernization and construction of port reception facilities for treatment of ship-generated waste and cargo residues. No measures address ports’ structural problems related to inadequate links to hinterland, lack of transparency using public funds, outdated management models and excessive bureaucracyno tackling the use of environmental technologies for differentiating port infrastructure chargesneither measures for monitoring progress regarding the modernization of port services, nor skills improvement envisaged Which partners are working on this? Regional Administration Varna Sign up for the SMOOTH PORTS newsletter Subscribe now SMOOTH PORTS on LinkedIn Let's connect, discuss, and exchange experiences on LinkedIn. SMOOTH PORTS on LinkedIn Tweets by SMOOTH PORTS Latest News See all project news 17/01/2022 virtual partner meeting Smooth Ports partners come together to discuss Action Plans and implementation and monitoring phase as phase one of the project comes to an end. Type: Project 30/09/2021 First Partner Meeting in 18 Months Project Partners came together for a physical partner meeting first time in 18 months Type: Project 22/09/2021 Grand Opening of Nantes Good Practice NGV Station Inauguration of the Good Practice example NGV Station in Montoir de Bretagne on September 22nd during the European Week of Sustainable Development. Type: Project 16/06/2021 virtual Port visits to Nantes and Varna Project partners and stakeholders came together on June 16th and June 17th for virtual visits of the ports of Nantes Saint-Nazaire and Varna Type: Project 02/06/2021 (Bio) Natural Gas Station to be opened (bio)NGV station to open soon at Montoir de Bretagne Type: Project 03/05/2021 Meditelegraph Article Article on AdSP and Livorno concentrating on infrastructure, environment and ICT Type: Project 30/04/2021 Alternative Fuels and ICT in Ports Examples of findings and applications of alternative fuels and Information Communication Technology to reduce CO2 emissions in port. Type: Project 23/04/2021 10th Virtual Partner Meeting Presentation on 'Onshore Power Supply as another solution to cut emissions in the Port of Hamburg' , followed by project related status updates and discussions. Type: Project 25/02/2021 Virtual Port Dakosy illustration Dakosy show cased the Port Community System and its extensions in regards to the Port of Hamburg. Showcasing possibilites to reduce trips in ports. Type: Project 09/02/2021 Port-Stakeholders favour alternative drives A survey among participants shows which measures to reduce CO2 in the Port of Hamburg are also promising from a busines point of view. Type: Project
Welcome to the PROGRESS library! Here you can find all audiovisual and written materials generated by our project on Good Practice for Ecosystem Services + Policy Making. Spend some time in the library. Our aim is to help you in developing your own projects based on our practice. Use us as an example and keep this recomendation in mind: Do not wait 10 years, use what you have today and start considering ecosystem services in your policy & plan decisions! And please, do contact us via social networks if you need any help with the library. Good Practices Handbooks 02/09/2020 Don't miss this compilation of good practices related to ecosystem services! Type: Project PROGRESS Videos 22/01/2021 Good practice, on-line events, all our videos in one place Type: Project Presentations and Technical... 02/02/2021 Other documents and materials related to PROGRESS Type: Project Other Interreg Projects on... 18/01/2021 Websites other Interreg projects on Ecosystem Services Type: Project PROGRESS Newsletters 22/01/2021 Here you can find all the Newsletters we have published so far. Type: Project PROGRESS Press Releases 22/01/2021 Media announcements and informations on PROGRESS project Type: Project Miscellaneous 22/01/2021 Ad-hoc folder of other materials Type: Project PROGRESS Project Media Photos 22/04/2021 Contact us at MediaHub 4 specific photos. Cover photo Rikka Ameboshi · Pexels Type: Project See all Library Items Good Practices Handbooks Copy Link 2nd Handbook of Good Practice: Ecosystems & Policy Support the horizontal integration of the ecosystem concerns into the sectoral policies and plans at regional and/or national level PDF (3.04MB) Download FIRST HANDBOOK OF GOOD PRACTICES Promote the measurement of the costs and benefits of ecosystem services derived from land use PDF (2.38MB) Download 3rd Handbook of Good Practices: Payment 4 ES Explore innovative financial and marketing mechanisms for payment for ecosystem services PDF (4.20MB) Download PROGRESS Videos Copy Link TempPENDING GP2 - AIPP: Pollinators as ES2nd Good Practice Video: All-Ireland Pollinator Plan as ES GP3 - Red Faith: Remote Forest Data Collection3rd Good Practice Video: Red Faith - Remote and AI Forest data GP4 - Forest Laboratory Tool4th Good Practice Video: Forest Laboratory Tool CREAF GP5 - Forests for Water PES5th Good Practice Video: Forests for Water PES GP-external Dublin Mountains Makeover (Ireland)Good practice video on Ecosystem+Policy - ITW2 1st IT Workshop - Measuring ES 10.6.20Good practice on measurement of ecosystem services. Thanks Riga Technical Uni & TV24 Studio. 1st IT Seminar - Measuring ES, 31.1.20Preparatory discsussion of best good practices in measuring ES 2nd Workshop Part 1/4 - PRESENTING2nd Training Workshop Interreg PROGRESS - Ecosystem + Policy, January 2021. 2nd Workshop Part 2/4 - ENGAGING2nd Training Workshop Interreg PROGRESS - Ecosystem + Policy, January 2021. 2nd Workshop Part 3/4 - INFORMING2nd Training Workshop Interreg PROGRESS - Ecosystem + Policy, January 2021. 2nd Workshop Part 4/4 - ACTING2nd Training Workshop Interreg PROGRESS - Ecosystem + Policy, January 2021. 3rd Workshop Part 1/4 - PRESENTATION3rd Training Workshop Interreg PROGRESS - PES May 2021. 3rd Workshop Part 2/4 - FORESTS3rd Training Workshop Interreg PROGRESS - PES May 2021 3rd Workshop Part 3/4 - FARMLAND3rd Training Workshop Interreg PROGRESS - PES May 2021 3rd Workshop Part 4/4 - NATIONAL ACCOUNTING3rd Training Workshop Interreg PROGRESS - PES May 2021 GP1 - SITxell: Territorial Analysis for ESA neat example of ES + Policy for your meetings and presentations Presentations and Technical Documents Copy Link 211012 PROGRESS at EURegionsWeek Presentation by Enrique Doblas, CREAF, on ecosystem services, health and wellbeing PDF (849.01KB) Download ITW2 Zane Libete Forest Ecosystem Services Mapping and Assessment Methodology (mapping): Zane Libiete (Latvian State Forest Research Institute “Silava”) PDF (1.47MB) Download ITW2 Karen Woods The Dublin Mountains Makeover: Stakeholder Engagement: Hannah Hamilton/Karen Woods (Coillte Nature) PDF (1.12MB) Download ITW3 Teresa Baiges Sincere - Forests for water in Catalonia - Teresa Baiges (Catalan Forest Ownership Centre) PDF (2.16MB) Download ITW3 Stefan Esser Payment for Ecosystem Services in high-ecological-value and mature forests managed to free natural evolution Stefan Esser (Sèlvans Association, Catalonia) PDF (3.43MB) Download ITW3 Gergo Kovesdi MyFarm Harta: Community supported agricultural business model in Hungary - Gergő Kövesdi (MyFarm Harta, Hungary) PDF (875.10KB) Download ITW3 Janis Zvirgzdins Calculation of the effectiveness of greenhouse gas and ammonia reduction measures in farms - Janis Zvirgzdins (Riga Technical University, Latvia) PDF (445.15KB) Download ITW3 Una Fitzpatrick Protecting Farmland Pollinators – Dr. Úna Fitzpatrick (National Biodiversity Data Centre NBDC, Ireland) PDF (2.26MB) Download ITW3 Iseult Sheehy Natural Capital Ireland Framework - Natural Capital Ireland (NCI) – Iseult Sheehy (Executive Coordinator, Natural Capital Ireland) PDF (1.55MB) Download ITW3 Massimo Rovai 2) LIFE+ MAKING GOOD NATURA Project. A best practice for the development of governance models of the Natura 2000 Network - Massimo Rovai (University of Pisa, It PDF (1.39MB) Download ITW3 Shane McGuinness 3) Assessing the financial needs of biodiversity in Ireland and filling the funding gap. - Dr. Shane McGuinness (Univ. 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Project summary COMMON CHALLENGE TACKLED BY CONDEREFF The challenge and opportunity faced by the CONDEREFF regions is to accelerate their policy work on improving resource efficiency at territorial level. Τhe EU Construction & Demolition Waste Management Protocol and the transition towards Circular Economy can guide the regulative roll-out of C&D waste management across EU regions; accordingly, the proliferation of infrastructures & methods for recycling and re-use of C&D waste materials can introduce a green growth opportunity. Regions can exploit this opportunity by improving their policy instruments to factor these developments in, and support projects and processes to this direction.   