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Project summary Embark with us on our journey to the Life Cycle Approach! LCA4Regions is expected to contribute to the more effective implementation of environmental policy instruments by the application of Life Cycle Methodologies. Currently, many individual policies are implemented in isolation of others. Thus, the project is focused on expanding the use of life cycle methods as a holistic approach when conceiving and implementing public policies related to environmental protection and resource efficiency. Life cycle expertise resides mainly in the business sector while public authorities are much less familiar with the techniques and their functioning. However, the full success of policy implementation depends on similar expertise also in governmental authorities. The outcomes of improved public policy implementation are greater concordance with stated sustainability objectives, fewer unwanted side-effects and greater transparency in the compromises and offsets that need to be made to move ahead on sustainable economic targets. Each project region has its own characteristics, methods of design and implementation of policies. Nevertheless, all of them face a common challenge: the adoption of a more efficient use of natural resources to reduce the non-desirable secondary effects (spill-overs) that generate negative economic and environmental impacts Expected results: 7 Actions Plans to improve 7 policy instruments funded by the ERDF in the following regions: Navarre (ES), Satakunta (FI), Baixo Alentejo (PT), Lombardy (IT), Lodzkie (PT), Kaunas (LT), and Zahodna (SI). This is achieved through, inter alia, intense local stakeholder group involvement, 7 transnational learning journeys, exchanges of experiences, study cases and the compilation of good practices. These activities are intended to clarify the success factors and barriers for the application of life-cycle management approaches for policy implementation. Action plans will contribute to: 1) improve policy instruments introducing the LCA in all steps of policy cycle management 2) Enlarge the circle of end-users that will benefit from making conscious decisions on resource efficiency and investments using the LCA €1,719,759.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Environment and resource efficiency     Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ERDF Navarra 2014 - 2020. Priority axis 4. To enhance the transition to a low carbon economy in all the sectors. Investment priority 4.3. Support for energy efficiency, smart energy management and the use of renewable energy in public infrastructures, including public buildings, and in housing The strategy of the ERDF OP of Navarra 2014-2020 has been carried out considering the needs and challenges at regional level defined in the strategic territorial diagnosis (S3, goo.gl/Vc1yza). In this programming period, some of these issues are being addressed through the thematic objective 4 of the ERDF OP, which promotes measures to support energy efficiency, smart energy efficiency and management and the use of renewable energy. In order to improve the policy instruments, it is necessary to introduce a more integrated and systemic approach that can consider all the impact generated by the policies. The Life Cycle Approach can improve the use of the natural resources by means of the minimisation of the spill- over effects that usually are generated by concentrate the policies only in one or two objectives Thus, LCA methodology applied to this actions will help to encourage the transition to a low carbon economy and a more efficient use of resources. Moreover, the proposal of the Commission of the ERDF regulations fund 2021-2027Includes as specific objective OP2, a greener, lower-carbon Europe promoting a clean and fair energy transition, green and blue investment, the circular economy, climate adaptation and prevention and risk management. The application of LCA could generate better results in terms of reduction of waste and material flows and pollution that could be considered as the main challenges of the EU regions for the next ERDF programming period. Which partners are working on this? Government of Navarre Industrial Association of Navarra-AIN Operational Programme for the European Union Funds’ Investments in 2014-2020 Republic of Lithuania. Priority axis 5. Environment, Sustainable use of Natural Resources and adaptation to Climate Change. The competitiveness of Lithuania and its ability to restore and further enhance the welfare lost during the crisis is primarily built on the ability to innovate and launch new products, services, businesses, social processes and models. A very small share of enterprises implementing all types of innovations, introducing limited business expenditure on research and technological development, low commercialisation of the existing Lithuanian scientific potential signal the need for substantial changes. Natural resources that are essential for the functioning of Lithuanian, European and global economies are becoming increasingly scarce; therefore in the long run only resource-efficient growth will be possible. According to the statistical data, Lithuania is still behind the EU-27 average in terms of the level of investment into eco-innovation and underestimates the technological, in particular resource-efficiency-based, breakthrough of SMEs, which determines the economic growth in the country. Due to increased prices for materials, energy and other resources, it is important to encourage SMEs to implement eco-innovative products, processes and organisational eco-innovation. New or technologically upgraded production methods and service provision processes, also new business models and new management systems will give a competitive edge to SMEs, cut production costs, increase volumes and thereby contribute to the economic growth. Which partners are working on this? Kaunas University of Technology Sustainable growth and jobs 2014-2020 - Structural Funds Programme of Finland Policies 1,2 and 3 of the Regional Programme have the objectives for development of competitivity and vitality. They fortify human activity and productivity as enterpreneurs and workers. They improve the vitality by enabling growth in areas of renewable industry, energy, food systems, bioeconomy, circular economy, as well as secure services and improve attractivity of regions by taking charge of conservation, protection, promotion, and development of natural and cultural heritage and biodiversity. Through LCA4Regions project these policies will obtain contents, and best practises that are collected throughout this project can be implemented. The implementation of the Regional Programme of Satakunta is funded by the Sustainable growth and jobs 2014-2020, Structural funds programme of Finland. Since Structural Funds are clearly diminished in the region in this programming period, it is essential to improve the governance of this funding instrument and increase the benefit from existing projects by wider dissemination and capitalisation. With LCA4Regions and interregional cooperation, the implementation of the Satakunta regional programme will be improved by providing more explicit and tangible support to promotion of new regional development models for the sustainable, resource-efficient economy. These actions also support the evaluation process and defining the implementation plan of the Regional Programme. Which partners are working on this? Pyhäjärvi Institute ALENTEJO 2020 - Regional Operational Programme of Alentejo The main objective is to promote the environmental, urbanistic and landscape quality of the territory as a distinctive factor. Some of the measures are the development of innovative solutions and pilot actions in the field of sustainable development, support to the monitoring of environmental parameters and qualification of the urban environment and consequent rehabilitation. Taking into consideration that circular economy is considered in the national and regional policy instruments namely in the number 1 b) of article 40 of the specific regulation for competitiveness and internationalization and where is stated that must be developed projects that incorporate the principles of eco-efficiency and circular economy in order to promote more efficient use of resources, encourage the reduction and reuse of waste and minimizing the extraction and use of raw materials, one of the major issue is that regional entities should be able to improve their process and include LCA in there processes. There exists also the necessity to change the regional productive profile, through the incorporation of Innovation. The main challenge is to eliminate barriers that still exist on the processes, knowledge and innovation levels, which require the dissemination and diffusion of new knowledge, that should be carried out as a priority. Which partners are working on this? CIMBAL - Baixo Alentejo Intermunicipal Community POR Lombardia FESR - Lombardy ERDF ROP The Lombardy Region’s 2014 - 2020 Regional Operational Programme (ROP) under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) provides investment funds of nearly one billion euros (€970,474,516) with the priority objectives of the Region’s economic growth and social development as well as the enhancement of its productive capabilities. The ERDF ROP promotes a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth model in line with the objectives identified in the “Europe 2020” strategy and with the regional government’s development policies promoting the competitiveness and sustainability of its businesses and the entire economy of the Region. The ERDF ROP strategy lays emphasis on building an economy which uses resources efficiently, guides the development of new technologies and processes, and underpins Lombardy companies’ competitive advantages by making use of EU-wide networks, in line with the flagship initiative entitled “A resource-efficient Europe”. With this in mind, and in keeping with the provisions of the Environment and Energy Regional Programme measures to be taken under the ERDF ROP Axis IV have the main following aim: to reduce the energy consumed in public buildings and by public lighting.This must be done in connection with the sustainabe urban development. Through the Interreg project improvements can be done for the connection of the measures and to support the beneficiaries for the presentation of better proposals which take into account the potential multi-impacts. Which partners are working on this? Lombardy Region Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy for the period 2014-2020 Slovenian Smart Specialisation Strategy - Area of Aplication 2.2: Networks for the Transition into Circular Economy The objective is to link the stakehodlers - economic entities, educational and research area, NGOs, authorities and individuals - in the value chain according to the principle of completed continuous flows, as well as to develop new business models for transition to a circular economy. Goals till 2023 are: a. Improve the material efficiency index from 1.07 (2011) to 1.50 (2020) b. Establish 5 new value chains with the completed material flows Focus areas and technologies: 1. Technologies for biomass processing and development of new biological materials 2. Technologies for the use of secondary raw materials and reuse of waste 3. Acquisition of energy from alternative sources The implementation of the industrial symbiosis model represents a development opportunity not only for the chemical industry, which is one of the most competitive in Slovenia, but also for a range of traditional industries such as, for example, paper, wood and textile industry, agriculture and food processing industry and services. In the field of "Extraction of secondary raw materials", Slovenia does not show the disclosed comparative advantages. The reason why it should be improved lies on the fact that there is a lack of credible industrial symbiosis model for transition of knowledge and technology from academia to industry. It should empower research area to incubate ideas further to scientific achievements, not only simple transition through licensing and patenting. Which partners are working on this? National Institute of Chemistry Regional Operational Programme for Lodzkie Voivodship 2014-2020 Priority Axis: V Environment Protection, with the Thematic Obcetive 6: Preservation and protection of the natural environment and support for effective resource management, Measure V.2: Waste management The objective of the Regional Operational Programme is to increase the competitiveness of the Lodzkie Region, ensuring in parallel the improvement of living conditions of its inhabitants through the principles of sustainable development. The priorities are aligned with the EU 2020 Strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The specific objective of measure V.2 is the limited storage of waste in the region. The effect of interventions undertaken in the area of environmental protection will be: improvement of adaptation to climate change, saving resources and protecting ground and surface water purity, improving the environment (especially