A Network is a simple form of cooperation,

designed especially for the exchange of

experience within a big group of public authorities

or public equivalent bodies that share the same

characteristics, face the same problems or deal

with the same issues. INTERREG IIIC Networks

are encouraged to cover a wide geographical



From at least five countries; three must be EU

Member States

ERDF contribution for each operation (eur)

200.000 to 1.000.000



Agora des ressources humaines en Euro Mediterranée à l’horizon 2025

Themes of cooperation: Employment, Social Inclusion, Human Resources and Education

Duration: January 2004 - December 2006

Total budget: 1 777 286 EUR - ERDF contribution: 953 043 EUR

Topic for cooperation: INTERREG programmes

Partnership: Euromed Marseille - Ecole de Management (Marseille, FR); Spanish

Association of Personnel Management (Madrid, ES); Association of Personnel Managers

and trainers (MA); Italian Association of Personnel Management (Piemonte, IT);

Algerian Association of Human Resources (DZ); Portuguese Association of Human

Resource Management and Techniques (Lisboa e Vale do Tejo, PT); Association of

Training Managers and Human resources in Companies (TN)

Lead partner institution: Euromed Marseille Ecole de Management

Contact person: François Silva

Address: Domaine de Luminy, BP 921 6 13288 Marseille Cedex 9, France

Telephone: +33 680184029



The Agora Human Resource Project brings together eleven

associations from eight different Mediterranean countries with

the aim of analysing Human Resource Management practises in

the Euromediterranean area. Euromed Marseille Ecole de Management

is the Agora HR project leader.

The Agora Human Resources project is subdivided into four

areas that correspond to the four main themes of the network:

• “Demographic evolution and its effect on Human Resources”

• “The evolution of Human Resources in Euromed countries”

• “The Social Responsibility of Organisations”

• “Benchmarking of the different Human Resource

Management associations”


The general objective of the project is to create a think-tank of

university students and Human Resource professionals in order

to exchange opinions regarding Human Resource Management

practises in Mediterranean countries.

The work groups (organised according to subjects) have

obtained results related to the four themes of the network,

taking into account the current situation of the partner regions

as well as the efforts made in the framework of national policies.

The aim of AGORA HR is to bring out both the convergences

and the differences in establishing human resource policies in

order to produce a dynamic “Euromediterranean” model.


Great similarities have been identified in Human Resource

Management practises in the different countries, a fact which

suggests that it is possible to have a «Euromediterranean

Human Resource» model.

Given that the project partners are Human Resource

Management institutions, the purpose of the network is to

constitute a permanent and fruitful think-tank and to facilitate

the exchange of experience in the eastern basin of the Mediterranean.This

will allow professional and academics working in

Human Resource Management to have a solid base of reference

and research of each country.The partners can use this base to

translate the vision of each association with respect to problems

to be solved and to influence corresponding policies.


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Adaptation and Mitigation – an integrated climate policy approach

Themes of cooperation: Environment, Risk Prevention, Energy and Natural Resources

Duration: July 2005 - December 2007

Total budget: 827 561 EUR - ERDF contribution: 436 980 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Climate Alliance (Hessen, DE); Landeshauptstadt Dresden, City of

Dresden, (Sachsen, DE); Upper Austrian Academy for Environment and Nature

(Oberösterreich, AT); Climate Alliance Netherlands (Gelderland, NL); HESPUL

(Rhône-Alpes, FR); Climate Alliance Italy (Umbria, IT); Province of Ferrara (Emilia-

Romagna, IT); City of Venice (Veneto, IT); Climate Alliance Austria (Wien, AT); City of

Stuttgart (Baden-Württemberg, DE)

Lead partner institution: Climate Alliance

Contact person: Gotelind Alber

Address: Galvanistr. 28, 60486 Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany

Telephone: +49 697171390 - Fax: +49 6971713993

Email: - Website:


Global climate change has become a major public policy issue in

recent decades. Extreme weather conditions such as severe

droughts and flooding are forcing governments to think about

the likely impacts of the problem in practical terms. Local and

regional governments have a vital role to play in national,

European and global efforts to reduce humanity’s contribution to

future climate change. Moreover, regions and localities must also

establish practical plans to adapt to the increasingly apparent

impacts of future climate change on local communities.


AMICA is looking at ways to address climate change at local and

regional level. The project seeks to increase the effectiveness of

climate policy and strike a balance between precautionary and

responsive measures to deal with both the causes and the short

and long-term consequences of this global phenomenon.


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AMICA’s partner authorities are developing strategies to adapt

to climate change, by limiting their exposure to its effects and

minimising damage where it occurs. In parallel, partners are

enhancing regional and local climate protection strategies

(mitigation), with a focus on those that combine improved

environmental quality with regional economic development and

job creation. They will also identify overlaps and synergies

between adaptation and mitigation measures in order to prepare

enhanced comprehensive action programmes.

In addition, AMICA’s activities are increasing local expertise on

climate issues by sharing good practice. Partners are improving

decision-making by learning to integrate climate concerns into

regional development plans and by better coordinating work

ongoing in different policy areas. The project is also raising

business, government and citizen awareness of the local and

regional impacts of climate change and creating a lasting network

of partners to implement and further develop its results.


Access and Regeneration of Cultural Heritage in Walled Towns

Themes of cooperation: Heritage, Culture and Tourism

Duration: September 2004 - August 2007

Total budget: 792 800 EUR - ERDF contribution: 459 725 EUR

Topic of cooperation: URBAN

Partnership: Chester City Council (North West (Inc. Merseyside), UK); Municipality

of Piran (SI); Valletta Local Council (MT); Municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch

(Noord-Brabant, NL); Arabarri (Pais Vasco, ES); Municipality of Lucca (Toscana, IT);

Verona City Council (Veneto, IT); Municipality of Pecs (Kozep-Magyarorszag, HU);

University of West of England, Bristol (South West, UK); Municipality of Lorrach

(Baden-Württemberg, DE)

Lead partner institution: Chester City Council

Contact person: Chris Lines

Telephone: +44 1244402332

Email: /



ARCHWAY is addressing the problem of how to develop a

vibrant modern environment within the constraints imposed

by a walled town. While such towns are keen to develop and

find ways of attracting more visitors, they also want to

preserve their distinctive nature.This involves a range of issues

such as transport development, spatial planning, conservation,

protection, enhancement and management of cultural heritage

and tourism development. ARCHWAY is also working out

how to improve access within and around walled towns for

those with mobility problems.


ARCHWAY is developing a pan-European network for walled

towns, enabling them to share information and exchange best

practice on issues that affect them all. Building on the

experience of the Walled Town Friendship Circle (WTFC), the

network intends to become the principal source of European

policy, good practice, innovation and excellence in the

conservation, promotion, development, management and

spatial planning of historic places.

ARCHWAY is holding five sets of themed workshops that will

lead to the publication of five separate good practice guides,

each dealing with a particular topic: spatial planning, transport,

tourism development and management, cultural development

and conservation.The operation is also developing the WTFC

website as a forum for developing, sharing and debating best


Broader results of the operation include getting 10 partners

involved in an interregional learning experience and

strengthening the WTFC as an organisation that can both

shape and influence policies affecting walled towns across

Europe. In the long term, the operation will also contribute to

the sustainable and spatial development of walled towns and

stimulate job creation both within the towns and in the areas

around them.



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Achieving the socio-economic re-use of former military land & heritage (fortifications, arsenals, dockyards, etc.)

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning, Territorial Regeneration and Urban


Duration: January 2004 - November 2006

Total budget: 1 131 920.26 EUR - ERDF contribution: 683 721.13 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership: Medway Council (South East, UK); Hanseatic City of Rostock (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,

DE); Municipality of Thessaloniki (Thessalia, GR); Cartagena

Research and Investigation Centre (Murcia, ES); Polytechnic University of Cartagena

(Murcia, ES); Council of Charente Maritime (Poitou-Charentes, FR); Marco Polo Sys

tem,Venice (Veneto, IT); New Dutch Waterline (Utrecht, NL); Karlskrona Muni cipality

(Sydsverige, SE)

Lead partner institution: Medway Council

Contact person: Joanne Cable - Address: 95 High Street Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX, UK.

Telephone: +44 1634828878 - Fax: +44 1634817704

Email: - Website:


ASCEND brings together regions whose military installations

were once major contributors to the local economy, and which

shaped the socio-cultural identity of the area. Various factors

have led to the withdrawal or dramatic reduction of this

presence and each partner has consequently experienced

severe socio-economic difficulties.This raises questions on how

best to utilise the abandoned heritage within the civilian sector

for the benefit of the region. This problem can affect many

regions in Europe, particularly in the new Member States.


ASCEND aims to produce, via a series of European discussion

groups, a Model Management Framework for the transfer of

military sites and heritage from the defence sector into civilian

ownership. The project also aims to present EU Policy

recommendations, and to analyse the contribution made to

date by Objective 1 and 2 Operational Programmes.

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The Model Management Framework is based on a minimum

of 25 best practice case study examples from the partner

regions and is used by the partnership to develop delivery

plans for their own regions. It will also be disseminated broadly

throughout Europe in order to ensure assistance for other

affected regions. The policy recommendations assist, in

particular, the new Member States of the EU, whilst several

pertinent partnerships are emerging organically from the

project’s activities to inform future development work in this

field.The project also involves and informs national Ministry of

Defence equivalents in each partner country.

Activities include the creation of a Database Map, detailing

former military heritage throughout Europe and its reuses,

which is to remain active after the project terminates; a

feasibility analysis of the establishment of a pan-European

agency specialising in the reuse of military heritage; and the

hosting of twelve discussion seminars based on three

identified themes (management mechanisms involved in

converting sites to civilian use, transforming abandoned sites

into proven tourism assets and establishing former sites as

clusters of knowledge-based economic activity e.g. universities,

research and development, small businesses).



Network of automotive regions

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning, Territorial Regeneration and Urban


Duration: July 2005 - December 2007

Total budget: 1 546 382.94 EUR - ERDF contribution: 856 498.74 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership: Limburg Economic Council (Vlaams Gewest, BE); Lower Normandy

Development Agency (Basse-Normandie, FR); Regional Economic Development

Agency of Castilla y Leon (Castilla y Léon, ES); Department of Innovation, Industry

and Commerce Galician Government (Galicia, ES); Comunimprese Scarl (Lombardia,

IT); European Association of Development Agencies - EURADA (Reg. Bruxelles, BE);

Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation (WRS) (Baden-Württemberg,

DE); Economic Development Agency of Pays de Montbéliard (Franche-Comte, FR);

City of Leipzig (Sachsen, DE); Luton Borough Council (Eastern, UK); Regional

Development Agency for East Flanders (Vlaams Gewest, BE); City of Gent Economic

Service - Employment and Economic Department (Vlaams Gewest, BE); City of Genk

(Vlaams Gewest, BE); Regional Development Authority Antwerp (Vlaams Gewest, BE);

Limburg Development Company LIOF (Limburg, NL); City of Sittard-Geleen

(Limburg, NL); Province of Turin (Piemonte, IT); City of Antwerp (Vlaams Gewest, BE);

Province of Milan (Lombardia, IT)

Lead partner institution: Limburgse Economische Raad vzw

Contact person: Luc Ghys

Address: Kunstlaan 18 - 3500 Hasselt - Vlaams Gewest - Belgium

Telephone: +32 11300161 - Fax: +32 11300102 - Email:


The European car industry is facing challenges such as

overcapacity at existing plants and growing global competition

from new plants in emerging non-EU markets. Downsizing or

closure of European plants can lead to unemployment and

negative effects on local companies that supply the car industry.

Many regions examine ways of encouraging the car industry

(and related jobs) not to move away. Local authorities can also

support the car industry by providing training schemes and local

expertise. Regional decision-makers need to work with industry

to adopt approaches to prevent or alleviate the harmful effects

of car plant closures or downsizing.




AUTOMOTIVE REGIONS aims to help different regional

decision-makers work together to design policy when

anticipating or facing the closure or downsizing of a car plant.

This involves formulating measures to ease the social and

economic effects of such an event and the development of

approaches to strengthen the competitive position of the

existing automotive industry. In the long term, regions should

strive for diversification of the regional economy and learn from

one another.


AUTOMOTIVE REGIONS is providing information to regions on

social issues, such as determining the most effective ways of

finding job opportunities for unemployed people (as a result of

job losses in the car-industry or its suppliers) and proposing useful

training schemes. Furthermore, it is helping regions to understand

the critical factors that influence the competitiveness of a local

plant by monitoring economic and innovation trends in the


The network is helping regions to react to requests from industry

for value-added services to maintain their competitiveness in the

region and to assess the skills required by local plants. Regions are

also being encouraged to offer diversification opportunities for

local suppliers. Finally, AUTOMOTIVE REGIONS is examining

how Structural Funds can help to improve the attractiveness of

regions for the automotive industry and ultimately provide

incentives for the industry not to relocate.

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Baltic Entrepreneurship Partners

Themes of cooperation: Research,Technology and Innovation

Duration: July 2004 - June 2007

Total budget: 1 574 300 EUR - ERDF contribution: 995 350 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Border region operations

Partnership: University of Rostock (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, DE); Jaggiellonian

University (Malopolska, PL); Häme Development Centre Ltd. (Etelä-Suomi, FI); Aarhus

School of Business (Jylland-Fyn, DK); Research Centre for Vocational Education,

University of Tampere (Etelä-Suomi, FI); Kaunas University of Technology, Regional

Business Incubator (LT); University of Tartu, Faculty of Economics and Business

Administration (EE); Department of Business Administration,Tallinn Technical University

(EE); University of Oulu, Learning and Research Services (Pohjois-Suomi, FI); Kajaani

Polytechnic, Research and Development Unit (Pohjois-Suomi, FI); Stockholm School of

Entrepreneurship (Stockholm, SE); University of Twente (Overijssel, NL)

Lead partner institution: University of Rostock

Contact person: Christoph Diensberg - Address: Universitätsplatz 1, 18051 Rostock,

Germany - Telephone: +49 3814985628 - Fax: +49 3814985632

Email: - Website:


Supporting entrepreneurship and new businesses requires more

than financially paving the way for start-ups. It is also about raising

knowledge and competence of potential entrepreneurs.

Universities and Business Schools play an important role here and

BEPART looks for new and effective approaches in this field.The

network consists of mostly university-based competence centres

and regional business support centres with strong links to the

surrounding business community as well as to the labour market

and economic and educational policy-makers.


The idea of BEPART is to invest in interregional exchange of

experience and cooperation in order to make faster progress at

local level.The partners aim to increase the efficiency and impact

of entrepreneurship promotion at universities and within local

and regional networks.


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BEPART results in increased and better institutionalised

expertise in entrepreneurship education and training at

universities and beyond, and in a better understanding of the

links between regional socio-economic structures, regional

development policies, university education and entrepreneurial

activities. In a first step, BEPART analyses the role of

entrepreneurship promotion in regional development strategies

and gains insight into different types of promotion activities and

specific methods used in training and qualification. The findings

are then discussed with policy-makers, representatives of

business communities and trainers in entrepreneurship

education. Another result of the cooperation between the 12

partners is the formation of international Action-Learning &

Reflection Groups that will design tools for new ways to

promote entrepreneurial competences and implement first pilot

activities at local level.


Brownfield European Regeneration Initiative

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning,Territorial Regeneration and Urban Development

Duration: April 2004 - January 2007

Total budget: 1 024 200 EUR - ERDF contribution: 667 100 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership: Belfast City Council (Northern Ireland, UK); Haviland (Vlaams Gewest,

BE); OVAM Public Waste Agency of Flanders (Vlaams Gewest, BE); IOK Development

agency Kempen (Vlaams Gewest, BE); Hanseatic City of Rostock (Mecklenburg-

Vorpommern, DE); Tallinn City Government (Eesti, EE); Greater Lyon (Rhône-Alpes,

FR); Dublin City Council (Southern and Eastern, IE);The City Planning Administration

of Stockholm (Stockholm, SE); Bristol City Council (South West, UK)

Lead partner institution: Belfast City Council

Contact person: Sabine Kalke - Address: 4-10 Linenhall Street - BT2 8BP Belfast, UK

Telephone: +44 2890270690 - Fax: +44 2890270501

Email: - Website:


The utilisation of brownfield sites is an increasingly important

element of sustainable spatial development. Their regeneration

can help to reduce the effects of city expansion. Brownfield

development has traditionally been addressed in a reactive and

often piecemeal fashion, with the sites considered as liabilities

rather than assets. With the recognition that the main

responsibility for land use and urban development lies with local

and regional authorities, the study of best practice at this level

should contribute to influencing the effectiveness of policymaking.

BERI can provide this platform for sharing and

developing best practice, thereby offering the potential to

influence future European policy.


BERI seeks to contribute to the long-term sustainable

development of brownfield sites throughout Europe.The project

intends to promote holistic brownfield development by

adopting an approach that balances the financial, social,

economic, heritage and environmental pressures. By creating a

new European network to share experience and collaborate on

brownfield developments, BERI intends to influence future policy

at all levels using the examples derived from experiences and

the outputs of the network partners.

In order to meet its objectives BERI has established four ‘work

packages’. The first package is developing case study profiles in

order to share practical experience between the partner regions.

The second is the development of a website and virtual

‘masterplanning’ concept as a strategic management tool.The third

explores the framework for existing development policies

provided by EU and national programmes by analysing their impact

on the development of brownfields at the local level. The fourth

package is the production of guidelines for holistic brownfield site

development that are disseminated though seminars, symposiums

and networks. It is hoped that BERI will become self-sustaining and

result in a network of expertise, providing a forum of excellence

in sustainable brownfield rehabilitation.



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Boosting Regional Information Society Expertise

Themes of cooperation: Information Society and e-Governement

Duration: September 2004 - August 2007

Total budget: 1 453 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 999 750 EUR

Topic for cooperation: INTERREG programmes

Partnership: European Economic Interest Grouping - ERNACT EEIG (Border, Midland

and Western, IE); Derry City Council (Northern Ireland, UK); Donegal County

Council (Border, Midland And Western, IE); Metropolitan Borough of Wirral (North

West (Inc. Merseyside), UK); Fomento de San Sebastián, S.A. (País Vasco, ES); Sodercan,

S.A. (Cantabria, ES); Olomouc Regional Authority (Stredni Morava, CZ); Regional

Council of Kainuu (Itä-Suomi, FI); Province of Treviso (Veneto, IT); Municipality of

Bologna (Emilia-Romagna, IT)

Lead partner institution: ERNACT EEIG (European Economic Interest Grouping)

Contact person: Rocío Rubio Centeno

Telephone: +353 749141634



Economic and social development and job creation in Europe’s

knowledge economy now depend heavily on excellent telecoms

networks backed up by the skills of a region’s workforce.As these

networks are now available in many European countries, regions

should be able to compete on an equal footing. However, the

Virtual Region project, supported by INTERREG IIC, found that

less developed regions on the edge of Europe are not likely to

benefit automatically from the knowledge economy. It found that

more central areas are likely to do better, deepening the existing

economic disparities between regions.


BRISE is designed to close this gap by boosting expertise in

information and communication technology (ICT) in several

peripheral European regions. It aims to enhance and enlarge

ERNACT – a pan-EU network founded in 1990 to develop and

implement ICT-based models of regional development – by

accessing the experience of other peripheral European regions.

It is promoting ICT clusters within the participating regions to

attract business, inward investment and technology transfer from

more central parts of the EU.

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BRISE is boosting ICT expertise in participating regions by

organising a series of conferences, workshops, staff exchanges

and study visits.The network is also developing a report on best

practice, a joint interregional inward investment strategy and a

web-based knowledge exchange that doubles as the project’s


BRISE is enabling partners to access the experience of others,

foster innovative types of interregional cooperation and increase

their ICT capacity. It is also increasing the flow of ICT investment,

jobs and expertise to the regions. In the long term, BRISE is

contributing to job creation, improved broadband capacity and

the development of specialised ICT clusters. This means

sustainable development for the participating regions and more

balanced regional development across the EU.



The Knowledge Network

Themes of cooperation: Information Society and e-Government

Duration: September 2004 - August 2007

Total budget: 647 800 EUR - ERDF contribution: 403 400 EUR

Topic of cooperation: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership: Brighton and Hove City Council (South East, UK); Girona City Council

(Catalunya, ES); City of Jyvaskyla (Länsi-Suomi, FI); Sundsvall (Mellersta Norrland, SE);

Municipality of Eskilstuna (Östra Mellansverige, SE); Municipality of Leeuwarden

(Friesland, NL);Town of Trinec (Moravskoslezsko,CZ);Association of Local Authorities

of the Prefecture of Kavala (Anatoliki Makedonia, Thraki, GR); Klaipeda Regional

Development Agency (Lietuva, LT); West Lothian Council (Scotland, UK); Jerez

(Andalucía, ES);Vigo Town Council (Galicia, ES); Manresa City Council (Catalunya, ES);

Municipality of Reggio Emilia (Emilia-Romagna, IT);Telford and Wrekin Council (West

Midlands, UK); Hasselt Town (Vlaams Gewest, BE); Local Government of City of

Szentendre (Kozep-Magyarorszag, HU); Local Government of City of Gyongyos

(Eszak-Magyarorszag, HU); Municipality of Heraklion (Kriti, GR); Union of Local

Authorities of Achaia County (Dytiki Ellada, GR); City of Mikkeli (Itä-Suomi, FI)

Lead partner institution: Brighton and Hove City Council

Contact person: Gérard Magnin

Telephone: +44 1273291098




The idea for CAPTURE came from a group of medium-sized

towns and cities that had been working together since 1991

through a network known as Eurotowns. In 2003, Eurotowns

conducted detailed research into its members and found that the

vast majority shared four main characteristics: first, a

manufacturing sector that was restructuring or in decline; second,

jobs that were of low value and low pay; third, the presence of a

large number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); and

lastly, high out-migration, particularly of young people seeking

opportunities in larger neighbouring cities.





CAPTURE aims to address these problems by stimulating

business innovation, growth and regional economic

development through technology transfer and the stimulation

of knowledge-based companies within network member towns.

It also hopes to promote pan-European dialogue and exchange,

enabling small and medium-sized towns to strengthen their

ability to contribute to regional development and social

cohesion.The pre-existing network of Eurotowns will help this

dialogue and exchange to be maintained on a long term basis.


By enabling valuable information to be shared, CAPTURE is

establishing the transfer of good practice among members. It is

also working to establish a dialogue between small and

medium-sized towns and cities on the one hand and Regional

Development Agencies and universities on the other. By doing

this, it is increasing awareness among network members and

regional bodies of the potential of the knowledge economy.

This improvement in communications generates in turn wideranging

economic benefits for all CAPTURE members. The

network contributes to the growth of the regional economy,

increases the number of higher value jobs, attracts inward

investment, increases the number of knowledge-based

companies, increases human capital in the member regions and

increases capacity within network members.

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Cities Against Social Exclusion

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning,Territorial Regeneration and Urban Development

Duration: July 2005 - December 2007

Total budget: 788 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 566 000 EUR

Topic for cooperation: URBAN

Partnership: City of Pécs (Del-Dunantul, HU); University of Pécs (Del-Dunantul,

HU); City of Olomouc (Stredni Morava, CZ ); City of Komarno (Stredne Slovensko,

SK); City of Krakow (Malopolskie, PL); Jagiellonian University Krakow (Malopolskie, PL);

City of Gelsenkirchen (Nordrhein-Westfalen, DE); City of Hamburg (Hamburg, DE);

Municipality of Arad (RO); Lawaetz Foundation (Hamburg, DE)

Lead partner institution: Municipality of Pécs

Contact person: Peter Merza - Address: Széchenyi tér 1, 7621 Pécs, Hungary

Telephone: +36 72514800 - Email:


Cities in the new EU Member States and in Candidate Countries

face rapid social and economic restructuring and associated

development challenges. A specific problem that merits

systematic attention is social exclusion and the associated spatial

segregation, often fuelled by the dismantling of traditional

industries. European cities and regions, therefore, strive to

develop effective policies to counteract social segregation and

fragmentation among their populations. By joining forces and

tapping into existing know-how the partnership hopes to jointly

improve their performance in this field.


The operation «CASE - Cities Against Social Exclusion» aims to

identify good practice and to develop innovative and

multidisciplinary methods to combat social exclusion in the

partner cities, in particular in areas that have suffered most from

economic transition and segregation processes in the past.

Models for dealing with segregation and social exclusion in their

cities will be developed.These models should then be applied in

all CASE cities and tested on their transferability.The operation

further aims to improve future use of ERDF and other EU grants

available for urban regeneration projects in the partner cities.

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CASE results in increased knowledge and capacities among the

partner authorities on how to best tackle the problem of social

exclusion in cities. More concretely it results in concepts, studies

and best practice reports on anti-segregation policies and

practices. A case study handbook will serve as the basis for

developing a model concept for community development.

Results will help to increase the absorption capacity and the

efficiency of Structural Funds implementation in the participating

cities, particularly those of the new EU Member States.Activities

include workshops and conferences, training and study trips as

well as joint research and dissemination.



Economic and environnemental valorisation of underground cavities and troglodytes

Themes of cooperation: Heritage, Culture and Tourism

Duration: July 2005 - December 2007

Total budget: 900 710 EUR - ERDF contribution: 565 965 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership: Community Group of Saumur (Pays de la Loire, FR); Transport

Academy Bavaria (Bayern, DE); Park of the Murgia Materana (Basilicata, IT); Local

Government of Granada Province (Andalucía, ES); North Matra Environmental

Protection Association (Eszak-Magyarorszag, HU); Province of Taranto (Puglia, IT)

Lead partner institution: Community Group of Saumur

Contact person: Marc Lenoir

Address: Hôtel de ville BP 301, 49408 Saumur cedex, France

Telephone: +33 241404553 - Email:


Whether naturally formed or man-made, underground caves

are an important cultural and economic resource for localities

and regions across Europe.

Tourism and other economic activities – such as wine

production and farming in troglodytic caves – draw in revenue

for many otherwise underdeveloped regions. However, caves

can also present significant public safety risks due to unstable

structures. Consequently regional and local authorities must

combine public safety with economic development needs.The

comprehensive approaches to risk assessment that this requires

involve complex geological considerations as well as knowledge

of the economic potential of caves.


The objective of Cavesnetwork is to share experience of cave

management between regional and local authorities in order

to develop a comprehensive approach to ensuring cave safety.

The project aims to achieve successful management of risks

while maximising the economic benefits from cave activities

and safeguarding cultural heritage.


Cavesnetwork is developing improved strategies for the

management of caves by pooling partners’ experience of different

safety measures and rock types.

In parallel, partners are comparing local and regional

approaches to the sustainable economic use of caves. The

project is raising public awareness of the importance of caves

for local and regional heritage as well as ensuring that all

citizens – particularly local inhabitants – are fully conscious of

all safety risks. Cavesnetwork partners are also comparing the

legal frameworks relating to caves in each region or locality to

establish best practice. The network established over the

course of the project will continue into the future, offering a

source of knowledge for regional and local authorities,

experts and cave owners on a permanent basis.


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Connected Cities

Themes of cooperation: Accessibility, Mobility and Transport

Duration: July 2005 - December 2007

Total budget: 1 327 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 808 500 EUR

Topic for cooperation: URBAN

Partnership: Delft University of Technology(Zuid-Holland, NL); Ghent University,

Fac. Engineering, Architecture and Urban Planning (Vlaams Gewest, BE); STUVA -

Research Association for Underground Transportation Facilities e.V (Nordrhein-

Westfalen, DE); Netherlands Centre for Underground Construction (Zuid-Holland,

NL); TNO Environment and Geosciences (Zuid-Holland, NL); European New Town

Platform (Reg. Bruxelles-Cap., BE); South East England Development Agency (South

East, UK); Hamburg-Harburg University of Technology (Hamburg, DE); University of

Thessaly (Thessalia, GR); Development Agency of Magnesia S.A. (Thessalia, GR);

Municipal Enterprise of Planning & Development of Patras (Dytiki Ellada, GR); Sénart

Public Local Authority (Île de France, FR); Municipality of Philippi (Natoliki

Makedonia,Thraki, GR); Municipality of Kardjali (BG); City of Paris Engineering School

(Ile de France, FR); Eindhoven Regional Government Administrative Structure

(Noord-Brabant, NL); Federation of Municipalities and Provinces of Castilla-La

Mancha (Castilla-la Mancha, ES); Municipality of Toledo (City Hall) (Castilla-la-

Mancha, ES); Institute Pedro Nunes - Ass. For Innov. and Development in Science and

Technology. (Centro, PT); City Hall of Covilhã (Centro, PT); Municipality of Ferrara

(Emilia-Romagna, IT); Municipality of Ancona (Marche, IT); Transport for London

(London, UK); Bristol City Council (South West, UK)

Lead partner institution: Technische Universiteit Delft

Contact person: Theresia Twickler

Address: Stevinweg 1 2628 CN - Delft, The Netherlands

Telephone: +31 152782127 - Fax: +31 152781179




European citizens travel much further to work and leisure facilities

today than in the past. Despite bringing benefits, this huge increase

in mobility has led to traffic congestion and pollution, holding back

efforts to achieve sustainable development.