OBJECTIVE AND EXPECTED CHANGE The CONDEREFF project brings together 8 partners from 7 countries to exchange experiences and practices on how to move forward from existing procedures on C&D waste management towards the adoption and further exploitation of the best practices and measures applied in the field. The project will enable the participating regions to advance their goals for resource efficiency and green growth through the proper management of C&D waste, which can boost demand for C&D recycled materials and support both sustainability and recycling in the construction sector.   OUTPUTS & BENEFITS - 7 Action Plans aiming to improve the 7 policy instruments addressed. - 3 interregional workshops, 1 exchange of experience visit, and 1 policy & industry symposium - 42 regional stakeholders meetings - 7 regional building confidence meetings - 10 policy briefs to transfer lessons learnt beyond the partnership. - 1 “track & change C&D waste” toolkit - 1 compendium of best practices - 4 joint thematic studies & analyses €1,339,238.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 31 May 2023 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? DECREE 81/2013, June 21th, of the Department, of final approval of the Integral Plan of Waste by the Valencian Community (PIRCV). [2013/6658] OBJECTIVES & RELEVANT MEASURES The DECREE 81/2013 is a regional policy instrument aiming to improve the waste management plan of the Valencia region (PLAN INTEGRAL DE RESIDUOS DE LA C.V. - PIRCV). It includes 8 Annexes (Thematic Areas) which provide a regulative framework for the implementation of the PIRCV plan under Investment Priority 6a, namely “investing in the waste sector to meet the requirements of the Union's environmental acquis and to address needs, identified by the Member States, for investment that goes beyond those requirements».   In particular, CONDEREFF addresses 2 of the 8 Annexes of the DECREE 81/213: Chapter IV. Specific residues Article 25. Construction and demolition residues   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT The DECREE 81/2013 needs to be revised according to the EU C&D waste management protocol, to include provisions for the construction sector providing a regulative framework for a) the improvement of the system of indicators that support monitoring &measurement of the PIRCV with regards to C&D waste management operations, and b) the promotion of public awareness to also include companies & SMEs, accelerating the dynamic involvement of the construction industry in the C&D waste management plans in the region of Valencia.   Which partners are working on this? Polytechnic University of Valencia Regional Operational Programme of Thessaly 2014-2020 MAIN FEATURES Thessaly’s OP supports key EU and national development priorities, including "Protecting the environment – Shift to an environmental friendly economy" (ERDF 25.02% of EU allocation), to promoteactions for waste recycling. The OP covers 10 thematic objectives. The 6th focuses on preserving & protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency. The project relevant investment priority under this objective is:   6(a) investing in the waste sector to meet the requirements of the Union's environmental acquis and to address needs, identified by the Member States, for investment that goes beyond those requirements.   Within this context, the OP supports actions such as: - Promoting recycling by screening waste at source - Supporting waste treatment & recycling projects - Supporting projects that develop “green areas” in the region - Developing the citizens' awareness for recycling & resource efficiency   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT Projects and actions that support environment and resource efficiency in Thessaly are facing viability challenges, not only due to the outbreak of financial crisis, but also due to the low integration of R&D results especially with regards to construction and demolition waste management. The region of Thessaly needs to develop waste management support services and infrastructures so that they exploit new technologies and models to develop actions and products in this priority area.   Which partners are working on this? Region of Thessaly Regional ERDF programme Rhône Alpes 2014-2020 OBJECTIVES & RELEVANT MEASURES The Regional ERDF-ESF programme Rhône-Alpes 2014-2020 aims to boost green economic growth in the region and contribute to achieving the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. About 30% of the budget is allocated to resource efficiency and more than 10% of the ERDF budget is allocated to urban areas. It is structured around 6 Axes, which include 22 specific objectives corresponding to 10 Thematic Objectives of the Europe 2020. Thematic Objective 6, namely “Protection of the environment and sustainable use of resources”, is included among those selected by the region of Rhône-Alpes.   In particular, CONDEREFF will address: Axis 2 (corresponding to Thematic Objective 6) Specific Objective 15: “Increasing the development (meaning “phasing out”) of landfills in the Rhône-Alpes region”   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT - The ROP needs to be adapted to the EU construction and demolition waste management protocol, since moving municipal waste management up the “waste hierarchy” is essential in order to promote the rapid recycling of the region, while extracting more value from resources, and reducing the pressures on landfills and the environment.   Which partners are working on this? Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Energy Environment Agency Operational Programme Environment OBJECTIVES & RELEVANT MEASURES The main objective of the OPE 2014-2020 is to protect and ensure a quality living environment for the inhabitants of the Czech Republic, to promote the efficient use of resources, eliminate negative impacts of human activities on the environment, and mitigate climate change impacts. The OPE 2014-2020 is in line with the EU strategic documents, taking into account the concept of "green growth" to contribute to smart, sustainable growth. It includes 5 priorities, among which the 3rd, namely “Waste and material flows, environmental burdens, and risks”, targets resource efficiency and waste management issues.   In particular, CONDEREFF will address: Priority axis 3 (corresponding to Thematic Objective 6: Protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency) Specific objective: 3.2 To increase the share of material and energy recovery of waste   REASON FOR IMPROVEMENT - OPE 2014-2020 needs to be adapted to the EU construction and demolition waste management protocol in order to include relevant measures and descriptions of procedures, especially with regards to a)the selection, permits, and monitoring of C&D waste management sites and facilities, and b) the promotion and incentivisation of re-use of C&D waste.   Which partners are working on this? The Regional Development Agency of the Pardubice Region POR Lazio ERDF OBJECTIVES & RELEVANT MEASURES The ERDF Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 of the Lazio region aims to boost green economic growth in the region and contribute to achieving the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It is structured around 5 Axes that correspond to 10 Investment Priorities.   In particular, CONDEREFF will address: Axis 3: “Competitiveness”, in the context of which the ROP supports investments in "Industrial ecosystem" referring to waste management as a fundraising area of innovative economic operations and opportunities for all involved agents in the process. In particular: ACTION 3.3.1: supporting the competitive repositioning, the capacity to adapt to the market, attractiveness for potential investors, in Ecologically Applied Production Areas (APEA), which take into account inertia management as a factor of economic development.   