biodiversity) and orientation of tourism in areas of natural value in accordance with the principle of sustainable development. The implemented projects in the field of waste management will significantly contribute to the increase in the weight of waste other than landfilling, which will significantly affect the preservation and improvement of the quality of the natural environment, as well as the protection of natural resources. Lodzkie sees the need of improvement of the ROP and well asits Waste management plan in relation to Life Cycle Assesment and dignosis of regional corelations and value chains. Lodzkie will be able to improve and update regional development documents in order to implement LCA methodology and enviromental approach. Which partners are working on this? Lodzkie Region Sign up for the LCA4Regions newsletter Subscribe now LCA for evaluating and monitoring policies Come with us to Lombardy next 22-24 November for our 6th TLJ! More on the TLJ #6 LCA4Regions answers you Interested in LCA? You can contact us for information [email protected] LCA4Regions: to make a long story short LCA4Regions leaflet is meant to guide you throughout the different steps of our journey. Get on board! Download LCA4Regions leaflet "What goes around comes around..." The LCA4Regions newsletter Life Cycle Catalyst #4 is online! Read Life Cycle Catalyst #4! Tweets by LCA4Regions Latest News See all project news 24/11/2021 Lombardy's policy instruments A series of five articles to discover the policy instruments and the use of LCA of the Lombardy Region for the 6th TLJ. Type: Project 23/11/2021 Lombardy's policy instruments (4) Fourth episode of the series dedicated to the policy context of the Lombardy Region. Type: Project 23/11/2021 Lombardy's policy instruments (5) The fifth and final episode of the series on the policy context of Lombardy focuses on a national policy instrument, the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. Type: Project 22/11/2021 Lombardy's policy instruments (2) Second part of the overview of Lombardy's policy instruments before the peer review session of the TLJ#6. Type: Project 22/11/2021 Lombardy's policy instruments (3) Third episode of the series dedicated to the analysis of the policy instruments of Lombardy. Type: Project 19/11/2021 Food Waste: exchange of good regional practices Navarra is inviting you to join an event in Brussels on 22 November dedicated to food waste. Type: Project 19/11/2021 Lombardy's Policy instruments (1) To prepare for the next TLJ, find the first part of an overview of Lombardy's policy instruments. Type: Project 18/11/2021 Register now for TLJ#6 Registrations for the public sessions of the next TLJ are open! Join us next week online or in Milan! Type: Project 15/11/2021 TLJ6 is approaching, save the date! Save the date for the upcoming TLJ focusing on LCA for monitoring and evaluating policies. Type: Project 09/11/2021 Benvenuti in Lombardia Discover the host of our 6th TLJ - the Lombardy Region in Italy. Type: Project
Project summary CECI desires to: Raise awareness of circular economy and highlight the importance of citizen engagement Inspire citizens to adopt sustainable  consumption habits and behaviour patterns Promote new sustainable services, e.g. sharing  economy, lengthening product life cycles through reuse, repair, remanufacturing and refurbishment Further encourage waste reduction, energy savings and circular thinking              AIMS at transferring knowledge among regions to bring more relevant and efficient policies to promote citizen involvement in circular and sharing economy. ACTIONS include interregional learning through thematic workshops and studies, round-table policy discussions and site visits. They will form the basis for sharing expertise and boost citizen dialogue on the local/regional levels. Sharing Good Practices will help to disseminate circular solutions and save resources across Europe. As a RESULT, the partner regions will develop Action Plans to translate gained knowledge of the citizens’ role in circular economy and new solutions. CECI will raise public awareness to create demand for sustainable services. Changes in consumption patterns will stimulate the development of circular economy business models, and create new jobs.   Circular Economy       blooms through                   Citizen Involvement €1,508,765.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Sustainable growth and jobs 2014 – 2020, Finland's Structural Funds programme MAIN CHARACTERISTICS & RELEVANT MEASURES Sustainable growth and jobs 2014 - 2020, Priority axis 2: Producing and using new information and knowledge (ERDF); Investment priority: 3.2. Developing solutions based on renewable energy and energy efficiency, Inverstment priority 4.1. Development of the centres of research, expertise and innovation on the basis of regional strengths   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT - The role of connecting circular economy needs to be emphasized in the policy instrument - Support for developing new circular economy services requires more attention   Which partners are working on this? LAB University of Applied Sciences (until 31.12.2019 Lahti University of Applied Sciences) Regional Council of Päijät-Häme Regional plan for economic development, innovation and internationalization (2017-2022) / Schéma Régional de Développement Economique d’Innovation et d’Internationalisation (2017-2022) OBJECTIVES AND CHARACTERISTICS The Regional Plan for economic development, innovation and internationalization sets the main strategic orientations of a region in economic matters. The purpose of this plan is to coordinate economic development actions on the regional territory and define the strategic orientations of the region in this area. This plan includes 7 axis for balanced regional economic development: regional attractiveness, promoting entrepreneurship and supporting the development of businesses, facilitating access to regional aid, creating a small business act, innovation, adapt training, develop strategic sectors. The promotion of the circular economy is one of the 5 objectives set by Axis 2.   Promoting CE and supporting new business models is one of the dimensions of the Regional plan for economic development innovation and internationalization. This objective aims particularly at establishing models that relate to collaborative consumption, service economy that proposes new consumption patterns to citizens based not on maximizing the sales of goods but rather on their use or pooling. This means, experimental aid schemes for businesses have already been developed since 2017.   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT - The dimension of CE, which is new in the Regional Plan for economic development, is being structured. - The development and stabilization of this policy instrument and its objectives needs exchange of experience and benchmark to promote and develop CE models. Which partners are working on this? Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region Operational Programme Environment 2014 - 2020 OBJECTIVE & CHARACTERISTICS Priority Axis 3 Waste management and material flows, environmental burden and risks. INVESTMENT PRIORITY 1: Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting the efficient use of resources through investments in waste management in order to meet the Union's acquis requirements for the environment and by addressing investment needs, which according to the findings of Member States go beyond these requirements Specific Objective 1: Waste prevention Specific Objective 2: To increase the share of material and energy recovery of waste   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT - Circular economy perspective requires more attention since it is not specifically mentioned (all calls so far has been focused mainly on waste management) Which partners are working on this? Moravian-Silesian Innovation Centre Ostrava, a.s. Waste Management Program of Varna Municipality 2015-2020 MAIN CHARACTERISTICS & RELEVANT MEASURES The Waste Management Program of City of Varna 2015-2020 (WMP) is the municipal level policy for periodically analyzing, forecasting and planning the development of city waste management systems, aiming to improve governance of waste in line with the waste hierarchy. Part of its main goal is “improving the efficiency of waste utilization as a resource”. The specific Strategic aim 4: ”Turning the citizens a key player in implementing the waste management hierarchy” is in focus. However, within this aim the accent is put mainly on campaigns related to the separate collection of waste.   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT - WMP relies on a linear business model there is a need to introduce a holistic perspective on circular economy - Need for adoption of a new business model based on value and material recovery and aimed at boosting higher waste recycling rates - Missing focus at the opportunities the circular economy offers while involving citizens - Need for measures for a better collaboration between municipality, business and citizens to achieve a favourable environment that encourages sustainable circular practices, business and economic growth - Lack of specific sub-programs with activities related to citizens involvement in circular economy as an important pillar for the development of sustainability municipal policies. - Preparatory work needed for a new collection plan based on the approach ‘From waste to resources’ Which partners are working on this? Business Agency Association Aragón ERDF 2014-20 OP Programa Operativo Fondo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER) de Aragón 2014-2020 MAIN CHARACTERISTICS & RELEVANT MEASURES CECI project specifically addresses Priority Axis 4: Supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors. Circular Economy is not mentioned in the Priority axis, however the principles go through all this Priority Axis, since it contributes to lowering the emission of greenhouse gasses and improves the energy efficiency. Priority Axis 4: Priority of investment 4.C. Support the energy efficiency and use of renewable energies in public infrastructure, including public buildings and housing Specific objective O.E.4.3.1 Improvement of the energy efficiency and reduction of the CO2 emissions in buildings and infrastructures for the public services".   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT - At the time the Aragon ERDF 2014-20 OP was elaborated; Circular Economy was not included as a specific action to be financed by this fund. Adding it to the use of renewable energies and the improvement of the energy efficiency would close the loop towards the maximum use of the natural resources and minimum production of waste and greenhouse emissions - Increase conscious citizen’s demand on energy efficient (and at the same time material efficient) products; involve citizens to be aware of extending the lifetime of goods e.g. repairs, second hand markets. - Improve circular economy and energy efficiency in the life cycle of products and waste through involving Aragon enterprises Which partners are working on this? Government of Aragon Policy Plan of the City of Mechelen - Beleidsplan van de stad (BBC) Since 2014, all Flemish cities have to follow the rules of the ‘policy and governance cycle’. They have to make an integrated plan (not sectoral) in which they plan for 6 years following a fixed method of strategic goals, action plans and yearly actions. The foreseen balanced budget has to be integrated in this plan as well. The plan is therefore a very powerful document to have impact on the policy and actions of the city. The plan stimulates the cities to work integrated and strategic. The year 2019 is crucial in activities, since the current planning period ends and the next starts.   Sustainability and ambitions CO2 reduction are strategic goals of the Policy Plan. However, circular economy is not included in the Policy plan.   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT - The Policy Plan has many links with resource efficiency and sustainability, however, circular economy is not explicitly mentioned. The plan needs a focus and explicit actions on circular economy and how to involve stakeholders. - The plan needs a demand driven approach to the circular economy beyond the hype or legal obligations to frame current initiatives and give way to new initiatives. - There are many bottom-up initiatives of citizens and industries, but strategic support and facilitating is needed. Which partners are working on this? City of Mechelen Sign up for the CECI 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')); CECI Tweets by CECI Latest News See all project news 25/11/2021 CECI in Circular Cities Solution Booklet CECI project presented in the Circular Cities Solution Booklet. Type: Project 24/11/2021 Interregional Workshop in Mechelen Interregional workshop in Mechelen, CECI partner meeting in Mechelen. Type: Project 17/11/2021 CECI Internal Meeting in Aragon CECI project partner Government of Aragon organizes the CECI internal dissemination event. Type: Project 15/11/2021 CECI Publication: Business Design And Thick Value Lead Partner LAB published an article in the LAB Innovations Annual Review 2021: More sustainable consumption through cooperation and pilot experiments. Type: Project 03/11/2021 CECI Article: Steps Towards Sustainable Textiles CECI related article by lead partner LAB and project partner Regional Council of Päijät-Häme, published in LAB Pro. Type: Project 03/11/2021 CECI Article: Circular Textiles thematic study This article compiles findings from Circular Textiles thematic study conducted by the Interreg Europe funded project CECI. Type: Project 02/11/2021 CECI Video - EnviRoadshow CECI Video from MSIC project partner. EnviRoadshow describes how to start an environmentally-oriented project. Type: Project 02/11/2021 CECI Learning Content Creation CECI project partner Makesense demonstrated and facilitated a video tutorial meeting for other interested CECI partners. Type: Project 25/10/2021 CECI Article CECI article by lead partner LAB and project partner Makesense, published in LAB Pro. Type: Project 22/10/2021 CECI Article: Involving Citizen in Textile Recycling CECI lead partner LAB and project partner Make sense, collaborated on a CECI article involving citizens in textile recycling. Published in LAB Pro. Type: Project Latest Events See all project events Dec 07 2021 Marseilles, France CECI Region SUD Dissemination Event CECI project will be presented in a LIFE conference about how is Europe supporting the development of waste prevention and the circular economy in Région SUD Type: Project Dec 09 2021 Lahti, Finland CECI Finland Dissemination Event CECI Finland Christmas Party – regional dissemination event. Organized by lead partner LAB and project partner Regional Council of Päijät-Häme. Type: Project Dec 09 2021 OSTRAVA, Czech Republic Upcycle trash into Christmas decoration CECI dissemination event in Ostrava, Czech Republic with a Christmas edition of SWAP & SEW: Upcycle trash into Christmas decoration Type: Project