Public transport can form the basis of more sustainable approaches

to mobility. However, the mismatch between older public transport

networks and much more modern patterns of city development

make trains, trams and buses impractical for many commuters.

Decision-makers must integrate transport policy and urban

planning into comprehensive strategies for sustainable mobility if

they wish to provide genuine alternatives to the car.

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Connected Cities seeks to develop an overall framework for

regional and local sustainable mobility policies.The project aims

to use experience gained from existing successes in some

partner regions to provide cities and towns with superior public

transport networks and high quality, safe urban spaces

accessible to the disabled.

Connected Cities partners are exchanging practical knowledge

on how to integrate urban planning and public transport policy

so as to encourage sustainable mobility at the local and regional

level.The project is raising awareness of the challenges posed by

increased mobility and creating support for policies and

planning that focus on sustainability. Partners are working

together to create public spaces that combine high quality, safety

and accessibility.

In the long term the project will contribute to better public

transport systems, pedestrian-friendly cities and towns and the

creation of so-called “transport development areas” – welldesigned,

higher-density, mixed-use urban areas situated around

good public transport links. Increased use of public transport also

results in lower carbon emissions, contributing to sustainable



Local Governments Network of Central and Eastern European Countries

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning,Territorial Regeneration, and Urban Development

Duration: May 2003 - December 2005

Total budget: 831 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 347 500 EUR

Topic for cooperation: URBAN

Partnership:Austrian Association of Cities and Towns (Wien,AT); National Association

of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria (BG); Union of Cyprus Municipalities (CY);

Union of Towns and Communities of the Czech Republic (Praha, CZ); Association of

Estonian Cities (EE); Hungarian National Association of Local Authorities (Kozep-

Magyarorszag, HU); Hungarian National Association of Self-Governments of Small Towns

(Eszak-Alfold, HU); Association of Cities of County Rank (Kozep-Magyarorszag, HU);

Hungarian Local Government Association (Kozep-Magyaroszag, HU); Union of Local and

Regional Governments of Latvia (LV); Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania (LT);

Local Councils Association of Malta (MT); Union of Rural Communes of the Republic of

Poland (Wielkopolskie, PL); Association of Polish Cities (Wielkopolskie, PL); Romanian

Federation of Local Authorities (RO);Association of Towns and Communities of Slovakia

(Bratislavsky, SK); Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia (SI); Association of

Finnish Local and Regional Authorities (Etela-Suomi, FI); Swedish Association of Local

Authorities / Swedish Federation of County Councils (Stocklholm, SE); German Section

of CEMR (Nordrhein-Westfalen, DE); Italian Section of CEMR (Lazio, IT); Hellenic

Agency for Regional Development and Local Government S.A. (Attiki, GR); Local

Government International Bureau (London, UK)

Lead partner institution: Austrian Association of Cities and Towns

Contact person: Erich Pramböck - Address: Rathaus, AT-1082 Wien, Austria

Telephone: +43 1400089981 - Email:



The operation “CEEC-LOGON” is a platform for strategic

cooperation between Associations of Local and Regional

Authorities in the Accession Countries of the European

Union and Member States of the EU. The network was

founded in 1998 by the Austrian Association of Cities and

Towns together with the Council of European Municipalities

and Regions (CEMR). The network includes 24 city and

municipality organisations from 19 different countries, seven

of which are partners from old Member States, 15 from new

Member States and two from Accession Countries. LOGON

focuses on transferring experiences of local governments in

effective capacity building, dealing with EU policies, and the

challenges and opportunities of EU membership.





The overall objective of the operation is to deepen the

LOGON network through focusing on practical issues of

urban management. The systematic exchange of experience

and know-how transfer will stimulate the development of

more efficient and effective policies, instruments and methods

in the context of Structural Fund management and in relation

to other relevant EU programmes. Issues to be dealt with

include human resources development, services of general

interest, EU structural and regional policy for cities, and good



The operation strengthens the capacities of cities and their

associations to manage urban projects and related EU funding

and helps them to more effectively represent their interests at

EU and national levels. Specific themes include good

governance, services of general interest, enlargement,

communication. In addition, the operation supports partners

from New Member States during the first months of EU

membership and partners from Accession Countries in the

preparation for EU membership.

Activities focus on the strengthening of cooperation among

partners and establishment of new contacts with European

organisations and networks. Networking is supported through

conferences involving politicians, experts and representatives

of local authorities. At these events, various aspects of public

management and public governance are discussed in detail

and major publications such as the LOGON Reader on Public

Management and Public Governance and the Final Guide are

presented and disseminated.

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Exchanging experiences, fostering interregional cooperation and strengthening regions’ self-development

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning,Territorial Regeneration and Urban Development

Duration: September 2004 - December 2006

Total budget: 1 714 945.33 EUR - ERDF contribution: 968 185.83 EUR

Topic of cooperation: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership: Assembly of European Regions (Alsace, FR); Upper Austria (Oberösterreich,AT);

Regional authority of the Olomouc Region (Stredni Morava, CZ); Regional

authority of the Zlin Region (Stredni Morava, CZ); County of Fyn (Jylland - Fyn, DK);

Vejle County (Jylland - Fyn, DK); Regional Council of Lapland (Pohjois-Suomi, FI); Alsace

County Council (Alsace, FR); Champagne-Ardenne Region (Champagne-Ardenne, FR);

Eure-et-Loir County Council (Centre, FR); Upper Normandy Regional Council (Haute-

Normandie, FR); Limousin Region (Limousin, FR); Heritage Malta (Region Malta, MT);

Regional Council of Molise (Molise, IT); Local government of Hajdu-Bihar County

(Eszak-Alfold, HU); Heves County Government (Eszak-Magyarorszag, HU); Selfgovernment

of Jasz-Nagykun-Szolnok County (Eszak-Alfold, HU); Regional

Development Agency of North Great Plain (Eszak-Alfold, HU); Veszprem County

Council (Kozep-Dunantul, HU); Region of Calabria (Calabria, IT); Regional Council of

Emilia-Romagna (Emilia-Romagna, IT); Province of Asti (Piemonte, IT); Region of Puglia

(Puglia, IT); Autonomous Province of Trento (Trentino, IT); Umbria Region (Umbria, IT);

Region of Valencia (Comunidad Valenciana, ES); Province of Flevoland (Flevoland, NL);

Pomerania Region (Pomorskie, PL); Regional Government Of Azores (Açores, PT);

Durham County Council (North East, UK); Gloucestershire County Council (South

West, UK); Wiltshire County Council (South West, UK); Canton of Zurich (CH);

Regional Council of Berat (AL); Regional Council of Fier (AL); Imereti Region(GE);

Municipality of Gabrovo(BG); Region of Sliven(BG); Region of Stara Zagora (BG);Vratsa

District Administration (BG); Pazardjik Regional Administration (BG); Bacau County

Council (RU); Covasna County Council (RU); Harghita County Council (RU); Iasi

County Council (RU); Maramures County Council (RU); Prahova County Council (RU);

Tulcea County Council (RU)

Lead partner institution: Assembly of European Regions of Alsace

Contact person: Klaus Klipp, Secretary General - Telephone: +33 388220707

Email: / - Website:


The CENTURIO programme, created by the Assembly of

European Regions (AER) in 1994, has been successfully

promoting dialogue and exchange of experience between

European regions for several years. However, the enlargement

of the EU in May 2004 served to illustrate that the European

and global context for the regions is changing. Their growth

and competitiveness depend on their capacity to develop in a

sustainable way. Europe’s regions are facing major challenges

and it is in response to this that CENTURIO is enlarging its

networks of cooperation and intensifying its activities.



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CENTURIO is helping Europe’s regions to achieve sustainable

development in a rapidly changing European and global

context. Its key objectives are to promote the improvement

of policies and instruments for regional development and

cohesion, to contribute to assessing the effectiveness and

impact of the EU’s regional policy, to support the

implementation of EU regional policy in an enlarged Union

and to support regions from new and future member states

as they adapt to the demands of EU membership.

CENTURIO is providing an interregional platform for the

exchange of experience and expertise in three key areas of

sustainable development: sustainable quality tourism,

environmental protection and sustainable economic

development. The operation also offers an opportunity to

develop initiatives in these fields.

Exchange of experience is taking place primarily through work

placements, which allow regional civil servants and/or

politicians to study the policies and instruments used by other

regions in Europe, both within and outside the EU. The

operation is also staging a series of conferences, open to all

European regions, which present the lessons learned during

the work placements. Many other meetings, publications and

the operation’s website are all assisting the knowledge

dissemination process.


City Twins Cooperation Network

Themes of cooperation: Employment, Social Inclusion, Human Resources and


Duration: January 2004 - December 2006

Total budget: 1 510 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 810 000 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Border region operations

Partnership: City of Imatra (Etelä-Suomi, FI); Municipal Administration of the City of

Svetogorsk (RU); City of Tornio (Pohjois-Suomi, FI); City of Haparanda (Övre

Norrland, SE); City of Narva (EE); Municipal Administration of the City of Ivangorod

(RU); City of Frankfurt-Oder (Brandenburg, DE); City of Slubice (Lubuskie, PL); City

of Görlitz (Sachsen, DE); Zgorzelec City Administration (Dolnoslaskie, PL)

Lead partner institution: City of Imatra

Contact person: Hannu Tsupari - Address: Virastokatu 2, 55100 Imatra, Finland

Telephone: +358 56811 - Fax: +358 56812001

Email: - Website:


Twin city cooperations have a long tradition all over Europe.

With EU enlargement, the situation for many twin cities has

changed. Some have moved closer together, for example the

German-Polish city pairs Frankfurt (Oder)–Slubice and

Görlitz–Zgorzelec. For them, the abolition of the EU external

border has opened up new opportunities to cooperate. Others

are now separated by an EU external border such as the

Estonian–Russian city pair Narva–Ivangorod, which presents an

additional challenge. All city twins participating in this network

have made previous efforts to overcome the obstacles of

borders and to stimulate cooperation, partly through funding

from INTERREG and Tacis programmes. However, the level of

cooperation differs immensely, ranging from very close and

successful, like the Finnish–Swedish city pair Tornio–Haparanda

or the Finnish–Russian city pair Imatra-Svetogorsk, to rather

loose, like Narva–Ivangorod. Exchanging experiences and best

practices benefits the regional development of all.


The overall objective is to foster local development in twin

cities by developing cooperation between different city pairs

and by introducing and disseminating best practices and action

models in different sectors of local administration, e.g. welfare

and health care, education, crime prevention or labour.


The Twin Cities Network creates a permanent communication

and cooperation system between the participating city pairs.

The partners develop a common website and communication

tool, as well as joint guidelines for the utilisation of best

practices.These enable the transfer of best practices from one

city pair to another and thus improve the local and regional

administration in all participating cities. Furthermore, the

network develops new ways for cooperation between the

general administrations of the city pairs, and new ways to

provide educational services and to increase multicultural

awareness in the city twins. More flexible ways for the

movement of people and goods across the border in city

twins are also developed. Connections with other twin cities

in Europe are established.


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Coopération européenne de sites majeurs d’accueil

Themes of cooperation: Heritage, Culture and Tourism

Duration: April 2004 - March 2007

Total Budget: 1 666 500 EUR - ERDF contribution: 1 040 275 EUR

Topic for cooperation: INTERREG programmes

Partnership: Lourdes Development Association (Midi-Pyrenees, FR); Commune of

Loreto (Marche, IT); Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage Museum (Galicia, ES);

Commune of Altötting (Bayern, DE); Commune of Czestochowa (Slaskie, PL); Leiria

Fatima Regional Tourist Office (Centro, PT); Prefecture of the Dodecanese (Notio

Aigaio, GR)

Lead partner institution: Lourdes Development Association

Contact person: Francis Latour

Address: Place Peyramale BP 135 65104 Lourdes Cedex, France

Téléphone: + 33 562427750 - Fax: + 33 562427759



Pilgrimages have been a unique cornerstone in the creation of

European cultures as a result of the exchanges generated by the

2,500 pilgrimage sites that have existed on the European

continent. Today, most of these sites have disappeared because

they have not been able to keep up with developments in

society nor have they adapted to new visitor expectations. It is

now necessary to take into account new social aspects and new

spiritual and cultural practices in order to guarantee and

diversify the activity of such sites, attracting a broader public.


In the framework of the European network of the seven Major

Visitor Sites, COESIMA aims to improve organisation and to

adapt and diversify activities to improve the economic and social

development of such locations. Analysis of tourism flows by

means of the same visitor frequency studies should make it

possible to ascertain the motivation, the loyalty and the

expectations of pilgrims from Europe and from the rest of the

world. Accessibility studies will define any adaptations required

for the handicapped. Actions to promote cultural value should

involve the protection and restoration of outstanding

constructions. The lead partner’s experience in cross-border

cooperation (INTERREG II and III A) and the topics covered in

this framework should form a basis for continued, coherent

action in inter-regional cooperation as presented in COESIMA.

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COESIMA creates a permanent network of the major European

visitor sites so that know-how can be acquired, shared,

developed and disseminated.The themed studies that form the

pilot action of this project should lead to the definition of options

for structural alterations or events to be set up in each site to

improve organisation and utilisation. Such elements are necessary

to make the locations more attractive and to diversify them in

order to promote sustainable development. Common

promotion will increase themed stays in the COESIMA towns for

international visitors. It will be backed by actions to improve the

quality of reception based on a joint charter set up by the “major

visitor sites” to promote visitor loyalty.



European Network of City-Region Competitiveness

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning, Territorial Regeneration and Urban


Duration: October 2004 - September 2007

Total budget: 1 317 074 EUR - ERDF contribution: 759 837 EUR

Topic for cooperation: URBAN

Partnership: Sheffield City Council (Yorkshire & The Humber, UK); City of Munich-

Department for Labour and Economic Development (Bayern, DE); Economic and

Employment Promotion Dortmund (Nordrhein-Westfalen, DE); City of Helsinki

Urban pacts (Pohjois-Suomi, FI); Metropolitan Strategic Plan of Barcelona (Cataluña,

ES); Greater Lyon Municipal Authority (Rhône-Alpes, FR); Rotterdam City

Development Corporation (Noord-Holland, NL)

Lead partner institution: Sheffield City Council

Contact person: Victoria Henshaw

Address: Town Hall, Sheffield, S1 2HH, United Kingdom

Telephone: + 44 1142736781

Email: - Website:


Cities occupy a pivotal role in advanced European economies,

acting as a launch pad for raising productivity and leading the

wider renaissance of their regions. But although EU and

national urban policy has placed much emphasis on dealing

with severe deprivation in cities, there is still relatively little

evidence about the economic relationship between cities and

their regions.This means that urban and regional planners have

little experience to draw on when deciding how best to drive

competitiveness in city-regions.




The COMPETE network focuses on enabling cities to fulfil

their potential as drivers of urban renaissance and as critical

economic assets in their regions. Its main purpose is to allow

a representative group of major regional cities across Europe

to share and exchange experience on strategies that nurture

and enhance city competitiveness in a way that supports the

overall economic success of Europe’s regions.


COMPETE is producing a body of evidence that reflects

partner strategies and summarises best practice on city-region

competitiveness. The operation is making this evidence

available through its Knowledge Resource Centre which,

because it is available online, can be accessed not only by

participating city-regions but also by city-regions throughout

the EU.A series of events will be hosted in each of the partner

cities focused on key aspects of competitiveness.

The partners also intend to use the successful strategies

identified by the network to influence regional, national and

EU policies.

In the long term, the evidence gathered by the network will

also allow competitiveness in city- regions to be measured

more accurately using indicators such as the strength of the

local knowledge economy, the quality of transport links and

skill levels of the local workforce.

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Cooperation of networks for the creation of effective policies for transportation

Themes of cooperation: Accessibility, Mobility and Transport

Duration: April 2004 - March 2006

Total budget: 1 150 711.62 EUR - ERDF contribution: 614 777.44 EUR

Norwegian funding contribution: 164 939.42 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Aberdeenshire Council (Scotland, UK); Eastern Macedonia – Thrace

Region (Anatoliki Makedonia,Thraki, GR); Centre for Information Technology Studies

and Applications (Sicilia, IT); Province of Leghorn (Toscana, IT); Vest-Agder County

Council (NO); Centre for Employment and Education (Tirol, AT); Association of

Local Authorities in Västerbotten (Övre Norrland, SE)

Lead partner institution: Aberdeenshire Council, Department of Transport and


Contact person: Lorna Watson

Address: Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen AB16 5GB, United Kingdom

Telephone: + 44 1224664822 - Fax: + 44 122662005

Website: - Email:


The European Commission’s Transport White Paper identified a

number of issues that need to be addressed for the sustainability

and competitiveness of Europe’s transportation system. Principal

among these is the need to ‘place users at the heart of transport

policy’ in addition to ‘shifting the balance between modes of

transport’, from road-based transport to rail, sea and inland




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The overall objective of this project is to create more effective

regional transportation policies and strategies to aid regional

development. By encouraging and facilitating the transfer of

good practice in sustainable transport, and its consequent

adoption by partner regions, CONCEPT also aims to help the

European Commission meet the targets mentioned above.


The results of the operation are fourfold. Firstly, the

dissemination of effective, sustainable transport policy and good

practice between regions, for both passenger and freight

transport. Secondly, informing communities and businesses of

relevant regional, national and European transport policy and

discussing their application at a regional level. Thirdly, using the

mechanisms in the project to bring the lessons learnt to the

attention of a wider audience, including authorities at national

and European level; and finally, learning about transportation

strategy development in other regions.

Distribution activities include a website, database, media

campaign, interregional conferences, study tours, cluster groups,

presentations and two final reports: one to include policy

recommendations and one to report on the overall project.


Coastal Practice Network

Themes of cooperation: Environment, Risk Prevention, Energy and Natural Resources

Duration: January 2004 - December 2006

Total budget: 1 618 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 994 400 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: EUCC - The Coastal Union (Zuid-Holland, NL); Storstroem County

(Vestsjællands, Storstrøms Og Bornholms Amter, DK); Ministry of the Interior of the

State of Schleswig-Holstein (Schleswig-Holstein, DE); Municipality of Samothraki

(Anatoliki Makedonia,Thraki, GR); Mediterranean SOS Network (Attiki, GR); Institute

of Marine Sciences, Canary Islands. (Canarias, ES); Municipality of Calvia (Islas

Baleares, ES); University of the Littoral (Nord Pas De Calais, FR); French Shores

(Basse-Normandie, FR); University College Cork (Border, Midland And Western, IE);

Municipality of Zandvoort (Zuid-Holland, NL); National Institute for Coastal and

Marine Management (Zuid-Holland, NL); IHE Foundation IHE – Delft (Zuid-Holland,

NL); WL Delft Hydraulics (Zuid-Holland, NL); Stepnica Local Community

(ZachodniopomorskiE, PL); Regional Development Co-ordination Commission for

Central Portugal (Centro, PT); Hydraulics and Water Resources Institute (Norte, PT);

Coastal Management Research Centre (Stockholm, SE); Sefton Metropolitan

Borough Council (North West-Inc. Merseyside, UK); Down District Council

(Northern Ireland, UK); University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK)

Lead partner institution: EUCC – The Coastal Union

Contact person: Alan Pickaver

Address: PO Box 11232 - 2301 EE Leiden,The Netherlands

Telephone: +31 715122900 - Fax: +31 715124069

Email: - Website:


Quality enhancement and sustainability are key objectives for

tourism development in coastal areas.This means that a sectoral

approach to coastal development, including tourism, beach

management, erosion and nature conservation, is no longer

sufficient. In Europe, many coastal regions are working towards

an integrated, multi-sectoral planning approach (Integrated

Coastal Zone Management) for sustainable economic growth.

As a result, the conservation of coastal and marine natural

resources is included as a fundamental part of a coastal regional

development programme. However, the results of these efforts

are not always communicated between regions due to a lack of

effective information exchange.


CoPraNet has two primary objectives. The first objective is to

develop a network of coastal stakeholders to exchange

information and examples of best practice in order to support

local and regional efforts for an integrated planning of coastal

areas. Secondly, the operation aims to support interregional

exchanges of best practice information on the subjects of

sustainable tourism as well as coastal erosion and beach

management through an integrated approach.


CoPraNet is working towards the development of a

transparent, international quality label for tourist destinations by

making use of existing achievements and ongoing international

work. The operation exchanges knowledge and best practice

experience on coastal erosion management in order to prepare

guidelines concerning more specific recommendations, and to

translate these into planning at the local level.The end-product

of the network activities is the CoPraNet Clearing House,

which includes the following: a project communication system

comprising a multilingual website and multilingual electronic

newsletters; a website-based toolkit that can be used externally

by other European authorities and interested stakeholders; and

the summary of the Final Report which will be produced as an

attractive publication and distributed to other Councils and

interested parties.


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Best practice in the preservation and market-oriented valorisation of cultural heritage as an instrument of regional


Themes of cooperation: Heritage, Culture and Tourism

Duration: January 2005 - June 2007

Total budget: 1 146 474 EUR - ERDF contribution: 717 236 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: University of Gent - Faculty Applied Sciences - Department of Mobility

& Spatial Planning (Vlaams Gewest, BE); Ministry of the Flemish Community, Division

of Monuments and Landscapes (Vlaams Gewest, BE); University of Cardiff, Cardiff

Business School (Wales, UK); Blackwater Resource Development (Southern and

Eastern, IE); Pistoia Business Innovation Centre (Toscana, IT); Somogy County Council

(Del-Dunantul, HU); Kurzeme Tourism Association (Latvija, LV); Istropolitana Academy

(Bratislavsky, SK); City Council of Ubeda (Andalucía, ES); Local Development Agency of

Buñol (Comunidad Valenciana, ES); Mallorca Regional Council, Environment and Nature

Department (Islas Baleares, ES); Vilnius Pedagogical University (Lietuva, LT) Panevezys

County Governor Administration (Lietuva, LT); Birzai Municipality (Lietuva, LT)

Lead partner institution: University of Gent - Faculty Applied Sciences - Dep. Mobility

& Spatial Planning

Contact person: Georges Allaert - Telephone: +32 92644717



Buildings can be an intrinsic part of the cultural and social

heritage of a region.These buildings may fall into disuse for many

different reasons and are not always suitably preserved. The

preservation of heritage sites is an issue for both planners and

policy-makers, especially when, as is often the case, the buildings

are located in rural or deprived areas with limited accessibility

and low economic development value.

Nevertheless, restoring such buildings can play a significant role

in stimulating regional development and reducing disparities

within and between regions. Stakeholders in these regions face

similar problems and are seeking solutions to help them protect

historic buildings and give them an appropriate function.


The project aims to connect planners and stakeholders in different

regions to study and discuss good and bad practice in relation to

built heritage.The project will specifically focus on built heritage in

rural areas and the urban-rural partnership, as well as cultural

heritage as an instrument of regional development.

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Sharing knowledge and good practice within the partnership

creates a network from which everyone can learn and benefit. In

particular, partners are able to improve policy-making and are

better equipped to use and absorb the EU’s Structural Funds as

well as other potential sources of funding. Good practice

guidelines on the preservation of heritage sites are also available

for other interested parties from across the EU.

In terms of raising awareness, CULTURED is highlighting the

economic potential of cultural heritage sites to stakeholders,

regional and local authorities and equally to the population at

large. In the long-term the project seeks to strengthen regional

policy on built cultural heritage.



Model d’évaluation du niveau de développement durable des zones cotières européennes

Themes of cooperation: Environment, Risk Prevention, Energy and Natural Resources

Duration: January 2005 - June 2007

Total budget: 1 656 954 EUR - ERDF contribution: 992 919 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership: Ministry for the Environment and Housing (Cataluña, ES); City Council

of Prat de Llobregat (Cataluña, ES); City Council of Viladecans (Cataluña, ES); Autonomous

University of Barcelona (Cataluña, ES); French Institute of the Environment

(Centre, FR); Maltese Authority for the Environment (Malta, MT); Province of West

Flanders (Vlaams Gewest, BE); University of Latvia (Lietuva, LT); Maritime Institute of

Gdansk (Pomorskie, PL)

Lead partner institution: Ministry for the Environment and Housing

Contact person: Xavier Martí i Ragué

Address: Avda. Diagonal, 523-525, 08029 Barcelona, Spain

Telephone: + 34 934445062 - Fax: + 34 934198709



Increasingly intensive use of natural resources in coastal areas

has a negative impact on the environment. This impact is

difficult to measure because the indicators used in coastal

management are rarely efficient.

Based on the principles and criteria laid down in an EU

recommendation on integrated management of coastal areas for

the control and measurement of sustainable development, the

project aims to validate essential methodological tools for

establishing integrated management strategies in coastal areas.



The objective is to improve the information tools and systems

needed for reaching the best possible decisions for sustainable

coastal development. Based on the partners’ experience in this

field, the project will draw up guidelines for the use of

indicators in reports on coastal conditions and in the creation

of regional development strategies.


The objective will be met once technical information on the

indicators has been drawn up.The compilation, recording and

dissemination of partners’ information using a Geographical

Information System will allow the development of guidelines

on the use of indicators. Also, the partners plan to carry out a

feasibility study on the creation of an inter-regional coastal


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Network on sustainable tourism destination development - Linking rural regions and research institutions in europe

Themes of cooperation: Heritage, Culture and Tourism

Duration: November 2004 - October 2007

Total budget: 868 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 485 000 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Storstroem County, Department of Technology and Environment

(Vestsjællands, Storstrøms og Bornholms Amter, DK); Lund University, International

Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (Sydsverige, SE); Royal Awards for

Sustainability (Hovedstadsregionen, DK); FIFE Council (Scotland, UK); Down District

Council (Northern Ireland, UK); Biodiversity and Environmental Management Centre

(Canarias, ES); GOIEKI S.A. Development Agency for Goierri Area (Pais Vasco, ES);

Vidzeme Development Agency (LV); University of Latvia, Institute for Environmental

Science & Management (LV); Delft University of Technology (Utrecht, NL); National

University of Ireland-Cork/University College Cork (Southern and Eastern, IE);West

Mountain Board of Friuli-V G region (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, IT); Kleinwalsertal Tourism

Board (Niederösterreich, AT); Kashubian Folk High School (Pomorskie, PL); HSR

University of Applied Sciences (CH)

Lead partner institution: Storstroem County, Department of Technology and Environment

Contact person: Bjarne Rasmussen

Address: Parkvej 37, 4800 Nykøbing F, Denmark

Telephone: +45 54844851 - Fax: +45 54844704

Email: - Website:


One important development strategy for rural regions is

tourism development. An increase in tourism leads to an

increase in the economy and strengthens regional

competitiveness. However, many of these regions do not have

the necessary capacities to develop the tourism sector and

lack good development concepts.

The partners involved in DestiLink have a strong interest in

promoting tourism by linking rural regions with research

institutions in order to improve regional competences for

tourism development. Their special focus is on destination

development. The destination concept promotes a region

with a common identity, considering the economic, sociocultural

and environmental dimensions of a region.


DestiLink wants to increase the competitiveness of rural

regions by creating a network of sustainable tourism

development practitioners and researchers, and thereby

linking the regions with the research community.The aim is to

facilitate capacity building in the regions through the exchange

of experience and best practice. Further aims are to develop

efficient destination management tools and to increase

innovation potential in the regions.

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The main product of the DestiLink network is a series of

workshops that provide access to a variety of experience,

knowledge and best practice examples related to sustainable

destination development. Related to the workshops, task

forces are being established to develop reports and brochures

on tourism destination development and management in

rural regions. Furthermore, guidelines and concepts are being

produced, emphasising topics like public-private partnerships,

regional and local produce and promotion, development in

tourism enterprises, nature quality, marketing and branding, as

well as destination infrastructure and innovative technologies.

The combination of workshop reports, brochures and best

practice examples forms a toolbox which provides the rural

regions involved with improved and new management tools

for sustainable destination development.




Development of Sustainable Tourism focusing on WELLness

Themes of cooperation: Heritage, Culture and Tourism

Duration: March 2005 - December 2007

Total budget: 1 150 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 737 500 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership: Slovenian National Tourist Association (SI); Oder Spree District (Brandenburg,

DE); Institute of Tourism and Leisure - University of Chur (CH); Medical

University of Innsbruck - Department of Medical Statistics; Informatics and Health

Economy (Tirol,AT); Municipality of La Salle (Valle d’Aosta, IT); Centre of Employment

and Education (Tirol, AT); Association of Alpine Wellness, Adelboden (CH);

Municipality of Apollonia – Prefecture Thessaloniki (Kentriki-Makedonia, GR); Ministry

of Tourism of the Republic of Montenegro (CS)

Lead partner institution: Slovenian National Tourist Association

Contact person: Natasa Mrsol - Address: Vosnjakova 5, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Telephone: +386 14339440 - Email:


Tourism is a major growth factor of the European economy.

Tourism generates new jobs and income and acts as a catalyst for

growth and development of less developed regions. Among the

various types of tourism, wellness tourism, which focuses on ways

to relax and adopt a healthy lifestyle, is currently an important

marketing factor that has become the hallmark for new tourism

developments in many regions across Europe.