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT - The ROP needs to be revised in order adapt to the provisions of the EU construction and demolition waste management protocol, since investing in C&D waste management is essential in order to rapidly extract more economic value from the recycling of waste and the recapitalisation of resources, increasing the competitiveness of the region. So far, there are not any specific provisions regarding C&D waste management in the region’s ROP. Therefore it needs improvement in order to accelerate the region’s green growth though targeted investments and improved governance.   Which partners are working on this? Lazio Region Investments in Growth and Employment Austria 2014-2020 - Operational Programme for the use of the ERDF funds OBJECTIVES & RELEVANT MEASURES The policy instrument aims to boost green economic growth in the Styria region and contribute to achieving the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The national programme has 6 priority axis. The 4th is dedicated to Sustainable urban development. It addresses Thematic Objective 6 “Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency”, and in particular Investment Priority –“6e implementing measures to improve the urban environment, revitalization of city centers, renovation and decontamination (including conversion areas)”.   In particular, CONDEREFF will address: Priority axis 4 Specific Objective 2.A.3 “Sustainable Urban Development under Art. 7 ERDF Regulation”   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT The policy instrument needs to be adapted to the EU construction and demolition waste management protocol, since promoting municipal waste management in the building sector can act as a great contributor in supporting sustainable urban development in the region through the implementation of relevant solutions in renovation, demolition and of course construction sites. So far there is no specific provision regarding waste management and the policy instrument needs to adapt relevant and specific measures especially with regards to the construction sector, and in particular for the selection, recycling and re-use of C&D waste materials.   Which partners are working on this? Office of the Regional Government of Styria – Directorate 14 Water management, Resources and Sustainability Guidelines for the production and use of quality controlled recycling construction material in Saxony-Anhalt (cancelled) OBJECTIVES & RELEVANT MEASURES The “Guidelines for the production and use of quality control and recycling construction material in Saxony-Anhalt” is a regional policy instrument aiming to improve the market acceptance of recycled building materials in the region. It is structured around 3 modules, which fall under Investment Priority 6g «Supporting industrial transition towards a resource-efficient economy, promoting green growth, eco-innovation and environmental performance management in the public and private sectors».   In particular, CONDEREFF will address: Module 1 Recommendation: Use of mineral waste and by-products as quality-controlled recycling construction materials in technical buildings in Saxony-Anhalt   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT - The Guidelines need to be adapted to the EU construction and demolition waste management protocol, in order to enrich resource efficiency provisions for the construction sector in the region, addressing in more specific terms public administrations, recycling construction building materials producers and builders. - The Guidelines need to be improved in order to include provisions and procedures that provide framework for the recycling of mineralicwaste which is used as substitute resource for future economic activities in Saxony-Anhalt.   Which partners are working on this? isw Institute for Structural Policy and Economic Development Sign up for the CONDEREFF 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')); CONDEREFF Tweets by CONDEREFF Latest News See all project news 18/11/2021 Focus on the project Infoday in Spain CONDEREFF project Infoday at the International Conference on Sustainable Construction and Demolition at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Type: Project 15/11/2021 Workshop and Exchange of experience visit ENEA and Lazio Region are organizing the international workshop "Selection, permits and monitoring of C&D waste management sites and facilities" Type: Project 23/08/2021 International Congress on SCD The I International Congress on Sustainable Construction and Demolition (SCD 2021) on 17 and 18 November 2021, in Valencia, Spain Type: Project 26/05/2021 EXCO’21- XXXV SALÓN TECNOLÓGICO DE LA CONSTRUCCIÓN On 26th - 28th May 2021 - UPV participated in EXCO’21- XXXV SALÓN TECNOLÓGICO DE LA CONSTRUCCIÓN (Construction Conference Programme) Type: Project 26/05/2021 Construction Technology Fair EXCO 2021 UPV participated in the 35th edition of the Construction Technology Fair EXCO 2021 which was held in Valencia on 26, 27 and 28 May in a semi-virtual modality. Type: Project 20/11/2020 CONDEREFF at the Recy & DepoTech 2020 Dr. Ingrid Winter, head of the Department Waste & Resource Management at Directorate 14, Government of Styria, held a presentation at the Recy & DepoTech 2020. Type: Project 18/11/2020 Discussion on the End of Waste and by-products Discussion on the End of Waste and by-products: barriers and solutions for a sustainable and effective circular economy Type: Project 03/11/2020 Policy awareness event organized online by AURA-EE On October 5th, AURA-EE organized an online event on the reuse of building materials and the solutions to prescribe it in public procurement contracts. Type: Project 03/11/2020 Information to regional shared energy advisors AURA-EE presented the CONDEREFF project and its goals at the regional day of shared energy advisors organized online on September 24th with 30 participants. Type: Project 01/10/2020 Three-dimensionally printed house Czech Republic What's new in Czech construction? PRVOK - The first three-dimensionally printed house in the Czech Republic. Type: Project
Project summary SMART-HY-AWARE aims to promote hydrogen-electric mobility by tackling main infrastructural, technological (range anxiety related) and market uptake barriers related to hydrogen for electro-mobility through the improvement of PI linked to Structural Funds in Europe, addressing the transition to a low carbon economy, as clearly requested by objective 3.1 of the INTERREG EUROPE Programme. Specific sub-objectives of the project, to reach the main goal, are: • Exploiting the potential of hydrogen technologies for electro-mobility involving the whole supply chain; • Improving regional and local strategies which focus on real needs for implementation such as giving impulses for new models of fuel cells integration; • Increasing efficiency of green propulsion in transport; • Improving renewable energy grids to cut down electrolysis costs and IT management applications to enable advanced planning of short-tomid-term power productions and foster use of hydrogen power within distributed networks (Gopalakrishnan Kumar, Serhan Dermici, Chiu-Yue Lin, 2013); • Increasing the deployment and the accessibility to refuelling infrastructure for both public and private sector in urban and rural areas; • Supporting the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles in public transport by setting up regional financial support schemes; • Promoting and assessing new measures favouring public-private partnership (PPP) in e-mobility sector, by designing suitable PPP business schemes to trigger hydrogen mobility; • Enhancing the capability of public Authorities in developing effective policies for reducing the carbon footprint of transport activities. €1,359,626.