Project summary How can we stimulate European businesses, knowledge institutes, and relevant partners to join forces to discover new ideas which could lead to innovation? That is the central question in Beyond EDP, a European Interreg project formed by eleven partners from nine countries.  Stimulating crossovers The entrepreneurial discovery process(EDP) is a process of continual interaction between businesses, knowledge institutes and, preferably, users, which aids the developments of new ideas and discoveries ("entrepreneurial discoveries"); discoveries which, if focused and supported in mutual cohesion, can grow to become a coherent palette of innovations, eventually becoming new economic strengths.  The Beyond EDP project aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial discovery process in Europe, boosting the Regional Innovation smart specialisation strategy (RIS3, in short) adopted by Europe in 2014. Knowledge institutes and businesses need each other for innovation and to turn that innovation into saleable products and practical applications. SMEs can fulfil an important role here. Among SMEs are leaders, developers, early adopters, and followers. Most companies can be classed as followers, meaning that innovation is far from a priority for many entrepreneurs. How do we stimulate innovation among these SMEs? Many European regions are faced with this problem; the Beyond EDP project was launched in 2014 for that reason. The participants share their knowledge and experience in various ways, including peer to peer reviews, joining forces to discover the success factors for stimulating innovation. They also want to know what they, as public authorities and management organisations, can do to facilitate that for companies and knowledge institutes, using tools such as financial stimulation. The aim is to create interesting crossovers on the intersections between sectors. Creating space for spontaneous ideas Various innovation environments have been created in the European regions in recent years, often supported by the ERDF Operational Programme: hubs and campuses where businesses and knowledge institutes can work on "entrepreneurial discovery" together. Sometimes together at physical locations, but often also through virtual collaboration.   This already forms a part of the RIS3: the intention to create structures throughout Europe where cohesive innovation projects can constantly be developed. The idea is that bringing entrepreneurs, knowledge institutes, and users together will form a creative space where new ideas and discoveries can thrive. The themes and schools of thought must not be decided in advance. It is intended to allow ideas to spontaneously emerge from the dynamism that develops between the parties. Focused and cohesive support can help those ideas grow into promising new economic initiatives. Europe still has a lot of room for improvement   Europe still has a long way to go in this area. The number of innovation projects needs to increase, the cohesion between innovation environments could be better, and many more business from many different sectors could join these types of initiatives.   The Beyond EDP participants want to stimulate enthusiasm for innovation in their own region, bolstering the development of new creative environments everywhere, where businesses and institutes can continually raise ideas and find out which ones have the most potential. Those ideas can then receive focused support and be further developed into concrete initiatives. These are often niches: new ideas formed by clustering and contact between companies which may never have collaborated before because they are working on completely different things. Beyond EDP: a key project for Europe The Beyond EDP project addresses the core of the European innovation strategy, making it a key project for achieving the goal that Europe wishes to achieve by 2020: an economy based on smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth(growth in which everyone has a fair share, and which therefore does not come at the cost of minority groups and stragglers). The Beyond EDP project stimulates relationships and cross-connections between regions, as well as between businesses, knowledge institutes, and other stakeholders.   The trick is to make innovation everyone's business. Not only for large companies, but also for smaller SME companies, whether they are focused on high tech or on craftsmanship. Not only in the cities, but also in the countryside. Entrepreneurial discovery comes to life in creative environments. The more parties that meet each other, the broader the creativity and the greater the chance of creating something new which, in turn, leads to other new ideas. Innovation, by definition, requires teamwork. €1,735,398.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2021 Topic Research and innovation Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Centre-Val de Loire RIS3 Given its regional industrial strengths (the industry plays a leading role in the regional economy with more than 17% of GDP and jobs) and in order to face economic and technological challenges, the Centre-Val de Loire (CVL) region has made industry renewal one of its top priority. To achieve this objective, CVL continuously seek to boost regional innovation capacity. In this context, the CVL has since 2009 been working on better understanding the concept of Smart specialisation Strategy. CVL RIS3 has been officially approved by the Regional Council on 19th of December 2013. CVL RIS3 aims to :To encourage all types of innovation by strengthening regional research and innovation capacities;To make the ecological transition an asset for the industrial fabric;To strengthen the region's attractiveness by building on the industry (such as pharmacy, chemistry, cosmetics, mechanical equipment, electrical, electronic and computer equipment) and on tourism sectors having an international dimension To enhance the creative capacities of companies through the human capitalTo increase the number of innovative companies from 1000 to 1500 by 2020.More specifically, the RIS3 objective is to increase the critical mass, visibility and attractiveness of competence centres in the 5 priorities retained in the RIS3. The policy is directly linked with the CVL ERDF OP: Axis 1 Knowledge Society (TO1 directly linked with RIS3, investment priorities 1a and 1b). Which partners are working on this? DEV'UP Centre-Val de Loire "until 31/12/2016 Centre-Val de Loire Regional Innovation Agency" RIS3 of Castilla y León 2014-2020 The Castilla y León 2014 2020 RIS3 is the regional 2014-2020 R&D and Information Society’s planning document. It is the continuation of a path that Castilla y León started in 1997, which was the precursor of many elements reflected in the previous table and today form part of the European Union’s approach. The elaboration of the Castilla y León RIS3 has followed the six step methodology published by the European Commission’s Smart Specialisation Platform. Smart specialisation of Castilla y León is the top level of the regional policies, RIS3 is articulated around 5 Priorities and 6 Objectives. TCUE is a particular measure of the RIS3, close to the EDP, as TCUE is at the centre of the regional quadruple helix (government, business, academy and society). TCUE therefore has a significant potential to improve EDP during the implementation of the RIS3. TCUE is articulated as a network of all the regional universities fostering knowledge transfer to regional companies, and entrepreneurship. ERDF OP : Axis 1 “Fostering R&D&I” and Axis 2 “Improving access to ICT” (Digital Agenda) are directly linked to RIS3. The selected measure TCUE is related to ERDF as it is included in the Priority Axis 1.2 of the ERDF Operational Programme of Castilla y León: “Fostering innovation and the development of links between companies and research centres”. Which partners are working on this? Universities and Higher Education Foundation of Castilla y León Centru RIS3 RIS3 is the output of intensified intraregional cooperation between the research sector, the business and the Public Authorities (triple helix model). This strategy is also in line with the national policies on innovation and increasing competitiveness. Coördination of the RIS3 design in our region was performed by the Centru Regional Development Agency.Functional partnership and working groups were set up:Regional Committee for Planning and Thematic working groups. Decisionmaking mechanism for RIS3:RDA Centru is in charge with drafting the RIS3The RIS3 priorities are settled by RDA Centru together with Regional Committee for Planning based on the draft prepared by RDA CentruFinally, the Regional Board of Centru Region has endorsed the RIS3 Setting up our RIS3 priorities We defined 3 horizontal directions (I, II, V) and 2 specific directions (III, IV) for reaching our goals:Building an economic culture of innovation (I)Regional research as support for regional businesses (II)Areas of excellence for a regional smart development (III)Better professional skills for a knowledgebased economy (IV)Interregional Cooperation at European level (V)The Centru RIS3 is related to the following national programmes: the Regional Operational Programme ERDF 20142020, the Operational Programme for the Competiveness 20142020, the Human Capital Operational Programme 20142020.(IV) Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Agency Centru (RDA Centru) Extremadura RIS3 Extremadura RIS3 Strategy is an integrated agenda for the economic transformation of the region. Its global objective is increasing the size, added value and global competitiveness of the socioeconomic fabric of Extremadura through policies that enable the use and development of technologies related to the region’s sources of differentiation, fundamentally based on the sustainable exploitation of natural and cultural resources and the capabilities for creating quality of life in its demographic context, in connection with the challenges of Europe 2020 and global opportunitygeneration tendencies. In particular, Extremadura RIS3 Programme C2.3 «Facilitation of Entrepreneurial Discovery Processes» aims at strengthening the links of the value chains affecting the smart specialisation and at facilitating the development of Entrepreneurial Discovery Processes to help the identification of emerging opportunities and niche sectors related to Extremadura specialisation. The success of this policy instrument demands a global approach to Research, Development and Innovation support policies so as to arrange a multi actor governance, foster the regional specialisation potential through a welldesigned combination of different instruments and asses the results achieved. RIS3 is directly linked to Extremadura ERDF OP Axis 1 "Strengthening Research, Technological Development and Innovation". Moreover, the promotion of the EDP is specifically linked to the Priority 1.2.   