The network operation «DOSTWELL - Development of Sustainable

Tourism focusing on Wellness» aims to explore growth

opportunities in the participating regions based on new and

innovative wellness tourism concepts. More specifically, the

project aims at exchanging information and transferring

knowledge related to wellness concepts and products based on

water, be it spas, the seaside or lakes. Another goal is the

development of common definitions and standards to support



The operation enhances the capacity of regional administrations,

stakeholders and wellness operators to support tourism and

economic development. It results in shared quality standards and

guidelines for the development of wellness tourism and lays the

groundwork for improved policies and their delivery. It also

helps participating regions to capitalise on wellness as a resource

for creating new jobs, new income and sustainable growth.

Activities include the joint development of common definitions

and standards for benchmarking and classifying infrastructure and

services. Partners conduct studies, interviews and workshops to

analyse the existing situation and to identify trends in the partner

regions. Training, conferences and study tours facilitate

networking and reach out to target audiences. Partners also put

together a manual for quality management and a best practice

guide to document and disseminate results.

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European Airport Regions Development

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning, Territorial Regeneration and Urban


Duration: July 2004 - June 2007

Total budget: 1 572 880 EUR - ERDF contribution: 997 160 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Border region operations

Partnership: Investment Bank of Brandenburg (Bradenburg, DE), University of Applied

Sciences Wildau (Brandenburg, DE); Zala County Non-Profit Development Company

(Nyugat-Dunantul, HU); Finlombarda S.P.A. (Lombardia, IT); SEA – Airport Management

Company (Lombardia, IT); City of Ballesteros de Calatrava (Castilla La Mancha,

ES); City of Aldea del Rey (Castilla La Mancha, ES); Municipality of Chrissoupolis

(Anatoliki Makedonia, Thraki, GR); Economic Development Department, City of

Amsterdam (Noord-Holland, NL); Aeroporto FVG SpA - Trieste International Airport

(Friuli-Venezia Giulia, IT)

Lead partner institution: Investment Bank of Brandenburg

Contact person: Pertti Hermannek

Address: Steinstr. 104-106, 14480 Brandenburg - Germany

Telephone: +49 3316601605 - Email: - Website:


Airports have a central function for regional development.

Regions with major airports have strong development potentials

but they are also confronted with the effects of unguided

investments, increasing traffic and environmental problems often

leading to conflicts with local populations. The operation

“EARD-European Airport Regions Development” focuses on

the development problems and opportunities associated with

major airports, exchanging experience and good practice in

promoting harmonious and more sustainable development of

airport regions.


The objective of EARD is to exchange experiences, identify

good practice and test new approaches to strengthen the

attractiveness of the airport regions involved as an economic

area and living space. More concretely, this means that the

project aims to promote the regional potentials for economic

development, but at the same time to balance the interests of

residents and airport and improve the environmental situation

for residents.

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Based on an exchange of experience and good practice among

network partners, joint solutions to common problems are

being developed. This results in increased capacities of the

partners and other key regional actors to promote the

development benefits of airports while counterbalancing

negative impacts.This should also lead to an improvement of the

quality of life for residents living close to major airports.

Activities include workshops, reports and the elaboration of

profiles for each of the participating airport regions, including

the specific economic, cultural and social conditions affecting

development in these areas. Partners also develop targeted

tools for airport marketing and public participation and test

these on the ground.



European Coordination of Regional Investment Funds - Audiovisual

Themes of cooperation: SME Development and Entrepreneurship

Duration: April 2003 - June 2005

Total budget: 879 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 605 500 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership: Wallimage S.A. (BE); Media and Film Society, Baden-Würtemberg (Baden-

Württemberg, DE); Province Authority of Lecce (Puglia, IT); Rotterdam Fund for Film

and Audiovisual Media (Zuid-Holland, NL); Filmfund Vienna Service GmbH (Wien,AT)

Lead partner institution: Wallimage S.A.

Contact person: Philippe Reynaert

Address: Rue du Onze Novembre 6 - 7000 - Mons, Belgium

Telephone: +32 65404033 - Fax: +32 65404039

E- mail: - Website:


It was around 15 years ago that the German landers first

introduced a genuine support policy for the film industry,

followed soon after by the Fonds Rhône Alpes organisation in

France. Since then regional structures have continued to develop,

but independently with only sporadic and minimal sharing of

information on individual working methods.According to a study

by the European Audiovisual Observatory, in the future, regions

will account for 20 % of public intervention in this growing sector

responsible for creating both images and employment. Despite

the importance of the audiovisual industry in Europe, there has

been little communication between these structures and

subsequently varying levels of development and knowledge.


The aim of the ECRIV-AV operation is to create a pan-European

network to represent the audiovisual and film-making industries.

Using data-sharing tools such as the Internet, databases,

newsletters and permanent working groups, the project intends

to establish the foundations for interregional cooperation to

allow the audiovisual sector to operate on an European scale.

ECRIV-AV has set in place actions to stimulate the exchange

of good practice and experiences between Regional Funds. It

has captured this knowledge in data systems and consequently

made it available to both Regional Funds and independent

producers via a website, database and newsletters.The project

also provides a voice vis-à-vis the European Commission on

audiovisual policy. One of its most significant results was

creation of an independent network called Cine-Regio with

members from across the whole of the European audiovisual

sector. This network will carry on beyond the lifetime of the

operation and will continue to develop the themes mentioned




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European Chemical Regions Network

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning,Territorial Regeneration and Urban Development

Duration: January 2004 - December 2006

Total budget: 1 639 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 999 500 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Ministry of Economy and Labour (Sachsen-Anhalt, DE); Ministry of

Economic Affairs and Labour, Northrhine Westphalia (DE); Tees Valley Joint Strategy

Unit (North East, UK); General Directorate for Industry, Government of Catalunya

(Catalunya, ES); Mazowieckie Voivodeship (PL); Province of Limburg (NL); Ministry of

Economics, Labour and Transport, Lower Saxony (DE); Piedmont Region (Piemonte,

IT); County Council of Huelva (Andalucia, ES); Lombardy Region Government

(Lombardia, IT); Ida-Viru County / Ida-Viru County Government (EE); Agency For The

Economic Development of the Principality of Asturias (Principado de Asturias, ES);

Cheshire County Council (North West, UK)

Lead partner institution: Ministry of Economy and Labour, Saxony-Anhalt

Contact person: Katrin Gutowsky

Address: Hasselbachstrasse 4, 39104 Magdeburg, Germany

Telephone: +49 3915674452 - Email:



The operation “European Chemical Regions Network” (ECRN)

is centred on concerted action for European regions with

dominant chemical industries. In Europe, the chemical industry

(especially petrochemicals) is clustered in just a few regions. In

these regions, the chemical sector often represents the major

economic force, with a strong impact on most other economic

sectors. Due to transformation and restructuring processes,

chemical regions have faced significant challenges and continue

to experience pressure to adapt to new conditions (e.g. those

associated with EU enlargement).With all these factors in mind,

regions have taken the initiative to form a network of chemical

regions in Europe.



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The major goal of the network is to facilitate joint actions of

“Chemical Regions” in Europe in the fields of regional

development and industrial policy.The network strives to develop

new and innovative concepts for the transition of “Chemical

Regions” and seeks to act as a platform for discussion with the

European Union and as a recognised stakeholder representing

“Chemical Regions” in all policy and regional development aspects.


The operation creates awareness of regional profiles and

strategies for “Chemical Regions” acting as a recognised

stakeholder at the European level. This strengthens the

competitiveness of areas with chemical industry and allows for a

joint positioning on essential EU policies such as those related to

the Lisbon Strategy. Jointly developed recommendations also help

improve the effectiveness of Structural Fund programmes with

regard to “Chemical Regions.” Activities include several ECRN

events and regional partnership meetings to involve relevant

actors from administration, science and enterprises.The operation

has published a joint declaration on future EU Chemical Policy as

well as a joint report on the Emission Trading System.To support

PR activities, partners have also issued a «Who’s Who» of

“Chemical Regions” and participated in the EC Stakeholder

Consultation «Actions on Climate Change Post 2012».


European Cultural Tourism Network

Themes of cooperation: Heritage, Culture and Tourism

Duration: February 2005 - January 2007

Total budget: 547 582.16 EUR - ERDF contribution: 370 456.62 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership:Wales Tourist Board (Wales, UK); Oviedo Chamber of Commerce, Industry

and Navigation (Principado de Asturias, ES); Latvian Tourism Development Agency

(Latvija, LV); Turku Science Park Ltd. (Länsi-Suomi, FI); County Provincial Council of

Huelva (Andalucía, ES); Regional Development Agency of North Hungary (Eszak-

Magyarorszag, HU); Midland Regional Authority (Border, Midland and Western, IE);

Foundation for the Development of the Legacy of al-Andalus (Andalucía, ES); Region

Västra Götaland (Västsverige, SE); Aosta Valley Autonomous Region (Valle d’Aosta, IT)

Lead partner institution: Wales Tourist Board

Contact person: Nigel Adarns

Address: 2 Fitzalan Road Cardiff CF24 0UY, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 2920475267 - Fax: +44 2920475323

Email: - Website:


Cultural tourism is recognised as one of the fastest growing

sectors of tourism and it has become an important element of

the regional economic development activity financed by the

European Commission. It is essential to ensure that cultural

tourism is developed in a way that maintains regional identity

and culture and facilitates multicultural dialogue. The

Commission wants to promote proactive cooperation between

tourism companies, tourist destinations and their national,

regional and local authorities to protect natural and cultural

heritage and to ensure that it develops in a sustainable way.


The aim of ECTN is for regions with an interest in developing

cultural tourism to share experience and good practice for

regional economic development and job creation. By definition,

good practice implies cultural tourism projects and policies that

have positive impacts (economically, socially and environmentally)

and contribute to sustainable regional development.

ECTN is working towards the future development of cultural

tourism in Europe by creating a network which not only

provides a link for cultural and tourism sectors across Europe,

but also promotes cultural tourism policy and highlights the

partner regions as cultural tourism destinations. The partners

are working together to develop more effective and sustainable

cultural tourism projects and schemes.This information is used

to define and provide examples of good practice, which is then

disseminated to the partners using methods such as a website,

workshops newsletters and staff exchanges, and two databases

– one with listings of relevant cultural tourism contacts and one

containing good practice case studies.The project will provide a

final report incorporating a guide to best practice in the

development of Cultural Tourism Destinations and an analysis of

the market for the sector.The success rate of transferring good

practice is measured by the adoption of specific aspects from

other regions’ strategies.


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Education Gate

Themes of cooperation: Employment, Social Inclusion, Human Resources and Education

Duration: July 2004 - November 2007

Total budget: 1 414 992 EUR - ERDF contribution: 804 837 EUR

Topic for Cooperation: Border regions operation

Partnership: City of Vienna, Board of Education - European Office (Wien,AT), School

of Education, University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK); Cracow Pedagogical University

(Malopolskie, PL); Federal Ministry of Education and Science, Bosnia Hercegovina (BA);

Office for Education and Sport, City of Zagreb (HR); Department of Education, City

Assembly of Belgrade (CS); School Inspectorate of the County of Calarasi (RO), Open

& Distance Learning Centre, Calarsi (RO); Main Education and Science Board, Kiev City

State Administration (UA); Ministry of Education, Science and Cultural Affairs

(Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, DE); Institute for School and Further Education

(Mecklenburg- Vorpommern, DE)

Lead partner institution: City of Vienna, Board of Education - European Office

Contact person: Franz Schimek - Address: Auerspergstr. 15/22, 1080 Wien, Austria

Telephone: +43 15252577081 - Email:



The operation “Education Gate” focuses on the educational

dimension of European integration and the challenge of the

knowledge-based economy for the educational systems and

policies in the regions. The partnership aims to translate the

experiences of an earlier INTERREG IIIA project on education

in the knowledge society into strategic measures for

improving regional educational policies, identifying good

practice and developing joint concepts and guidelines.

Moreover the partnership wants to test new promising

approaches such as the «European Regional College».


The project’s overall aim is to design policies and strategies for

education in support of the Lisbon goals and the transition to

a knowledge-based society at the regional level. Based on the

exchange of knowledge and best practice, partners will

develop regional strategies and guidelines for the following

priority areas: equality in education (social inclusion, gender

mainstreaming), quality of education (quality assurance,

teacher education), European dimension in education

(modern language tuition), vocational education and ICT (einclusion).

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The operation increases awareness of the relation between

educational policies and a region’s development potential among

key regional target audiences. It further results in new regional

models that translate the EU’s Lisbon agenda and the needs of

the knowledge-driven economy into educational objectives and

thus contributes to improving educational policies in the partner


Activities focus on analysing regional needs and determining

priority areas, identifying good practice, elaborating a best

practice manual and developing new educational models and

policy proposals to support the Lisbon Goals at regional level.

Partners have started to develop and implement a “European

Regional College”, a school with a strong focus on European

society and culture, language education and cultural diversity,

as a demonstration project to disseminate and propagate the

knowledge and experience gained from the operation to

other European regions.




European Network of Municipalities and Rivers

Themes of cooperation: Environment, Risk Prevention, Energy and Natural Resources

Duration: February 2005 - December 2007

Total budget: 1 278 951 EUR - ERDF contribution: 707 050 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Municipal Environmental Campaign U.A.N. (Niedersachsen, DE);

Mersey Basin Business Foundation (MBC) (North West, UK); Water Board of

Oldenburg and East Frisia (OOWV) (Niedersachsen, DE); University of Santiago de

Compostela (USC) (Galicia, ES); Environmental Projects (VP) (LV); Emån Union (EE)

(Småland and Öarna, SE);Victoria University of Manchester (UoM) (North West, UK)

Lead partner institution: Municipal Environmental Campaign U.A.N.

Contact person: Wiebke Abeling

Address: Arnswaldtstraße 28, 30159 Hannover, Germany

Telephone: +49 5113028568 - Fax: +49 5113028556

Email: - Website:


The aim of the EC Water Framework Directive (WFD) is to

achieve ”good water status” for all waters through an integrated

river basin management across administrative boundaries with

the involvement of all relevant stakeholders. Municipalities have a

crucial role in delivering the WFD because of their influence on

key areas of development such as tourism, water services, spatial

planning, agriculture and forestry. However, many municipalities

are still unaware of this legislation and its impact at local level.

Others are reluctant to get involved in implementation of WFD

because of a lack of experience and relevant resources. At the

moment, there is no organised dialogue either within or between

municipalities in the EU Member States, which leaves them

without the mechanism to communicate effectively and avoid

duplication of effort in developing solutions.


The overall objective of ENMaR is to enable municipalities to

make effective use of integrated water management. The

partners aim to share knowledge and good practice related to

the implementation of the WFD and its impact on regional

development. The focus of the activities carried out by the

partners is on spatial planning, water services, tourism, forestry

and agriculture.



ENMaR gives municipalities a more significant role in delivering

the WFD for the benefit of regional development. Working

together in ENMaR, municipalities are better prepared to carry

out the necessary actions to benefit from changes under the

WFD. Their knowledge about the links between good water

resources and tourism is increased and the role of tourism in

river basin management and regional planning is strengthened.

Furthermore, they learn about links between spatial planning

and water management and about the WFD and its scope and

links to other sectors related to regional development. ENMaR

contributes to implementing the WFD by improving the quality

and structure of water bodies and the cost recovery of water

management. Also, it creates a common understanding of the

impact of forestry and agriculture on waters. Activities include

establishment of forums for stakeholders from spatial planning,

water services, tourism, forestry and agriculture, organisation of

roundtable meetings and workshops and production of a

«Municipality’s Guide to Regional Development through

Effective Integrated Water Resources Management».

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European Network of Mining Regions

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning,Territorial Regeneration and Urban Development

Duration: January 2005 - December 2006

Total budget: 1 453 333 EUR - ERDF contribution: 999 999, 75 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: GeoRange (Övre Norrland, SE); Geological Survey of Portugal

(Alentejo, PT); The Government of Andalusia (Andalucía, ES); University of Girona

(Catalunya, ES); Spanish Research Institute-Institute of Earth Sciences «Jaume Almera»

(Catalunya, ES);The Region of Western Greece (Peloponnisos, GR); Industrial Systems

Institute (Peloponnisos, GR); Faculty BERG, Technical University of Kosice (Vychodné

Slovensko, SK); The University of Oulu (Pohjois-Suomi, FI); The Regional Council of

North Karelia (Itä-Suomi, FI);The Regional Council of Lapland (Pohjois-Suomi, FI);The

Council of Oulu Region (Pohjois-Suomi, FI); The Regional Council of Kainuu (Itä-

Suomi, FI); Geological Survey of Finland (Pohjois-Suomi, FI); Municipality of Lavrio

(Attiki, GR); Waste Management Association in West Saxony (Sachsen, DE); LAG

(Local Action Group) Appennino Genovese (Liguria, IT); AGH University of Science

and Technology (Kujawsko-Pomorskie, PL); Regional Development Agency of the

Aosta Valley Region (Valle d’Aosta, IT); Eden Project Ltd. (South West, UK)

Lead partner institution: GeoRange

Contact person: Ken Swanson - Address: GeoRange, Box 43, 930 70 Malå, Sweden

Telephone: +46 705777128 - Fax: +46 95321498

Email: - Website:


Mines are the historical backbone of a number of European

communities and they still have crucial economic and social

importance for many European regions.At the same time, these

regions are faced with significant challenges particularly as many

have to cope with major transformation and restructuring

related to the decline of the industry. Since these regions are

typically dominated by the mining sector, the restructuring

process is even more difficult. This especially applies to mine

sites in remote and isolated areas with no other large-scale

industry nearby. Due to these factors and to the scale and

character of mining and its environmental impact, there is a

need for close interaction between companies and actors on

local and regional levels.


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The objective of the European Network of Mining Regions

(ENMR) is to create a platform for mining regions on a

European level driven by public organisations. The two-year

project involves 20 partners from 10 EU member states,

including local and regional authorities, universities, research

institutes, industry, NGOs, union and development agencies

from mineral and coal mining regions.The network aims to raise

the regional awareness and the profile of being a mining region,

to support the exchange of experience on regional and

European policies and to develop an innovative model for

regional development.


In addition to regular newsletters and a website, the ENMR

produces an overview of regional functions and cluster potential

in the European mining regions and provides information on

major regional actors, institutional settings, existing partnerships,

policies and regional development strategies, and insight into

research and development capacities. The partners produce a

draft roadmap that aims to identify needs and key challenges

facing mining regions and points out common strategies and

innovations to meet those challenges.The roadmap focuses on:

(1) regional functions, industries and clustering, (2) socioeconomic

effects, (3) mining and environment. As a result, the

ENMR is able to act as a key stakeholder for mining regions on

the European level, presenting a joint position on essential EU

policies affecting the regions.


European small islands network inter-island exchange project

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning,Territorial Regeneration and Urban Development

Duration: July 2004 - June 2007

Total budget: 1 149 927 EUR - ERDF contribution: 720 351.25 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Irish Islands Federation (Border,Midland And Western, IE); The

Association of Danish Small Islands (Jylland - Fyn, DK); Danish Forest and Nature

Agency (Jylland - Fyn, DK); Association of the Ponant Islands (Bretagne, FR); The

Development Authority for the Gaeltacht (Border, Midland And Western, IE);

Regional Council of Southwest Finland (Länsi-Suomi, FI); Pro Turunmaan Outermost

Islands Registered Association (Länsi-Suomi, FI); The National Association for the

Swedish ArchipelagosArchipeliogos (Sydsverige, SE); Argyll and Bute Council

(Scotland, UK); The Highland Council (Scotland, UK); North Ayrshire Council

(Scotland, UK) Highlands and Islands Enterprise (Scotland, UK)

Lead partner institution: Irish Islands Federation

Contact person: Máire U Mhaoláin

Address: Inis Oírr, Árainn, Cuan na Gaillimhe, Ireland

Telephone: +3539975096 - Email:



The European Small Islands Network is an umbrella

organisation established by island representatives from six

European countries. Its formation grew out of the desire to

tackle the challenges of development that presently threaten

the very survival of many small island communities in Europe.

Each island association represents groups of islands or

archipelagos with the number of inhabitants residing on any

one island ranging from less than 10 persons to approximately

1,000. They share a pressing concern to retain a minimum

year-round resident population so as to sustain existing levels

of economic, social and cultural development.


The network’s overall goal is to promote the sustainable

economic, social and cultural development of small islands so

as to strengthen their capacity to support permanent, resident

island communities. By promoting the transfer of information,

ideas and experience among islanders, professionals and

policy-makers concerned with the future of small islands, ESIN

aims to devise models of sustainable development for small

islands and to identify specific policy measures which could be

taken at national and EU level to support sustainable

development on small islands throughout Europe.


The ESIN project promotes the following:

• Stronger contacts among decision-makers and island

organisations in all six island regions; Improved access to

information on sustainable approaches and solutions to the

most pressing problems facing small islands.

• Greater cooperation between the six island regions.

• Identification at national and EU level of specific policy

measures to support sustainable development on Europe’s

small islands.

• Better understanding at European level of the development

challenges facing small islands with very low population

densities and no administrative authority.

Activities include 18 project visits to be conducted during 12

inter-island trips; an online database of 18 case studies of good

practice in sustainable development on small islands; an

enhanced ESIN website; and the first European Conference

on sustainable development on small islands.


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European Salmon Tour

Themes of cooperation: Heritage, Culture and Tourism

Duration: June 2003 - June 2005

Total budget: 537 868 EUR - ERDF contribution: 327 767 EUR

Norwegian national contribution: 32 253 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Forshaga Municipality (Västsverige, SE); Association of the V Municipalities

(Principado de Asturias, ES); Narón Municipality (Galicia, ES); Kainuu Regional

Development Company (Itä-Suomi, FI); South West Regional Authority (Southern and

Eastern, IE); Conwy County Borough Council (Wales, UK); Åmot Municipality (NO)

Lead partner institution: Forshaga Municipality

Contact person: Lillemor Bäckström - Address: Box 93, 66722 Forshaga, Sweden

Telephone: +46 54172011 - Fax: +46 54873461

Email: - Website:


In recent years traditional sectors such as mining, the steel

industry, livestock breeding or fishing have ceased to be the

motors of the economy and the sources of employment in

many European regions. New resources had to be developed in

order to maintain standards of living and employment rates.

All the regions participating in EUROSAT have salmon rivers

within their territories and consider these to be an important

natural and cultural resource. For these regions, trout and

salmon fishing offers huge potential for boosting tourism and

consequently fostering economic development.Various tourism

offers have to be developed in order to make more efficient use

of this potential and attract more tourists to these regions. At

the same time, the conservation of salmon and similar species

must be ensured to maintain this important resource.


The overall objective of EUROSAT is to promote trout and

salmon fishing as a valid economic activity for improving

employment opportunities in areas of enormous environmental

potential. EUROSAT aims to create a permanent network of

regions that benefit from salmon rivers in order to exchange

experiences on different issues such as the economic impact of

activities linked to sport fishing, environmental issues, tourism

development, etc.

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EUROSAT contributes to the recovery of salmon rivers and

better use and protection of river resources. Activities include

the establishment of a permanent network of public authorities

that have competences in angling, tourism, and pollution control

or water quality protection. Several study visits have been

organised by the EUROSAT partners to facilitate know-how

transfer on activities linked to angling, training of professionals,

tourist development and environmental protection. In addition,

a number of thematic conferences are being held to improve

the know-how of all regions involved and to transfer and

incorporate this know-how in regional development strategies.

The conferences focus on topics such as the development of

angling in Europe, the socio-economic impact of fishing-related

activities, the environmental protection of rivers and the

importance of networking and the use of modern information

technology solutions in the promotion of angling.A structure for

a common database has been developed to take advantage of

the synergies and competences that already exist or are being

developed in the participating regions.



Europe des traditions: un pont entre les Eurorégions

Themes of cooperation: Heritage, Culture and Tourism

Duration: July 2003 - June 2006

Total budget: 496 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 327 000 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Lima Integrated Rural Development Association (Norte, PT); Selfgoverning

Community of Galicia – Culture, Communication and Tourism (Galicia, ES);

Province of Udine – Tourist Office (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, IT); Province of Belluno (Veneto,

IT); Province of Venice (Veneto, IT); Eco Plus – Lower Austria Regional Development

Agency (Niederoesterreich,AT); Federal State of Lower Austria (Niederoesterreich,AT);

Ljubljana Tourist Office (Osrednjeslovenska, SI);Vas County Assembly (Szombathely, HU)

Lead partner institution: Lima Integrated Rural Development Association

Contact person: Francisco Calheiros

Address: Praça de Republica, 4990-062 Ponte de Lima, Portugal

Telephone: +351 258900600 - Email:



In rural regions, tourism accommodation in historic or rural homes

is a resource that can give new value to family heritage and can help

develop complementary activities (catering, leisure activities,

handicrafts, services). For this to be possible, owners need service

associations: I. Rehabilitation/adaptation of homes for tourism; II. Promotion

on markets; III. Bookings; IV. Protection of identity and quality;

V. Cooperation with other associations and public authorities

(regulations on activities, development, heritage).

The Partnership can deal with these problems.ADRIL (linked to the

‘ET’ and ‘VT’ networks) is an NGO that has managed public funds

and has the necessary conditions in form and substance to be lead

partner. The Xunta de Galícia (culture, social communication and

tourism) is a regional authority.There is an Association created by

LEADER II and another for the protection of historic homes, but

there is no tourism organisation. In the Italian provinces of Udine

(Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia), Belluno and Venice (Region of

Veneto), there have been contacts with Leader zones and with the

“Villa Veneto” association of homes. In Austria, the region of Lower

Austria and its Eco-Plus Regional Development Agency are

participating in the project and there have been contacts with the

owners of historic homes. Other participants include the Ljubljana

Tourist Office (Region of Osrednjeslovenska, SI) and the Vas County

Assembly (Region of Nyugat-Dunantul, HU), with which there has

already been cooperation.


To develop a tourism policy in rural environments integrated with

other policies as follows: a) economic (agriculture, SMEs); b) social

(employment, equal opportunities); c) territorial (planning,

environment); d) cultural (preservation of heritage, cultural identity).

Exchange of information on the role of tourism in rural

development and the cultural identity of regions: a) preservation of

heritage (architecture, landscape, handicrafts, traditions), creation of

new activities (leisure, trekking, catering, handicrafts, trade, service).

b) Joint study of the potential of different types of rural tourism. c)

Transfer of experience in organising the “Europe of Traditions”

and/or “Traditional Villages” networks to the regions of Veneto (IT),

Friuli-Venezia Giulia (IT), Lower Austria (AT), Galicia (ES); d)

Consolidation of these networks.

Link for operation and partnership on the selected topic for

cooperation – a) Topic 5 (Others): given the positive role of

dispersed rural tourism in the development of regions — as a

complement to economic activity in rural environments; to protect

heritage/the environment/ cultural identity; to help regions open up

and create activity in rural environments — it is necessary to

organise those involved and to include such activity in regional policy.

b) The partnership: regional/sub-regional/ local public entities or

their equivalents which are interested in the contribution of

dispersed rural tourism to regional development and are keen to

share their experiences in the organisation and political framing of

this activity. c) Operation: i. Study visits and intra-regional meetings

for the regional agents with promoters to provide information and

share experience on the promotion and regional organisation of

activities; ii. Interregional seminars for a joint approach to policies,

tools for development and experience in organising this activity; iii.

Methods for providing information (data bases)] and promotion

(website, catalogue).


a) Institutional, technical, administrative and financial coordination by

the lead partner and each partner; b) Galvanisation of six regions by

the partners: identification, awareness and organisation of potential

agents for rural tourism; c) Interregional exchanges and approaches

in two seminars, one in Alpes-Adriatique (AU, IT, HU, SI), the other

in North Galicia (ES, PT); d) Communication and promotion.

Results: Transfer of good practices to the regions involved,

galvanisation of owners of homes for rural tourism and regional

authorities for the regulation, support and organisation of this


Long term impacts in the regions concerned: improved efficiency of

Structural Funds and a stronger role for tourism in the diversification

of activities in rural environments and in sustainable regional


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Network for Regional SME Finance

Themes of cooperation: SME Development and Entrepreneurship

Duration: July 2004 - June 2007

Total budget: 1 440 621 EUR - ERDF contribution: 899 823 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: State Development Bank (Sachsen, DE); Financial Investment Agency of

Lazio (Lazio, IT); Agency for Economic Development of Castilla y León (Castilla y

Leon, ES); Development Bank of Schleswig-Holstein (Schleswig-Holstein, DE); Incubator

of New Enterprises of Chania (Kriti, GR); NRW Bank (Nordrhein-Westfalen,

DE); The Umbrian Company for the Financing of SMEs (Umbria, IT); Foundation of

Valencian Region / European Region (Comunidad Valenciana, ES); Regional

Development Agency of the Aosta Valley (Valle d’Aosta, IT); Investment and Business

Guarantees, Ltd. ( Lietuva, LT); Development Bank of Berlin (Berlin, DE); Mortgage

and Land Bank of Latvia, (Latvija, LV); Development Bank of Saxony-Anhalt (Sachsen-

Anhalt, DE); The Kainuu Regional Development and Business Promotion Company

(Itä-Suomi, FI); European Association of Development Agencies – EURADA (Reg.

