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ARISE - ACCESS TO RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE FOR INNOVATIVE SMES innovation
ARISE will address the reduction of barriers for innovating SMEs by improving access to research infrastructure and specific equipment, will facilitate trans-national cooperation of scientific institutions and national/regional authorities and will develop better innovation support instruments. Special focus will be given to Key Enabling Technologies of Europe. SMEs are drivers of innovation in Europe. However, especially small companies and start-ups do not possess the equipment needed to perform research work. Vice versa, in many research institutes and universities specific research equipment is available but often not fully used. ARISE will stimulate the use of R&I capacities by SMEs.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results ARISE will - form a network of scientific institutions providing information on and access to research infrastructure, laboratories and technical equipment to research performing and innovating SMEs, - develop and implement a joint initiative of national or regional R&I funding authorities to support SMEs in making use of research infrastructure and equipment abroad, - establish a Transnational Forum representing authorities, science and the economy to discuss future investments in research infrastructure and cutting-edge equipment and to ensure the efficient use of financial resources, - work on harmonisation of the regulatory framework in the participating countries with regard to access to research infrastructure and technical equipment, eligibility of costs in Grant Agreements, liability, Intellectual Property Rights, etc.
Partners involved Fraunhofer Society HHI (Lead Applicant), Helmholtzgemeinschaft DESY
Partners requested - national/regional authorities or agencies responsible for SME support instruments and/or funding of Research and Innovation, - scientific institutions who intend to provide access for SMEs to research infrastructure or specific equipment, - public and private service suppliers working as "hinge joints" between science and economy e.g. EEN partners
Follow up of the project ARISE is a project concept which will be applied in several Programme Areas to reach a wide coverage across Europe. It takes up good practice made in the ScienceLink project of the Baltic Sea Region and other actions.
Idea owner Holger Zeiser
Institution H.Zeiser - Consultants & Engineers
Country Germany
Last update 12 May 2014
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FOCUSED APPLIED RESEARCH FOR NOVEL BIOCONTROL AGENT COMMERCIALIZATION innovation
Aim: To commercialize novel fungal-based biocontrol preparations and bring down their cost via innovative applied research. Opportunity: Many interesting, novel and innovative ideas are being born every day at public research institutions. Issue: Most of those ideas never see the light of day either through lack of financing of research or because of non-existing entrepreneurship environment. Problem: This issue will not be solved by making good researchers into average or mediocre businessmen (or women).
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results The main activities will include: - Networking, especially connecting researchers with entrepreneurs. - Providing business and legal assistance to researchers. - Providing safe, family friendly work environment for promising young researchers. - Formulation of a strategy to decrease the brain drain from Slovenia. By providing legal and business assistance, as well as provide a safe, family friendly work environment for researchers, we will build a viable environment for commercialization of innovations from the fields of biotechnology and agronomy.
Partners involved Kmetijski Inštitut Slovenje = Agricultural Institute of Slovenia; www.kis.si
Partners requested A private company (preferably an SME in growing phase) interested in commercialization and co-financing of applied research of novel fungal-based biocontrol agents.
Follow up of the project This proposal is a follow-up of a project with ‘Rhizoshield’ (2012-2013), funded by the Swiss federal government through a scholarship scheme Sciex. In the aforementioned project we assessed many fungal strains for their entomopathogenic potential. Now is the time to go into more applied research, focusing on mass-production and formulation technologies. And of course, evaluation of the work already done from a business perspective.
Idea owner Jaka Razinger
Institution Kmetijski inštitut Slovenije
Country Slovenia
Last update 19 May 2014
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USE AND APPLICATION OF INDUSTRIAL “3R” BIOCHAR & COMPOST PRODUCTION IN AGRICULTURE innovation
The 3R Recycle-Reduce-Reuse project idea is to promote practical knowledge transfer from applied science into true value industrial practice in the field of added value processing, recycling/reuse of agricultural/food industrial by-products and the safe use of biochar/compost products in the central European region. Today, the knowledge about biochar is almost entirely based on basic science laboratory experiments, which results are often not relevant and/or compatible with agricultural industrial reality/SME farmer practice. Therefore, it is crucial to build bridge links/ synergies between SME enterprises, R&D centres, higher education and establish industrial replication model/practice under true value industrial, field and real market conditions. It is important to develop stream of knowledge transfer to steer agriculture towards resource-saving agricultural crop production, rural area bio-economy, promote social and environmental developments, most importantly in the field of protecting soil of food crop production, subsurface water and biodiversity. The 3R zero emission biochar production/application training/technology transfer center will implement SME farmer education, specialized training, ecoinnovative low-carbon technology and know-how transfer. The goal is to improve specialized skills and entrepreneurial competences in the field of reducing mineral fertilizers and chemicals use in agriculture by biochar/compost products in the central European regions
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results The 3R is expansion of the biochar field-demonstration and applied research laboratory in Hungary, that is already having industrial utilities and biochar production Authority permits available. Scale up biochar industrial replication model is planned to build up with 20000t/y food-grade-animal-bone throughput, with ABC Animal Bone bioChar output for organic-phosphorous-fertilizer and environment protective adsorbent applications. The 3R center operations will make SME farmers “show-me-how-to-make-it?” available, a knowledge base technology transfer, training and practical operation schedule for biochar production/applications under true value industrial conditions. Operated multi lingual in EN-IT-PL-HU languages, but in key documentations other central-European languages also interlinked, plus FR-DE-ES. Results: established specific skills, bio-based economy and SME farmer knowledge competences in the field of advanced biochar systems for reducing mineral fertilizers and chemicals use
Partners involved • Terra Humana Ltd. Hungary www.agrocarbon.com • IUNG Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation www.iung.pulawy.pl • University of Torino, Centro di Competenza per l'Innovazione in Campo Agro-ambientale Agroinnova http://www.unito.it • MTA TTK Hungarian Academy of Science, Research Center for Natural Sciences, Institute of Materials and Environmental Chemistry IMEC, Environmental Chemistry Research Group http://www.ttk.mta.hu/en
Partners requested Agro industrial and/or financial investor partner(s) from EU 28 for ABC Animal Bone bioChar industrial production replication model and training facility set up in Hungary and interlink wide range of diversified stakeholders, most importantly SME farmer partners and MS permit Authority legal bodies from Central Europe, but from other EU 28 as well
Follow up of the project • RTD: EU FP5 NNE5/363/2001 (biochar field demonstration plant RTD, 2002-2005) • FIELD DEMO: EU FP6 PROTECTOR 514082 (biochar products RTD and field demonstration testing, 2005-2009) • POLICY & LAW HARMONIZATION: EU FP7 289785 REFERTIL (biochar products EU policy FERTILIZER REGULATION revision support, product safety evaluation and demonstration in EU wide climatic and soil conditions, 2011-2015) • 2015 - Now it is time to convert science of knowledge based bioeconomy into industrial practice and improve skill and entrepreneurial competences by set up the 3R biochar industrial replication model for SME farmer training and education under real industrial conditions.
Idea owner Edward Someus
Institution TERRA HUMANA Clean Technology Development, Engineering and Manufacturing Ltd.
Country Hungary
Last update 26 May 2014
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SEMINARS FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARENESS DEVELOPMENT IN THE CENTRAL EUROPEAN REGION innovation
In the recent years the member states of the European Union have prepared their Smart specialization strategies, these strategies identified the key sectors which have outstanding growth potential in the European regions. The aim of the project is to contribute to the competitiveness of the young generations of Europe, with the development of their skills and competencies and to improve the cooperation between the related actors. The project is focusing on the development of entrepreneurial skills and business knowledge and the project want to create critical mass in the specified sectors of the Smart Specialization Strategies. We want to reach the development of the target groups with new, innovative teaching methods, due to that we would like to provide them modern, innovative and practical knowledge. We expect the project will increase the entrepreneurial spirit in the target group, contributing to the establishment of youth enterprises, the spread of self-employment and the reduction of youth unemployment. In the framework of the project the knowledge transfer has been established by the newly developed innovative teaching methods with the support of the actor of the local business, academic and start-up sphere.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results - Strengthen the international cooperation and the development of best practices; - Creation of standardized, innovative teaching methods and knowledge in the framework of the project; - Organising interactive seminar sessions; - Development of entrepreneurship; - Promotion of entrepreneurial way of thinking; - Facilitate the establishment of new companies.
Partners involved Regional Innovation Agency of South Great Plain APU
Partners requested NGOs who have experiences in the addressed problem area; Innovation Agencies who are taking active role in the field of smart specialization and education
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Ferenc Bagdi
Institution Regional Innovation Agency of South Great Plain APU
Country Hungary
Last update 04 March 2015
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IMPROVE INNOVATION-ORIENTED INTERACTION AT REGIONAL AND TRANSREGIONAL LEVEL innovation
The aim of the project is to strengthen regional innovation systems in Central Europe. The performance of such systems depends from their regional pre-conditions. Most of the metropolitan areas have well established innovation systems whereas less developed areas are missing strong innovation drivers. By means of the project gaps of the innovation process should be identified and closed. The project aims to decrease the disparity of the innovation performance between the involved CE regions.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results At the beginning of the project the efficiency of the regional innovation systems will be investigated by questionnaires and interviews. This approach will focus on the innovation level and the needs of SME’s on the one hand and the service offers of regional research and transfer facilities on the other hand. The determined strengths and weaknesses of the regional innovation system will be evaluated. The goal is to establish regional action plans for the future development of the innovation system. Innovation projects focused on new or improved products and processes as well as organizational projects will be initiated by the regional partnership of innovation drivers. The project will involve already existing European tools and programs, for examples the LEONARDO program or the program ERASMUS for Young Entrepreneur to stimulate the transnational collaboration between the partner regions. Best practice examples will be used for the transnational exchange of experiences.
Partners involved At this stage no partners are involved.
Partners requested We are looking for partners with expertise in technology transfer and innovation support. Partners should be in the position to establish an innovation advisory service. Innovation centers and agencies, chambers as well as innovation oriented departments of public bodies are welcome.
Follow up of the project The planned project is a follow up project of the CE-project PROINCOR (Pro Active Innovation support for SMEs in the corridor from the Baltic to the Mediterian Sea). Innovation audits were carried out in about 400 SMEs. Product and process development project were launched. The innovation management of a high numbers of SMEs was improved. The follow up project is not only focused on the company level. In addition the regional innovation systems should be improved according the needs of the regional SMEs. Furthermore the transregional collaboration should be improved by means of already existing European exchange programs.
Idea owner Jürgen Besold
Institution TGZ Bautzen GmbH
Country Germany
Last update 10 June 2014
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2020 EU TOWNS innovation
The project aims to create a network of European cities that starting from a bottom-up approach, are able to collect local needs and ideas on how to improve their cities. Starting from there, local enterprises will be called to develop or simply present (in case they are already existing) their solutions to make cities smart, sustainable and inclusive. Different types/sizes of cities will be taken into consideration, in order to develop different models of 2020 European cities, adaptable to different contexts. Mapping different cities, in fact, will made more usable final guidelines, that will propose a peer to peer approach available for all kind of cities. Innovative learning systems will be proposed such as shadowing and mentoring online platform, contributing to local and transnational capacity building and to advancing social innovation.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results Initial mapping of the cities Involvement of citizens and local associations Preparation of a list of solutions and adoption of them, in pilot areas Preparation of final guide lines
Partners involved Municipality of Vicenza Municipality of Osijek and potentially Regional Development Agency of Vojvodina and Baranja (Croatia) Municipality of Pforzheim (Baden-Württemberg - Germany) Czestochowa (Poland)
Partners requested Cities – Chambers of Commerce – Development Agencies
Follow up of the project The project will be a prosecution (in-depth analysis) of a Europe for Citizen project to be submitted during Summer 2014
Idea owner Giovanna Brunelli
Institution EPC srl
Country Italy
Last update 13 June 2014
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AETEPS - ADOPTING EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR innovation
To bridge the gap between fast developing innovation driven technologies and their potential users from public sector.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results AETEPS will form a network of institutions which would facilitate adoption of emerging technologies in the public sector and thus meeting a new societal needs and challenges. The aim is to develop a joint initiative of R&D / SME technological innovators as a drivers of innovation with researchers as facilitators of knowledge transfer and with different bodies of public sector as a users of new tools stemming from emerging technologies. The tripple-helix approach is utilised. The project idea is in contrast with usuall approaches focused on private capitalisation of emerging technologies. In such approaches the public sector is often the latest adopter of innovations from emerging technologies if they are adopted at all. In AETEPS project public sector is 'brought to the front' and thus can be an early-adopter of innovations stemming from emerging technologies.
Partners involved Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Partners requested - regional / national authorities representing public sector and willing to be users of frontier technologies - innovative SMEs which brings a new emerging technologies into praxis - scientific institutions who have skill and capacity of knowledge transfer into public sector - innovation centres as hubs of knowledge sharing
Follow up of the project The project AETEPS is a new idea.
Idea owner Martin Šimon
Institution Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic
Country Czech Republic
Last update 18 June 2014
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SUPPORTING LOCAL ENTERPRISES IN THE GREEN INNOVATION MANAGEMENT innovation
Promoting the large scale introduction of eco-innovation model analysis at enterprise networks level, with the purpose of stimulating targeted investment to green the industrial supply chain. This is considered a functional step towards a steeply progressive reduction of environmental stress factors determined by the industrial system, in particular the greenhouse gases emitted during the industrial processes. Such approach is consistent with the Product Environmental Footprint / Organization Environmental Footprint demo-tests that are actually under development by the European Commission and that should lead to obligatory or voluntary certification standards from 2017. Therefore, the project should help regional economic clusters to line up their environmental standards with the new EC mainstreaming. The purpose is the involvement of specific local economic sectors and its whole supply chain (row material providers -industry - retailers). About the economic sectors represented in the project, they should be identified among those chosen by the CE regional “smart specialisation” strategies, currently under development. In this sense, the idea is to have in the project some different productive sectors (es: mechanical, agrofood, living and building etc…) that are consider crucial for the Central Europe regions.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results Demo tests to sustain a widespread innovation and the diffusion of innovative services aimed to increasing the competitiveness and the efficiency of the entrepreneurial systems and favouring the introduction of innovations in the productive, organizational and commercial processes Involvement of top enterprises with outstanding expertise in the tackled field, that will stimulate SMEs to incorporate in the production phase the best environmental standards Development of simulator to evaluate all environmental footprint scenarios
Partners involved Regional authorities, industrial associations, R&D at IT level - Partnership under construction
Partners requested - Business support centres and agencies, technology intermediaries and technology/ knowledge transfer institutions from the CE area; - Chambers, business collective organisations and associations - National, regional and local authorities and their regional branches and institutions dealing with research, innovation, industrial policy, SMEs, training etc.;
Follow up of the project N/A
Idea owner Marta Krakowiak
Institution Euris srl
Country Italy
Last update 18 June 2014
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SRMC STRENGTHENING RESILIENCE IN MIDDLE SIZE CITIES innovation
A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of Agglomeritis. In particular well trained, mobile, young women tend to perceive non-agglomeration-areas as a non-liveable territory, fleeing towards metropolitan cities. This is a problem of mental mapping, prior to hard facts such as labour market or marriage market. Imaginations are antecedent to structures. Since the vast majority of Central European population resides in non-metropolitan areas, the phenomenon of “agglomeritis” is one of the most relevant problems in the Programme Area. In these regions, classical market rules for finding qualified employees and for finding entrepreneurial successors, won’t grip anymore. A negative circulation for local collapsing has started. Without driving actors in the next generation, too, motivated to enact democratic citizenry,
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results The SRMC partners aim to develop a new European approach for the problem, which originates in the imaginary worlds of young driving actors. SRMC’ action plans, recommendations, and the final Handbook Strengthening Resilience in Middle Size Cities will take into account their expectations, customs, and habits, adressing directly the mental push factors including the perceived or real lack of urban flair. SRMC will analyze in all partner regions the approaches to win anew (respectively not to loose, respectively to rewin) young well trained creative people, especially women, undertaken up to now by administrations, enterprises and chamber of commerces. SRMC will establish new devices for the mental mapping of the regions involved.. SRMC will work out a handbook with recommendations for policy, administrations, chambers of commerce, enterprises, and civic society. In all participating regions, the SRMC approach goes beyond existing practice and creates a new sector for public and private
Partners involved In each region we combine Regional Administration, Enterprises Network (Chambers of Commerce or similar), Science, and Civic Society through regular SRMC partnership and associate partnership.
Partners requested research completed
Follow up of the project Base of SRMC are several years research of an international community of practitioners and academic experts, which we are now going to set into operational practice. See e.g. Vogt, Matthias Theodor; Feuerbach, Frank; Valvodova; Veronika; Kranich, Kai (2015): Bericht über das Dialogprojekt „Stärkung der Resilienz in Mittelstädten– Informationsaustausch regionaler Akteure (SRMS)“. Görlitz 01/2015 See also Frank Seibel im Gespräch mit Matthias Theodor Vogt, Sächsische Zeitung Dresden, 22.10.2015 Chmielewski, Adam (2014): Uses of Art in the Urban Space [manuscript] Vogt, Matthias Theodor (2014): Entwicklungspfade der Sächsischen Kulturräume. Eine Vorstudie des Instituts für kulturelle Infrastruktur Sachsen. Dresden und Görlitz, 8. Mai 2014. see pp. 60-62 (Szenario III) Vogt, Matthias Theodor; Zimmermann, Olaf (ed., 2013): Verödung? Kulturpolitische Gegenstrategien. Beiträge zur Tagung 22./23. November 2013 in Görlitz. Veranstalter: Deutscher Kulturrat und Institut für kulturelle Infrastruktur Sachsen. Edition kulturelle Infrastruktur, Görlitz und Berlin 2013. www.kulturrat.de/dokumente/veroedung.pdf Vogt, Matthias Theodor; Plebańczyk, Katarzyna; Squillante, Massimo; Alperyte, Irena (editors, 2012): Brain Gain through Culture? Researching the Development of Middle Size Cities in Poland, Lithuania, Italy, Hungary, Germany, and France. Proceedings of the International Study Week Görlitz 2012 and of the Students’ Moot Court at the Landgericht Görlitz. Görlitz 2012. http://kultur.org/images//brain_gain_2012_130226.pdf Vogt, Matthias Theodor; Sokol, Jan; Ociepka, Beate; Pollack, Detlef; Mikołajczyk, Beata (ed): Die periphere Mitte Europas. Schriften des Collegium PONTES II. Verlag Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main etc. 2009
Idea owner Prof. Dr. Dr. Matthias Theodor Vogt
Institution Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz
Country Germany
Last update 13 March 2015
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SOCIAL INNOVATION FOR MOST AFFECTED BY DEMOGRAPHIC AND CLIMATE CHANGE - SINNC2 innovation
The world is changing: Climatic, demographic, technologically and from the worldwide economy network point of view! The results are new situations for all stakeholders. Threads and chances are transforming and asking for new solutions. Social and process innovations are approaches to find new solutions for society. The transformation process is leading into dramatically problems which on the other hand are business opportunities. From a NGO perspective it is important to ensure that those businesses are following ethical standards like access for all, availability, voluntariness, achievability, sustainability and as few spill over affects as possible. The project aims to analyse the results of the transformation process and the business potential. Systemic risk analysis should show the most vulnerable areas of modern societies.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results Innovative business models in different areas on the basic of ethical standards will be defined: The increasing disaster related economy branches, handcraft-, ICT-, transport companies etc. A network of related stakeholders will be developed. Through a design thinking process new methods, services, approaches and products should follow out of the project.
Partners involved not yet
Partners requested NGO, disaster related economy branche, handcraft-, ICT-, transport companies, Governmental Organisations, Universities
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Christian Haberfellner
Institution European Entrepreneurship & Management Research Group
Country Austria
Last update 16 February 2015
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CERE-ECO - CENTRAL EUROPEAN REGIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP ECO-SYSTEMS innovation
According to the CE Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan (‘Reigniting the entrepreneurial spirit in Europe’) Europe needs more entrepreneurs. In contrast, the main finding of the Flash Eurobarometer 354 (2012) (‘Entrepreneurship in the EU and beyond’) the number of citizens who want to be self-employed is decreasing: “Self-employment is a less popular option than it was in 2009, with a clear majority in the EU now favouring work as an employee.” How to tackle the dilemma: on the one hand the strategic need for entrepreneurship and on the other hand the diminishing individual interest in becoming an entrepreneur? The Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan proposes three Action Pillars to reignite the entrepreneurial spirit in Europe: Action Pillar 1: Entrepreneurial education and training to support growth and business creation Action Pillar 2: Create an environment where entrepreneurs can flourish and grow Action Pillar 3: Role models and reaching out to specific groups CERE-eco will develop, implement, pilot, and lay the foundations for successful and sustainable regional entrepreneurship ecosystems by providing the necessary tools and strategies and by including the essential partners without whose active support robust entrepreneurship is not possible.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results CERE-eco will combine three types of partners with different areas of competence: (1) education/training for Pillars 1 & 3; (2) SME (ENN) support partners for Pillar 2; (3) policy partners to influence and change regional/national development plans. PHASE 1: Educational/training partners will develop transnational entrepreneurial education training tools, strategies, and action plans in different business cultures and all levels of education including strategies to use European entrepreneurs as role models. PHASE 2: SME (ENN) support partners will develop transnational strategies and action plans to minimise the obstacles that impede entrepreneurial creation and growth. PHASE 3: Phases 1 & 2 will be implemented and piloted leading to improvements. PHASE 4: CERE-eco will involve the relevant regional and national stakeholders in order to provide direct support and feeding into concrete future initiatives for comprehensive regional entrepreneurship eco-systems
Partners involved (1) European Office, Vienna Board of Education (AT); (2) The City of Stuttgart (DE); (3) The Stuttgart Media University (DE); (4) Region of Veneto, Directorate of Labour (IT)
Partners requested Country: All CE member states Governance level: Per partner region two partners: both partners must cover together the following competences: policy; education/training; comprehensive SME support (ENN). Activity sector: Competence to influence (policy) and implement (expert) transversal entrepreneurship education in the region/county and to define the sustainable role of transversal entrepreneurship education in the region/country. Examples: regional/national governments, regional/national boards of education, universities, adult education and training facilities.
Follow up of the project CERE-eco is the logical follow up to and further development of the CENTRAL EUROPE projects: ET-struct (2CE273P1) and i.e. SMART (4CE429P1). The link to the two projects is that ET-struct built up permanent regional management structures involving entities from regional educational/training, the labour market, and policy decision-makers. Based on these regional management structures, i.e. SMART implemented regional SMART points of competence and excellence to train transversal entrepreneurship. CERE-eco will move these results forward and develop an overall concept to support all three Action Pillars of the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan and hence influence concrete future initiatives regarding the improvement of skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions.
Idea owner Stuart Simpson
Institution Vienna Board of Education
Country Austria
Last update 25 June 2014
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CEVETT - CENTRAL EUROPE VET TRAINER innovation
The development of transnational trading and business goes along with the mobility of staff. Creating a mobility culture at the stage of the stakeholders/ knowledge multiplier of teachers and trainers in vocational education and (further) training is the background for this project. The overall idea of the project is to popularise cross-border mobility culture within teachers and trainers in vocational education and (further) training, leading to better recognition of Central Europe as a common labour market and interregional education network. Promoting mobility to this target groups will result in better mobility culture on the labour market (students become future employees). The project aims at integrating educational institutions and companies located in the Central Europe region to increase transparency of the educational models and programmes for selected professions among partners, and hence to strengthen their competences.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results - comparative analysis of the labour market and education sector concerning general conditions and potentials in the regions - specific comparative analyses of the education systems concerning the competences, professionalism and mobility of teachers and trainers in vocational education and (further) training in all involved regions - based on the analyses, the partners will develop courses for education of teachers and trainers in vocational education and (further) training - while developing the courses, study visits for the teachers and trainers in vocational education and (further) training will be organised to raise common understanding of the education systems in the regions - the courses will include cultural background elements and cross-regional teaching methods - the courses will combine diversified teaching methods (direct learning via observatory/study visits and summer schools, e-learning and parallel teaching) - finally, the courses will be tested on a group of students
Partners involved - University of Rostock, Chair for Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship Education (Germany) - DAA Stiftung/ DAA GmbH (Germany) - LIEBHERR (Germany) - ECOVIS (Germany)
Partners requested companies, universities, VET trainings institutions from Central Europe regions
Follow up of the project - COHAB (South Baltic Programme) - RegFood (South Baltic Programme) - bwp-kom3 (Federal Ministry of Education and Research Germany)
Idea owner Andreas Diettrich
Institution University of Rostock
Country Germany
Last update 25 June 2014
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INTERSYST - INTERREGIONAL STRATEGIES AND INNOVATION SYSTEMS FOR HUMAN CAPACITY BUILDING, MOBILITY OF PROFESSIONALS AND COMPETENCY DEVELOPMENT innovation
The overall idea of the project is to increase labour force mobility and to enhance cooperation of labour market actors in Central Europe. The project aims at increasing and intensifying cross-border cooperation of job centres and other labour market stakeholders, raising among them the knowledge about employment conditions in the Central Europe countries, developing cross-border job information and promotion concepts, and joint concepts and measures to build the capacity of labour market actors. These aims should result in formulation of the strategies for making the Central Europe labour markets more accessible.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results - an analytical part: general statistical analysis of the current situation of the Central Europe labour markets, analysis of barriers for labour mobility and future qualification demands in the involved regions (incl. concluding report, case studies analysis during cross-border workshops and creating knowledge database) - cross-border workshops involving labour market representatives into exchange of good practices and successful labour market tools and adaptation of the tools to the needs of particular regions - developing promotion concepts for employment in the Central Europe region at regional and cross-border level - organising “careers days” in the involved regions and facilitating formal agreements with business for cross-border internships and with universities writing master thesis abroad - developing, testing and evaluating e-learning curricula focused on improving intercultural competences of job centres staff, students and company managers
Partners involved - University of Rostock, Chair for Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship Education (Germany) - DAA Stiftung/ DAA GmbH (Germany)
Partners requested companies, universities, VET trainings institutions, chambers, political and administrative institutions from Central Europe regions
Follow up of the project - COHAB (South Baltic Programme) - RegFood (South Baltic Programme) - bwp-kom3 (Federal Ministry of Education and Research Germany)
Idea owner Andreas Diettrich
Institution University of Rostock
Country Germany
Last update 03 July 2014
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CEURI CENTRAL EUROPEAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE innovation
The aim of CEURI is to promote science and innovation especially in Central Europe (CE). Setting up this group is the first step to establish in the end a high profile Research Institute funded by the Central European EU-member states. CEURI will be a partner for research organization of larger EU countries on the same footing. Based on the long tradition of scientific exchange between CE countries the integration of the Central European region into a common scientific infrastructure seems feasible and strongly desirable. CEURI will entail only research institutes with the highest scientific merits and will share the results with SME and industries in the participating CE countries. In a first step existing high level Research Institutes could participate where they will share some common organizational structures like Scientific Advisory Boards, PhD and PostDoc Programs, selection committees for hiring etc.. These “national” institutes are an “in-kind” contribution to the ERIC formed by the respective EU-member state. The high scientific standards are evaluated regularly and non performing institutes are graced out. CEURI also offers the possibility to invest in new upcoming scientific areas and share the knowledge between the members. Possible synergies will be to cover more different scientific areas, to have a better coordination between the scientific portfolios, to give access across borders.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results 1.)Set up a discussion platform on LinkedIn 2.)Identify supporters of the CEURI idea 3.)Organise a founding meeting for CEURI eg. as a “Verein” 4.)Identify interested research organisations who would like to join an informal network 5.)Identify outstanding research institutes nationally and supra-nationally to form the “virtual” CEURI 6.)In the case of success negotiate between EU member countries the rules and set up of an ERIC 7.)Identify strengths and weaknesses in research of the interested countries
Partners involved none
Partners requested CE Countries Regional Science and Research Build up Virtual Research Infrastructure to be transferred to a real entity
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner Gerhard Schadler
Institution Federal Ministery for Science Research and Economy
Country Austria
Last update 03 July 2014
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INNOLOGISTICS - ECONOMICAL AND SOCIAL INNOVATION FOR SMES OPERATING IN LOGISTICS OUTSOURCING innovation
The aim of the Project is to develope innovative solutions that are vital for increasing efficiency and competitiveness of SMEs and their employees. The developed innovative method may be later used in cooperation with companies’ clients and partners. Other important matter is adjustment of SMEs development processes to European standards (cohesion of SME action with those mentioned In EU strategies). The aim of the Project is also to build a technological base and promotion of innovative initiatives.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results 1.Creating a database of SMEs operating In logistics services area in consortium member countries; 2.Research of SMEs innovations – where and how should the be implemented; 3.Good practices exchange via platform (sort of Open Access); 4.E-learning courses for SMEs operating In logistics outsourcing (new marketing methods, enterprise processes optimalisation, etc.); 5.Training and consulting programme for logistics outsourcing start-ups. 6. Creating logistics cluster.
Partners involved PHIN Consulting (Poland); Technical University from Łódź (Poland)
Partners requested SMEs, institutions supporting SMEs, Universities, Business Agencies - as well other institutions which would find an area to add some tasks
Follow up of the project We present a novel project which is not a follow-up.
Idea owner Monika Martyka
Institution PHIN Consulting
Country Poland
Last update 09 July 2014
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DEVELOPMENT PROSPECTS FOR RURAL SPACES innovation
Rural spaces have growth potential that needs to be recognized and thereby developed. Universities and non-university research institutes located in large cities have the necessary resources and infrastructure to help give rural spaces the chance to develop and grow. We see rural tourism, decentralized energy supply, the establishment of certain areas of the creative industries in rural spaces, and organic farming as all potential drivers of development in rural areas. Even so, increasing problems caused by the impact of demographic trends and policy responses could danger the guarantee of basic functions in rural areas such as transport, shopping, cultural activities, health care, etc. Especially in these areas, new creative approaches that reflect the nature of innovation are needed. Universities and research institutes located in cities are required to cooperate with local actors to solve development problems in rural areas. That is why we are looking for such partners like universities that contribute to solving development problems in rural areas, civil society organizations engaged in rural issues, and also institutions that promote trade and industry that are committed to this field.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results The next challenge that we want to emphasize in the context of development of various sectors of rural areas is the need to create the conditions and framework necessary for self-employment within the overall social context. For example, when potential entrepreneurs are not given the necessary tools and supported through education and training programs, their enthusiasm for self-employment and independence is limited. We want to involve networks of those engaged in rural development and growth, to organize concrete activities in areas previously outlined, to develop synergies from the collaboration of institutions that engage in different European countries under various conditions, and to see all previous tasks as a challenge.
Partners involved In discussion with appropriate organizations (e.g. universities)
Partners requested Universities, civil society organizations, institutions.
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Elena Rubtsova
Institution Center for regional strategies (registered association)
Country Germany
Last update 04 December 2014
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GAMED – ACADEMY OF GAMIFICATION GAMIFICATION FOR SUSTAINABLE EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS innovation
Main goal: Inclusion of gamification at different levels of education as an effective tool and innovative learning system for the development of creativity and an entrepreneurial mind-set. Problems: 1. Low level of pro-entrepreneurial and creative competences of students and as a result: of labour market 2. Mismatch tools used in education to labor market needs – domination of lecturing and direct instructions 3. Lack or deeply unsatisfying flow of innovations and best practices from business to education Opportunities: 1. Transfer of Innovation and know how 2. Development and implementation of strategies and tools based on gamification as an innovative educational method 3. Improvement of creativity and entrepreneurial mind-sets on different levels of education 4. Cross-sectorial cooperation for innovative learning: to promote and strengthening new social relationships and collaboration between education and business Benefits of gamification method: increasing competences of students: attitudes, skills, creativity and entrepreneurial mind-set as well as knowledge through: growth of motivation and engagement of the students, systematic learning, decision making about how to learn, shift from memory-learning, change of the role of teacher, developing: critical thinking and problem-solving skills, Networking and leadership through good effect, agility and flexibility, Initiative and entrepreneurship, effective communication.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results I PHASE • Research and exchange of information on methodology gamification and activities carried out in each country, if there are any. • International conference – exchange of experience, research – diagnosis of the needs II PHASE • Workshops about gamification method and activity ideas • Creation of local/regional/international gamification activities, including creation of digital tools supporting gamification • Implementing local/regional/international gamification activities for all levels of education – involvement of local SME III PHASE • Evaluation of the effectiveness of implemented gamificated activities, measuring the increase of pre-entrepreneurial competences • Guidelines and best practices • Elaborating recommendations for entities responsible for education in partner countries
Partners involved Local schools in Gdańsk City, City of Gdańsk, non-formal group of school and academic teachers.
Partners requested Formal and informal educational institutions, Companies, Ngo’s, incubators, regional authorities, municipalities, universities, public sector
Follow up of the project No. It’s build on experience and resources gained while implementing local pilot projects (not EU funding) gratifying entrepreneurial lessons in secondary and high schools and on collaboration with Polish university teachers that gamify their courses.
Idea owner Kinga Kuczynska
Institution Gdansk Entrepreneurship Foundation
Country Poland
Last update 19 December 2014
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BFB BE FAMILIAR WITH BUSINESS innovation
The project idea is about promoting capacities in female people to manage situation of business and finance. We are sure that women can be a plus in the development of our economies but they are aren't still able to cope with issues related to money and finance
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results The planned activities are knowledge of potential in each area partner, research on resources already disposable, training, coaching and mentoring made by men-managers The results could be a more effective management, more trust and awareness in own capacities, an increased number of female entrepreneurs
Partners involved one in Slovenia and one in Croatia
Partners requested I am looking for social partners and for research centres of banks in different regions
Follow up of the project
Idea owner giovanna roiatti
Institution associazione
Country Italy
Last update 08 January 2015
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GAME – INNOVATIVE LEARNING SYSTEM TO IMPROVE COLLABORATION BETWEEN EDUCATION AND BUSINESS innovation
The project faces the problem of high number of employees aged over 50 who are not qualified with regard to the requirements related to the development of technology and innovations in the economy. Ageing society and reduction in the number of employees require new approach in human resources management. Due to the fact that the number of young who enter the job market drops, it becomes necessary to encourage older people to remain in the company even after they reach the retirement age. There is no reason that their leave was sudden and definite. For both parties it may prove to be purposeful to maintain employment e.g. in proportion of working time, or for the time of specific tasks' implementation. In order to maintain the current number of people who work in economy it seems necessary to activate older people, both at working and post-working age. Furthermore, it is important to increase competences of employees of public institutions and associations, which task is to ensure support and care over older people. The main objective of the project is to increase the professional activity and growth in self-employment and the employment of older people. In addition, the objective of the project is to raise knowledge and abilities of employees and entrepreneurs from the SME's sector with regard to creation of the game-learning applications, simulation games and their efficient use.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results The project plans appropriate activities which are addressed to each of target groups. The project covers 4 groups of recipients. In accordance to the stage of the project it is planned to participate: owners of SMEs enterprises and staff responsible for human resources management, IT engineers, game-learning methodologists, staff from local government units from the Capital City of Warsaw (e.g. social assistance homes, daytime assistance homes and social welfare centres), non-governmental organizations and older people. Main activities: 1. Examination of employees and entrepreneurs knowledge and abilities as a factor which stimulates economic and social innovation. 2. Exchange of knowledge and acquisition of information from Partners on past experience with regard to the use of game-learning applications. 3. Creation and testing teaching methods with regard to creation of game-learning application. 4. Simulation games tests – pilotage.
Partners involved City of Warsaw - Social Policy and Welfare Department- LEAD APPLICANT - POLAND;PARTNER - AMICUS SOCIETY (non-governmental organization) - POLAND
Partners requested Type of partner I am looking for (country, governance level, activity sector, expertise etc.) Public institutions, game-learning methodologists, companies from SME sector, associations, which deal with the topic of demographic changes and aging society and have good practices in this respect. Inevitable are partners who have experience in creation of the game-learning tools and/or want to use this method in the work with older people and partners who do not have experiences in this respect (public institutions, associations, etc.) who seek innovative solutions which raise the level of knowledge and competences of their employees, as well as interested in implementation of innovative products, services, or processes which are favourable for economic and social innovations – game-learning. Partners must come from countries which are covered by the Central Europe Programme.