Which partners are working on this? Foundation FUNDECYT Scientific and Technological Park of Extremadura (FUNDECYT-PCTEX) Regional Innovation Strategy for the Lodzkie Region - „LORIS 2030” The Lodzkie Region, in accordance with the RIS 2012 is seen as a weak innovator at the secondary level of progressive growth rate of innovation. The challenge for the region, enshrined in the Regional Innovation Strategy for the Lodzkie Region (LORIS 2030) is to change this situation and try to eliminate the gap between the Lodzkie and some of the Western European regions by 2030. LORIS 2030 includes measures that support the development of entrepreneurship, strengthen the cooperation of enterprises, research and development entities, institutions of business environment and administration and promote the broadly defined innovation in all areas of economic activity. The 2nd key element is the system of management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The main object is: Outlining a vision for specific strategic industries of the region, the directions of their development, the development scenarios as well as defining the conditions of the effective implementation of the designated activities. The Specific objectives are: mapping of relationships between the groups of key technologies and the key industries; mapping of regional specialisations, including a description and conditions of creating possible networks of sciencebusiness relationships, developing the project proposals facilitating the connection and integration of the key groups of technologies with the key industries. The RIS3 is directly linked with the Lodzkie Region ROP 20142020 (Measure 1.2). Which partners are working on this? Lodzkie Region Nord-Pas de Calais RIS3 RIS3 aim at transforming regional economies, betting on regional strengths and specialisations. The RIS3 provide a framework to identify the development axis and the specialisations of the regional economy. In Nord-Pas de Calais, the RIS3 has been designed thanks to an entrepreneurial discovery process. Nord-Pas de Calais identified 6 strategic domains to work on: Transport and mobility, Nutrition and Health, Ambient Intelligence and Internet of Things, Materials, Chemistry, Recycling, Numeric picturing and Creative industries, Energy. Moreover, a list of 7 smart specialisations was established, including for example natural ingredients for health, organic textiles, polymers and composites, or design and applications of bio-based products. With the RIS3, the smart specialisations are to become the new engines of the regional economy. The first challenge is to gather forces from all the regional ecosystem on the long term and to involve all the relevant stakeholders (companies, local authorities, research centres, etc.). A second challenge is to update the RIS3 with new hypothesis of specialisation that could emerge through the EDP. Therefore the improvement of the EDP in terms of methodology, tools and know-how is a key element of the RIS3 success. RIS3 is directly linked with Nord-Pas de Calais ERDF OP : Axe 1 :TO1, SO 1.a.2 ; SO 1.b.1 TO 3, SO 3.d Which partners are working on this? North France Innovation & Development ‘until 31/03/2017’ Northern Netherlands RIS3 The Northern Netherlands (N-NLs) RIS3 aims at broadening and connecting value chains, by creating ‘cross overs’ between sectors and technologies. It supports businesses and knowledge institutes to invest in new chains, products and markets Pivotal in this process are SME’s. SMEs comprise more than 95% of all companies in the N-NLs. Analysis has shown that these SME’s appear to be insufficiently capable of exploiting existing knowledge and/or generating new knowledge. The RIS3 addresses this issue by:fostering collaboration, between businesses and between businesses and knowledge institutes improving the access to knowledge, andimproving the effectiveness and accessibility of support measures.The knowledge available within the region is insufficient to come to solutions, so cross-border collaboration plays a key role in this respect. New partnerships are envisaged to be developed, and existing partnerships are encouraged to be extended. The policy instrument aims to strengthen the knowledge base of SME’s to ensure that they are better equipped to exploit existing knowledge and generate new knowledge. It will expand the innovation system and enable more SME’s to incorporate innovation within their operation. RIS3 is directly related to the N-NLs Operational Programme ERDF through IP 1.b, SO B. Which partners are working on this? Northern Netherlands Alliance The Smart Specialisation Strategy of Östergötland (RIS3) The RIS3 of Östergötland was established by East Sweden Business Region (ESBR). Included in ESBR are the organisations in Östergötland that are partly or wholly tax funded and which work to support efforts to achieve growth. The RIS3 of Östergötland is unique, the strategy focuses on regional strengths from which all industries/branches can benefit. The five regional strengths of Östergötland are effective logistics, business models and arenas for sustainable system solutions, smart, secure and connected products and systems, simulation and visualisation and advanced materials. The next step is the improvement of the RIS3 process of Östergötland, the aim with the participation in the EDP project is to find an intelligent way of working to use our strengths so that they can add value in the form of innovations and strong competiveness in all industries and all sectors. Region Östergötland is currently trying out a new model for implementation, based on two parts; benefit of applying the strength areas and concrete tools for implementation. In order to improve the strategy, Östergötland needs to share experiences with all regions at different levels regarding RIS3, how can we learn from each other. In order to improve the RIS3, Östergötland requires knowledge regarding the entrepreneurial discovery process, regarding the implementation process of the RIS3 strategy and are also interested to within the project develop a common methodology/language towards businesses/companies. Which partners are working on this? Region Östergötland Saxony-Anhalt RIS3 The regional innovation strategy of Saxony-Anhalt (Saxony-Anhalt RIS3) fulfils the requirement as ex-ante conditionality of ERDF Funding. Moreover, it also addresses - beside the traditional definition of innovation and funding scheme of ERDF (strengthening research, technological development and innovation as well as competiveness of SME’s) – social innovation and societal challenges like demographic change, skills in demand etc. which correlates with ESF priorities (e.g. life-long learning). So, the Saxony-Anhalt RIS3 is the attempt – as development of the former cluster and innovation strategy - of an overarching strategy for various regional concepts in order to become innovation leader according to the Regional Innovation Scoreboard in 2020. The programming of ERDF and ESF – in particular ERDF priority axis 1, objective 1 and priority axis 2, objective 3 as well as ESF priority axis 1, objective 8 and priority axis 3, objective 10 – was oriented with focus of these innovation-friendly lead markets. The focus will laid on these measures financed by ERDF and ESF Operational Programme in order to share best practice with other regions with different experience and expertise. We expect that the project will help us to structure the EDP and find sustainable governance structures which enhance tailor-made public policies for the needs of regional business and academia in order to promote cooperation in the Quadruple Helix and foster growth and jobs. Which partners are working on this? Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation of Umbria Region (RIS3) The objective of Umbria Region Strategy of Research and Innovation for Smart Specialisation is: “ To activate local potential by leveraging regional assets, talents , through access to the results of research and the promotion of new entrepreneurship. " Within this general objective the strategy identifies the expected changes, such as changes and transformations intended to be carried out to build a sustainable competitive advantage for the region and for the regional production system. The priority areas of Umbria RIS3 coincide with areas of technological specialisation of the Region and they are:Energy, Smart Manufacturing/aerospace industry; Sciences of LifeAgrifood, Green chemistry.Umbria Region Strategy of Research and Innovation for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) is considered as unified and comprehensive innovation strategy to support a socio-economic change in the region. Therefore it is consider as a fundamental component of economic and development public policies. The strategy includes measures that will be activated through regional programs financed by the Structural Funds, in particular the Umbria ROP ERDF will activate RIS3 actions under the Priority Axe 1 " Research and Innovation ". Total funds of Umbria ROP ERDF: 342M€, of which 101M€ allocated to Axis 1”research and innovation” Which partners are working on this? Umbria Region Bourgogne RIS3 Franche-Comte RIS3 Several challenges were highlighted in Burgundy and in Franche-Comte for the RIS 3: strengthening the research excellence, developing partnerships for innovation, strengthening the transfer activities of public research and its impact on the economic, expanding the circle of innovative companies, developing human and technological skills for innovation... Burgundy identified 5 strategic domains to work on: nutrition and health, materials, biomedical, eco-construction and mobility. Franche-Comte identified 7 strategic domains to work on: mobility, energy, ICT, sustainable traditional food, microsystems, Microtechnique and luxury products. The first challenge concerns the governance. This aspect must be tackled not only in its strategic dimension, but also at an operational level. The success demands a global approach and to organize a multi actor governance. Therefore, the recent fusion of the regions (but not of the ERDF POs) and the elaboration of a new Regional scheme of economic development, innovation and internationalization (SRDEII) and a Regional scheme of higher education, research and innovation are changing the existing landscape. RIS3 is directly link with Burgundy and Franche-Comté ERDF: (Axis 1 “strengthening Research, Technological Development and Innovation”). Which partners are working on this? Regional Council Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (from 01/04/2017) Sign up for the Beyond EDP newsletter Subscribe now Newsletter archive Read the previous editions of the Beyond EDP Newsletter Click here Tweets by Beyond EDP Latest News See all project news 12/03/2021 Beyond EDP in the region of Extremadura Pt. 1 FUNDECYT-PCTEX chose the RIS3 of Extremadura as the policy instrument to be addressed within the Beyond EDP project Type: Project 12/03/2021 Beyond EDP in the region of Extremadura Pt. 2 FUNDECYT-PCTEX chose the RIS3 of Extremadura as the policy instrument to be addressed within the Beyond EDP project Type: Project 02/03/2021 A Northern Netherlands Matrix In recent years, we have aimed to strengthen the Northern Netherlands innovation ecosystem. Type: Project 26/02/2021 Cornerstones of Cohesion Policy: Smart Specialisation Strategies and the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process Beyond EDP’s final conference shared what has been learned and achieved collectivel.. Type: Project 29/01/2021 New governance Centre -Val de Loire 2021 is the start of the new programming period for the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Type: Project 22/01/2021 The eternal remains of an EU Project (part 1) The Otto-von-Guericke University has been one of nine partners in the Interreg Project “Beyond EDP” an European framework to foster the Ideas of “Smart speciali Type: Project 22/01/2021 The eternal remains of an EU Project (part 2) The Otto-von-Guericke University has been one of nine partners in the Interreg Project “Beyond EDP” an European framework to foster the Ideas of “Smart speciali Type: Project 04/12/2019 Monitoring Meeting in the Northern Netherlands On November 20 and November 21, the project partners of Beyond EDP gathered together once more Type: Project 02/07/2019 BeyondEDP Good Practices: an overview Several of our Beyond EDP Good Practises have been published in the Interreg Good Practice Database. Type: Project 01/07/2019 BeyondEDP phase 1 has ended At 31 March 2019 the Beyond EDP project reached the end of phase 1. Type: Project
