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15/05/2019
The aim is to deepen how the Molise region has managed Dolphin´s Coast brand which will serve as inspiration to the creation of Castille Waterway´s brand.
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Project summary PERFECT integrates the many benefits of green infrastructure into the planning and investment for the future of urban and rural areas. It seeks to influence the policy-making process by raising awareness of the social, environmental and economic potential of green infrastructure. The project will:  Identify and analyse good practice in multi-use of green infrastructure;Fully engage Managing Authorities on the socio-economic benefits of green infrastructure to influence new projects and improve governance of policy instruments;Increase the professional capacity of key stakeholders in delivering new projects;Develop Action Plans focusing on policy change to influence strategic investment in green infrastructure based on its multiple benefits. “From climate change adaptation and mitigation; health and leisure benefits; energy; tourism and economic uplift, green infrastructure is key to the future success of European regions.”      €2,246,496.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2021 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Maximising the benefits of Green Infrastructure The overall objective of PERFECT is the identification, analysis, dissemination and transfer of good practices and policy experiences in the multiuse of Green Infrastructure (GI) into investment and planning strategies. PERFECT aims to demonstrate how the protection, development and exploitation of natural heritage can deliver sustainable, smart and inclusive growth through the exchange of good practice on new uses of GI to blend with, and enhance existing uses. How will this be achieved? PERFECT will deliver study visits, seminars, factsheets, stakeholder workshops, good practices, peer working and practical demonstrations of the value of green infrastructure, together with robust data and empirical evidence. The project will maximise the contribution of partners on specialist areas of expertise on GI including physical and mental health improvements, improved air quality, costs savings through climate mitigation and adaptation measures and the economic benefits of ecosystems services.  The main outputs of the project include:  7 Action Plans for new and improved GI through maximising its multiple benefits; Expert Papers and factsheets; Guidance on Green Infrastructure Partnership working;MAGIC (Multi Advantages of Green Infrastructure in Cities) matrix of good practices. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? European Regional Development Fund - England Operational Programme 2014 to 2020. Thematic Objective 6: Preserving and Protecting the Environment and Promoting Resource Efficiency. Investment Priority 6d- Protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystem services, including through Natura 2000, and green infrastructure. Bring together environmental protection and economic growth objectives, ensuring they complement each other as an integrated approach. Invest in Green and Blue infrastructure supporting provision of ecosystem services on which businesses and communities depend to increase local natural capital and support sustainable economic growth. Add to area’s natural capital/ecosystem services and benefits from them. Improve local environment to act as economic growth catalyst by attracting investment, increased visitor spend, reducing costs of adverse environmental conditions, providing health benefits and generating employment. Provide baseline data for GI including development of a national habitat connectivity indicator - connectivity & multifunctional green space   Why it should be improved: Understand multi-functional benefits and whole life saving opportunity from GI e.g. flood protection and improving health via recreation and nature conservation to promote equal footing for green and grey infrastructure investment; baseline state of natural capital needed to ensure consistent measurement of costs and benefits and opportunities for jobs and growth by preserving and exploiting natural heritage; understand linkages between state of natural heritage and investment decisions/potential for uplift; need catchment Action Plans for sustainable management and exploitation of the natural environment through ecosystem services; communities need to be engaged in audit and decision making   Which partners are working on this? Cornwall Council Territorial and Settlement Development Operational Programme (TSD OP) TSD OP Priority axis No 2: Entrepreneur friendly, population retaining settlement development Thematic Objective 6 (1301/2013/EU Regulation 5. article 6 (e))  Main features: Territorial and Settlement Development Operational Programme (TSD OP) is a centralised regional development OP incorporating territorial development objectives of all regions. The enhancement of environmental friendly urban areas can be an incentive for new business enterprises. The TSD OP recognises the value of maintaining, enhancing and planning the connectivity for green areas, recreation and adaptation to changes in the built and natural environment. Objective: Urban developments to enhance economic activity and retain population. The main characteristics: Liveable cities: climate friendly urban areas to be established via increasing the area of green spaces and quality enhancement of GI. Green spaces needs more strengthening on quality and quantity to provide recreation area for inhabitants and make cities more liveable. Why it should be improved: Densely developed urban areas are in lack of green spaces, so to increase the quality and quantity of green spaces will generate economic development. The improvement of the OP will enable the multi-functional role of natural heritage to be maximised for socio-economic benefit. Hungarian planning systems needs innovative models. Decision makers can accept new solutions if they see the advantages of the non-traditional urban methodology. The maintenance of green spaces is expensive so there is a need for cost efficient maintenance practices and awareness of the multifunctional benefits.  