Bruxelles-Cap. / Brussels Hfdst. Gew., BE); Langhe Monferrato Roero Consortium

(Piemonte, IT); Regional Development Agency of Basse-Normandie (Basse-

Normandia, FR); Development Agency of Eastern Thessaloniki «Anatoliki» S.A.

(Kentriki Makedonia, GR); Regional Development Agency of Piemonte (Piemonte, IT);

European Association of Public Banks – EAPB (Reg. Bruxelles-Cap. / Brussels Hfdst.

Gew., BE)

Lead partner institution: State Development Bank, Saxony

Contact person: Peter Flath

Address: Pirnaische Strasse 9, D- 01069 Sachsen, Germany

Telephone: +49 35149104080

Email: - Website:


The ability of SMEs to grow depends largely on their potential

to invest in restructuring, innovation and qualification. All of

these investments need capital and therefore access to finance.

Necessary access is, however, frequently not guaranteed since

private markets are not sufficiently able to respond to the needs

of SMEs, particularly in regions with a weaker economic base.

Regional public authorities play a key role in this respect,

bridging market gaps, establishing SME support structures and

acting as catalysts to encourage the development of their

regions. These policies are the focus of the operation

FinNetSME which allows 20 regional partners from nine EU

countries to pool their know-how on SME finance.


The overall objective is to improve access to financing for SMEs

by promoting the exchange of know-how among SME

financiers and other relevant development actors in the

participating regions.To this end, the project seeks to establish a

platform for the exchange of experience, transfer of best

practice and the development of regional tools and strategies

for better SME access to finance.

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The operation improves dialogue between regional financing

institutions and other key actors in regional development. It

leads to better and/or new financial instruments providing

access to finance for SMEs according to their needs. It also

supports the development of common approaches to EU

institutions on matters of SME support and access to finance,

and helps shape future EU regional policies and instruments.

Activities focus on four types of model for regional SME finance:

early stage finance, micro-finance, equity finance and regional

supply chain that have been identified after consultation with

regional policy-makers. Activities are supported by a database of

regional SME finance that contains information on financing

institutions in the respective regions, best practice examples of

financial and non-financial instruments, and relevant statistics.



Flood awareness and prevention policy in border areas

Themes of cooperation: Environment, Risk Prevention, Energy and Natural Resources

Duration: September 2004 - August 2007

Total budget: 1 672 850 EUR - ERDF contribution: 1 095 000 EUR

Topic of cooperation: INTERREG programmes

Partnership: Foundation Euregion Meuse - Rhine (Limburg, NL); Office of the Government

of Upper Austria, Dep. of Regional Planning (Oberösterreich, AT); Roer and

Overmaas Waterboard (Limburg, NL); Project Organisation De Maaswerken (Limburg,

NL); Communal community «Oberes Elbtal/ Osterzgebirge»e.V. (Sachsen, DE); Central

Bureau for Flood Protection, Cologne (Nordrhein-Westfalen, DE); Province of Limburg

(Limburg, NL); Province of East Flanders (Vlaams Gewest, BE); Regional Board Oder

Spree (Brandenburg, DE); Province of Zeeland (Zeeland, NL); Irish Central Border Area

Network (ICBAN) (Northern Ireland, UK);Trans-Tisza Region Water Authority (Eszak-

Magyarorszag, HU); Environmental Management, Nurseries and Afforestation of

Navarra, PLC (Comunidad Foral De Navarra, ES);Welding and Quality Institute (Norte,

PT); North Hungarian Environment and Water Authority (Eszak-Magyarorszag, HU);

Lower Tisza District Water Authority (Del-Alfold, HU); Koros Valley District Water

Authority (Nyugat-Dunantul, HU); International Secretariat of the Carpathian

Euroregion (Eszak-Alfold, HU); Department of Social Geography and Regional

Development Planning (Kozep-Magyarorszag, HU); Slowakian partner of the

Carpathian Euroregion (Stredne Slovensko, SK); Euroregion Labe (Severozapad, CZ);

North Transdanubian Water Authority (Nyugat-Dunantul, HU); Institute for Development

of Water Resources «Jaroslav Cerni» (YU); Municipality of Feres, Prefecture of

Evros (Attica, GR); Institute for Environment and Geology of Saxony (Sachsen, DE);

Province of Flemish Brabant (Vlaams Gewest, BE); Local Government of the Second

District of the City of Budapest (Nyugat-Dunantul, HU); Euroregion Memusas-Niemen-

Hemah (LT); Foundation for Applied Water Research (Utrecht, NL); Upper-Tisza

Regional Directorate for Environmental and Water Management (Eszak-Alfold, HU);

DLG/ Service for land and water management (Utrecht, NL); Aachen University of

Technology (Nordrhein-Westfalen, DE); City of Grimma (Sachsen, DE);Wildlife Estonia

(EE); River Ebro Basin Organization, Water Planning Office (Catalunya, ES); Romanian

Part of the Carpathian Euroregion (RO); Maramures County Council (RO)

Lead partner institution: Foundation Euregion Meuse – Rhine

Contact person: A.M. Laninga-Busch

Telephone: +31 655731694

Email: - Website:


Flood management is moving steadily up the political agenda as

climate change increases the risk of water-related catastrophes

such as flooding and extreme drought. This risk is especially

worrying for Europe, where growing population density is

making complex societies and economies increasingly vulnerable

to natural disasters.

FLAPP believes that Europe must improve its water management

policies to take account of this. In the past, these policies have

focused on technical measures such as raising dykes. In the future,

they need to focus on more proactive strategies that anticipate

climate change.






The network is seeking to contribute to common European

strategies for flood risk management, especially in border

areas where flood-related issues are likely to arise. It intends

to achieve this by enabling those responsible for European

river systems and their feeders to exchange information and

experience. FLAPP also expects that its work will influence a

new European flood water directive.


FLAPP is pooling past experience and best practice to

produce new strategies for flood management, balancing

safety, costs and social and spatial impact.The pooling consists

of a vast data collection exercise backed up by conferences,

meetings and study visits.

The network is also developing an online database, accessible

via the project website, which the partners use to access

information on best practice.This database is the platform for

a best practice manual that is to be published in 2006.

As the lessons learned from FLAPP will be geared towards

the participating regions and those developing the EU flood

water directive, the network is sure to have a lasting impact

on Europe’s water management policies.

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Network for future regional health care

Themes of cooperation: Employment, Social Inclusion, Human Resources and Education

Duration: January 2004 - December 2006

Total budget: 1 492 605 EUR - ERDF contribution: 986 954 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: University of Helsinki (Etelä-Suomi, FI); Tallinn Technical University

(EE); Ida-Viru Central Hospital (EE); Tartu University Clinics (EE); Research Institute

for Health Care Facilities SOTERA, Helsinki University of Technology (Etelä-Suomi,

FI); Institute of Communication and Computer Systems - NTUA (Attiki, EL);

University of Patras (Dytiki Ellada, GR); Latvian Ministry of Health (LV); P. Stradins

Clinical University Hospital (LV); Riga City Council, Department of Welfare (LV);

University Children’s Hospital (LV);Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Faculty of

Architecture (LT); Kaunas University of Technology (LT); Region Skåne (Sydsverige,

SE); Stockholm Care (Stockholm, SE); University of Cyprus (CY); University Hospital

of the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, DE);

Vilnius University Emergency Hospital (LT); Joint Authority for the Hospital District

of Helsinki and Uusimaa (Etelä-Suomi, FI)

Lead partner institution: University of Helsinki,Technomedicum

Contact person: Harry Holthöfer

Address: Haartmaninkatu 8, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland

Telephone: +358 919125500 - Fax: +358 919125501

Email: - Website:


The health care sector in European countries is going through a

period of rapid change. Governmental health budgets are

limited, yet society is aging rapidly. Medical technology is

becoming increasingly sophisticated and efficient tools for the

transfer and analysis of patient information have to be

developed. The economic impact of these trends on future

health care, including its aims, organisation, management and

financing, is immense. Consequently there is an urgent need for

regional collaboration between the old and new countries of

the European Union to meet this challenge.


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The main objective of this cooperation is to create an effective

platform for sharing cross-professional experience on

developmental health care issues among the participating EU

countries. This platform will develop new approaches for

resolving health care management problems. The objective will

be pursued by analysing existing treatment processes, developing

new models for delivering health care, and proposing a

transformation process for organisations.


The network produces descriptions of existing health service

networks in the participating areas and formulates future visions

of medicine, health service systems, health care facilities and

medical technology. Different working groups have been set up

and first seminars have been organised. Furthermore, the

network describes and compares typical core processes, like the

trauma process, pre-hospital care, the emergency process and

rehabilitation. It proposes new working processes and concepts

to improve performance, holds seminars and works on new ways

of organising services, logistics and use of space. Finally, the

network implements selected model solutions and distributes

and shares experiences within the network. These lead to

improved ergonomics, efficiency and better use of resources in

the health care sectors of all the participating regions.


Gaining added-value from timber in Europe

Themes of cooperation: SME Development and Entrepreneurship

Duration: October 2004 - September 2007

Total budget: 865 540 EUR - ERDF contribution: 649 155 EUR

Topic of cooperation: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership: Forestry Commission Wales (Wales, UK); Chamber of Trade East Thuringia

- Environment Centre (Thüringen, DE); Department of Wood Science, Ljubljana

University (SI); Tourists Association of Communities «BOR» (Pomorskie, PL); Tartu

Science Park (Eesti, EE)

Lead partner institution: Forestry Commission Wales

Contact person: Mike Over

Address: Victoria Terrace, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY 23 2DQ, Wales, UK

Telephone: +44 8456040845




All the regions involved in GATE include rural areas with lower

than average economic growth and with difficulties in relatively

remote areas to create sustainable jobs, which can improve

social cohesion across the region. Although these regions are

covered by significant areas of forest, their timber industries are

under pressure, experiencing problems such as fragmentation,

an underdeveloped supply chain, lack of investment and limited

added-value market opportunities. The lack of employment

opportunities in these areas is also leading young people to

leave and look for work elsewhere.


GATE is raising awareness of the link between timber, sustainable

construction and sustainable regional development. It is

also looking at ways to increase the use of timber for

construction, building new markets and adding value. Its overall

aim is to challenge the view that timber is a traditional, old

fashioned and beautiful but expensive material by showing that

it can cut construction times, increase design flexibility and

provide major energy conservation and sustainability benefits.

GATE’s activities focus on five interregional workshops that are

developing joint action plans on a range of timber-related

issues. Each group’s report and action plan is to be published on

the project website. The operation is also holding an

international student design competition and producing press

articles and press releases to publicise its work.

As well as the action plans, GATE is establishing networks of key

organisations involved in timber and creating lasting links

between people performing similar roles in different regions. It

is also increasing use of timber in construction by raising

awareness of the link between this use and sustainable regional

development, and raising awareness of its environmental,

technical and economic advantages.


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Gestion et développement des régions insulaires

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning, Territorial Regeneration and Urban


Duration: April 2003 - March 2007

Total budget: 1 776 004 EUR - ERDF contribution: 1 196 802 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Territorial Community of Corsica (Corse, FR); Conference of Peripheral

Maritime Regions of Euorpe, Islands Commission (CRPM) (Bretagne, FR);

Region of Sicily – Presidency (Sicilia, IT); Government of the Balearic Islands (Islas

Baleares, ES); Region of Crete (Kriti, GR); Region of Bornholm (Bornholm, DK);

Ministry for Gozo (MT); Municipality of Gotland (Gotland, SE);Western Isles Council

(Western Islands, UK); Ionian Islands Region (Ionioi Nissoi, GR); Government of

Åland (Aland, FI); Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Sardegna, IT)

Lead partner institution: Territorial Community of Corsica

Contact person: Balli Carine

Address: 22 Cours Grandval BP 215, F 20187, Ajaccio Cedex, Corse, France

Telephone: +33 495516425 - Fax: +33 495516652

Email: - Website:


The GEDERI project aims to improve island management

through the sharing of experience and information on topics

that are common to the different regions and which currently

represent weak points. It aims to put an end to the isolation

of island regions by creating a network of expertise and a

body of knowledge, methods and tools related to island issues.

This will be implemented by organising seminars and

conferences so that all partners can benefit from the

experience and good practices of others.


The objective of the GEDERI programme is:

• To improve island management by the public organisations

responsible for them in areas relating to economic

development, service quality and the environment.

• To benefit from existing “local poles of knowledge” in the

various island regions in order to help train or at least inform

the political and administrative leaders in other island regions.

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As an extension to long-standing cooperation among island

regions, the project aims to:

• Put an end to island isolation by creating a firm network of


• Exchange and disseminate a body of knowledge and tools

related to islands.

• Improve governance by public authorities on islands.



Themes of cooperation: Environment, Risk Prevention, Energy and Natural Resources

Duration: July 2003 - December 2005

Total budget: 896 028 EUR - ERDF contribution: 637 021 EUR

Topic for cooperation: INTERREG programmes

Partnership: Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest (Voreio Aigaio,

GR); Haute Provence Geological Nature Reserve (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, FR);

Copper Coast Geopark (Southern And Eastern, IE); Marble Arch Caves and Cuilcagh

Mountain Park (Northern Ireland, UK); Nördlicher Teutoburger Wald Wiehengebirge

Nature Park (Niedersachsen, DE); Psiloritis Natrae Park (Kriti, GR); Rocca di Cerere

Cultural Park (Sicilia, IT); Madonia Natural Park (Sicilia, IT); Eisenwurzen Nature Park

(Burgenland, AT)

Lead partner institution: Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest

Contact person: Nickolas Zouros

Address: Kountouriotou, 47ª,81100 Mytilene, Greece

Telephone/fax: +30 2251047033 - Email:



According to UNESCO, GeoParks could play an active role in

the economic development of their territories by reinforcing the

general image resulting from their geological heritage and by

developing geotourism.There are a few cases of GeoParks that

could attract large numbers of visitors and have a direct impact

on the environment and on local living conditions, but many

require great efforts in the areas of organisation, management

and promotion. In spite of their scientific, aesthetic and

educational interest they are less well-known than other natural

attractions. Moreover, the lack of transnational and interregional

cooperation does little to resolve these problems.


The main objectives of this project are: to establish a network for

continuous communication between the partners to encourage

and organise the sharing of information, experimentation,

methodologies and tools for assessment, preservation and

promotion of the geological heritage; to create common quality

standards to achieve a high level of services in all European

GeoParks; to offer a high quality tourism product that is closely

linked with other sectors in the local economy; to encourage

enterprises within the territories of GeoParks to provide a high

level of service to visitors; to exchange staff, exhibitions and

cultural events in order to guarantee the transfer of know-how.

The main results expected are the drafting of common quality

standards and the consolidation of the network, together with

increased visibility of the GeoParks as both visitor sites and as

agents for local development.

The following activities have been carried out:

• Prospective members of the network have been assessed and

re-assessed, in order to guarantee quality standards in tourism

services and promotion as an attractive tourism destination.

• Experience and know-how have been shared in order to

preserve the geological heritage through staff exchanges and

shared activities (exhibitions, etc.).

• Establishment of collaboration between regional communities

and enterprises to develop geotourism.

• Strengthening communication and tourism awareness

regarding geological preservation by creating working tools and

drawing up specific methods.

Achievements to date include the comparative assessment of

member GeoParks and communication materials on both

electronic media (network website, CD-Rom) and on hard copy

(updated magazine on European GeoParks, publication of

brochures and posters).



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Greening Regional Development Programmes

Themes of cooperation: Environment, Risk Prevention, Energy and Natural Resources

Duration: July 2004 - June 2007

Total budget: 1 581 906.58 EUR - ERDF contribution: 980 728.52 EUR

Topic of cooperation: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership: Environment Agency for England and Wales - South West England

Region (South West, UK); Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and

Water Management (Wien,AT); Local Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona (Catalunya,

ES); Langhe Monferrato Roeroe Consortium (Piemonte, IT); Devon County Council

(South West, UK); Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Territorial Politics (La Rioja,

ES); Environmental Management, Nurseries and Afforestations of Navarra, PLC

(Comunidad Foral De Navarra, ES); Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MT);

Cornwall County Council (South West, UK); Italian Environmental Authority for SF for

Obj. 1 Regions - Ministry of Environment and Territory - DG RAS (Lazio, IT);

Municipality of Wroclaw (Dolnoslaskie, PL); University of Debrecen, Centre for

Environmental Management and Policy (Eszak-Alfold, HU); Western Greece Region

(Dytiki Ellada, GR); South Aegean Regional Development Fund (Notio Aigaio, GR);

ORO - Orientation, Research, Occupation (Sicilia, IT); The Regional Environmental

Center for Central and Eastern Europe (Kozep-Magyarorszag, HU)

Lead partner institution: Environment Agency for England and Wales - South West

England Region

Contact person: Agata Miazga - Telephone: +44 1392352247

Email: /



Structural Funds are the EU’s main instruments for supporting

social and economic restructuring throughout the 25 Member

States. In the provisions for the current round of funding, which

lasts from 2000 to 2006, the environment and sustainable

development are described as key priorities that should be

integrated into all programmes supported by Structural Funds.

However, although the EU has provided guidance on how this

can be done, recent research shows that regions are struggling

to translate it into practical reality.


GRDP’s overall aim is to deal with this issue by enabling regions

to collaborate and share best practice on how the environment

can be better integrated into all programmes benefiting from

Structural Funds.This is intended to lead to the development of

more effective regional programmes that deliver sustainable

results for local people. GRDP will also draft a common

European methodology for integrating the environment into

regional development programmes, based on the experience of

the partners.

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GRDP is improving understanding between the partner regions

on how to integrate environment and sustainable development

into Structural Fund programmes, and at the same time

influencing the way the environment will be integrated in the next

round of Structural Fund schemes between 2007 and 2013.

GRDP is also putting together an economic case for making the

environment a key part of Structural Fund programmes and

disseminating best practice guidance and principles for how this

can be achieved. As each partner will sign up to the GRDP

Charter at the end of the operation, its impact is sure to be longlasting.

And as regions outside the project can access the

operation’s findings, its impact will also be wide-ranging.

The project was officially launched at a conference in Bath (UK)

in December 2004. Other activities include technical seminars,

national dissemination events and a final conference to

disseminate the GRDP Good Practice Guidelines which will

include the common European methodology and a set of

principles for integrating the environment into regional

development programmes.




Best Practice Guidelines for instruments of regional development and spatial planning in an enlarged EU

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning, Territorial Regeneration and Urban


Duration: January 2004 - December 2005

Total budget: 500 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 290 000 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Cardiff University (Wales, UK); Ministry of the Flemish Community

(Arohm-Vlaams Gewest, BE); Department of the Environment and Local Government,

Republic of Ireland (Southern and Eastern, IE); Latgale Regional Development

Agency (Latvija, LV); Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (Latvija, LV); Riga City

Council (Latvija, LV); Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania (Lietuva, LT)

Lead partner institution: Cardiff University

Contact person: Professor Jeremy Alden

Address: Glamorgan Building King Edward VII Avenue - Cardiff CF10 3WA, Wales,

United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 2920875281 - Fax: +44 2920874845

Email: - Website:


The preparation of Regional Development Strategies (RDS) and

Spatial Plans for EU regions has attracted increasing interest in

recent years across the whole of the EU. The GRIDS project is

aimed at producing best practice guidelines for the preparation

of such documents. Guiding investments and achieving balanced

growth in a sustainable manner is an important and ongoing issue

for the EU. Disparities between the growth and challenges faced

by different regions have increased since the accession of the

new Member States. RDS and Spatial Plans seek to increase

prosperity within their areas and achieve balanced regional



The GRIDS project is closely linked to previous EU initiatives,

including both the INTERREG IIC projects on spatial planning,

and the European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP

1999), which identified principles of good practice in preparing

Regional Development Strategies (e.g. polycentric rather than

monocentric development).The GRIDS project involves sharing

good (and bad) practice in preparing Regional Development

Strategies.The interest in this subject is considerable and closely

linked to EU Structural Funds.

The GRIDS project produces guidelines of best practice for

those agencies and/or individuals responsible for preparing

Regional Development Strategies (or Spatial Plans at a regional

level). The Regional Development Strategy is seen as a

“roadmap” which sets the direction and substance for the future

development and prosperity of areas. It is expected to produce

guidelines in various formats to meet the needs of different


Activities include the production of a variety of reports and

brochures including the good practice guidelines and a project

website developed to promote the use of the project guidelines.

A contract has also been negotiated with a publisher to produce

a book that is to be published in 2006.

The guidelines have been prepared on the basis of a number of

templates, each focusing on a different aspect of regional

development strategies including approach, content and

implementation.The guidelines were discussed at four thematic

workshops and one on synthesis and will be disseminated to a

wider audience in the final activities in Latvia and Wales towards

the end of 2005, with other Celtic and Baltic countries (Estonia

and Scotland) also attending.


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Health Cluster Network: engaging the health sector more effectively in regional economic and social policy and development

Themes of cooperation: Regional planning, Territorial regeneration and Urban


Duration: April 2005 - December 2007

Total budget: 1 511 338 EUR - ERDF contribution: 968 717.50 EUR

Topic of cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: One North East (North East, UK); Office of the Styrian State Government

(Ssteiermark, AT); Provincial State Office of Southern Finland (Etelä-Suomi, FI);

Brandenburg Economic Development Board (Brandenburg, DE); Baranya County Local

Government (Del-dunantul, HU); Basilicata Region-Social Security and Solidarity

Department (Basilicata, IT); Marshal Office of the Malopolska Region (Malopolskie, PL);

University of Evora (Alentejo, PT); Harghita County Council (RO); Regional Public

Health Institute Maribor (Slovenija, SI); Deusto University and Basque Department of

Health (País Vasco, ES); West Sweden AB (Västsverige, SE); Bebington & West Wirral

Primary Care Trust, on behalf of Cheshire & Merseyside Partnerships For Health

(North West [inc. Merseyside], UK)

Lead partner institution: One North East (Regional Development Agency)

Contact person: Emma Harvey

Telephone: +44 1912296535 - Fax: +44 1912296201

Email: - Website:


Investment in the health sector is closely linked to regional policy

issues such as spatial planning, sustainable economic development

and social cohesion.The four most common challenges for regions

(in terms of the impact on regional policy) are inclusive employment,

procurement that encourages SME development, affordable capital

investment and managing technological development. Furthermore,

regions with shared borders must find ways to manage cross-border

patient flows to ensure that healthcare services are developed in a

complementary way. Despite evidence that heath sector investment

can be a strong contributor to regional economic development and

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HealthClusterNET believes that the health sector is a resource to

be used more effectively for developing economic competitiveness

at regional level. As such, the project aims to encourage efforts

within and between the partner regions to engage the publicly

funded health sector in defining and delivering regional

development priorities, thus contributing to better social and

economic cohesion.


HealthClusterNET has brought together 13 regions from across

the EU (and one non-EU country) to share knowledge and

experience among regional policymakers on how they can

more effectively engage their health sector within the regional

development agenda. The partners have set up a series of

exchanges and are developing policy tools which will help them

to understand better the relationship between health

institutions and regional policies. With this understanding,

partners are able to adapt and implement model policies and

good practice in all the participating regions.

The project also helps partners to develop an integrated

approach to planning, which will assist them in future projects.

HealthClusterNET is also using its findings to put forward new

proposals for future EU policy.


International Communal Network

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning, Territorial Regeneration and Urban


Duration: January 2004 - December 2006

Total budget: 1 898 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 991 000 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership:Austrian Association of Municipalities (Wien,AT); National Association

of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria (BG); Council of European Municipalities

and Regions / German Section (Nordrhein-Westfalen, DE); Granollers City Council

(Catalunya, ES); Province of Badajoz (Extremadura, ES); Municipality of Aghios

Stephanos (Attiki, GR); Municipality of Patras (Peloponnisos, GR); Osijek-Baranja

County (HR); City of Varazdin (HR); Hungarian National Association of Local

Authorities (Kozep-Magyarorszag, HU); Italian Association of the Council of European

Municipalities & Regions (Lazio, IT); Municipality of Casola Valsenio (Emilia-Romagna,

IT); South Tyrolean Municipal Syndicate Ltd. (Alto Adige, IT); Association of Rural

Municipalities of Latvia (LV); Union of Rural Communes of the Republic of Poland

(Wielkopolskie, PL); Romanian Association of Municipalities (RO);Teleorman County

Council (RO); Local Development Agency Sora Ltd. (Slovenija, SI); Association Region

Karpaty (Vychodne Slovensko, SK); Regional Educational Centre Presov (Vychodne

Slovensko, SK)

Lead partner institution: Austrian Association of Municipalities

Contact person: Robert Hink - Address: LöwelstraBe 6, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Telephone: +43 1512148012 - Email:



Rural municipalities are often handicapped by a lack of capacity

to fulfil their tasks in areas such as local and regional land use

planning, communal infrastructure and targeted support to local

businesses. In particular municipal governments in the new

Member States and Candidate Countries have a strong need to

upgrade their capacities to cope with the twin challenges of EU

enlargement and economic internationalisation. INCW offers a

platform for exchanging experience, identifying good practices

and transferring know-how. ICNW involves 22 partners

(primarily associations of municipalities) from 13 countries

representing close to 9.000 municipalities and 100 million



The overall objective of the operation is to improve the

effectiveness of policies and instruments for local and regional

development and cohesion in rural areas through the exchange

of information and experience. More specifically, the operation

wants to support rural municipalities in developing local

strategies and land use planning and embedding these in

planning concepts beyond the local dimension. Further aims are

to support infrastructure investments (e.g. water, waste water

and waste disposal) through providing know-how on technical,

organisational and financial solutions (e.g. cost sharing and PPP

models etc.) and the improvement of SME-related and

economic development policies and measures.



The operation results in the strengthening of the strategic

development capacities of network partners, mostly local

authority associations, who will act as relay stations for their

member municipalities, to which they will disseminate acquired

know-how. Partners learn, among other things, optimal land use

planning, embedding it into planning concepts beyond the local

dimension, how to optimise investments in communal

infrastructure (e.g. water, waste water and waste disposal), how

to best support local SMEs and how to create an attractive

investment climate in their municipalities.

Activities include conferences, workshops and staff exchanges.

First workshops have been organised, held by experts on

communal infrastructure in rural municipalities. Good practices

on water supply, waste water treatment and waste management

were examined in theory and through site excursions. A webbased

knowledge management system has been installed that

enables fast and direct access to relevant information,

experiences, structures and potential municipal cooperation

partners as well as experts.



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Integrated management of risk and environmental factors for the sustainable development of peripheral ports areas

Themes of cooperation: Environment, Risk Prevention, Energy and Natural Resources

Duration: July 2005 - December 2007

Total budget: 987 000.00 EUR - ERDF contribution: 606 000.00 EUR

Topic of cooperation: INTERREG programmes

Partnership: Urban Community of Municipality of Brest (Bretagne, FR); Brest High

Tech Park of Brest (Bretagne, FR); Finistere County Fire-fighting and Emergency

Department (Bretagne, FR); Municipality of Matosinhos (Norte, PT); Water Institute

of the Northern Region (Norte, PT); Municipality of Taraento (Puglia, IT); Taranto

Harbour Port Authority (Puglia, IT); City Hall of Constantza City Hall (RO);

University Ovidius of Constantza (RO); Cadiz County Deputation (Andalucía, ES);

University of Cadiz (Andalucía, ES); Isle of Wight Council (South West, UK)

Lead partner institution: Communauté Urbaine de Brest

Contact person: Michel Morvan

Address: 24 Rue Coat-ar-Gueven, BP 92242 - CEDEX 2, 29222 Brest, France

Telephone: +33 298335220 - Fax: +33 298335454



Peripheral port cities face have for years faced a continuous

decline of traditional shipbuildings manufacturing and military

activities. Much work has been done to create new sources of

development and restore the affected areas. However, recent

EU regulations on industrial and shipping risks together with

those on integrated management of coastal areas create new

constraints on urban planning. Because port cities are frontiers

between earth land and sea, the integration of these two

regulations in urban planning becomes a complex equation for

decision-makers. Finding sustainable economic and urban development

paths requires more than just advice from experts:

there is a need to gather complementary visions and skills, from

different countries and to identify harmonised and sound

solutions, on a European scale.


IMAPS aims at to createing a networking space for decision

makers to highlight globally their urban development planning

problems, taking into account European regulations (SEVESO,

ICZM) on the one handand, and economic and urban

development constraints on the other. The goal is to provide

them with a clear, in-depth understanding of all challenges and

parameters that will govern future development steps: industrial

and shipping risks, preservation of the coastal environment,

European and national regulations, and competition between

industry, tourism, shipping and traditional fisheries or


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IMAPS will contribute to the sustainable economic and urban

development of port cities, taking into consideration the specific

constraints of spaces that are both harbours and coastal zones.

It will not enable a harmonised and integrated approach of to

industrial / shipping risks and coastal zones management, but

also help find the right balance between conflicting economic

and urban development interests.