Follow up of the project No. This is a pioneer project which owing to its innovation and complexity shall contribute to mitigate results of the problem of aging society.
Idea owner Anna Jankowska - Bichta
Institution City of Warsaw - Welfare and Social Projects Department
Country Poland
Last update 17 January 2015
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INNOVATION BROKERAGE SERVICES MAKING LOCAL YOUTH AND CE CITIES SUCCESSFUL innovation
The overall aim is the transition of municipalities of CE cities from service providers to facilitators applying novel quadruple-helix approach, empowered to develop entrepreneurial skills of young people resulting in the better use of the youth’s innovation potential. Young people are, unfortunately, treated as problems by Central European cities instead of considered to be resource of innovation. Being the “digital and gaming generation”, it is of great value of the youth that they are creative, full of new ideas, bear a high digital literacy and are sensitive for social topics. These features are all needed for innovation. However, other indispensable skills and competences are missing to become successful entrepreneurs, employees or freelancers or to start implementing a new/novel idea. City municipalities of Central Europe have key role in providing support to the local population distressed by different social problems. Bringing local governance and public services closer to the actual needs of the population with using the quadruple-helix approach is an actual challenge the municipalities of Central Europe face. Cooperating on innovation by bringing together “innovation actors” (young innovators equipped with entrepreneurial skills – innovation driven companies – municipalities committed to social value creation) and thus creating local innovation eco-systems might contribute to a more efficient use of the entire region’s innovation capacity.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results A transnational network of innovation brokerages will be set up that - allows the local youth to find the most suitable forms of having their ideas validated and turning them into concrete new products/services supported by innovation driven companies - helps getting equipped with entrepreneurial skills and managerial competences through mentoring and other innovative, novel learning methods - serves as platform of open innovation inviting the innovation actors for 1) sharing existing problems / challenges requiring innovative solutions 2) introducing / bringing new ideas to be turned to solutions; 3) initiating co-creation processes to validate and channel the innovative ideas. Results expected: improved entrepreneurial mind-set and skills; a set of reliable competences of the youth; decreased risk of unemployment of the youth; novel quadruple helix approach spread; innovation friendly environment; improved municipal services and better identified local needs;.
Partners involved The Municipality of 11th District of Budapest, Újbuda acts as Lead Partner. CE metropolitan areas such as Gdansk, Maribor, Graz have also confirmed their interest as well as partners of previous cooperation led by Újbuda like Genova.
Partners requested According to the roles and tasks to be fulfilled in the project the structure of the partnership is planned as follows: Local governmental bodies and/or NGOs and/or representatives of the civil sector responsible for youth engagement in the region (in contact with the youth, previous experience on projects/programmes related to the youth, etc.). Representatives of the business sector to be responsible for mentoring, bringing in business support methods. Representatives of the research sector (universities, research institutions) responsible for joint methodologies, state of art studies-reports.
Follow up of the project The Municipality of Újbuda has successfully implemented two transnational CE projects: Q-Ageing tackling the issue of quality ageing in urban environments and Senior Capital supporting seniors' (re)integration into the labour market. The results of the two projects embedded the frames of Youth Innovation - however the current idea is not a follow-up project.
Idea owner Ilona Győrffyné Molnár
Institution Municipality of Újbuda
Country Hungary
Last update 03 March 2015
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EMPLOYMEN – RAISE EMPLOYMENT OF YOUNG MEN BY ESTABLISHING INNOVATIVE SOCIAL ENTERPRISES innovation
The project aims at advancing social innovation to improve entrepreneurial skills and social capacities of rural regions tackling demographic challenges, such as a shrinking and ageing population, declining public services, brain drain of young well-educated people and youth unemployment. The project partners create a transnational network of knowledge transfer for advancing social innovation in their regions. Smart and innovative social enterprises are established on local level. To raise youth employment socially disadvantaged young men are actively involved in the implementation process of social enterprises. This way they can improve their social and entrepreneurial competences supported by professional local trainers and regional stakeholders. As a main result of the project public actors will gain the necessary expertise and policy instruments to bring forward socially innovative services and learning systems tackling youth unemployment. Current regional innovation strategies may be revised and/or extended according to the findings and experiences made in the project.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results Transnational network of knowledge transfer and peer learning for advancing social innovation, enhance capacities of rural regions through smart and innovative social enterprises, policy recommendations for advancing social innovation and action plan regarding the establishment of social enterprises, revision/extension of regional innovation strategies
Partners involved Ministry for Regional Development and Transport of Saxony-Anhalt (LP), other partners currently in negotiation phase
Partners requested Regional development agencies in one of the Central European post-communist states (CZ, HR, HU, PL, SI, SK)
Follow up of the project n/a
Idea owner Andreas Schweitzer
Institution Ministry for Regional Dvlp Transport Saxony Anhalt
Country Germany
Last update 16 January 2015
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EFFECTIVENESS OF BILINGUALISM IN DELAYING THE ONSET OF DEMENTIA innovation
In Europe, an estimate of the future cost of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s disease contributes with 60-70% of cases, from 2008 is expected to rise by 43% reaching 250 billion Euros per year in 2030. The Alzheimer’s Association presented a model with a hypothetical treatment that would delay the age of onset of Alzheimer disease by 5 years, and it was calculated that in the USA by 2050, the reduction in total costs to all tax payers would be USD 447 billion; decreasing from an expected USD 1078 million to USD 631 billion with the hypothetical treatment. Recently, it was suggested that lifelong bilingualism may significantly delay the onset of cognitive impairment, affecting the quality of life due to Alzheimer’s disease. A few studies from Canada and India indicate that this delay period can be from 4 to 5 years. It was hypothesized that lifelong bilingualism is associated with better cognitive functioning, and despite advanced brain atrophy in elderly bilinguals, active lifelong bilingualism may be capable of inducing similar levels of cognitive functioning as compared to monolinguals, due to cognitive reserve built up during their lifetime. This exploratory project wants to investigate whether associations between bilingualism and dementia among elderly people do exist. We propose to study this among various bilingual subpopulations in Europe, in order to be able to exclude the influence of confounding factors.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results In order to obtain demographic knowledge on the subpopulation of elderly people, a questionnaire will be prepared in at least two of the local languages, that covers demographic information, personal status, education, profession, life-long language use, cognitive self assessment, nutritional self assessment etc. With the oldest old, interviews are planned for clinical evaluation, neurologic examination, neuropsychologic battery, functional cognitive capacities, nutritional status and language proficiency, verbal fluency, syntactic and semantic factors. From questionnaire and interview it is possible to assess: the linguistic and semantic skills of L1 and L2 languages; evaluate bi/monolingual competences throughout the majority of lifetime; assess the presence of dementias. Control monolingual subjects and bilinguals will be matched. Multivariable analysis will compare results among the European subpopulations for further associations on the prevalence of dementia and bilingualism.
Partners involved University of Primorska, General Hospital Izola, Slovenia
Partners requested Research groups within various bilingual subpopulations in Europe that consist out of psychogeriatric and linguistic academic researchers. This group will obtain approval of ethical committee to contact local municipalities, retirement homes, elderly care houses, and hospitals to retrieve the contact addresses of elderly people living in this area. Patients and their caregiver will be contacted and asked to participate in the study and will receive the questionnaire. Returned questionnaires will be analysed and the researchers will perform individual interviews.
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Cecil Meulenberg
Institution University of Primorska
Country Slovenia
Last update 23 January 2015
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IN-RADIO innovation
The aim of this project is to develop a Central Europe web radio model targeted to children’s needs (age 0-13) and useful for educators, teachers and parents. Such new model will create new synergies between providers of educational contents (publishers, museums, natural parks, …), schools and families. The project will be developed throughout two main channels: 1) The study and creation of a business model for a non-profit, sustainable media, i.e. an inclusive digital common for children’s education based on the web radio as educational environment. 2) The development of multi-language and multi-formats contents for children (0-13), complemented by pedagogical contents for adults. Contents will be multidisciplinary and an area will be devoted to promote active European citizenship, through multi-language storytelling co-developed by schools and other local partners.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results - To improve capacities of the CE area to tackle the market challenges of socio-innovative products and to improve the cultural awareness on smart contents of young people of CE area through agreeing on a joint strategy for the market uptake of innovative and “designed for all” web-radio products, and throug studying a suitable entrepreneurial model for ensuring economic sustainability in the long term in different business contexts. - To develop a set of pilot web radio products designed for all and test use them in specific situations through producing a number of web radio products for the inclusion of disabled and migrants on general themes related to culture (art, history, literature, etc.) and to social life (health, reproduction, social relationship, friendship, etc.). To cooperate with partners in developing contents related to the different cultures and nationalities participating to the project. To produce tutorials for teachers and parents.
Partners involved Ca' Foscari University (LP) Italy, Radio Magica (Italy), Ministry of University and Research (Italy), Atempo (Austria)
Partners requested - Policy makers: regional/local authorities in fields related to education and learning; - Regional/local development agencies; - NGOs active in education in schools, in working with disabled, integration, minorities - Municipalities, libraries - Universities and research organization dealing with learning, education and communication - Social and healthcare services - Primary and secondary schools
Follow up of the project Not applicable
Idea owner Lucia Brusegan
Institution STARTER - research organization
Country Italy
Last update 28 January 2015
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REACT - RECIRCULATION AQUAPONIC CULTURE TECHNIQUE innovation
REACT aims to develop, share and transfer experiences of social and environmental innovation on the theme of aquaponic culture. Aquaponics is a tecnhique that combines hydroponics and aquaculture ensuring a lower environmental impact compared to traditional soilless agricolture and aquaculture. In an aquaponic system the water from the fish pools is vehiculated to the vegetable growth beds. In such a synergistic system, waste waters coming from fish pools are used by vegetables for their growth, purified and released again cleaned to fish. Water is recirculated, its consumption is very low (1/3% on daily basis) and pollutants like nitrates are not released into the environment. Aquaponics is becoming very popular in the world because is an environmental friendly culture system contributing on one hand to solve problems of pollution from fish farms on the other providing high quality food in a controlled system. Whilst aquaponics is well established in Australia, USA and Canada for instance, Europe is far to fill the gap although scientific network have been recently established (see for instance the EU program COST1305) to increase public awareness, and scientific and technical informations exchange. The REACT proposal is coherent with this reference scenario and aims to contribute to fill this gap, combining social, environmental and technical innovation in the light of sustainable use of resources and social inclusion.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results REACT develops 1. Socio-economic innovation. 2. Farming innovation 3. Eco-innovation by: Establishing links between the consortium and the social services in order to involved/hired in the aquaponic activities underprivileged people. Teaching people to aquaponics with dedicated co-tutoring including the results assessment in terms of social and economic performance. Promoting food stuffs produced and developing examples of a short distribution chains. Comparing aquaponics and hydroponics in terms of food quality, environmental impact and profit. Testing and setting up technologies and procedures for the control of the production process. Testing and socio economic analyses of the production chain (both fresh and processed). Identifying and testing the best fish species for acquaponics in terms of growth performance, yield and profit. Comparing open and recirculating systems for these species. Developing low impact production systems for fish food production.
Partners involved Social cooperative „Il sogno“ (www.coopilsogno.it), no-profit Association „Akuadulza“ (www.akuadulza.net ), Institute of Ecosystem Study of the CNR (www.ise.cnr.it); 4. E-Institute, Institute for Comprehensive Development Solutions - Slovenia (www.ezavod.si/en/); Institute of Aquaculture University of South Bohemia - Czech Republic (www.frov.jcu.cz/en/)
Partners requested We are looking for a. Network similar to us in Central Europe Member States b. Private enteprises active in the field of hydroponics-aquaponics/aquaculture of freshwater species of high economic value (such as pikeperch, perch) c. No profit enterprises d. Universities/Research Institutions with experience in sustainable agricolture and aquaculture which aims to test types of social agricolture based on aquaponics and/or contribute to REACT with their knowledges on these topics, contributing to the transfer of knowledge in the light of social and eco-innovation.
Follow up of the project NO
Idea owner Pietro Volta
Institution National Research Council of Italy Institute of Ecosystem Study
Country Italy
Last update 05 February 2015
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THE VALUE AND IMPORTANCE OF THE YOUTH INTERNSHIPS innovation
How can entrepreneurs support young people through social innovation in order to the economic crisis? On one side generation Y is full with talent and creativity, they know what they want to achieve and have new ways of networking and learning, they are brought up in digital era, gained a high level digital literacy, on the other side there is a significant gap between their being adaptable to labour market and the requirements of the world of work.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results We intend to explore, analyze and adapt a new mindset of employees’ needs, types of interns in which young people can qualify and improve their skills and increase chances for finding the employment.
Partners involved The partnership has not yet been established
Partners requested For the project we are looking for partners from: Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary.
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Monika Domaradzka
Institution LOWER SILESIAN TOURIST ORGANIZATION
Country Poland
Last update 29 January 2015
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ECC : THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE CHALLENGE innovation
In 2016, in Wroclaw there will be organized the European Capital of Culture, therefore we are looking for partners among organizations whose aim is to promote cultural tourism , and which operate in cities that have won the title of European Capital of Culture. The project involves the exchange of good practice between organizations operating in the cities that received the title of European Capital of Culture. Event such as the European Capital of Culture requires a lot of action so as to increase the number of tourist arrivals .
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results In the first stage of the project we want to carry out a study to explore the best practices that have allowed the use of European Capital of Culture doses increase tourist arrivals . In the next step , we plan to meet in the former and future European Capitals of Culture along with a discussion of the effects of events and advertising campaigns that accompanied them , and those planned . The last step is to create a hand book that will collect the results of researches and good practices in the field of cultural tourism , which will be distributed to government institutions responsible for the promotion of cultural tourism in Central Europe .
Partners involved The partnership has not yet been established
Partners requested For the project we are looking for partners of the cities that received the title of European Capital of Culture this from Florence, Berlin , Graz , Linz, Košice, Pilsen , Prague , Bologna, Pécs and future capitals of countries: Croatia, Hungary and Czech Republic .
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Monika Domaradzka
Institution LOWER SILESIAN TOURIST ORGANIZATION
Country Poland
Last update 03 February 2015
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LOOP TIME – CIRCULARITY TOOLS AND STRATEGIES TO PRESERVE NATURAL RESOURCES AND TO IMPROVE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH OF CENTRAL EUROPE innovation
In July 2014 the EU Commission adopted a Communication which explains how innovation in markets for recycled materials, new business models, eco-design and industrial symbiosis can move us towards a zero-waste economy and society and, together with a supportive regulatory framework, can help boost the European economy. In brief, circular economy is the new framework. But the transition from a linear to a more circular economy is a fundamental change which requires the establishments of closed loop models: easy to understand but a daunting task to implement. In specific terms, the circular economy approach is about new business models shifting from selling products to selling services, eliminating waste from production and making sure any waste is recovered as a valuable resource. Specific Objective Increase the involvement of companies, customers, waste managers, administrations, citizens, trade unions, associations in the product life, and can contribute to redesign it with the aim to unlock new wealth - now hidden - from certain assets - and to reintroduce a human touch to exchanges. Being part of the same process to redefine collaboration in order to establish closed loops implies discussion, confrontation, participation and finding ways to generate solutions and real projects in line with the CE principles.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results To share experiences (approaches and methods) to ensure loop systems in local communities. Local actions plans to manage closed loops by participatory approach. Pilot actions. Targeted training for key stakeholders Recommendation and guidelines
Partners involved none
Partners requested Regional public authorities responsible for environmental policies, Research institutes, Environmental Agencies involved in project idea topics.
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner ilaria marzoli
Institution amiu genova spa
Country Italy
Last update 12 February 2015
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ACCELERATOR - IMPROVING ACCESS TO EQUITY-TYPE FINANCE FOR INNOVATIVE SMES THROUGH ACCELERATOR PROGRAMMES innovation
Overall objective: Strengthening links between equity financing institutions, SMEs and the public sector in the partner regions to test and customise successful acceleration programmes that facilitate the access to equity financing of innovation Specific objectives: • Knowledge transfer building on successful acceleration programmes from the partnership to partners with less experience by improving the existing acceleration programmes at experienced partners and testing, modelling and introducing new practices at less experienced partners • Intensifying links between partners within regions for improved regional innovation systems resulting in knowledge transfer to SMEs to unlock their innovation potential • Feedback to and dialogue with public sector on related policies, programmes and actions
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results WP Structure: 1. Project management 2. Communication 3. Analysis and benchmarking - Each participating region delivers an assessment of the region in terms of accessibility to equity financing using a joint methodology. - Benchmarking existing acceleration services at experienced partners using joint methodology 4. Developing and testing accelerator demonstration actions - Using WP3 outputs less experienced partners work out an acceleration programme scheme for their respective region to be tested and launched with the guidance of experienced partners -Testing acceleration programmes 5. Action planning for the introduction of acceleration programmes - Developing an action plan for the post implementation period for the introduction of acceleration programmes in each concerned region - Developing partner level and joint recommendations for public authorities on regulatory issues, potential SF programmes, etc.
Partners involved Széchenyi Capital Funds Management Zrt., Central Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency, Technology Park Ljubljana Ltd.
Partners requested accelerator, equity finance organisation - only from Austria. As for other countries the partnership is completed.
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Jozsef Torok
Institution Széchenyi Capital Funds Management Zrt.
Country Hungary
Last update 01 April 2015
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MYWAY – CENTRAL EUROPEAN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACCELERATOR innovation
Social entrepreneurship as driven force for the social innovation is extremely needed taking in consideration current and also forecasted socio geographical structure of the population in Europe, which includes of course Central Europe. Social entrepreneurship and its support is very diverged across CE regions, while we have in our macro region some leading regions ( i.e. Lombardy from Italy), but regions in NMS have no special infrastructure developed yet. One of the core supporting tools for social innovation are new ventures – start-ups. Most useful tool to be used in case we would like to quickly boost the social entrepreneurship start-ups is acceleration. Acceleration in social entrepreneurship is low profit acceleration due to the social entrepreneurship nature thus support from public sources or from corporations as part of their CSR ( Corporate Social Responsibility) programs is important. Currently we can identify the lack of capacities and knowledge across majority of CE regions in the field of social entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship acceleration, and cooperation with corporation in their CSR schemes and financing of social entrepreneurship acceleration in Central Europe. All these challenges we would like to tackle with MyWay project, using the great opportunity of transregional learning and good practice transfer from Lombardy region.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results - MyWay Acceleration concept development – led by Knowledge partner, there will be prepared complete concept of Central European Acceleration program, which will methodology and promotion tools for call for participants, selection process, complete acceleration program, follow-up with accelerated companies, financing of MyWay acceleration program - Capacity building of MyWay partners to be able to perform acceleration of MyWay rounds in their countries - Performing of MyWay acceleration 1st round in all participating countries (6 start-ups accelerated in the 1st round by each region) - Fine-tuning of MyWay acceleration => improvement of MyWay acceleration concept - Engagement of corporations, public funding sources and social entrepreneurship venture capitalists to MyWay accelerator at CE and also regional level - Performing of MyWay 2nd acceleration round - Secure the financing for the next 2 rounds different from the MyWay Interreg Central project
Partners involved We have partners from Czech rep., Hungary, Italy and Slovenia
Partners requested We search for intermediaries/ business supporting actors from other CE countries like SME associations, Innovation Agencies, ICT/Media/Social innovation clusters, Accelerators, Innovation Hubs, Technology centers active in the field of social innovation or those who would like to enter social innovation field on long term basis. We search for actors with serious interest in the topic who will continue in MyWay acceleration after project closure using other private or public or PPP funding.
Follow up of the project The project is not the direct follow-up of any project, idea is relatively novel. However it capitalizes the knowledge gained during the implementation of InoPlace project– creative hub and social innovation acceleration good practice transfer. It additionally capitalizes practical experience of - Make a Cube - social innovation accelerator operated by Knowledge partner of MyWay and capitalizes lessons learned from public available data from initiatives supported by DG ENTR (Social Innovation Europe and Europe Social Innovation Competition)
Idea owner Jan Kubalik
Institution DEX Innovation Centre
Country Czech Republic
Last update 13 February 2015
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CE- INNOVAIR AIRPORT RELATED ECO- SYSTEMS FOR INNOVATION IN CENTRAL EUROPE innovation
CE-INNOVAIR should pave the way for embedding airport areas in the larger innovation systems and for establishing innovation networks within and among airport regions in order to contribute to the competitiveness and economic boost of CE. Airports, being the catalysts for regional economic development and gateways of materials and immaterial flows have a crucial role in strengthening innovation capacities: 1. An innovation demand is generated by the airports themselves and by the businesses linked to the airport. 2. The innovation potentials of those sectors which are not directly related to airport activities, but can be supported by the proximity and functions of the airport should also be revealed. In this context airports are gateways for innovation and, if these innovation potentials are exploited, can give an enormous advantage to the regions they are situated. Therefore, planning and smart specialisation has to be sensitive to the various impacts an airport can have on the territory and to propose a vision defining the own driving forces of the airport area exploiting its unique characteristics. This approach, supported by a transnational dialogue can help developing non- competitive regional strategies in CE. Local/regional public authorities are having direct policy responsibilities in these planning processes. Nevertheless, in most of the CE regions, the role of public authorities has to be reconsidered to become pro-active facilitators of innovation processes
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results 1) REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT & GOVERNANCE: New governance models of triple helix cooperation will be introduced to take the best out of the specific territorial impacts of the airport and to define the regions’ own driving forces in harmony with RIS3. This, along with transnational cooperation, will result in non- competitive regional strategies paving the way to economic boost in the CE. 2) INNOVATION is the focus of regional development. Airport Innovation Hubs will map the existing and potential innovation capacities of the airports and the related area, support their exploitation, bridge innovation gaps and embed airports in the larger innovation systems. 3) HUMAN CAPITAL: airports and the wide range of businesses around are mostly labour- intensive and innovation oriented. Partners will define the needs, directions and methods of human capacity development, investigate the main pathways to embed these into the innovation chain which is a pre- condition to more and better jobs.
Partners involved 18th district of Budapest,Budapest Airport,Region Emilia- Romagna, Bologna Airport, City of Velika Gorica and Zagreb Airport
Partners requested The present project idea is built on the ‘Tandem concept’: one local/regional authority (with adequate responsibilities regarding the airport area and the project idea) and the related airport. In addition, we are looking for Education and research institutes / knowledge providers Associated partners: National ministries of involved airport regions Associated partners: Best practice regions on airport area cooperation
Follow up of the project CE-AirLED- Local economic development in airport catchment areas (2012-2014) aimed to enhance integrated polycentric development planning in airport areas focusing on territorial development, environment and transport, along the common vision of becoming ‘Airport Cities’. Link: innovation was recognised as one of the key drivers of territorial development, airport city concept verified the importance of businesses’ cooperation and leverage effect, stakeholder groups established within AirLED are good basis to more institutionalized networks.
Idea owner Istvan Hunyadi
Institution 18th district of the Municipality of Budapest
Country Hungary
Last update 01 March 2015
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IMA - INNOVATION MANAGEMENT ALLIANCE FOR THE SUPPORT OF UNIVERSITY, RESEARCH INSTITUTION AND SME CO-OPERATION OUTSIDE OF INNOVATION CENTRES innovation
Project IMA addresses the following issues: -In regions outside of innovation and educational centres local SMEs lack the ability of proper innovation management: business owners rather “work in” their companies instead of “working on” them. -The mobility of the workforce leads to a brain-drain of young and well-educated people to innovation centres. -Regional decision makers often face with the question of supporting competitiveness (resulting in better economic potential around innovation centres) or convergence (aiming at decreasing the wealth-difference inside the region). -Despite emerging business university co-operations, university staff is still not familiar with the real challenges of businesses since most of the lecturers do not have real-life experience at an SME, thus they cannot transmit the necessary skills for successful innovation. The IMA Consortium teams up for providing a common solution to: -establish a self-sustaining and multipliable network that - by facilitating the exchange of knowledge - enhances the innovation potential of SMEs outside of innovation centres; -elaborate a training curriculum of a real-life based innovation management course using state-of-the-art teaching methods custom-tailored to the needs of SMEs; -provide inputs to sustainable innovation development policies of Central European regional policy makers by capitalising the experience of the project.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results As the result of the project, a Transnational Innovation Management Alliance will be set up for the support of University, SME Association, Innovation Management Agency and SME co-operation outside of innovation centres. With its regional branches the project will enhance the product, services and process innovation of local or regional SMEs. By providing trainings, frequent communication via online channels and periodic personal meetings, it will deepen cooperation among members, which will result in joint R&D activities, development of new or enhanced products and services. The alliance will set up a firm financing system which will secure its sustainable post project operation and further expansion throughout the Programme Area. As ‘ambassadors’, Partners are going to exploit the results and strive to widen the network by involving newer members and setting up further regional alliances, provide tested, vivid and sustainable inputs to the regional policy and decision makers.
Partners involved University of Pannonia (Hungary); Europa Consortium Regional Development Non-profit Ltd. (Hungary); 1-1 university from Poland and Croatia; Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Slovenia)
Partners requested - Regional authority - Regional development/innovation agency - Chamber Partners are welcome from Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany and Italy
Follow up of the project Project IMA is not a “direct” follow-up project but shows some common features with the following initiations of the former calls: - “INNOvation TRAINing IT Central Europe” and “ACCelerating regional competitivenESS and sector-based excellence through innovation management tools and techniques” due to some similarities in the project approach, and - “INTRODUCING INNOVATION INSIDE SMEs” due to some similarities in the objective in general. Project IMA is unique since it geographically targets areas outside of innovation centres and thus supports competitiveness by converging regions by applying innovative knowledge sharing and improving approaches.
Idea owner István Lábodi
Institution Europa Consortium Regional Development Nonprofit Ltd.
Country Hungary
Last update 03 March 2015
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FABLABNET innovation
The theme of the FabLabNet project is fully in line with Specific Objective 1.1, as the project intends to capitalise on the innovation potential of the Fab Labs by working out a proper innovation ecosystem in which Fab Labs can facilitate business. This will be achieved by the elaboration of service and operational models aiming at defining roles and responsibilities and strenghtening the cooperation between the different actors of the innovation circle (research, education, public and private sectors) related to the outstandingly new phenomenon of Fab Labs in order to boost local business development and entrepreneurship linked to the Fab Labs, laboratories of creative ideas. The innovation ecosystem around Fab Labs must be efficient, enabling all stakeholders in the circle to play to their strengths. The project also intends to organise a strong network of Fab Labs in the region, which enhances the internationalisation of the regional Fab Labs. Most importantly, the project contributes to the goals of the CENTRAL EUROPE 2020 Programme as well as the cohesion policy of the EU by fostering innovation-driven growth at regional level and reducing territorial disparities simply because Fab Labs provide a cheap, but smart way of connecting a region to innovation.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results The present project idea is centred upon the following core steps: 1. As Fab Labs are a brand new phenomena and quickly enlarging communities, participating organisations, public bodies and for-profit companies managing or starting to manage Fab Labs (as project partners) in Central Europe firstly define jointly: 1. the ideal composition of ecosystems per each Fab Lab by laying down local work plans for possible ecosystem scenarios, 2. taking into consideration the RIS3 of the given region, thematic focuses of the involved Fab Labs by participating in a future workshop (specialisation), 3. their training needs in order to be able to act as business catalysators and to improve their capacities and educational background. 2. After laying down the main principles of cooperation, staff exchanges will be organised to support networking and cooperation of Fab Lab workers and stakeholders as well as good practice visits to external Fab Labs. 3. Fab Labs organise local innovation ecosystems through different interactive workshops, master classes, conferences, stakeholder meetings. 4. Fab Labs appoint Fab Lab Agents (1 per each): their training is continuously organised parallel with transnational meetings. They have to be able to act as intermediaries, to ease and strengthen relationships amongst the members of the local ecosystems as well as among the members of the transnational Fab Lab network. 5. When everybody is on board, when local innovation ecosystems are established, tailor-made trainings, coaching sessions, TED-type brainstorming events and field visits are to be organised for all members of the ecosystem (e.g. sensitisation of all actors towards open innovation, possible business development paths for involved companies, facilitative leadership for city leaders, process-led coaching sessions for Fab Lab employees). 6. Meanwhile Fab Labs work out a methodology on how to implement the pilot projects, which have the same structure in each partner location. Pilots consist of different activities helping the innovation ecosystem to transform a basic idea born in the Fab Lab to business opportunity. Fab Labs will organise challenges with different target groups: young people, entrepreneurs, start-ups, etc. Each partner decides together with some key local companies or public authorities the theme of the challenge (energy monitoring and management, design, wearable technology, smart textures and materials, data visualisation etc.). In the frame of different workshops (challenge, idea contest, etc.) participants prepare their projects and the best projects will be further developed by the company in agreement with those that have generated the idea, or the winner may have a contract with a public authority (depending on the theme) to provide the solution. Facilitation of business in Fab Labs is a complex issue and necessarily needs open innovation techniques (idea competitions, non-pecuniary outbound innovation, non-pecuniary inbound innovation), thus the pilots are about (the ecosystem) modelling the above processes at partner locations, in different thematic fields, through different activities and by generating different outcomes. 7. Pilots may also be different interactive educational activities provided by the Fab Labs with the aim to facilitate business from idea generation through prototyping and pitching sessions and challenge events, so as to test the whole start-up process. 8. As a result of the pilots as innovative P2P learning processes, Fab Labs can strengthen their educational activities and work out further initiatives aiming SMEs. 9. During the pilot implementation phase, staff exchanges and pilot transfer visits are organised. 10. As a result of the above activities, each partner prepares an operational model of the innovation ecosystem, a sustainable business model and innovative service portfolio of the Fab Lab. 11. Final transnational outputs may be the following: 1. a transnationally tested innovation ecosystem (operational description and guidebook, webinar); 2. operational model of the network of Fab Lab innovation ecosystems. Expected results: - Enhanced innovation and business development capacity of Fab Labs in Central European regions - Increased territorial cohesion of Central European regions - Enhanced innovation-driven growth at regional level. - Strengthened skills and competences of Fab Lab employees and stakeholders of the innovation ecosystems.
Partners involved 1. FabLab Trento, 2. FabLab Budapest, 3. FabLab Berlin, 4. Happylab Vienna, 5. FabLab Zagreb, 6. Regional Development Agency Bielsko Biala (PL - they represent a starting FabLab), 7. Brno University (starting FabLab), 8. RogLab Ljubljana, 9. FabLab Bratislava
Partners requested There was an emphasis to involve each CENTRAL country as we intend to model the same process in different economic-social environment. In addition to this we would like to involve some key observers representing the policy-making, which is crucial in this case as FabLab are new. On local level each partner will involve of course the "policy" level into their stakeholder group which will be the local innovation ecosystem itself, however one or more key policy observer partner would be important. We have not identified them yet.
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Ferenc Szigeti-Böröcz
Institution HBH Euroconsulting Ltd.
Country Hungary
Last update 03 March 2015
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PHINE – PROMOTING HEALTH INNOVATION NETWORKS innovation
Health industry is one of the key sectors of economy in Central Europe, as also reflected in many of the RIS3 strategies. The aging society, limited financial and human resources of the public sector and increasing demand for a healthy, active and independent life call for innovative solutions in key healthcare sectors. SMEs, start-ups and spin-offs fulfil a major role in delivering the needed innovative products and services. Although there is a wide range of business support organisations dedicated to provide assistance for innovative SMEs, still important gaps can be revealed, especially at the validation stage of innovations. Support organisations have to be able to identify innovators with highest potential for business success and to deliver specialized set of support functions facilitating to overcome market entry barriers. The main objective of the project is to create transnational linkages among actors of the innovation ecosystem – including public authorities, knowledge centres, business support organisations, SMEs and potentially also end-users – in order to facilitate market entry and internationalization of innovative products and services in key healthcare sectors. Transnational cooperation of Central European regions with significant potential in health industry will contribute to increased capacities of support organisations for providing effective innovation support services and facilitating networking among actors of the health innovation chain.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results - System audit of support organisations in the health industry of participating regions – mapping relevant actors, their responsibilities, services provided to business; revealing any overlaps and gaps; analysing existing linkages and effectiveness of cooperation - Comparative analysis of local and regional strategies relevant for health innovation, with particular emphasis on the RIS3 and making policy recommendations and/or revising them based on the project’s results - Developing a scientifically based methodology for the identification of entrepreneurial skills and factors of financial and technological competitiveness (“business factors”) necessary for business success - Developing and testing tailor-made incubation services for different target groups - Establishing a network of entrepreneurs and business support organisations - Implementing pilot actions among members of the network targeting open innovation methods, access to finance, etc., and assessing their impacts
Partners involved Municipality of Debrecen (HU); University of Debrecen / Faculty of Public Health (HU); EDC Debrecen – Centre for Municipal and Economic Development (HU); FH JOANNEUM – University of Applied Sciences / Institute of International Management (AT); Technology transfer and Innovation support Magdeburg GmbH / Cluster “Medical and Health Technology” (DE); isw Institut GmbH (DE); Metropolitan city of Turin (IT);Bioindustry Park Silvano Fumero Spa / bioPmed innovation cluster (IT); Regional Association of Emilia-Romagna Chambers of Commerce (IT); The Malopolska Region / Department of Regional Policy (PL); The John Paul II Hospital in Krakow (PL); DEX Innovation Centre (CZ)
Partners requested None
Follow up of the project The project idea is based on the outcomes of the INTERREG IVC project Health 4 Growth, led by the Municipality of Debrecen. In the framework of the project several good European practices for innovation support organisations and networks were collected, that might serve as a basis for the current project. The sustainability report prepared in the Health 4 Growth identified the need for effective mechanisms to facilitate marketability of health-related innovations.
Idea owner Anett Varga
Institution Municipality of Debrecen
Country Hungary
Last update 27 March 2015
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INOSCHOOL - BUILDING ENTREPRENEURIAL MIND-SET IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ACROSS CENTRAL EUROPE innovation
The project is going to: - Improve entrepreneurial mind-set in Elementary Schools and present self-employment as an attractive career option. - Improve school attendance and performance. - Increased problem-solving and decision-making abilities. - Improved interpersonal relationships, teamwork, money management, and public speaking skills which enhance social development of pupils. - Create game developing entrepreneurship skills.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results InoSchool innovative concept will capitalize and build on relevant research and good practices from EU and other leading innovative countries worldwide. Idea of the project is to create game developing entrepreneurship skills will be played by the pupils during one subject. To prove InoSchool concept, 1 Pilot will be realized. To show impact, there will be collected data about the entrepreneurial mind-set from pupils in participating schools before and after InoSchool pilot. Important part will be to assure financial sustainability of InoSchool project for upcoming 3 years using public and private sources and creating awareness towards Ministries of Education about importance of entrepreneurship mind-set building in Elementary Schools.
Partners involved CTRIA ( HUN), DEX IC ( CZE)
Partners requested Sought partners: Regional development agencies, Innovation Centres, Innovation agencies etc. from Central Europe (ecexcept HUN and CZE) working in the field of youth entrepreneurship support with good access way to at least 5 elementary schools and also to Ministries of Educations in their countries.