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Low-carbon economy Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Aragon ERDF ESF regional operational programme 2014-2020. Thematic objective: 04 - Supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors. IP 4 (c) The central concept of aforementioned policy includes measures focused on the promotion of the deployment, production, storage and use of renewable energy. In this respect, the regional operational program explicitly covers the impetus to hydrogen in the region highlighting initiatives with a clearly oriented industrial development, supported by the regional government, as a factor for business cooperation in the scope of the use of renewable energy and hydrogen technologies in building, fuel decarbonisation, sustainable mobility, deployment of infrastructures for alternative fuels, management and integration of renewable resources, research and innovation, training, dissemination and awareness actions. Support for the development of hydrogen technologies has been prominent in the successive regional strategic plans in force since 2007, in particular the Hydrogen Master Plans in Aragon 2011-2015 and 2016-2020. The implementation of these work lines is regarded as a way to achieve sustainable territorial development. To ensure that the policy instrument support this implementation in the most efficient way, interregional cooperation is the most important way to facilitate the penetration of hydrogen into the fuel supply networks as well as to be aligned with the European initiatives on hydrogen and electromobility. Which partners are working on this? Government of Aragón - Development Agency of Aragón ERDF Regional Operational Programme Lazio 2014-2020 Objective 4: Sustainable Energy and Mobility - Priority: Increasing sustainable mobility in urban areas. Action 4.6.2 "Interventions for urban sustainable mobility, also encouraging the use of low-impact transport systems" which foresees the purchase of buses with high environmental efficiency, either electric or powered by natural gas, to be used only in the urban and metropolitan area of Rome and within the framework of integrated urban sustainable mobility actions. The policy instrument is not sufficiently detailed as regards alternative fuels for mobility, therefore the project could help completing it by integrating measures able to stimulate the hydrogen electric mobility in the region. Which partners are working on this? Lazio Region (Chances for West II (Kansen voor West II'') - policy instrument - Low Carbon Economy "CO2 emissions must be reduced. For an area that is as populous and economically active as the Western part of The Netherlands (the so called 'Randstad'), this task is all the more urgent. Projects, focusing on reducing CO2, using alternative energy, and saving energy deliver a great deal of effort to get their funding around. Changes for West II opportunities are focused on funding projects that are in line with the National Energy Agreement or the European Rural Development Program (POP) and will reduce the share of fossil fuels in total energy consumption in the area of opportunities for West II Reduce energy consumption in urban areas. A fifth of the available budget (€ 36 million) is for this purpose. Especially the deployment of Zero Emission Vehicles in urban areas apply to these goals." Which partners are working on this? Province of South Holland Regional Operational Programme ERDF 2014-2020, Sterea Ellada OP- T04 Low carbon economy "The Municipality of Delphi, with its regional status, will address the thematic priority ERDF T04-Low carbon economy, by assessing and evaluating the use of hydrogen in the region that will be produced and used through a circular sustainable economy. T04 states that Greece has energy capacity potential for energy production from renewable energies including biomass. Energy production from renewable energies is stated as a priority objective. Furthermore, high energy usage of the transport sector is also addressed as well as the need for a shift towards more holistic sustainable mobility plans using environmentally friendly means of transport. The policy instrument addressed seems to lack connection between energy production and sustainable mobility. Both objectives are mentioned independently while there is no holistic point of view to address a circular economy starting from energy production from renewable resources to energy used in transport. The Municipality of Delphi through SMART-HY-AWARE, will investigate best practices regarding hydrogen mobility and how these can be applied into the region. The aim is to investigate ways of producing the required energy for the hydrogen production from renewable energy sources of the region, such as local agricultural waste (biomass) or solar energy. Furthermore, an action plan will assess the suitability of the fuel cell vehicles for operational usage for the Municipality as well as tourist application for Natura areas." Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Delphi CANCELLED ERDF/Cohesion Fund2014-2020 Operational Programme I (OPI)-Fostering a competitive and sustainable economy to meet our challenges SMART-HY-AWARE falls under Malta's Operational Programme, Priority Axis 7 “Shifting towards a more low carbon transport sector” of the Cohesion Fund 2014-2020 Operational Programme I of Malta (OPI), and in particular on Investment Priority 7c "Developing and improving environmentally friendly (including low noise) and low carbon transport systems, including inland waterways and maritime transport, ports, multimodal links and airport infrastructure, in order to promote sustainable regional and local mobility". It is to be noted that Transport Malta on behalf of the Government of Malta had published the Malta National Transport Strategy 2050 and the National Transport Plan as required so that Malta can justify the use of ERDF and Cohesion Funds. Transport Malta also is participating in another project under INTERREG, entitled PROMETEUS to upate its Malta National Electromobility Action Plan. The policy instrument addressed It is important to further focus OPI (7c) on innovative technologies and promotion of sustainable means of transport in order to reduce greenhouse gas emission, pollution and noise. Which partners are working on this? Transport Malta Aberdeen City Region Hydrogen Strategy and Action Plan 2015 - 2025 The Strategy aims to maintain and build on Aberdeen's position as a leading European Region in the early deployment of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as to becoming a leading hub for hydrogen technologies in Scotland. The Strategy examines how to secure investment for further vehicle deployments followed by new infrastructure investment from 2018 onwards when capacity will be maximised. The Strategy looks at Vehicle Deployment; Production of Renewable Hydrogen; Non-Transport Applications; Supply Chain and Market Development; Communication and Education; Policy and Regulation. The Strategy has been well received and has achieved many of its short-term goals but there are reasons for its review. Firstly, the Strategy was written in 2014 and with technological advances a review would improve the Strategy. In addition, the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) has set up a Regional Initiative to develop business cases for fuel cell products. Which partners are working on this? Aberdeen City Council Territorial and Settlement Development Operative Programme (TSDOP) 2014HU16M2OP001 TSDOP (equivalent to INTERREG EUROPE Priority Axis 3, to the Specific Objective 3.1) is an ERDF supported program aiming to improve the implementation of regional development policies and programmes, in particular programmes for Investment for Growth and Jobs. It aims to support regional, decentralized economic development and an increase in employment based on local resources. It allocates more than EUR 1 billion to integrated sustainable urban development actions in the framework of a dedicated priority. The Programme is focusing on: (1) Creating local conditions to boost economic growth and increase employment (2) Enterprise friendly and population preserving urban development by the means of increasing resource-efficiency, green growth and eco-innovation and environmental performance management among the population, local stakeholders and economic entities, promoting circular economy. Which partners are working on this? Pannon Business Network Association Tweets by SMART HY AWARE Latest News See all project news 07/04/2021 North East Scotland Fleet Review (Hydrogen Demand) Fleet Review exploring hydrogen demand in Aberdeen and North East Scotland. Type: Project
Lead Partner: Kent County Council