The partners will identify decision making facilities to improve the

urban planning process, integrating regulations and development

constraints. The project will provide recommendations for the

improvement and harmonisation of current European and

national regulations; propose Action Plans for the implementation

of the results at the two levels; and gather examples of Best

Practice through from its different partners.




Investing in Heritage to Regenerate Heritage Cities

Themes of cooperation: Heritage, Culture and Tourism

Duration: January 2005 - December 2007

Total budget: 1 021 890 EUR - ERDF contribution: 636 587 EUR

Topic of cooperation: URBAN

Partnership: European Association of Historic Towns and Regions (Eastern, UK);

Belfast City Council (Northern Ireland, UK); Newcastle City Council (North East, UK);

Municipality of Verona (Veneto, IT); Gothenburg City Planning Authority (Västsverige,

SE); City Council of Ubeda (Andalucía, ES); City of Gdansk (Pomorskie, PL)

Lead partner institution: European Association of Historic Towns and Regions

Contact person: Brian Smith

Address: 15 St John Maddermarket, Norwich, NR2 1DN, United Kingdom

Telephone: + 44 1603496400 - Fax: + 44 1603496417




Historic towns and cities can make an important contribution

to the social and economic wellbeing of their regions. However,

it is sometimes difficult to convince cities and stakeholders to

invest in heritage-led regeneration due to a lack of evidence on

the benefits, as well as a lack of guidance on how it can be


The regeneration of Grainger Town in Newcastle (UK) is

widely regarded as an example of good practice in this field,

winning the 2004 Europa Nostra prize for Cultural

Landscapes. It showed how the problems and characteristics

of cities in need of heritage-led regeneration could be

resolved through strategic investment and planning.


The objective of INHERIT is to increase the capacity of cities

to regenerate physically, economically and socially through

realising the potential of investing in heritage. It will do this by

exploring in depth the experiences of the partners, who

represent heritage cities across Europe. The project aims to

identify the processes followed and the key factors leading to


In order to help cities invest in the physical, economic and social

regeneration of their historic areas, INHERIT is examining the

experiences of a wide range of partners in order to identify the

key factors for success. Policy tools will then be made available

to other cities to help them to undertake heritage-led regeneration

through the preparation of a good practice guide, by

participation in two European Symposia and by making information

available on the project’s website. The project will also

evaluate the effectiveness of current EU regional policy by

examining the implications of heritage-led regeneration for

social cohesion, economic vitality and environmental quality.



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Interregional Cooperation for development of innovative regional economic clusters

Themes of cooperation: SME Development and Entrepreneurship

Duration: July 2004 - June 2007

Total budget: 1 754 235 EUR - ERDF contribution: 948 201 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Border region operations

Partnership:TMG – Upper Austrian Technology and Marketing Company (Oberösterreich,

AT), Centre for Innovation and Technology (Nordrhein-Westfalen, DE),

Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in Nordrhein-Westfalen (DE), ERVET - Emilia-

Romagna Territorial Economic Development (Emilia Romagna,IT),Wrexham County

Borough Council (Wales, UK), Raciborz County Borough (Slaskie, PL), AGIL/Leipzig

Chamber of Commerce (Sachsen, DE), ACREO AB (Östra Mellansverige, SE),

Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (Kriti, GR), Brussels Enterprise

Agency (BE), RTC North (North-East, UK)

Lead partner institution: TMG - Upper Austrian Technology and Marketing Company

Contact person: Maximilian Kolmbauer - Address: Hafenstraße 47-51, AT-4020 Linz

Telephone: +43 70798105151 - Email:



In recent years proactive cluster management has become

one of the standard tools of regional development. It is

important for promoting technology-oriented economic

development and for helping small and medium-sized

companies to meet the challenges of global competition.

However, approaches to cluster management differ widely and

information gaps still exist in many regions.


“INNOFIRE - Interregional Cooperation for Development of

Innovative Regional Economic Clusters” aims to improve and

support existing local and regional cluster and networking

initiatives through strategic interregional cooperation.Taking as

an example regional clusters in the field of health business and

medical technology, the partnership aims to exchange

experience and transfer know-how on techniques and tools

for effective cluster management.


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INNOFIRE leads to increased awareness of and knowledge on

cluster management and support policies in the participating

regions. Partners establish pro-active cluster start-up and

management policies and improve the efficiency of existing

support services.

Activities include the analysis and benchmarking of existing

policies and instruments as well as the development of new

policies and tools for cluster management. Among others,

partners develop the “MediMap” webtool, that supports the

communication of available knowledge in the field of medical

technologies and businesses as a supporting instrument.


Interregional Cooperation to exchange experiences and knowledge concerning Public-Private Partnerships

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning, Territorial Regeneration and Urban


Duration: July 2004 - June 2006

Total budget: 787 500 EUR - ERDF contribution: 531 562 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership: Region of Western Macedonia (Ditiki Makedonia, GR); WIBAG-Business

Service Burgenland (Burgenland, AT); Energy Agency for South East Sweden (Småland

Med Öarna, SE); Klaipeda Regional Development Agency (Lietuva, LT); Economic

Development Agency of La Rioja (La Rioja, ES)

Lead partner institutions: Region of Western Macedonia

Contact person: Gkoutzios Vassilis

Address: Z. E. P. Kozanis, 50100 Kozani, Greece

Telephone: +30 2461053915

Email: - Website:


Recent years have seen a marked increase in cooperation

between the public and private sectors in order to develop and

operate municipal infrastructure and support SME development.

Such Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements are usually

driven by limitations in public funds to cover investment needs

but also by efforts to increase the quality and efficiency of public

services. Nevertheless, the potential of PPPs often remains often

unexploited, due to a lack of awareness among public sector

officials, insufficient project development, or limited

implementation and management skills.


The overall objective of the operation INTERCO-PPP («Interregional

Cooperation for to exchange of experiences and

knowledge concerning Public-Private Partnerships») is to

provide local authorities with the capacity to assess, design and

implement PPPs in their fields of activity (e.g. energy, technical

infrastructure, SME development). More specifically, the

operation aims to identify the benefit of PPPs for certain types

of projects and to develop strategies and procedures for

planning and implementation as well as for establishing local

or/and/or inter-regional alliances.

The operation results in familiariszing regional and local authorities

in the partner regions with the PPP concept. Improved PPPs in

the partner regions can generate significant benefits for regional

development, including accelerated provision and improved

management of public infrastructure, generation of additional

revenues and reduction of public expenditures, better allocation

of risks and potential improvements in of service quality.

Activities include research of existing approaches, and the

exchange of experience and transfer of know-how. Partners

implement case studies for selected sectors to try new approaches

and communicate results based on practical examples. Partners

also present and discuss PPP structures and important issues such

as national and EU regulatory frameworks through inter-regional

workshops and conferences and communicate lessons learned to

non participating regions.


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Development and application of a benchmark of effective practice in spatial planning and development at the

metropolitan level

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning,Territorial Regeneration and Urban Development

Duration: April 2003 - March 2006

Total budget: 1 164 156 EUR - ERDF contribution: 633 119 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Innovative Actions

Partnership: GCVSPJC through Renfrewshire Council (Scotland, UK); METREX -

The Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas (Scotland, UK); Greater

London Authority (London, UK); Liverpool City Council (North West, UK); South

Coast Metropole (South West, UK); Stuttgart Region (Baden-Württemberg, DE);

Region of Emilia-Romagna (Emilia-Romagna, IT); Province of Naples (Campania, IT);

Region of Piedmont (Piemonte, IT); Region of Venice (Veneto, IT); Government of

Catalonia (Cataluña, ES); Regional Government of Andalusia (Andalucía, ES); City

Council of Seville (Andalucía, ES); City Council of Granada (Andalucía, ES);

Government of the Basque Country (País Vasco, ES); Eurocity Basque Bayonnne-St

Sebastain (País Vasco, ES); The Øresund Committee (Vestjællands, Storstrøms Og

Bornholms Amter, DK); The City of Helsinki (Etelä-Suomi, FI); Stockholm County

Council (Stockholm, SE); Organisation for Planning and Environmental Protection of

Athens (Attiki, GR); Org for the Master Plan Imp & Environmental Protection of

Thessaloniki (Kentriki Makedonia, GR); Metropolitan Area of Porto (Norte, PT);

Greater Zurich Regional Planning Association (CH); Central Hungary Regional

Development Agency (Kozep-Magyarorszag, HU); City Development Department of

Riga City Council (Latvija, LV); Municipal Enterprise Vilniaus Planas (Lietuva, LT); Malta

Environment and Planning Authority (Region Malta, MT); Nicosia Municipality

(Kypros / Kibris, CY); Minskgrado-Municipality of Minsk (BY); Krakow Institute of

Urban Development (Malopolskie, PL); Municipality of Szczecin (Pomorskie, PL);

Sofproect OGP (BG)

Lead partner institution: Glasgow & the Clyde Valley Structure Plan Joint Committee

Contact person: Grahame Buchand / Alastair Wyllie

Address: 10 Killermont Street Glasgow G2 3NP United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 1413316050 Fax: +44 1413310282

Email: /



Spatial planning is one means through which social and

economic change can be managed. With metropolitan areas

accounting for over 60 % of the European population, it is

beneficial to address the many key issues of sustainable

development at this level. Stimulating and promoting

cooperation between public bodies across metropolitan areas

can be an effective way of addressing long-term issues such as

urban sprawl, economic development, social cohesion,

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The achievement of the objectives of the European Spatial

Development Perspective (ESDP), of harmonious, balanced and

sustainable development, depends to a large extent on the

effectiveness of metropolitan governance and spatial planning and

development practice. InterMETREX offers practical benefits by

enhancing the competence, capability and processes of existing

metropolitan planning, and by providing a basis on which effective

metropolitan governance can be established where such

competence, capability and processes do not currently exist.


The partners are assessing their own current planning practices

against the METREX Practice Benchmark. The final outcome,

entitled the “European Practice Benchmark”, will present the

findings and conclusions of all 32 partners on what constitutes

effective policy and practice in spatial planning and development

at metropolitan level, and how best to achieve the ESDP

objectives. Final presentation and dissemination of findings will be

at the METREX Szczecin Conference in 2006.The data will also

be made available online on the METREX website.

The project is also creating an e-Atlas to promote networking

between metropolitan regions and areas. This web-based tool

features information on the national planning contexts of

InterMETREX partners and the political, social, economic and

environmental characteristics of their urban regions, future

planning and development issues, as well as relevant contact

details. The e-Atlas enables colleagues from other regions to

identify potential networking partners.


Knowledge Networks

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning,Territorial Regeneration and Urban Development

Duration: January 2005 - December 2007

Total budget: 1 559 100 EUR - ERDF contribution: 978 900 EUR

Topic for cooperation: INTERREG programmes

Partnership: Municipality of Almere (Flevoland, NL); Cergy Pontoise (Île De France,

FR); European New Towns Platform (Bruxelles-Cap., BE); Centre Interdisciplinaire de

Recherche (Île De France, FR); Institute of Urban Development (Malopolskie, PL);

Granollers City Council (Cataluña, ES); Harlow Council (London, UK); Val Maubée

Council (Île De France, FR); Municipality of Tatabanya (Kozep-Dunantul, HU);

Community of Capelle aan den Ijssel (Zuid-Holland, NL); City of Vantaa (Etelä-Suomi,

FI); Santa Cruz Council (Islas Canarias, ES) Rimini City Council (Emilia-Romagna, IT);

Sénart City Council (Île De France, FR); Region of Western Greece (Dytiki Ellada, GR);

Budapest District II (Kozep-Magyarorszag, HU); Municipality of Marbella (Andalucía, ES);

Municipality of Gyöngyös (Eszak-Magyarorszag, HU); City of Szentendre (Kozep-

Magyarorszag, HU); The Interdisciplinary Ccentre for Ccomparative Research (Wien,

AT); Municipality of Nuoro (Sardegna, IT)

Lead partner institution: Municipality of Almere

Contact person: Kees Boer

Address: Municipality of Almere, P.O. 200, 1300 AE, Almere, Flevoland,The Netherlands

Telephone: +31 365399293

Email: - Website:


When it comes to decision-making at the local level, authorities

can sometimes find it difficult to involve local inhabitants in the

process. Furthermore, there is a distinct lack of tools and

methodologies that authorities can use to enable citizens to put

forward their needs and opinions so that they can be fully

integrated into both the process and the resulting policies. In

terms of local governance, authorities are not only cut off from

the general public, they also bemoan the lack of interaction

between different towns and institutions. Greater involvement

of local inhabitants would be particularly beneficial in policy

areas such as public services and unemployment.


KN aims to create a network that will provide tools and

methodologies to increase the participation of local inhabitants

in the decision- and policy-making process. By developing a

simple and effective system of information exchange, KN wants

to bring together city and society to encourage better local

policies, which respond to the real needs of citizens.


KN is creating improved systems of participation for local

inhabitants. As a result local decision-makers are able to gather

information from inhabitants on urban and social issues to

improve both their policies and the social environment of the

local area. Using workshops, study panels, analysis of scientific

results, and a database, KN has created a network that allows

the partners to share information, tools and solutions. This

network is also making more scientific information available to

research centres and other relevant parties to inform them

about subjects such as local participation, public services, social

structure and integrated development. KN is influencing better

policy-making, particularly in the fields of unemployment,

violence and insecurity, and regeneration of derelict areas.




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Culture, Nature and Tourism Network

Themes of cooperation: Heritage, Culture and Tourism

Duration: January 2004 - December 2006

Total budget: 366 657 EUR - ERDF contribution: 133 330 EUR

Norwegian national contribution: 66,665 EUR

Topic for cooperation: INTERREG programmes

Partnership:Vellinge Municipality (Sydsverige, SE); County Administrative Board of

Halland (Västsverige, SE); The Museum of Foteviken (Sydsverige, SE); Rogaland

County Council (NO); Sogn og Fjordane County Municipality (NO); Western

Norway Research Institute (NO); Manx National Heritage (Isle Of Man, UK);

Roscommon County Council (Border, Midland And Western, IE); Iceland Tourism

Research & Consulting (IS); Technological and Innovation Center of Dravinja Valley

(Slovenske Konjice, SI); Vordingborg Municipality (Vestsjaellands, Storstrøms og

Bornholms Amter, DK);Tourism Research and Consulting (IS)

Lead partner institution: Vellinge Municipality

Contact person: Nils-Arvid Andersson

Address: Norrevångsgatan 3, 235 81 Vellinge kommun, Sweden

Telephone: +46 40425163 - Fax: +46 40425169

Email: - Website:


In recent years several transnational projects have been

developing cultural or natural heritage within a tourism

perspective. In these projects, a great deal of specific know-how

has been gathered, competencies have been pooled and various

strategies and concepts for linking and accessing cultural

heritage have been developed. However, a cross-project

exchange of experiences has not yet taken place. KNOT is

intended to be a network of lead partners from previous and

ongoing INTERREG or similarly funded projects. The idea is to

integrate the experiences and know-how acquired in the

different projects and to transfer best practices.


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The overall objective of KNOT is to create a lasting network of

projects developing cultural and natural heritage in order to

promote sustainable tourism and rural development. The

partners aim to increase their competence in cultural and natural

heritage management and to create joint tools for easier access

to tourist information via the Internet and mobile phone.


KNOT results in an integrated approach to sustainable tourism

development.The partners organise various seminars on linking

and accessing cultural and natural heritage. These cover topics

such as destination development, cultural landscape

management and policy, sustainability and its adaptation in

tourism, and the provision of access to tourist information

through the Internet or mobile phones. The seminars and

several study trips enhance the skills of all the partners involved

and have a positive effect on the implementation and the results

of all on-going transnational projects covered by KNOT. Access

to tourist information sources is improved in all participating

regions through a geographical information technology system.

This provides comprehensive, varied and reliable information on

routes, attractions and amenities for tourists in all participating



Best Practice in Managing Regional Management

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning, Territorial Regeneration and Urban


Duration: April 2003 - June 2005

Total budget: 1 275 587 EUR - ERDF contribution: 685 086 EUR

Topic for cooperation: INTERREG programmes

Partnership: Office of the Carinthian Government (AT); Office of the Tyrolian

Government, EU Regional Policy Dept. (AT); Autonomous Province of Bozen, Department

for European Integration (Alto-Adige, IT); Province of Belluno (Veneto, IT);

Province of Frosinone (Lazio, IT); Friuli Venezia Giulia Region (Friuli Venezia Giulia, IT);

Rural Space Muehlenkreis (Nordrhein-Westfalen, DE); Regional Agency for

Environmental Protection Baden Wurttemberg (DE); BSC Business Support Centre

Ltd. Kranj (SI); Moy Valley Resources. I.R.D. North Mayo - West Sligo Ltd (IE); Kaunas

Regional Development Agency (LT); County Administrative Board of Värmland

(Norra Mellansverige, SE); County of Hedmark (NO)

Lead partner institution: Office of the Carinthian Government, Dept. 20 Spatial Planning

Contact person: Peter Fercher

Address: Wulfengasse 13-15, 9020 Klagenfurt, Austria

Telephone: +43 46353632001 - Email:



The operation "MAREMA: Best Practice in Managing Regional

Management" aims to identify good practices in regional

development with the final objective of improving regional

organisational structures and processes. In this context, the

project focuses on the special needs of three types of regions:

1. Cross-border regions, 2. Regions with dominant restrictions

(e.g. large protected areas), and 3. Regions with the need to

build or rebuild Regional Management-structures.


The overall objective of the operation is to build new or

improve existing Regional Management (RM) structures and to

develop best practice for three types of regions in and outside

the EU. Improvements will focus on organisational and thematic

issues, as well as on the contribution of RM to sustainable

regional development. A specific focus is on regions with large

protected areas such as NATURA 2000 sites or national parks.

The project plans, among other things, to find a common

understanding of strengths and weaknesses of RM structures, to

define the state-of-the-art of RM in Europe and to elaborate

concepts for RM organisation structures, including the creation

of development funds.



The operation results in an increased level of know-how in the

partnership as well as improved co-ordination between public

and private actors in the partner regions. Furthermore, it results

in improved RM structures in the EU (including old and new

Member States) and facilitates the establishment of stronger

cross-border networks. With regard to the project focus on

protected areas, the project results in a greater awareness on the

part of relevant actors and specific proposals for development

options for protected areas.

Activities include SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity and

threat) analyses, regional case studies and the joint elaboration

of strategies for regional management and more efficient

organisational structures. Sustainability assessments for nature

parks have been completed and key factors determining

successful management have been defined. To support the

partnership and future collaborations, a cooperation agreement

between Norway and Sweden was signed and the Karavanke

Partnership “CROSSBORDER” between Austria and Slovenia

was established.

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Réseau de gestionnaires d’aires marines protégées de méditerranée

Themes of cooperation: Environment, Risk Prevention, Energy and Natural Resources

Duration: January 2005 - December 2007

Total budget: 1 606 090 EUR - ERDF contribution: 970 410 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership:WWF-France (Provence – Alpes - Côte d’Azur, FR); Port-Cros National

Park (Provence – Alpes - Côte d’Azur, FR); Corsican Regional Nature Park (Provence

– Alpes - Côte d’Azur, FR); Corsican Office of the Environment (Corse, FR); Slovenian

Institute for Nature Trusteeship (Slovenija, SI); Eastern Pyrenees Council (Languedoc-

Roussillon, FR); Region of Catalonia (Cataluña, ES); Asinara National Park (Sardegna,

IT); Cabrera Archipelago National Park (Islas Baleares, ES); Zakynthos National Marine

Park Management Organisation (Ionia Nisia, GR); Protected Areas Authority (TR); High

Commission for Water, Forests and Anti-Desertification Measures (MA);World Wildlife

Fund (TR); Italian Association for the WWF, ONLUS - Miramare Marine Reserve

(Friuli-Venezia Giulia, IT); Region of Andalusia (Andalucía, ES); Malta Planning and

Environment Authority (Malta, MT); Cinque Terre National Park (Liguria, IT); Taza

National Park (DZ); El Kala National Park (DZ); SUNCE Environmental Association

(HR); Kornati National Park (HR); Coastal Protection and Planning Agency (TN);

Gouraya National Park (DZ)

Lead partner institution: Fondation WWF-France

Contact person: Catherine Piante

Address: 6 rue des Fabres, 13001, Marseille, France

Telephone: +33 496116940 - Email:



Protected marine areas on the Mediterranean are tools for

regional development and land planning. They face the same

problems but to differing degrees: conflicts with local

populations, difficulties with setting up management plans,

sustainable management of tourism, the need to enhance their

roles as tools for regional development, integrated management

of coastal areas, anthropogenic pressure on the environment,

etc. Local populations, users, political decision-makers and local

administrations are often insufficiently aware of the role of

protected marine areas as tools for regional development.



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The main objective of the network is to facilitate cooperation

between protected marine areas at the European and interregional

levels and with third countries in the Mediterranean

basin and, on the basis of exchanges, to propose tools to make

the management of such territories more efficient.


The results expected are as follows: sharing of information and

experiences, the transfer of best practices; shared development

of management tools; development of skills amongst

participants; local awareness amongst institutions, elected

representatives and citizens; launch of the MedPAN network of

managers of protected marine areas in the Mediterranean.

The impacts expected are as follows: improved efficiency of the

protected marine areas, and the policies relating to them, as

regional development tools; a contribution to sustainable

development, to land planning, to environmental protection, to

the promotion of sustainable tourism and to the creation of

jobs in the regions participating in the project.


Réseau MedWet d’information et connaissance pour le développement durable des écosystèmes hydriques

Themes of cooperation: Environment, Risk Prevention, Energy and Natural Resources

Duration: January 2005 – December 2007

Total budget: 1 461 075 EUR - ERDF contribution: 1 042 331.25 EUR

Topic of cooperation: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership: MedWet-Mediterranean Wetlands Ramsar (Attiki, GR); Goulandris

Museum of Natural History – Greek Wetlands Centre (Kentriki-Makedonia, GR);

Institute for Nature Conservation, Wetlands Centre (Lisboa e Vale do Tejo, PT);

Sansouire Foundation (Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur, FR); Regional Agency for

Environmental Protection of Tuscany (Toscana, IT);Tartu Ulikooli Geograafia Instituut

(Eesti, EE)

Lead partner institution: MedWet-Mediterranean Wetlands Ramsar

Contact person: Spyros Kouvelis - Address: MedWet Coordination Unit,Villa Kazouli,

Kifissias & Lambraki 1, 14561 Athens, Greece

Telephone: +30 2108089270 - Fax: +30 2108089274

Email: - Website:


The Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (Med-Wet) of the Ramsar

Convention, a permanent network of collaboration and provision

of scientific knowledge to all Mediterranean countries, has

launched the Med -Wet/CODDE project under the INTERREG

IIIC programme in order to provide regions with a tool that will

allow decision-making on regional development activities based

on the knowledge of water-related ecosystems that exist in their

territory, the benefits these bring to people and the pressures

they need to be protected against.

Wetlands are important ecosystems providing a number of

services to human society, such as flood control, water storage

and purification, climate control and development opportunities

including fisheries, agriculture, tourism and many others.

Sustainable development depends on the knowledge of

decision-makers about the existence of environmental

resources in any region. By securing the provision of easy-to-use

knowledge on the ecosystems and the functions and services

they provide to society, as well as the needs they have for

appropriate management through long-term planning, decisionmakers

can address priority issues so that long-term viability of

the ecosystems can be secured, coupled with sustainable

generation of income and employment for local people.


The MedWet/CODDE project will mobilise existing MedWet

network partners in Greece, France, Italy and Portugal and

exchange knowledge with Estonia in order to build on the

extensive know-how and information already existing in the

network. It will provide an innovative web-based tool that allows

all users to access easy-to-use information on the location,

ecological characteristics and socio-economic importance of

water-related ecosystems.

By incorporating Remote Sensing and Satellite Imaging it will

also provide a state-of-the-art tool for all involved stakeholders

to monitor and assess the current status and trends of such

ecosystems, and to adapt their development strategies to keep

them healthy and to maximise the long-term benefits they bring

to society.


The MedWet/CODDE project will establish a web-based

database in which the basic information on all Mediterranean

wetlands will be stored on-line.The project will keep information

regularly updated, drawing from satellite images, interactive maps

and other remote sensing techniques. This will allow decisionmakers

to base their planning on factual information about the

existence, values and threats to important ecosystems in their


The project will put particular emphasis on developing

components that show clearly the socio-economic importance of

such ecosystems, including aspects such as cultural heritage, land

use, traditional uses and socio-economic indicators, so that the

trends and effects of sustainable development decisions can be

assessed. Seminars and workshops aimed at relevant stakeholders

will ensure that regional players become accustomed to using the

tool and will secure its long-term operation.

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Multifunctional intensive land use in Europe

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning, Territorial Regeneration and Urban


Duration: January 2004 - June 2007

Total budget: 2 011 643 EUR - ERDF contribution: 1 099 999 EUR

Topic for cooperation: URBAN

Partnership: Habiforum-Expert Network for Multiple Land and Space Use (Zuid-

Holland, NL); Institute for Economic and Environmental Policy (Praha, CZ); City of

Munich, Department of Urban Planning (Bayern, DE); Studio Metropalitana Urban

Research Centre Public Society (Kozep-Magyarorszag, HU); University of Latvia,

Faculty of Geography & Earth Sciences (Latvija, LV); International Institute for Geo-

Information Science and Earth Observation (Overijssel, NL); Directorate of Public

Construction and Property (NO); Stockholm County Council, Office of Regional

Planning and Urban Transportation (Stockholm, SE); The Municipality of Lisbon-

Strategic Planning Department (Lisboa E Vale Do Tejo, PT); Espace Environment

(Région Wallonne,BE);The Danish Town Planning Institute (Hovedstadsregionen, DK);

Leibniz-Institute of Ecological and Regional Development, Dresden (Sachsen, DE);

National Agricultural Research Foundation-Patras Plant Protection Inst. (Dytiki Ellada,

GR); Province of Granada Local Government (Andalucía, ES); Government of

Navarre-Town and Country Planning and Housing Department (Comunidad Foral

de Navarra, ES) Province of Mantova (Lombardia, IT); Eindhoven University of

Technology (Noord-Brabant, NL); Development Enterprise of Achaia Prefecture

(Dytiki Ellada, GR); Official College of Architects of Huelva (Andalucía, ES);

Department of Regional and Urban Planning, University College Dublin (Southern

And Eastern, IE); City of Vienna, Urban District Planning and Land Use (Wien, AT);

Municipality of Sanok (Podkarpackie, PL); Envolve Partnerships for Sustainability

(South West, UK); Directorate General for Spatial Policy (Zuid-Holland, NL)

Lead partner institution: Habiforum Expertisenetwerk Meervoudig Ruimtegebruik

Contact person: Huib Haccoû

Address: P.O. Box 420, 2800 AK Gouda,The Netherlands

Telephone: +31 182540655 - Fax: +31 182540656

Email: and/or: - Website:


The challenge facing urban managers at the beginning of the

twenty-first century is how to make urban development more

sustainable. Multifunctional Intensive Land Use (MILU), where

land is used intensively for a number of functions and at different

times of day, offers an important opportunity to achieve

sustainable urban (re)development. However, not all land-use

combinations are technically possible, nor are they desirable

from a safety or health standpoint. Many legal, financial and

construction complications can arise. The key is to learn from

successes and failures in order to help others meet the

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The overall objective of MILUnet is to create an effective

partnership network, aiming to promote Multifunctional

Intensive Land Use as a means to achieve more sustainable

(urban) development in the EU. By utilising expertise and knowhow

on MILU, regional and local governments have the

possibility to increase the effectiveness of both urban policy

implementation and planning towards sustainability for the

economic, social and environmental benefits of regional


The operation makes use of an interactive communication

strategy, and in particular the World Wide Web, to attract

knowledge input. By sharing experiences and knowledge, the

partnership is building up a common level of know-how.

Activities are centred on biannual workshops in different

European Regions that help to build up a ‘body of expertise’ on

MILU issues relevant to urban development in Europe. By

organising workshops in different regions and by using a

decentralised management structure with partners from

different regions, partners learn from varied regional approaches,

contributing to the formulation of a European policy. MILUnet

enables partners to put the knowledge gained into practice in

their regional policies and local projects. After a final Congress in

2007 MILUnet will continue as a self-sustained legal entity.


Improving Sustainability of Municipal Service Provision in the Field of Water and Waste Water Management

Themes of cooperation: Environment, Risk Prevention, Energy and Natural Resources

Duration: April 2005 - October 2007

Total budget: 1 219 920 EUR - ERDF contribution: 846 774.50 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership: Sachsen Wasser GmbH (Sachsen, DE); Senate Department for Urban

Development (Berlin, DE); International Water Centre (Lorraine, FR); Metropolitan

Authority of Greater Nancy (Lorraine, FR); Development Agency of Trikala (Thessalia,

GR); Municipal Enterprise for Water and Sewage of Hania (Kriti, GR); Municipal Water

Supply and Sewage Company Ltd., Lublin (Lubelskie, PL); Acosol S.A. (Andalucía, ES);

Institute of Meteorology and Water Management Poznan Branch (Wielkopolskie, PL);

County Council Of Huelva (Andalucía, ES); Local Action Group Appennino Genovese

(Liguria, IT); Dorika E.E.I.G. (Marche, IT); University of Debrecen – Centre for

Environmental Management and Policy (Eszak-Alfold, HU)

Lead partner institution: Sachsen Wasser GmbH

Contact person: Jens Liebelt

Address: Johannisgasse 7/9, 04103 Leipzig, Germany

Telephone: +49 3419693409 - Email:


As budget constraints of most municipalities are increasing,

municipal service providers in the water and waste sector face

pressures to improve efficiency and cut costs. Additional

challenges arise from legal obligations, such as EC directives to

meet water quality and environmental standards as well as

from rising public expectations about quality of service. To

meet these demands municipalities need to invest in

infrastructure and upgrade the capacity and know-how of

infrastructure providers.