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner Petra Cisarova
Institution DEX Innovation Centre
Country Czech Republic
Last update 17 February 2015
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SME-SMILE - SME'S FOR SMART MANAGEMENT FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING OF ELDERLY innovation
Demographic changes are one of the most important challenges for Central European regions. Population ageing cause that more and more people will need help/ assistance in their daily activities. Senior citizens who spend long hours alone face the risk of not receiving assistance in case of an emergency (e.g. feeling sick, falling). This also creates a problem for their family members, restricting their possibilities of working or leaving home for a few hours. The economic factors also result in a lack of proper care, especially in peripheral areas, e.g. unemployment and resulting migrations, commuting. Statistics show that 1 in 3 people aged over 65 years fall at least once a year (70% of falls at home occur in the bathroom, where using a phone is limited), one third of them end up with hip injuries. In addition, 50% of senior citizens are unable to correctly dial the emergency number when distressed and 25% are unable to give precise personal data and address to the dispatcher. At the same time, there is insufficient care personnel (carers, nurses) to support families at the place of residence instead of using a nursing home. On the other hand, the number of places in nursing homes is significantly below needs (in some regions long waiting times can be observed) and this type of residential care is the most expensive for public budgets. Regional authorities have to face these challenges in the circumstances of restricted budgets (demographic change means also less professionally active people and less tax incomes). The solution could be silver economy, because the ageing population means also an opportunity for entrepreneurs who can develop a strong market of “silver” services and products. These “silver products” should include smart housing and tele-care solutions. Main goal: to ensure that elderly/sick/disabled citizens can live safely in their own home as long as possible by providing care, assistance, and necessary services at home with the use of ITC. Local authorities could support the market of “silver goods” by identifying the needs of society and promoting good practices (solutions that were successful on a small scale). The project should be an opportunity for regions, SMEs, and local groups of interest to meet, elaborate, test, and implement innovative solutions for more independent and active living of elderly and to prepare sustainable management strategies for enterprises that are willing to operate on the “silver market”.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results The planned activities will be divided into 4 phases and implemented both on the transnational and regional level. 1) Analysing the needs and collecting good practices; developing strategies for sustainable growth of the silver market 2) Sharing experience with regard to best practices (study tours, workshops, public consultations), designing and implementation of pilot actions in the partner regions (smart housing, tele-care, age-friendly design). 3) Preparing a tool for SMEs: an international handbook with guidelines on how to operate in the silver market. 4) Training for SMEs including workshops, exhibitions, and study tours. The aim: to raise awareness of the needs of the ageing population and foster innovative business and management strategies that support development of services for AAL.
Partners involved Lead Partner: Malopolska Region
Partners requested Regions, Regions, Cities, NGOs, SMEs, business clusters, Universities
Follow up of the project PEOPLE - innovation for a societal change, (Interreg IVC) ADAPT2DC - Adaptation to demographic change (Central Europe) Both projects dealt with demographic changes and aimed at elaborating innovative and sustainable solutions; however, they did not focus on SMEs. In the SME-SMILE project we want to use our previous experience related to demographic challenges and propose an entirely new approach.
Idea owner Katarzyna Opoczka
Institution Marshal Office of the Malopolska Region
Country Poland
Last update 17 February 2015
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STREGHTENING ENTERPRENEURAL COMPETENCES THROUGH BUSINESS INCUBATOR NETWORKING innovation
Project idea in development of business related infrastructure is designed for the purpose of strengthening economic growth and competitiveness within the region. Construction of infrastructure in purpose of strengthening entrepreneurial capacity, innovation, increments employment rates and the development of a dynamic entrepreneurial climate.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results Construction of business incubator for young enterpreneurs, SME`s, start-up companies and establishing of local development agency and business centre to boost up entrepreneurial activities and help entrepreneurs with the business start up.
Partners involved Municipality of Antunovac, RODA d.o.o., LAG Vuka-Danube,
Partners requested Business incubators, local governance, competence and innovation centre...
Follow up of the project Yes. Business incubator Osijek co-financed through IPA Programme. The link is in continuing the development of business related infrastructure.
Idea owner Nataša Tramišak
Institution LAG Vuka-Dunav, RODA d.o.o., Općina Antunovac
Country Croatia
Last update 09 March 2015
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DEVELOPING QUINTUPLE HELIX CO-OPERATIONS IN THE CENTRAL EUROPEAN REGION innovation
Establishing and sustaining the conditions of knowledge based economy have recently become a general economic objective. The so-called Triple Helix model – where university, government and industry cooperate – is accepted in knowledge based economy. However, further actor was added to the model (this is Quadruple Helix model), recognizing that civil society plays a great role in the economy not as consumers but innovation promoters too. This approach appears both in the EU’s Fifth Cohesion Report and in the strategy of EU2020. This strategy aims at creating and sustaining the conditions of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Smart growth aims to improve effectiveness by investing more in education and research and innovation. Regarding sustainable growth, the aim is to establish an economy with low carbon-dioxide emissions, while inclusive growth emphasizes job creation and poverty reduction. As a result, high attention is paid to smart specialization strategies (S3) in line with the objectives of cohesion policy: all regions in the EU have had to prepare their own specialization strategy, and it was motivated by the fact that the grant of EU funds was on condition of having such a strategy. However, one must notice that S3 is based on Quadruple Helix model, but the sustainable part of EU2020 is missing from it. Consequently, a further actor needs to be involved: the Quintuple Helix model may solve this as society for (natural) environments appears in this model.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results - map good practices and their features both for Quadruple Helix and Quintuple Helix. In societies with trust deficit cooperation between different economic actors is a major challenge, therefore it is essential to explore tools which may promote cooperation. - define a method for Quintuple Helix type cooperation based on the experiences of best practices. The focus is based on how to motivate cooperation between university, industry (entrepreneurs), government, civil society and society for natural environment in societies with trust deficit. - define suggestions for conditions and policies which are needed in less developed regions – currently in Csongrád county – to operate a Quintuple Helix model successfully and to analyze whether Quadruple Helix model needs to go before. (Since Triple Helix is investigated in developing countries, it may happen that Quintuple Helix is appropriate in Csongrád county.)
Partners involved Municipalities, Civil bodies
Partners requested universities, governmental bodies, chambers, clusters, society for (natural) environments
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Zoltán Gyarmati
Institution Office of Csongrád County Local Government
Country Hungary
Last update 19 February 2015
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MIGROVATION innovation
Fostering entrepreneurship and innovation of European companies with Migrant Background. European Migration is increasing - Migrants do often start Business activities as survival strategy: they open small shops, commerce activities, small handicraft and services. Small parallel urban centres are rising up in the middle of European towns which are frequented principally by migrants. This "new Migrant economy" often is disadvantageous to the old established economy: uncontrolled growth of micro companies, uncontrolled merchandise, not approved Management System or product quality, disintegration, prices below the market price etc. and a big unused potential of product Innovation. MIGROVATION aims to introduce the Innovation process and Quality Standards for Migrant companies through social Innovation, Training and cooperation with local companies.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results -introduction of the Innovation process and development of new products and Services by the "fertilization" between Migrant and European Background -Entrepreneurial Training program for Migrant companies (Management, Quality, laws) -Definition of new Quality Standards and working out a Charta of Basic Quality Standards for opening new activities
Partners involved Austria: AEI (Agency for European Integration and economic development), City of Torino (European Policies and Innovation Office),
Partners requested Austria, Niederösterreich: governance level, Chamber of commerce or similar Germany, Bayern: Chamber of Commerce or similar, governance Level Germany, Brandenburg: governance level, Chamber of commerce or similar Slovenia, Croatia Poland
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner Sabine Richter
Institution E²M Research & Consulting
Country Austria
Last update 27 February 2015
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ACCELERATING CENTRAL EUROPE SMES INNOVATION POTENTIAL innovation
Regional innovation policies in the EU still largely focus on technological innovation and the funding of research activities, rather than supporting all forms of innovation, knowledge and creativity, what places innovative SMEs and would-be entrepreneurs in a rather difficult position when it comes to commercialization and internationalization of their innovative business services, products and ideas. Furthermore, commercial banks, on whose credits SMEs have been historically relying in their start-ups and development, especially after the year 2008., sees investments in start-ups as a risk investments, what places huge difficulties in front of entrepreneurs in the process of raising finance in the early stages of their businesses. Project aims to create a new approach for stimulating SMEs innovations in the central Europe. It will provide regions across the Central Europe, through the bottom-up approach, innovative tools and services that will enable more efficient support to innovative businesses and will enable better links between public and private actors, knowledge service providers, research institutions, entrepreneurs and citizens to share knowledge, contribute with practical experience and articulate their needs and competences.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results Expected results 1. 1. Developed central Europe regional smart specialization Road Map 2. Established RIS3 Europe SMEs innovation network as a tool for connecting central Europe technology oriented SMEs, research sector and investors via technology parks, incubators, development agencies, clusters 3. Developed and tested new solutions for management improvements of central Europe technology parks and incubators 4. Developed financial concept that would address public finances into innovative businesses Planned activities 1. Development of CE smart specialization Road Map 3. Benchmarking of participating Technological parks, Development agencies, Incubators and need analyses of incubated entrepreneurs 4. Establishment of smart specialized central Europe SMEs innovation network 5. Transnational matchmaking of R&D sector and SMEs 6. Development and promotion of the new financing concept for innovative SMEs
Partners involved 1. Development Agency Zagreb – TPZ Ltd. (Regional development agency, technology park and incubator) – City of Zagreb, Croatia 2. Technology Park Kielce, Kielce, Poland 3. North Hungarian Regional Innovation Agency, Miskolc, Hungary 4. Technical University of Kosice (TUKE), University Centre for Innovation, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Protection (UCITT), Slovakia 5. Parco Scientifico e Tecnologico Luigi Danieli di Udine, Italy
Partners requested Technology parks, Development agencies Incubators from Austria, Slovenia, Czech Republic and eligible regions from Germany.
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Marko Helfrih
Institution Development Agency Zagreb - TPZ Ltd.
Country Croatia
Last update 25 February 2015
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CE READ SOCIAL - CENTRAL EUROPE REGIONAL ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT THROUGH SOCIAL INNOVATION innovation
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) form the majority of business entities and are the biggest employers in central Europe (CE). CE is facing social polarisation and segregation. The encounter with the theme of "Social innovation", including the sub-themes of "Innovative development of regional potential through city/country exchanges, social entrepreneurship, and promotion of participation", has received a tremendous boost in particular to the financial and economic crisis 2010-2012. Where classical fields of work of regional development are dwindling, social and not technical innovations can create again perspectives (especially in the rural areas or agglomeration space county/city outside of metropolis regions). Accordingly to the CE 2020 Co-operation Programme the general objectives of the action are: - Strengthening regional innovation capacities as well as building knowledge and skills for improving social innovation. - Strengthening competences and stimulating entrepreneurship for social innovation - Increasing skills of employees in the business sector (particularly SMEs) regarding social innovation contributing to regional smart specialisation strategies - Developing and implementing strategies and tools for improving technological and managerial competences for entrepreneurship and social innovation. - Adapting, developing, and testing innovative learning systems for increasing skills and entrepreneurial competences considering demographic change challenges
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results WP1: Action and financial management, action implementation, dissemination and communication WP2: Regional analyses, case studies and Regional and transnational thematic conferences/events focused on barriers and incentives for social innovations as base/driving force of future positive/successful regional development. the existing support infrastructure • the legal framework • financing opportunities • social recognition • competence development • transfer options WP3: Development of pilot concepts "Regional advanced development through social innovation including strategies and action plans, tools, pilot actions, trainings, learning stays/study trips, regional and transnational conferences WP4: Implementation of the pilot actions, assessment and transfer of action results (success factors, guide lines, etc.)
Partners involved Partners from following countries requested: DE, AT, IT, PL, CZ, SK, SI
Partners requested still open
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner Bernd Kruczek
Institution Centrum für Innovation und Technologie GmbH
Country Germany
Last update 23 February 2015
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ŠTART UP SAVINJSKA innovation
In Slovenia and Europe is a big problem for employment of young people (youth), that just finished their studies. Gradually there is less and less possibilities for youth to get jobs in the common forms. Because of this fact it is vital to faciliate a direct support so that they can discover and learn their own potential so they can develop themselves to the level of more flexible job opportunities and develope project or bussines ideas. The ones, that have already established a company need in first 2 - 3 year good supporting enviroment so that their bussiness efforts also succeed in the market in the long term.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF SUPPORT MODEL & TOOLS Developing a transnational model of tools for education and gain of competences in the field of entreprenurship. Program of workshops (identification of problems and development of program of workshops for entreprenuers). STRATEGY AND ACTION PLAN Strategy and action plan for avoiding the gaps, which slowdown creativity and bussines growth. INNOVATIVE AND SUSTAINABLE NEW TYPES OF SUPPORT SERVICES Mentorship, counciling, events, workshops, investor prospect, R&D of products, internationalization, networking. Establishing support conditions for stable business suppport enviroment – established regional ecosystem for entrepreneurship (new forms of work (coworking spaces); support marketing shop and e-shop (shop with new developed products, pilot products); development center for entrepreneurs (support for development of projects). Practical execution of established workshops on the basis of the model.
Partners involved Coworking ŠTART UP Velenje, Coworking Šoštanj, School center Velenje - ŠCV, SAŠA Inkubator, d. o .o.
Partners requested public or regional institution woth similar activites, resloving similar problems and supporting activities.
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Franci Pečnik
Institution Savinjsko-šaleška območna razvojna agencija
Country Slovenia
Last update 23 February 2015
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SMART-WATCH: NETWORK OF BRANCH OBSERVATORIES OF INTELLIGENT MARKETS IN CENTRAL EUROPE innovation
A key element of the EU's activities aimed at providing the regions to develop their own methods for emerging from recession is smart specialization. Smart specialization is not only a concept, but also a tool of great potential for defining and building the present and future position of the region or the country in the knowledge-based economy. None of the regions can achieve good results in all fields of science and innovation, but each region has the potential to stand out in a certain area. The implementation of smart specialization will require the creation of a relatively large area of research and innovation that will result in competition between many rivals. It will allow the use of the effects: economies of scale, scope and economic spread. The smart specialization is said when a region is internationally competitive. Competition of European countries and regions in the same fields of science and the economy will not provide the expected results due to the lack of economies of scale and critical mass achievement. Implementation of the SS should therefore rely on "entrepreneurial" learning process, which includes the fields of science and technology, in which a given region or country can be a leader in Europe. In the case of regional development, smart specialization is based on the relationship between science, the public sphere, education and business.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results To create the Network of Branch Observatories of Intelligent Markets in Central Europe, which will provide support for activities in the implementation and development of knowledge management model for regional innovation ecosystems. This will help regions to exploit their potential for innovation and transform their knowledge , industrial and scientific infrastructure industries for emerging industries & services and international markets. The main task is to enable quick and easy access to specialist expertise and expert base in selected technology areas which are strategic for regions. This network is to serve as "the contact points" for the actors of innovation ecosystem facilitating their communication, collaboration, and transfer of knowledge and data on technology development directions and trends. Closer relationships between business, science and government spheres in the economic dimension will help to build a competitive advantage in relation to other regions.
Partners involved The composition of SMART-Watch consortium is closed.
Partners requested The desired composition of the partnership: at least 3 types of institutions (1 regional / local authority + 1 scientific institution + 1 business environment institution) of Central Europe countries.
Follow up of the project No.
Idea owner Bartłomiej Płonka
Institution Upper Silesian Agency for Entrepreneurship and Development
Country Poland
Last update 17 March 2015
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GREEN DIALOGUE innovation
The Green Dialogue project supports transition to green economy in the CE Countries and contributes to establishing a low carbon, resource efficient economy with a sustainable supply of raw materials and to develop a CE network to ensure exchange of information, best practice and techtransfer and to strengthen regional innovation capacities. The network will be a coalition of research, business and civil society organisations. The projects enhances coordination of low carbon economy stakeholders in the CE to exploit knowledge gained through RTDI. The consortium will implement support measures for policy objectives that address environmental challenges and help exploit economic opportunities and indirectly contribute to creating growth and jobs. The project involves clustering, coordinating and creating links between European and other RTDI programmes on low carbon economy. Desk research and policy analysis, incl. compiling a list of stakeholders and of physical and knowledge infrastructure in CE will be followed by organising forums for dialogue on low carbon economy. Information activities will take into account the specificities of Central Europe, and the tools and method best suited to reaching a lot of stakeholders and civil society. The partnership contributes to evidence-based policy making and to finding cooperation platforms between RTD and industry for showcasing good practice in tech transfer and thus supporting a smooth transition to green economy.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results Preparing a stock-taking and mapping of actors and resources on the Green Economy (GreenE). Needs and Barriers report on the national similarities and differences in GreenE policies and priorities. A regional clustering of RTDI institutes will be done and a network established. Research coop. agreements will be signed. Formulating a cooperation model and procedure. To bridge the gap bw research, innovation and business on GreenE, and a cross-border value chain to support it, a pilot activity for twinning relations will be implemented. A new cluster hosted in one CE country. Opening 2 Innovation and Tech Transfer Centers. KIC outreach progr. To increase multi-stakeholder participation for GreenE, citizens will be involved in RTDI policy-making, and the dialogue among them enhanced. Innovations disseminated as good practice. An analytical paper on social innovations. Foresight Workshops on scenario building; GreenE roadmaps developed. Green innovation prize for social innovation.
Partners involved We have partners from Italy, Germany, Croatia
Partners requested Partners from Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic or Poland We are looking for partners who work on the area of green economy, low carbon economy; research and innovation; technology transfer, communication and dissemination.
Follow up of the project NO
Idea owner Katalin Kurucz
Institution Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research
Country Hungary
Last update 24 February 2015
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HONEYCOMB innovation
Classic product Manufacturing ecosystem were made of a chain of: designing, prototyping, manufacturing, storage, distribution and clients, where banks, guarantees, real estates and venture capital had an important role. Now we are living a new paradigm in manufacturing, where traditional manufacturing chains are changing, becoming more holistic and social in their own territory, even if they cannot lose the possibility of sharing and selling their products in distant markets. We are facing "Smart Fabrication Ecosystem", where the new supply chain is made of small fabrication facilities or FABLABs, 3D printing HUBs, E-commerce Platforms, requiring new actors like: the social media, the crowdfunding organizations and marketing organizations with knowledge based on big data analysis. To create favorable conditions for the diffusion and replications of such "Smart Accessible Fabrication Ecosystem" it is necessary to identify the key figures behind the development of these processes and proceed to their training and qualification with an accompanying program to the market with advantageous rules of engagement.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results Identification of characteristic (explicit or potential) "Smart Accessible Fabrication Ecosystem" in Central Europe and analysis of the different models that characterize them with identification of the Key Figures involved; Defining characteristics and preparation of the contents of the e-learning platform, which would be used by the three pilot "Smart Accessible Fabrication Ecosystem (SAFE)" and three SAFE followers; Definition (at level of three Regional headquarters of "Smart Accessible Fabrication Ecosystems") of a multi-year SHARED intervention program of "education and training" to be worth of FUNDS ESF and implementation of subsequent actions to create favorable conditions for this plan to succeed; scalability and replicability actions.
Partners involved University of Padua (IT), Association of Small Entreprises (IT), Veneto Region (IT), National VET Institute (SI), MCPZ (SI), CPU (SI), IHK Industrie und Handelskammer Nurnberg (DE), Lasercentrum, PBN-Pannonian Business network (HU).....
Partners requested We are not launching a partner search. The partnership is almost closed.
Follow up of the project No it is not.
Idea owner Enrico Bressan
Institution Fondazione Centro Produttività Veneto
Country Italy
Last update 26 February 2015
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BUILDING ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS TO EXPLOIT THE POTENTIAL OF INNOVATIVE LIGHT SOURCES innovation
The project intends to tackle the shortage of skilled labour force, an issue faced by many SMEs in Central Europe (CE), by increasing entrepreneurial capacities related to Innovative Light Sources (ILSs). Lack of skills, and consequent difficulties in accessing innovative RTD facilities, contribute to regional disparities and call for a response at transnational level. This objective will be pursued by designing a specific training path able to provide end-users with the know-how necessary to fully exploit the potential of ILSs present in the programme area. ILSs can be seen as exceptionally powerful cameras that allow taking pictures of the smallest parts of matter (atoms and molecules), as well as movies of their fastest movements induced by the interaction with the external environment. A deeper knowledge of the properties of matter opens up new opportunities and triggers novel applications in several innovative scientific and technological fields. Indeed, ILSs promote cutting-edge innovation through both their construction/development and the use of the light they generate. The need to reinforce the link between these two correlated aspects of innovation is at the origin of this project. In spite of their different size, complexity and cost, all ILSs rely on complementary technology. Also the characteristics of the light they generate are complementary. The intention to exploit this complementarity offers an additional incentive to the genesis of this project.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results The core activity of this project lies within the training path aimed at improving technological competences and managerial skills related to ILSs. Tightly connected to the training strand, the project will establish 3 Open Labs that will represent a platform where research and industry will meet to cooperate on concrete R&D projects. Trainees will be involved in Open Labs through ad hoc study-visits, thus having the chance to experience a practical demonstration on the potential of ILSs. The implementation of these activities shall result in more skilled and trained labour force, relying on increased capacities in the field of ILSs and their applications, as well as in the establishment of a transnational network of ILSs users.
Partners involved The project will be carried out by a multi-faceted partnership built on the strengths of each participant and on the relevance of its expertise vis-à-vis the envisaged project activities. The Central European Initiative (CEI), an intergovernmental forum with consolidated experience in EU project management, will lead the consortium. Scientific coordination will be up to Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste, which inter alia leads the FP7-funded project CALIPSO encompassing all European synchrotrons and free electron lasers. Additional involved partners presently include the academic sector (University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia) and the private sector (National Instruments, Italy; Laser Consult, Hungary; Caenels, Slovenia).
Partners requested Business incubators in all programme area, SMEs interested in developing/using Innovative Light Sources.
Follow up of the project The project builds upon the achievements of the project Central European Network for Knowledge based on Innovative Light Sources (CENILS), funded under the previous Central Europe Programme 2007-2013. CENILS allowed to identify a “principal target group” made of scientists, engineers, technicians, entrepreneurs, students and professors coming from all Central Europe regions, and to start its training through dedicated pilot actions. The new project will focus the attention on the needs of SMEs and on training of young entrepreneurs.
Idea owner Alessandro Lombardo
Institution Central European Initiative
Country Italy
Last update 09 March 2015
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EC4SI - ECOSYSTEM FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION innovation
Social Innovation is now considered a dramatic booster for entrepreneurial development whilst fixing societal issues. It is not only a way to provide goods and services to more disadvantaged people, but it is also a way to create and scale new solutions to tackle contemporary Central Europe societies’ need. Impactful social innovation requires to combine profit generation (entrepreneurial component) with the capacity to answer the societal needs through innovative solutions, even leveraging new available technologies. This allow generating profits, to scale up and to start a virtuous approach towards societal challenges resolution. This new entrepreneurial model can be nurtured by “societal impact enterprise”. However, its development requires culture, vision, skills and competencies among entrepreneurs, funders and the public sector. The entrepreneurial development requires a conducive ecosystem, which is generated by a positive combination and interaction among: people, competencies and culture, demand, rules, capital and policy. The ecosystem level of development differs from region to region; the weight of the different components may change. Therefore, it is important to define small – scale pilot actions to close the existing gaps towards ecosystem generation or reinforcing. Small scale pilot projects are fundamental also to create a “cultural co-evolution” among actors that can represent a lever for further development.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results WP1 - Coordination, management, methodological support WP2 - Mapping the context and stakeholders; tools development WP3 - MOOC development, training of the trainers, local training WP4 - Pilot actions - ecosystem development (matching investors and entrepreneurs; sustaining social innovation through public procurement for innovation). At least 6 pilot projects in Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic WP5 - Evaluation of pilot actions, tool revision and generalization/recommendations WP6 - Dissemination Results: Training of + 1000 people in target areas (also through the MOOC testing); at least 10 authorities will apply public procurement for social innovation; at least 100 new societal impact enterprises
Partners involved SDA Bocconi school of management (LP), Lombardy Region (associate Partner), Oltre Venture (one of the first Impact Investing fund supported by EIF Social Impact Accelerator, only two in Central Europe Area), Pannon Regional Dev. Agency (HU), Gdansk Entrepreneurial Fundation (Poland), E- Institute (Slovenia), Dubrovnik Dev. Agency (Croatia), Research Center for Financial Services - Stainbeis University (Germany). We are assessing 3 partners in Slovakia, Austria and Czech Republic, with whom we are finalizing the agreement.
Partners requested Almost complete
Follow up of the project Not funded by Interreg. However it is deeply rooted in the on-filed research carried out by SDA Bocconi with national and international partners on local entrepreneurial development and impact investing. The research outcome and methodologies are discussed in the following publications, among others: Brusoni M., Farr-Warthon B., Farr-Warthon R., Vecchi V. (2015), Managerial Flow and the Implementation of Local Development Policies, Abington: Routledge Vecchi, V., Brusoni, M., & Borgonovi, E. (2014). Public Authorities for Entrepreneurship: A management approach to execute competitiveness policies. Public Management Review, 16(2), 256-273. Further, SDA Bocconi has founded a research centre dedicated to societal impact enterprises and impact investing, in order to support the ecosystem development across Europe and in order to fulfil its mission it works closely with the European Venture Philanthropy Association and the Global Impact Investing Lab.
Idea owner veronica vecchi
Institution SDA Bocconi
Country Italy
Last update 31 March 2015
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CENTRAL EUROPEAN PROGRAMME FOR COMPETITIVE ENTERPRISES BY/FOR MENTAL WELLBEING innovation
Several hundred millions of lost working days across Europe are due to health related problems –often mental health issues–- of the workforce, which are rarely diagnosed, but have severe economic consequences. Furthermore, recent research shows that the main reason for employees to change job was very often linked to stress, burn-out and in general mental health status, rather than to financial reasons. Relevant problems: (1) Most of the managers and entrepreneurs –especially in SMEs– do not recognise the link between the employees’ mental health and the productivity, competitiveness of their company. (2) There is a lack of knowledge concerning (a) prevention, (b) the medical diagnosis and (c) the possible treatment of mental health problems at the workplace. (3) There are important differences between regions in Central Europe regarding how mental disorders at workplace are perceived, diagnosed and treated. (4) The situation of SMEs is particularly difficult compared to multinationals which have more resources and capacities in recognising and solving such problems. (5) Regulators and policy makers in the health sector do not put the necessary emphasis on the problems related to mental disorders in the working environment and there is a lack of general incentives. The present project’s aim is to support SMEs in adopting innovative and cost efficient policies and practices which prevent mental disorders and strengthen positive mental health and wellbeing.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results Focusing on how stakeholders and SMEs can put in place a framework and supportive infrastructure actions will encourage entrepreneurs and managers at SMEs to adopt initiatives that promote a positive corporate culture that prevents mental health at work. Activities: (1) Joint mapping present situation related to mental health status at the work in the respective regions and collection of relevant best practices (2) Joint development of the methodology and of an “easy” manual for SMEs to prevent, diagnose and treat mental disorders (3) Development of two pilots projects using innovative technologies (4) Information campaign and awareness raising activities including training of managers and entrepreneurs. Expected results: Best practices, developed methodology and manuals, pilot projects realised, campaigns, trainings and e/m-health solutions incl. apps., and an impact on effective planning of allocation and utilization of resources to provide efficient and equal healthcare services.
Partners involved Public organisation, company developing e-health solutions
Partners requested Organisation of SMEs, Public organisation responsible for public health issues, Chamber of Commerce, University or Research Centre, company developing e-health solutions, Union of employees.
Follow up of the project The project follows up neither INTERREG, nor TRANSNATIONAL projects. However, considering that ‘Joint Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing’ project (http://www.mentalhealthandwellbeing.eu/) -which develops “an action framework to support enterprises in adopting policies and practices which prevent mental ill-health and strengthen positive mental health”- focuses not on practices at enterprise level, our project offers the bridging (proposed by COM DG SANCO/SANTE) over the gap between existing European policy programmes and local implementation. Therefore the project shall utilize the outcomes of projects implemented in regional and national (2007-13) OPs too.
Idea owner Sara Marton
Institution National Healthcare Service Center (ÁEEK)
Country Hungary
Last update 02 March 2015
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FARMERS EUROPEAN VISION innovation
The development of competitive production and agricultural structures, which leads to a reasonable agricultural production, form the basic prerequisite for sustainable viability of farmers and agricultural businesses in Europe. The consistent use of technical, biological and organizational progress allows the company's continuous growth and a demonstrable increase in productivity. The project "farmers european vision" on the one hand supports the European agricultural model of a nationwide economizing and multifunctional oriented agriculture with the goal of a resource-efficient production and other regional competitiveness, but also the competitiveness of European agriculture to consolidate on the world markets. This can only be maintained in the long term, if the structural change in agriculture keeps pace with the technical progress. The project contributes to the application of new technologies and the abilities of collaborators and business owners to apply these technologies to increase productivity and thus improve their immediate operating results. Through the precise and sustainable use of agricultural management systems, a high contribution to environmental policy is made. The aim should also be to use the knowledge lead of certain countries in the field of agriculture and to implement it in other countries.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results Partnerships of companies, universities, research institutions, equipment manufacturers, politics and agricultural associations Education and training of professionals and decision support for investment in advanced technology / technique Implementation of operation analysis and development of solutions to increase productivity Environmentally-friendly measures will be developed and implemented to increase the benefits of agricultural land and to ensure the gentle and environmentally management of soils. Energy management in agriculture: efficiency of fertilization, fuel-efficient driving, machine settings, surpluses of nitrogen balance, soil-improving measures, precision farming, crop protection strategies To use and benefit of experiences of neighboring countries. Promote transnational cooperation and develop communication structures Development of a training program for managers and employees
Partners involved Schlieper für Landmaschinen Sonnewalde, Landakademie Sonnewalde
Partners requested agricultural business, farm farmers association, National Farmers Union agricultural ministry educational institutions Chamber of Agriculture administrative structures agricultural cooperative associations
Follow up of the project no there is no follow project
Idea owner Marina Brüggemann
Institution Agro Parts Discount GmbH; LandAkademie Sonnewalde
Country Germany
Last update 31 March 2015
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RZESZóW CONVENTION BUREAU – THE CORE OF SMART CITIES NETWORK innovation
The aim of the project is to develop cooperation with innovative domestic and foreign urban centers, in order to increase competitiveness and mutual international promotion as “Cities for tomorrow" and "Cities for Life". Cities while discussing the experiences of other urban centers, domestic as well as foreign, will search for their niches on the basis of which in future they will develop international cooperation and on the basis of which they will build their position as an innovative "growth poles" influencing the regions. Cities included in the network, using its own advantages, will aim to increase their competitiveness, point the presence at global markets, build position among the major centers and in consequence they will build innovation systems. The core of the smart cities network will play Rzeszów city, which has a convenient location on the map of Europe, developed transport network. Rzeszów is the center already perceived abroad, among the others thanks to the internationally recognized local clusters (Aviation Valley, Podkarpackie Informatics, Plastics Cluster POLIGEN, Cluster Quality of Life, Organic Food Valley). High potential for the development of international relations are also long and good relations with Polish diaspora from all over the world and organized in Rzeszow since 1967 World Festival of Polonia Folk Ensembles.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results Planned activities: 1) International Cooperation Strategy on innovation to increase competitiveness; 2) Meetings for domestic and foreign local, regional decision-makers, central administration, representatives of business associations aimed to build a network of contacts at the national and international level; number of meetings - one in the city - project partner; 3) Economic promotion platform with the involvement of key innovative national and international centers - the project partners. 4) International promotion of partner cities as centers of innovation "Cities of Tomorrow" with a thoughtful, integrated and functional infrastructure, advanced technology used in many areas of their functioning, offering their residents a high standard of living, including an access to a wide labor market also in an international environment.
Partners involved Rzeszow sent an invitation to its twin cities but we are still looking for new partners that are willing to cooperate with us under project
Partners requested National, regional and local public bodies, entrepreneurs associations International organisations acting under the national law of any CENTRAL EUROPE Member State
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Barbara Onoszko
Institution Urząd Miasta Rzeszowa
Country Poland
Last update 27 March 2015
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SMB – STUDENTS‘ MICRO BUSINESSES - AN INNOVATIVE TOOL FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSETS BUILDING OF SECONDARY AND VET STUDENTS AS A PREVENTION OF MIGRATION AND BRAIN DRAIN FROM CE REGIONS innovation
The project is focused on implementation of students’ micro businesses into classes at all kinds of secondary schools and VET schools. The student’s business is an innovative educational tool for support of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial mindsets development for young people. The goal of students’ businesses is to realize a real entrepreneurial intention on a small scale in the sheltered school environment. Their main impact is based on the fact that the education takes place through the form of practical personal experience that is having first-hand experience which has proved to be the most effective way of learning. The students’ businesses are the effective instruments how to develop creativity, initiativeness, team building as well as managerial skills. They are powerful tools to build in young people entrepreneurial self-confidence together with entrepreneurial habits, which will be reflected in their future working life.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results 1. Carrying out a comparative analyses of the entrepreneurship barriers concerning young people – the graduates of secondary and VET schools in CE 2. Evaluation of experience from existing forms of students’ businesses 3. Creating the methodology for integrating and running students’ businesses including the educational programmes for involved teachers and students 4. Creating the linkages among students’ businesses and SME sector (network of businessman mentors) 5. Developing SW tools as a support for running students’ businesses 6. Piloting the students’ businesses in each partner country and their evaluation 7. Creating strategy for implementation of students’ businesses into curriculum of secondary and VET schools 8. Suggestions for legislative changes and recommendations for support of entrepreneurship
Partners involved PROFIMA EFFECTIVE, s.r.o. (Ltd.), Association of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Crafts of the Czech Republic
Partners requested Equivalents of Association of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Crafts abroad, craft guilds, clusters, unions, etc. Organisations engaged in teachers education and training Organisations engaged in education of novice male and female entrepreneurs Ministries of education, school founders, school educational plans creators
Follow up of the project This project follows the range of lead partner’s projects which were focused on working with young people, namely the project ‘The Development of Entrepreneurship in Vocational Schools by Supporting Students' Micro-Businesses’ financed from ESF which were concerned with the issues of micro-businesses on the level of vocational education in the Czech Republic.
Idea owner Jana Márová
Institution PROFIMA EFFECTIVE, s.r.o.
Country Czech Republic
Last update 05 March 2015
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IMPROVING SKILLS AND ENTREPRENEURIAL COMPETENCES FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH IN CENTRAL EUROPE innovation
The main aim of the project is to establish new innovative learning system for knowledge sharing and motivation for entrepreneurship and employment in central European regions.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results The first specific objective is to involve and motivate the target groups who can use and promote the proposed system, namely regional and professional associations, public administration bodies, personal agencies, secondary schools, higher education and life long learning institutions, and others. The next specific goal is to conduct the training of target groups in the efficient use of the new proposed system and to increase competencies for use of novel technologies for entrepreneurship and employment.
Partners involved Syntea, CZ (SME) SYNYO GmbH, AT (SME) University in Nitra, SK (University), University of Maribor, SI (University)
Partners requested 1. Partners with connection to support and development of entrepreneurship. 2. Partners with experience in similar European projects or thematically related national projects.
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner Milos Ulman
Institution Czech University of Life Sciences
Country Czech Republic
Last update 29 March 2015
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PARTNERSHIP OF BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATION TOWARDS SMART SPECIALIZATION innovation
Defining regions’ smart specializations should be a bottom-up proces. Attempts have been made to involve enterprises in defining regional smart specializations. However, representatives of private enterprises are reluctant to participate in identifying the targets of strategic intervention through cooperation with the public administration. One of the diagnosed reasons for such a state of affairs is the social and cultural background in which the enterprises function. Public administration is often not seen as a partner in the strategic development of businesses and the economy. At the same time, enterprises and the public administration do not fully treat each other as partners when defining economic needs and the ways to satisfy them. Contacts between enterprises and the public administration are often treated instrumentally and are incidental rather than systematic. The main objective of the project is the consolidation of the entrepreneurial discovery process and the implementation of smart specialization strategies. Strengthening the links between the public administration and SMEs, as well as increased involvement of SMEs, would facilitate the defining of strategic objectives in the area of innovation, making them better adapted to the needs of the market.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results The main objective of the project and at the same time the main change we would like to achieve is strengthening the links between the public sector (administration) and SMEs as well as increased involvement of SMEs in the development and verification of strategic objectives in the area of innovation. The outputs of the project will be: - a report on methods of cooperation of business and administration functioning in the partners’ regions, - developing the model(s) of cooperation between enterprises and the public administration, - implementing the models worked out during the project by work groups responsible for defining regional smart specializations. The project will result in the implementation of the models of effective cooperation between businesses and the public administration by work groups responsible for defining regional smart specializations in the partner regions.