Which partners are working on this? Social Ascention of Somogy Development, Communication and Education Nonprofit Ltd. (SASD) The Ferrara Council Structural Plan (CSP) is the urban planning tool which defines the strategic choices of the City for the development of the territory in order to protect the physical and environmental integrity, and natural and cultural heritage of the entire territory (in line with the urbanistic plans of Emilia-Romagna Region). The CSP promotes local development through the protection and enhancement of the landscape and environmental, natural and cultural resources to improve the quality of life of citizens through the promotion of environmental quality and recognizes the strategic role of green insfrastructure. The CSP includes 'The Green City' that aims to build and manage green areas with involvement of the local community; manage public green areas; link green areas; promote and support operations in wooded areas and  policies for the agricultural peri-urban areas.  The CSP needs improvement because it has no GI strategy to deliver the ‘Green City’ to create jobs and growth by, for example, connecting the land with the Ferrara waterway or improved accessibility along the river to enhance the natural and cultural heritage with positive economic impacts. The CSP could also address using GI for climate mitigation and adaptation to protect citizens and the city from extreme weather impacts. In parallel we intend to influence the Emilia-Romagna policy in this field by addressing the OP ERDF at the ‘governance’ level. We need to learn about more uses for GI to maximise the impact of the CSP. The improvement of our policy instrument will prepare for the transfer of some PERFECT good practices within the Mainstreaming Programme (OP ERDF) of our region (i.e by addressing applications mainly during the current programming period 2013-2020 as well as in the future regional framework instruments).   Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Ferrara Spatial planning law of Styria 2010 In the Spatial planning law of Styria the rules for spatial planning for the 287 Styrian municipalities are set and the basic principles require spatial planning to ensure that the quality of natural living standards will be kept, and sustainable development and saving natural resources will be achieved. It requires that spatial planning should develop the settlement structures considering the climate protection aims and the ecological, economic and social capacity of the area. Neither the municipality nor the controlling authority is 100% concentrated on these issues right now. Therefore these determinations should be taken more seriously under the aspect of environment. In law the spatial planning instruments such as Local Development Concepts, the Land Use maps and the Zoning maps of the municipalities are declared with a minimum content. This needs to be increased regarding GI environment and natural heritage. For the Styrian Region the benefits from PERFECT are: social, ecological effects and health problems in terms of air quality in  small urban areas with particulate matter problems.Greening makes cities more liveable, greening can cool down the cities in the increasingly extreme heat of summer. Greening of urban areas increases the prices of the real estates and bring more people to the cities where they have their jobs. Greening and protecting of natural heritages bring more jobs (taking care of parks, climate- or environment expert)   Which partners are working on this? Provincial Government of Styria, Department for environment and spatial planning Operational Program Quality of the Environment for the 2014 - 2020 period” The OP is to support sustainable and efficient use of natural resources, ensure environmental protection, active adaptation to climate change and promote an energy efficient, low-carbon economy. The specific objective is to reduce risk of flooding and negative effects of climate change and seeks to mitigate further negative effects of climate change by appropriate water retention in the landscape the issues of drought.  Investment priority to support GI in the OP 'Quality of the environment' is specific objective 2.1.1: Reducing the risk of flooding and negative effects of climate change. The objective addresses preventive flood protection and water retention in residential areas with a high % of impermeable surface with adverse effects on natural water circulation causing excessive surface and ambient heat in hot summers causing significant deterioration of the local microclimate. The GI strategy/Action Plan could improve the pluvial flood protection by supporting sustainable urban drainage systems; improving the natural values and biodiversity of natural heritage by eco-corridors and multifunctional zones to maintain healthy ecosystems for city resilience. The water retention measures are supported in the OP through bio-retention systems (rain gardens, collection ponds, etc.), green roofs, soaking strips, infiltration trenches, as a part of GI in urban areas. Although GI is included in some sectoral policies, they lack clear definition or sound GI strategy/Action Plan to create an overarching framework for the Municipalities. Such a document will set out the overall approach for delivering an integrated network of high quality green spaces, habitats, and landscapes across the Municipality to enable GI to support the flood protection whilst improving recreation, biodiversity promotion and bring various others benefits, and demonstrate a good practice of multi-use of GI for PERFECT.  Which partners are working on this? Bratislava Karlova Ves Municipality The ERDF Operational Programme (OP) Kansen voor West (Opportunities for West) 2014-2020 supports physical, economic and social regeneration of deprived communities in urban areas. The PERFECT project will strengthen this policy by promoting the health of disadvantaged communities through investments in Green Infrastructure in their neighbourhoods. Investments in green infrastructure (GI) improve the implementation of the OP priority to establish attractive business climates in Amsterdam. City park areas attract businesses. PERFECT will strengthen OP ambitions by targeted activities in these areas. The project will deliver better designed GI and will thus promote Amsterdam as business location. PERFECT will also positively impact on the OP priority axis 4: promoting social inclusion and combating poverty, by providing support for physical, economic and social regeneration of deprived communities in urban areas. Amsterdam faces socio-economic divides between city districts. To uphold Amsterdam’s social conditions it is crucial to counter spatial segregation. To elaborate OP priorities PERFECT will focus on the health of disadvantaged communities in socio-economically deprived areas and how GI can address this. City parks and neighbourhood initiatives in