The overall objective of “MUNSERVNET - Improving Sustainability

of Municipal Service Provision in the Field of Water

and Waste Water Management” is to exchange experience

and identify good practice in water and waste management in

the participating regions. More specifically the operation aims

to help increase service quality, customer satisfaction and

environmental standards in municipal service provision. The

EU has co-financed activities in the water and waste sector

through various aid instruments such as Pre-accession Aid,

Cohesion funds and Structural Funds. MunServNet aims to

make those interventions more cost-effective, target-oriented

and tailored to the needs of the specific region.

The operation increases the capacity of partner cities with

regard to municipal water and waste management and

policies. It improves the efficiency and quality of service, fosters

the introduction of innovative technologies, raises public

awareness and enhances capacities in project development.

Activities include SWOT analyses of the water and waste sector

in each participating region, analysis of innovative approaches and

techniques and the identification of good practice. Based on

workshops, seminars and training, partners develop a guidebook

on the efficiency and quality of services.



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Network of European Automotive Competence

Themes of cooperation: SME Development and Entrepreneurship

Duration: January 2005 - December 2007

Total budget: 1 725 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 995 000 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry (West Midlands,

UK); Welsh Automotive Forum (Wales, UK); University of Ljubljana, Faculty of

Mechanical Engineering (Slovenija, SI); Economic Region of Chemnitz-Zwickau,

District Office of Chemnitz County (Sachsen, DE); Wroclaw Regional Development

Agency (Dolnoslaskie, PL);Valencian Institute for Small and Medium Sized Industrial

Firms (Comunidad Valenciana, ES); Ministry of Science and Research of the State

North Rrhine Westfalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen, DE); Regional Council of Lorraine

(Lorraine, FR); Ministry of Business and Labour of the State Saxony Anhalt (Sachsen-

Anhalt, DE); ASTER - Science Technology Enterprise (Emilia-Romagna, IT); Ministry of

Economic Development, Investment and Trade of Samara Oblast (Samarskaya

Oblast, RU)

Lead partner institution: Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Contact person: David Malpass

Address: 75, Harborne Road, Birmingham,West Midlands, B15 3DH, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 12160708090 - Fax: +44 1216056848



In an increasingly global and competitive market, the

automotive industry faces an ongoing battle to adapt its

technology to changing needs.This applies to suppliers as well

as to system and vehicle producers. Regional SMEs (small to

medium-sized enterprises) belonging to the auto-supply chain

have looked for ways to overcome these challenges. For many

regions, the establishment of clusters focusing on specific fields

of competence have proven to be a useful tool, providing an

interface between regional development strategies and key

economic players. Until now these efforts have been mostly

region specific. There has been little in the way of an

interregional strategy at the European level that could help

European automotive regions to work together to increase

their global competitiveness.


The project intends to provide a platform to help automotive

regions understand the competences and excellence of their

own supply base within the context of the EU. By creating

joint approaches and instruments, NEAC wants to improve

regional and European competitiveness of the automotive

supply industry.

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The partnership brings together local and regional actors in a

network that is recognised as a stakeholder at the European

level. NEAC is creating a standard methodology that all the

partners can use to monitor their own competences and

competitiveness. The NEAC framework enables regions to

work together to have a full understanding of the diversity

and distribution of automotive competence. Furthermore,

NEAC encourages the joint development of new tools and

new approaches.

The network keeps beneficiaries informed and raises awareness

of the potential of European automotive regions. For the

regions themselves, being part of a network allows them better

access to European programmes, improved knowledge of

regional support policies and the opportunity to influence the

next generation of EU Structural Fund programmes.




Network for the promotion of the internal market in European regions through consumer topics

Themes of cooperation: Environment, Risk, Prevention, Energy and Natural Resources

Duration: July 2005 - December 2007

Total budget: 676 124 EUR - ERDF contribution: 338 062 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Consumers Organization n.p.a (Région Wallone, BE); Consumer Advice

Upper Austria Ltd (Oberösterreich, AT); South Tyrol Consumer Centre (Trentino, IT);

Consumers Defence Association of the Czech Republic (Praha, CZ); Consumer

Association of Saarland (Saarland, DE); Consumer Central Institute of Lower Saxony

(Niedersachsen, DE); Consumer Association of Northrhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-

Westfalen, DE); Catalan Agency for Consumer Affairs (Catalunya, ES); Basque Government

(Pais Vasco, ES);Tuscany Region (Toscana, IT); Consumers Association of Alsace

(Alsace, FR)

Lead partner institution: Verbraucherschutzzentrale V.o.G. (VSZ)

Contact person: René Kalfa - Address: Neustr.119, 4700 Eupen, Belgium

Telephone: +32 87591852 - Fax: +32 87591851 - Email:


The EU provides all its citizens with the opportunity to move

about freely, and equally the right to buy goods and services

in all Member States. The introduction of the euro in 2001

made travel and commerce even easier for EU citizens and

naturally encouraged a rise in cross-border regional

development. However, the internal market is not without

risks for consumers. In some areas, regional authorities and

consumer organisations have already set up networks to

resolve potential problems together.

Citizens have also become more active in fields such as sustainable

development, energy and mobility. Evidence suggests that

regional consumer organisations are the best way to create

and develop consumer confidence in the internal market at

regional level.


The project seeks to increase the efficacy of solutions adopted

by organisations and regional authorities in response to

consumer issues, thus improving the response to the needs of

consumers when dealing with their problems and disputes.

NEPIM also aims to encourage more regions to develop a

consumer policy as part of their regional development strategy.

By sharing knowledge and experience, the partners are better

able to serve consumers when providing information

campaigns, price comparisons, cross-border conciliation

and/or mediation procedures related to consumer issues.

NEPIM is also encouraging more regions to adopt consumer

policy as a method for sustainable and effective regional

development. The partnership helps regions to see the

benefits by giving them better access to information on

sustainable consumption using large-scale dissemination of

good practice and experience in consumer advice, protection,

information, assistance and resolution of disputes between

regions. NEPIM wants to see more regions actively involved so

that a permanent platform to promote consumer policy will

continue at the end of the project.

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Themes of cooperation: Heritage, Culture and Tourism

Duration: July 2003 - June 2007

Total budget: 792 664 EUR - ERDF contribution: 557 498 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Provincial Council of Jaén (Andalucía, ES); Spanish Association of

Municipalities of the Olive (Andalucía, ES); Alès School of Mines (Languedoc

Roussillon, FR); Development Association of Portuguese Oil Producing Municipalities

(Alentejo, PT); Network of Olive-oil Producing Hellenic Towns (Peloponnisos, GR);

Commune of Buie (Buje, HR); Hassania Association of Olives and Olive Oil

(Khemisset, MA);Tunisian Association of Olive Oil Producing Towns (Kalaa Kébira,TN);

Institute of Adriatic Cultures and Recovery (Split, HR).

Lead partner institution: Provincial Council of Jaén

Contact person: Roberto Aybar León

Address: Plaza San Francisco, 2. 23071 Jaén, Spain

Telephone: +34 953294750 - Fax: +34 953294751

Email: - Website:


Since time immemorial, the production of olive oil has

characterised local economies in Mediterranean countries and

has gradually built up an olive culture which has left its mark

on these territories, their landscapes, town planning,

architecture, traditions, gastronomy, lifestyle, etc.

The olive tourism project is a network for sharing experiences.

It aims to add tourism value to local resources for olive oil

production, with the participation of seven Mediterranean

countries through public administrations and non-profit



To consolidate cooperation among local actors in countries

within the Mediterranean basin for the purpose of sharing

experiences regarding local tourism through the transfer of

working techniques and the development of common models.

To standardise criteria for creating and efficiently promoting all

sorts of tourism products both across borders and locally.


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Boosting income for the inhabitants of rural olive-oilproducing

areas through complementary activities, allowing

them to promote and set up local resources related to olive


Improved possibilities for action and working methods for

social and economic agents in underdeveloped regions.

Consolidation in the international context and in the long

term of the large network of olive producing municipalities.


Partner initiatives for the development of mobility management services

Themes of cooperation: Accessibility, Mobility and Transport

Duration: January 2005 - December 2007

Total budget: 1 626 071.62 EUR - ERDF contribution: 887 282.85 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: London Borough of Bromley (London, UK); City of Graz (Steiermark,

AT);The County Administrative Board of Stockholm (Stockholm, SE); Municipality of

Serres (Kentriki Makedonia, GR); Terrassa City Council (Cataluña, ES ); Province of

Treviso (Veneto, IT); City Council of Almada (Lisboa e Vale do Tejo, PT); Frankfurt am

Main Suburban Transport Company (Hessen, DE)

Lead partner institution: London Borough of Bromley

Contact person: Paul Henderson

Address: Civic Centre Stockwell Close, Bromley BR1 3UH, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 2083134918 - Fax: +44 2083130095

Email: - Website:


The EU places increasing importance on sustainable transportation

to reduce pollution, cut road deaths, increase mobility

access for non-car users and improve air quality in urban areas.

Mobility Management, also referred to as “Transportation

Demand Management”, is a tool that encourages more

efficient use of transport resources. However, Mobility

Management is currently poorly understood and lacks a clear

definition. Administratively, it is still a minority policy area and

is rarely considered as a stand-alone strategy. Furthermore, the

impact of Mobility Management is not always sufficiently

demonstrated to key decision-makers.


PIMMS aims to create more effective mobility management

policies, which can be absorbed into regional transport and

sustainability policies. The project aims to create stronger

regional transportation strategies that take into account

environmental and social concerns. Experience from successful

initiatives will be transferred to other regions.

The project allows eight EU cities to exchange information

with each other and with their regional partners. In a

benchmarking study of best practice, partners will find

answers to questions such as: “Where are the best examples

in the different mobility management ‘domains’?” or “What are

their Critical Success Factors?” PIMMS will then run a

programme of Study Tours and Staff Exchanges for all partners

to see how these Critical Success Factors can be transferred

to their own activities.

At the end of the project each participating city will prepare a

‘mobility management action plan’. Based on the experience

gained, each plan will identify objectives for increasing mobility

management regionally, and a route-map for getting there.

Throughout the project PIMMS organisers will keep local

partners informed through conferences and websites. In October

2007 they will publish a final report and hold a conference

in London (UK). For PIMMS to succeed, its partners believe it

is essential to involve key decision-makers in all the relevant

organisations in their regions.


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Vers une Europe Métropolitaine polycentrique

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning, Territorial Regeneration and Urban


Duration: March 2004 - August 2007

Total budget: 1 848 144 EUR - ERDF contribution: 1 054 491 EUR

Topic for cooperation: URBAN

Partnership: Government of Catalonia (Cataluña, ES); Zaragoza County Council

(Aragon, ES); Andalusian Regional Government (Andalucía, ES); Region of Veneto

(Veneto, IT); Region of Emilia-Romagna (Emilia-Romagna, IT); Rotterdam Municipal

Department of Urban Planning, Housing and Mobility (Zuid-Holland, NL); Athens

Planning and Environmental Protection Organisation (Attiki, GR);Thessalonica Planning

and Environmental Protection Organisation (Kentriki Makedonia, GR); METREX -

Network of European Regions and Metropolitan Areas (Scotland, UK); Greater London

Authority (London, UK); Glasgow and the Clyde Valley Structure Plan Joint Committee

(Scotland, UK); Stuttgart Regional Union (Baden-Württemberg, DE); City of Dresden,

Department of Urban Planning (Sachsen,DE); City of Stockholm, Administration of

Urban Planning (Stockholm, SE); City of Helsinki (Länsi-Suomi, FI); Malta Environment

and Planning Agency (Malta, MT); Municipality of Szczecin (Pomorskie, PL); Cracow

Institute of Urban Development (Malopolskie, PL); Municipality of Sofia (BG)

Lead partner institution: Government of Catalonia. Institut d’Estudis Territorials Generalitat

de Catalunya

Contact person: Francesc Carbonell

Address: Passeig Circumval·lació, 8. 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Telephone: 34 935422633 - Fax: 34 935422599


Website: /


The idea of the project is to provide a specific, effective

answer to the Scheme for Developing the Community Area,

and especially to the three Political Options that refer directly

to metropolitan areas.

• To strengthen several large, global, economic integration

areas in the EU.

• To develop a more balanced, multi-central system for

metropolitan regions and town networks.

• Complementarity: to help strengthen and restore balance

to urban structure throughout the territory by new methods,

enabling towns and regions to complement each other and




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General objective: to provide effective, multi-central links

between metropolitan areas, based on complementarity and

cooperation, for balanced, sustainable development of

European territory.

Topic for cooperation: development of the territory on a

metropolitan scale, based on an appropriate strategy, makes

urban development more efficient. Moreover, in an

interdependent European area, towns can add value to their

policies while considering their position within an enlarged



The expected results are:

• A common understanding among regions and metropolitan

areas of the potential of developing multi-central relations

with each other, and identification of the main problems to be

resolved and opportunities to be taken up.

• Launch of a “Framework for a multi-central metropolitan

Europe” and an associated “Plan of Action”.

• Drafting of a “Programme of representative, interregional

networking activities” among inter-regional partners to prove

the feasibility and efficiency of a multi-central approach.

In the longer term, PolyMETREXplus should contribute

to “more balanced and sustainable development of the EU

territory” — the objective of the Scheme for Developing the

EU Area. Through the networking programme, the project

should provide a context for efficient use of Structural Funds.


Promoting interregional cooperation of ports and multimodal transport structures in the EU

Themes of cooperation: Accessibility, Mobility and Transport

Duration: January 2005 - December 2007

Total budget: 1 710 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 1 000 000 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, State Ministry for Economic and

Labour Affairs (Hamburg, DE); Antwerp Port Authority (Vlaams Gewest, BE);

Lübeck Business Development Corp. (Schlesiwg-Holstein, DE); Scandinavian

Transport Center / Port of Koege (Hovedtsadtregionen, DK); Port of Tallinn (EE);

Port of Hamina Ltd. (Etelä-Suomi, FI); Development Agency of Magnesia (ANEM

S.A.) (Thessalia, GR); Municipality of Souda (Kriti, GR); Province of Alessandria

(Piemonte, IT); LAG Appennino Genovese (Liguria, IT); Region of Emilia-Romagna

(Emilia-Romagna, IT); Dorika E.E.I.G. (Marche, IT); Klaipeda State Seaport Authority

(LT); Freeport of Riga Authority (LV); Malta Maritime Authority (MT); Elblag Sea Port

Authority Co. Ltd. (Warminsko-Mazurskie, PL);Authority of Szczecin and Swinoujscie

Seaports (Zachodniopomorskie, PL); Tendring District Council (Eastern, UK);

Kaliningrad Port Authorities (RU)

Lead partner institution: Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, State Ministry for

Economic and Labour Affairs

Contact person: Matthias Ross

Address: Dalmannstr. 1, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

Telephone: +49 40428473012 - Fax: +49 40428473028




European ports and their multimodal transport partners are

more and more forced to increase operational efficiency, to

adjust administration and management structures and to

increase regional awareness. This is a result of politically driven

deregulation, increased competition and the necessity to switch,

for environmental and cost reasons, traffic from road to

maritime, inland water and rail transport. But which

administrative structures and what kind of infrastructure

financing work best to meet future requirements? The partners

involved in PORT-NET want to find answers to these questions

by exchanging experience and best practice and thus improve

the pool of knowledge of ports and related regions.


The overall objective of PORT-NET is to identify and tackle the

main challenges faced by the European ports industry in order

to create better operational structures and capacities and

achieve the best possible regional integration of ports. Since

ports are an important link in the transport chain, subobjectives

are to increase the quality of port services and to

encourage cost efficient and environmentally friendly maritime

transportation and modern multimodal hinterland structures.


The partners share experience and know-how on port

administration, management and finance, as well as on EU port

policies. This upgrades the capacity of port authorities and

administrations to build up modern port structure and thus

lowers the risk of investment recession in the partner regions.

Furthermore, the partners exchange experience and knowhow

on multimodal transport structures and «state of the art»

techniques for ports. The focus is on maritime cargo

transportation challenges and port operations, hinterland cargo

distribution and logistic centres. As a result the quality of port

services is increased and the partners are better prepared to

face the challenges of a global transport industry.The integration

of ports and people (passengers, tourists, urban population,

regional planners) is another aspect PORT-NET is dealing with.

Activities include the organisation of workshops and best

practice tours, supported by lectures by external experts.

Studies are produced, for example a market study on the

booming passenger traffic on cruise vessels and ferries in

Europe. All these activities contribute to generate higher value

added services within the ports and higher employment and

increased prosperity in their regions.


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Rural Extension Network Europe

Themes of cooperation: Environment, Risk Prevention, Energy and Natural Resources

Duration: April 2003 - September 2006

Total budget: 1 665 925 EUR - ERDF contribution: 881 094 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Chamber of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen, DE); State Administration

of Agriculture, Wurzen (Sachsen, DE); Public Institute for Agriculture and Gardening

(Sachsen-Anhalt, DE); Bavarian Public Management Academy for Nutrition,

Agriculture and Forestry (Bayern, DE); Hessen Company for Agriculture (Hessen,

DE); University of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, ES); Swiss Centre for Agricultural

Extension and Rural Development (CH); Bulgarian University, Faculty for World

Economy (BG); Lower Silesia Voivodship Agricultural Extension Centre

(Dolnoslaskie, PL); Czech Agrarian Chamber (Jyhovychod, CZ); Autonomous

Province of Bolzano (Alto Adige, IT); FORMEZ Training and Study Centre Cagliari

(Sardinia, IT); Chamber of Agriculture in Burgenland (Burgenland, AT); University of

West Hungary (Nyugat-Dunantul, HU);The National Latvian Agency and Centre for

Rural Development and extension (LV); Regional Chamber of Agriculture (Picardie,

FR); Brussels University (Wallonia, BE)

Lead partner institution: Chamber of Agriculture in Weser-Ems

Contact person: Michael Küeglar

Address: Rue de Luxembourg 47-51, B-1050, Brussels, Belgium

Telephone: +32 22854058 - Fax: +32 22854056

Email: - Website:


Rural areas have undergone profound structural changes in

recent decades. These changes have been accompanied and

supported by a variety of structural funds and agricultural

programmes at regional, national, and EU level. But in many

cases these political instruments are not adequately

coordinated.Today, public institutions and other actors in rural

areas are confronted with a multitude of responsibilities, rules

and regulations, which also constitute a huge problem for

investors and other actors. This has increased the need for

consultancy and special expertise in rural areas.


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The overall objective of R.E.N.E. is to strengthen the

competitiveness of rural areas through the provision of a

platform for exchanging information, experience and knowhow

on rural problems and solutions to these problems.The

network aims to improve the synergy of rural area policies

and funding programmes and strengthen the know-how of

rural extension institutions responsible for these policies and



This cooperation fosters the integrated and sustainable overall

development of rural areas. R.E.N.E. organises conferences,

workshops and seminars for institutions and facilities involved

in the different rural area policies and funding programmes,

which stimulates the exchange of experiences and know-how.

This results in greater knowledge, synergy and transparency

between these policies and programmes, especially between

agricultural and regional policy programmes.Training seminars

offer support to programme and fund managers and stimulate

the dissemination of modern rural extension methodology in

Europe. This increases the advisory and educational

competence of the institutions involved and thus enhances the

rural extension in all participating regions. In particular, the

network attempts to work towards improvements in the

preparation of funding programmes for rural areas.


Réseau des Parcs

Themes of cooperation: Environment, Risk Prevention, Energy and Natural Resources

Duration: October 2004 - September 2007

Total budget: 1 351 200 EUR - ERDF contribution: 997 500 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership:Vesuvius National Park (Campania, IT); Ministry of Agriculture and Rural

Development (DZ); Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (Murcia, ES);

Alonissos National Marine Park, North Sporades (Thessalia, GR); Institute of Nature

Conservation, Peneda Geres National Park (Norte, PT); UE Project Study Section

(Campania, IT); Department of Spatial Planning And Environment (Sicilia, IT), Nature

Reserve and National Parks Authority (IL); Malta Environmental Planning Authority

(Malta, MT); Patras City Planning and Development Agency (Ditiki Ellada, GR);

Environmental Department (Andalucía, ES); Cordova Provincial Government

(Andalucía, ES)

Lead partner institution: Vesuvius National Park

Contact person: Carlo Bifulco - Address: Ente Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio, Piazza

Municipio n.8 80040 San Sebastiano al Vesuvio (NA) Italy

Telephone: +39 0817710911 - Fax: +39 0817718215

Email: - Website:


Mediterranean protected areas have specific characteristics

resulting from usage by mankind.These make it urgent to look

for synergies by creating a network of resources and skills.

Know-how and techniques can be shared on the basis of

empirical procedures and experimentation in the local

context, and evaluated when applied in similar contexts. This

sharing of know-how contributes to growth in local contexts

and the resulting knowledge repository can be used via a web

site, and subsequent forms of cooperation can be identified.


The general objective of the project is to establish a new form

of dialogue on shared areas of environmental management

through the creation of a network of protected natural areas

on the Mediterranean, in order to contribute to the adoption

of common strategies for sustainable cooperation.The topics

chosen fall within a broader framework of land planning, the

aim being to achieve cooperation and to search for common

solutions for environmental matters.


The results of the network can already be seen: a) increased

efficiency of partners in shared areas of management through

the analysis of the good practices adopted by others and the

drawing up of case studies; b) increased efficiency of partners

in shared areas of management, based on case studies, through

the possibility of adopting new forms of cooperation on

specific community-funded projects; c) assistance for growth in

local contexts through the promotion of human resources

with e-learning; d) increased visibility of protected areas as a

result of communication through the network; e) convergence

of local policies for protected areas in a more global and

general approach.


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Regenerating Europe’s Coalfield Regions

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning, Territorial Regeneration and Urban


Duration: July 2003 - September 2006

Total budget: 1 070 094 EUR - ERDF contribution: 764 685 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership: Town Council of Rieulay (Nord - Pas de Calais, FR); Union of

KARVINA District Municipalities-ACOM section (Stredni Morava, CZ); Science Park

of Gelsenkirchen (Nordrhein-Westfalen, DE); Town Council of Lena (Galicia, ES);

Association of Mining Communities in Poland (Slaskie, PL); Association of Mining

Towns (RU); Association of Mining Towns of Donbass (UA); Barnsley Metropolitan

Borough Council (Yorkshire & The Humber, UK)

Lead partner institution: Town Council of Rieulay

Contact person: Laurent Houllier

Address: Rue Suzanne Lannoy 59870 Rieulay, France

Telephone: + 33 327869242 - Fax: +33 327869247

Email: - Website:


RECORE emanates from an initiative by EURACOM, the network

of local authorities from across Europe’s coalfields. Coal

restructuring in the EU has accelerated over the past 20 years. For

coalfield communities the legacy is most likely to be one of largescale

and long-lasting problems. Past experience and debates on

mine closure show that mining areas face common problems at

many levels: social, economic, spatial planning and environmental.

RECORE aims to help them share solutions. Coalfields already

share a common identity which RECORE will help them to

reinforce with a stronger network and long-lasting links.



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RECORE’s main aim is to encourage improved regeneration of

coalmining areas by considering how policies and funding from

external sources, whether the EU, national governments or

elsewhere, can be applied in a coordinated manner and to

maximum effect. RECORE also aims to further integrate

partners from the new Member States within the project and

to increase solidarity towards third country partners.


RECORE is carrying out a comprehensive analysis to define

good practice in terms of coalfield regeneration, and working to

get this message across to the key actors involved. At the same

time, the project is developing networks between those local

authorities responsible for the implementation of activities

related to coalfield regeneration.Activities include dissemination

of results though newsletters, a website, a manual of good (and

bad) practice and the various networking activities.

As a result of these activities, the operation is achieving greater

effectiveness of regeneration efforts by local, national and

European authorities, improved synergy between policies and

funding streams from different sources and quick and effective

access to EU funds by Czech and Polish coalfield regions.

RECORE is also working to influence the debate on the future

shape of EU Structural Funds and, lastly, to create better

networking between coalfield local authorities across Europe.


Network of Pioneering Communities and Regions Working on Innovative Heat Energy Solutions

Themes of cooperation: Environment, Risk Prevention, Energy and Natural Resources

Duration: April 2005 - September 2007

Total budget: 1 621 233.64 EUR - ERDF contribution: 989 442.98 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership: German Federal Ministry of Finance (Berlin, DE); Environmental Policy

Research Centre, Free University of Berlin (Berlin, DE); Leipzig Municipal Utility

(Sachsen, DE); Investment Bank Schleswig-Holstein (Schleswig-holstein, DE); Danish

Energy Authority (Hovedstadsregionen, DK); Storstroem County (Vestsjællands,

Storstrøms og bornholms amter, DK); London Borough of Haringey (London, UK);

Baltic Energy Conservation Agency (Pomorskie, PL); District Heating Enterprise of

Gdansk (Pomorskie, PL); Energy Agency Lithuania (LT); Lithuanian Energy Institute

(LT);Tukums Town Council (LV); Institute of Physical Energetics, Latvian Academy of

Science (LV); Zala County Non-Profit Development Company (Nyugat-Dunantul,

HU); Region Abruzzo (Abruzzo, IT); Barcelona Energy Agency (Catalunya, ES);

Development Company of Magnesia S. A. (Thessalia, GR);Technological Educational

Institute of Crete (Kriti, GR); Kaliningrad Region Administration, Department of

Energy and Fuel Complex (RU); Roskilde University-Department of Environment.

Technology and Social Studies (Hovestadsregionen, DK); Gdansk University of

Technology-Heat Technology Department (Pomorskie, PL)

Lead partner institution: German Federal Ministry of Finance

Contact person: Brigitta Kauers

Address: Wilhelmstr. 97 10117 Berlin, Germany

Telephone: +49 18886823177 - Email:


The availability of secure and efficient regional energy systems is

a prerequisite for regional development, particularly in

structurally weak regions. In its Green Paper on the Security of

Energy Supply, the European Commission singled out heating as

the largest energy sink that is mainly based on fossil and

imported fuels. Municipalities play a key role as they are

suppliers of (district) heat as well as regulators, policy-makers,

planners, investors and consumers. Specifically, the New

Member States and bordering regions, with their extensive

district heating systems, face serious financial, technical and

institutional problems. Major hurdles include fragmented

decision-making structures, lack of coherent support policies for

(district) heating and cooling and financing constraints.


The overall objective of “Regenergy - Network of Pioneering

Communities and Regions Working on Innovative Heat

Energy Solutions” is to contribute to a secure, environmentally

sound and affordable provision of heat energy. Partners from

eleven countries aim to create an interregional support and

information network of regional and local authorities, utilities,

universities, energy agencies and regional development bodies

to promote exchange of experience and to identify,

disseminate and encourage best practice in core areas such as

innovative policy approaches and financing. The operation

aims to expand external Private-Public Partnerships and

external financing for efficient energy solutions.



The operation increases the capacities of municipal and regional

decision-makers to promote energy efficiency and secure

supply of heat energy. It disseminates practical information and

supports authorities in identifying investment potential in

heating systems, in the diversification of energy sources and in

the development of projects eligible under EU Structural Funds.

In the long term, the operation promotes energy efficiency and

a more effective use of Structural Funds and contributes to

regional development and the mitigation of social disparities.

Activities include policy assessments and the elaboration of

policy and methodological guidelines for municipal decisionmakers.

Partners also collect and document examples of good

practice, develop a financial evaluation framework and make

concrete proposals for projects and financing possibilities.

Based on thematic workshops and seminars with potential

multipliers and investors, partners identify two or three pilot

projects and conduct (pre-) feasibility studies.


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From Biomass to Energy - Sustainability for Regional Economic Cycles

Themes of cooperation: Environment, Risk Prevention, Energy and Natural Resources

Duration: July 2004 - June 2007

Total budget: 704 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 507 000 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Leibniz Institute of Regional Geography (Sachsen, DE); Federal Institute of

Agricultural Economics (Wien, AT); Institute for International Forestry and Forest

Products (Sachsen, DE); Slovenian Biomass Association (Slovenija, SI); Public Utilities

Zittau (Sachsen, DE); City of Zittau (Sachsen, DE); District of Annaberg (Sachsen, DE);

City of Hrádek nad Nisou (Moravskoslezsko, CZ); City of Bogatynia (Dolnoslaskie, PL);

Slovenian Forest Service (SI); Municipality of Lenart (SI); Institute for Agriculture and

Forestry Murska Sobota (SI); District of Zlotow (Wielkopolskie, PL)

Lead partner institution: Leibniz-Institute of Regional Geography

Contact person: Elke Knappe

Address: Schongauerstraße 9, 04329 Leipzig, Germany

Telephone: +49 3412556500

Email: - Website:


The cultivation and utilization use of biomass for energy

production is an innovative way to create regional value cycles

in which the entire value added - from the cultivation of

biomass to the energy generation and consumption - remains

in the region. Experience shows that the use of biomass as

alternative energy source can support regional economic

development, especially in regions dominated by agriculture and

forestry. Many of these regions, however, lack the know-how and

tools required to properly set up regional cycles of biomass

production, energy generation, and consumption.