Project summary CLAY aims at supporting the ceramic sector by prioritising new technologies, strengthening brands and developing new services to maintain competitive advantage and face the challenge of globalisation. The Artistic Ceramics represents a central part of European tradition, mainly composed by small and micro enterprises that were hit by the economic crisis and low-cost competition. For the ceramic sector, globalisation represents a challenge but also an opportunity, in this sense the sector, supported by public policies, must improve the way it conceives and develops new products, industrial processes and services, in line with the recent drive towards advanced manufacturing. The CLAY project gathers 5 regions which have both important ceramics traditions and innovative small and medium enterprises, and uses interregional exchange to identify solutions to the challenge of matching tradition and innovation, by improving regional programmes for innovation. The main goal of the project is to show that product, process design and innovation can keep tradition and modernity visible and competitive in today’s world. The overall objective is to ensure that policy instruments are adapted to support the ceramic sector to flourish in the contemporary global environment. €1,414,053.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 31 May 2023 Topic SME competitiveness Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ROP ERDF Umbria Region 2014-2020, Priority Axis 3 Competitiveness of SMEs In view of the structural characteristics and needs of the regional economic and productive system, Axis 3 of the ERDF POR invests in the consolidation and diversification of SMEs. It should help SMEs to address current economic challenges, by evolving, becoming more competitive and more open to international markets. Some specific objectives and actions are relevant to CLAY. In particular: Consolidation, modernisation and diversification of production systems: Supporting development of products and services to exploit cultural and natural attractions, with integration of SMEs in various sectors and traditional and typical product chains; Increasing the level of internationalisation of production systems: Export promotion projects for SMEs / business networks; Raising propensity to invest in the production system: finance for investments in machinery, plant and intangible assets and accompanying corporate restructuring processes. The framework is positive, but Umbria Region has highlighted weaknesses that CLAY should address. The policy has started a process to produce effects on promotion and implementation of innovation in artistic ceramics, but must now consolidate it. This particularly concerns promotion of collaboration between innovative and traditional sectors of the economy. Umbria Region has an Intelligent Factory strategy within the RIS3 (supporting the ROP). This initiative is new and requires input to promote its practical implementation. CLAY can support this. Which partners are working on this? Regional Government of Umbria ROP ERDF 2014-2020, South West Oltenia Region, Prioriry Axis 2, Investment Priority 2.1 (Thematic Objective 3 Improving the competitivensess of SMEs) The chosen policy is designed to strengthen the market position of SMEs in the competitive areas identified in the National Competitiveness Strategy and Regional Development Plans.   PA 2.1 supports Investment intangible assets and tangible assets, including modernisation for production/services areas. It also covers procurement of technological equipment and investments in development of online sale instruments for applicant’s own products/services. These types of investments are a good foundation for the type of innovation that CLAY wishes to consider for the artistic ceramics sectors.   The addressed action can provide support to enterprises classified, according to statistical classification of economic activities, within the ceramic sector including artistic ceramics (e.g. 2341 Manufacture of ceramic household and ornamental articles). However, there is a risk that the impact of the fund will be small, considering the fact that there is no special criteria to sustain these activities. The policy instrument should be improved to strengthen the market position of SMEs in the field of ceramics and crafts and to facilitate the innovation capacities of business related to this sector.   Work within CLAY is directed to influencing the policy instrument to produce some effects on promoting innovation in the production process of artistic ceramics. In order to improve they policy instrument, Partner 3 intends to make some structural changes regarding cross sector collaboration. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Agency South West Oltenia Regional Strategy of South Ostrobothnia Thematic Objective 1, Investment Priority 1.2.3 The Regional Strategy of South Ostrobothnia merges for the first time a Regional Development Plan and a Regional Programme. The strategy brings together national and EU-funded programmes to be implemented in the region. It outlines the vision of the future that South Ostrobothnia is pursuing up to 2040 and contains the region’s development targets, which are based on its possibilities and needs, and the key projects and actions for the region’s development, as well as a plan for financing them for 2014–2017. Thematic Objective 1 (Regenerative Local Industry and Commerce), investment priority 1.2.3. aims at developing the production of services and experiences to support the creative sector as a source of new business and to generate new competitiveness and added value in traditional sectors. The aim is also to strengthen entrepreneurs´ competence in electronic business activities and promote the utilisation of electronic sales and marketing channels. The strategy emphasises internationalisation and design in developing the creative sector. The theme should be improved since there is a lot of growth potential in this sector. This would be extremely beneficial for rural areas with handicraft potential. The policy should also implement projects that help to define emphasise design and specially service design as means to develop production and growth in the artistic ceramics sector. Which partners are working on this? Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia Centro regional operational programme 2014-2020 (CCI 2014PT16M20P002) CENTRO 2020 - Axis 2 (COMPETIR) is dedicated to the competitiveness and internationalisation of the regional economy. It has the main objective of strengthening competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises. It is focuses primarily on promoting entrepreneurship (facilitating support for economic exploitation of new ideas and encouraging creation of new enterprises), developing and applying new business models for SMEs, supporting creation and development of advanced products and service development capabilities, enabling SMEs to participate in growth and innovation processes. This Axis supports generic productive investment in SMEs. It also has measures for research and innovation processes in SMEs, advanced support services for SMEs and SME groups (including management, marketing and design services), development of SME activities, support for entrepreneurship and incubation, support for environmentally friendly production processes and resource efficiency measures in SMEs. It supports development and promotion of companies specialising in services for the low carbon economy and resilience to climate change. Work within CLAY is directed to influencing the policy instrument, in order to consider how this generic support can be targeted towards more specific, key sectors of the regional economy. This is particularly relevant to the traditional sectors and, in this case, specific measures that can promote innovation in the production processes of artistic ceramics SMEs. Which partners are working on this? CTCV: Technological Centre for Ceramics and Glass Regional Plan for Economic Developpement, Innovation and Internationalisation - (SRDEII) Main line 3 : To improve industrial performance of regional companies and to implement the Factory of the Future / Main line 4 : To boost the development of territories through innovation The SRDEII plan, adopted at the end of 2016, should enhance economic development for the next 15 years through 12 priority sectors. This scheme defines guidelines on business support, support for internationalisation, investment and business innovation. The European OPs and RIS3 have been integrated into the construction of SRDEII. The priority sector Ceramics Techniques and Technologies is a priority sectors of RIS3 Region Limousin, now integrated to Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The main innovation guidelines for the Region are to make the Region a leader in French industrial renewal, with support of ICTs and to help companies reach a model of competitiveness, with respect for humans and environment. In these conditions, the objectives are to: - support around 600 companies overs 5 years in moving towards the Factory of the Future - stimulate 30000 companies in all sectors to innovate and orientate 15000 of them towards innovation paths that create products and job - integrate design in the innovation ecosystem (by supporting 500 companies) and encourage cross-fertilisation. Artistic ceramics are taken into account in the priority sector « Textile, leather and craft » of the SRDEII scheme, but go far beyond this frontier regarding industrial applications and development issues arising in this sector. Hence, specific work in this sector could lead to an evolution of regional support policy. It would help them to face the challenges of competitiveness, innovation and design. Which partners are working on this? Association for the development and promotion of the european ceramic center (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')); CLAY Latest News See all project news 16/07/2021 Centro Region Action Plan Innovation, Technology and Tradition in Artistic and Artisanal Ceramics Type: Project 15/07/2021 Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia Action Plan CLAY Regional Action Plan for South Ostrobothnia, 2021 Type: Project 14/07/2021 SW Oltenia Action Plan Action Plan on the ceramics sector in the South-West Oltenia region for the period 2021-2025 Type: Project 13/07/2021 Umbria Region Action Plan The new tradition of the Ceramica made in Umbria Type: Project 07/07/2021 CLAY Action Plans: approved! CLAY Action Plans have been approved by the JS (Joint secretariat) Type: Project 12/05/2021 CLAY Project results: Taking Stock CLAY Phase 1 Final event Type: Project 12/04/2021 A Stakeholder meeting in SW Oltenia On the 8th of April 2021 a regional stakeholder meeting was held online Type: Project 03/03/2021 Steering Group and Exchange Session CLAY partners and Stakeholders met to share and discuss action plans Type: Project 02/02/2021 CLAY: The good practices leading to the action plans A list of Good Practices to support and enhance the competitiveness of small and medium European ceramic enterprises. Type: Project 01/12/2020 An online stakeholders meeting The 5th stakeholder meeting of the South-West Oltenia Regional Development Agency was held online. Type: Project Latest Events See all project events Dec 16 2021 Perugia, Italy The pandemic impact on the CLAY regions The event will investigate the pandemic impact analysis on the European Regions and the tools adopted by each CLAY region to face the impact crisis. Type: Project
Project summary The TraCS3 project addresses challenges on regional innovation infrastructures. Regional innovation infrastructures and innovation capacities are the backbone of dynamic regional innovation ecosystems. How to improve the support for regional innovation infrastructure?How to get better employment for the innovation infrastructure?Can there be more involvement in innovation value chains?TraCS3 also looks for solutions for regions to increase their innovation capacities.What is needed to build innovation and research excellence in regions?How to enable interregional collaboration?What do regions need to open up their innovation potential to the world?SMEs rely on research and innovation institutionsTo innovate, industry partly relies on research and innovation institutions. This is especially true for SMEs. The capacities of research and innovation institutions provide access to the necessary technology infrastructures. This is needed for upscaling, prototyping and validation of new solutions before an enterprise can enter the market. Gaps and opportunitiesThe project partners will look for ways to stimulate the development and utilisation of innovation infrastructures. What are the gaps and opportunities? TraCS3 aims to support further collaboration between existing infrastructures to increase innovation capacities. More innovation through interregional collaborationThe project partners seek to strengthen regional innovation potential through the interregional collaboration. They will explore opportunities to establish and improve financial schemes for use of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) outside the area of the programme. €1,698,874.