the Ring Zone outside the more affluent central city are selected. They demonstrate health problems connected to high concentrations of communities with low incomes and poor education (Amsterdam Health Monitor 2012).The potential for health gains in these neighbourhoods is substantial and can be achieved by promoting physical activity, human contact and physical and mental recovery in area of GI. By monitoring health benefits of GI PERFECT will evidence public health improvement of deprived communities and further the OP goal to create a social inclusive labour market. Which partners are working on this? City of Amsterdam Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 (OP); Prior. Axe 6. Improvements of the environment and biodiversity status; Them. Obj. 6.4 Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency. Investment Priority: Taking action to improve the urban environment, to revitalise cities, regenerate and decontaminate brownfield sites, reduce air pollution and promote noise-reduction measures The policy instrument supports efficient land-use within cities and urban areas through physical, social and economic renewal of degraded, vacant and underused urban areas including natural heritage and improving the quality of areas of public use. The policy aims to create conditions for the development of economic and social activities and improve the attractiveness of the urban environment for work and living. It provides measures for physical renovation of urban areas including landscaping, design of new areas of public use and maintenance of existing areas including green space. These actions will be implemented by means of the Integrated Teritorial Investment (ITI) mechanism and based on the sustainable urban strategies. The policy provides a solid foundation for integrated urban renewal, including green space. But, it could go much further in promoting innovation at the level of utilisation, management and maintenance of urban GI, combining its various environmental, social and economic potential. Another area of potential improvement is broadening the focus of the instrument by adding smaller cities and towns to the currently listed beneficiaries of the 11 largest cities of Slovenia. The Ministry for Environment and Spatial Planning is currently undergoing a renewal of the Spatial Planning Strategy of Slovenia (SPRS) where the polycentric development of Slovenia would be emphasised as one of the aims. The Ministry aims at improving the role of the ITI in this manner. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region National Planning Policy Framework The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out policies in England for the future of the built and natural environment. The NPPF guides the development of local plans, masterplans and neighbourhood plans, and has a major impact on the outcomes of decisions affecting the built and natural environment in England.   The focus for the partner is on the green infrastructure (GI) policies of the NPPF. The NPPF is structured in chapters according to key strategic themes - including health, the economy, housing, transport and design. GI is currently referred to as a strategic policy, and under the health chapter, but not in other areas that determine the future outcomes from decisions.   In 2017/18, £6.2bn of investment was secured in contributions from developers across England through implementation of the NPPF. This is managed at a local level using the NPPF as guidance.   The policies in the existing NPPF do not recognise the potential of GI for jobs and growth which has been acknowledged by key stakeholders in recent years and other government strategies such as the 25 Year Environment Plan. The outcome is that decisions made about the future of local areas do not take account of the potential role of GI. Priority is given to other issues such as "grey infrastructure" (e.g. roads, car parks) and housing targets rather than recognising the longer-term benefits of GI which can support wider social and economic aims and create a sustainable future for local areas. Which partners are working on this? Town & Country Planning Association LATEST NEWS Find out about the latest news from the PERFECT project Click here Latest News See all project news 31/07/2020 PERFECT progress on action plans The PERFECT project is now seven months into phase 2 of the project and despite the COVID-19 pandemic partners keep on progressing. Type: Project 24/06/2020 What does good GI policy look like? An Expert Paper on what good green infrastructure (GI) looks like has been published! Type: Project 24/06/2020 Investment finance for green infrastructure The paper examines the potential for diversification and blending of investment finance for green infrastructure. Type: Project 15/04/2020 Action Plans published! The PERFECT partners have published their action plans to be implemented in Phase 2 of the project, 2020-21 Type: Project 25/03/2020 Green infrastructure and biodiversity The PERFECT partnership has published a new expert paper on 'green infrastructure and biodiversity'. Type: Project 25/02/2020 Place-making and green infrastructure The PERFECT partnership have published a new expert paper on place-making and green infrastructure Type: Project 20/02/2020 What are the benefits of green roofs? The PERFECT partnership has published a new factsheet on green roofs. Type: Project 19/12/2019 Factsheet 4: Green Infrastructure and Food Fourth factsheet from the PERFECT partnership, A resource for decision-makers to highlight how GI contributes to food growing opportunities. Type: Project 30/10/2019 PSC6 - The end of Phase 1 The concluding meeting on project learning phase and a look ahead to phase 2. Jessie Fieth from TCPA gives a short summary of time in Kapsovar, Hungary. Type: Project 05/07/2019 Inspiration from Amsterdam The TCPA's Henry Smith discusses the lessons learnt from PERFECT partners recent trip to Amsterdam. Type: Project Latest Events See all project events May 18-19 2021 PERFECT final conference The road to resilience – delivering multi-functional green infrastructure across Europe: final conference of the PERFECT project. Type: Project