Partners involved Regional Government of Mazovia/Mazovian Office of Regional Planning (Poland), Komitat Pest (Hungary)
Partners requested Regional governments, bodies responsible for preparing regional innovation strategies, other institutions involved in the process of cooperation between businesses and administration
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner Izabela Siekierska-Rosiak
Institution Mazovian Office for Regional Development
Country Poland
Last update 30 March 2015
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CREINET - CREATIVITY AS A LEVERAGE TO IMPROVE INNOVATION NETWORK IN CE innovation
CE Territories are very rich in terms of services and networks dedicated to innovation, but often SMEs need a stronger support to trigger innovation process. CREINET project aims at working with regional networks of innovation actors to strengthen innovation processes of SMEs. In particular, the project aims to promote the transfer of knowledge and know-how from communities of creative companies, institution & professionals to clusters, value chains or single SMEs, connecting the former with the latter and develop common innovation projects. CREINET methodology will have a transnational approach to be then applied both at local and transnational level, with a specific attention to activate exchange of knowledge and skills from one area to another thus promoting the balanced development of the program area. Pilot Actions with a transnational and local dimension will be activated in CE territories, in order to test the methodology. Innovation projects will be supported with actions like working groups, events, voucher, specific tools (on and off line). The projects will be the output of local and transnational working groups organized looking at regional smart specialization strategies. An evaluation committee will be implemented in order to evaluate CREINET model of cooperation and Pilot Actions results in view to transfer the model to other areas and to policy makers for a in contribute to the implementation of the local SMART SPECIALIZATION Strategies.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results WP1 - Project and financial management; WP2 - Communication activities WP3 - Defining the model of cooperation between SMEs and communities of innovators WP4 - Development of the model WP5 - Pilot action implementation WP 6 - Evaluation of the results obtained and sustainability plan
Partners involved Veneto Region, Chamber of commerce od Padova.
Partners requested Chamber of commerce/development agencies, especially from Germany; Policy makers;
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Francesco Baiocchi
Institution CCIAA PADOVA
Country Italy
Last update 04 March 2015
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TINT innovation
The project is focused to the establishment of the CeCom (Centre of competences) The main task of the CeCom is to: - Systematic design of the potential new products/services in tourism sector by involving different stakeholders (public, private and non-governmental actors) Number of SMEs and other actors in the market is using their own solutions/products/services, which are not always the best of intended for the right clients. Therefore, the situation in the field/market can be described as environmentally and economically not sustainable in a long-term run. Current situation in the market of tourist products/services is marked with a number of different tourist products that significantly vary in their: - Quality - Quantity - Safety Additionally, the number of potential tourist products and services has not been yet developed and offered to the market (both to tourists on one-side and SMEs/destination management companies on the other side). This is due to the fact that number of resources (natural, historical, gastro etc.) has not been yet properly managed by the relevant authorities. The project TiNT and newly established CeCom involve active participation of different stakeholders (public, private and non-governmental sectors).
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results Axis of the project activities • The CeCom represents the concentration of knowledge and technology in order to effectively commercialize research results and the application of new technologies in the field/tourist sector (linkage between higher education institutions and destination management agencies in the filed) Specific project activities and results 1. Benchmarking 2. Sustainable tourism on Inland Water Destinations and in Nature Protected areas 3. Further to explore the potentials of the territory
Partners involved Tour-operators (DM companies)
Partners requested Italy, Croatia, Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic - Public institutions (regional and local self-government institutions, regional development agencies etc.) - Higher education institutions (universities, institutes etc,.), - NGOs and similar public initiatives - Destination management companies and SMEs
Follow up of the project Partially, this project is follow-up of the project MEDPATHS which was financed under IPA Adriatic Cross-border Programme 2007-2013, where Public Institution RERA SD was the Leading Partner. The value of the project was app. 2.000.000 EUR. In project MEDPATHS, app. 500 km of cycling, hiking and trekking paths have been reconstructed and/or newly reconstructed in the territory of project area in Croatia, while the same situation happened in two Italian partner regions.
Idea owner Mihaela Tomasevic
Institution Public institution RERA S.D.
Country Croatia
Last update 04 March 2015
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WILD CEU – REVIVAL OF WILD PLANTS USAGE AND PROCCESING FOR ADVANCMENT OF SOCIAL INOVATION IN CENTRAL EUROPEAN REGIONS innovation
Today the biodiversity of wild-grown plants presents a valuable and insufficiently used resource even though their usage and economic valorisation has been known in past. The population decrease, as well as aging, is a general trend in each of the selected project areas. The aim of the project idea is to develop the necessary capacities in Central European partner regions leading to economic innovation in the sector of wild-plant collection and processing. The project will built the preconditions for development of sustainable self-employment possibilities for people in rural areas, create a management model for the usage of natural resources and raise awareness on the importance and the benefits of the wild-grown plants and their derived functional products.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results The main project activities will be capacity building for people in rural areas for wild plant collection and processing; development of feasibility model and preliminary designs for sustainable processing centres of wild plants; and small infrastructure pilot projects, Centres for Development of New Functional Products (CEDENP) based on wild plants, situated in selected rural areas.
Partners involved Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship
Partners requested nstitutes, Regional Development Agencies, Local-self government units, Regions, NGO’s
Follow up of the project WILD CEU is not a follow up project
Idea owner Mihaela Tomasevic
Institution Public institution RERA S.D.
Country Croatia
Last update 17 March 2015
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FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DWELLING MODELS innovation
The relation between demography and housing need opens to challenging and complex problems that are more severe because of the economic situation and the shrink in the public resources dedicated to welfare policies. These trends generate new vulnerable groups and pose a crucial issue to housing policies also because of the economic crises that has led to a great amount of buildings underused due to an unaffordable real estate market. This project meets societal challenges related to poverty issues, cultural integration, aging population, quality of life, liveability of places and services accessibility, lack of healthcare and welfare services, demographic changes. It provides a sound and fruitful integration of social, business and research dimensions. As far as business is concerned, the pilot actions foreseen in the project will support the rejuvenation of housing and social services through the integration of new functions and with a cross-sector approach thus enhancing European SMES and start-up. Financial institutions will be involved to define specific financial tools and frameworks for the development of a self-sustaining business model. ICT approaches will support the development of a competitive business model to address societal challenges. Key words: social and functional mix, financial sustainability, building re-use. Specific objective: The project will address innovation in business model; societal challenges concerning social inclusion and new jobs;
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results Expected results: a) to keep under control vulnerable situations and support the development of more inclusive neighborhoods, b) to exploit abandoned buildings and give them new functions, c) to foster the development of new business opportunities in housing and social/healthcare services; d) to facilitate access to finance and engage public-private actors
Partners involved Federazione Trentina della Cooperazione (Italy) Provincia Autonoma di Trento (Italy), Regione Lombardia (Italy),
Partners requested Public authorities in social sector, housing cooperatives and associations, social/healthcare services organisations, ICT companies and research centres, financial institutions in Austria, Hungary and Germany
Follow up of the project The project will build upon outcomes from previous experiences introducing new elements for the financial sustainability of an integrated welfare model also capable of generating new business opportunities innovating traditional social services
Idea owner Elena Badeanschi
Institution Federazione trentina della cooperazione
Country Italy
Last update 11 March 2015
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SKILLS CROSS OVER innovation
The project idea is to equip professionals working in Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) with relevant skills to champion innovation and social change in the European regions. The project aims to make a genuine step change in the performance of CCIs and social entrepreneurship at the heart of Central Europe’s economy, thus contributing to economic and social development, job creation and counteracting depopulation of cities and regions. The project undertakes to address these challenges in a number of ways, namely through: - strengthening trans-regional collaborations within the CCI sector, incl. exchange of know-how and innovation, resulting in enhanced international exposure and market expansion opportunities - equipping a number of individuals operating within CCIs with knowledge and skills to improve their business - implementing learning/ peer-mentoring schemes to improve managerial competencies, fostering creative mind-sets and initiatives, facilitating mutual sharing of knowledge and innovation - facilitating the cascading of the newly gained skills to members of national and international creative networks to address the issue of imbalanced accumulation of knowledge and skills across Europe‘s regions - developing joint strategies for innovation for a better deployment of synergies within the sector - fostering digital social innovation (DSI) as one of the tools to mobilise new investment, generate business and deliver spill-over effects for the economy and society
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results Planned activities: - action plan for developing strategies to improve creativity and entrepreneurship mind-sets - train the trainer workshops (3 workshops, 3 x 30 participants) - workshop pilots: - national (6 per country, 300 participants per country) - international (6 workshops, 300 participants) - 3 international conferences - ongoing mentoring/ peer-support/ business aftercare scheme Expected results: - a strategy to improve creativity and entrepreneurship mind-sets with focus on social innovation - innovative learning tools for developing skills and entrepreneurial competences - strengthened trans-regional collaborations within CCIs; with knowledge and innovation being cascaded in creative networks on national and international level - a number of individuals equipped with knowledge and skills to develop and innovate their businesses - social innovation and digital social innovation fostered through an enterprise/ cluster organisation implementing innovative tools and workshops beyond project lifetime
Partners involved Fundacja British Council (Poland), Fundacja Inicjatyw Społeczno-Ekonomicznych (Poland)
Partners requested Countries: Poland, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia Types of organisations: city/ regional/ national authorities, universities, regional development agencies, creative hubs/ clusters, associaciations, business incubators, innovation agencies, education and training organisations
Follow up of the project n/a
Idea owner Weronika Ruszecka
Institution Fundacja British Council
Country Poland
Last update 11 March 2015
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FINANCIAL COOPERATIVE innovation
Cooperation constitutes a natural part of people’s culture that enhances an economic and social life of periphery (east and south) areas. The historical as well as recent experiences show that in some developed (central and west) EU countries and some sectors cooperatives play a key role. Based on these favourable experiences and the fact that cooperatives have been called “schools for democracy” we can state “there are correlations between progress towards democracy, moves towards a market economy and economic growth”. It is proclaim that cooperatives could play a major role in the process of EU development enlargement. A fundamental difference between the cooperatives in central, west EU countries and the east, post communist countries exist. Due to the discontinuity of the natural cooperative development caused by the command economy of the communist regime, the cause of the malfunction of current eastern cooperatives is most likely attributed to this communist legacy. Regarding the positive experiences from a number of cooperatives that exists in the west and central developed EU countries, many sources advocate that financial cooperatives should be reintroduced in the post communist European countries.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results WP1: Management WP2: Communication and dissemination WP3: Analysis of the situation in the central Europe WP4: Transfer of knowledge and good practice WP5: Analysis of legal and policy regulation (policy and legal recommendation) WP6: Capitalization within the EU region
Partners involved eTRI, E-zavod
Partners requested lead partner
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Sonja Kuhar
Institution eTRI
Country Slovenia
Last update 09 March 2015
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PRIVATE & PUBLIC INTEGRATION FOR IMPROVMENET OF ENTREPRENEURIAL CAPACATIES FOR TOURISM(WORKING TITLE) innovation
This problem can be solved by creating an integrated private-public approach for improvement of entrepreneurial skills and knowledge for improvement of tourism market efficiency and creation of mutual innovative added value product and services. In this way entrepreneurs will improve their businesses and offer new and innovative tourism products and services with support of public administration and these areas will become more attractive for visit, which will boost the economy of this EU regions. Thus, the strategy for development cooperation plan for tourism stakeholders has to be created with guidelines for improving business and competitiveness.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results 1. Mapping the touristic stakeholders and resources 2. Training the public and private stakeholders in 3 thematic areas 3. Pilot testing 4. Sustainability and exploitation plan Results: strategy, toolkit for public and private stakeholders, pilot project
Partners involved VIDRA - Regional development agency of Virovitica-pordavina county (lead);
Partners requested PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS - Experience in marketing, business planing or IT related to tourism. It can also be an SME that has developed and implemented a good marketing/communication plan or business plan. PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONS - with good connections and cooperation with SMEs, possible mutual strategy of cooperation (not necessary in tourism).
Follow up of the project This is not a follow up project, but in realtion to new tourism infrastructure built from European funds.
Idea owner Mateja Cah
Institution VIDRA - Virovitica-Podravina Regional Development Agency
Country Croatia
Last update 09 March 2015
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GRANT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR EU BENEFICIARIES innovation
Distribution of EU grant goes through various institutions: - European Commission - International Organizations - National authorities - Research centers - Regional authorities Each of activities mentioned above undergoes different rules for application submission, application evaluation, reporting, and controlling on both sides (agency and beneficiary). For many calls, there is no good documentation describing the process of grant settlement process. For example, the are no lists of documents required to present upon partial or final grant settlement. This is a huge problem, especially for SME's, without big project departments, which strive to successfully complete the grant reporting process. This problem is much enlarged by the lack of trust between companies and administration i Central-East Europe, dating back from communist times. Grant agencies fear that some beneficiaries will try only to get the money and drop the projects (which unfortunately True in some cases). To avoid negative grant settlement and returning money to the EU, agencies tend to require too much documentation. As result, many companies, even with good ideas, fear the "formal" part of grant settlement. They also fear the lack of help from the controlling agencies and risk grant return, and company bankruptcy. This becomes a huge problem in a global scale, as UE money absolution rates in countries like Romania are much below expectations.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results We propose a system for management, reporting and settelemt of EU grants, which will: a) provide beneficiaries with an IT project management tool to manage their project together with formal reporting b) implement expert knowledge about reporting and cotrol processes. Knowledge will come from public institutions, beneficiaries and EU support service providers. c) integrate grantees project management tools with central systems of the funding agencies. System will we complemented by a database of project templates and document templates required or useful for each grant type.
Partners involved Companies: IT, Grant management (Poland), Grant application consulting (Poland)
Partners requested - Grant agencies (any level) - Regulators - Eployers' associations - Grant consulting and grant management companies (all countries)
Follow up of the project N/A
Idea owner Jerzy Orlowski
Institution Lacan Technologies Sp. z o.o.
Country Poland
Last update 09 March 2015
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GLOBAL PAYROLL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM innovation
More and more companies act internationally (see http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/international/globalisation/international_trade/index_en.htm). In many cases this means not only finding international partners, but also creating branches and divisions in different countries. European Union regulations and International standards (e.g. international accounting standards) facilitate the process of emerging onto Central European markets. One of the biggest formal problems that companies do encounter in Central-East Europe are human resources and payroll legal systems that are highly incompatible between countries. Much of the law has remained still unchanged from the communism (due to high political cost of such changes) and is in every country full of difficult constructions, exceptions, ambiguities and even contradictions. SME's usually have a dedicated system/accounting office to calculate payroll for each country. This is very painful, especially, when company tries to analyze and optimize its global payroll, have employees that are employed in different countries in the same time.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results We propose an international payroll system for SMEs. System will consist of: a) central human resources database with country specific information b) integration with existing out-of-the-box payroll systems in each country (export data, calculate payroll, import payroll data) c) central payroll analysis, controlling and accounting System will allow for, example allow to analyze global margins on projects which involved employees in different countries.
Partners involved Companies: Accounting Office (Poland), IT (Poland)
Partners requested - Accounting offices providing payroll management (all countries) - Employers associations - Employers associations - Payroll IT software producers or distributors (all countries)
Follow up of the project N/A
Idea owner Jerzy Orlowski
Institution Lacan Technologies Sp. z o.o.
Country Poland
Last update 09 March 2015
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URBAN INNOVATION LIVING LABS (UILLS) innovation
The development of the built environment is crucial to the smart, sustainable and inclusive growth of the European societies as they are highly urbanized. In this sense, innovative urban development plans are more and more urgent throughout Central Europe because of its economic, social and environmental transformations. Yet, the urban built environment is a complex product shaped at economic, legislative, technical and social level, whose realization emerges from the interaction of a quadruple helix of actors (the construction industry, the public governing institutions, an heterogeneous technical community, the final users who are both private clients and citizens). Consequently, the innovations required to foster the present and future urban development depend on the difficult alignment of their different interests, roles and assets. Therefore, the present project aims at contributing to strengthen and modernize the complex value chain underlying the development of the urban built environment. To this end, the project pursues 3 specific objectives: a) implementing innovative models for the interaction of the actors and tools for jointly governing the development processes; b) validating such solutions through pilot cases regarding crucial urban issues; c) planning the consolidation of these solutions as core capacities of the systems underlying the development of the built environment in the territories involved and their adaptation to other Central European contexts.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results The achievement of the specific objectives will contribute to modernize the value chain of the urban built environment by helping the actors in strengthening their alignment. In particular, the project will contribute to improve the reciprocal understanding of their interests and the patterns to be used for jointly exploiting the respective roles and assets. The specific objectives will be accomplished through the implementation of three main groups of activities: a) the transnational definition of collaboration models and tools for the jointly governance of the development processes; b) the development of local pilot actions for validating these solutions; c) the definition of a flexible action plan to transform such solutions in structural competences within the territorial systems involved and throughout Central Europe. Such activities will be carried out in connection to a transnational network of stakeholders and experts the project will establish to discuss the urban issues.
Partners involved City of Modena (Municipality, Emilia-Romagna, IT); Unioncamere Veneto (Chamber of Commerce, Veneto, IT)
Partners requested 1) Spatial Planning research & Innovation Institute (AU) [TBC]; 2) Municipality (AU) [TBC]; 3) Technology Park (DE) [TBC]; 4) Municipality (DE) [TBC]; 5) Technology Park (PL) [TBC]; 6) Municipality (PL) [TBC]; In addition, we are looking for 3 more partners: 7) 1 industrial association from DE; 8) 1 technology transfer organization from CH or SK or another member state eligible for Interreg Central Europe; 9) 1 municipality from CH or SK or or another member state eligible for Interreg Central Europe.
Follow up of the project The present proposal is not a direct follow-up of a previous project. Yet, it is based on several previous experiences the Democenter Foundation had during the last years concerning the innovation of urban development. In particular, the staff of its European Territorial Cooperation Unit contributed to projects such as: a. UHI (‘Urban Heat Island’, 2011-2014, Central Europe Cooperation Programme, www.eu-uhi.eu); b. MILD HOME (‘My Modular, Intelligent, Low Cost, Do it yourself, nearly zero energy House for our Eco Green Village’, 2012-2014, South East Cooperation Programme, www.mildhome.eu); c. REPUBLIC-MED (‘REtrofitting PUBLIic spaces in Intelligent MEDiterranean Cities’, 2013-2015, Mediterranean Cooperation Programme, www.republic-med.eu); d. IMAGINE (‘Imagine low energy cities’, 2012-2014, Interreg 4C, www.imaginelowenergycities.eu). Working on specific aspects of the urban development, we have become aware of the necessity of innovating the value chain underlying the design, production and management of this complex product. The UILLs proposal is a first attempt in this direction.
Idea owner Matteo Serafini
Institution Democenter Foundation
Country Italy
Last update 11 March 2015
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CUTTING- EDGE SOLUTIONS IN EUROPEAN LOGISTICS ENTERPRISES – INNOLOGISTICS innovation
The aim of the Project is to develop innovative solutions that are vital for increasing efficiency and competitiveness of SMEs and their employees. The developed innovative method may be later used in cooperation with companies’ clients and partners. Other important matter is adjustment of SMEs development processes to European standards (cohesion of SME action with those mentioned In EU strategies). The aim of the Project is also to build a technological base and promotion of innovative initiatives.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results Objectives/solutions (what): 1. Researching the map of logistics business in consortium member countries; 2. Research of SMEs innovations in logistics sector; 3. Aiding the SMEs to gain the best available know- how in area of logistics 4. Creating the multi-level platforms for consolidation and for knowledge and innovation exchange within the logistics sector; The main outcomes of the project: 1. Database of SMEs operating In logistics services area In consortium member countries; 2. Report about innovations in logistics related SMEs - where and how should they be implemented – problems, needs, innovative solutions and related opportunities for positive impact; 3. Good practices Exchange platform (sort of Open Access); 4. E-learning courses for SMEs operating In logistics outsourcing (New marketing methods, enterprise processes optimalisation, etc.); 5. Training and consulting programme for logistics outsourcing start-ups; 6. Creating multinational logistics cluster.
Partners involved PHIN Consulting, Technical University of Łódź
Partners requested All eligible regions are welcome to join. The entities we are looking for in the first place (but not limited to): 1. SME logistics companies; 2. Various branch entrepreneurships, using transportation services; 3. Logistics start-up companies; 4. SME supporting Institutions; 5. Universities and their students; 6. Business agencies.
Follow up of the project Realization of the project “Łódzkie. The crucible of logistics companies”, a PHIN Consulting and Łódź Technical University’s project (co-financed by the EU from the Regional Operational Program Łódzkie 2007 – 2013), consisted of several actions, including researching the Łódzkie voivodeship’s business environment, changes in the local market in the area of logistics and of new systems of vocational trainings and dissemination of the research results. The project shown the setbacks for logistics branch, market changes mechanisms and chances of development in the specific, regional scale. Research outcome, the conclusions and effects were closed in publishing the book Łódzkie. The crucible of logistics companies - interdisciplinary research of Lodz agglomeration logistics companies by dr eng. Marek Sekieta, Łódź 2012. One of the most important aspects of the project was preparing the vocational training programs tackling the biggest obstacles of the local entrepreneurs, thanks to the close cooperation with the stakeholders from the business environment. Having learned as much as possible on the limited, regional level, we would like to continue our research on larger, multinational scale and produce much more spectacular outcome having impact on European scale. Our objective is using our previous EU funded project’s outcome for improving the central European logistics sector companies through utilization of cutting- edge solutions and most up to date know - how, prepared directly for their needs, thanks to detailed research and identification of the market obstacles, risks, potential and opportunities.
Idea owner Lukas Guc
Institution Phin Consulting & Training
Country Croatia
Last update 13 March 2015
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BE GREEN BE CREATIVE BE INCLUSIVE innovation
The aim of the project is to consider environment as resource in order to develop new job and social inclusion in urban area. The project particularly wants to bring out the social innovation and the challenges deriving from demographic change, migration and brain drain, using an integrated approach that in meantime can be useful for a sustainable development The project aims to develop new ideas (products, services and models) that simultaneously meet social needs and create new social relationships or collaborations. Fields of activity are ecosystem services in green urban areas. The project can improve environment management, lead to a sustainable economy, create and develop economic activity by blending creativity in order to propose innovative solutions, including work integration.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions To increase employees` skills in the business sector (particularly SMEs) regarding novel eco-innovation innovative products, services or processes and social innovation. Expected results: To create occupation To improve environment management To promote social inclusion To promote safeguard creative society To use green urban spaces as “incubator centres” to develop creative proposal and use, that can be produce income.
Partners involved Municipality of Genoa (IT), partner research in progress
Partners requested Public Administrations, research centres, SMEs
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Marisa Bacigalupo
Institution Development Agency GAL Genovese
Country Italy
Last update 16 March 2015
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NEWGROWTH - NEW REGIONAL SUPPORTING MODEL FOR COMPANIES TRANSFORMING FROM STARTUP TO A GROWTH-STAGE innovation
The different stages of the life cycle of a successful enteprise (development, startup, survival, growth, early-maturity) have different characteristics and need individual supporting schemes. As difficult as it can be to develop a good business idea to viable startup company, the next transition process to growth-stage can be even more difficult. The mainstream service support for developing entrepreneurs are mostly related to financial assistance (e.g. venture capital) meanwhile a range of suport services available in the startup phase. Meanwhile entreprises in the growth-stage can be the key contributers to long-term growth. Yet because innovation is characterized by significant informational frictions, supporting the growth of these firms is challenging. In addition to the financial support (grants, venture capital etc) a range of tailor-made professional supporting services are in a need. As most of the supporting instruments are dedicated to the startup and then the early-maturity stage, the development and implementation of a coordinated growth-stage supporting network is crucial. Following the abovementioned approach, the NewGrowth is concentrating on the supplement of financial instrumnents in 5 key areas which all relate to crutial issues of the non-financial support of entrepreneurship in the growth-stage: 1) market narrowing technics 2) product design/definition 3) partner network development 4) operational structure development 5) branding.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results The specific objectives of the project are: - Analyse and further develop current initiatives, policy frameworks and existing experiences of PPs for developing a new model for the support of growth-stage entrepreneurs - Development of 5 Growth-stage Support Network Nodes and 1 CE Virtual Hub (its role of the Hub is to give institutional background to apply growth-stage services and manage CE level entrepreneur support and will operate as a platform for strengthening of know-how coherence in the Central Europe region) - Capacity building within the partnership on growth-stage support - Pilot testing of developed growth-stage supporting initiatives (5 pilot actions related to 5 directions of growth-stage support) - Development of 5 implementation plans (1 per country) to assure sustainability of the developed service model and its elements
Partners involved Mid-Pannon Regional Development Co (HU), Central transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency (HU)
Partners requested The project can be successfully implemented by 10 partners from 5 CE countries. Linking to the followed approach, dual partnership model is needed (5 financial supporters have to be from 5 countries + 5 innovation support intermediaries from the same countries) Financial supporters (VC mediators, Regional financing institutions, etc.) from Central Europe (except HU) will be the implementing partners of new financial supporting models. Intermediaries (Regional Innovation Agencies, Regional Development Agencies, Innovation Centres, etc.) from Central Europe (except HU) will be the nodes of CE Virtual Hub for growth-stage support.
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Akos Szepvolgyi
Institution Central Transdanubian Regional innovation Agency
Country Hungary
Last update 17 March 2015
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DESIGN MANAGEMENT; DESIGN & INNOVATION FOR SMES innovation
The project aims to provide SMEs with specific transdisciplinary knowledge to increase the innovative space and improve operational capacity of SMEs
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results n/a
Partners involved Germany, Poland,
Partners requested Wismar University of Applied Sciences ( Germany) is searching for partners from the Centra Europe Programme Area from the following fields: 1) Academic / training partners (research institutes, universities, training organisations); 2) Technology parks, business incubators; 3) Business support institutions (e.g. Chambers of Industry and Commerce, local & regional policy organisations supporting transdisciplinary working approaches and approaches to combine design, management and technology (mostly familiarised in literature with “design management” and “creative industries” or “design and innovation” concepts) and 4) SMEs. Interested stakeholders are welcome to contact me.
Follow up of the project n/a
Idea owner Laima Gerlitz
Institution Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences: Technology, Business and Desi
Country Germany
Last update 17 March 2015
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CREATIVE COMPANIES IN CENTRAL EUROPE innovation
The project aims at increasing the contribution of creative and cultural companies (CCIs) in the socio-economic development of the territories involved and a stronger connection among Creative Industries, SMEs and R&TD institutions, public entities. The main objectives are the support to the birth of new start-ups in the cultural and creative sectors through the implementation of dedicated pilot actions and the creation of a long lasting transnational network of hubs (co-working centres, incubators, services centres) offering services to these companies.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results The main activities will be 3: 1) Analysing and mapping in the territories involved the creative and cultural industries and the hubs 2) Implementing the pilot actions in the territories involved by capitalizing the Creative Camp model developed in CCAlps project (Alpine Space Programme). The pilot actions will include, in particular, a training phase of the operators and professionals of the cultural and creative sector and, secondly, a development phase of new business ideas addressing the needs for skills and entrepreneurial competences. The pilot actions will foresee the exchange of CCIs among the partners regions, in the perspective of working at a transnational level. 3) Set up of the network of hubs. Constitution of a stable network among the hubs of the regions involved through the sharing of services, the exchange of experiences and the realization of events in which the projects born in the pilot actions will be promoted. The network of hubs will also capitalize the experience achieved during CCAlps.
Partners involved public entities from some of the regions already involved
Partners requested Universities and research centres; incubators and co-working centre; regional and local authorities; cultural and creative industries; Investors, Development agencies from all the regions involved.
Follow up of the project The project proposed is a follow up of a successful idea already implemented in the Alpine Space area, related to the economic development that European territories can reach through the drive of cultural and creative companies. We'd like to exted this actions in Central Europe area
Idea owner Daniela Emilia Protti
Institution Lombardy Region
Country Italy
Last update 19 March 2015
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BEIT- THE ANSWER ON THE PROBLEMS OF THE IT INDUSTRY IN THE AREA OF HUMAN CAPITAL AND THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS innovation
According to Gartner by 2018 there will be a shortage of developers and IT technical specialists for 500 k -700 k people in Europe only. This makes and will make IT companies hire junior staff which will become full value employees after 1,5 - 2 years of work. The companies already agree for such solutions due to lack of qualified resources in the market. Many of developers/IT Specialist are formally one man companies often rendering services to more than one software house or integrator. Problems: IT market in Central Europe is a market of providers rather than producers / too small number of custom solutions in the area of IT (intellectual property) Insufficient number of qualified IT staff in relation to the needs of the market High unemployment among young people who can not find a job in their profession Very well developed IT departments- lack of sales skills Overall objective: Increase the competitiveness of the ICT SME by improving skills and competencies of human capital in terms of programming, entrepreneurship and internationalization. By stimulating mutual exchange and learning, transnational cooperation will help to gain specific objectives of the project: Support for young people to gain knowledge which corresponds to the needs of potential employers (reduction of unemployment among this group) strengthening sales skills towards internationalization develop and implement innovative products, services and/or processes.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results The main activities envisaged to achieve these goals are: 1. Studies and surveys. All project partners will carry out a study on the demand for IT professionals . It will allow for in-depth study to diagnose the problem defined in the project and will implement appropriate support model. The research will be relate to social problems like unemployment. 2. Feasibility study for a tailor-made transfer of the support model. In frame of the project will be developing, and testing innovative learning systems for increasing skills and entrepreneurial competences considering demographic change challenges: youth unemployment. 3. Pilot actions in all partners countries (e-learning in IT topic, trainings in companies, mentoring,soft skills training, internships, new distribution channels) 4. Dissemination activities.
Partners involved Ruda Slaska Business Incubator PL (lead partner), Innovare Foundation (PL), Silesia University (PL), Croatian Competitiveness Cluster of ICT industry (HR), Cluster IT from Slovakia (SK)
Partners requested IT clusters, universities, development agensies
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Aleksandra Karas
Institution Ruda Slaska Business Incubator
Country Poland
Last update 24 March 2015
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B2B SERVICE DESIGN HUB innovation
Our project brings new solutions and continuous innovation platform that helps B2B companies to enter foreign markets. Its main parts are data processing, work with content and technologies for use in modern B2B marketing. We use innovative methods of service design, social media and creating of online applications for the needs of B2B marketing. Thanks to the international verification will be created for our partners an usable solution for obtaining of business contacts and their follow up. Important function will be also B2B service designing according to the needs of particular European markets which will improve the competitiveness of companies.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results The outputs of the project will be software programmes, best practice models and also webinars and workshops increasing knowledge base of companies in the modern B2B marketing for industrial and ICT branches. Service design we understand as the activity of planning and organizing people, infrastructure, communication and material components of a service in order to improve its quality and the interaction between service provider and customers. The purpose of service design methodologies is to design according to the needs of customers or participants, so that the service is user-friendly, competitive and relevant to the customers.
Partners involved Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jihlava (CZ)
Partners requested IT clusters, universities, development agensies, chambre of commerce and industry, marketing specialists etc.
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner Tomas Prchal
Institution Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jihlava
Country Czech Republic
Last update 19 March 2015
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SHARING KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCES FOR INNOVATIVE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES innovation
The project aims at designing and experimenting the usage of open technologies and models for the development of innovative social business opportunities in Central Europe. Regional and local areas addressed by the projects have been facing social and economic crisis. High level of unemployment, lack of industrial strategies and weak human capital investments have diminished their level of competitiveness and increased social segregation and migration. In this period of global crisis, social business initiatives have been suffering particularly, many of them have failed due to the lack of donations and financing or low management skills. There is a strong need to open up business models of social entrepreneurs in order to allow the collective intelligence to contribute and to enable stakeholders participation. Collaborative open innovation can bring diversity and enable the collective intelligence to perform social innovation. Crowdsourcing and knowledge sharing will drive the creation of viable business model approaches and open methods within the social sector. The project will sustain new social business opportunities delivering services that meet social needs and satisfy market demand.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results • A web based transnational tool will be developed and implemented with the aim of collecting and sharing information, data, knowledge and competences. A knowledge sharing and brainstorming community will grow and will give users roles and tasks. A crowdsourcing area will promote collaboration to achieve business goals. Users will be motivated to improve their skills and help each other in formulating and developing their business ideas. Professionals and experts will provide feedback that are key to inspire users’ learning and creativity. • Thanks to the pilot action, local and regional authorities involved in the project will jointly define an Enabling strategy to support and innovate models of open cooperation within the third sector. • Promotion of a set of business ideas • Creation of a comprehensive transnantional network of public and private actors including entrepreneurs.
Partners involved training institution, regional agency
Partners requested Local or regional public authorities, regional development agencies, chambers of commerce, education and training organisations, labour market institutions, social partners, innovation agencies, NGOs
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner Cristina Dorati
Institution Arifl Lombardia
Country Italy
Last update 19 March 2015
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ACCESSIBLE TOURISM innovation
Modern society is increasingly aware of the concept of integration of people with disabilities. A greater understanding of the accessible tourism market has been promoted through research performed by the European Commission where a stakeholder analysis has provided an insight into the complexities of accessible tourism. Making tourism more accessible is a social responsibility, but also a compelling business case to boost the competitiveness of tourism in Europe. Many examples show that making adjustments to a facility, providing accurate information and understanding the needs of disabled people can result in increased visitors´ numbers. Improving the accessibility of tourism services increases their quality and their enjoyment for all tourists, as well as improving quality of life in the local communities. Providers of the most tourism services should take into account its suitability for social accessible tourism. It is defined as tourism available to all. Travelling of persons with disabilities is one of the main goals of social tourism but in general it allows for as many people who are disadvantaged in some way. At the same time it provides the opportunity to enrich their knowledge, promotes their integration into society and the development of their personality.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results The project aims to develop and test training curriculum, methodology preparation, sharing information and training realization of tourism managers and staff competences in order to make them ready to welcome guests with special needs. Project activities are focused on stimulation the best use of results and exchange of well-proven methods in education and training staff in tourism services tailored for senior and disabled tourists and families. The tourism is one of the fastest growing industries which has an impact on world economy, and not only contributes to higher GDP, but also creating jobs. Travelling has become an inseparable part of our lives. However tourism affects economic changes in our lifestyles that need to be addressed. It is important to adapt supply trends in the tourism market. The purpose of accessible tourism is to see disabled and elderly people as equal and incorporate them into the activity of everyday life.
Partners involved Local and regional authorities, University, NGOs, ICT, Chambre of Commerce
Partners requested Partners from Germany or Austria. Local and Regional self-government, public institutions, destination management companies, Agencies for tourism development, RDAs and development agencies, Chambers, Universities, social innovators, research centres, Universities, tourism actors
Follow up of the project No.