RegioSustain aims to enable regions to benefit from neglected

potentials in agriculture and forestry through the use of biomass

for energy generation. More specifically, the operation aims to

enhance available know-how and tools required to effectively

use biomass for energy generation and as a tool for sustainable

development and also to create raise awareness among local

and regional stakeholders and the general public.


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RegioSustain helps regions to further develop alternative energy

sources and become more independent from external energy

supplies. It also helps regions in their efforts to diversify their

sources of income from forestry and the agricultural sector and

supports the preservation of traditional cultural landscapes.

Activities include analyses of available know-how and the local

potential to utilise biomass for energy generation. Through a

number of workshops, conferences, exhibitions, and training

events, partners transfer and disseminate know-how and tools.

Partners also establish information and service centers in the

participating regions to support information, dissemination, and

training activities.


Réseau Européen de la Pierre Sèche

Themes of cooperation: Heritage, Culture and Tourism

Duration: Novembre 2003 - October 2006

Total budget: 747 150 EUR - ERDF contribution: 422 150 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Objective1 and 2 regions

Partnership: Island’s Council of Mallorca. Department of Environment and Nature

(Islas Baleares, ES); Environmental Office of Corsica (Corce, FR); Trade Union

«Tourisme en Provence Verte» (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, FR); Province of

Alessandrie (Piemonte, IT); Community Montaine de l’Olivier (Liguria, IT); Municipality

of Noto (Sicilia, IT); ARIADNE S.A. – Company for the development of Naxos

(Notio Aigaio, GR), Brecon Beacons National Park (Wales, UK); University of Gotland

(SE); Ministry of Science and Technology (Zagreb, HR); Urban Planning and Housing

Department – Conservation Department (Nicosia, CY)

Lead partner institution: Island’s Council of Mallorca. Department of Environment

and Nature

Contact person: Aguiló Ribas/Josep Antoni

Address: C/ General Riera, 111 – 07010 Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Telephone: +34 971173808 - Fax: +34 971173732




European rural areas that have a dry-stone heritage face serious

problems such as the abandonment of farming activities and skills,

depopulation, usage that is incompatible with preservation of

heritage, etc.

Heritage can become a focal point for local development but

inter-regional cooperation is still essential.The main problem is the

disappearance or gradual loss of the skill of dry-stone building.

The REPS aims to make proposals for cataloguing, restoring, reusing

and protecting this heritage. It will disseminate revaluation

experiences through tourism products and farming production.




To create a European dry-stone network in order to

consolidate inter-regional cooperation for local development

with the promotion and rehabilitation of the skill of dry-stone

building, constructions, landscapes, traditional activities and

innovative uses. The aim is to establish and disseminate

strategies for economically reactivating rural areas that have a

long-established dry-stone tradition, based on experience in

training, research and local development.


The REPS hopes to improve interregional cooperation by

creating and developing a contact network and the sharing of

experience among builders, scientists, technicians and managers

of partner regions that will be open to new initiatives.

In the short term, the expected results will be: progress in

rehabilitating dry-stone builders; proposals regarding

classification, restoration and protection; proposals for action by

local agents and dry-stone itineraries.

In the long term, the expected results will be: the rehabilitation

and qualification of dry-stone builders; the rehabilitation of

cultural heritage; and the economic revitalisation of areas that

have a dry-stone tradition by spreading practices that respect

both environment and heritage.

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Reclamation and utilisation of brown coal mining areas in Europe

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning,Territorial Regeneration and Urban Development

Duration: April 2005 - March 2007

Total budget: 1 034 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 760 500 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Ustí Region (Severozapad, CZ); AGH University of Science and Technology

– Faculty of Mining and Geo-engineering (Malopolskie, PL); Oviedo Official

Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation (Principado de Asturias, ES);

Environmental Centre of Kozani (Dytiki Makedonia, GR); Prefecture of Kozani (Dytiki

Makedonia, GR); Recycling Institute (Scotland, UK); District Burgenland

(Sachsen–Anhalt, DE)

Lead partner institution: Ustí Region

Contact person: Jan Sixta

Address: Velká Hradební 3118/48, 400 02 Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic

Telephone: +420 475657107



In the past, brown coal deposits were of great economic value

as they constituted a cheap and easily accessible energy

source. Coal mining was an important source of development

and employment. After the 1970s, however, many brown coal

regions started to decline due to depletion of coalfields,

environmental restrictions and economic and technological

change. These areas, many of which are Objective 1 regions,

were left with a heavy burden of environmental degradation,

economic decline and social problems.


The operation “ReRegions - Reclamation and Utilisation of

Brown Coal Mining Areas in Europe” focuses on creating a

European partnership of the brown coal regions to support

regional restructuring capacity. The operation aims at

exchanging experience and best practice to help regional and

public authorities draw up integrated development plans

making use of experience gained in other European regions.

Sub-objectives include the implementation of new legislation

and regulations on the mining industry and making better use

of emerging new technologies.

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The operation increases the capacity of regions to address

economic, social, and environmental restructuring of brown

coal mining regions. It creates awareness of the needs of these

regions, provides authorities with the conceptual framework

for reclamation and utilisation of former brown coal mining

landscapes, and assists in the development of conditions

attractive to investors. In the long term it strengthens

competitiveness and sustainable development in the brown

coal mining regions.

Activities include the elaboration of regional case studies and

reports on socio-economic and environmental issues. Based on

meetings, thematic workshops, a conference and exchanges of

staff, partners exchange information and produce an analytical

report and policy papers. Partners also develop two best

practice handbooks to disseminate results to non-participating




Reseau européen de service volontaire social

Themes of cooperation: Employment, Social Inclusion, Human Resources and


Duration: September 2004- August 2006

Total budget: 1 475 132.12 EUR - ERDF contribution: 989 389.09 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Council for Equality and Social Welfare Council-Regional Government

of Andalucía (Andalucia, ES); Andalusian Industrial Cooperation and Research

Institute (Andalucía, ES); Granollers Town Council (Cataluña, ES); Metropolitan Area

of the Algarve (Algarve, PT); Faro City Council (Algarve, PT); Provence Alps

Mediterranean Co-operative College (Provence – Alpes Côte d’Azur, FR); Unis Cité

(Ile de France, FR); Region of Piedmont (Piemonte, IT); Province of Venice (Veneto,

IT); Province of Campobasso (Molise, IT); Dacorum Town Council (Eastern, UK);

Donegal Town Council (Border, Midland and Western, IE); South-East Regional

Authority (Southern and Eastern, IE); Poviat de Lebork Town Council (Lebork, PL);

Prefecture of East Attica (Attiki, GR); University of Helsinki Palmenia Research

Centre (Etela Suomi, FI)

Lead partner institution: Council for Equality and Social Welfare Council - Junta de


Contact person: Miguel Presencio Fernández

Address: Avenida Hytasa, 14, 41071 Seville, Spain

Telephone: +34 955048266 Fax: +34 955048282




European civil society is based on a set of activities carried out

by non-profit making entities supported by voluntary work

and operating in conjunction with national, regional and local

administrations in order to improve many sectors of

contemporary society.

Public authorities have become heavily involved in the

development of policies and services in support of these

bodies, promoting their various activities and offsetting certain

gaps detected in recent years with increased voluntary social

work in Europe. The REVOS project helps create a network

of 16 European partners and also to produce the methods

and instruments required by public social services.


Aware of their respective isolation, the authorities hope to

use ICT to create a durable network to facilitate the

emergence and dissemination of good practices, thus enabling

reciprocal exchanges and professional links with local agents

to be established. The INTERREG IIIC Programme was

considered to be suitable support since it involves first-level

cooperation between administrations (regional, provincial and

local, but also academic organisations and NGOs) to promote

regional development of administrative services and improve

the role of voluntary work in social activities.


The creation of a European network to reinforce voluntary

social work will be supported by a web site to facilitate

cooperation and coordination between the partners. The

portal will also be used by each administration in its work with

other regional agents involved in social services. It is, then, a

work tool that uses information generated at the European

level and at the local and regional levels to promote voluntary

work, create exchanges and disseminate resources and good

practices between the regions.

The exchange of technical officers related to voluntary social

work and sectorial surveys will be launched to promote

interregional relations within the network. Dissemination

activities at the European level will allow other European

administrative authorities to participate in the network.


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Réseau européen pour la gestion des connaissances au niveau régional

Themes of cooperation: Information Society and e-Government

Duration: April 2004 - March 2006

Total budget: 1 331 786 EUR - ERDF contribution: 815 893 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other related subjects

Partnership: Basque Government (País Vasco, ES); LABEIN Foundation (País Vasco,

ES); Firenze Tecnologia – Special Agency of Florence Chamber of Commerce

(Toscana, IT); University of Aveiro (Centro, PT); University Aristotle of Salonica

(Kentriki – Makedonia, GR); Professia (Lansï Suomi, FI); Development centre for SMEs

and PCMG (SI); New Economy Institute (LT); Advantage West Midlands – Regional

Development Agency of the West Midlands (West Midlands, UK); S.A.R.L. Hennigsdorf

Technology Traffic and Transport Centre (Brandembourg, DE)

Lead partner institution: Basque Government

Contact person: Ana Dudkiewicz - Address: C/ Donostia- San Sebastian s/n. 01010,


Telephone: +34 945018220 - Fax: +34 945018253

Email: - Website:


RKMnet encourages regional and interregional development

based on technology, innovation and knowledge. RKMnet uses

innovative instruments to create the network, and fosters

activities to help each region move quicker towards a knowledgebased

economy.This objective was established during the Lisbon

European Summit. RKMnet acts to incite public powers to take

advantage of the possibilities offered by Knowledge Management

for the development of local, regional and interregional domains.

The project implements a methodology based on participation to

add value to cooperation and information.


RKMnet has succeeded in establishing a sustainable network for

Knowledge Management in the areas of Science,Technology and

Regional Innovation, and in creating areas which can produce

permanent intraregional and interregional learning processes.

The main innovation lies in the fact that Knowledge

Management is the central theme of the operation, since it has

an increasing impact on economic growth and can lead to

structural changes.

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RKMnet´s partners work in the right direction in order to make

the most of cooperation activities, which mainly aim to

exchange experiences and knowledge in a structured way. Such

activities are developed in close collaboration with regional

governments. Partners assure a consolidated network,

contribution to sustainable regional development and added

value to regional policy by creating a multilingual web portal, a

database for knowledge management at regional level,

monographies describing the main characteristics of each

region´s knowledge of science, technology and innovation,

training sessions and regional and interregional events where the

network has allowed best practices to be implemented.




Regional University - Industries Strategies Network

Themes of cooperation: SME Development and Entrepreneurship

Duration: July 2004 - June 2007

Total budget: 1 448 206 EUR - ERDF contribution: 921 247.50 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Valencia Small and Medium Sized Business Institute (Comunidad Valenciana,

ES); Valencia University-Enterprise Foundation (Comunidad Valenciana, ES);

Centre for Training Research and Services (Emilia Romagna, IT); Toulouse Chamber

of Commerce and Industry (Midi-Pyrenees, FR); Leonardo Bureau, Saxony Section

(Sachsen, DE); London South Bank University (London, UK); University-Entreprise

Development Association (TecMinho) (Norte. PT); Hermia Entrepreneur

Development (Länsi-Suomi, FI); University of Danube-Krems TIM-Lab Research

Centre (Niederösterreich, AT); Ostrave Science and Technology Park (Severovychod,

CZ); Slovak Academic Association for International Cooperation (SK)

Lead partner institution:Valencia Small and Medium Sized Business Institute (IMPIVA)

Contact person: Ana Botella / Rafael Escamilla

Address: Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 6,Valencia, Spain

Telephone: +34 963986200 - Fax: +34 963986201




Considering the importance of regional aspects in collaboration

between universities and business and the relevance of the latter

for regional development, the improvement, promotion and

consolidation of relations and collaboration in the regional

framework are shared essentials for partners in the project.The

partners will provide information and experience to determine

the limits and barriers to collaboration, the rationale behind it and

the assistance available so that comparisons can be made,

enriching their experiences and receiving guidance.


• To promote recognition of relations between universities and


• To take advantage of accumulated experience (RIS/RITTS)

• To identify good practice that can improve regional

development in three sectors: innovation, SMEs and territory;

permanent training and the labour market; entrepreneurial spirit

and technological enterprises

• To create a forum for adopting a common approach with

extensive participation and dissemination of models and systems

for university / business relations, and creation of an association to

give continuity to a project with a large number of members.


A joint view of university / industry relations in the participating

regions will be drawn from projects and the identification of

good practices with a shared methodological basis, meetings,

working groups, seminars, conventions, etc.

By the end of the project, a virtual community will have been

created which will be open to interregional debate and to

professional sectors. There will also be a structure for an

observatory with a methodology for research, selection and


Projection at social and professional level of the importance of

collaboration between universities and industry for regional

development should be one of the results of this project, which

is to be implemented via the portal and through promotion and


During the project, the first European competition for university

/ industry cooperation will take place, and the basis will be

established for consolidating a European Association.


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Réseau d’échanges pour une politique régionale de développement rural innovante

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning, Territorial Regeneration and Urban


Duration: November 2004 - December 2006

Total budget: 1 505 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 967 850 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnersship: Region of Limousin (Limousin, FR); Corsican Agricultural and Rural

Development Office (Corse, FR); Government of Andalusia (Andalucía, ES); Region

of Tuscany (Toscana, IT); Sousa Rural Development Association (Norte, PT); Northeast

Frontier Commune Development Association (Norte, PT); Government of

Valencia (Comunidad Valenciana, ES); Government of Extremadura (Extremadura,

ES); Welsh Development Agency (Wales, UK); Devon County Council (South West,

UK); Ghent University (Vlaams Gewest, BE); Writtle Faculty – research, environment

and rural affairs centre (South East, UK); Region of Aquitaine (Aquitaine, FR); Kaunas

Government Administration (Lietuva, LT); Great Northern Plain Regional Development

Agency (Eszak Alfold, HU)

Lead partner institution: Region of Limousin

Contact person: Anne-Christelle Gassmann

Address: Mission Europe 27, boulevard de la Corderie 87031 Limoges, France

Telephone: +33 555450024 - Fax: +33 555451744

Email: - Website:


There is still much disparity in terms of development between

regions in the European Union. Rural territories are particularly

threatened, largely due to their low populations and agriculturalbased

economies, which have been in decline since the early 20 th


In a bid to curb the devitalisation of these rural areas, the

RURAL INNOVA project intends to build an interregional

network to exchange good practices and transfer experiences

in order to put non-agricultural rural development factors to

better use, via 4 courses of action: attracting new populations;

innovative economic activities; essential services for the

population; perspectives and assessment.


The network has 3 objectives: to draw up a definition of rural

development strategy with regards to coming policy of

cohesion, in accordance with the 2 nd pillar of the CAP; to

improve coherence and efficiency of sectorial public policy

affecting development in rural areas; to structure and federate

rural areas in Europe around large communal orientations, thus

contributing to an innovative approach to rural development.

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Many results are expected from the RURAL INNOVA project:

take stock of the potential for innovative rural development;

exchange good practices and transfer experience; Increase the

partners’ ability to define new rural development policies;

implement networks of agents and centres for transnational

resources; increase the attractiveness of Europe’s rural regions.

In addition to the added value involved in preparations for

European programmes between 2007 and 2013, the partners

in the network intend to issue, together with other European

regions, a Statement in favour of innovative rural development,

and to propose to the EU a specific RURAL programme for

territorial cohesion in rural areas as the next Territorial

Cooperation Objective.



Redirecting Urban areas development towards Sustainable Energy

Themes of cooperation: Environment, Risk Prevention, Energy and Natural Resources

Duration: April 2004 - March 2007

Total budget: 1 248 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 755 000 EUR

Topic for cooperation: URBAN

Partnership: Energie-CitesUrban Energy (Franche-Comté, FR); Polish Network

«Energie-Cités» Network (Malopolskie, PL); Slovakian Energy Agency (Bratislavsky,

SK); Lithuanian Energy Institute (Lietuva, LT); South-Bohemia Region (Jihozapad, CZ);

Romanian Energy Cities Network (RO); Bulgarian Municipal Energy Efficiency

Network (BG); Standing Conference of Serbian Municipalities for Energy Efficiency

(CS); Dutch Energy Agency (SenterNovem) (Utrecht, NL); French Agency for the

Environment and Energy Management (Île De France, FR); Clermont-Ferrand Energy

Agency (Auvergne, FR); Delft City Council (Zuid-Holland, NL); Grenoble Energy

Agency (Rhône-Alpes, FR); Kirklees Metropolitan Council (Yorkshire & The Humber,

UK); Leicester City Council (East Midlands, UK); Munich City Council (Bayern, DE);

Rome Local Energy Agency (Lazio, IT); City of Tampere, Environmental Protection

Uunit,Tampere Eenergy Aagency (Länsi-Suomi, FI);Vila Nova de Gaia Energy Agency

(Norte, PT); Zoetermeer Energy Agency (Zuid-Holland, NL)

Lead partner: Energie-Cités

Contact person: Gérard Magnin

Address: 2 Chemin de Palente – 25000 Besançon, France

Telephone: +33 381653680 - Fax: +33 381507351

Email: - Website:


On 1 January 2004, the new Member States became eligible

for Structural Funding (except Czech Republic which became

eligible on 1 May 2004). It is an important challenge to use this

new opportunity in the most sustainable way, especially with

regard to energy issues, which are a major component of

regional and urban development. However, it is important not

to overlook the experience already gained by the ‘Fifteen’

prior to the accession of the new Member States, and which

represents a substantial body of information and experience

on both good and bad practice in this domain.


The RUSE operation has the following main objectives: firstly,

to create a stronger link between urban development and

sustainable energy issues; secondly, to influence the improved

use of Structural Funds at national, regional and local levels;

and lastly, to create and stimulate the reflex in different bodies

and in cities to integrate energy issues as widely as possible in

urban development.



RUSE is improving capacity building of intermediate bodies

(specialist energy networks of municipalities, regions, and

agencies) in order to strengthen the activities of the partners

towards cities and urban stakeholders and to involve urban

areas in Structural Funds related projects. To encourage the

exchange of experience and knowledge, RUSE organises

workshops, staff hosting and study tours.A network of expertise

is being established based on municipalities and agencies with

high levels of experience. The operation is also creating an

information service using a ‘help desk’ system in the new

Member States. Finally, RUSE will disseminate the good practice

and methods taken from the existing and future Member




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Sharing solutions on Structural Funds

Themes of cooperation: SME Development and Entrepreneurship

Duration: September 2004 – August 2006

Total budget: 1 367 228 EUR - ERDF contribution: 861 249 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Objective: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership: Emilia-Romagna Region (Emilia-Romagna, IT), Ostrava Regional Development

Agency (Moravskoslezsko, CZ); Office of the Kosice Self-Governing Region

(Vychodne Slovensko, SK); Regional Development Agency of North Great Plain (Eszak-

Alfold, HU); Communidad of Madrid (Madrid, ES); Investitionsbank Sachsen-Anhalt

(Sachsen-Anhalt, DE); Ignalina Regional Development Agency (Lietuva, LT); Regional

Government of Campania (Campania, IT); Centre for Innovation and Business

Development (Cataluña, ES); Region of Lazio (Lazio, IT); Finlombarda Ltd. (Lombardia,

IT); Region of Western Greece (Dytiki Ellada, GR); Objective 1 Programme Directorate

South Yorkshire (Yorkshire & The Humber, UK); E.C. Business and Innovation Centre of

Western Greece (Dytiki Ellada, GR).

Lead partner institutions: Emilia- Romagna Region, GD Industry,Trade and Tourism

Contact person: Luisa Rossi

Address: Viale Aldo Moro, 44, IT-40127 Bologna

Telephone: +39 0516396343




Regional and local authorities are increasingly involved in the

elaboration and implementation of EU policies. For instance, in In

EU regional policy, for instance, they are involved in

programming, managing, monitoring and evaluating Structural

Funds programmes. To enhance institutional capacities and the

success of authorities in dealing with Structural Funds, regions

need to develop new ways to involve local stakeholders while at

the same time keeping decision-making processes transparent

and efficient. Regions also need to learn how to better

communicate the objectives and goals of Structural Funds and

create a sense of ownership of projects in the regions.


The operation «S3 – Sharing solutions on Structural Funds»

aims at transferring and further developing know-how and tools

for the development and management of Structural Funds

programmes.With a particular focus on bottom-up approaches

through the involvement of local stakeholders, project partners

want to create a strong and reliable network for the creation

and dissemination of irrelevant know-how and tools to regional

institutions, including those in the new member states.

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The operation enhances the capacities of partner institutions to

implement and manage Structural Funds programmes. It

increases the awareness of good practice in Structural Funds

management among partners and stakeholders.

Activities include analyzing and benchmarking of regional

Structural Funds management skills as well as disseminating

innovative and tested tools for programming and management.

To disseminate lessions learned, partners conduct inter-regional

study tours, workshops and conferences and exchange staff.



Sharing experience on design support for SMEs

Themes of cooperation: Research,Technology and Innovation

Duration: March 2005 - December 2007

Total budget: 1 037 364.98 EUR - ERDF contribution: 518 682.49 EUR

Topic of cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: PDR- Design Wales (Wales, UK); Design Flanders (Vlaams Gewest, BE);

Design Centrum of the Czech Republic (Praha, CZ); Experimental Centre for

Furniture and Furnishing - CSM (Toscana, IT); Design Centre Rhone-Alpes (Rhône-

Alpes, FR); Danish Design Centre (Hovedstadsregionen, DK); University of

Manchester (North West (Inc. Merseyside), UK)

Lead partner institution: PDR (Design Wales)

Contact person: Gisele Raulik

Address: Western Avenue - UWIC, CF5 2YB, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 2920417028 - Fax: +44 2920416970




SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) represent the

largest majority of businesses in the EU; for example, in the UK

98 % of businesses are SMEs. They are also responsible for

creating the most new jobs.To maintain a competitive edge and

to survive at the regional as well as the international level,

businesses have to offer products and services which can

compete on factors other than low cost. One way to increase

the added value of products and services is to invest in the

design process. However, with limited resources at their disposal

and little understanding of good practice in this field, SMEs often

adopt an ad-hoc approach to the design process.


Some organisations have already been set up by regional

authorities to support and encourage a ‘design sector’ capable of

responding to the needs of SMEs. SEEdesign brings these

organisations together to improve the effectiveness of support

provided for local SMEs relating to design issues in Europe, creating

a network for the dissemination of good practice in this field.

SEEdesign has established a network of design organisations,

which allows practitioners to share experience and disseminate

examples of good mechanisms for design support, with

information on how to use them in practice. It is expected that

the project will improve the effectiveness of the design support

provided for local SMEs in Europe.This will ultimately help SMEs

to improve their design process, allowing them to add value to

their products and services, and therefore to strengthen their

business. By providing a better design support, the project is

improving SME development at the regional level, making them

more competitive and better able to contribute to sustainable

local economic development, including job creation. This also

supports the EU’s Lisbon Agenda.The network is also examining

how to assess the impact (or value) of their design advisory

activity.This will address the widely recognized problem of a lack

of reliable feedback in this field.The outcome of this activity will

contribute significantly to the task of policy-makers in developing

improved strategies for design support in the SME sector.


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Security and trust in cities

Themes of cooperation: Employment, Social Inclusion, Human Resources and


Duration: November 2004 - October 2006

Total budget: 730 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 365 000 EUR

Topic of cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: City of Cologne (Nordrhein-Westfalen, DE); City of Prague (Praha,

CZ); Naestved Municipality (Vestsjællands, Storstrøms og Bornholms Amter, DK);

Municipality of Bologna (Emilia-Romagna, IT); Municipality of Siena (City of Siena)

(Toscana, IT); City of Marseilles (Provence-Alpes-Côte D’Azur, FR); City of Paris (Île

De France, FR); Centre for the study of Urban Planning, Transportation and Public

Facilities (Rhône-Alpes, FR); Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology -

FIT (Bayern, DE)

Lead partner institution: City of Cologne

Contact person: Albert Deistler - Telephone: +49 22122121892

Email: - Website:


The terrorist attacks of September 2001 in the United States,

March 2004 in Spain and July 2005 in London have focused

the world’s attention squarely on the issue of security. In the

future, European cities may face more crises like these, but

many are only just beginning to acquire the high level of

expertise in technology and infrastructure they need to deal

with them. SETRIC was set up to help city authorities with this

and train them in the prevention and management of major



SETRIC’s overall aim is to create a forum for cities to exchange

ideas on disaster prevention and management, enabling

partners to develop their procedures and develop best

practice. It is also working on the joint design of model

procedures that will lead to common recommendations for

European cities and assist in future training for risk managers.


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The operation involves a series of meetings, each of which

focuses on a specific aspect of crisis prevention and

management. The findings of each meeting are published in a

database accessible to all partners through a website. The

partners can then use the database as a platform for jointly

developing model crisis prevention and management


SETRIC is also producing publicity materials such as newsletters

and making its findings available on a CD-ROM. As a final step,

the operation is producing practical recommendations on

comprehensive risk management in European cities and on how

to train risk managers. Overall, SETRIC is bringing about a

comprehensive transfer of knowledge from one region to

another and from research to administrative practice.


Sport et loisirs facteurs de cohésion sociale, de développement économique et de régénération urbaine

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning, Territorial Regeneration and Urban


Duration: October 2004 - July 2007

Total budget: 1 520 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 1 000 000 EUR

Topic for cooperation: URBAN

Partnership: Association SportUrban (Rhône-Alpes, FR); Charleroi (Région

Wallonne, BE); Hanseatic City of Rostock (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, DE); South

East Development Agency (Southern And Eastern, IE);Vaulx en Velin (Rhône-Alpes,

FR); Gran Canary Island Council (Canarias, ES); Marbella (Andalucía, ES); Paris Public

Transport Authority (Île de France, FR); Rhône Prefecture (Rhône-Alpes, FR);

National State School of Public Works (Rhône-Alpes, FR); Seine St Denis Council (Île

de France, FR); Sport in the City (Sport dans la Cité) (Rhône-Alpes, FR); Budapest

District II (Kozep-Magyarorszag, HU); Szentendre (Kozep-Magyarorszag, HU);

L’Aquila (Abruzzo, IT); Bologna (Emilia-Romagna, IT); Self-Governing Region of

Sardinia (Sardegna, IT);Tetuan (MA); Heerlen (Limburg, NL); Emmen (Drenthe, NL);

Lisbon (Lisboa e Vale do Tejo, PT); Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK); Préfecture du

Dodecanese (Notio Aigaio, GR); Patras Municipal Development Agency (Dytiki

Ellada, GR);Trente (Alto Adige, IT)

Lead partner institution: Association SportUrban

Contact person: Anne-Lise FIARD

Address: 2 rue Stalingrad – 69120 Vaulx en Velin, France

Telephone: +33 478859413 - Fax: +33 478800746

Email: - Website:


In view of the challenges of social exclusion and spatial

segregation, SportUrban aims to answer the following

questions: Can the integration of people and the reconstruction

of social links be promoted by the ways in which sport and

leisure activities are used? Can local economic development be

based on the demand induced by the sports and leisure sector?

Can urban renovation be furthered by policies for the creation

or transformation of sporting facilities? Can the image of a

district, town or complex be developed through territorial

marketing based on promotion of sports and leisure policy?


The aims of SportUrban are to:

• Organise the sharing of experiences in implementing local

sports and leisure policies

• Identify and test practices leading to the integration of

economic, social and urban factors

• Disseminate partners’ know-how and the most useful tools

for decision-makers

• Create awareness among political decision-makers and

increase the professionalism of technical authorities responsible

for groups

• Return Europe to its territories and encourage people to

adopt their European citizenship.


The expected impact of the transfer of experiences and

competencies will be improved practices and greater cultural

and technical awareness of European experiences. The sharing

of know-how should lead to a higher level of qualification

among partners, modification of operating methods, adaptation

of local policies and improved governance measured by

response to social demands.

In urban regeneration and economic development, SportUrban

will be able to influence local policies by providing an outside view

of local projects and revealing dimensions which are currently

underestimated. This should enrich both regional and local

policies. New skills and new vocational training may be created.

New analytical tools should improve public policies.

The project will pass on its results outside the EU.