Project summary Welcome to the Regional Creative Industries Alliance website - a project striving to shape better regional policies towards a modern business ecosystem using the transformative power of creative SMEs as a key competitiveness factor RCIA aims to improve the Structural Funds policy instruments related to the SME competitiveness through interregional policy learning. This is done by: Focusing on supporting creative SMEs to set impulses for higher growth Positioning Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) as “the missing link” throughout sectors and disciplines regarding innovation and competitiveness Increasing the attractiveness and innovative image of a city/region/country (attract talent, create & retain jobs in the territory) Positioning CCI as a pillar of the competitiveness policy. By exchanging 20+ good practices between regional policy-oriented stakeholder groups and implementing the learnings through 8 regional action plans we aim to increase the number of collaborations between creative SMEs and companies from the wider economy. This shall lead to a higher competitiveness of both types of SMEs and eventually to new products and solutions developed through cross-sectorial collaboration. RCIA intends to Strengthen the creative SMEs competitiveness by improving their skills (development/execution of business plans, interaction with investors, mentoring programmes) and to support their growth on global markets Adapt various funding mechanisms to the particularities of CCI (including the possibility of capacity building measures for banks) Increase the awareness of the companies from the wider economy on the transformative power (added-value) of creative SMEs for their own competitiveness Develop/adapt/improve the eco-system from classic spatial cross-collaboration into a holistic approach. €1,907,245.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2021 Topic SME competitiveness Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ERDF Programme Investments in Growth and Jobs Austria 2014-2020 – Operational Programme for the use of ERDF funds, Priority axis 2, Priority 3D, Measure 9 The goal: to provoke a structural change in SMEs through high-quality, innovative and target group oriented offers. This will have positive effects on the productivity and profitability of organizations and will furthermore secure employment. The measure addressed (no. 9): Support for growth in companies, where the focus is put on operational investments in connection with growth phases of SMEs. The objective: to support companies in growing and adopting new technologies through:1) Acquisition of new technologies for production and services; 2) expansive projects in the field of production and production-related services; 3) investments for new businesses or structure-improving business relocations; 4) investments for the production of new products and services. There shall be some significant improvements in the quality of operational services, embedded in innovative approaches. Austria currently develops its national CCI strategy positioning CCI as central economic factor and impulse-giver for making Austria a competitive innovative location. In order to achieve this goal it is necessary to strengthen both the competitiveness of creative SMEs (their business structures, their embedding in innovative industrial value chains, their capacity to internationalise) but also their transformative impact on other economic and non-profit sectors (including public). What needs to be improved is the way this cross-sectorial interaction can be developed and supported through the SF   Which partners are working on this? Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft mbH Regional Operational Programme Investment in Growth and Jobs ERDF 2014-2020, Regional (ERDF) – Programme Operationnel FEDER Wallonie 2014-2020 – Zone à transition (Provinces Hainaut, Namur, Luxembourg et Liège) Programme Operationnel FEDER Wallonie 2014-2020 – Zone plus développée (Province Brabant wallon). TO 1 – Reinforce research, technological development and innovation. PI TO1b – Reinforce research, technological development and innovation by fostering companies’ investment in R&I, by developing links and synergies between companies, R&D centre and higher school. Measure 2.3.3 - Support to the installation of creative hubs in university city and/or city with more than 50 000 inhabitants. Creative Wallonia is a program that place creativity and innovation at the center of the Walloon economic strategy, meant to impulse a new creative economy dynamics by fostering collaboration between Cultural and Creative Industries and “traditional” industries. The Creative Hubs are the territorial representative of the Creative Wallonia program. The objective is to support and boost SME’s competitiveness by helping them to connect and to grow together through new creative economy principles that bring new opportunities for value creation and growth and to improve SME’s agility in a fast changing environment. The Government expects this policy instrument to trigger structural changes generating new states of minds leading to new economic value creation (new creative processes, cross-sectoral collaboration, creation of start-ups, new business models, etc;). As a new policy instrument, there is potential for improvement on Private-Public partnership governance, CCIs spillovers, cross-over collaboration between CCIs and “traditional” companies.   Which partners are working on this? Public Service of Wallonia Romanian Regional Operational Programme (ROP) 2014-2020, Priority Axis 2 - Improving the competitiveness of SMEs Priority Axis 2 encloses 2 investment priorities dedicated to urban micro-enterprises and SMEs which will be supported for investments in equipments and promotion, being considered eligible companies acting in a wide variety of creative sectors, identified in National Competitiveness Strategy and in the 8 Regional Development Plans, (photography, leisure&sports, libraries&archives, museums, patrimony, publishing, advertizing, media, cinema, architecture, design, web design, gaming, software). Investment priority 2.1. Promoting entrepreneurial culture, mainly through economic exploitation of new ideas and encouraging the creation of start-ups, including though business incubators,aiming to consolidate the market share of SMEs. Investment priority 2.2. Supporting the creation and development of advanced production capacity and services of SMEs aiming at improving the economic competitiveness through raising productivity of SMEs. As creative industry sectors are entitled to apply for funding in order to improve their material and immaterial assets, to promote their products and services to the wider economy, to lower energy efficiency costs, but also to improve the internationalization dimension in case of SMEs, there is a strong need to raise the share of the companies acting in the eligible creative industries NACE codes from the total companies applying for ROP, Priority Axis 