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 31 May 2023 Topic Research and innovation Project objective TraCS3 The project objective is to improve regional policies in support of innovation infrastructure in S3 key priority sectors:strong innovation potentialaddress societal challengesenhance interregional cooperation This will be leading to more cooperation within and between emerging and expanding innovation ecosystems. Partners jointly work towards:support for the integration of innovation infrastructure interregional and international value chains knowledge networks  increase of innovation capacities Outputs 51 interregional learning events7 action plans 6 ERDF and 1 regional policy instruments addressed14 good practices analysed and shared95 people with increased professional capacity Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? The Operational Programme ERDF 2014-2020, North Netherlands investment priority 1.b, TO 1 .strengthening research, technological development and innovation The Policy instrument addressed is OP Priority axe 1: Innovation and within this priority the specific objective “Fostering knowledge development” and the following activity of this objective: “Knowledge development and research by businesses working in partnership with knowledge institutions or other businesses”. OP for the North Netherlands (NN) and the policy instrument addressed is directly related to the RIS3 and is used for RIS3 implementation. NN RIS3 aims at broadening and connecting (international) value chains, by creating ‘cross overs’ between sectors/clusters and technologies. It supports knowledge institutes, clusters and SME’s to invest in new (international) chains, products and markets. The Policy instrument addresses this issue by: fostering collaboration, between businesses and knowledge institutes; improving the access to knowledge, and improving the effectiveness and accessibility of support measures. The knowledge available within the region is insufficient to come to solutions, so crossborder collaboration plays a key role in this respect. New partnerships are envisaged to be developed, and existing partnerships are encouraged to be extended. The policy instrument aims to promote business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the HES, in promoting investment in product/service development, technology transfer, networking, technological and applied research, pilot lines, etc.   Which partners are working on this? Hanze University of Applied Sciences West Deal, Strategic Plan for a Sustainable Economic Transformation of West Flanders The strategic plan ‘West Deal’, describing the smart Specialisation strategy for West Flanders, is focussing on cluster development and support in a triple helix construction, involving all necessary stakeholders. It is a dynamic partnerships between suppliers, SME’s, industry, centres of academic excellence, higher education and local government, creating a broad basis for sustainable economic development and cooperation. It is theWest-Flemish approach to New Industrial Policy. West Deal concentrates on five specific clusters that pose excellent growth potential: - food - new materials ( textiles and plastics ) - mechatronics & machinery - health care economy - blue energy. West Deal is also focussing on creating the optimal framework conditions in support of this innovative and dynamic development : Modern and up-to date supportive infrastructure, development of sustainable logistic gateways and corridors, skill development , state of the art research facilities, incubators, support for innovative start-ups, etc. The international dimension of the policy instrument ‘West Deal’ can be further fine-tuned and elaborated by creating European cooperation between public authorities, agencies, reasearch centres and clusters from Europe’s most dynamic regions. Creating learning experiences and possibillities in sharing reasearch facilities and optimising infrastructure. A joint European cooperation and planning is currently not within the West Flemisch scope.     Which partners are working on this? Province of West-Flanders Operational Programme for the European Union Funds’ Investments in 2014-2020 Priority axis 1.Strengthening Research and Development and Innovation Policy instrument addressed targets to enhance research and innovation (R&I) infrastructure and capacities to develop R&I excellence, and promoting centres of competence through promoting more active use of the existing and new research, development and innovation infrastructure. OP aims to develop public and private RDI infrastructure, which is directly related to the strengthening of the economic competitiveness, and its closer linkage with the regional and European research infrastructure network. The aim of RDI financing is to achieve a more efficient exploitation of the existing RDI infrastructure for enhancing the economic competitiveness, also a more active involvement of the Lithuanian research potential into European and international networks of research institutions and researchers. OP seeks promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, networking, etc. Investments into RDI are long-term and very risky, therefore the state plays a major role in promoting them: only a small share of business entities is capable of investing into this area independently. Efforts will be made to increase the accessibility and quality of innovation support services for business and higher education institutions. Which partners are working on this? Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) The Operational Programme for the European Union Funds‘ Investments in 2014 – 2020, Priority Axis 1 – Strengthening Research and Development and Innovation General target of this activity is to mobilise and trigger innovation and research projects in the federal state (Bundesland) of Bremen. Research, development and innovation are considered key factors for economic growth and competitiveness of enterprises in the region. Therefore, more than 50% of the EFRE-funding will be spent for this priority. Within this framework a particular attention is given to the installation and upgrading of application oriented research infrastructures in the S3 key priority areas, especially in those parts of the regional economic structure, which are endued with particular strenghts, e.g. aircraft- and spacetechnologies or wind energy. It is intended to support constructional expansion of buildings, but also advanced equipment and technologies, research groups and special innovation related services. According to national studies, application oriented public and semi-public research- and innovation-institutions represent an extraordinary strength of the federal state (Bundesland) of Bremen. To make full use of these capacities for sustainable economic and social development it is intended to (1.) intensify the collabo-ration in international and interregional networks ; to (2.) enhance the cooperation in regional cluster struc-tures, especially in S3 key priority sectors; to (3.) pay higher attention to the involvement of SMEs in research and innovation structures. Which partners are working on this? University of Bremen, Institute Labour and Economy (iaw) The policy instrument addressed is Regional Operational Programme (ROP) 2014-2020 in Romania Priority concerned: Priority Axis 1 – Promoting technologic transfer, IP 1b for promoting investment in R&D, developing links and synergies between businesses, research and development centres and higher education, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation and public service applications, stimulating demand, networking and groups of open innovation through smart specialization, as well as supporting technological and applied research activities, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advanced and first production capacities In Romania, R&D&I support is extremely low in relation to 2020 targets (3% - EU and 2% - RO), being largely inefficient, with a fragmented research and innovation system, insufficiently demand-driven priorities, international connections weakness, lack of a critical mass concerning the quality of research results which do not turn into applied research and innovative applications, poor links between education, research and the business environment. It is therefore necessary to create new such innovation and technology transfer infrastructures as well as to further develop the existing ones so that they can operate in an optim way as intermediaries between innovation demand based on the needs identified on the market and diversified supply of research results, adapted to the demand.   Which partners are working on this? North-East Regional Development Agency Finland’s structural funds program, Priority axis 2 Producing and using the latest knowledge and skills (ERDF) Specific objective 4.1 Developing research, competence and innovation clusters that draw from regional strengths As a result of specific objective 4.1 measures, new innovation clusters drawing from new regional strengths and smart specialisation will be established. The goal is that by 2020 R&D investments have increased and the range of innovations has widened in line with regional strategies of smart specialisation. This growth has been possible because the OP promotes business investment in R&I, develops links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialization. Furthermore, new practices and tools for the development of open innovation platforms, both campus- and urban area-based, will be created. In order to be more competitive European companies and clusters must develop Europe-wide value chains. The Finnish OP for Structural Funds recognizes weakly this international and interregional aspect. This is why we need Interreg Europe projects to develop these European value chains. Whereas in S34Growth Interreg Europe project the focus is on enhancing interregional utilization of structural funds in a Tampere region S3 spearhead of renewing industry, in TRACS3 project, the focus is on S3 spearheads of smart city and bio and health branches. Which partners are working on this? The Baltic Institute of Finland The Operational Program: Castilla-La Mancha ERDF 2014-20 OP (T01 Research and Innovation) ERDF OP for Castilla-La Mancha 2014-2020, derived from the RIS3, and through Priority 1, is essential to build the RDI Regional System in Castilla-La Mancha (CLM), the main pillar for knowledge creation and innovations, and tthe foundation to increase the region competitiveness and its economic development. It is closely related with (and built according to) the CLM RIS3. OP recognizes the essential role of innovation infrastructure and innovation capacities to build the Regional RDI System. The industry in Castilla-La Mancha is scarce, as it is the “industry-industry” networking and collaboration culture, which is mostly reduced to simple business associations with commercial purposes. Priority 1, Area 1b includes: promotion of relationships and development of synergies between companies & research centers; technology transfer; networking; clusters and open innovation. Specific objective: Promotion of companies’ leadership in research and innovation activities; creation and consolidation of innovative companies. Measures: Public-private partnership on innovation and knowledge transfer; Cooperation program including all the actor of the regional science and technology system. Specific objective: Knowledge transfer and cooperation between companies and research centers. Measures: Creation of cooperation networks between the actors of the regional science, technology and innovation system; Improvement of coordination and collaboration between companies and research centers       Which partners are working on this? Business Innovation Center of Albacete Sign up for the TraCS3 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')); TraCS3 Tweets by TraCS3 Latest News See all project news 29/11/2021 Starting the Innovation Agency in Lithuania The Innovation Agency in Lithuania should be launched early next year; it will be the only body responsible for the development of the entire innovation... Type: Project 29/11/2021 TraCS3 moving on! Horizon Europe Innovation Ecosystems and Interregional Innovation Investments Type: Project 28/11/2021 TraCS3 developments from West-Flanders, Belgium News update and developments from TraCS3-partner West-Flanders in Belgium Type: Project 25/11/2021 Dissemination and Stakeholder Event in Bremen On Thursday, November 25th, a joint regional dissemination and stakeholder event on the topic “Smart Specialization and Innovation" was held. Type: Project 25/11/2021 Dissemination event in Lithuania Tracs3 dissemination event took place in Lithuania on 25th of November 2021 Type: Project 29/10/2021 TraCS3 partner meeting hosted by CEEI Albacete On 27th and 28th of October 2021, the European Business and Innovation Center of Albacete hosted a new Partner Virtual Meeting of the Interreg Project TraCS3 Type: Project 14/10/2021 Stakeholder meeting organized by MITA The last stakeholder meeting of the TraCS3 project’s first phase was organized by MITA today. Type: Project 14/10/2021 Tampere Regional Stakeholder Group in October The project stakeholders of Tampere region came together for an online meeting mid-October. Type: Project 29/06/2021 Project meeting in Lithuania a great success! Lithuania has something to be proud of - the best practices presented at the virtual event got international partners‘ attention! Type: Project 20/05/2021 Investment Manufacturing Innovation Valley Vilnius The Manufacturing Innovation Valley will open doors in Vilnius to provide a platform for small manufacturers, start-ups, technology developers, researchers etc. Type: Project
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'Legends of Āraiši' has won 2nd prize in the 'Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism 2019' Awards, in the category: CCIs contribution to CCT
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Interregional workshop in Mechelen, CECI partner meeting in Mechelen.