Idea owner Jiri Danes
Institution Institute of Social Innovations
Country Czech Republic
Last update 23 April 2015
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AVATAR-ACCESSING A VIRTUAL HEALTH AMBIENCE TO AMPLIFY HEALTH RESULTS innovation
The main objective of the project is to promote social/health innovation by approaching and tackling socioeconomic determinants of health. A website/App interface will be developed to help social/health workers at motivating Central Europe citizens to reduce lifestyles related health risks. Risks analysis will be performed and relation with socio-economic determinants will be assessed. Brief motivational interviews will be proposed as if individuals were at their GP’s office. Links will be created with existing social and health services.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results The project will: - develop a strategy to enhance entrepreneurship for social and health innovation - develop a human-computer interface to improve social/health innovation capacity - pilot the utilization of the produced tool to increase people’s self-management of health AVATAR will deliver a suite of digital programmes for primary care patients: • to self-assess health and illness in respect to socio-economic health determinants • to receive screening and brief interventions, developed on the basis of evidence-based theory and tailored to the personal needs of each patient • to monitor their health and share in the management of their long term condition(s)
Partners involved University of Udine, University of Trieste, University of Ljubljana, Medical University of Warsaw, Croatia, Charles University Prague and more policy makers and entrepreneurs tbd
Partners requested Policy makers, Primary care services
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Pierluigi Struzzo
Institution University of Trieste
Country Italy
Last update 24 March 2015
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A HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERFACE TO PROMOTE INNOVATION OF SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN CENTRAL EUROPE innovation
The main objective of the project is to promote social innovation by approaching and tackling socioeconomic determinants of health. A website/App interface will be developed aiming at motivating Central Europe citizens to reduce lifestyles related health risks. Social and health sectors are very often driven by a passive approach. Assistance and financial support is usually provided without looking for citizens’ participation. While increasing awareness and knowledge is essential for patients to modify their health behaviours, they are seldom sufficient to achieve sustainable change. This is because change behaviour is also influenced by citizen’s values, attitudes and behavioural norms, as well as expectations of success or failure before embarking on a change programme, and self-perceptions about their capacity for sustaining the change. General practitioners, local authorities, social workers provide lifelong, continuing, coordinated and community orientated care to their patients/citizens and are widely seen by them as their most trusted health providers. The project will improve creativity and entrepreneurship of employees of the social and health sectors by addressing these issues by utilizing innovative ICT technologies and improving, thus, European cohesion.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results The project will: - develop a strategy to enhance entrepreneurship for social and health innovation - develop a human-computer interface, personalized by social/health workers, to improve social/health innovation capacity - pilot the utilization of the produced interface to increase people’s self-management of health The project will deliver a suite of digital programmes for primary care patients: • to self-assess health and illness in respect to socio-economic health determinants • receive screening and brief interventions, developed on the basis of evidence-based theory and tailored to the personal needs of each patient • to monitor their health and share in the management of their long term condition(s). • to improve the communication between social/health services and citizens
Partners involved University of Udine, University of Trieste, University of Ljubljana, Medical University of Warsaw, Croatia, Charles University Prague and more policy makers and entrepreneurs tbd
Partners requested Regional and National Policy makers and Social/Health services providers
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Pierluigi Struzzo
Institution University of Trieste
Country Italy
Last update 23 March 2015
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CONNECTMILK innovation
The transition of dairy chain in CE regions after quotas is going to endanger the survival of many small farms; the global investments by foreign companies in processing and retailing, will drive to extensive contracting and vertical coordination while the milk chain will concentrate in some vocated areas. Common challenge is to create a CE strong network focused on the exchange of knowledge and competences among partners, with diffusion of best dairy practices, training people involved in dairy activities and facilitate the technology transfer to strengthen regional innovation capacities in the dairy chain. This network must demonstrate to be able to combine technical innovation, research activities, innovation transfer, organizational model (drawn from milk package) and market competencies at the three levels of the dairy chain to create a more competitive and collaborative network to afford future dairy chain challenges.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results Check with common methodologies the state of the art of dairy chain in different countries and suggest the correction measure and policy to improve its competitiveness. Share cross border competences about product quality, market strategies, brand, and protect the PDO, PGI, TSG denomination or create new ones to conquer new markets or enlarge the existing market areas among the partner countries. Share information with partners about market opportunities using web tools. Different experiences exchanged among partners and interdisciplinary approach will help to afford these chain problems of ICT innovation, biotechnology applied to the cows rearing, vertical chain models, enhanced marketing competition, maintaining a sustainable rural environment and exploit touristic activities.
Partners involved University of Zagreb (HR), University of Warsaw (PL), Hungarian Academy of Science (HU), University of Primorska (SLO), private companies involved in production, private companies offering technologies for the dairy chain, associations of entrepreneurs
Partners requested Regional authorities, some of them already contacted.
Follow up of the project NO
Idea owner Franco Rosa
Institution University of Udine
Country Italy
Last update 24 March 2015
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ENVIRONMENTAL SKILLS FOR SME innovation
In lack of natural resources compared to global economy, the European commission launched its’ circular economy package in the middle of 2014, to improve the material return rate of discarded municipal waste lost primarily in landfills. Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is one of the cornerstones of consumer waste practices, requiring the producer to take financial, organisational and/or administrative responsibility for postconsumer waste
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results 1. preparation of tools and services 2. capacity building in business support organisations to deliver required skills to SME 3. piloting 4. policy recommendations and actions plans
Partners involved Italy, Germany, Slovenia
Partners requested from Poland, Czech republic and Slovakia, only public bodies and authorities dealing with business support and / or environmental services
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Grit Ackermann
Institution Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia
Country Slovenia
Last update 26 March 2015
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DESIGN FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS innovation
The main objective of the “Design for business success” project would be inspiring and encouraging SMEs to adopt development strategy based on innovation and design, as well as to implement high-efficiency activities in this field. In the emerging economies, as Poland, Hungary, Czech and Slovakia, strategies based on design and innovation can open up valuable opportunities and bring significant business benefits.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results The main outputs of the project would be commonly elaborated design management strategy for enterprises from Central European country. The strategy will contains of comprehensive tools such design audits, trainings and advisory (couching) given by designers.
Partners involved no
Partners requested Hungary, Czech, Slovakia, Italy, Austria - institutions involved in industrial design activities, such design centres, design agencies, research &innovation centres, business support institutions
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner monika szymanska
Institution INNpuls
Country Poland
Last update 27 March 2015
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WIN – WOOD INNOVATION NETWORK innovation
In most cases S3 documents lack the transnational dimension and knowledge poles should better identify their role within S3. Territories with similar strategic priorities rarely shared and coordinated their plans with nearby territories outside national boundaries. Cooperation in terms of scientific and technical infrastructure is still poor and synergies and coordination and complementarities must be pursued. Transnational level • - create a transnational network of wood tech centers in Central Europe between territories with common or matching development objectives (Smart specialization strategy S3) • - develop pilot activities coherent with S3, to create a common and shared knowledge base at transnational level and enhance cooperation and rationalization in the use of technical knowledge and infrastructure • -start a coordination on strategic development issues between countries with same S3 priorities (wood) Local level • - foster interaction between knowledge poles and economy , set sustainable interaction • - foster innovation processes in SMEs in line with regional and national development documents • - enhance training schemes for SMEs and tech transfer
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results • The project intends to act at two levels, transnational and local, in order to promote the establishment of a functional network of wood tech centers and knowledge poles to target S3 objectives and grant a direct impact on the productive sector. • • Policy level will be involved and together with knowledge poles they will check they role and contribution in pursuing S3. Tech institutions and Knowledge poles should perceive and know their role in the regional strategies for the wood-furniture-construction sector. •
Partners involved Informest Region (FVG Associated) POLO PN wic slovenija gozdis (Ministry Associated??) Holzcluster Styria Hungary Zala or Panfa HR drvni cluster (Agency for Innovation Associated)
Partners requested none
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner Jozica Gricar
Institution Slovenian Forestry Institute
Country Slovenia
Last update 30 March 2015
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STARTUPKIT - START PACKAGE OF INTEGRATED IT TOOLS FOR START-UP COMPANIES IN CENTRAL EUROPE innovation
There are many Business Environment Institutions aiming which facilitate life for start-up companies. Among them, are Pre-incubators ans Incubators, providing training and basic help, Technology Parks, with the space required to run the business and technology clusters, exchanging knowledge between different players in the same industry. In many regions Business Environment Institutions limit their activity only to trainings, consulting and space provision. The main objective of our project is to enhance the offer of Business Environment Institutions. We will use the experience of institutions and companies from more innovative regions to build a STARTUPKIT - Package of integrated IT Programmes and tools for Start-up Companies, which will facilitate business planning and day-to-day company managements. These tools will be distributed distributed to the new companies by Incubators, Technology Parks and Technology Clusters.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results Our project will also include a pilot study in which several Business Environment Institutions will distribute the STARTUPKIT among companies and train end users. As a result of our pilot study, we will create an action plan on how to implement the IT tools them for the rest of start-ups in the Central-East Europe.
Partners involved Technology Parks,Technology Clusters IT companies, PhD students associations, Research Institutes
Partners requested We need more partners outside Poland
Follow up of the project N/A
Idea owner Adam Niewiarowski
Institution Stowarzyszenie Rozwoju Karier Doktorantów i Doktorów PolDoc
Country Poland
Last update 02 April 2015
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INNOVATION BUSINESS MODEL innovation
The aim of the project is to develop inovative service package for IT business sector, SMEs and start-ups. All organizations are now “powered by information”, and this means there's big opportunity to learn from best practices in completely different areas. Focus of this business support is innovation and making technology simple to use and deploy. In order to gain in business, experience of others can be useful model for sectors in the preparation and implementation.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results Innovation Business Model would include education, admonition and help for young or already existing IT business organizations, SMEs and start-ups through several stages of pre-implementation and implementation Innovation Business Model. The pre-implementation process will be executed through consulting and supervision of SMEs and start-ups, and complete implementation will occur after the series of educational programs.
Partners involved -
Partners requested Partnes we are looking for are Business Incubator and Development Agency in Austria, Hungary and Slovenia.
Follow up of the project NO
Idea owner Mateja Horvat
Institution Koprivnički poduzetnik d.o.o.
Country Croatia
Last update 01 April 2015
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EU GEEK - EFFECTIVE USAGE OF GREEN ENERGY & KNOWLEDGE innovation
Project EU GEEK will connect stakeholders from Central European countries in order to raise awareness and knowledge and a more active involvement of citizens, as a further step towards the further development of renewable energy in the region. Main project goals are as follow: 1. Verification of educational path/career "RES (Renewable Energy Sources) technician" in Austria, then modification depending on the partner country conditions, introduction of “RES technician” in the partner country. 2. Promoting pro-entrepreneurial attitudes among graduates of "RES technician", to prevent the outflow of qualified staff from partner regions. 3. Improve knowledge and awareness of the public, local authorities, SMEs, educational institutions concerning Europe 2020 strategy and RES with innovative forms of media, ie. e-learning. 4. Increase the competence of SMEs in the implementation of innovative technologies and management methods in RES 5. Establishing a partnership between the project partners / partner regions for their development through the development of appropriate tools, ie. a common strategy and action plans to support RES policy in the regions.
Specific objective To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions
Expected results In particular, the project seeks to obtain the following results: 1. Increased knowledge of schemes and proven models for citizen involvement which benefit communities - all target groups. This is a crucial result that the project is aiming to achieve, since according to recent studies community involvement and benefit-sharing are key measures to foster social acceptance to RES. 2. Better understanding of concerns and local opposition to RES development in different Central Europe regions and countries involved in the project - all target groups. 3. Thanks to the documents produced, website and workshops organised, the results of the project will be transferrable to other regions and countries in the Central Europe.
Partners involved Regional Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer Ltd, LP (PL), Swietokrzyskie Region - Marshal Office of the Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship (PL), Foundation Centre of Local Europe (PL),The European Centre for Renewable Energy (AU), Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research (HU)
Partners requested NGO, regional public authority, business support organisation
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Karolina Jarocha
Institution Regional Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer Ltd
Country Poland
Last update 08 April 2015
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CERBERUS innovation
Central Europe suffers from underfinanced research and innovation. Researchers can find finances from other sources like international cooperation and industry, but in the case of Central Europe these channels are not often successfully exploited. As the main issues we consider: 1. Lack of participation in international projects – FP7, Horizon 2020, COST, Erasmus+ 2. Insufficient relationship between industry and academia Project CERBERUS will address directly these issues by creating online state-of-the-art web based platform, which will bring together research and industry. Consortium consisting of academia, private researchers, policy makers and industry will work together to bring their previous experience and form portal for every stakeholder. Consortium will also collect know-how of the partners and share their best practises in the international projects or between academia and industry in the form of live events and e-learning. Live events and e-learning will be used as teaching tool for the participants and also for promotion of the network.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results Expected results: - New interactive network of academia, private research institutes industry and other stakeholders within life sciences - New web based platform for communication, consortium creation and matchmaking within the network - E-learning module with best practises and guidelines about cooperation within research and between researchers and industry - Overall increase of cooperation within the region between stakeholders of the life sciences Planned activities: WP1 – Development of the web based network portal and mobile application derived from the portal WP2 – Development of the content for the portal WP3 – Live events – workshops and meetings to exchange experiences and best practises WP4 – Development of e-learning module for platform WP5 – Dissemination and communication WP6 – Project management
Partners involved Cassovia Life Sciences
Partners requested All of the countries of Interreg, except Slovakia. We are looking for life sciences stakeholders with international experience: Universities, private research organisations, SME, industry. We are looking for also governmental organisations on national and municipal level
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Norbert Bomba
Institution Cassovia Life Sciences
Country Slovakia
Last update 08 April 2015
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EBITDA: EASTERN BORDER INITIATIVE TO DEVELOP ACTIVITY (IN BUSINESS) innovation
Current situation in EU-UA border regions shows, that there are structural barriers to develop knowledge based economy on the basis of internal resources. These resources were mostly drained by competitive leading growth centers in EU / USA. Shortly EU-UA border regions will faces the challenges of upcoming wave of economic immigrations from Ukraine. There is also the chance to use settle valuable entrepreneurs and innovators close to border, until they migrate further to leading growth centers. Actual UE economic policy for less developed regions is strongly focused at usage of internal potential. Innovative approach of the project is an effort to start the economic process of acquiring external (human) resources for faster growth in historically resource-drained regions.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results Outputs of project are: 1 framework analyse of strategic innovation branches in Ukraine linked to EU-UA border regions economy (work also as evaluation criteria for financial fund) 1 transnational financial fund (invest or loan or mixed) 5 regional investment guides for foreigners from Ukraine 50 created and financed innovative start-up’s, 100 created work places (EPC) for immigrants in created start-up’s 1 project’ evaluation document
Partners involved development agencies form EU-UA border regions
Partners requested regional goverment, regional development institution
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner Paweł Kowalik
Institution Lublin Science and Technology Park
Country Poland
Last update 09 April 2015
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INNO-DSS AN INTELLIGENT DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR ICT INNOVATION DEVELOPMENT IN LIVING LABS innovation
The main objective of the project is to create a more efficient system of supporting inventors during the research and development phase and subsequent commercialisation of innovative ideas. Such a system can be designed and implemented according to the Living Lab model, which is considered to be a novel, highly effective element of the innovation system in Europe. One of the strategic goals of the EU, stated a.o. in the Lisbon, Barcelona and Gothenburg Agendas is to become a global leader in transforming the society and economy into a knowledge-based postindustrial one. Therefore Europe needs more efficient and viable innovation support systems, able to detect, support during the research and development phase and commercialize innovations. The former or existing systems, such as IRC, now EEN, national systems such as National Innovation Network have helped to achieve a noteworthy progress in this field, which however, has not been regarded as sufficient when assessing the degree of attainment of the Lisbon goals. Therefore during the Finnish EU presidency the European Commission launched a new concept of Living Labs as a supplementary way to improve the efficiency of the innovation systems in Europe. Since then, Living labs have become an established form of innovation promotion and development in some EU-15 countries, while forming the LL system in CE countries is still ongoing. One of the reasons is a lack of innovation support models within Living Labs.
Specific objective To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
Expected results We expect that carrying out the project will allow to a) elaborate best practices of functioning of innovation management systems following the Living Labs principles in the CE countries’ IT sector, in particular implementing research results (TRL 1-3) to the stage of useful industrial innovations or prototypes (TRL 4-7), innovative ways of IT transfer and assessment, implementing the technological foresight in building corporate strategies and operational IT investment planning. b) in cooperation with regional authorities elaborate best practices and operational plans of building pilot regional innovation support systems according to the Living Lab c) support the development of pilot innovation support systems according to the Living Labs in partner regions d) develop a common innovation evaluation system and networking of partner institutions tailored for the needs of CE countries.
Partners involved AGH University of Science and Technology, Progress & Business Foundation, Technical University Dresden - Media Centre, Faculty of information studies in Novo mesto, Centre for Innovation and Economic Development Centre – Agency of the Forlì-Cesena Chamber of Commerce
Partners requested University, no-for-profit agency, innovation-oriented NGO
Follow up of the project The Creator of Innovation – the support of academic innovative entrepreneurship. IT transfer and support to the development of ICT-based communication and related entrpreneurship.
Idea owner Alicja Madura
Institution Fundacja Progress & Business
Country Poland
Last update 10 April 2015
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ENMANAGE (SUSTAINABLE ENERGY MANAGEMENT FOR HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS IN CENTRAL EUROPE) energy
AIM: To develop and implement sustainable Energy Management at urban public Higher Education Institutions (HEI): by creating action plans for HEIs and cities based on best practice examples, and by increasing the capacities of HEIs and cities through transnational policy-learning, training, certification and networking. Part of reaching low-carbon society is reducing CO2 emissions in Built Environment (Energy Performance of Buildings Directiv e - Directive 2010/31/EU). In the region , significant share of public HEI buildings are historical buildings or built before any energy-efficiency regulation. Such buildings consume up to 5-times more than those built with the current regulations. Energy audits for regional HEIs show that most of their buildings (built before 1990) don’t meet energy requirements and have big potential for energy savings. Yet, most HEIs lack sustainable Energy Management strategy, skilled staff, tools, access to funding, international experts. HEIs resort to sporadic and fragmented solutions that are seldom coordinated with local community. Important progress and cooperation (regions, cities with HEI and HEIs) are typical of AT and DE and parts of IT, while there is dispersed knowledge and fragmented collaboration in SI, CRO, CZ, HUN.
Specific objective To develop and implement solutions for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public infrastructures
Expected results 1)Energy Management Strategy for HEIs: Analysis & Best Practice of Energy Management in HEIs buildings (legal, social, economic, technical, organizational framework); 2)Individual Action Plans for HEIs: Plan for Energy Managements office at HEIs; Proposals for financing energy refurbishment (Energy Performance Contracting, ESCo, …) 3)Joint HEI Energy Manager Profile: Analysis of required skills and knowledge (institutional and individual level); Training & certification curricula (skills, topics, costs, timeline …) 4)HEI Energy Management Toolbox (best practice, Energy Management process flow & check-lists, financing models, funding opportunities; business data); 5)Pilot actions: Deep retrofit plans for selected buildings, Implemented Energy Management monitoring & supervision of solutions for public buildings (1 building/country); 6)Training & Networking: International Network of HEI Energy Managers, Training & Certification, Seminars
Partners involved IRI UL & University of Ljubljana. Partnership is under negotiation for IT, DE & CZ; still looking for partners from other countries.
Partners requested Looking for partners from CZ, AT, HUN, SK and/or CRO. Type and Expertize: - Public HEI with built environment in need of refurbishment; - Municipalities (cities) with significant presence of public HEI infrastructure; - SMEs with engineering solutions with emphasis on energy management and smart cities ICT solutions for public HEI infrastructure.
Follow up of the project Project builds on results of the IDES-EDU project where 15 HEIs developed curricula and training for Professionals for Integral Sustainable Energy Design of the Built Environment. Project also relates to EURL3A (knowledge alliance between HEI, municipalities and companies for implementing sustainable building and retrofitting technologies) and EnergyViLLab (cross-border development of best practice in the use of energy from renewable sources, energy saving and sustainable mobility).
Idea owner Manca Poglajen
Institution IRI UL - University of Ljubljana, Institute for Inno&Development
Country Slovenia
Last update 02 June 2014
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BUILDING AUDIT AS TOOL FOR INCREASING ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY USAGE IN PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURES energy
The main objective of the project is to develop a common methodology to improve energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources in 20 buildings of public infrastructure in the partner regions . There are plans to create a database on the state of public buildings in the partner regions . The primary source of information will be - made within the project - audits of public buildings (energy efficiency audit , hygienic audit, building automation audit) prepared according to the same methodology , common to all project partners. Depending on the needs of a common database on the state of public buildings can be continuously updated and used for further modeling . Uniform data define the most important source of energy loss , and allow to indicate the objects of greatest need and thermo- exchange energy sources RES. On the basis of these data will be elaborated design guidelines for public investor allowing thermomodernisation and use of RES in public buildings
Specific objective To develop and implement solutions for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public infrastructures
Expected results The project will be divided into the following activities: 1) Comparison of legal status in the area of energy efficiency , use of renewable energy and energy efficiency in partner countries and to develop a common methodology for project participants preparing audits 2) Market Analysis RES technologies ( solar thermal , photovoltaics , heat pumps , biogas, smart grids ) 3) Analysis of sources of funding and support instruments for RES technologies used or planned in the countries involved in the project. The analysis will be carried out for each building model (public administration , schools , cultural institutions). The purpose of the analysis will be to improve energy efficiency and use of renewable energy. 4) Analysis of energy 20 public buildings and analysis of the use of renewable energy sources to meet the energy needs of buildings for each model . Develop recommendations environmentally and economically optimal use of RES . 5) Monitoring and evaluation of actions taken.
Partners involved 1). Institute of Electron Technology, Warsaw, Poland, 2) Euro-Centrum Science and Technology Park, Katowice, Poland, Private Enterprize
Partners requested 1) Public Administration 2) Schools and health centers 3) Cultural Institutions 4) Science and Technology Parks
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Piotr Dumania
Institution Institute of Electron Technology
Country Poland
Last update 05 June 2014
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ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND SOCIAL INNOVATION IN SOCIAL HOUSING SECTOR energy
The project idea focuses on defying and implementing sustainable energy measures in the field of social housing, where the environmental issue is not the only one to be classified as of general interest. The project aims to demonstrate that energy efficiency is not only a result of technology, but goes through the proactive involvement of public and private parties for the implementation of environmental policies. In particular, within the social rental sector, the share of energy information between housing companies and tenants and the education to new technologies is desirable for building a more responsible behaviour, in order to achieve as energy purposes as social goals. Thus public authorities do not achieve energy efficiency in their public housing stock all by themselves. They are dependent on the expertise and knowledge of other parties in the construction, maintenance and management chain. The involvement of certain stakeholders in the implementation of sustainability process and actions has a key role for the success of sustainable energy policies and measures. Furthermore, the impact of energy-efficiency measures on lowering energy use should also connect with the spatial and density attributes of communities and cities in general. Residential density, mixed-use developments, efficient and effective public transport facilities and integrated district co-generation systems are believed to be important factors in improving energy efficiency.
Specific objective To develop and implement solutions for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public infrastructures
Expected results Planned activities include the knowledge of current situation in the partner countries, the definition of a common framework, the test of technologies and methodologies through local case studies and the monitoring and evaluation of results. Expected results of the project are not only the development of effective strategies for reduction of social housing buildings, but also the empowerment of housing associations and public administrations in the implementation of sustainable energy policies in the public and social housing sector. Moreover the project will foster social inclusion and social innovation through the active involvement of tenants.
Partners involved CIRI EC - Centre for Applied Research on Buildings and Construction, University of Bologna
Partners requested Housing associations, public administrations, research centers in the field of energy efficiency, private enterprises.
Follow up of the project No.
Idea owner Angela Santangelo
Institution Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna CIRI Edilizia e Costruzioni
Country Italy
Last update 10 June 2014
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INCREASED ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY USE IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS energy
The aim of the project is to improve the energy efficiency as well as the increased use of renewable energies in municipalities of the participating regions. Based on an inventory, investments and awareness raising actions should be realized to reduce the energy consumption and CO2-emissions. Transnational synergies should be developed to reach the energy and climate policy goals of Central Europe.
Specific objective To develop and implement solutions for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public infrastructures
Expected results The project partners will carry out an inventory in their municipalities which follows uniform criteria. The focus should be on heating systems of public buildings street lighting systems and the car pool of the administration. After the inventory the project partners and representatives of the involved municipalities will evaluate the results. The evaluation follows uniform criteria to make the results comparable among the partner regions. Afterward energy-climate related action as well as awareness raising actions in will be reduced summarized in action plans. Managers and technical staff of the municipalities will be trained for the foreseen measures. In the participating regions pilot projects should be initiated including awareness raising actions. After the implementation of the planned measures the energy saving and CO2-emission reduction will be determined. The partners will identify best-practice-examples from the own region to exploit transnational synergies.
Partners involved At this stage no partners are involved
Partners requested We are looking for project partners familiar with energy advisory service and energy management systems. Local and regional energy agencies are welcome as well as municipalities, district administrations and ministry departments
Follow up of the project It is not follow-up project
Idea owner Jürgen Besold
Institution TGZ Bautzen GmbH
Country Germany
Last update 10 June 2014
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SMART WATER PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE FOR SMART COMMUNTIES energy
Issues: ””EEA - Technical report No 5/2014 Performance of water utilities beyond compliance. Sharing knowledge bases to support environmental and resource-efficiency policies and technical improvements-:Executive summary:….EU-level assessments of the resource efficiency or environmental performance of water utilities are not currently as holistic as they could be…. As outlined in the EEA report No 1/2012 'Towards the efficient use of water resources in Europe' economic production cannot be sustained if it requires excessive water use and burdens natural resources. It is thus essential that water uses and efficiencies are also considered in water management practices, including: the actual pressures in the aquatic environment from water abstractions, the resulting emissions of pollutants, and the energy consumption/recovery from managing the urban water cycle.... ""Water EIP: The interrelations and interdependencies between water and energy are well known; The interconnected challenges and key issues of both sectors should there for be addressed together…..European water and energy policies are not sufficiently integrated, resulting in neglecting interconnected effects. Furthermore, economic incentives to adopt efficient water and energy technologies are inadequate. Water and wastewater processes lack low energy technologies, whereas the application of renewable energy is hindered by low efficiency. In addition, these processes are designed to run with constant energy supply, while most renewable energy sources provide variable energy supply....”” All public and private water infrastructures of the cooperation area should invest a lot at least in the middle – long term time frameworks having an integrated water – cycle management and fair water cost approaches, to maintain and to make more efficient and resilient the whole water network and plants, taking into account the impacts of the demographic, territorial and of the climate change. Moreover a lot of energy is necessary to produce, to distribute, to use, to treat and to recycle the water and the related energy costs are even more expensive and impacting the global quality of life of a communities. On the other hand, the public water infrastructures can really play an important role to support the implementation of a decentralized energy system – smart grid for a smart community, in particular for the renewable energy production and storage as well as for the grid management. Therefore having a smart specialisation strategy approach, a sustainable and efficient water – energy integrated management is even more important not only for the development of the public water infrastructure but also for the governance of the local smart community. In fact it is demanding innovation on technologies, on management, on finance and on strategic vision definition and implementation, in synergy with an active citizenship. The main problems for the water public infrastructures are the lack of knowledge and experience for an integrated energy-water management according to: -the new available technologies to use and to produce renewable energy; - the existing best practices; - the benchmarking of the challenges and the related costs and risks to implement fair entrepreneurial and governance solutions : how to involve and to train all relevant public water infrastructure and the local institutional staffs; how to define, to finance and to implement a smart strategic vision also in synergies with the commitments of the local smart community. The main opportunities result from the availability of: -- a large number of existing public and private water infrastructure as well as of smart communities in the cooperation area, with their investment plans; -- examples of innovative renewable energy technologies implemented by public water infrastructure (for ex. regarding an energy-efficient wastewater treatment plant); -- new professional skills; -- the international ISO 50001 norm for the energy management system certification; -- experiences on PPP and on new financing tools; as well as: -- the European and national policy frameworks and plans regarding: …the EU 2020 and EU 2050 Energy Roadmaps and Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 commitments; …the new European regional policy … the Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation; …the Water JPI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and the EIP Water, …the EC Water Framework Directive, …the European Smart Cities and Community Platform,.… the EC Resource Efficient Roadmap – EREP Manifesto & Policy recommendations. The partnership wants to implement a smart water infrastructure for smart communities, realising pilot projects responding to the following topics: “energy for water, energy from water and water for energy” :- improving the efficiency on energy management and the energy balance of a public water infrastructure, increasing the knowledge creation and the knowledge sharing and mutual learning; - cooperating with the local smart community to reduce the CO2-emissions and Blue-footprints of the public water infrastructure and of the community, supporting also the improvement of the governance process; - creating an European transnational innovation community for public infrastructures according to the Living lab approach, linked to the European Water JPI and Smart Cities platform, to carry on the smart public water infrastructure vision, by new pilot projects on resource-energy efficiency.
Specific objective To develop and implement solutions for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public infrastructures
Expected results WP0 : Project management; WP1 : Common definition and implementation of a methodology for energy audits of the water public infrastructures, using also the existing national sectional procedure; WP2 : Common definition and implementation of a methodology for the energy management system certification according to the ISO 50001 norm; WP3 : Definition of a strategic vision to become a smart water infrastructure, supporting the resource / energy-efficiency on water management and the implementation of the local smart community; WP4 : Action plan definition and pilots projects implementation internally to the partnership and in cooperation with the local communities; WP5 : Creation of an open European transnational innovation community - cooperation platform on water and energy – resource efficiency for smart public water infrastructure; WP6 : Communication and dissemination; Expected results: - Knowledge creation and the knowledge sharing and mutual learning : . Common methodology definition and guideline to evaluate the energy efficiency and the energy balance of a public water infrastructure; . Common sectional methodology and guideline to certify the energy management system of the involved public water infrastructure according to the ISO 50001 norm, with a significant reduction ( ex. - 20%) of energy consumption; . Common stages on “energy for water, energy from water and water for energy” topics for the internal and for the local community relevant staffs involved, supported by educational tours, by technical manuals and tools and by short workshops about technology - management –finance as long-life training; -Learning by doing in partnership: . Guidelines for the water public infrastructure strategic vision definition and for the elaboration and implementation of a “smart energy - water action plan”, to become a sustainable energy efficient and resilient infrastructure for a smart community; . Smart pilot projects “energy for water, energy from water and water for energy” implementation (like for ex. resource - energy efficient sewerage and waste water treatment plants, energy-efficient water network management; smart water metering, smart energy manager, PPP for smart public infrastructures, etc.), supporting the local community to achieve the Covenant of Mayors / EU 2020 and future EU Energy Roadmap 2050 targets; . Creation of an open transnational innovation community as a cooperation platform with other European public infrastructures, focused on the water - energy nexus: .. promoting the knowledge and innovation transfer and disseminating the best practices achieved on energy efficiency - renewable energy governance process; .. realising staff exchanges, common long-life learning stages and educational tours; .. supporting the definition and the implementation of new projects between the partners as well with others European public infrastructures towards a low-carbon economy, taking into account the Horizon 2020 and the national calls.
Partners involved Italy: Province of Mantova – ATO, SOGESCA, TEA Acque
Partners requested From the cooperation area: Public infrastructures (water and energy) and national association, Public Authorities on Water and Energy, Universities and Energy/Water Research and Innovation centres, Energy – Water SMEs, NGO
Follow up of the project Yes. Using the methodologies, the achieved results and the lessons learned as best practices of all the projects listed below, to improve the project activities, to tune the methodology, to avoid mistake and duplications, for realising the expected results, more useful and innovatives.  Energy planning, management and governance: • Interreg IV Central Europe - MANERGY : to promote Regional Energy Concepts (RECs) - CEP-REC : to develop regional energy concepts, visualising energy demand and support discussions on energy strategies. - ENERGYREGION : to increase public awareness and creating regional strategies on sustainable development in renewable energy sources in central Europe; - 4BIOMASS – Transnational Action Plan for Central Europe – to prepare recommendations for policy-makers and regional authorities for a joint and consistent policy approach towards sustainable bioenergy development. - VIS NOVA – Energy Efficiency Plans: to improve energy efficiency in rural areas; • Interreg IV Alpine Space - Alpenergy www.alpenergy.net : how to define and to implement a Virtual Power System • EC IEE programme - ENNEREG – regions paving way for a sustainable energy Europe : demonstrates how regions of different characteristics can be a key driving force in fulfilling the European 20-20-20 policy goal; - COOPENERGY - Regional and local public authorities cooperating in sustainable energy planning through effective multi-level governance models to foster the development of collaboration models in sustainable energy planning between the regional and local public authorities to lead the transition towards low carbon communities and regions. - SPECIAL Spatial Planning and Energy for Communities In All Landscapes to foster the exchange of experiences and competence building amongst national and regional town planning associations and organisations with the aim to demonstrate the integration of sustainable energy aspects into spatial planning strategies at local and regional levels. - Sustainable_Now : . to develop capacity, strengthening the role of local and provincial governments as political and administrative bodies guiding communities in the sustainable energy transition; . to create instruments, building on state-of-the-art Local Energy Action Plan (LEAP) developments to support local governments in decision-making for integrated energy management, climate protection actions and securing local energy supply. . to guide LEAP implementation for the community in selected learning communities; - 50000 AND 1 SEAPS - Supporting Local Authorities in the development and integration of SEAPs with Energy Management Systems according to ISO 50001 : two main aims, namely to structure a coherent approach to integrate Energy Management Systems EnMS (according to ISO50001) into the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAPs) of Local Authorities through the facilitation of supporting structures, and make the EnMS+SEAP approach a tool to guarantee institutionalisation of energy policies and to ensure the coherent implementation of political and technical continuity of SEAPs during and after the project. - REGIO ENERGY PROFIT - Regional Energy Profit Clusters - Economic growth, competitive advantages and employment incentives in regions through regional energy profit clusters : to gain best regional economic benefits from sustainable energy systems. - BUY SMART+ Green Procurement in Europe : main objectives of Buy Smart+ are to consolidate and mainstream green procurement in 7 member states and to transfer the know-how to 8 member states where green procurement is still at an early stage. The main focus will be on energy related technologies. Buy Smart+ will establish green procurement helpdesks in all 15 countries, delivering in national language consultation, training, good practice, and well-tested tools. A wider uptake of green procurement will be achieved through directly consulting and training purchasers. Through assisting pilot projects, a critical mass of successful green procurement cases will be achieved and subsequently communicated broadly. The major steps are: • Green procurement helpdesks providing assistance, know-how and tools in national language • Dedicated training offers in collaboration with national networks for the private and public sector • Twinning approach for effective transfer of know-how to newer member states • Assistance to green procurement pilot projects; addressing of innovative technologies in experienced countries • Monitoring of the green procurement experiences; policy recommendations for the NEEAPs updates. - GPP 2020 - Promoting green public procurement (GPP) in support of the 2020 goals: aims at: - building capacity amongst public authorities for the implementation of GPP for energy related products, services and works procurement, - building capacity amongst procurement training providers, to enable the integration of GPP into regular procurement training programmes, - achieving CO2 reductions through supporting the implementation of GPP tenders, - promoting knowledge transfer of GPP approaches, and innovative technologies and services between purchasing bodies and GPP support bodies across Europe, - enhancing permanent GPP support structures in the target countries. - SmartRegions Promoting best practices of innovative smart metering services to European regions focuses on the innovative smart metering services (such as informative billing and feedback, variable tariffs and load control services) that are most potential to bring energy savings and peak load reduction. - ESMA European Smart Metering Alliance defines and spreads best practice in smart metering across European member states and sought to maximise the resulting energy savings. - RESCUE REnewable Smart Cooling for Urban Europe to address key challenges to the further development and implementation of district cooling in order to overcome its small market share; thereby enabling local communities to reap the environmental and economic benefits of this mature technology. The strategic objectives are to improve local and EU energy security by reducing energy demand, supporting stable, non-overloaded grids in summer and supporting European competitiveness in a technical field, while creating employment in a market with huge growth potential.  Energy and finance • EC IEE programme - CF-SEP Commercial Finance for Sustainable Energy Projects: provides basic information about the financial market to the investors/developers helping them to prepare the documents necessary for application for commercial financing. - FINA-RET Financing Products for Investments in Small-Scale Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technologies project aims to support the alleviation of this factor through the identification, specification and packaging of sustainable, flexible and easy to access financing products (i.e. loans, funding and awarding programmes) addressed mainly to individuals and SMEs that wish to invest on renewables and energy efficiency technologies in order to meet their energy needs and increase their energy performance. - TRANSPARENSE - Increasing Transparency of Energy Services Markets aims at supporting the development of a trustworthy Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) market in Europe by creating European and national Codes of Conduct for energy services providers. Such rules of game will be tailored to the specific conditions of individual countries and will help increase the transparency of the EPC markets and maintain the high quality of the energy services provided. As the number of energy services which enter the market is growing, training programmes for new and existing ESCOs will also be developed in order to ensure the endorsement of the developed Codes of Conducts. In addition, the project will provide a comprehensive overview of the EPC markets across Europe by developing an exhaustive online database of ESCOs, ESCOs associations, EPC models, financing models and EPC policy initiatives. It will also enhance institutionalisation of the EPC markets by promoting the establishment of ESCO associations and networking.  Energy and capacity building • EC IEE programme - COVENANT CAPACITY Capacity Building of Local Governments to Advance Local Climate and Energy Action – from Planning to Action to Monitoring : to assist local Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) development in Europe - from motivation, planning, implementation, to monitoring and evaluating. The Covenant capaCITY project focuses on 15 countries in Europe, motivating and enabling LGs to respond to "climate and energy challenges", with particular focus on small and medium-sized communities. - BESS - Benchmarking and Energy Management Schemes in SMEs offers an easy to follow way with various tools like an "energy management implementation model" and an e-learning system on the BESS website. Additionally an international benchmarking scheme for specific energy consumption was established, offering the possibility to compare specific energy consumption with a large number of other companies from the same sector. - RES COMPASS - Renewable Energy Sources Compass is the establishment of favourable conditions for the development of energy education in upper secondary, higher education and training by facilitating the access of high school and higher education students to knowledge and skills required to work in the RES sector. - FIP-TREET : Renewable energie and energie effici ency TRAININGSPAKET for the financing (LEONARDO DA VINCI programme) The training stage and tools (manual, presentations and documentations) about the renewable energy and energy efficiency are targeted for the financial consultants, aiming to teach the basic technical knowledge for a reliable evaluation of the projects regarding renewable energy. - USE EFFICIENCY Universities and Students for Energy Efficiency a common higher educational stream, addressing energy efficiency in university buildings, has been created in this action. - HYPOS-DILETR - Development of a Distance Learning Training Structure on the Design and Operation of Hybrid Power Systems (LEONARDO DA VINCI programme) This pilot project aims to develop a European wide distance learning programme on the design, operation and supervision of Hybrid Power Systems. Energy planners, decision makers, engineers working in power production and distribution, and the technical staff of local and regional energy agencies will be able to follow recognised courses throughout Europe in the design and operation of high quality and functional Hybrid Power Systems involving one or more Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs). - EUREMplus Boost Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing SMEs by Extending European EnergyManager Training and Network aims at making the standardised European EnergyManager training program comprising courses, self-learning and practical work, available to more companies, especially SME from the manufacturing industries sector, to enable them to increase energy efficiency and competitiveness. - ERASME EneRgy Audits in SMEs will develop a scheme for energy audits shared among SMEs’ associations, in different countries.  Energy, innovation and transnational cooperation • Interreg IV Central Europe - CentraLab project aims to transform Central Europe into a broad-reaching laboratory for innovation, including the social and organisational as well as technological dimensions. CentraLab thus aims to clarify the competitive advantage of a new model of innovation that draws on Central Europe’s deep, common cultural heritage to strengthen territorial cohesion, promote internal integration and enhance competitiveness through reciprocal learning and partnership building. • EC IEE programme - SPICE3 - Sectoral Platform in Chemicals for Energy Efficiency Excellence aims at enabling energy efficiency improvements in the chemical sector by giving access to information and competences, particularly for SMEs where barriers for energy efficiency investments are higher. It will establish a learning centre providing best practices, tool boxes and a facilitation portal for ISO 50001 certification. In addition it will develop a one-stop shop for national information, tools and support, providing a helpline service for the sector. The platform will be populated with international and national information. It will also facilitate networking among chemicals companies and energy experts through online networking tools. This project draws together partners that cover around 80% of the chemicals sector by energy use across the EU. Bringing together expertise in reaching out to SMEs and national knowledge the consortium provides a platform that aims to transform the chemical sector’s supply chain. - EECC European Enterprises' Climate Cup is a European competition to save energy between companies. From each country at least 30 companies are entering in the 1.5 year lasting competition. The companies benefit from technical expertise to prioritize energy saving measures as well as in their internal communication with employees and in their PR in terms of CSR.