2, maximizing therefore the impact of ROP measures on the creative industries regional environment. Which partners are working on this? North-West Regional Development Agency Regional Operational Programme Investment in Growth and Jobs ERDF 2014-2020, Regional (ERDF) Priority Axis 3: “Enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises”. There sub-priority addressed is 3d) Supporting the capacity of SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets, and to engage in innovation processes. The objectives of the policy instrument addressed are: i) the foundation of new innovative businesses, ii) the promotion of product and procedures innovations and iii) fostering of SME collaborations for the emergence of economies of scale. Low SME competitiveness and productivity levels, reduced SME innovability and internationalization procedures and the non-existence of economies of scale represent the key reasons for the identification of the above objectives. In the context of the ongoing financial crisis, the Region has identified the need for improving the above instrument towards better illustrating the forces that could leverage the emergence of economies of scale. Within such an environment of economic pressures, the Cultural and Creative Industries, due to their inherent characteristics, are recognized as a key player and a potential candidate to initiate or to heavily influence a spill-over effect that could help the Region achieve its objectives, as stated in the Priority Axis 3. In that respect, goal of the Region is to improve the instrument, through positioning CCI activities in the core of its measures to accomplish higher SME competitiveness levels.   Which partners are working on this? Region of Central Greece (Sterea Ellada) Operational programme “Growth and Employment” ERDF 2014-2020 Thematic objective “Improving competitiveness of the SMEs” 3.1.Investment priority: promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic utilization of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators. Main objective: Formation of new enterprises, growth of existing enterprises and increase of manufacturing proportion in economy will be facilitated that will have positive influence on job creation, productivity and demand for innovation services. For successful functioning of entrepreneurship support system not only necessary financial support will be provided, but also advisory services and infrastructure. Indicative activities to be supported: Improvements in availability of financing including guarantees, loans, investments, transaction structuring, consultations, training. Likewise incubator services within business incubators (pre-incubation support, loans, consultations, mentoring, seminars, support for the development of prototypes etc.), including for the enterprises of creative industries, will be provided. Financial instruments: Exact financial instruments will be determined based on SME access to finance market gap analysis and adjusted to market situation, as well as on the learnings from the RCIA project. Target group in the RCIA project: SMEs of the creative and cultural industries and their support industries that lack the required focus to reach their potential starting-up their business and for growth. Which partners are working on this? Joint Stock Company “Development finance institution Altum” Regional Operational Programme Investment in Growth and Jobs ERDF 2014-2020, Priority axis 1 (RDI), Priority 1B, Measure 1.3.3. "Support to qualification of supply of services with intensive knowledge and high technological added value" The policy instrument aims to improve the environment for competitiveness of creative SMEs (CSMEs), through the Measure 1.3.3 “Supporting actions to improve the offering of services based on high knowledge and high technological value”. Creative Industries have been identified as main topic in the regional policy and in the regional smart specialization strategy, but there are no specific measures or instruments defined, which address the Creative Industries specific needs. For that reason the policy should be developed on the basis of best practices learned from other EU regions, which participate in this project as project partners and will share their learning experiences in the field of support to the Creative Industries Ecosystem. A main aim of the policy instrument is the creation of high skilled jobs through the support for competitive growth of SMEs – and the potential of creative SMEs is here particularly high. Through synergies between local institutional stakeholders, this measure aims to develop a local ecosystem able to encourage the creation of new companies (start-ups) and the improvement of the competitiveness of all local SMEs. All initiatives in the action plan developed, will contribute to empower specializations, with a focus on Creative SMEs and creative startups for a greater impact on the overall level of competitiveness and attractiveness of the region. The improvement can take place both through new projects as well as improved governance mechanisms Which partners are working on this? IDM Suedtirol / Alto Adige Regional Operational Programme for Lubelskie Voivodeship 2014 - 2020 Priority 3 - Competitiveness of enterprises, ACTION 3.7 Increasing competitiveness of SMEs, ACTION 3.2 Equity instruments. The objective of the instrument is the SMEs competetivness increasing, by: 1. Investments in tangible and intangible assets associated with increased production capacity 2. Diversification of the company through the introduction of new products / services; 3. Introduce a fundamental change in the production process and new or improved products / services; 4. Use of modern technology - developing products and services based on ICT 5. Support for investment activities related to the extension of export 6. Implementation of results of research and development and innovation The analysis of SMEs operating in Lublin Region shows low levels of competitiveness of enterprises, resulting primarily from small expansiveness of the SME sector to other markets and low-scale innovations. Support planned under the said actions aims at breaking down barriers related to access to know-how, financing possibilities, as well as at stimulating operations forming a common value chain of companies. Particular focus is to be placed on creative companies, given their potential to increase the territorial attractiveness and the innovation potential of business entities from other sectors. To be improved: competitiveness, productivity, empowerment, and efficiency - thanks to implementation of innovative solutions developed with the involvement of creative companies.   