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Project summary Cultural and natural heritage is very important at all levels, local, regional, national and European, consisting of several dimensions that can lead to resource efficiency, through deployment for sustainable and responsible tourism development with innovative character. Policies for heritage applications to eco-cultural tourism need to be further developed, implemented and monitored, through interregional cooperation. The common challenges that are jointly tackled in the CHRISTA project are:natural & Cultural Heritage assets are valuable treasures, sometimes in danger and in need of proper conservation, preservation and/or restoration,these assets can be deployed for the purposes of sustainable and responsible tourism development, namely cultural tourism, heritage tourism and ecotourism,the tourism potential of these assets may facilitate the preservation and restoration efforts, if performed in a sustainable and responsible way, innovation can contribute greatly towards improving cultural and natural heritage policies for sustainable and responsible tourism development.The overall objective is to protect and preserve natural and cultural heritage assets and deploy them for the development and promotion of innovative, sustainable and responsible tourism strategies, including intangible and industrial heritage, through interpretation and digitisation, with capitalisation of good practices, policy learning, policy implementation and capacity building. Expected changes are in terms of improved policy instruments in destination regions, advances in relevant policy implementation, upgrading of cultural and natural assets and innovative applications. Main outputs are Action Plans, with implementation and monitoring of improved policy instruments in 9 regions, communication and dissemination tools for policy learning and capacity building, contribution to EU policies and EU2020 targets. The beneficiaries are public authorities and their stakeholders. €1,920,199.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 30 Sep 2020 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Regional Operational Programme of Veneto Region. Investment Priority 3b – Action 3.3.4. (Does not apply to the 5th call). The regional Operation Programme (ROP) pursues the aim of a Sustainable Regional Development through the safeguard of natural and cultural heritage, particularly in the islands of Venetian Lagoon. Within the ROP, Tourism related actions are integrated within OT3 (thematic objective). Axis 3 Objectives: 3a) Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms. Focus on Action 3.3.4, pursuing the preservation and protection of cultural heritage especially by involving all stakeholders, including SMEs operating in sustainable services, as a tool to protect and revitalize the natural environment of the islands and cultural heritage. Main features: To maintain long-term leadership in the tourism sector and to become more competitive, the Veneto Region must meet the challenge to make more sustainable the impact of its tourism industry on lands and on local populations, through: - gradually shifting tourist flows from the destinations with greater burden while involving smaller destinations; - encouraging new tourism models that maintain the interest for a destination throughout the year, able to actively involve the population and the local economy. The Veneto Region could qualify its tourism offer, also promoting the great cultural and natural heritage. The focus is on a target area: the Venetian islands where to implement the policy instrument adopting innovative tourist models. Which partners are working on this? Veneto Region Regional Operational Programme of Region of Central Macedonia Operational Programme according to the objective ‘INVESTMENT FOR GROWTH AND JOBS" (Regional Operational Programme of Central Macedonia) Thematic Objective 6 deals with Environmental protection and efficient use of resources. Based on regional identified needs a priority is the protection and promotion of cultural heritage, emphasizing archaeological sites, historical and religious monuments and the improvement of museums. It is important to mention that the cultural heritage of the region is under pressure from illegal construction and urban sprawl in peri-urban areas, wooded areas and tourist areas (eg mountain and coastal), with attendant land-use conflicts and environmental impacts. For these reasons the need of proper conservation, preservation and/or restoration is more than necessary. There is a focus on environmental aspects and pressures that affect the cultural heritage. However, there is a need to improve the intangible heritage, through interpretation facilities and innovation / digitization activities towards the enhancement of policies for sustainable and responsible tourism. All cultural assets can be deployed for the purposes of sustainable and responsible tourism, namely cultural tourism, heritage tourism and ecotourism. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Fund of Central Macedonia on behalf of the Region of Central Macedonia Cultural Plan for Region Västra Götaland 2016-2018. (Does not apply to the 5th call). The Cultural Plan for region Västra Götaland is a development plan regulated by Swedish Law dealing with regional development on culture. The Cultural Plan describes the main priorities in the area of culture and cultural heritage in the region over a three year period. Industrial heritage is one of the prioritised areas to be further developed in Västra Götaland over the years to come. In a historical perspective Västra Götaland is a heavy industrial region with car factories, shipyards, textile industry, biochemical industry and a wide range of small scale production. It is the importance of understanding how the change of the industrial society affects the development of society in general and the life of individuals. Participatory methods involving the inhabitants is a vital ingredient in the process of understanding the past, the present and to draw conclusions about the future of Västra Götaland as an industrial region. Tourism is an important tool for regional development. But tourism can also be an area of cultural development. Tourism is a way of participation and could be more of incentive based development for the cultural sector. The cultural sector can provide interesting content for destination development as well. International cooperation and exchange are important parts of the Culture Plan. The plan also relates to European and national goals for culture and development. Which partners are working on this? Region Västra Götaland ERDF Operational Programme. Autonomous Regional Government of Andalusia. Thematic Objective 6. Preserving and protecting environment and promoting resource efficiency The specific Objective 6 is specified through strategic lines of actions (ELA). Three of them are of interest to be improved: - “Actions for the protection, development and promotion of cultural heritage” - “Actions for the protection, development and promotion of natural areas, in particular those with a tourist interest” - “Investment for the development of actions that minimise the threats to the conservation of natural areas and biodiversity, with especial interest to the Natura 2000 Network”. The Regional Operational Programme of Andalusia is still a draft, so it can easily be improved. Which partners are working on this? County Council of Granada Tourism Development Strategy for Vidzeme region The main objectives of the Strategy are: to promote development of tourism sector by increasing economical indicators, to develop & promote tourism-friendly environment by encouraging residents patriotism and hospitality taking into account preservation and develoment of nature and cultural heritage, as well as building Vidzeme region as recognisable and popular travel destination between countries of Baltic Sea. It includes 3 main priorities: market research, regional marketing and development of high quality tourism. Having regard to the current development at regional level, the focus must be set on sustainability, viz: - re-assessment and gathering of the new information on the current regional situation since the previous document, - elaboration of the the critical deficiencies that have not improved since the previous document has been adopted  - in-depth analysis of the current regional situation, by taking into account the changes at regional level - development of new measures and suggestions that need to be adopted at regional level, by taking into account the needs of the stakeholders. Improvements in present Strategy must be characterized by exact measures and indicators that need to be improved, following a methodological pattern from in-depth analysis to priority recommendations and follow-up of the results at the regional level. Which partners are working on this? Vidzeme Tourism Association Pafos Regional Strategic Tourism Development Plan As part of the repositioning strategy of Cyprus, Pafos had decided to prepare their own vision for tourism development and to create a separate product (regional brand) utilizing and investing in the available merits. This resulted in the 'Pafos Regional Strategic Tourism Development Plan' launched in 2008 with a 5-year implementation horizon initially. The Strategy places particular emphasis on cultural & heritage tourism. Cultural Tourism ranks as first priority category, considered one of the fast growing segments of the global tourism industry, with huge benefits. Cultural Tourism is associated with current expectations of travellers on learning a different way of life and understanding of another culture, is among the special forms of tourism which are designed to target specific segments and is considered a product with high growth prospects. There is great need of updating and upgrading this policy instrument, in the light of the rapidly changing tourism demand and developments in the cultural status of Pafos, such as the selection of Pafos to be the 2017 European Capital of Culture. The Strategic Plan must have a new target year of 2020 and beyond. A key purpose of the upgraded and enhanced policy instrument is the preparation of Action Plans. There is scope of interfacing with the 'Operational Programme Competitiveness & Sustainable Development'; the improved policy instrument can form the basis for mainstreaming into European Structural and Investment Funds. Which partners are working on this? Pafos Regional Board of Tourism The Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 The Regional Operational Programme (ROP) 2014-2020, thematic objective 5, Investment priority: 5.1 has following priorities: the conservation, the protection, the promotion and the sustainable development of the natural and cultural heritage. The policy focuses on the restoration of the historic monuments listed in the universal and national heritage lists, or classified historic monuments in urban areas, in order to raise their tourism attractiveness and thus contribute to the overall competitiveness of the region. The restoration works are extremely important, but there is also a need to raise awareness about the use of authentic building materials; to involve the local communities and create synergies between culture and tourism; to innovate by integrating intangible cultural heritage, events facilities, interpretation skills and new technologies in the visitor experience, as a means to ensure long-term attractiveness and economic growth. The ROP is based on the common development priorities proposed in the Regional Development Plans for the 2014-2020 period drawn-up by each of the eight RDAs, one of which is RDA Centre (RDAC). Sibiu County Tourism Association (SCTA) is missioned by the regional administration (Sibiu County Council) to develop and implement its strategic plan for tourism involving all the relevant stakeholders at all levels. SCTA has been directly involved by its public members with RDAC in the development of the new ROP 2014-2020. Which partners are working on this? Sibiu County Tourism Association The Municipal Development Plan 2014 – 2020 of Burgas Municipality It is a major strategic document for sustainable and integrated social and economic development of the Burgas Municipality for the following 7- year period. It defines