Green Growth and Pilgrimage  -  The continued fragility of Europe’s economy means that growth and development policies often take precedence over environmental policies, threatening our cultural and natural heritage assets. The Green Pilgrimage (GP) project will show how growth and development policies can economically exploit AND protect natural and cultural heritage. Key to this is our focus on the power of pilgrimage- recognized today as one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry (UNWTO, 2015) with more than 300 million pilgrims every year. ‘Now is the time to harness the power and potential of religious tourism to make a positive difference in the world.’ United Nations World Tourism Organisation The Power of Pilgrimage  -  Ancient pilgrim routes such as The Way of St James to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, report an annual 10% increase in numbers, particularly among non-religious. Harnessing this increased popularity to protect natural and cultural heritage is a common challenge faced by those responsible for Europe’s major pilgrimage routes. GP will show policy makers how to protect natural and cultural heritage whilst developing jobs and growth along pilgrim routes through developing low impact tourism, digitalization, pilgrim accommodation and strengthening local traditions. This reconnects pilgrims with their environment, landscape and culture. Policy Impact  -  Policy influence will increase pilgrimage across Europe through creating a greater awareness of its benefits. GP will hold exchanges and workshops on sustainable pilgrimage promotion, pilgramage tourism impact, environmental protection and European best practice. The Main Beneficiaries  -  The project will principally benefit: GovernmentLocal communities and businesses on Europe’s main pilgrim routesManagement groups safeguarding our natural and cultural assets. The project’s advisory partner, The European Green Pilgrimage Network, will ensure that the indirect beneficiaries of the project are: the major pilgrimage routes and destinations of Europe and working with the support of the European Institute of Cultural Routes, the project’s findings will also benefit the diverse 33 certified Cultural Routes of Europe.
Ireland (Éire) Scroll down for information about the bodies responsible for Structural Funds programmes and about the first level control or ask directly Interreg Europe representative in Ireland (Éire). Please note that we follow the current NUTS 2013 classification, valid from 1 January 2015. It lists 98 regions at NUTS 1, 276 regions at NUTS 2 and 1342 regions at NUTS 3 level.The territorial reform which took place after this date will be reflected once Eurostat updates the official NUTS classification. North & West David Minton + 353 949862970  Send me an email Organisation Northern & Western Regional Assembly The square BallaghaderreenCo. Roscommon Galway 091 Ireland (Éire) View website × Contact David Sorry, there was an error submitting your enquiry. Please try again. Please check the recaptcha field below. Thank you, your message has been sent. Complete the form below to send David a message... 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Expenditure of Irish project partners will thus have to be checked and confirmed by the Regional Assembly from the region in which they are located: Control Body 1 Northern and Western Regional Assembly Finance Unit The Square, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon Contact person: Carmel Carrick First level controller Phone: 00 353 87 6258271 E-mail: [email protected] Control Body 2 Southern Regional Assembly ETC first level control Unit Assembly House, O’Connell Street, Waterford, Ireland Contact person: Michael Buckley Auditor Phone: 00 353 51 860700 Fax: 00 353 18 79887 E-mail: [email protected] The costs The costs resulting from the control can be reported as eligible costs in compliance with the relevant EU-regulations and programme rules. The costs of carrying out the first level control will be charged to the project partners:For the Northern and Western Regional Assembly, the costs for desk checks is estimated to range from EUR 500 to EUR 750 per reporting period; and from EUR 750 to EUR 1,200 for one on-the-spot checks (depending on the size of the report). For on-the-spot checks, the actual travel and subsistence costs will be invoiced in addition to the costs of the checks (see rate mentioned above).For the Southern Regional Assembly, the costs for desk checks is estimated to range from EUR 250 to EUR 1,500 per reporting period (depending on the size and quality of the report and supporting documentation). For on-the-spot checks, the actual travel and subsistence costs will be invoiced in addition to the costs of the checks (see rate mentioned above)On-the-spot checks The first level control body will organise on-the-spot-checks for each project partner at least once during the project lifetime. 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Project summary Peri-urban landscapes are located at peripheral locations of cities, often beyond their administrative boundaries. Build-up areas, such as new housing estates, leisure and industrial areas, communal infrastructure as well as valuable peri-urban open spaces, such as green spaces, brownfields or agricultural fields, can also be found here. Due to increasing urbanisation and investments beyond the city boundaries, these peri-urban open spaces are decreasing. With the decrease, the natural heritage of these open spaces and thus biodiversity, climate and air quality regulation as well as recreation services are lost. The aim of RENATUR project is to draw attention to the importance of peri-urban open spaces and their natural heritage in order to preserve it. For this purpose, model regions were selected, which have a great interest in the promotion and protection of the natural heritage of the peri-urban open spaces in planning practice. €1,516,546.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Environment and resource efficiency What will this project change?   Through the exchange of experiences between the model regions, policy instruments, which promote green infrastructure and strengthen biological diversity, are improved. Furthermore, political actors and local citizens are involved in the process at an early stage in order to raise awareness about the significance of peri-urban open spaces for people and nature. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ERDF OP Saxony-Anhalt 2014 – 2020, Priority 4 Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency, Investment priority 6e, Specific objective 11: Reducing the soil sealing of cities through stimulation of inner urban development and redevelopment of brownfields At first glance, the threat of urban sprawl in Saxony-Anhalt seems to be negligible. Nevertheless, land-use conflicts are also noticeably increasing. Functions like housing, commercial use, agriculture, energy production, exploitation of raw materials as well as the required infrastructure compete for land. To view the problem of soil sealing in its entirety, a more holistic approach is necessary. Certainly, inner urban development and revitalization of brownfields are important instruments. Moreover, to make urban sprawl and land-use more sustainable, an early setting of political and planning co-operation beyond administrative borders are needed. Overall aim of specific objective 11, ERDF OP Saxony-Anhalt 2014 – 2020, is the reduction of soil sealing with the focus of cities. With the compensation of urban deficits new land occupation should be avoid. Thus, the focus is on promotion of inner urban development and revitalization of brownfields. Which partners are working on this? Ministry of Infrastructure and Digital Affairs Section 5 on the Act of Land Development (28 March 2014 – published in Belgian Official Gazette 22 August 2014) concerning reparcelling by virtue of law with zoning exchange The actual rules in the Act of Land Development foresees different public consultations, procedure rules (different steps, plans of real estate exchange, spatial implementation plans, advisory bodies) defined in section 5 of the Act, that aren’t flexible, but are time consuming. To improve this, a new smother approach is needed in implementation of the policy instrument. In a shorter time period Flemish Land Agency (VLM) needs to develop effective solutions, to reorganize PUAs and keep them open, to exchange zoning, to adapt to climate change, to develop green-blue corridors, to develop sustainable business areas on the scarce space etc. This could be implemented through the exchange of land property and land use and reparcelling plots in PUAs combined with an exchange of designated uses determined in zoning plans (= Flemish destination plans). This can be realized by refurbishing the current legislation (make procedures shorter, easier, more flexible), to apply the system of accountable tradeable development rights and integrate it into section 5 of the addressed policy instrument. With these rights VLM will have the possibility