Which partners are working on this? City of Lublin ERDF Operational Programme of Catalonia 2014-2020 (Thematic Objective 3; IP 3.4; Specific Objective 3.4.1) Investment Priority 3.4: Support the capacity of SME to grow into regional, national and International markets and into innovation processes. Specific Objective 3.4.1: Promote growth and consolidation of SMEs, particularly by improving their finance, technology and access to advanced support services. This instrument includes programs for SMEs on access to finance for developing their business activities, to foster their growth and improve business competitiveness, also through the creation of spaces for networking and co-operation, seminars, workshops and working conferences focused on topics of interest for different business sectors. The goals are: to provide CCI with a financial scheme allowing them to raise funds to set-up projects; to improve the professionalization and competitiveness of CCI; to foster public-private cooperation based on transparency and co-responsibility; to enhance a change in philosophy from a subsidy culture to a funding and returns culture within Catalan CCI; to induce a progressive independence of CCI from public subsidies. The improvement is needed to increase the creative SME competitiveness through business plans with an innovative character and high growth potential; to consolidate Catalonia as a pioneer region at international level on territorial policy clusters as mechanisms to support the inter-sectorial SME cooperation; to better align with the Catalan RIS3; to support and promote the innovation of SME through various forms of financing. Which partners are working on this? Barcelona Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Navigation Receive RCIA Updates in Your Inbox Join our newsletter here Subscribe RCIA on YouTube Check out our YouTube channel full of interviews from our partners and stakeholders Find us here (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')); RCIA Tweets by RCIA Latest News See all project news 30/05/2020 Local Action Plan for City of Lublin Exchanging good practices, local stakeholders group meetings, and results of the community needs presented in this action plan. Type: Project 13/05/2020 Local Action Plan - IDM Südtirol Benefit from highly skilled people and knowledge transfer - Focus on the Creative Industries Type: Project 27/04/2020 Catalonia's Local Action Plan to Support CCIs Read here what happend in the second project phase dedicated to the implementation of the Local Action Plans (LAPs). Type: Project 21/04/2020 Creative Hubs and Walloon Fablabs - Covid-19 Actions Walloon fablabs mobilize their resources: teams and tools (3D printers, 3D laser cutter,…) to develop solutions to fight coronavirus. Type: Project 28/02/2020 Evaluate before Designing- New Policy The creative hubs policy is our instrument to address in this RCIA Interreg project. Type: Project 17/12/2019 RCIA meets Design4Innovation project The Interreg Europe RCIA sister project Design 4 Innovation celebrated its final event in Barcelona on the 3 October 2019 at the DHUB Disseny Hub Barcelona. The... Type: Project 16/12/2019 Learnings from Staff Exchange in Vienna, 2019 Type: Project 16/12/2019 Learnings from Staff Exchange in Barcelona, 2019 On 6-7 May 2019, the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce hosted a Staff Exchange in Barcelona Type: Project 13/12/2019 Audience Development in Live arts A cultural good or service has a social value and it does not reach its full meaning if it does not have an impact beyond the creative act that has given its n... Type: Project 02/12/2019 Lublin dissemination event - Lubelski Wzór 2019 Lubelski Wzór is the largest event combining the creative industry with business, opening new opportunities for cooperation between designers and entrepreneurs. Type: Project
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WELCOME KITVarna – 13th – 15th of December, 2017 Useful info1. GENERAL INFORMATIONVarna is the third largest city in Bulgaria, with an area of 205 sq. km...
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Project good practices Newest first Oldest first A-Z Z-A Food Works Programme 29/05/2020 Food Works is a government-supported accelerator programme that helps develop the next generation of scalable and export-driven Irish food & drinks businesses. Location: Southern and Eastern, Ireland (Éire) Project: EUREGA Benvinguts a Pagès (BaP) - Welcome to the Farm 29/05/2020 BaP is a yearly weekend activity which invites visitors to know the origin of what they eat through direct visits to farms, orchards, herds and fishing boats. Location: Cataluña, Spain (España) Project: EUREGA Gezond Dorp 29/05/2020 general practioners develop a lifestyle concept, based on combination of Low Fat High Carb food and programs to stimulate activity on regular basis Location: Noord-Brabant, Netherlands (Nederland) Project: EUREGA Kos Wine House – Triantafyllopoulos winery and Kos Gastronomikos local festival 29/05/2020 The company has been operating since 1998 in the field of winemaking.the winery is among the most visited on a national level with 35,000 visitors per year. Location: Νότιο Αιγαίο, Greece (Ελλαδα) Project: EUREGA TAS program 28/05/2020 TAS promotes healthy habits, endorsing cooking as basic tool to improve eating habits and the promotion of physical activity through active leisure. Location: Cataluña, Spain (España) Project: EUREGA Saturday’s Farmers Market Transylvania 28/05/2020 Saturday’s Farmers Market Transylvania is promoting short food supply chains. Location: Centru, Romania (România) Project: EUREGA The Country Fair in ASTRA Museum 28/05/2020 The Country Fair in ASTRA Museum is promoting local producers, thus establishing short supply chains on regional level. Location: Centru, Romania (România) Project: EUREGA The Transilvanian Brunch - Discover the food culture of the countryside. Itinerant event series 28/05/2020 The Transilvanian Brunch is a one-day community event in the rural area during which a village opens itself for visitors from the city. Location: Centru, Romania (România) Project: EUREGA Local Breakfast - Mic dejun sibian 27/05/2020 Mic Dejun Sibian - Local Breakfast is a program aimed at promoting the region’s cuisine for every visitor which overnights in the tourism destination. Location: Centru, Romania (România) Project: EUREGA Cooking at school. The actions of the Cooking Club at “Rodion Pedia” School of Rhodes 26/05/2020 At the “Rodion Pedia” School, gastronomy culture had been evolving for years, including all the relevant topics Location: Νότιο Αιγαίο, Greece (Ελλαδα) Project: EUREGA 12 Next Visit the good practice database (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')); EUREGA Tweets by EUREGA