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Effective use and delivery of Structural Funds and regeneration programmes in sub-regional areas

Themes of cooperation: Regional Planning, Territorial Regeneration and Urban


Duration: September 2004 - August 2007

Total budget: 631 082.73 EUR - ERDF contribution: 361 386.10 EUR

Topic of cooperation: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership: Bristol City Council (South West, UK); Union of Local Authorities of Achaia

County (Dytiki Ellada, GR); Local Authority of Barcelona, Department of International

Relations (Catalunya, ES); Santa Cruz de Tenerife Development Society (Islas Canarias,

ES); Lille Local Authority (Nord-Pas de Calais, FR); Klaipeda Regional Development

Agency (Lietuva, LT); City of Hranice (Stredni Morava, CZ); Langhe Monferrato Roero

(Piemonte, IT); SVIM Regional Development Company (Marche, IT); Public

Administration of Modena (Emilia-Romagna, IT); Cumbria County Council (North West

[Inc. Merseyside], UK); City of Tampere (Länsi-Suomi, FI); City of Turku (Etelä-Suomi, FI)

Lead partner institution: Bristol City Council - Contact Person: Paul Owens

Telephone: +44 1179036418 - Website:



SRN has been set up as a network that can be used to share

and disseminate good practice in delivering Structural Funds and

other regeneration programmes at sub-regional level. At the

moment no such network exists. There is one pan-EU group

(IQ-Net) that does share experience on delivering Structural

Funds, but this focuses only on larger regions of between three

million and seven million inhabitants. This limits its relevance to

smaller areas such as counties in the UK, provinces in Spain or

regions in Latvia.


SRN’s ultimate aim is to ensure that Structural Fund programmes

are delivered more effectively. It is achieving this by creating an

arena in which partners can exchange experience and identify

good practice that can improve the delivery of Structural Funds

and be used in the development of new projects.The network is

focusing on delivering programmes in sub-regional areas – those

with fewer than 800,000 inhabitants – while meeting the needs

of local populations and regional strategies.

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The network’s findings are being used to improve the

effectiveness of policies and instruments for regional

development and cohesion and to influence policy and practice

at EU level. SRN is producing a good practice guide, for

example, that will be used for this purpose. It has also created a

website the partners can use to access and share best practice.

As well as establishing a sustainable network, SRN is enabling

better understanding of how other programme models operate

in other cities, better understanding of the performance of

existing programmes using evaluations, sharing and promotion

of knowledge, and agreement on areas of good practice.



Sustainable use of former or abandoned landfills network

Themes of cooperation: Environment, Risk Prevention, Energy and Natural Resources

Duration: January 2005 - December 2007

Total budget: 1 324 200 EUR - ERDF contribution: 788 650 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Province of North Brabant (Noord-Brabant, NL); Waste and Soil Care

North Holland (Noord-Holland, NL); Geological Survey of Lower Saxony

(Niedersachen, DE); Municipal Association for Waste Management West Saxony

(Sachsen, DE); City of Emden (Niedersachsen, DE); Cork County Council (Southern

and Eastern, IE); City of Asti (Piemonte, IT); Local Marketing Turin and Piedmont

(Piemonte, IT); GES.CO Environment (Campania, IT); Consortium for Coordination

of Research Activities Concerning Venice Lagoon (Veneto, IT); Norhtown Technology

Park (Lietuva, LT); Marshal Office of the Wielkopolska region (Wielkopolskie, PL);

Forest Research Institute (Stredne Slovensko, SK); Labein Research Foundation (Pais

Vasco, ES); Belfast City Council (Northern Ireland, UK); Oldham Metropolitan

Borough Council (North West (Inc. Merseyside), UK); Province of Verona -

Department of Environment - Waste Management Service (Veneto, IT); Municipal

Training and Employment Centre, Marbella Council (Andalucía, ES);T.E.D.K. of Achaia

county- Western Greece (Peloponnisos, GR); West Sweden (Västsverige, SE); Waste

Management Services - West Sussex County Council (South East, UK); Energy and

Environment Agency of Interior (Centro, PT)

Lead partner institution: Province of North Brabant

Contact person: René Beijnen

Address: Brabantlaan 1 5200 MC s-Hertogenbosch, Noord-Brabant,The Netherlands

Telephone: + 31 736812504 - Fax: +31 736807642

Email: - Website:


Former landfills take up a lot of space in many EU Member

States. Many are situated near the edge of cities and villages.

In terms of efficient space usage, former landfills can provide

alternative locations for companies, offices, golf courses or ski

runs, for greenhouse farming or the cultivation of forests.

However, many former landfills may also pose a risk to the

environment. In order to protect the environment from the

negative consequences of landfills, it is necessary to investigate

the potential risks involved. It is imperative to find out if special

measures are needed or if alternative solutions are available,

such as digging out landfills and using the soil or other building

and demolition waste as a secondary resource in road

construction or hydraulic engineering.


SUFALNET aims to identify and bring together expertise and

best practice and promote joint development of policy

programmes available in Europe on redevelopment and

aftercare of landfills, so that former landfills might finally really

be dealt with. In this way EU Member States can combine

forces to deal effectively with the environmental risks posed by

these former landfills. It will also help them to find new uses for

these landfills, thus increasing the efficient use of building space.


SUFALNET brings together all the knowledge and experience

acquired by the different Member States into one network,

thus allowing those countries to exchange information on

redevelopment of landfill sites. Furthermore, a model strategy

based on «best practice» available across Europe is being

produced by the partners covering research, aftercare and

redevelopment of former landfills.

In this way SUFALNET contributes to more efficient policymaking

and implementation with respect to old landfills. It also

reduces environmental and public health risks caused by old

landfills while increasing the efficiency of spatial planning and

conservation of greenfield areas. With a more efficient

approach to using primary raw materials and innovation of

environmental and civil engineering, SUFALNET is changing

the image of landfills and creating a space for discussion at

regional and European level.



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Technology, Enterprises, Innovation, Cooperation

Themes of cooperation: SME Development and Entrepreneurship

Duration: October 2004 - September 2006

Total budget: 1 547 500 EUR - ERDF contribution: 993 750 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Border region operations

Partnership: Investment Bank Berlin (Berlin, DE); Investment Bank Brandenburg

(Brandenburg, DE); Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Labour and Women’s

Issues (Berlin, DE); Berlin Business Development Corporation (Berlin, DE); Ministry

for Economics of the State of Brandenburg (Bradenburg, DE); West Pomeranian

Regional Development Agency Co. (Zachodniopomorskie, PL); Wroclaw Centre for

Technology Transfer (Dolnoslaskie, PL); Lithuanian Innovation Centre (Lietuva, LT);

Marshal Office of the Wielkopolska Voivodship (Wielkopolskie, PL); Technikdalen

Foundation (Norra Mellansverige, SE); City Council Borlänge (Norra Mellansverige,

SE); Riga City Council (Latvija, LV), Marshal Office of the Zachodniopomorskie

Voivodschaft (Zachodniopomorskie, PL); Regional Cooperation Council of Dalarna

(Norra Mellansverige, SE); Confederation of Empoyers’ and Business Association of

Berlin and Brandenburg (DE)

Lead partner institution: Investitionsbank Berlin

Contact person: Torsten Mehlhorn

Address: Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin, Germany

Telephone: +49 3021253692 - Email:


Recent studies have found that small and medium-sized

enterprises (SMEs) face serious barriers to start international

cooperation. Regional strategic documents, therefore, often

indicate the need to play catalyst to the creation of knowledge

and economic networks between new and old member states.

Following the initiative of the Lead Partner, Investitionsbank

Berlin, partners in the Berlin/Brandenburg area, in Poland,

Lithuania, Sweden and Latvia are addressing this problem to

overcome trade barriers and to better link their economies.


The border regions operation «Teico-Net - Technology, Enterprises,

Innovation, Cooperation - Network» aims to analyse and

improve the environment for technology-oriented SMEs in their

regions and lower the barriers to international cooperation

between their businesses. The operation fosters stronger links

between old and new Member States’ economies and supports

internationalisation efforts and cross-border cooperation of

technology-oriented SMEs. Teico-Net also aims to make policy

recommendations for improving support structures SME.

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TEICO-Net strengthens trade relations and cooperation among

SMEs of the participating regions and stimulates the

development of interregional company networks and clusters

with a particular focus on border regions. The operation also

results in the improvement of policy frameworks, supports

structures for SME cooperation and produces recommendations

for measures that could be integrated in the Operational

Programmes of the participating regions in the next Structural

Funds period.Activities include exchange of experience and joint

assessment of existing policy frameworks for SME innovation

and internationalisation as well as identification and transfer of

good practice and workshops for practitioners and policymakers.




Transmission d’entreprise dans les régions d’Europe

Themes of cooperation: SME Development and Entrepreneurship

Duration: October 2004 - July 2006

Total budget: 932 905 EUR - ERDF contribution: 541 949 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Rhône-Alpes Regional Chamber of Trader and Industry (Rhône-Alpes,

FR); Euro Info Centre, Milan (Lombardia, IT),TelePark Bärnbach Planning and Enterprises

SARL (Styria, AT); Upper Rhine South Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Baden

Wurtemberg, DE); Development Centre of Small Businesses (SI), Business Incubator

Foundation (Lodz, PL); Lithuanian Economic Development Agency (LT)

Lead paertner institution: Rhône-Alpes Regional Chamber of Trader and Industry

Contact person: Michel Beyet

Address: 75, cours Albert Thomas 69447 Lyon cedex 3, France

Telephone: +33 472114334 - Fax: +33 472114362



According to a European Commission report, about one third

of businesses in the EU-15 are likely to be transferred over the

next ten years.This amounts to an annual average of 610 000

enterprises, of which 86% are SMEs, and represents over 2

million jobs. For the regions participating in the TRANSREGIO

project, the number of enterprises to be transferred over the

next ten years is estimated at 43 000 in Rhône Alpes, 29 000

in Steiemark, 60 000 in Lombardy, 52 000 in Baden

Wurtemberg and 10 000 in Slovenia. (There are no statistics

for Poland or Lithuania). For these five regions, it is estimated

that the enterprises to be transferred over the next ten years

employ over one million people.


The main objective of the TRANSREGIO project is to

organise benchmarking among seven European regions in

order to compare the economic and social impacts of

business transfers and to share good practices among those

involved in measures to support transfers.

An interregional observatory on transfers is therefore to be

set up.A survey will be carried out among a group of business

managers and buyers in order to compare the problems they

face and their expectations. Good practices will be identified

in the seven regions participating for measures to support

business transfers.


Creation of an inter-regional observatory on business transfers

in seven regions in the enlarged EU (statistical indicators).

• Interregional survey among a group of business managers

and buyers on their expectations and the problems faced in

business transfers and acquisitions.

• Interregional guide to good practices in measures to

support business transfers.

• Organisation of a meeting to share experiences and discuss

good practices among the main agents involved in transfers in

the seven regions participating in the project.

• Organisation of a programme of individual visits among


• Organisation of seven conferences and fourteen workshops

to present the results of the project, involving about seven

hundred participants.

• Creation of a web site on the project to disseminate the


• Publication of a CD ROM to disseminate the project results.


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Union des terres de rivières

Themes of cooperation: Environment, Risk Prevention, Energy and Natural Resources

Duration: December 2004 - November 2006

Total budget: 1 569 681 EUR - ERDF contribution: 986 955.75 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Objective 1 and 2 regions

Partnership: Union of Riverbank Territories (Aquitaine, FR); Association of River

Trusts (A.R.T.) (South West, UK); Iberian Association of Communes bordering the

Duero (A.I.M.R.D.) (Castilla y Leon, ES); Municipality of Tortosa (Cataluña, ES);

Municipality of Saint Mammes (Ile-de-France, FR); Rome Department of Spatial

Planning (Lazio, IT); Development Association of North East Frontier Communes

(Norte, PT); SOSNA Municipal Association (Vychodne Slovensko, SK); Trikala

Municipal Agency for Social Development (D.E.K.A.) (Thessalia, GR); Rakoczifalva

Municipal Council (Eszak-Alfold, HU); Urban Planning Institute, University of

Valladolid (Castilla y Leon, ES); Madrid Polytechnic University, Dept. of Urban and

Spatial Planning (Comunidad de Madrid, ES); Ferrara University, Department of

Biology (Emilia-Romagna, IT); AGH-Krakow University of Science and Technology

(Malopolskie, PL); Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco (Centro, PT); University of

Dortmund-Institute of Spatial Planning (Nordrhein-Westfalen, DE); Douro Historical

Association (Norte, PT); Tomar Polytechnic Institute, Department of Land

Management (Centro, PT); Upper Extremadura Development Association (Centro,

PT); Association for the Development of Cultural, Social and Economic Projects

(Centro, PT); Intercommunal Union for the Protection of Lands Bordering the

Ardour Maritime and Tributaries (Aquitaine, FR); Toulouse School of Architecture,

PVP Group Toulouse-Bordeaux (Midi-Pyrénées, FR); Municipality of Torrelavega

(Cantabria, ES); IDEM Association (Cantabria, ES)

Lead partner institution: Union of Riverbank Territories

Contact person: Richard Fenollo

Address: Place du Docteur Abaut – BP 39 – 33550 Langoiran, France

Telephone: +33 556675537 - Fax: +33 556675674

Email: - Website:


Sustainable management of water and rivers requires cooperation

that transcends administrative, cultural and geographical divisions.

A network of partners in different European countries has been

established, starting with an association of local groups in the

Aquitaine region of France, with the aim of developing cooperation.

Through this project, the aim is now to achieve transnational

cooperation (travel costs, seminars, etc.). It is difficult for local

elected representatives to achieve trans-national cooperation (due

to questions of travel, time, lack of information, languages, etc.) so

videoconferences will be used to resolve certain difficulties.



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• Environmental protection and an economic, cultural and social

approach to water and its heritage.

• Adaptation of land planning to include water management.

• Participation by citizens in the construction of Europe, through

trans-national cooperation in a bottom-up approach.

Development of the UtdR network should lead to the sharing of

experience and good practices and joint action with regard to

European policy.

• Creation of a study group on water in order to provide scientific

support and a training structure for politicians and specialists.

• Inventory of practices and actions taken in the participating

regions (water resources and river landscapes).

• Meetings between local politicians and specialists in the

framework of trans-national cooperation to encourage exchanges

and raise awareness.

• Dissemination of know-how and training.

In the long term:

• Development of trans-national cooperation between local and

regional European political leaders to establish common policies

and technical management of this network.

• Analysis of shared problems and projects so that joint actions

can be taken through other Community programmes.

• Development of a policy for trans-national communication in

the framework of cooperation.


Espace européen de l’oenotourisme

Themes of cooperation: Heritage, Culture and Tourism

Duration: July 2003 - December 2005

Total budget: 1 319 900 EUR - ERDF contribution: 759 950 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Municipality of Vilafranca del Penedès (Cataluña, ES); Assembly of

European Wine Producing Regions (Aquitaine, FR); National Association of Italian

Wine Towns (Tuscany, IT); National Association of Spanish Wine Towns (Castilla - La

Mancha, ES); Networking Association of French Wine Towns (Languedoc-Roussillon,

FR); Municipality of Rhodes (Notio Aigaio, GR); Municipality of Bühl (Baden-

Wurttemberg, DE)

Lead partner institution: Municipality of Vilafranca del Penedès

Contact person: Toni Alujas - Address: Plaça Àgora 1, Polígon Industrial Domenys II

08720 Vilafranca del Penedès, Barcelona, Spain

Telephone: +34 938171169 - Fax: +34 938171979

Email: - Website:


Wine tourism is becoming increasingly popular all over the

world.This makes it necessary for European towns and regions

to join forces to invest in the wine tourism market and to

consolidate our leadership, in spite of the prestige of other winegrowing

areas. There has been a certain degree of isolation

amongst towns and regions and even inside towns and regions

between the different agents, entrepreneurs, professionals, local

governments, etc.The main weakness is the need to strengthen

the shared European framework in order to link the various

operators and authorities.


The VINTUR project aims to create, develop and consolidate a

European forum for wine towns and wine regions. Through

specific proposals, the project should improve coordination of

the network of wine towns, promote the sharing of knowledge

and technologies and carry out new actions to encourage wine

tourism and enhance wine culture.

The first stage of the project will be to establish, develop and

consolidate efficient operational procedures for the network

and the physical and virtual fora to function. Having created this

permanent sphere for cooperation, a Charter for European

Wine Tourism will be drawn up, establishing guidelines to meet

the requirements of tourists and consumers. The project also

includes the production of a manual on wine tourism strategy,

proposing new methodologies for the promotion of wine

tourism and wine culture.


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Integrated and sustainable development of small european wine areas in border regions

Themes of cooperation: Tourism, Heritage and Culture

Duration: August 2004 - June 2007

Total budget: 1 314 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 985 500 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Border region operations

Partnership: Regional Development Association Lower Pinka Valley and Strem

Valley (Burgenland,AT); Foundation for Reg. Enterprise Promotion in Vas County and

Szombathely (Nyugat-Dunantul, HU); Wine-Route Agency ROD Ajdovscina of

Upper Vipava Valley (Slovenija, SI); Community of mountain municipalities «Marghine-

Planargia» (Sardegna, IT); Municipality of Bullas (Murcia, ES); District of Burgenland

(Sachsen-Anhalt, DE), Island Administration Gran Canaria (Canarias, ES)

Lead partner institution: Regionaler Entwicklungsverband Unteres Pinka-und Stremtal

Contact person: Walter Strobl

Address: Gemeindeamt Eberau, Eberau Nr. 18 A-7521 Eberau, Austria

Telephone: +43 33234003-12



Smaller European wine areas in border regions, such as the regions

participating in the operation “VINUM EST - Integrated and

Sustainable Development of Small European Wine Areas in Border

Regions», share a range of barriers to development.These include

limited resources for investment and innovation, limited access to

national or European markets and an underdeveloped service

sector. As border regions, the partners also share particular

challenges such as limited geographical accessibility.


The operation aims to strengthen development of small European

wine areas in border regions through exchange and transfer of

know-how. Partners place specific emphasis on the transfer of

experience and know-how from old EU Member States to new

EU countries and on integrated approaches to development.

These range from wine and food production to tourism,

gastronomy and cultural aspects. A second focus is on

environmental sustainability through the production of organic

food and the protection of landscapes and native grapes and yeast.


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The operation improves the participating regions’ development

potential and their environmental situation. It leads to higher quality

standards in wine production, improved marketing of local

products and an increase in organic farming. Improved

development policies reflect more sustainable approaches and

integrate tourism as an important development goal.

Activities include actions to improve wine quality such as wine

certification and coordinated area marketing. Based on meetings,

conferences and training sessions, partners involve stakeholders in

the project and elaborate local innovation plans as well as

promotional activities. Partners also develop and publish guidelines

on «Integrated and Sustainable Development in Small European

Wine Areas» to transfer results to non-participating regions.


Paysages historiques de l’Europe

Themes of cooperation: Heritage, Culture and Tourism

Duration: April 2005-September 2007

Total budget: 1 620 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 990 000 EUR

Contribution from Norwegian funds: 21 000 EUR

Topic for cooperation: INTERREG programmes

Partnership: Museum Consortium of the Community of Valencia (Comunidad

Valenciana, ES); Municipality of Bergen (NO); Urban Area of Toulon-Provence-

Méditerranée (Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur, FR); Municipality of Quistello

(Lombardia, IT); Municipality of Eleusis (Attiki, GR); Municipality of San Giovanni

Incarico (Lazio, IT); National Tourism Association (Slovenija, SI); Regional

Development Agency of Porin D.O.O (HR); Directorate General of Environmental

Quality (Comunidad Valenciana, ES)

Lead partner institution: Museum Consortium of the Community of Valencia

Contact person: Pierre Guérin

Address: Avda Campanar, 32, 46015 Valencia, Spain



Throughout history, human activity has shaped our urban,

suburban and rural landscapes. Whether landscapes are natural

or inhabited, are the sites of historic, artistic or even literary

events or just of everyday activities, they deserve to be spared

from the erosion inflicted by the imprints – some deep and

indelible – that are gradually covering our territories. Whether

through extensive monocultivation or excessive coastal

development subjected to seasonal occupation by mass tourism,

it is clear that the main agent for the destruction of landscapes is

often an economic activity. The interdisciplinary partnership set

up within the VISTORIA project aims to propose both a policy

for awareness and protection and an economic strategy that

considers landscape as the cultural aspect of sustainable land use.


To build a permanent partnership to deal with landscape

problems; to set up a theoretical procedure for evaluating

landscapes based on their history; to establish a plan for tourism

based on sustainable land development; to establish a

communication strategy to disseminate the notions of respect

and fragility in line with the principles advocated by the

European Landscape Convention (ELC).


Promotion of local channels for economic use (tourism) of

landscapes, based on respect for the principles advocated by the

ELC; fairer distribution of tourism flows. Economic use of

landscape should entail adoption of initiatives for protection by

all those benefiting from the landscape. In this way measures to

maintain the historical and natural environment – often

unpopular because they are costly – will be seen as investments.


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Vineyards of the world heritage, innovating tourist offers and sustainable development

Themes of cooperation: Heritage, Culture and Tourism

Duration: July 2005 - December 2007

Total budget: 639 000 EUR - ERDF contribution: 387 750 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: Interregional Public Syndicate «Mission Val de Loire» (Centre, FR);

Community of Villages of the Jurisdiction of St Emilion» (Aquitaine, FR); Institute of

Douro and Porto Wines (Norte, PT); World Heritage Association Neusiedlersee

(Burgenland, AT); Ministry of Economy, Transport, Agriculture and Viticulture

(Rheinland-Pfalz, DE); National Park of Cinque Terre¡ (Liguria, IT); World Heritage

Association of Historic Wine Region of Tokaj (Eszak-Magyarorszag, HU)

Lead partner institution: Interregional Public Syndicate «Mission Val de Loire»

Contact person: Myriam Laidet

Address: 81 rue Colbert BP 4322, 37043 Tours Cedex 1, France

Telephone: + 33 247669449 - Fax: + 33 247660218



The interaction over centuries of human activity with plant,

animal and geological elements in Europe’s wine-producing

regions has resulted in unique landscapes of enormous cultural

and scientific value. However, many such regions – even those

recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Sites – find their

landscapes, and the ways of life they support, under threat.

Urbanisation and international competition are making it

increasingly difficult for wine producers to continue to operate,

threatening the valuable heritage their activities support. Local

and regional authorities must therefore find sustainable

economic models for historic wine-producing regions to

guarantee their future.


The goal of the VITOUR project is to develop concrete

strategies to achieve sustainable development for World

Heritage vineyards. Partners aim to improve their management

of the landscape in order to increase the international

competitiveness of their regions and devise innovative tourist

activities to gain access to new sources of revenue.

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VITOUR partners are exchanging know-how in order to identify

the critical requirements for sustainable development in their

regions. The project is ensuring that decision-makers are fully

informed of best practice in the wine and tourism industries

thanks to the participation of private sector representatives.

Partners are defining a plan of action to develop and market

wine tourism internationally and sharing methods and tools to

enhance the quality of regional landscapes. VITOUR is also

raising awareness of the lessons learnt among the wider public

and other regions facing similar challenges.

Towards the end of the project’s lifespan partners will use the

knowledge gathered to produce a charter and action plan to

promote sustainable development in their locality or region.


Voies Navigables d’Europe – Inland Waterways of Europe

Themes of cooperation: Heritage, Culture and Tourism

Duration: January 2005 - December 2007

Total budget: 786 571.43 EUR - ERDF contribution: 407 000 EUR

Norwegian funding contribution: 20 571.43 EUR

Topic for cooperation: INTERREG programmes

Partnership: British Waterways (South East, UK); Flanders Transport Ministry (Reg.

Bruxelles-Cap., BE); Association of Riparian Towns of the Canal de Castille (Castilla y

León, ES); Lombardy Region (Lombardia, IT), Dutch Waterways Foundation (Zuid-

Holland, NL); National Directorate for Environment, Nature & Water (Kozep-

Magyarorszag, HU); Terres de Rivieres Union Association (Aquitaine, FR);

Bremenhaven Tourism Association (Bremen, DE); Varmland County Council (Västs-

Verige, SE);Telemark County (NO)

Lead partner institution: British Waterways

Contact person: Glenn Millar

Address: Willow Grange, Church Road, Watford, WD17 4QA, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 1923201356 - Fax: +44 1923201300



Inland waterways – canals, rivers and lakes – are an important

part of Europe’s heritage, offering a cheap means of transport in

the 18 th and 19 th centuries. As road and rail became more

important, many small canals and navigable rivers lost their

commercial transport role, but they are now being redeveloped

for tourist and recreational purposes. If Europe is to make the

most of its waterways, these uses have to be balanced against

others, such as freight transport, water supply, flood control and

land drainage.


The partners involved in VNE are developing canals, rivers and

lakes for tourism and recreation, promoting their value as

heritage sites, but also taking account of the many different ways

in which they are still used. In the process VNE is seeking to

bring together work that has already been carried out in similar

areas by other INTERREG programmes and to promote the

results to a wider European audience.

VNE is organising a number of meetings for the partners to

share their experience of developing waterways, including a

closing conference to draw out the key lessons of the operation.

It is also piloting the establishment of a waterway observatory, to

assemble data at European level on the role waterways can play

in regional policy as recreation and heritage sites.

As well as developing good practice on waterway development,

VNE is raising awareness of the tourist potential of waterways;

showing how waterway development can be built in to local and

regional strategies; developing a draft pan-European waterway

development policy; and drafting proposals on how waterway

development can be built into EU policies in other sectors.

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European Network of Women Resource Centres

Themes of cooperation: Employment, Social Inclusion, Human Resources and


Duration: July 2003 - January 2006

Total budget: 1 351 950 EUR - ERDF contribution: 776 663 EUR

Topic for cooperation: Other appropriate subjects

Partnership: County Administrative Board of Gävleborg (Norra Mellansverige, SE);

EUROIMPRESA Legnano SCRL (Lombardia, IT); Business Innovation Centre of

Navarra (Navarra, ES); City Council of Viladecans (Cataluña, ES); Region of Sardinia

– Presidency (Sardegna, IT); Municipality of Barletta (Puglia, IT); Zographou Municipal

Enterprise of Development (DEADIZ) (Attiki, GR); Province of Venice (Veneto, IT);

City Council of Molfetta (Puglia, IT); Municipality of Teskand (HU); CNIDFF, National

Centre of Information and Documentation for Women and Families (Ile de France,

FR); Equal Opportunities Ombudsman Office (LT); Province of Lecco (Lombardia,

IT); North Karelia Polytechnic (Itä-Suomi, FI); County Administrative Board of

Västernorrland (Mellersta Norrland, SE); Livani District Council (LV); Municipality of

Sykies (Kentriki Makedonia, GR)

Lead partner institution: County Administrative Board of Gävleborg

Contact person: Ingrid Siksio - Address: Borgmästarplan, 80170 Gävle, Sweden

Telephone: +46 26171270 - Fax: +46 26171364

Email: - Website:


One important objective of the European Community is the

elimination of inequalities and the promotion of equality

between men and women. Although considerable progress has

been made in recent years, in day-to-day life women and men

still do not enjoy equal rights.This makes gender equality still an

important issue in many areas, including regional development.

The idea for this cooperation came from the experience of six

previous European interregional cooperation projects. Cofinanced

by the Recite II Programme, these projects have

created Women Resource Centres (WRCs) in eleven EU

Member States in order to support local and regional

development by promoting the integration of women in

economic, social and political life. Dealing with the same topic in

different parts of Europe, the WRCs need a platform for

exchanging knowledge, best practice and experiences that help

them to improve their performance.


W.IN.NET aims to create a network of local, regional and

national Women Resource Centres in order to support them in

promoting the role of women in local and regional

development.The network wishes to improve the efficiency and

transparency of these organisations and consequently the

policies and tools for equal opportunities between women and

men. Five thematic sub-networks have been set up within

W.IN.NET: 1. WRCs - Quality indicators and modelling;

2. Women entrepreneurs; 3. Territorial system on gender

equality and local development; 4.Women facing difficulties and

social exclusion; 5. Women and technology.

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This cooperation results in a sustainable network of European

Women Resource Centres with integrated competencies of all

the regional and local authorities involved.The activities that are

being carried out in the five thematic sub-networks, e.g.

seminars, study visits and workshops, improve the management

and marketing of WRCs. Quality standards for WRCs are

defined; best practices are exchanged. This helps to develop

better tools and methodologies for the integration of gender

equality policies into employment and social policies, as well as

local and regional development policies.





Joint Technical Secretariat

Investitionsbank Schleswing-Holstein

Grubenstrasse, 20 -18055 Rostock, Germany

Phone + 49 381454845279

Fax +49 381454845282


Joint Technical Secretariat

Conseil Régional Nord - Pas de Calais

24, Boulevard Carnot - 3ª étage - 59800 Lille, France

Phone + 33 328381111

Fax +33 328381115


Joint Technical Secretariat

City of Vienna - Department for EU-Funding

Museumstraße, 3/A/III - 1070 Vienna, Austria

Phone + 43 1400076142

Fax +43 140009976141



Joint Technical Secretariat

Generalitat Valenciana

Calle Cronista Carreres 11, 4ª - 46003 Valencia, Spain

Phone + 34 963153340

Fax +34 963153347


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