the development framework for the new programming period through integrating the economic, environmental, social and infrastructure aspects of the desired sustainable and balanced growth. The Plan identifies a few strategic aims, which should be achieved and built on: Strategic objective 1: Sustainable development on the territory of the municipality and environmental protection;Strategic objective 2: Increasing the quality of life standard. Under these two aims the following Priority 2 Integrated territorial development is envisaged comprising Measure 5 Tourism development, integrated tourist products and creative industries. The Municipal strategy for sustainable tourism development will pave the way and provide the necessary basis and strategic directions for the realization of the measure. On a wider scope this will provide an opportunity for the realization of the Municipal vision – “Burgas – a key city of the Black Sea region – the eastern gate to the EU, Burgas – a city of High Technologies, Energy, Management, Industry, Education, Tourism and Environment”  Which partners are working on this? Burgas Municipality Regional Operational Programme North 2020 - Axis 6 - Investment Priority 8b - 6.5.1 It is a broad policy instrument that includes tourism as one of its objectives under Axis 6 - Investment Priority 8b - 6.5.1. Assure economical value of endogenous low density spaces resources, through the improvement of specific strategies for the promotion of territorial competitiveness. It aims to share endogenous resources, creating value and jobs, among other strategies through tourism and includes a wide range of measures for the improvement of competitiveness in the North region. It identifies several endogenous resources with a touristic potential and aims to transform them in real parts of the touristic sharing process with equilibrium between the public's needs and offer possibilities. Among these identified resources the policy instrument counts with the development of new uses for declining industrial regions as well as the accessibility to cultural and natural resources. In the adaptation of industrial regions to new uses there is always a gain in a cultural approach. Tourism looking to know old and new ways of doing things can be profited from, and help to create jobs and improve cultural interaction if units are prepared for visitors and accessible. The aim of creating accessibility, both physical and intellectual, provides the means to create self-consciousness and an environment of trust and self-esteem, by showing evidence of the value of regional entrepreneurship that will help to shift change and renew trust to an industrial ecosystem. Which partners are working on this? Intermunicipal Community of Ave Sign up for the CHRISTA newsletter Subscribe now Our project contributes to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 Read more (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')); CHRISTA Tweets by CHRISTA Latest News See all project news 15/10/2021 ReInHerit survey on cultural heritage digitalisation CHRISTA partnership supports the ReInHerit H2020 CSA survey on cultural heritage digitalisation, by both professionals and visitors (www.reihnerit.eu) Type: Project 01/10/2021 CHRISTA extended to Sep. 2022 for pandemic impacts CHRISTA project has been extended till September 2022, in order to consider the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic impacts and how to regenerate cultural tourism! Type: Project 26/02/2021 CHRISTA Declaration launched ! This Declaration is launched by CHRISTA Interreg Europe project partners, based on the results of interregional cooperation, exchange of experience and action Type: Project 21/12/2020 Final Conference Video recording available online Video recording of the CHRISTA Interreg Europe project final Conference is available online Type: Project 26/11/2020 CHRISTA Project at the CultureInvest Congress 2020 The results of the CHRISTA Project were presented at the 12th CultureInvest Congress, on 26 November 2020. Type: Project 01/11/2019 Veneto Association wins Sustainable Tourism Prize! “Operatori Turismo Sostenibile della Laguna di Venezia” - Association of Sustainable Tourism Companies in the Venice Lagoon, Veneto, IT, has won ECTN Award. Type: Project 31/10/2019 Pafos Action wins Intangible Heritage Tourism Award! Phyti Community Council, Cyprus, won the 2nd prize in the ECTN Awards 2019 for intangible heritage of traditional weaving, an action in the Pafos action plan. Type: Project 28/10/2019 High-level dissemination event held in Granada ES The closing conference of CHRISTA Project (high level dissemination event) was held in Granada, Spain, on 24-26 October 2019, organised by ECTN advisory partner Type: Project 02/04/2019 CHRISTA is theme of the 6th Cultural Tourism Awards The CHRISTA Project title is selected as the main them of the 2019 edition of the ECTN Awards 'Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism' ! Type: Project 27/03/2019 Action Plans under Implementation - first resuls CHRISTA Action Plans are under implementation in Phase 2 and the first results are becoming visible Type: Project
    Database of case studies This page gathers all the case studies of the INTHERWASTE project on waste management in Heritage cities. The practices come from within the partnership (Córdoba, Ibiza, Krakow, Porto, Tallinn) as well as other cities. They are divided according to different themes explored during INTHERWASTE thematic seminars. 1. Waste Deposit in Heritage Areas Waste houses/Stores/EcopointsCórdoba: Ecopoints-Waste RoomsTallinn: Waste StorehousesSpecial procedures and agreements arrangedFlorence: Implementation process of underground waste collectionKrakow: Deposit/recovery from 6am to 10amCórdoba: Agreements with great producers for door-to-door collectionPorto: Agreements with great producers for door-to-door collectionIbiza: Implementation of mobile clean pointContainer-systems in Heritage areasFlorence: Underground stations in Unesco sitesTallinn: Underground containers for mixed wastePorto: Underground containersKrakow: Unified contrainer-systemIbiza: Adaptation of waste glass containers for better commercial waste collection 2. Selective Collection in Heritage Areas Use of a specific instrument serving separate collectionKrakow: "Bring-in sites"Bergen: Underground waste system / Flexible feeTallinn: Deposit packaging refund systemIbiza: Awareness campaigns on selective collectionManagement/Strategy related to selective collection schemeCórdoba: Separate collection dry-moist fractionPorto: Interaction and Integration of different collection systemsKrakow: Selective waste collection services for bulky waste, green waste, WEEEs and waste textilesSpecific fractionTallinn: Separate collection of used clothingIbiza: Specific collection of commercial paperboardCórdoba: Promotion of separation in the organic fractionPorto: Food waste selective collection 3. Urban Integration in Heritage Areas Integration with the Urban DécorPorto: Creating the "Perfect Spot" from the renewal of an old systemKrakow: The maintenance of cleanliness and order in the cityTallinn: Restrictions on waste collection in the Old townTallinn: Location of waste containers in the Old townAesthetic solutions Bornholm: Aesthetic integration in the cityCórdoba: Covers for containers in the historical city centreIbiza: Aesthetic integration of the bins in the area of Dalt VilaPorto: Encasement solutions to improve urban integrationKrakow: Aesthetic solutions in the waste management system  4. Waste Minimization in Heritage Areas Financial (dis)incentivesBarcelona: Fee-rebate scheme in the waste charge of the Metropolitan AreaMiravet: Pay-as-you-throwWarsaw: The Vistula District along the riverCórdoba: Pay-as-you-throw for BusinessesCountering Food WasteBruges: Innovation to reduce Food waste in health care facilitiesIbiza: Boc'n'Roll: Raising awareness on Food waste in schoolsTallinn: Estonian Food Bank against Food waste Organic Waste reductionCórdoba: "The Little Garden" project in schools    Sign up for the INTHERWASTE newsletter Subscribe now Join us! The 4th INTHERWASTE Thematic Seminar took place on 13 June in Cordoba. It focused on "Waste minimization in Heritage Areas'. Find the presentations Tweets by INTHERWASTE
Czech Republic (Česká Republika) 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 Czech Republic (Česká Republika). Pavel Lukeš Send me an email Organisation Ministry of Regional Development Staromestske nam. 6 Office: Letenska 3 Prague 1 110 15 Czech Republic (Česká Republika) View website × Contact Pavel 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 Pavel a message... First name: Last name: Email address: Message: Send Display Project Ideas Display Events Display Projects Country-specific information First level control information First level control information This section provides information on the system set up for first level control in your country. Any costs associated with this control are indicated so they can be planned for in any project budget. The system The Czech Republic has opted for a centralised first level control system. Expenditure of Czech project partners will thus have to be checked and confirmed by the following body: Centre for Regional Development of the Czech Republic (hereinafter referred to as “Centre”)Department of European Territorial Cooperation. U Nákladového nádraží 3144/4, 130 00 Praha 3 Contact person:Markéta WeingärtnerováUnit of administration and ETC project controlPhone: +420 225 855 231E-mail: [email protected] This body has two regional offices. The first level control will be performed by the regional offices of the Centre depending on the region where the partner is located. Contact details of the regional offices are available below. Project partners located in Bohemia: Centre for Regional Development of the Czech Republic – regional office NUTS II Severovýchod – Hradec Králové Contact person:Petra MarkováHead of the regional officePhone: +420 499 420 620E-mail: [email protected] Address and all contact details can be found here Project partners located in Moravia and Silesia: Centre for Regional Development of the Czech Republic – regional office NUTS II Moravskoslezsko - Ostrava Contact person:Irena KirchnerováHead of the regional officePhone: +420 597 570 933E-mail: [email protected] Address and all contact details can be found here The project partners are asked to submit their progress report to the first level control body for verification and confirmation within 15 days after the end of each reporting period. Based on the good practice used for verification of expenditure in the Czech Republic for previous programme Interreg IVC,  all Czech project partners can submit expenditure for verification to controllers only if the amount of the expenditures is above 7.500€ and/or at least once a year.Czech project partners can submit expenditures for verification to controllers also below 7.500€ threshold. However in this case they first need to get an approval by the respective controllers. Notwithstanding the financial threshold, Czech project partners have to submit partner report (activity part) every reporting period. The costs The above-mentioned body will perform the first level control free of charge to Czech project partners. On-the-spot checks The first level control body will organise on-the-spot-checks on a sample basis using a risk-based approach. In addition, Czech Lead Partners will be checked at least once during the project lifetime. The on-the-spot-checks can be performed only after the submission of the first request for expenditure certification and no later than the date of the submission of the last request for expenditure certification. Guidance for Czech Beneficiaries (Pokyny pro příjemce ke kontrole) were published on national level in order to help partners through the control process. The guidance can be downloaded here in the section „Dokumenty“, „Pokyny pro příjemce“ Upcoming events in Czech Republic (Česká Republika) Dec 09 2021 OSTRAVA, Czech Republic Upcycle trash into Christmas decoration CECI dissemination event in Ostrava, Czech Republic with a Christmas edition of SWAP & SEW: Upcycle trash into Christmas decoration Type: Project Latest Projects SKILLS+ Supporting knowledge capacity in ICT among SME to engage in growth and... 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