Project summary Across European cities local entrepreneurs are joining forces in new ways, forming collectives to stimulate business growth and innovation and to create a more attractive business environment. Area Based Collaborative Entrepreneurship (ABCE) means entrepreneurs collaborate by co-investing in facilities or technology, market their urban district collectively, improve shared public space, etc. The value of such collectives is increasingly recognized by local governments and policy measures to stimulate these initiatives are being developed. Area based collaborative entrepreneurship fosters urban regeneration as the participating firms are most often strongly connected to their neighbourhood and committed to social goals. Neighbourhood liveability and social ties between local stakeholders are enforced. ABCE supports inclusive growth, cooperation and cohesion and helps to address the negative impacts of globalization such as economic restructuring, income inequality and the decline of urban areas.  The current policy instruments of the project partners seek to promote knowledge-based SME innovation and access to funding but they show a lack of attention to the emerging networked and locally anchored types of initiatives that promote inclusive growth, innovation and regeneration. For this reason we intend to develop recommendations for four OPs and one other policy instrument in European regions by capturing local learnings systematically, identifying critical success conditions and sharing them across regions in Europe.  Five European urban regions are involved in this project: Amsterdam, Athens, Manchester, Vilnius, and the conurbation Varazdin-Cakovic (Croatia). All regions currently experiment with ABCE and initiated this project to share experiences and gain deeper insights in order to develop more effective policy instruments €1,596,561.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 31 May 2022 Topic SME competitiveness Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Kansen voor West II 2014-2020 (Operational Programme Western Netherlands) The OP covers the 4 largest cities of the Netherlands. It has a strong focus on SME-innovation and urban development (Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI, priority 9b) for peripheral city zones. The OP remarks the importance of co-operation with other parties, including other SMEs, for SME competitiveness and innovation. However, the OP is little concrete in how this co-operation could work, how policies could be best designed to promote the self-organization of SMEs into collectives. The OP concentrates on knowledge-intensive SMEs, but it lacks attention for the innovative capacity and social-economic potential of low-tech, traditional SMEs. Also the OP fails to explicitly recognize the potential of SME collaboration for urban development and treats SME policy as a separate topic. What lacks are instruments and funding mechanisms appropriate for local collaborating “teams” that want to co-innovate, or co-invest in shared facilities/technologies that increase collective opportunities. We envision improvement in two respects: -Within the current OP, develop frameworks for more calls/projects for collaborative entrepreneurship that contribute to integrated urban development and competitiveness simultaneously. -As input for the next OP, develop new local policy frameworks and governance mechanisms to promote or support the area based self-organisation of SME collectives, with the aim to effectively support collaborative efforts of SMEs to enhance their position. Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Amsterdam Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences Operational Programme Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014 – 2020 (OPCC) The operational program (OPCC) inter alia provides interventions which focus on promoting entrepreneurship, facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas, fostering creation of new firms, enabling favorable environment for business, as well as creation and improving SMEs' (TO3). Investment priority 6e provides for taking action to improve the urban environment, revitalize cities, regenerate and decontaminate brownfield sites (including conversion areas), reduce air- and noise-pollution. One of the specific objectives is rehabilitation of brownfields (ex-industrial and / or ex-military sites) so that they will be regenerated and put in use. Although a sustainable urban development and reconstruction are identified as reform measure, the re-use of the abandoned city sites primarily relates to improvement of environmental conditions. We believe that measures should be extended to economic reconstruction of abandoned city sites. The relatively low utilization of the available structural funds in Croatia indicates that promoting entrepreneurship, as investment priority, should be better supported by horizontal measures. Based on demographic and economic analysis the project should contribute to improvement of OPCC instruments which do not match collaborative entrepreneurship and on other hand do not recognize abandoned city centres as potential that should be put into operation for the brownfield investment. Which partners are working on this? University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics The City of Varaždin The City of Čakovec Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) The GMSF aims for all places and residents to share in the benefits of growth at the same time as building a resilient Greater Manchester (GM). a) Policies SL1 and SL2 identify locations with most potential for economic growth and prosperity b) Policy GM1 states that there will be a very strong focus on the regeneration of urban areas c) GM7 and GM19 outline polices for Retail, Leisure & Tourism, Heritage & Resilience for delivering quality places Problems: a) Place management partnerships or area based collaborative enterprises (such as Business Improvement Districts) are a recognised structure to deliver valuable place-based outcomes, such as inclusive growth, but the current adoption of such structures is very low across GM b) Regeneration is synonymous with a silo-approach, predicated on a conventional planning mechanism to promote private sector-led housing and commercial development, sometimes underpinned by the use of public