Idea owner Gianfranco Lazzarin
Institution SOGESCA srl
Country Italy
Last update 17 June 2014
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INTELLIGENT MONITORING FOR POLLUTION REDUCTION AND FOR SECURITY OF CITIZENS IN URBAN ENVIRONMENT (IMPRESS) energy
The main objectives of the proposed project are to develop solutions for detection and reduction of pollution and to enhance the security of citizens in urban areas. In IMPRESS project, WSN nodes will be deployed in some critical locations of the city, e.g. the main sources of pollution (industry facilities, large chimneys, crossroads of motorways), the places where citizens usually visit (squares, parks, sport facilities) or the places of special importance (a town hall entrance, schools, hospitals). The nodes will be equipped with sensors measuring temperature, humidity, luminosity, noise level, atmospheric pressure, wind speed and direction, dust - PM10, CO, CO2, NO2, CH4 and other air pollutants. Moreover, they will be also provided with video cameras, creating a Wireless Multimedia Sensor Network (WMSN). The data gathered by the sensors will be merged with the video streams from the cameras, creating high-level information that will be further analysed and processed in order to deliver a specific content to the final user. This content can be a dynamic map of the pollution in the city, a detailed analysis correlating the pollution level with the car traffic, a system detecting the sources of air pollution or a security system of cameras triggered by people screams or other noise.
Specific objective To improve territorially based low carbon energy planning strategies and policies supporting climate change mitigation
Expected results The main goals of the Intelligent Monitoring for Pollution Reduction comprise: • Development of integrated sensor network informing about the types of contaminants. • Description of sensor network in different areas of the city. • Integration of fixed sensor network with mobile monitoring of pollution. • The study of correlation between pollution and road traffic in city hotspots. • Development of dynamic maps informing to-date on the state of pollution in different areas of the city as well as providing analysis of the pollution with particular emphasis on the most harmful. • Access to dynamic maps using mobile terminals such as smartphones enabling users to receive the required information online. • User-friendly data visualization. • Application of new techniques for the protection and storage of data using digital watermarks.
Partners involved INFOVER S.A., AGH Poland - expert, Kielce Technology Park
Partners requested local/regional authorities, thematic organization
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Joanna Rudawska
Institution Kielce Technology Park
Country Poland
Last update 17 June 2014
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E-AVANTGARDE : EUROPEAN ENERGY AVANTGARDE REGIONS : MASTERING INTEGRATIVE REGIONAL ENERGY TRANSITION energy
E-Avantgarde will bring together regional stakeholders from municipal, company, scientific, cultural and societal background from different European countries to develop strategies for progressing the regional energy transition. This approach should develop a regional electricity system based on renewable energy sources, which inevitably provides changes in the heating/cooling supply as well as in mobility and strengthens regional value creation. Specific locations should be developed as demonstration sites for innovation and exchange of experience in the area of improvement of energy efficiency and use of renewable energy. Education, tourism, participation and communication activities should strengthen the socio-cultural framework for the transition process, to improve the quality of life of the regional population.
Specific objective To improve territorially based low carbon energy planning strategies and policies supporting climate change mitigation
Expected results Developing and implementing integrated local/regional strategies and plans to increase the use of endogenous renewable energy potentials and improve regional energy performance Designing and testing concepts and tools for the exploitation of endogenous renewable energy resources Developing and testing solutions for improved interconnections and coordination of energy networks targeting the integration and use of renewable energy sources
Partners involved Bauhaus Dessau, Ferropolis GmbH, DVV Public Utility Dessau, City Dessau-Roßlau, District Anhalt-Bitterfeld, District Wittenberg, Tourism Association of Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg, Federal Environment Agency, Hochschule Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Regional Planning Authority Anhalt Bitterfeld Wittenberg, Energy Agency Saxony-Anhalt (Bauhaus Dessau and Ferropolis will be project partners in the Central Europe project, the remaining partners are involved as associated partners)
Partners requested partnership is closed
Follow up of the project E-Avantgarde is based on regional and national projects in the Area Anhalt: City Dessau-Roßlau/Ferropolis (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany). The approach has been developed at regional level and a functioning network with relevant technical experience is interested to bring the cooperation at European level.
Idea owner Andreas Fiedler
Institution isw GmbH
Country Germany
Last update 20 March 2015
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IMPROVING OF LOCAL ENERGY MANAGEMENT FOR BETTER HEALTH OF INHABITANTS, BETTER AIR QUALITY AND LOWER OF CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSION BY USING INDIGENOUS RESOURCES AS SOURCES OF ENERGY EFFICIENTLY AND WISELY -LOWER ENERGY energy
Use of energy by city results in air pollution and increasing of carbon dioxide emission, and has adverse impact on human health at the local economy. To change and achieve positive results it requires better understanding by local authority and citizens on local and regional level of such phenomena, as well as to develop cooperation between all stakeholder.
Specific objective To develop and implement solutions for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public infrastructures
Expected results Air quality model diagnosis on local scale and modeling of air quality improvement resulting from local energy management plan developed by authority or building/infrastructure owner with assistant of the Project. Capacity building of local authority, and experts with respect to develop of Energy and Climate Mitigation Plan base on innovative usage of local energy of resources and job creations Development of Platform for fostering of cooperation of local stakeholder (including NGO and citizens) for development of Local Plan of Innovative Energy Management. Development of Central European Knowledge Base Platform on Innovative Energy Planning using local resources – case studies and Best Available Practice
Partners involved GIG, Municipality Sosnowiec, Municipality of Velenje, ERRICO of Velenje, IPLA and ARPA of Piedmonte, Metereological Institute of Czech Republic and Poland, IPLA and ARPA of Piedmonte, Italy
Partners requested Municipality/Local Authority representing other countries of the regions - Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Germany. Ideally, they should provide case studies SME, Universities involved in exploitation or designing of "Near zero emmisions buildngs", innovative energy generation device or plant producer or operator.
Follow up of the project TAB! - Take a Breath (Central Europe), SEBE - Sustainable and Innovative European Biogas Environment, AirSilesa Polish -Czech Republic Cooperation
Idea owner Eugeniusz Jedrysik
Institution Glowny Instytut Gornictwa
Country Poland
Last update 30 June 2014
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PROMOTE THE SUSTAINABLE USE OF RENEWABLE RESOURCES AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN RURAL REGIONS (RURES) energy
The aim of the project is by raising awareness and the introduction of new technological processes to improve energy efficiency and to promote the use of renewable energy sources. On the one hand, the share by sustainable energy from the region is to be increased and on the other hand set up and further develops of regional value chains. Long term the partner regions seek to substantial energy autonomy, were energy security and pricing can be used as a tool to develop the competitiveness of the regional economy. The project will therefore aim to promote sustainable energy solutions in rural areas and to strengthen energy independence of municipalities and counties based on transnational cooperation. This goal will be pursued through the development of regional energy action plans based on existing energy strategies and focused analyses, as well as through investments in various pilot projects. The energy action plans will be adopted by the authorities and their implementation will be initiated with the project. First key actions for creation or strengthening of regional sustainable energy economy can be realized already as a result within the project. The Project pursue an integrated approach that includes, in addition to converting the energy supply to renewable energy sources, increased energy efficiency ( reduction of energy consumption per inhabitant or production unit) as an important condition for achieving the goal of substantial energy autonomy .
Specific objective To develop and implement solutions for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public infrastructures
Expected results Energy action plans are prepared for and implemented in partner regions. In parallel starts in the regions already drafted investments in pilot measures which results will be evaluated together by all partners. Further they will investigate in feasibility studies how the successful tested approaches in the pilot measures can be transferred between the regions. Symposia and continuous public relation accompany all steps of implementation in order to attract many stakeholders from the participating or other regions for follow-up activities. Companies will be informed about the economic and environmental benefits of investing in environmental technologies. A guide will show other regions the necessary steps how to implement and improve energy efficiency. Sustainability and security of energy supply is an important location factor. Thanks to the design of own energy price policy, it will grow into an important instrument of economic development and strengthening regional added value.
Partners involved District of Leipzig / Germany
Partners requested - Regional authorities - Regional development agencies - Regional energy agencies
Follow up of the project No follow-up project, but the idea and goals are based on results, experiences and discovered gaps in the following projects: - VIS NOVA - SMART+ Subproject TREC, EnercitEE - EmPower
Idea owner Dirk Ottwald
Institution Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH
Country Germany
Last update 20 June 2014
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LICEA+ energy
The goal of LiCEA+ is to develop and apply SMART tools that allow the discovery of numerous unexploited energy saving opportunities in regional industrial clusters along the supply chain of SMEs. Accompanied with the policy framework and knowledge of involved Institutions, a cross-sector breakthrough in energy efficiency can be reached. Small companies – never targeted when speaking about energy reductions – will be the relevant subject of the project. The cornerstone of LiCEA+ is the state of the art in energy auditing applied in a life cycle perspective. Typically, an energy audit is an inspection, survey and analysis of energy flows for energy conservation in a building, process or system to reduce the amount of energy input into the system without negatively affecting the output. The added value of LiCEA+ applied to SMEs, is the development of a simplified methodology for Energy Audit with the addition of the life-cycle perspective allowing the new energy saving opportunities. The development of a guidance document and a operative tool for the industrial energy auditing for SMEs and their districts, together with the local and transnational training for operators and the experimental and demonstrative application it's a concrete solution to fill the lack about industrial auditing standards. The introduction of the LCA approach ensures that the energy efficiency will be extended to the whole production processes without leaving untapped energy saving opportunities.
Specific objective To improve territorially based low carbon energy planning strategies and policies supporting climate change mitigation
Expected results • Creation at least 10 LiCEA+ tools, one per specific industrial Sector, allowing the discovery of numerous untapped energy saving opportunities along the supply chain of SMEs in local industrial clusters. • Establish cross-sector actions, due to the life cycle character of LiCEA+ investigating the shifting priorities in the supply chain. Shifting the focus from the production phase to upstream or downstream activities facilitates a cross-sector breakthrough in energy efficiency for SMEs. • Delivery of the SMART tools to the Local Energy Agencies for further implementation of LiCEA+, guaranteeing the continuation of LiCEA+ beyond the duration of the project. • 400 LiCEA+ Energy Audit included LCA analysis in SMEs in 10 different industrial Sector. • Absorption of the LCA approach (applied at the industrial sector) in the Regional Energy Policy of the Countries involved.
Partners involved 1 public Institution, 3 Energy Agencies, 2 Local Development Agencies deeply rooted in their own territory and with the aim to supply energy services to SMEs
Partners requested Public Institution, Energy Agencies, Local Development Agencies
Follow up of the project nvolving partners from Austria, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Slovakia, LiCEA was financed in 2012 to realize 6 Smart Tools to provide 200 Energy Audits crossed with a LCA analysis in SMEs in different industrial Sectors of the Central Europe territory: food (meet and bakery), textile (hosiery), mechanical, plastics and Tourism (Hotel Spa). Public Institution involved have provided to absorb the LiCEA approach (applied at the industrial sector) in the Regional Energy Policy, possibly financing SMEs when applying for a LiCEA Audit. A follow up of LiCEA will provide new 10 Tools for auditing SMEs in different industrial sectors, Energy Agencies will have new standardized Tools for supplying low cost energy auditing services to SMEs, supported by a fair regional Policy.
Idea owner Massimiliano Musci
Institution AGIRE Energy Agency
Country Italy
Last update 20 June 2014
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DYNAMIC LIGHT IN PUBLIC SPACE energy
Developing a dynamic concept for public lighting to increase the qualatiy of the the public space during darkness, while saving energy.
Specific objective To improve territorially based low carbon energy planning strategies and policies supporting climate change mitigation
Expected results Developing the concept, extracting the parameteres, which can be responsible for the changes of public lighting, implementing the technology in one or more public spaces, evaluating the results.
Partners involved Industry
Partners requested Partners in the south of europe, universties, communities with intrest in these fields
Follow up of the project It follows to LED Light in Public Space
Idea owner Thomas Roemhild
Institution Hochschule Wismar
Country Germany
Last update 24 June 2014
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GREPPNET energy
Building on the experience of different international projects that supported municipalities in improving their energy management (e.g. MANERGY), the project intends to support local authorities in embedding the tool of green procurements into the implementation of the local energy strategies or action plans (like Sustainable Energy Action Plans). Several settlements in EU have made the first steps to achieve at least 20% reduction in their CO2 emissions by defining their local energy action plans. In these plans the municipal experts define several actions, which result in certain percents of CO2 reduction, and one important action is the application of green public procurement (GPP) techniques. Implementing GPP is also fostered by several EU and even national funding programmes, particularly in those fields which finance energy investments. However, the methodology of green procurement is still not well-known at most municipalities, and even those settlements who apply this process are often having problems in defining the aspects of selecting the best offer. The GreppNet project intends to assist municipalities in overcoming this problem by providing an online benchmarking platform, which ranks the items of the offers from more aspects (energy efficiency, environmental impact, cost-benefit, etc.). The platform would also serve as an education tool by describing the methodology of GPP and demonstrating its importance by good practices.
Specific objective To improve territorially based low carbon energy planning strategies and policies supporting climate change mitigation
Expected results Analysing the legal background of public procurements in the participating countries, considering also the related regulations and standards. The results of the analysis defines the necessary (but not sufficient) requirements of GPPs. Defining aspects of selecting the most sustainable offers for different categories (transport, heat production, refurbishments, stationery, etc.). Developing software, which enables the comparison of the offers by typing certain input parameters, which are collected by the procurement call. Testing the software at procurements, and making necessary fine-tunings. Promoting the possibility of using the platform for wide range of public authorities, informing the relevant intermediary bodies of different financing programmes to consider the recommendation of using the platform for the applicants.
Partners involved South Transdanubian Regional Development Agency (HU), E-Institute, Institute for Comprehensive Development Solutions (SI), Saxon Energy Agency (DE), Energy and Innovation Centre of Weiz (AT - tbc), European Development Agency (CZ), Piemonte Region, Sustainable Energy Development Unit (IT), Regional Energy Agency North (CR), University of Economics in Bratislava (SK), ARLEG Regional Development Agency (PL), Regional Environmental Center (INT)
Partners requested Energy agencies, municipalities, public authorities, higher education institutions are welcomed from all CENTRAL countries. One one hand, we are looking for organisations who support settlements in improving their energy management, besides we intend to involve partners that fall under the public procurement regulations and are willing to apply green public procurement to reduce their carbon footprints.
Follow up of the project MANERGY (CENTRAL) - the proposal contributes to the implementation of the Sustainable Energy Action Plans elaborated in MANERGY; PRIMES (IEE) - the proposal further develops and unifies the tender specifications and evaluation criteria suggested in the project
Idea owner Balázs Borkovits
Institution South Transdanubian Regional Development Agency
Country Hungary
Last update 02 March 2015
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WET2WIN energy
Maintaining and capitalizing wetland integrated bioenergy concepts for SEAP's small water-cycle-micro-climate flood prevention in Danube Region
Specific objective To improve territorially based low carbon energy planning strategies and policies supporting climate change mitigation
Expected results Expert guidance of ~ 3 model investment PROGRASS - IPR holder
Partners involved Ukrainian biomass association
Partners requested cities and regions willing to take lead biomass logistics expert protected nature Management association
Follow up of the project DanubEnergy
Idea owner Bernadette Fraberger
Institution Energy Agency of the Regions
Country Austria
Last update 10 July 2014
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HISTORICAL ENERGY EFFICIENT RETROFIT energy
There are regions in Europe famous for the high number of traditional quality spa/medical/healthcare, etc. facilities with a long history of mostly successful operation serving thousands of persons every year. These often include older buildings with an infrastructure that is difficult to upgrade for technical and historical issues. As time passes very expensive major repairs and retrofit are postponed to prevent the centres from any downtimes. For this reason these facilities are almost always very energy-consuming as certain solutions to increase their efficiency seem very difficult or even impossible to implement. However, in view of EU energy policy, measures needs to be taken to try and assess these historical complexes in terms of their energy efficiency potential.
Specific objective To develop and implement solutions for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public infrastructures
Expected results 1) Professional analysis and assessment of the status of selected buildings + opportunities for controlled energy efficiency improvement solutions – potential to involve effective central heating / domestic water production with the use of RES (CHP) 2) Study visits to exchange practical experience and consider transferability of solutions 3) Guidebook on how to tackle energy efficiency issues in historical (and actively used) buildings – guidelines useful when modernizing older facilities 4) Impacting regional strategies 5) Good Practice Book – a publication listing the best and most successful retrofit projects of valued and currently used buildings with historical context 6) International conferences on technical aspects of increasing energy efficiency of historical buildings 7) Experts meetings, seminars, etc.
Partners involved E-zavod (SLOVENIA), Észak-Alföld Regional Development Agency (HUNGARY), Thuringian Energy- and GreenTech-Agency (ThEGA) (GERMANY), Energieagentur der Regionen (AUSTRIA)
Partners requested Regional and local authorities, development and energy agencies, others - generally partners administering historical buildings with active ongoing functions (e.g. spa/healthcare/hotel facilities)
Follow up of the project It is not a follow-up project, but it derives from experiences of "EnercitEE" (INTERREG IVC) and "Gemeinsam für den Grenzraum / Razem Dla Pogranicza" (SN-PL 2013-2020)
Idea owner Arkadiusz Suliga
Institution UMWD
Country Poland
Last update 24 November 2014
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ENER-GO energy
Project will contribute to the enhanced capacity of public actors involved in energy planning allowing them to achieve increased energy efficiency in their regions. Many municipalities had recognised the importance of the 20/20/20 goals and had decided to undertake adequate activities. However in many cases qualification of staff and financial resources of municipalities are insufficient to properly fulfil necessary actions. We would like to address those municipalities that have already elaborated SEAPs and now are in the face of implementing measurements in order to achieve appointed goals. Many activities in this field had already been implemented. There are going to be identified and then transfer to another regions as good practices. Also some new solutions will be introduced and tested. Recommendations for local governments involved in the regions will be prepared.
Specific objective To improve territorially based low carbon energy planning strategies and policies supporting climate change mitigation
Expected results Project dissemination towards local authorities and citizens, Organization of Local Energy Days, Brochures). Assessment of implemented measures in order to achieve goals set in SEAPs. Identification of tools for local governments to introduce in their regions. Implementation of tools in regions. Twinning of municipalities. Pilot actions: testing of the tools.
Partners involved Central Mining Institute, Environment Park S.p.A.
Partners requested Business support institutions, Regional Development Agencies, R&B Institutions, Local governments and other institutions interested in the subject of the energy efficiency.
Follow up of the project This project is not a follow up for previously implemented projects however project idea is inspired by the experience of the City_SEC project implemented under the Intelligent Energy Programme Europe.
Idea owner Anna Bieniasz
Institution Agencja Rozwoju Regionalnego S.A. w Bielsku-Białej
Country Poland
Last update 31 March 2015
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BIOCARBON energy
BIO CARBON focusses on strengthening the eco-friendly energy option of pyrolysis/gasification in the overall energy offer of territories, unlocking its potentials through strengthening the demand side of the by-product derived from this technology: the biochar. This aspect is fundamental in order to make the biochar/pyrolysis energy systems economically sustainable and to exploit the capacities of such systems in terms of waste management, renewable energy production as well as of the production of by-products with high environmental compatibility. Aims: a) Develop territorial capacities of taking advantages of the ecoinnovation of biochar systems b) Exchange and improve existing knowledge and experiences c) Improve the Biochar system with Biochar production protocols and carbon footprint reliable mesuration of biochar's use d) Support the market uptake of the biochar energy systems e) Advocates the biochar option towards the decision making
Specific objective To improve territorially based low carbon energy planning strategies and policies supporting climate change mitigation
Expected results WP1 management wp 2 communication wp3 biochar protocols and carbon footprint Strategic focus/main expected results -Analyse and Test different biochar to develop a production protocol for each use beyond the “in soil” application -LCA for biochar different uses: reuse and recycle of biochar, disposal of carbon residues from filtering, CO2 sequestration potential of the different uses wp4 capacity building on biochar explore market capacities for every use develop living examples of biochar possible applications in real life deliver capacity building and transfer of experiences demonstrative biochar kit develop a repository of all tests/experiences performed at pilot scale/greenhouse scale wp 5 biochar advocacy towards a low carbon society influence decision making processes through lobbying activities at EU scale -Governance may help in the official bc approval and in developing this strategy of territorial based low carbon society
Partners involved University of Bologna (IT), UNCEM Piedmont (IT), University of Udine (IT).ZRS Bistra (SI). Sonnenerde (sme) (AT), Poltegor Institute (PL), ICIMB (PL), VSB Ostrava Technical University (CZ), Technische Univeristät München (DE) Bay Zoltán Ltd. for Applied Research (HU)
Partners requested final negotiations with two already found additional partners from Hungary and Croatia
Follow up of the project E2BEBIS The E2BEBIS project where the BIO CARBON is rooted represents the first CE and European exercise to build an industry based on pyrolysis/gasification. The project explored the feasibility and the effectiveness of some biochar related energy systems. They carried out the integration of institutional, scientific-technological, economic and civil society actors. E2BEBIS has identified existing technologies providers in Europe and worldwide, and it has analyzed existing bottlenecks towards the technology adoption. Now the project BIOCARBON will go beyond E2BEBIS focusing on the uses of Biochar and capacity building, mesurable carbon footprint reduction effect in a series of activities (from agricolture to industry, from cattle breeding to energy and to building sector)
Idea owner Ivan Sgandurra
Institution University of Bologna
Country Italy
Last update 02 March 2015
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IMPLEMENTATION OF WOODEN BIOMASS VALUE CHAIN WITHIN MUNICIPAL ENERGY SYSTEMS energy
The aim of the project is to increase the use of biomass for energy with establishment of network covering entire biomass value chain e.g. supply, demand and technology section.
Specific objective To improve territorially based low carbon energy planning strategies and policies supporting climate change mitigation
Expected results - Increasing the use of wooden biomass within the municipal energy systems; - Establishment of biomass network covering entire biomass value chain e.g. supply, demand and technology section (previously only supply side was covered); - Connection of all related stakeholders within the biomass value chain to support optimal use; - Establishment of the Biomass innovative technological centre under the social entrepreneurship initiative; - Development of Virtual local biomass energy cooperatives to balance supply and demand as also evaluation of suitable technologies; - Pilot example within the certain municipality.
Partners involved Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje
Partners requested - Foresters and farmers - Faculty of wood technology and Faculty of Agriculture - Municipal authorities - Different forest and agriculture associations - Wood processing industry - Technology experts for efficient use of wooden biomass - Energy end-users - Trade companies for wooden biomass - Manufactures of wooden biomass - And potential others.
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Alenka Megla
Institution Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje
Country Slovenia
Last update 11 March 2015
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EUROPEAN CO2 AGENTS IN A TRANSNATIONAL EXCHANGE energy
The sensibilisation of pupils in 7-th and 8-th grade for the toppic how to save energy. Further on we would like to change the energy use - behaviour of young pouple by implementing in schools Energyagents. A second targetgroup we wouzld like to reach with our project are the public builduings and its employees.
Specific objective To develop and implement solutions for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public infrastructures
Expected results Collecting, sighting and evaluation of good practice examples and finding the “best” good practice example of all partners. Organisation of a dissemination conference – meeting of all partners, comparison of the results (“best“ best practice will be presented by each partner). Further on there will be the development of a core concept for agents in schools | public authorities.
Partners involved Regionalentwicklung Vorarlberg; Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation| SEVER; City of Ludwigsburg; South Transdanubian Regional Development Agency DDRFÜ Nonprofit Kft.; CIRI - Buildings and Construction Department of Architecture University of Bologna; City of Bydgoszcz
Partners requested Interested institutions on the topic changing energy behaviour and have the access to the target groups
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Katja Heidler
Institution Harz AG - Initiative Region of Growth
Country Germany
Last update 19 February 2015
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RENEWABLE ENERGY COOPERATIVES ACROSS CENTRAL EUROPE energy
The number of renewable energy co-operatives across Central Europe is very unevenly developed, although the area has a huge potential for development. Currently, the most common are renewable energy co-operatives in Germany, but for example in Poland, Czech Republic or Slovakia such initiatives are in the early phase of development. The formation of energy co-operatives contributes significantly to the implementation of low-carbon strategies, European energy policy. Relatively wide are also possibilities for institutional and financial support to all initiatives in the field of renewable energy sources (RES). The main objective of the project is to improve the energy co-operative model and practice, which will facilitate and accelerate their development in the Partners’ countries. Valuable and inspiring will therefore be transnational cooperation of stakeholders interested in energy co-operatives, which may result in the creation of handbook of good practice and then summary assessment of institutional and financial instruments, that in negative or positive way affect the development of energy co-operatives in various areas of CE. The establishment of such co-operation will allow effective implementation of the idea of co-operative energy based on RES in the countries willing to develop the idea of carbon efficiency in the regions through the exchange of knowledge in terms of i.a. technology, organization, risk, cost-effectiveness, relations with cooperative’s shareholders.
Specific objective To develop and implement solutions for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public infrastructures
Expected results Activities: 1. Analysis of conditions for the development of energy co-operatives in Partners’ countries; 2. Study trips and seminar – to share knowledge and experience in terms of technology, organization, risk, cost-effectiveness, relations with cooperative’s shareholders; 3. Training for representatives of municipalities, private companies and individuals interested in the field of energy cooperatives based on RES; 4. Construction of common Web portal; 5. Evaluation of strategy for improving energy efficiency at the local level; 6. Evaluation of handbook of GP and pilot implementation of its provisions at organizational and legal level in selected initiative or institution of energy cooperative. Results: 1. Developed handbook of GP; 2. Evaluation of institutional and financial instruments in terms of their impact on the development of energy co-operatives with the instructions given to the stakeholders; 3. Strategy for improving energy efficiency at the local level;
Partners involved Partnership is now under formation.
Partners requested Existing advanced energy co-operatives mainly from Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia and partners familiar with the subject, interested in developing energy co-operatives in their countries.
Follow up of the project No.
Idea owner Ewa Paszkiewicz-Tomasiak
Institution Office of the Marshall of Lubelskie Voivodeship
Country Poland
Last update 20 February 2015
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REEF 2W energy
The proposed project, promoted by institutional, technical and economic partners belonging to the water and waste (2W) sector aims to show, on the basis of new management systems, of new available technologies, best practices, pilot projects etc.., an appreciable allowance for possible interventions achievable at a CEU level for efficiency improvements and energy generation in the field of urban waste and waste water treatment. The main purpose of the project is to test the feasibility and the advantages of implementing integrated wastewater and municipal solid waste plants. The identification of suitable geographical areas and the evaluation of achievable improvements and efficiency, both in the water and waste cycle, will allow to check the favorability of integrating the 2W systems.The intention is to include additional power supplies from the agro-food sector (integration of RE Sources and supply chains) to achieve greater energy diversification in output (ee, heat, biogas, bio-methane, H2) to improve energy distribution through specific local networks, and to use any additional energy capacity in the field of mobility (urban and sub-urban sustainable mobility).The aim is to demonstrate how integrated “2W REEF” systems are key enablers for the development of eco-villages and eco-city, and to analyze the possibility to obtain substantial savings, so that the avoided expenses can be re-invested in the improvement of important urban services such as water and waste.
Specific objective To develop and implement solutions for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public infrastructures
Expected results Main activities: - to collect ad make available knowledge, skills and best practices to define strategies and systems "REEF 2W" as a support for drafting of regional development plans, highlighting the main barriers and resources that possibly affect the implementation; – to establish and develop actions and policies in order to create optimum conditions for the implementation of "REEF 2W" systems, and for the removal of barriers hindering their implementation – to set up methodologies and tools in order to prepare plans, projects and feasibility studies on implementation and sustainability of "REEF 2W" systems; – to carry out feasibility studiesion a plurality of urban reference territories in the CEU space; activation of the first operating projects in territories that already have examples of integrated “REEF 2W” systems - to organize roadshow in CEU cities to present feasibility studies' results and to raise awareness and involvement of local players and policy makers
Partners involved ITALY -ENEA (LP) -Hera/Contarina -Eurosportello Veneto -Regione Emilia Romagna e Regione Veneto as observers
Partners requested We are looking for multi-utilities involved in waste collection and processing and wastewater management, eventually Universities and ESCOs from Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Croatia and other CEU countries
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Diego Santi
Institution ENEA
Country Italy
Last update 23 February 2015
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INTEGRATION OF ZERO EMISSION TRANSPORT INTO THE MUNICIPAL LOGISTIC OF CITIES energy
With the focus on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth of Europe the project idea focuses on development of sustainable concepts for low-carbon mobility and reducing air pollution by integration of zero emission vehicles into communal logistics. Electric mobility can serve as the basis for CO2 reduction and energy-efficient transport. In several regions of CENTRAL EUROPE different single projects have been implemented testing new technologies, ideas or concepts. To overcome single activities in favor of holistic approaches the project will start at the beginning: according to existing mobility plans in the regions and their different technical and infrastructural concepts a sustainable management structure will be established in each partner region. These regional consortia will set up a regional strategy how to integrate electric vehicles into regional transport with regards to an integrative transport planning. The concept will be accompanied by close collaboration with higher education institutions, energy providers, regional companies, public transport etc. In order to increase the acceptance and information status of the broader public the commune itself will serve as model for integration of electric vehicles into the communal infrastructure: for tourism, public services etc. Additionally a smart tool will support the interlinking and information between different transport options.
Specific objective To improve capacities for mobility planning in functional urban areas to lower CO2 emissions
Expected results - Analysis of logistic processes and vehicles of the car pool of cities (e.g. service for public or tourism) - Analysis where existing concepts of e-mobility can support these processes - Analysis what kind of vehicle is suitable for each process - Definition of services, charging stations etc. and integration into transport and development plans of cities - Implementation and test of suitable vehicles in selected processes of the cities - Evaluation of the results: Established Management Structure in each region following a regional guideline for integration of e-mobility in communal logistics; supported via open network for similar tasks etc.
Partners involved City of Chemnitz (D), Central Transdanubian Development Agency (H), Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency (H), BSC Kranj (SI), TU Kosice (SK), Atos IT Solutions and Services GmbH (A); Province of Rimini (I), City of Imola (I)
Partners requested Municipalities/Cities from Austria, Czech Republic or Poland; Energy providers; providers of electric vehicles; SMEs working in the field of transport, logistics, ICT
Follow up of the project The project will include results and experiences from other projects from CENTRAL EUROPE, but it is no follow-up project from the programme period 2013.
Idea owner Sylke Spröd
Institution ICM – Institute for Mechanical and Industrial Engineering e.V.
Country Germany
Last update 27 February 2015
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SUN IS LIFE ... energy
Our aim is to implement other innovative solutions to enhance energy efficiency and utilization of renewable energy sources in our community and region. We would like to present our existing practical experience and know-how (in the field of using solar energy - solar systems and photovolcaic cells) to the partners involved in the project (through our multi-functional center for monitoring and presentation of the use of renewable resourses) and simultaneously to continue in validation of innovative energy-saving technologies - in heating and transport.
