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Graphic of discussion no. 2 on the challenges involved in targetting communities for engagement
Day 1
Submitted by: Alessandro Attolico, 09/04/2018
RECYCLE aims at strengthening and supporting EU partners in identifying & implementing innovative measures and policies for increasing environmental resource-efficiency, implementing green growth and eco-innovation and improving environmental performance management. Specifically, it aims at improving Policy Instruments targeting sustainable development through regional/local authorities driving waste management towards circular economy models. The improvements targeted are structured into 3 interlinked Thematic Pillars: 1) integrated government systems & supplementary services by authorities (improved governance) 2) innovative cooperation models (stakeholder and community engagement) 3) smart solutions/models (green growth & eco-innovation) The 3-leg structure with interactions both within and across pillars together with the two way interactions between regional and interregional levels strengthens the cross thematic exchange and enriches the interregional knowledge portfolio
This project intends to build up a model/framework aimed to achieve a full use of forest resource, working at a local level but impacting regional and national economies,
The project is aimed at sharing experience and good practices of sustainable models (public-private partnerships) of cooperation between regional and local public authorities, science and technology parks and other key organizations to create and implement innovation at regional/local level. The development of effective partnerships and know-how exchange at interregional level will help to improve the interaction between actors in shaping and implementing policies and programmes geared to accelerating growth based on innovation in participants' regions. Attracting organizations with experience in local government are key to the sustainable implementation and dissemination of project results.
Submitted by: Peter Vandenbergh, 02/03/2017
examine ways to organize a driverless bus in urban and suburban area, getting acquainted with existing projects driverless bus
Lead Partner: Municipality of Genoa
PURE COSMOS brings together two of the big challenges facing the EU: the need to stimulate and support SMEs and the need to reduce the weight of public administration.  So PURE COSMOS aims to improve the effectiveness of public support for SMEs by 15%, cutting costs by 10% and improving quality by 20%. We will develop highly integrated approaches to deliver these improvements and we will especially target entrepreneurs aged 25-40.  We will improve regional policies through innovative new projects and by improving governance so that the different stakeholders can agree common solutions. We will do this by: * analysing partners’ plans through peer review, * identifying good practices that will improve these plans, studying them through Study Visits, importing them via special workshops and Regional Action Plans. We will closely involve SMEs in the work.  The project’s main outputs will benefit SMEs, especially young entrepreneurs. They are: * New projects to implement advanced services such as e-payments tools, One Stop Shop, “digital by default” models, digital-skills support * Improved governance through IT administrative solutions, regional legislation review, simplifying and speed up the launching of new businesses calls. All Action Plans will be prepared using intense cooperation between the key decision-makers (horizontal cooperation) and between the city and the MAs (vertical cooperation). The project will also work closely with the IE Policy Learning Platform.
Lead Partner: Lithuania Innovation Centre
iBuy is a project dedicated to boosting innovation through public procurement. It aims at encouraging public authorities to start acting from the demand side for innovation as it has been conceptualised in the Europe 2020 strategy and the Innovation Union. iBuy aims at developing innovative models suitable to mobilise public and private stakeholders on the basis of the ‘entrepreneurial discovery process’ linked to the research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation in the area of public procurement for innovation, while promoting a European perspective and ensuring the durability and transferability of the achieved results. The main project outputs are: 7 complete analyses of policy instruments (including benchmarking and peer reviews);the setting-up of an online tool linked to the programme’s platform to support the exchange of information and promote the e-learning process;35 meetings with stakeholders; 3 dissemination seminars;8 internal workshops;8 study visits linked to the project learning path, the continuous implication of the EU institution; 7 final action plans (including monitoring systems) for the policy instruments’ improvement.
Lead Partner: Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Region
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.
Lead Partner: Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia
European regions play a multiple role in the adoption of green public procurement (GPP) policies as they elaborate and adopt GPP plans, can mainstream GPP within all policy instruments that they manage, can purchase eco-innovative and resource efficient goods and services, playing thus also a significant role the promotion of more resource efficient economies. There are still large areas for improvement in the adoption of GPP in relation to EU funded programmes and other policy instruments, in the undertaking of the tool by beneficiaries and in the monitoring of GPP implementation, hence in the evaluation and mainstreaming of its benefits. GPP toolkits, common environmental criteria, training materials and help desks have been developed throughout Europe. Limited experience is yet available on how to include environmental criteria into financing instruments and in the implementation of development strategies. GPP-STREAM builds on the idea that interregional cooperation can help mainstreaming GPP policies within the administrations involved and ensure that resource efficiency measures are spread and benefits acknowledged. GPP-STREAM AIMS The project aims to improve the management, implementation and monitoring of policy instruments that integrate GPP approaches so as to ensure that resource efficiency gains can be maximized and that resource efficiency objectives are institutionalized through GPP. The project is coordinated by Region Friuli and is implemented in partnership with 8 Bulgarian, Spanish, French, Italian and Romanian bodies that have complementary environmental and GPP expertise. RESULTS AND OUTCOMES 5 transnational learning events, at least 300 stakeholders involved, 13 GPP webinars, 5 GPP toolkits and one online platform, 8 policy instruments from 5 EU countries will integrate GPP approaches, 40 EU policy instrument managing authorities apply GPP-STREAM toolkits. Author of the cover image: Massimo Armani