investment. Consequently, there is limited recognition of both the role of incumbent organisations and stakeholders in the mediation of how places change, and the importance of embedding measures for change in the GMSF c) Creating high quality places with distinct identities requires collaboration across the public, private, voluntary sectors as well as with residents. Although the GMSF identifies key quantitative development outcomes, it does not set out the value of effective area-based collaborations to achieve these or measures to support them Which partners are working on this? The Manchester Metropolitan University Manchester City Council OP for The European Union Funds' Investments in 2014-2020 The OP covers all Lithuania. As it concerns SME innovation and urban development, the investment priorities (IP) are: IP 3.1. To increase entrepreneurship. Measures: a) provision of high quality advisory services to SMEs; b) introduction of new financing models IP 3.3. To boost SMEs productivity. Measure: support of innovative management approaches and systems in enterprises IP 7.1. To promote urban development. Measures: a) modernisation of public spaces; b) conversion of infrastructures and territories Our project aims to solve the following problems: a) the OP leaves behind local innovative “grass-root” initiatives, as well as low-tech traditional SMEs b) the OP fails to recognise the potential of SME collaboration for urban development, therefore single entrepreneurial initiatives lead to fragmentation of urban commercial centres, and subsequently result in “semi-developed” areas with low vitality and weak resilience c) lack of innovative financial instruments in the OP (f.e: collective ownership of assets) prevents SMEs to develop new activities; d) high costs of real estate rent and development prevent SMEs to step in urban commercial areas Also IP 7.1 declares that modernisation of public spaces will be complemented with entrepreneurship promotion actions, but there is no further elaboration of how it could be done within specific measures. There is just a brief mention about complementarities with instruments which aim to promote SMEs development & entrepreneurship Which partners are working on this? Mykolas Romeris University Sunrise Valley Science and Technology Park Operational Programme "Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation" (EPANEK) The main objective of the OP is to enhance high quality entrepreneurship spearheaded by competitiveness, innovation and extroversion. The program covers the whole of Greece with a public expenditure budget of 4.67 billion euros. There are three basic Priority Axes: • Enhancing entrepreneurship with sectoral priorities • Adaptability of workers, enterprises and entrepreneurial environment to the new development requirements • Development of mechanisms to support entrepreneurship The above PA divided into 19 special objectives that serve specific EU investment priorities and thematic objectives as defined in NSRF 2014-2020. In the midst of the severe economic and social crisis collective area based micro entrepreneurship can be highly beneficial for small firms and urban areas. However, there is a notable absence of special measures of OP-CEI targeting at such ventures. More specifically, we tackle the following problems that need to be improved: a) The great majority of policy measures point to the single firm. Given the big numbers of micro and nano firms operating in Greece, dozens of thousands of firms have been excluded from this policy due to lack of information or/and organisational capacity. b) The spatial dimension, mainly the area specificities and the various linkages of the firm with the wider area of location, are completely ignored. c) There is a clear prioritization to hi-tech projects while low-tech social and organizational innovations are overlooked. Which partners are working on this? Harokopio University Athens municipality Sign up for the ABCitiEs newsletter Subscribe now ABCitiEs on national television A television crew visited our co-creation project ABCitiEs during the 3rd Interregional Meeting in Croatia. The item has been broadcast on national television. Watch the item The Power Of Collective Action Watch our new animation. Click! ABCitiEs & IPM webinar Covid-19 Join us on 9 July at 2pm (GMT) for a 1 and half hour facilitated discussion about how places have responded and reacted differently to the pandemic. Register here! Tweets by ABCitiEs Latest News See all project news 16/07/2020 Recovery and district centres Restoring vitality and viability in district: the Manchester approach Type: Project 16/07/2020 Corona, public space and ABCE In the first quarter of 2020, the Dutch economy shrank by 1.7% compared to the previous quarter. Type: Project 16/07/2020 Vilnius Set to Become One Giant Outdoor Café Municipality Shares Public Spaces with Restaurants Type: Project 16/07/2020 ABCitiEs Urban Research Factory in Varaždin, Croatia During March and April 2020, the Faculty of Organization and Informatics joined the 3D printing campaign of visors for the protection of medical staff. Type: Project 14/11/2019 On collaboration and measuring impact Eleftheria Alexandri (Municiality of Athens) shares her experience of the ABCitiEs Interregional Meeting in Croatia. Type: Project 11/11/2019 Looking back on the ABCitiEs Interregional MeetUp Mark van Marken and Hettie Politiek (Municipality of Amsterdam) share their experience of the Interregional Meet-up in Croatia. Type: Project 07/11/2019 Inspiration from SME-owners Blog of researcher Iris Hagemans on the importance of SME-owners participating in Interregional meetings. Type: Project 03/11/2019 Collaboration, rules and regulations and indicators Entrepreneurs, researchers and policymakers share experience and knowledge during the Interregional workshop in Croatia. Type: Project 01/11/2019 State-of-plays, case studies and action State-of-plays, case studies and interregional actions. Type: Project 24/10/2019 ABCitiEs on national television The interview with our ABCitiEs Team has been broadcasted on Croatian national television Type: Project
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Last month, the OECD held a webinar on “Cultural participation and local resilience: Strategies for the recovery”. Their session “Covid-19 and festivals: ...
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The Amber Catcher portrays the amber extraction carried out by local inhabitants of Seaside Regional Park, Lithuania, was transformed in a touristic business.
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