Specific objective To develop and implement solutions for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public infrastructures
Expected results Project activities: 1. Implementation of workshops - exchange of know-how, presentation: best practice ( good examples from practice) - at the level of partners involved in the project, 2. Investment activities of partners in the field of using renewable resourses , 3. Utilization and procurement of funds using renewable resourses
Partners involved municipality of Microregion Klátovské rameno
Partners requested , Local or regional self-governments, microregion,municipality
Follow up of the project Municipality implemented a lot of projects with Hungarian partners (in Hungarian – Slovak Cross Border Programme 2007-2013), see at: www.maledvorniky.sk, http://www.husk-cbc.eu/sk/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4YPJ1I-5Pg, www.sunislife.sk/hu.
Idea owner Marczell Zoltán
Institution Municipality of Malé Dvorníky
Country Slovakia
Last update 27 February 2015
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SUSPUTRAL - SUSTAINABLE PUBLIC TRANSPORT ALTERNATIVES energy
Objectives: The main objective is to elaborate a complex conception and methodology primarily for cities (with or above 500k inhabitants) in Central Europe accomplishing high degree or total sustainable electric public transport, and to demonstrate the feasibility. During the project, research sub-projects will be implemented to support general/universal solutions and culminate in conceptions and studies, and based on them, tailor-made strategies, action plans and specific project plans will be created. The implementation of a specified pilot project clearly demonstrates the feasibility and the original ideas can be validated with the experiences of the pilot project.
Specific objective To improve capacities for mobility planning in functional urban areas to lower CO2 emissions
Expected results The R&D partners with the others elaborate general and settlement specific feasibility alternatives based on the data and previous experiments collected and provided for definite Central European cities with complex public transport systems and the demand for conversion and modification towards electrification. The conception covers technical feasibility and technology alternatives, cost and benefit assessments, financing, regulations, social acceptance, problems of transport integration and management issues as well as environmental and sustainability aspects. In the second half of the project, a pilot system will be realized in one of the partner cities, the process of the implementation serves as “in situ” case study supporting the fine tuning of methodology and subsequent implementation processes. energy efficient public e-transport that is based on renewable energies offers real alternatives to convert public transport systems to be environmental-friendly.
Partners involved Budapest University of Technology, MVM Partner (energy company),
Partners requested • Companies and institutions with energetics profile, • R&D partners, • Local governments, municipalities • Public transport companies, • Technology suppliers.
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Donat Dekany
Institution Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Country Hungary
Last update 02 March 2015
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ENER4EDU - SMART, SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN PUBLIC EDUCATION BUILDINGS energy
ENER4EDU aims to develop and implement cost-effective integrated strategies for the energy efficient retrofitting of existing public building stock, more specifically education buildings. In the region, most of public education buildings are historical buildings (i.e. cultural heritage) - or built before any energy-efficiency regulation – and are located in urban neighbourhoods. Energy audits show that most of them consume up to 5-times more than those built with the current regulation so a high potential for energy savings and carbon reduction can be envisaged through their energy upgrading. Besides, most of education buildings owners lack of a sustainable Energy Management strategy, skilled staff, tools, access to funding. This leads to sporadic and fragmented solutions that add unsustainable costs for the community. Moreover, involving both schools and universities, the retrofitting of education buildings may contribute significantly to the generation and dissemination of knowledge related to low-carbon strategies for the cities.
Specific objective To develop and implement solutions for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public infrastructures
Expected results Through the transnational consortium, the project wants to contribute to the overall programme goal: - Implementing the most advanced integrated strategy to the retrofitting of education buildings, including smart energy management systems supporting public decision-makers and contributing to a better urban energy management (smart grid); - Developing advanced education and training tools: for end-users, to increase awareness towards energy-related issues and for professionals (both public and private), to increase and develop their capacities and skills; - Testing incentives and financing schemes in order to facilitate the wider implementation of energy efficient retrofitting measures for public buildings. ENER4EDU will aim to increase the awareness of local players and public institutions of a sustainable use and management of energy in public buildings as a result of both highly technical pilot actions and communication and information dissemination strategies.
Partners involved Lombardy (IT): Politecnico di Milano, Comune di Lecco. Slovenia: Institute for Innovation and development of University of Ljubljana. Partnership is under negotiation for AT, HUN
Partners requested Looking for partners from CZ, SK and CRO. Type and Expertize: - Public owners (municipalities) with significant presence of education buildings requiring major energy retrofitting measures; - SMEs with engineering solutions with emphasis on energy management and smart cities ICT solutions for public HEI infrastructure.
Follow up of the project Project builds on results of the IDES-EDU project where 15 High Education Institutions developed curricula and training for Professionals for Integral Sustainable Energy Design of the Built Environment. Project also relates to EURL3A (knowledge alliance between High Education Institutions, municipalities and companies for implementing sustainable building and retrofitting technologies) and EnergyViLLab (cross-border development of best practice in the use of energy from renewable sources, energy saving and sustainable mobility). Moreover ENER4EDU relates also to the outputs of the SCUOLA project (Smart Campus as Urban Open Lab) about the assessment of positive effect on the smart grid managed of the energy retrofitting of high education and school buildings.
Idea owner Giuliana Iannaccone
Institution Politecnico di Milano
Country Italy
Last update 04 March 2015
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STOMP - SUSTAINABLE URBAN TRANSPORT AND MOBILITY PLANNING THROUGH NON MOTORIZED SOLUTIONS AND ZERO EMISSION VEHICLES IN LOW-CARBON URBAN AREAS energy
Urban areas are affected by significant mobility congestion problems (and, as a consequence, by high CO2 emissions and pollution problems), mainly due to the prevalent use of individual means of transport, which still use endothermic engines. In order to lower CO2 emissions, it is important to address the passenger mobility planning in urban and metropolitan areas, using an original approach, improving the accessibility to services/traffic generator poles from all surrounding areas. A possible strategy is planning high quality/efficiency collective transport systems, together with promoting non-pollutant individual means of transport and improving the non-motorized mobility. Particular attention is going to be put on the following non-comprehensive list of topics: - development of high quality and safe non-motorized mobility networks (pedestrian/cyclists); - introduction of new collective transport systems or the requalification of existing ones (both traditional and innovative, such as inductive recharge vehicles); - planning of electric individual transport systems (both with dynamic and static recharge systems). In particular, as regards the electric mobility (both collective and individual), it is important to deepen the planning aspects related to the introduction of electric recharge infrastructures in urban areas, such as the insertion of “electric ways” for the dynamic recharge of vehicles or the adaptation of parking areas for their static recharge.
Specific objective To improve capacities for mobility planning in functional urban areas to lower CO2 emissions
Expected results Part of the activities is dedicated to the analysis of the available low-carbon mobility/urban planning tools and to the investigation of how such tools can address the objective of planning high quality/efficient collective transport systems and promoting non-pollutant individual means of transport. Each involved partner could address one or more of the following (non-comprehensive) strategies:development of high quality and safe non-motorized mobility networks, deepening their quality, level of service, technical features, traffic simulations; - introduction of new collective transport systems (Tram-Trains, Automated light rails, etc.) - requalification of disused/scarcely frequented guided transport systems; - planning of electric transport systems characterized by dynamic/static recharge infrastructures (such as the “electric ways” or recharge stations in parking areas); - estimation of the impact on CO2 emissions reduction deriving from the implemented strategies.
Partners involved The lead partner of this project is the University of Brescia (UNIBS), an Italian Research Institute
Partners requested Authorities in charge of mobility planning, research institutes, Universities, Municipalities, transport system companies from the Central Europe area
Follow up of the project This is not a follow-up project as a whole, but in the past the involved partners already joined European/National/Local projects concerning some of the aspects that the proposed project idea is going to deal with.
Idea owner Margherita Cadei
Institution University of Brescia
Country Italy
Last update 04 March 2015
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A SOLAR WAVE CROSSING THE CENTRAL EUROPE ON A WEB OF LIGHT energy
We are a team of motivated people following a dream: use just solar energy for a sustainable mobility. This is the reason why we are participating to this call: to show to all the Central Europe that this is possible. We are a group of professional experts consisting in technicians, engineers and manufacturers, specialized in use of special materials and innovative technologies. Led by the University of Bologna, we already shared the passion and success of 3 competition solar vehicles. In 2005 the first vehicle, an assisted pedalinum bike, was built and participated in the World Solar Cycle Challenge as the only EU team. And it was just the beginning. Using the most advanced technology available on the market, the competence of racing and researches, our first solar car was realized and successfully tested during the most relevant international competitions. However, the real innovation came into form with the following vehicle in 2013. Light frame, self-developed engine, new design, materials and solar cells permitted to run more than 5.000km in the desert. Our next step is represented by a new generation of vehicles, consisting in a 4-seats solar cars, comfortable and energy efficient, homologated to cross the Europe powered by light. On the other hand, a regular car, available on the EU market, will be converted for power-train in a solar vehicle. Therefore, this action intends to cross the whole Central Europe using these solar vehicles as witnesses of what Sun can permit
Specific objective To improve capacities for mobility planning in functional urban areas to lower CO2 emissions
Expected results The project intends to boost the use of Sun as source of energy for urban and rural mobility. This outcome passes by a clear demonstration of potentialities of solar as power-train. After a initial period in which several innovations will be installed inside the present solar vehicles, a new vehicle (a cruiser) will be setting up and the power-train of an ordinary car will be converted, a “solar convey” will be arranged and moved all around Central EU. As a whole, the convey will consist of N.5 solar vehicles from different categories: one assisted bike, one light tricycle (cat. Le5), one heavy quadricycle (cat. Le7), one cruiser (cat. Challenge), and, finally, one regular car converted as solar vehicle. These demonstrative vehicles (except for the bike) will run around 5.000km through the 9 countries of Central EU in a three-month route. The main cities and locations will be reached with the aim at maximizing the social impact of the action. 20.000km without a drop of fuel and CO2
Partners involved Lead : University of Bologna R&D Partners: University of Budapest*; University of Maribor* Enterprises: LE on Green energy production; LE on energy management; SMEs on solar vehicles part production Public Authorities in Italy, Austria and Slovenia Territorial Developing Agencies: EUDA* Others: Association of Universities of Central Europe, Onda Solare Sporting Association (*in confirmation)
Partners requested Mainly roles to be covered: - Territorial Developing Agencies - Certification Agencies - Public Authorities in other countries
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Cristiano Fragassa
Institution University of Bologna
Country Italy
Last update 11 March 2015
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ENERGY BIOMASS BALANCE – TOWARDS MORE SECURE AND CLEAN ENERGY IN CENTRAL EUROPE energy
The Project would aim at finding the needs for Energy in the regions of Central Europe, assessing the regions' potential for renewable energy production, indication of renewable energy balance in regions - potential tranfers of the energy across the borders and reccommendation for solutions based on renawable energy. The Project would be based on application of satellite data.
Specific objective To improve territorially based low carbon energy planning strategies and policies supporting climate change mitigation
Expected results Planned actvities: providing tools, GIS and satellite data based Service, demonstrating activities and good practices exchange
Partners involved Polish and Czech Chamber of Biomass, Remote Sensing Centre - Institute of Geodesy and Cartography (Poland, Warsaw), Local energy agency Pomurje (Slovenia))
Partners requested Chamber of Biomass in Italy, Germany and Croatia and innovative companies tesing and implementing newest technologies of energy production (e.x. from remainings)
Follow up of the project The Project is a follow up of activities conducted by Polish (SERENE) and Czech organizations
Idea owner Martyna Gatkowska
Institution Institute of Geodesy and Cartography
Country Poland
Last update 12 March 2015
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FEEL IT FROM EARTH energy
Project objective is promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy based on shallow geothermal energy applications utilizing GCHP (Ground Coupled Heat Pumps). Project will present new energy efficiency models on buildings based on low enthalpy geothermal energy and the promotion of the use of GCHP technologies (also through demonstration cases on public buildings) to strengthen its applicability for energy savings and carbon mitigation. Shallow geothermal energy utilizing GCHP (Ground Coupled Heat Pumps) can be exploited everywhere (since it is not depending on the presence of hot-water deep basins). These systems can meet the needs of heating and cooling using a single installation, maintaining low energy consumption. European Commission highlights that this sector is not doing enough to exploit the potential of shallow thermal and new methodologies, technologies and demonstrative investments are requested. Interest for the implementation of renewable energy sources is growing from year to year; EU 2020 objectives should stimulate stronger promotion of renewable energy sources. There is a great potential of using these methodologies in public buildings such as schools, kindergartens, nursing homes, special needs institutions, sports halls… The rapidly increasing price of traditional energy sources (oil, natural gas, electricity) causes uncertainty and dependence in the long run.
Specific objective To develop and implement solutions for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public infrastructures
Expected results To demonstrate (through pilot actions and monitoring solutions) that these technologies can ensure energy savings and CO2 emissions reductions. To raise awareness about benefits and potentials of exploiting shallow geothermal energy. Ensure strong campaign with variety of tools; promotional material, publications, best practice examples, workshops, seminars, events…. Transfer of know how between project partners. Partners coming from countries where these technologies are massively applied will share their experiences with partners from emerging markets to overcome possible barriers. To increase knowledge among involved stakeholders; regional and local authorities and politicians concerned in the renewable energy, specialized technicians and energy mangers, energy provider companies, heating and cooling companies already involved in RES sector.
Partners involved Regional Development Agency Dubrovnik Neretva County DUNEA (CRO), Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering (CRO)
Partners requested Public administrations (regions, municipalities and cities), public institutions, scientific institutions, SMEs, research centres, regional development agencies, energy agencies…
Follow up of the project Project builds on results and experiences of project LEGEND, acronym for Low Enthalpy Geothermal Energy Demonstration cases for Energy Efficient building in Adriatic area; European project co-financed by the IPA Adriatic Cross-Border Cooperation Programme and leaded by the Province of Ferrara (Italy). LEGEND capitalized results from GEO.POWER, VIGOR and SEAR projects.
Idea owner Tomislav Rudinica
Institution Regional Development Agency Dubrovnik Neretva County
Country Croatia
Last update 19 March 2015
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EDMAS - ENERGY DATA MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS IN CENTRAL EUROPE COMMUNITIES energy
The overall objective of the project is to design, develop and pilot new solutions to enable sustained reductions in energy consumption across Ecentral Europe area in public buildings and to explore the possibilities how to transfer these practices to private sector.
Specific objective To develop and implement solutions for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public infrastructures
Expected results 1. Studies and analyses: - Study on existing strategies, actions by countries with regard to energy efficiency in public buildings and examples of implementation measures by areas - SWOT analysis by region and overall findings - which measures have been used (for efficient Energy use) and what are the challenges - proposals for improvements that will complement effective implementation of the measures. 2. Recommendations for policy makers and policy papers 3. Pilot action: - Pilot cases – energy saving with introducing IKT technology (investment / equipment) - Workshops and lectures on efficiently using energy with introducing IKT technology in public infrastructures - Establishment of E-info point(s) for managing with data (energy consumption in public buildings, consulting for public sector and citizens regarding efficiently using energy 4. Guidelines for practitioners - Manual
Partners involved Municipality
Partners requested Universities, institutes, regions, muncipialities
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Jozica Lazar
Institution Development agency of Idrija and Cerkno
Country Slovenia
Last update 19 March 2015
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MORE FRIENDLY AND LESS POLLUTING TRANSPORTATION IN THE CITIES energy
The main purpose of the project is to develop and implement solutions minimizing negative pression for the environment and the quality of life of constantly growing number of vehicles in our cities. Having in mind growing needs of the citizen’s mobility inside the cities, there is a need to conduct actions aiming to change the structure of the transport, reducing the congestion and promoting clean communicational solutions.
Specific objective To improve capacities for mobility planning in functional urban areas to lower CO2 emissions
Expected results Analysis of currently functioning public communication system in order to obtain more user friendly and low emission system will be made. The partners will elaborate and implement the concept of urban bicycle in order to reduce the congestion and environmental burden of the individual transportation in the city. The social campaign promoting the use of public transportation and bicycles will be conducted and special eco-driving trainigs for the drivers of public buses and interested citizens (private car users and public buses drivers) will be implemented. Study visits and experience exchange for the personnel responsible for management of the city’s communicational system will be conducted.
Partners involved No partners involved at the moment
Partners requested Local administration level
Follow up of the project Not a follow-up project
Idea owner Marcin Bonisławski
Institution Suwałki Municipality
Country Poland
Last update 20 March 2015
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MOSTFOREE - MODEL OF SOLUTIONS FOR IMPROVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION BUILDINGS energy
The main aim of the project is to develop and promote model concepts of solutions aimed at energy efficiency improvement in public office buildings, the use of new technologies and renewable energy sources what will contribute to raise public sector competences at energy efficiency increase in Central European countries. The aim of the project is to exchange knowledge and experiences, and technology transfer between partners. Dialogue between the project partner countries will contribute to the development of common, most effective and innovative solutions that will improve energy efficiency. Additional value of the project will be the model concepts of energy efficiency improvement for a specific office buildings that belong to the project partners. Developed concepts will be promoted so as to broad group of customers can learn from them and use them to carry out their own investments aimed to energy efficiency improvement.
Specific objective To develop and implement solutions for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public infrastructures
Expected results 1. To analyze energy effects obtained from implemented solutions aimed at energy saving and use of renewable energy sources in office buildings in countries with similar climate conditions like in project partners countries. 2. To develop of survey method in order to evaluate and compare energy efficiency in office buildings, which belong to project partners. 3. To carry out a survey and to analyze the results. 4. To perform comprehensive energy audits in several selected office buildings that belong to project partners. 5. To develop model concepts of energy efficiency improvement in partners’ office buildings selected from energy audits group (for minimum one office building of each project partner). 6. To promote developed concepts and the results of the analyses, surveys and knowledge (series of conferences organization, publishing materials and promotional leaflets, the results being made public with the use information and communication technologies).
Partners involved Lead partner – Mazovian Voivodeship; Project partner – Komitat Pest (Hungary)
Partners requested We are looking for partners from countries with similar climate conditions to Poland (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia). Local and regional units of public administration are welcome.
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Beata Gochnio
Institution Regional Government of Mazovia
Country Poland
Last update 27 March 2015
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SELF-SUSTAINING COMMUNITIES BY CIVIC ENGAGEMENT energy
The project „SELF-SUSTAINING COMMUNITIES BY CIVIC ENGAGEMENT“ is a collaborative project of the European Union states Germany (northern Bavarian region Naturpark Frankenwald), Italy (region of South Tyrol), Poland (region of Podlasie), Slovenia and Austria (region of Güssing). The main objective of this partnership project is to create, demonstrate and support local value chains for the development of renewable energies as a general applicable model for rural communities leading to a measurable reduction of climate harming CO2-emissions in Central Europe. The projects main objective is to significantly reduce CO2-Emmissions in rural communities in Central Europe through integration of civic engagement into place-based local energy strategies and closed value chains for renewable energy production. The project will thus also co-contribute to an increased autarchy of rural areas and will therefore help to reduce social and economic disparities in the area. Although the cooperation programme reports a big leap in use of renewable energy, the exploitation of the positive effects (CO2-reduction, increased autarchy from fossil fuels) on local level is weak. Furthermore, rural communities show significant technical vulnerability as investments in grid infrastructures is limited. Here, the projects main objective does also contribute to increased self-sustainability.
Specific objective To improve territorially based low carbon energy planning strategies and policies supporting climate change mitigation
Expected results Based on the pooling of regionally adapted implementation approaches, an overall model for the application of place based energy solution will be developed. More specifically, a guideline for the inclusion of civic engagement will be created that ensures that all relevant stakeholders are sufficiently respected among the complete value added chain - from the first planning steps to the concrete implementation and operation of the plant. In exemplary cases, this condition has been proven to be crucial for a social acceptance and furthermore for a proliferation of the approach. For all participating regions, the project will implement pilot renewable energy projects under civic participation. It is important to involve the different interests of relevant stakeholders (government departments, administrative bodies, private companies, press and media, environmental and credit institutions). Therefore the initiation and guidance along the whole planning process is the central work.
Partners involved Podlaska Regional Development Foundation (Bialystok), Europäisches Zentrum für Erneuerbare Energie Güssing, Eurac Research – Institut für Erneuerbare Energien Bozen, Slovenian Forestry Insitute Ljubljana
Partners requested Looking for partners at regional governance level of different kind types: governmental or public institutions or also private and non-governmental associations. Partner must have experiences in the field of renewable energy production or interest in the decentral implementation and the effects of the development of renewable energy plants in rural areas with civic participation.
Follow up of the project The project isn't a follow-up project.
Idea owner Martin Kastner
Institution Energievision Frankenwald e.V.
Country Germany
Last update 10 April 2015
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INDUCULT2.0 - INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE, CULTURAL RESOURCES OF CURRENT INDUSTRIES AND CREATIVE PIONEERS – CAPITALISING INDUSTRIAL CULTURE IN CENTRAL EUROPE environment/culture
Industrial Culture is a young phenomenon in the European cultural sphere. Having been firstly used in Germany as a synonym for industrial heritage, its latest re-interpretation heralds a new Industrial Culture that goes beyond heritage preservation and utilization by adding contemporary or upcoming cultural and creative resources. In this modern understanding, Industrial Culture is considered as a dynamic concept interwoven with the permanent transformations of the industrial economy and society. Applying such a comprehensive understanding, InduCult2.0 combines the tangible and intangible cultural assets of industrial past and present for positioning today´s industrial regions as attractive places for working, living and recreation. The project builds on, revives and develops the positive cultural elements of industrial communities. The concept of Industrial Culture is especially suitable for regions situated peripherally and mono-focused on industrial production. InduCult2.0 brings together such regions and organizes transnational benchmarking, peer work, trainings and exchange on pilot actions. Scientists support and reflect these activities. Methodologically, cross-sectoral cooperation between museums, companies, schools, administrations as well as creative communities is at the core of the project: This range of stakeholders ensures that all time layers of Industrial Culture are adequately represented.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results Core idea 1: strengthening cooperation of Industrial Culture stakeholders, esp. between museums, companies, schools > regional stakeholder dialogues, transnational and regional strategy papers on "Valorizing IC", CE network of IC coordinators Core idea 2: raising awareness of industrial culture (IC), fostering regional identity and image improvement, focus on linking industrial past-presence-future > promoting cultural resources of current industries, industrial tourism, industry-related cultural events Core idea 3: Deploying IC for attracting, securing and adapting labour force > binding graduates and retrieving migrants through IC, raising interest of youth by embedding culture and work options in a regional story of industrial evolution Core idea 4: Setting up creative hubs and innovation labs in the environment of industry and its remains > refitting old-industrial sites for creative purposes, connecting creatives and industry
Partners involved District of Zwickau (Lead Applicant, DE), Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (DE) Association Styrian Iron Route (AT), Karl-Franzens University Graz (AT), Padova Chamber of Commerce (IT), County association LAG of the Carlsbad region (CZ), Business Support Centre Kranj (SI), Sisak-Moslavina County (CR), Stebo Competence Centre Community Development (BE)
Partners requested Polish regional partner representing a non-metropolitan region with mono-structured economic focus in past and presence on industrial production (so that the place regards itself as “industrial” and is connoted as such from the outside), e.g. a public administration / (development) agency covering a region of 200.000-1.000.000 inhabitants. The partner institution itself should have a clear relation to industrial past and presence as well as respective cultural and public experiences.
Follow up of the project INDU_CULT takes up results of the CE2013 projects SHIFT-X (industrial heritage and transition of old-industrial places) and SECOND CHANCE (industrial sites and creative industries). With its focus on bringing together industrial past, presence and future, InduCult2.0 differs from these precursors. Still, the reference projects share the same intention to improve awareness and utilisation of industrial heritage and thus will enable InduCult2.0 to start on an advanced level.
Idea owner Carsten Debes
Institution District of Zwickau
Country Germany
Last update 17 March 2015
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HEMI-3C. HERITAGE-MANAGEMENT-INCLUSION: CYCLE, CITIES, CULTURE environment/culture
The project idea is to develop new tourism and mobility practices within the Central Europe Countries through smart mobility systems and tools adapted to different urban contexts. By connecting bikes with other transportation means, we will create new types of cultural and natural tourism, exploiting all kind of heritages in local districts and counties. We want to work even on the integration among different type of transports such as private car, public transports, and alternative means, giving to bicycle a central role. These relationships are different according to urban typology. Metropolises, cities and small towns may develop different innovative bike interconnection solutions. The project contents are connected to tourism and leisure options, technology and heritages. Digital information systems are, thus, key project elements as they allow innovative information systems with relevant exploitable potentials for increasing tourists’ usability. This type of tourism would work as an economic engine for growth and employment, in agreement with EU2020 green objectives as well as accomplishing most of the Central Europe priorities, by allowing an inclusive both natural and cultural heritages valorisation and by promoting sustainable tourism management practices. All these concepts are related to the theoretical aspects of smart city. It is necessary to find the correct equilibrium between empirical mobility researches and the theoretical aspects.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results 1) Creating a new sustainable and intelligent tourism with the help of smart mobility tools in different urban contexts; 2) Using new tools to support tourism, especially by developing bicycle interconnections with other transportation means and by applying ICT technologies; 3) New touristic exploitation of natural and cultural assets in a sustainable way, especially within those areas inaccessible with traditional transports; 4) Increasing employment and social inclusion; 5) Producing innovative business opportunities related to the new and integrated touristic framework. 6) Increasing available infrastructures for bicycles
Partners involved Bocconi University / SDA Bocconi School of Management. Partnerships under negotiation
Partners requested Metropolises, Cities, and touristic towns municipalities in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland and other countries
Follow up of the project HeMI-3C project takes up the results and the best practices of the methodology of CE2005 COURBIT project.
Idea owner Professor Remo Dalla Longa
Institution SDA Bocconi
Country Italy
Last update 28 February 2015
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NICHE – NATURAL ROCK IN THE USE OF CULTURAL HERITAGE IN EUROPE environment/culture
Europes´ natural and cultural heritage is (also) made of stone, such as ornamental and decorative rock. The geology and mineral wealth of a region is expressed in the appearance of the regions landscape in rural areas or with the fassades and roof tops in urban areas. Buildings as heritages of urban civilisation and the natural rocks as resource which they are built from constitute valuable assets of central European regions and represent important location factors benefitting regional development. These assets disappear and with it part of Europes identity and also industrial income of the still operating European natural rock suppliers though investigations have proofed, that local natural rocks quarried from own European resources are ecological and economic building materials. There is need to better identify and promote regional rock sources as „visitor cards“ of European regions and to preserve the regions character and originality.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results The project tackles the objective to improve capacities for the promotion of the sustainable use of local and regional natural rock as an ambassador of the cultural and natural heritage. It develops action plans for valorising this heritage and for exploiting potentials of cultural testimonies in order to stimulating creative industries in supporting the usage of own natural resources. The project develops tools for supporting the preservation and use of cultural heritage, e.g. exploitation and historic sites, and traditions, to foster knowledge, strengthen regional identity and increase the regions’ attractiveness. The project incorporates entities dealing with these challenges and facilitating a larger uptake of an integrated eco-environmental concept into the public and private sector to finally perform the application of innovative territorial development strategies and action plans to foster sustainable economic growth and employment.
Partners involved Vereinigung Naturstein Südtirol eV
Partners requested Employers associations Trade organizations Governance level
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Wolfgang Reimer
Institution Geokompetenzzentrum Freiberg eV
Country Germany
Last update 28 May 2014
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NETWORK OF MOUNTAIN DEMO environment/culture
The idea of the project is to build a network of various „mountain DEMOs” in different mountain region of Central Europe. „AEM Poland”(l`Association des Elus de la Montagne – Pologne) and the Association “Wojtowice – back to the future” - NGOs whose mission is to promote the idea of SMD (sustainable mountain development) have been working for last 12 months establishing a station called “Sudety DEMO” on the area of 3,3 hectars offered to them by local government for….25 years. We are aiming to take care of ravaged landscape, of forgotten traditions and customs, to rescucitate old local products, to restore “old stones”, to prove that in spite of past dramas it is possible to build a new common European future. The place has already been visited by nearly 400 representatives of mountain provinces of Poland. We strongly believe that in mountain regions of EU member states of Central Europe there are quite a few hectars owned by local governments ready – if properly approached and convinced – to grant the land to local NGOs and to create a place whose educational and touristic values are impossible to overestimate
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results There will be a “Sudety Meadow” with 6 plants under strict protection, a mini-vineyard, an orchard-collection of forgotten Sudety fruit, a renovated small XVIII-century cemetery, etc. A group of students participating in The Summer School of Architecture excavate nearly 300-year old foundations of a small rural settlement with a plan to reconstruct it according to old drawings and photos. A small field of mountain flax with a use of an old breed of linen seed is under consideration, a group of 5 farmer families approached us with an idea of creating there an “atelier” for artisanal production of plum jam and plum/pear distillate. Both based on old recipes. Official opening together with an international seminar on SMD is planned for the fall of 2015. our website: www.wojtowice-widok.eu with photos (galeria) and the link to the plan of those 3,3 ha http://www.wojtowice-widok.eu/Projekt4%2024_11_2011.pdf
Partners involved Association “Wojtowice – Back to the future”, AEM Pologne, Snow Mountain Community Fund, local government of Bystrzyca Klodzka
Partners requested Local mountain NGOs and local governments
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner Christopher KOMORNICKI
Institution Association "Wojtowice- back to the future"
Country Poland
Last update 03 June 2014
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ORNAMENTALICA environment/culture
Public awareness of the value and richness of cultural heritage is recently on the rise, and contemporary artists and designers also increasingly seek inspiration in traditional arts and crafts. However, they are usually not familiar with the wide range of traditional patterns and ornaments and they often seek professional help and visual resources on such matters. The problem that arises is that the desired data are usually geographically or thematically (e.g. by material or technique) limited and dispersed across different archives, institutions, and media (publications, webpages etc.). This hinders their creative process and prevents the use of tradition in contemporary art, design and crafts. The aim of the project is to create publicly accessible online database of traditional patterns and ornaments from Central European countries. It shall be the result of joined national collections of traditional patterns and ornaments, enriched with additional material on their contemporary use and its creators. The database is therefore a tool to digitally preserve cultural heritage of traditional ornaments and patterns, to widely promote it and, last but not least, encourage its implementation in crafts, applied arts and in the creative industries.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results 1. Creation of a database of traditional patterns and ornaments in Central Europe. R: Online database (Pattern Book) with user-friendly options. 2. Linking cultural heritage and creative industries through pilot actions in chosen areas: workshops with craftsmen, student projects, manufactured products. R: New products combining heritage and creative industry. 3. International networking and promotion (of museums, craftsmen and creative sector). R: International networks of different actors; exhibition on traditional and contemporary creativity. 4. Establishing the synergy between cultural heritage and creative industries. R: Monograph on potentials/good practices; recommendations to enhance the cooperation between heritage and creative sector.
Partners involved ZRC SAZU, Institute of Slovenian Ethnology, Slovene Ethnographic Museum (Slovenia); AiP Beroun, Moravské zemské muzeum Brno (Czech Republic), Slovenský ľudový umelecký kolektív (Slovakia), Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde (Austria), Hungarian Heritage House (Hungary), Muzeum Etnograficzne im. Seweryna Udzieli w Krakowie (Poland), actors from the creative industries (to be defined)
Partners requested Established consortium.
Follow up of the project Not directly, but we intend to use our experience with database creation and promotion gained through the project Etnofolk.
Idea owner Saša Poljak Istenič
Institution ZRC SAZU
Country Slovenia
Last update 03 March 2015
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CULTURAL ROUTE OF THE ARCHITECTURE MODERN MOVEMENT environment/culture
The aim of the project idea is to build a Cultural Route of the Modern Architecture Movement generating a tourism network including museums, foundations, cultural sites, and urban landmarks, with the help of ICTs. Modern Movement in Architecture started in the 30’s with a relevant architecture system (known as ‘Bauhaus’), which attracted several scholars and educated professionals whose contribution to architecture brought a new spirit of innovation in the period between the two World Wars. In order to keep awareness of this heritage, a cultural Route linking and reinforcing the relations of Modern Movement landmarks, museums and monuments will be built as a transnational network including key regions/areas (Berlin, Wien, Milan, North-East Italy, Prague, Budapest, Warsaw). A system of related itineraries within the Route will be equipped with information kiosks, virtual and multimedia exhibitions, enhanced-mobility vehicles for disabled tourists, remote education tools and user participation to art activities within an inclusive context for visitors with different needs. This will lead to promotion of landmarks and attractiveness among various user groups/tourists. Identity of that heritage will build or reinforce a new knowledge which will be accessible and affordable for all.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results - Thematic itineraries as a tool for dynamic use of cultural sites in promoting heritage, areas and destinations; - System and synergy route, as a system of common attractive factors to be identified within the Modernism heritage; - Guided tours, thematic and cultural events, educational programs/sessions; - Guidebook of itineraries and routes, ICT guide info-system (both desktop and mobile), enhanced mobility system with facilitators and small vehicles for people with difficulties; - Wider access to the knowledge of the Modern Movement theme; - Social and political action for reinforcing of the population identity; - From a ‘mass product’ to a ‘customized service’ approach; - Implementation of these services as a transregional cultural system.
Partners involved CNR ITC
Partners requested Key-authorities (regional and/or municipal governments) and key-actors of Modern Movement in art and architecture of the XX century (museums, art and architecture foundations, national heritage entities/associations, ecc.) especially from designated cultural areas of the Movement: the towns of Dessau, Weimar and Berlin (Germany), Wien (Austria), Prague (Czech Rep.), Budapest (Hungary), Warsaw (Poland), the North-East Italian Regions, and Lombardia.
Follow up of the project N/A
Idea owner Luigi Biocca
Institution CNR ITC
Country Italy
Last update 07 July 2014
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URBAN GREEN BELTS environment/culture
As one of the harmful environmental consequences of urbanisation, urban green spaces are increasingly getting under pressure. Green infrastructure provides a wide variety of benefits: recreational opportunities, air pollution mitigation, ecosystem services and reducing adverse impacts of climate change, thus ensures better living conditions for the inhabitants. As many other FUAs, our city partners are all facing challenges of how to sustainably maintain and manage their green areas, with ensuring compliance with environmental policies and integrating environmental considerations into economic decisions. Thus project partners aim at creating a smart, integrated governance model for urban green spaces (UGS) management, centred around 3 main focus points: 1) Green infrastructure (GI): innovative assessment tools and development concepts, 2) Local governance: improvement of the policy environment through smart organisational and financial capacity building methods, 3) Participatory approach, community involvement and awareness raising within the civil society. Innovative methods and tools will be collected and tested through pilot actions related to GI assessment, participatory planning and maintenance of UGS, application of novel ICT tools, competence building of stakeholders. Partners will jointly elaborate a transnational manual (and web-based tool-box) on smart UGS governance, which could be adaptable in any communities throughout CE.
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results Main result: - Enhancing integrated environmental management of UGS by improving local authorities’ governance capacities through new management models, participatory techniques, smart methods & tools Specific results, outputs: - ASSESSING STATUS QUO: mapping, registration, policy environment, management models, community involvement - TRANSNATIONAL GOVERNANCE MANUAL on integrated UGS management: > GIS based mapping, registering, novel data utilisation tools > Integrated UGS planning, development concepts > Sectoral co-management to mainstream GI concept into spatial & sectoral planning > Introducing innovative GI elements into urban planning regulations > Sustainable organisational & financial models > Community involvement (participatory techniques & tools, cooperation models) > Elaborating smart ICT tools supporting participatory processes > Competence building of stakeholders, trainings - Local ROADMAPS to build smart & sustainable systems for UGS governance
Partners involved The following partners have been confirmed so far: - REC (HU) - iSpace (AT) - SRC SAZU (Si) - Maribor Development Agency (Si) We are in discussions with / waiting for confirmation from the following city partners: - Vienna, Graz (AT) - Warsaw (PL) - Leipzig, Berlin (DE) - Plzen, Prague 6th district (CZ) - Vicenza, Padova (IT) - Zagreb (HR) Associated Strategic Partners: - Salzburg (AT) - Association of Climate-friendly Settlements (HU)
Partners requested We are looking for municipalities with considerable green spaces they would like to better plan, develop and maintain to improve the living conditions of their cities / urban districts. Expected partners are: - municipalities - agencies / municipality run organisations responsible for urban planning / asset management
Follow up of the project Urban Green Belts is a new project idea
Idea owner Almos Vörös
Institution Municipality of Hegyvidék
Country Hungary
Last update 03 March 2015
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GEOVER environment/culture
Applied sciences (geomicrobiology, geochemistry, hydrogeology, remediation processes) are accented in the intended project consortium with the substantial impact on their transformation into the tools, which may enhance and improve the level of environment (subsurface) quality in Middle Europe. Social, environmental, and economic influence mean key effects in order to get more health environment for live. Substantial highlight of this project seems to be human factor because key persons of the consortium bring a particular guarantee of the project feasibility. The most important factor of the solution has to be perfect management of possible strengths and occasions generated by systematic research and survey of subsurface biodiversity and engineered forms of its enhancement and acceleration.