to negotiate with all involved land users and real estate owners to reach a short time span solutions concerning to the reparceling with zoning exchange. The project should lead to the right policy recommendations for a more efficient implementation in exchange of real estate and for renewed, more sustainable land use zoning. Which partners are working on this? Flemish Land Agency Operational programme for Implementation of Cohesion policy 2014-2020 The National Operational Program for 2014-2020 integrates the strategic goals of Slovenia at both, sectoral and territorial levels. The project will address the priority 9 and its point 9.7. Community led development Implementing those priorities aims at better economic and social inclusion of society, with the measure related to the protection and improvement of environment (including natural heritage and landscape). Due to the significant importancy of protection of biodiversity, NATURA 2000 and natural areas, the protection of PUOS natural heritage and its biodiversity is an important development challenge. Additionally, biodiversity in urban settlements and PULs should become an important asset, valued by local stakeholders. Especially we see that protection of the biodiversity in PUOS can contribute to the preservation of the Natura 2000 areas and other protected natural areas, which are already overcrowded with visitors. Which partners are working on this? BSC, Business support centre, Ltd., Kranj Regional Development Programme of Hajdú-Bihar County 2014-2020 The Regional Development Programme of Hajdú-Bihar County for 2014-2020 integrates the strategic goals of the county at both, sectoral and territorial levels. The objectives of the programme include 8 priorities. Within this project we plan to address priority 1: Sustainable environment focusing on Measure 1.2: Conservation of natural and landscape values of the county. Due to the significant loss of biodiversity and the decrease of natural areas the importance of peri-urban landscapes clearly strengthens. There is a strong need to create an adequate ecological perspective concerning both, policymakers and the wider community. The addressed policy instrument encourages the development of Nature 2000 and other natural areas applying an integrated landscape management approach with specific focuses on biodiversity and the sustainability of ecosystems. It is also an essential objective to ensure an attracting and safe livelihood for citizens considering climate adaptation. Beside the main aim of the policy instrument, an improved structural background is required with an appropriate approach, enhanced capacity and the potential to integrate better governance of ecosystem services to conserve biodiversity. Furthermore, new methodologies to efficiently implement the preservation and maintenance tasks are also needed. Which partners are working on this? Hajdú-Bihar County Government Basque Country ERDF Regional OP 2014–2020 (BC-ERDF) Priority 6 Preserving & protecting the environment, and promoting resource efficiency, investment priority 6d Promotion and Protection of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Specific Objective 4.1: promote management, protection and maintenance of soil, natural sites in particular protected areas Among the six investment priorities of Basque Country ERDF is Priority 06: Preserving & protecting the environment, and promoting resource efficiency, with a Specific Objective 6.4.1: "promote management, protection and maintenance of soil, natural sites in particular protected areas including measures to reduce erosion, salinity… in the investment priority." This needs to be improved as for the biodiversity  not to decline the whole territory has to be managed as a whole, not in particular the soil of protected areas, as the policy instrument is defined now. Thus, special focus has to be on peri-urban open spaces (PUOS) of bigger cities. In this way, there is a need for a new and innovative way of holistic governance which is based on the ecosystem services approach and biodiversity through a good design of green infrastructure that will guarantee the ecological connectivity in the territory. This holistic governance is not included in the policy instrument. At regional level the partner will work with the local agents to implement actions in the peri-urban open spacesin order to halt the loss of biodiversity and improve the capacity of provision of ecosystem service approach in the territory, as stated in the PI6d. Working at a local level (Metropolitan Bilbao, that involves 50% of the population of the Basque Country, 2000 inhab/km2) with all the stakeholders, the partner will define policies in order to develop an holistic governance based on the ecosystem services approach and biodiversity that will guarantee the ecological connectivity in the region. Which partners are working on this? University of the Basque Country Regional Operational Programme Of The Mazowieckie Voivodeship 2014-2020 (RPO Mazovia) RPO Mazovia 2014-2020 is a programme implemented at the regional level as a strategic and executive tool of the European Cohesion Policy (2014-2020). As a vital part of the program, Mazovia developed integrated approach (ITI) to undertake economic, social and spatial interventions in voivodship cities and their active functional areas. The main goal is to improve the connection between the capital of Warsaw and its surrounding - 39 municipalities. The ITI includes projects in the field of transport, improving the environment, nature, energy efficiency support and economic promotion of the area. The management of the Mazowieckie voivodship allocated EUR 165 million for the implementation. It is undeniable that the capital city of Warsaw is a major driving force for a region. Though, its strong ability to raise capital and resources decrease the chances of sustainable development for smaller municipalities in the region. Thus why RENATUR project should contribute to create mechanisms and develop patterns of management of peri-urban open spaces, leading to a change in a strategic focus of the policy instrument. Which partners are working on this? Mazovia Development Agency Plc (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')); RENATUR Tweets by RENATUR Latest News See all project news 19/10/2021 Update: [email protected] Type: Project 06/05/2021 Understanding and mapping ecosystem services Mapping ecosystem services and understanding their roles and benefits for local citizens Type: Project 20/01/2021 Revitalisation of inner-city brownfields How can the revitalisation of inner-city brownfields help to protect peri-urban open spaces and their natural heritage? Find out more... Type: Project 26/11/2020 Policy instruments to protect peri-urban open spaces Results of discussions on governance of green infrastructure in peri-urban open spaces in Gorenjska Region are now available Type: Project 08/05/2020 Online approach for interregional workshop RENATUR is treading new, digital paths... Type: Project 24/01/2020 1st regional stakeholder meeting in Basque Country We are working with regional stakeholders to protect peri-urban open spaces. The 1st meeting was organized in Bilbao, by the University of Basque Country. Type: Project 21/01/2020 RENATUR - New Brochure available Check out our new brochure on RENATUR objectives, policy instruments, project partners, and ways to engage! Type: Project 31/12/2019 Wie die Uni Halle Städte grüner machen will RENATUR in der Deutschen Presse: Der MDR berichtet über unser Projekt Type: Project
Project summary The objective of the Urban Manufacturing Project is to ensure that collaborative makerspaces thrive.  We achieve this through identifying best practice, testing policy approaches and supporting our cities/regions in creating receptive conditions. Our hope is that we will demonstrate the impact that cooperative facilities can have on innovation and establish a European network of advocates.  WHAT ARE COLLABORATIVE MAKERSPACES?  Collaborative makerspaces take many forms, but common to all is the idea of producing physical objects through cooperation. This sharing can occur during ideas generation or fabrication and is most profound when different sectors come together.  The benefits of working in this way are numerous and include: new and improved products; an enhanced sense of community; increased mutual knowledge; quicker and more comprehensive solutions; and the tapping of latent potential. This leads to more effective and far-reaching innovation. Examples of collaborative makerspaces include Fab Labs, Open Innovation Centres, Living Labs and Cross-Sector Incubators.  Collaborative makerspaces are typically located within urban environments, so understanding the ecosystem – for example the interdependencies between education, policy makers and manufacturers – is of fundamental importance. Through nourishing these connected elements, cooperative facilities can flourish.  Through our partnership, we are analysing the effect of policies across seven related themes: STEAM Communities Ecosystems Funding to support makerspaces Results of investment in makerspaces Routes to market Enterprise We develop our understanding through a process of knowledge sharing.      €2,038,749.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2021 Topic Research and innovation PROJECT OUTPUTS The project will produce: A good practice brochure with 24 case studies of makerspaces from across the partnership. A city or regional action plan for each partner to track and support the implementation of policy changes. We will do this through: Policy clinics, where exchange of experience in policy development will take place between cities across shared themes. Peer review sessions, to analyse the relevance and transferability of policies. Study visits, to show to the partnership and our stakeholders the range of makerspace models that already exist. The beneficiaries will include: Policy makers, innovators, entrepreneurs, cluster managers and the maker community.   Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Programa Operacional Regional de Lisboa 2014-2020 (ERDF Operational Programme) priority investment No.1b The objective of the Operational Programme (OP)of the Lisbon region 2014-2020 is to strengthen research, technological development and innovation in the region.Priority Investment No. 1b - Promotion of Business Investment in Research & Development, has a clear strand related to collaborative making, focusing on the development of connections between companies, research and development centres leading to applied pilot lines, early validation of products, first production and advanced production capabilities. Open innovation is seen as key, as is stimulating demand in networks and clusters. Of particular importance is the promotion of investment in new products and services developed in this way. Other areas of focus for the Priority include technology transfer, intelligent specialisation, support for technological research, enabling the dissemination of essential technologies, all alongside social and eco-innovation, particularly in situations which benefit the public.  This policy should be improved because Lisbon is looking to better connect its maker community to its research, technology and innovation base. Through this process it is posited that new strands of specialised, cooperative products will be created, stimulating the high-value economy. The knowledge generated will be shared with the corporate sector, improving networks within the regional innovation system. This will lead to increased business investment in Research & Development, developing value chains and opening up international markets. Which partners are working on this? Lisbon City Council ERDF England Operational Programme 2014-20, specifically the Greater Birmingham and Solihull (GBSLEP) ESIF investment strategy. (In Birmingham, the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has adopted its own European Structural Investment Fund Strategy that contributes to the English Operational Programme.) Two Priority Axes of Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Economic Partnership's (GBSLEP) ESIF programme directly relate to collaborate maker spaces:   Priority Axis 1: Strengthening Research, Technological Development and Innovation. Specifically: * Building collaborative research between enterprises, research institutions and public institutions * Physical infrastructure for innovation including incubation space for enterprises linked to research institutions * Supporting businesses to commercialise research and development  Priority Axis 2: Stimulating Business and Enterprise. Specifically: * Acces to physical space to encourage and support growth of enterprise, particularly through ... co-working spaces and approaches to enable grassroots design and manufacturing such as Fab Labs.  This policy instrument should be improved because GBSLEP is facing serious challenges in relation to innovation infrastructure, including: * The low level of investment in innovation, despite a strong research base * The low representation of high-value sectors in the innovation economy  The project will define how collaborative maker spaces can strengthen GBSLEP's approach to addressing these challenges, particularly through influencing key actions already defined in GBSLEP's Strategy for Growth: * Putting in place the key enablers/infrastructure * Stimulating demand for new products and services * Promoting best practice in the management and governance of innovation * Developing effective business networks Which partners are working on this? Birmingham City Council ERDF OPERATIONAL PROGRAMME RESEARCH AND INNOVATION, FOR PROGRAMMING PERIOD 2014 – 2020.  The overarching aim of the Operational Programme (OP) for Research and Innovation is to stimulate structural change in the Slovak economy, based on excellence in research and innovation, to support sustainable growth, employment and quality of life. Specifically, the OP contains a number of strategic objectives which are closely related to the topic of collaborative maker spaces:  1. Through the cooperation of local supply chains, deepen the integration of key major industries, so increasing local value 2. Increase the contribution of research to economic growth 3. Create a dynamic, open and inclusive innovation society  The particular Priority Axis which Bratislava has chosen to address is: Priority Axis 2: Supporting Research, Development and Innovation in the Bratislava region. with Specific Objective 2.2.2. Enhancing Research, Development and Innovation capacities in industry and services in the Bratislava Region.        The policy instrument needs to be improved because Bratislava wishes to better support collaborative innovation districts, as a means of meeting the challenges posed by globalisation and the transition towards a knowledge economy. For example, through the development of inter-disciplinary information and communication technologies, which contribute to new forms of knowledge. The city wishes to identify and mobilise the specific resources and competences of the territory which will catalyse collaborative innovation and so enhance cluster activity. Which partners are working on this? Municipality of the City of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava Lithuania Operational Programme for EU Structural Funds Investments for 2014-2020 Vilnius will specifically address the Investment Priority "Strengthening Research, Development and Innovation".  The main feature of this priority is that it is designed to develop and support 6 particular measures of Research, Development and Innovation (R,D&I) (Smart Specialisation): 1) Energy and sustainable development 2) Inclusive and Creative Society 3) Agro Innovations and Food Technologies 4) Health Technologies and Bio-Technology 5) Transport 6) Logistics and Information and Communication Technologies  The policy instrument needs to be improved because levels of investment into these areas is lower than EU average - the aim is for ESIF to invest 1.9% of GDP. The two specific methods defined to reach this goal have strong links to collaborative maker spaces: a) Improve research and innovation infrastructure, and the capacity to use Research & Development technologies, as well as encouraging the activities of professional Centres of Excellence. b) Encourage business investment in Research & Development, social innovations, cooperation between business, universities and research centres, and the production of innovative products and services. Establish and support networks and partnerships at national and international level.  The approach to addressing the policy instrument will be to identify opportunities for the Cultural and Creative Industries to collaborate with more 'typical' R,D & I organisations, generating innovations, opening funding opportunities and allowing cultural operators better access to innovation infrastructure. Which partners are working on this? Vilnius City Administration Programme for fostering the development of craftsmanship and small and medium sized entrepreneurship in the City of Zagreb The main objective of the policy instrument selected by Zagreb is to encourage the devlopment of craftsmanship and small and medium sized enterprises within the city. Clearly, this aligns with the aims of Urban Manufacturing, in being focused on making in a city context. Currently this programme runs from 2013 - 2017, but through the project the city will seek to improve future iterations.The policy instrument emerged from Zagreb's commitment to provide a nurturing business environment, particularly in preparing cratfspeople and entrepreneurs for the conditions of global markets. The City undertook research with trade organisations and other stakeholders, which further specified their needs. It also took into account exisiting strategic documents governing small businesses and the Development Strategy of the City of Zagreb (ZAGREBPLAN), the latter of which identified the main directions for activity in the field of craftmanship and provided a framework for incentive mechanisms.  Improvements are required because better alignment is needed between the policy instrument and the ESIF Operational Programme. The latter, for the period 2014-20 will feature an ITI (Integrated Territorial Investment instrument for Urban Development) and defining synergies will allow for more efficient treatment of collaborative innovation infrastructure.  Which partners are working on this? City of Zagreb Technical Museum Nikola Tesla Basque Country Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020. The Basque Country Operational Programme (OP) 2014-2020 sets our the strategy and objectives for involvement in ERDF operations. It is organised according to identified regional needs designed to achieve smart growth. Specifically, San Sebastian will focus on Priority 1 of the OP, which is concerned with Strengthening and Promoting the Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) system in line with the Basque RIS3.  Within this Priority, Axis 1 addresses the need to strengthen and boost the RDI system in line with the Basque RIS3, concentrating on supporting investment by companies in Research and Innovation, and prioritising interventions which create a productive Innovation ecosystem. Of particular importance are those types of support which encourage business to collaborate with the actors if the Basque Science and Technology Network.  Further specific policy areas are:  IP1.2 Promotion of Investment by Businesses in Research & Innovation - development of linkages and synergies between businesses, research centres and higher education, in particular technology transfer, innovation platforms, innovation infrastructures, creation of innovative SMEs, networking, clusters and open innovation through RIS3. and SO1.2.1. Boosting and promoting R&I-led businesses, supporting the creation and consolidation of innovative firms.  This policy instrument needs to be improved as regional innovation actors currently lack a well-developed set of tools to enable collaboration.   Which partners are working on this? Fomento San Sebastian, Economic Development Agency REGIONAL OPERATIONAL PROGRAMME - ERDF - 2014-2020 ROP (approved on 12.2.2015) (does not apply to the 5th call) Lazio Region proposes to focus on Priority Axis 1 "Research and Innovation" (OT1), Priority Number 6 "Instruments for Innovation and Creative Start-Ups". This action 1.4.1 addresses new innovative and creative enterprises in the region, providing loans for start-up and growth. It also encompasses actors and organisations capable of offering financial support to facilitate the development of start-ups, such as incubators, consultancies and training providers. Additionally, it covers the application of knowledge and research, with spin-off activities in line with smart specialisation.  This action contains specific objectives for the Lazio Region, including: * Promoting and sustaining at least 500 innovation and creative start-ups * Creating interventions in at least 25 start-ups to help them pass to the second phase of growth * Enhancing the generation and support of innovation and creative start-ups by strengthening private business incubators/accelerators  The policy instrument needs to be improved as Lazio Region is looking to develop links between its innovative and creative enterprises and the wider European maker movement. Through understanding where synergies lie with project partners, they hope to develop a clear dimension of European added value, encouraging trade agreements with collaborative maker spaces across partner cities/regions, leveraging in opportunities to internationalise and innovate, with a particular interest in the impact on traditional sectors. Which partners are working on this? Lazio Region Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020  The Operational Programme (OP) for the Implementation of the EU cohesion Policy 2014-2020 is a centralised OP for the territorial development of Slovenia, covering 11 Thematic Objectives. Within Urban Manufacturing, the aim is to adopt Goal 1: Fostering Research, Technology Development and Innovation   The specific Priority will be 2.1: “International competitiveness of Research, Innovation and Technology Development in cooperation with smart specialisation and bigger competitiveness for green economy, with a focus on sub priority 2.1.3: "Improvement of the Infrastructure for Research and Innovation and competences for the development of excellence in Research and Innovation, aligned with promotion of competence centres, especially in the European interest".  The Policy Instrument needs to be improved because, whilst investment in Research & Development (R&D) has so far created a good environment for innovation, there is a need to put more emphasis on the usage of R&D infrastructure to better support collaborative innovation processes, particularly in relation to the economy and public sector. This will allow the exploration of market potentials. Existing R&D infrastructure and partnerships (including maker communities) will be used to foster the transfer of knowledge, improving and developing new approaches to cooperation between the research base and economy, in line with smart specialisation. Within this, creative & cultural industries, different areas of science and the economy play a vital role. Which partners are working on this? BSC, Business support centre Ltd., Kranj Latest News See all project news 06/12/2020 Donostia Innovation Week 2020 Innvation week continues depsite challenges created by Covid-19. Type: Project 20/11/2019 Five lessons from Bratislava for your makerspace Find out what the team have learnt from #UMconf19. Type: Project 12/08/2019 How Zagreb is helping makerspaces thrive Zagreb has been making waves when it comes to impact on makerspaces. Lidija Pavic-Rogosic tells us how. Type: Project 11/06/2019 Urban M peer review, a design-led process (part one) Birmingham City Council's, Heather Law, reveals how Birmingham’s Collaborative Maker Space (CMS) infrastructure can become more innovation active. Type: Project 11/06/2019 Urban M peer review, a design-led process (part two) Birmingham City Council's, Heather Law, reveals how Birmingham’s Collaborative Maker Space (CMS) infrastructure can become more innovation active. Type: Project 03/06/2019 How Birmingham is brimming with maker space know-how Laura Veart explains how the Birmingham maker space scene is a European exemplar. Type: Project 02/04/2019 Three key trends in the maker movement. Dr Steve Harding reports back from the Urban M team’s visit to Zagreb and comments on maker movement trends. Type: Project 12/02/2019 What STEAM learning really means for innovation Director of the Institute for Creative Innovation, Dr. Steve Harding, explains what makes STEAM learning unique and why it’s all about the people. Type: Project 19/10/2018 Reflections from policy clinic in Vilnius Birmingham City University's Laura Veart shares the activity from September's policy clinic in Vilnius. Type: Project 11/10/2018 Birmingham City Council's view on Urban M Part 1 Heather Law from Birmingham City Council shares how UrbanM will be benefitting the Birmingham region and how it will have influence in all it's partner cities. Type: Project