Specific objective To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
Expected results Biodiversity in subsurface plays a significant role in transformation processes of organic mass. If the people want to have Earth‘s ecosystem sustainable, more regards will have to be dedicated on these aspects. Many environments in Middle Europe are damaged by anthropogenic activities (release of chemical compounds into the subsurface). Sustainable solution has to be based on an integrated approach which will use experience and knowledge about natural and engineered processes leading to the restoration of all ecosystems into the origin form. This project provide a clever solution consisting from applied geological and environmental sciences with the strong impact on the long-term and process reliability in order to remove ecological damages on subsurface. microbial biodiversity as a functional marker (microbial biogeography concept) microbial biodiversity as a technological tool (sustainable enhancement leading to environment restoration microbial biodiversity as a risk
Partners involved No
Partners requested research organisation (metagenomic, environmental research, geomicrobiology), technological companies operating in contaminant removal field, Government authorities responsible for the environment, owner of contaminated areas
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Jiri Mikes
Institution Teramed
Country Czech Republic
Last update 11 June 2014
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DECRAIN – DECISION FOR RAINWATER environment/culture
Expanding of urbanized areas together with intensification of agriculture are responsible for decreasing the ability of ground to percolate rainwater and continuously complement the groundwater aquifers. But rainwater does not respect the border between different countries. Rain that has fallen in one state can cause floods in the other one. Problems with decline in groundwater level and on the other side with increasing frequency of floods should be solved on the international base. The main task of the project is to collect and develop such instruments that will help us to answer next questions: How to convert rainwater to groundwater most effectively and environmentally friendly? How to protect landscape against the flood more cheaply without complicated flood protection measures?
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results ENVIRONMENT - Method: Hydrogeology and Geotechnic - Task: Development of percolation mesurement tool TECHNOLOGY – Method: Chemical and Hydraulic analysis - Task: Development of capture system for removal of contaminants LEGAL ASPECTS - Method: Exploration of National Regulations and Codes - Task: Development of methods for maps of percolation ratios COST ANALYSES - Method: Feasibility Studies - Task: Rainwater sustainability Impact on Real Estate Market
Partners involved Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague
Partners requested Research organization or private companies aimed to Hydrogeology, hydrology and water management, design studios focused on water structures, University with focus on Natural Science, specialised Local Authorities.
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Pavel Špaček
Institution CHEMCOMEX Praha, a.s.
Country Czech Republic
Last update 11 June 2014
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PRE-COMMERCIAL PROCUREMENT OF INNOVATIVE TRANS-REGIONAL SOLUTIONS IN THE ENERGY, ENVIRONMENTAL AND CULTURAL SECTORS environment/culture
As a follow-up of the CEE CentraLab project (www.centralivinglab.eu), we have developed a number of freely available resources, including: - Knowledge and guidelines on how to create trans-regional innovation communities. - An innovative platform for federated electronic procurement of small municipalities and with a dedicated section to the management of Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) calls for tender. - 10 CEE trans-regional pilots, some of which belonging to the energy, environmental and cultural sectors. This project idea aims to capitalise the above assets with particular reference to the creation of a community of procurers from different CEE countries, intending to launch one or more joint PCP calls in one or more of the above mentioned sectors (NB this is going to determine which priority axis will actually be activated for the correct positioning of future proposals)
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results From now on: looking for interested public sector organisations from CEE countries to form and shape a suitable partnership. During proposal preparation: taking decisions on the priority area(s) and get more deeply into the details of thematic domains and topics involved. After project kick-off: the work plan includes: a) forming transregional innovation communities centred on the public sector organisations involved; b) populating the PCP platform with stakeholders from those communities, with a particular eye on the cross-border and trans-regional communication aspects related to the priority areas; c) launching one or more PCP calls to solve acknowledged issues that are common to those areas and communities; d) building bridges between these initiatives and the respective regional/national smart specialisation platforms; e) provide a training and capacity building function to the project and partnership
Partners involved Only the proposers at the moment
Partners requested Suitable candidates to form an embryo of the consortium (not yet invited) are the public sector organisations involved in the former CentraLab partnership), public sector organisation with a procurement budget and legal competencies to act in a specific thematic domain / topic as buyer of R&D services.
Follow up of the project See above (CentraLab)
Idea owner Mojmír Prídavok
Institution Technical University of Kosice, Faculty of Economics
Country Slovakia
Last update 13 June 2014
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SUSTAINABLE TOURISM environment/culture
Main aim: to create a network of destinations, each one characterized by its own peculiarity to allow tourists to visit Central Europe with a reduced environmental impact. In particular it will be created a touristic circuit among neighbouring Countries in Central Europe and which are easily connected (by railway, bicycle paths, highways,…) each one characterized by a specific theme (mountain, sea, city of art, wine and food,…). Private and public players who are able to offer services with low environmental impact will be involved. An extensive awareness campaign will be carried out, in collaboration with local trade associations in order to expand the network of operators related to the tourism industry that are environmentally friendly.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results State of the art mapping Raising awareness campaign and dedicated training for private operators Ideas competition and award ceremony of the most innovative solution implemented Creation of the tourist circuit Promotion of the tourist circuit
Partners involved 1 Province (Veneto Region), 1 County (Croatia)
Partners requested Provinces, Cities, Counties with tourism vocation and preferably from Austria, Croatia, Slovenia
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Giovanna Brunelli
Institution EPC srl
Country Italy
Last update 13 June 2014
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IMPROVED ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN FUNCTIONAL URBAN AREA GOVERNANCE environment/culture
The renewal of urban development has started in the 2007-2013 period focusing on social urban regeneration interventions. The most recent challenge is the revision and implementation of the Integrated Urban Development Strategies in a functional urban area context and the application of the new Integrated Territorial Investment tool. These functional urban areas (FUAs) are selected in all Member States and they have to have an efficient integrated environmental management in compliance with this new situation. There is a two-fold challenge: the sectoral approach should be replaced by the integrated system while the original city area changed to the territorial unit (FUA) including the core city area and the hinterland. First, the project will develop an overall, detailed analysis of the existing environmental management in core and hinterland areas evaluating where was sectoral system applied and where the integrated approach has already been implemented (considering built areas, areas of transport, public infrastructure, commerce, industry, education, recreation, etc. not to forget havaria plan) and what governance structure was assigned for this. The new integrated urban environmental management system to be developed ensures the achievement of sustainable development objectives including adaptation to climate change in FUAs. The project will focus on the development and renewal/restructuring of the new environmental management system within the government of the FUAs.
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results Project partners will formulate and develop their own new integrated environmental management structures with a two-fold aim: to support the fulfilment of environment-related tasks of different sectors and at the same time to integrate those while contributing and serving the development tasks of this new field, ensuring the integration of environment in upcoming developments (e.g. Integrated Territorial Investment) of functional urban areas. Beside, a general methodological guideline to achieve these goals is also planned to be developed. The expected results include the support of the set-up of new functional urban area governance system focusing on integrated environmental management ensuring the creation of more liveable places.
Partners involved University of Debrecen Centre for Environmental Management and Policy, Hungary
Partners requested Representatives of functional urban areas (preferably medium-sized urban areas), urban and regional development actors, environmental agencies, etc.
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Zoltan Karacsonyi
Institution University of Debrecen Centre for Environmental Management and Policy
Country Hungary
Last update 18 June 2014
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RISIC 2020 RIVER SIDES INFRASTRUCTURE COMPLEXITY environment/culture
Central European strategy planning, Central European regional planning, Central European space planning, national states and local public government (cities) planning and politics, private interests, human and space capacity focusing on Danube river area - direct zones of influence (5 - 20 km from the Danube axis) and non direct zones influence (up to 20 km from the Danube axis). The develop of this space as one of the important European spin with multifunctional harmony between living, working, recreation, cultural, transport, economical, political and infrastructural (water, energy, telecommunication and etc.) systems. The new scenario for quality of central European real Theater with the same players and Decors.
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results To improve the scenario of the 2020 theater play with no-conflict areas and functions for Central European Danube space, as pilot project. Expected results 1. Provide integration of the geographical intelligent models of the existing Central European states space systems (Danube theater space). 2. Evaluating existing scenario(s) of sustainable actions: impact assessment of national, regional strategies, urban development plans, investment aggression and etc.. 3. Modeling of the human and knowledge SW (inhabitants and visitors capacity). 4. Modeling urban and space capacity. 5. Forming the Basic principles of the Danube space Dynamic model. 6. Elaborating Danube players list, existing links and cooperation and interests. 7. Forming the basic principles of the scenario of RISIC 2020 theater.
Partners involved First announcement
Partners requested Existing structures and networks focusing to RISIC 2020 space. Cities and regions, privat company, banks,
Follow up of the project The project idea builds upon inspiration of: http://www.danube-region.eu/ , OECD and etc. initiatives.
Idea owner Zdravko Rusev
Institution EAA - EUROARCH
Country Czech Republic
Last update 25 June 2014
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RAISING THE QUALITY OF BUILD ENVIRONMENT THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUBURBAN PUBLIC TRANSPORT (BE&PT) environment/culture
The main objective of the project idea is to raise the quality of build environment and make functional urban areas more liveable place to live in. The main Issues which project wants to address are: Urbanisation – cities and its function areas, Traffic jams, Environment pollution, Public transport and Quality of build environment – quality of life. Problems tackling: Urbanisation – increasing number of inhabitant beyond the (administration) border of cities in suburban areas. Changing the function of suburban areas from rural to cities environment. New services including public transport services are needed. Increasing number of inhabitant is moving (by individual cars) every day from suburban areas to the city (centre) what cause heavy traffic and create traffic jams and time waste (and non-direct economic “loses”). Increasing motorisation cause increase pollution and decrease quality of nature environment. Promotion and possibilities of public transport usage is poor. Modern, integrated, regularly provided public transport systems (buses, trams, trains) can decrease number of people using individual cars for their everyday transfer to work, decrease environmental burden and pollution and overall raise the quality of build environment and make functional urban areas more liveable place to live in.
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results Planned activities area as follows: WP1 Management and publicity (e.g. planning game for children) WP2 Database and web portal creation. WP3 Analysis – analysis of current situation, gap analysis, mapping of current actions and potential analysis WP4 Strategy and regional action plan definition – identification of development strategy and definition of proposed actions WP5 Pilot studies – case studies of 3-4 cities and evaluation of proposed measures (strategies) WP6 Proposal system of measures for raising the quality of build environment – proposed measures for improving the current situation Expected results: Promote actions for public transport usage in functional urban areas Creation an open platform for sharing experiences with urban function areas issues – cooperation, best practices Identification of the most important issues tackling with Action plan and strategy–pilot actions Proposed measures Increasing the number of passengers in public transport
Partners involved Institute of Spatial Planning, Bratislava (ipp@szm.sk) - lead partner
Partners requested Regions and cities tackling with urbanisation, National, regional stakeholders at the field of sustainable transport and mobility. Research and planning institutes dealing with sustainable urbanisation and evaluation of the quality of built environment.
Follow up of the project Project idea build on experiences gathered during implementation of DONAUREGIONEN+ project (OP SEE) focused on cooperation among cities and ports in Central and Easter European countries in the field of spatial and regional planning and realisation of TransHUSK (OP CBC HU-SK) focused on improving mobility in the Hungarian-Slovakian region by development of public transport.
Idea owner Lubomir Macak
Institution Institute of Spatial Planning
Country Slovakia
Last update 03 July 2014
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BILAMA: BIOMASS-DERIVED ENERGY FROM LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT IN URBAN AREAS environment/culture
The project develops and implements strategies for the sustainable development and management of natural and cultural landscapes environmentally highly valuable by utilization of biomass from landscape management for energy production. Protection of biodiversity is combined with the use of renewable energies and reduction of CO2-emissions. Diverse cultural landscapes environmentally highly valuable such as extensively farmed sloping and terraced vineyards or orchards, orchard meadows or species-rich pasture land are endangered all over Europe. Due to lacking profitability they often suffer from negligence, lay idle and in consequence get overgrown. Landscape management and maintenance is expensive and costly. In consequence the landscape sustains a loss of habitat diversity and biodiversity. On the other hand, against a background of rising energy demand and the challenges of climate change an increased interest in expanding the use of renewable energies is recorded. Biomass-derived energy production plants mainly draw their materials from industrial agriculture, agroforestry and organic remnants. According to studies the biomass potential is much higher but often difficult to (profitably) explore. This is where the project BiLaMa comes in. It aims at developing a strategy to explore and utilize biomass from landscape management of natural and cultural landscapes environmentally highly valuable that has been untapped so far.
Specific objective To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
Expected results Planned activities: Determination of land potential and availability of biomass, Complex Logistics concept (many small and scattered locations, different timing and frequency of har-vesting), development of a GIS-controlled management system, utilisation concept including herbaceous material, energy and material balances, profitability analysis, pilot investment: GIS-controlled and electric (or solar-powered) harvester, (biomass-derived energy production plant) Expected results: Alongside an improvment of the ecological performance of cultural landscapes by sustainable landscape management and preservation of habitats and biodiversity a significant reduction in CO2 emissions is aspired as well as biomass production without unfavourable and harmful effects on natural resources or competing with food production. At the same time, the project contributes to a better aesthetic performance of urban areas and makes them a more liveable place.
Partners involved City of Ludwigsburg, University of Stuttgart - Institute for Energy Economics and the Rational Use of Energy (IER)
Partners requested public administration of urban areas, private institutes, universities
Follow up of the project -
Idea owner Elisabeth Bender
Institution Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart
Country Germany
Last update 04 November 2014
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DRAFT: DEVELOPING STRATEGIES FOR VALORISING CULURAL AND HISTORICAL HERITAGE OF FORTIFIED ARCHITECTURE environment/culture
Create and implement a concept or strategy of Fort number II in Poznan conversion, including two main issue: 1. Plan the renovation, preservation and adjacent land development to protect the historical heritage. 2. Plan the strategy for adaptation to modern utilisation and capitalising historical and cultural heritage for urban, cultural, social and tourism development.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results Meetings and workshops with international partners, discussions boards and conferences. The main topic of all of this meetings would be planning the solution of converting Fortification, creating concepts and strategies of the monument by sharing best practises with partners. We are planning more activities like promotion and testing innovative solution of building cultural places. All activities of project would be located in Poland, City Poznan and partner’s countries and cities
Partners involved NO
Partners requested We are interested on finding project partners as institution like: associations of architects, civil engineers and monument protectors; associations of fans of fortifications, Prussian culture, history and military; historic reconstruction group; historical museums; military museums; municipalities with fortified heritage; associations of fortress tourism; institutes for the protection of cultural heritage; tourist organisations;
Follow up of the project NO
Idea owner Mateusz Krajewski
Institution Family Poznan Foundation
Country Poland
Last update 11 August 2014
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ROAD OF REFORMATION environment/culture
The objectives of the project are: - the internationalization of the "Luther Decade" as a european and reformatory project of state, churches and civil society, - the "Road of Reformation" as a new cultural route of the Council of Europe, - preservation and utilization of the intangible cultural heritage of the Reformation, - the linking of sites and places of the Reformation and Luther, - strengthening of municipal and church partnerships in Europe, - the appreciation of rural and regional development in the participating areas, - the sharing of experience with other pilgrimage and cultural routes (St. James´s Way, Luther Trail, Huguenot and Waldenses path ...), - a conceptual connection for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 in Wittenberg, - the sustainable use and development of the paths also after the year 2017.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results The activities we will developing with our transnational partners. Till now the establishment of a national and an international steering group are planned.
Partners involved 1. Evangelical churches in Central and Eastern Europe, 2. German Luther Trail Society, 3. Way of the book (Austria), 4. Huguenot and Waldenses path (Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy), 5. Association of Ecumenical pilgrimage routes in the German-speaking regions
Partners requested We are looking for partners from other churches, responsible for pilgrimages, governance, regional administrations and supporters for the project.
Follow up of the project It´s not a follow-up project.
Idea owner Dirk Buchmann
Institution Evangelical Church in Central Germany
Country Germany
Last update 12 February 2015
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LASER-BASED CLEANING ROBOTIC SYSTEM FOR HERITAGE PRESERVATION environment/culture
Gommage and laser ablation cleaning are two widespread cleaning techniques employed to clean dirt and pollution deposits from exterior historical surfaces of limestone, sandstone, sculptures, reliefs, etc. Gommage cleaning refers to a cleaning procedure that makes use of fine powders with low pressure compressed air. Laser ablation is a more accurate technique, capable of selective removal. Both cleaning techniques could benefit from the introduction of an automatic robotic system to move in a safe, automatic, effectiveness and reliable way the cleaning tool (either gommage gun or beam delivery optics). This project aims to evaluate the improvement of gommage cleaning/laser ablation through the use of an automatic robotic system. It will be designed and implemented a robotic system capable to perform the cleaning process according to two different actions: 1) Remote Robotic Telemanipulation Cleaning; 2) Fully Automatic Robotic Cleaning; 3) One outcome will be a working robotic prototype. The project is strongly interdisciplinary and innovative in terms of R&D. The research-based knowledge produced by the project will impact community involved in cultural heritage preservation at different levels. The time is ripe to introduce robotics in cultural heritage preservation and restoration; robotic-assisted cleaning is just a first, very promising step, whose research outcomes will be transferred to related areas. Since the project aims to decrease the costs (and increase the quali
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results To be defined. Expected results are one or more working prototype and a quantitative evalutaion on a test case.
Partners involved Partners from Croatia and Slovenia
Partners requested A coordinator partner is required.
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Paolo Gallina
Institution University of Trieste
Country Italy
Last update 06 February 2015
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RECLAMATION OF URBAN LAKES environment/culture
Creating a system of reclamation lakes located in urban areas. Develop long-term methodology with the concept of technical - technological aeration system to restore the natural ecosystem of the lake. The project will include meetings and seminars on the method, the exchange of experiences and knowledge transfer between partners. The project should take into account the investment pilot, ie. The creation of the aeration system, which will be tested during the project in our area. The partner countries will be under the necessity of repeated and expanded to include additional technologies. The project will result developed the concept, the manual system in place, enhanced website, where you will be able to publish the results of the project.
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results During the project, there will be meetings and conferences with partners, which will result in the development of modern techniques for the rehabilitation of the lake. Public consultation will be carried out, aimed at gathering information on tourist attractions of the city. Project activities are also conducted numerous experiments and water quality. Development of research results and technologies implemented.
Partners involved Research Unit, University
Partners requested We are looking for representatives of local authorities, local government entities, academic institutions
Follow up of the project This is the first project carried out by the City of Elk in the Central Europe Programme
Idea owner Paulina Omilianowicz
Institution Urząd Miasta Ełku/Elk City Hall
Country Poland
Last update 09 February 2015
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INTEGRATING MILITARY CONVERSION, REGIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING AND WILDERNESS DEVELOPMENT (CO-PRO-WILD) environment/culture
Large military training sites are often home to a rich fauna and flora including wilderness areas. Once they are abandoned, the surrounding regions are challenged to find new economic development paths and to cope with out-migration. CO-PRO-WILD aims to identify and implement strategies for the protection and valorisation of such areas with a high biological diversity as a contribution to sustainable regional development (tourism, land use, handcraft, services). The idea is to build capacities among stakeholders and the local population and to involve them actively in these efforts. The project is linked to the idea of conceiving an International Nature Exhibition (I.N.E.). This multi-annual process is modelled on the well-established International Building Exhibitions and culminates in a one-year exhibition. It is intended to showcase the fascination of biodiversity and wilderness in Europe. The first exhibition of this style is planned in the „Lieberoser Heide“ (www.ina-lieberose.de), a former Soviet military training area in Brandenburg/Germany. In the framework of CO-PRO-WILD, the I.N.E. exhibition format shall be further qualified and tested with regard to its transferability. Furthermore the I.N.A. Lieberoser Heide shall apply a decentralised approach, according to which the core site (here: Lieberoser Heide) is part of a network of corresponding regions (here: the other CO-PRO-WILD partner regions: Geopark Ralsko (CR), Borne Sulinowo (P) and Zahorie (SK).
Specific objective To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
Expected results First, it is intended to develop the I.N.E. to a high quality international format. A strategy has to be developed how protected landscapes including wilderness areas can be better valorized and thus contribute to regional development. Quality standards have to be defined and an action plan must be drafted. This process shall be highlighted in an international conference in 2019. Second, the project shall launch a dialogue between different types of actors between the involved regions and within each region. Here, the experiences of people, questions of identity and also history come into play. However, it is important to raise the awareness for the specific characteristics of each area by pilot actions and training courses for tour guides. Third, synergies shall be created and captured between the development of former military sites (conversion areas) to high-level nature and wilderness areas on the one hand and regional development approaches, mainly in the field of tourism.
Partners involved Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden (Germany); Inter-municipal working group Lieberoser Heide (Germany); Geopark Ralsko (Czech Republic); University of J. E. Purkyne in Usti nad Labem in connection with IREAS Institute for Structural Policy (Czech Republic); City of Borne Sulinowo (Poland); Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan, Department of Integrated Geography (Poland); Zahorie Region (Slovakia); Centre for Transdisicplinary Studies of Institutions, Evolution and Policies (CETIP) (Slovakia); EUROPARC Federation (an European organization for the management of protected areas with 365 members all over Europe)
Partners requested The consortium is nearly completed.
Follow up of the project The project is not related to former Central Europe projects. It is also worth noting that a range of activities already took place in the Lieberoser Heide region. The most important are: •The Interreg network project “Monitoring for Transeuropean Wildlife Corridors South Brandenburg-Lubuskie“ (2012/13) •The research project “Concept for an International Natural Exhibition to promote the biological diversity in the Lieberose Heide area”, financed by the German Federal Agency for Natural Protection (2013/14)
Idea owner Peter Wirth
Institution Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Devel
Country Germany
Last update 05 March 2015
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RESTAURA: BRINGING NEW LIFE TO ABANDONED CASTLES, PALACES AND MANOR HOUSES IN CENTRAL EUROPE THROUGH RESTORATION environment/culture
During the Word War II and in the post-war period more than 20 million people were expelled from their homeland and forced to migrate to new territories, leaving behind their houses and changing the essence of historic cities and villages. The results of this geopolitical reconfiguration are now visible in the form of abandoned castles, palaces and manor houses, which till today are suffering from steady decay. A new approach and models for effective transformation are needed at the regional and local level.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results Planned activities: joint analyses and solutions for the successful restoration of devastated castles, palaces and manor houses, preparation of guidelines and strategies, pilot actions. Expected results: avoiding further devastation of historic buildings and sites.
Partners involved The partnership is in the process of being organised.
Partners requested Public and private institutions from eligible territories interested in the topic that can contribute to saving abandoned castles, palaces and manor houses from further decay.
Follow up of the project It is not a follow-up project, however it will carefully study the results of all past INTERREG projects from the topic of reconstruction and renovation (example: ReNewTown).
Idea owner Małgorzata Steckiewicz
Institution Instytut Projektów Europejskich (IPE)
Country Poland
Last update 04 February 2015
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HAPPY VETERANS environment/culture
Our plan is to improve the specific atractivities of culture heritage in Central Europe (in the Czech Republic, Slovac Republic, Poland and Germany). We have chosen a few cultural objects which we want to reconstruct and make them more interesting for public. Our main idea and goal is to create new working places during this project. We want to use manpower not only during realization of the project (reconstruction and renovation of cultural objects, developing attractions which would be interesting for whole family) but we also want to keep sustainability of the projekt in the future. It means we want to make the cultural objects we have chosen gainful - than we can afford to pay a new personnel.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results We will reconstruct and renovate cultural object which we have chosen - we will make them more attractive for the public and make them very interesting objects so that they are worth to visit. We will create new personnal for this project. This personnel will work for us not only during the realization of the project but also at the time of sustainability. We will also create a new cooperation plan for these subjects which will bring benefits into the project.
Partners involved Czech Republic, Slovac Republic, Poland, Germany
Partners requested Muzeum which is focused on gathering auto- moto veterans or focused on transport. Germany, Poland, Slovak Republic
Follow up of the project Project builds on all our actvities that we have been doing in the past - collecting and renovating auto-moto veterans and making them attractive for public.
Idea owner Jiří Mašek
Institution Pán sanitek o.s.
Country Czech Republic
Last update 23 January 2015
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PUBLIC SPACES - REVITALIZATION AND EVALUATION environment/culture
The main objectives: Planning for urban public spaces and improving their quality with regard to environmental, social and economic principles of development of the city. Revitalization / implementation of new public spaces will consistently meet environmental needs around them, will respect the existing state of the environment and in the framework of specific studies will be performed for maximum improvement of the status quo and their greater involvement in the life of the city. The aim is to create pleasant public spaces that will meet user requirements for the safe movement and residence, and will evoke a sense of security. Such sites are attractive, "live" and will be widely used by residents of the city. The main innovation solution in this project will be firstly application this principal in context of connectivity and accessibility of public spaces in the whole city than connection to the landscape background or urbanized location in neighbourhood, public involvement and accessibility and finally conceptual solution of public spaces from walker perspective.
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results Activities: - analysis evaluate type of public spaces and select them to categories e.g. streets, squares, parks, urban greenery etc. - Connection between public spaces and their potential - Barriers and challenges in area, accesibility Expected results: - Good practices - Elaboration of analysis of current situation - transnational principal for revitalisation of public spaces - Pilot action for each partner and implementation of transnational principals in practise - public spaces in connection to each other - Realization of public or student competitions (architectural or landscape) - Involving public in whole process of project (WP Communication)
Partners involved Partner from Poland, Czech Republic, Italia, Croatia
Partners requested partnership is closed
Follow up of the project Urb.space
Idea owner Eva Brejchová
Institution Urban Planning and Development Institute of the City of Pilsen
Country Czech Republic
Last update 24 March 2015
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JAKOBSWEG / WAY OF ST. JAMES | EXPLORING RURAL CULTURE BY FOOT environment/culture
The aim is to fulfill need and desirements of a up to date pilgrimage on the historical grown paths through Europe an the way of St. James on national and international level.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results Activities: - international network of the involves actors - continous paths through Eastern and Middle-Europe - creating a research community - giving answers of actual questions on the spiritual path through the rural area of Europe - connecting the cultural heritage of the involved partnern among the way
Partners involved Organisations, Associations from Germany, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland
Partners requested University
Follow up of the project The project is the evolution of the project "europäische Jakobswege" which was submitted under the LEADER-programme with 43 members in 7 countries of Central Europe. www.camino-europe.eu
Idea owner Stefan niedermoser
Institution Regio-Tech GmbH
Country Austria
Last update 25 November 2014
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WEAVING WITHOUT BORDERS environment/culture
Know more about good practices of non-cultural heritage in other countries, on different kind of weaving handicrafts and pottery. Have the opportunity to collect those information and make research, create for exemple a document to promote folk art and handicrafts, to preserve traditional handicrafts. Our future plans are further projects for the protection of endangered professions, presentation of folk art to a wide audience, supporting its development through innovative approach, education and artistic activities. Our goal is to develop a model for protecting crafts, and concept of its revival. We intend to continue a research activity in Poland and abroad.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results Our goals involve: - Practical protection of folk crafts - Increased interest in issues of cultural heritage - Improvement of the economic situation of folk artists - Revival of the environment centred around the craft: manufacturers, scientists, artists as well as providing a platform for future cooperation - Increased interest of local communities and authorities in the field of crafts - Opening up new prospects for promotion of different kind of crafts. Including weaving crafts and pottery
Partners involved Any kind of institution, public or privat association, and anyone interested on weaving craft or pottery
Partners requested Any partner interested on cultural heritage and preservation and knowledge of weaving crafts or pottery in all levels (associations, administrations, individual basket makers, handicraft makers...)
Follow up of the project Is the continuation of "Viva Basket!" project, involving other countries and associations interested on basketry and weaving crafts and preservation of non-cultural heritage conected with UNESCO program. http://serfenta.pl/en/activities/item/328-viva-basket.html
Idea owner Marc Cugota Juncosa
Institution Stowarzyszenie Serfenta/Serfenta Association
Country Poland
Last update 12 February 2015
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BUILDING A SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT AND A SEWERAGE SYSTEM. environment/culture
The Municipal authority of Cecelice manages the development of the village Cecelice, located in central part of the Czech Republic, 20 km north of the capital city Prague. The village has 631 inhabitants and more than 200 houses. The main development plan of the village is building a sewage treatment plant and a sewerage systém in order to remove a relatively high environmental risk and improve the life of inhabitants. Further development plans include repairs of local roads, sidewalks, local monuments, building a playground for children and a cycling pathway to the railway station in the neighbouring village.
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results Building a sewage treatment plant and a sewerage system. Possibly as an R&D project for innovative technology in the field of cleaning water
Partners involved no
Partners requested Company undertaking an R&D in cleaning water company producing parts for sewage treatment plants and a sewerage systems, projecting company building company
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner Libor Kurzweil
Institution Village Cecelice
Country Czech Republic
Last update 07 January 2015
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HEAVENLY HOLIDAYS environment/culture
The project addresses a challenge which is faced by all countries of the Central Europe cooperation area: Many parish buildings are no longer in use, or only partly inhabited. Although many of them are of considerable historic and architectural value and thus constitute an important part of the region’s cultural heritage they are in danger of decaying because of lack of the resources which would be needed to keep them alive and in proper shape. The Heavenly Holidays presents a concept to use these buildings touristically and by doing so not only preserve cultural heritage but also to provide a stimulus for sustainable regional development and strengthening regional labour markets. The project Heavenly Holidays aims to build on the local Austrian initiative Himmlisch urlauben and develops a transnational strategy to use (partly) vacant parish buildings in rural areas of Central Europe for touristic purposes. It has a transnational approach because - unused parish properties can be found in all Central Europe countries; - the analyses, feasibility studies and experimentation works to be carried out in several, distinctively different regions with different infrastructure This touristic initiative will have a multiple effect on the programme area: - It preserves valuable cultural heritage threatened by gradual decay. - It generates jobs in rural areas affected by population drain. - It stimulates sustainable development of the regions involved.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results - Local stakeholders and decision-makers will be sensitized, motivated and trained for sustainable tourism. - Feasibility studies in the participating regions on transforming unused parish buildings into holiday locations will be carried out - Concrete business plans preparing for regional investments will be developed and agreed with regional decision-makers - A joint marketing concept of the new touristic offer will be developed - A transnational internet portal as the central marketing instrument of the touristic offer will be set up - A pool of regional experts for the further development of the touristic initiative will be built - Local qualification needs for putting the touristic concept into practice will be systematically identified and respective training offers be provided - Local demonstration sites which act as showcases of the touristic development impulse show - The general public in the participating regions will be broadly informed of the initiative
Partners involved Partners in Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary,Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia, Poland
Partners requested partners found in all CE countries
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Reinhard Paier
Institution Widum Tourismusservice GmbH
Country Austria
Last update 06 March 2015
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AMBER environment/culture
Sustainable regional development of countries in historical course of Amber Route. Historically Amber Route was one of the most important merchant route in Europe, now not many Europeans knows about it and its course. Route is functioning as bicycle route known as Eurovelo 9. There is a lack cooperation between actors on this route. It is crucial to improve plan of development of the route based on the potential in culture heritage and environment of regions. The main goal is preparing new interesting touristic product of Central Europe.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results 1. Exchange know – how between partners 2. Getting know – how from other partners which cooperate in frames of European Cutural Routes 3. Preparing Implementation Plan of Amber Route in each partner’s countries.
Partners involved Partnership is now under formation
Partners requested Regional and local government, Non Governance Organizations from countries and regions in historical course of the route: Lithuania, Latvia, Poland /Pomorskie, Wielkopolskie, Dolnośląskie/; Czech Republic; Austria, Slowenia, Italy, Croatia
Follow up of the project Our project is some follow up of project CERTESS co – financed by INTERREG IV C funds in the frame of which we prepare common methodology of preparing Route Implementation Plan, and made it for different regional touristic products f.ex. on Lower Silesia we have prepared Plan for the European Route of Castles and Palaces.
Idea owner Arkadiusz Dołęga
Institution Lower Silesian Tourist Organization
Country Poland
Last update 16 January 2015
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USE OF GROUNDWATER OSCILLATION LEVEL ANALYSIS FOR A TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM IN COASTAL AND ISLAND COUNTRIES environment/culture
The project goal is to develop a detection instrument to predict tsunami wave in coastal areas based on the analysis of recorded manifestations of tectonic earthquakes in underground hydrosphere. The project will use monitoring in the Czech Republic and recorded features of destructive tectonic earthquakes in Vietnam rocks. The uniqueness of the proposed project is in possibility to monitor dynamic activities of the Earth via evaluating the expressions of underground hydrosphere. Their environmental geological evaluation then allows tracing of monitoring sites (aquarifts) for optimal indication of the Earth crust tectonic activity with tsunami risk. Stated objective of the project therefore requires a multidisciplinary approach. The project will be implemented by expert team with long term experience. The project promoters have been running the unique worldwide monitoring system of etalon points with 40 years of uninterrupted observations series. Adding measuring points out of the Czech Republic and their correlation with existing etalon is essential for the subsequent anomaly place evaluation and further practical applications. Socialist Republic of Vietnam is located close to a fault of two tectonic plates and placing measurement in the appropriate areas is very useful for further research of potential fault effects. The proposed project is a typical example of international cooperation in applied research and experimental development.
Specific objective To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
Expected results In the first phase of the project the evaluation of the world completely unique 40-year series of measurements of groundwater level on the Czech network of monitoring wells will be completed. Subsequently the AMRS series of measurements with measurements in a seismic station in the Czech Republic and stations in Vietnam will be compared. The record of groundwater oscillation level after installing the measuring techniques in monitoring wells will take place in the second intervals from the beginning to the end of the project.
Partners involved Vietnam Earthquake Information and Tsunami Warning Center, Institute of Geophysics, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology
Partners requested Governance level - national, regional authorities, expertise, institutes of geophysics, academies of science and technology, private companies interested in geophysics, partners with expertise in technology and innovation support, innovation centres and agencies
Follow up of the project This project is not a follow-up project, but all of the activities and steps are based on unique worldwide monitoring system of etalon points with 40 years of uninterrupted observations series.
Idea owner Radim Světlík
Institution AQUARIFT s.r.o.
Country Czech Republic
Last update 20 January 2015
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MESABI - MAKING EFFECTIVE AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF ABANDONNED HISTORICAL BULIDINGS IN PUBLIC OWNERSHIP environment/culture
- A number of historical buildings in public ownership (former prisons, convalescent homes etc.) are abandoned and subject to slow decay. A high amount of such buildings of historical value is situated especially in former communist states of Eastern Europe, where these buildings served their purpose as various social institutions or military barracks, but due to structural changes in the 1990s their function was abandoned. - The main aim of the given project is to make effective, innovative and sustainable use of abandoned historical buildings, for example by creating feasibility studies, strategies and action plans of development and restoration of individual historical buildings. - The project will also include pilot actions, such as reconstructing and refitting historical buildings (or parts of these buildings) into socially innovative projects, for example into the so-called “probation houses”. - While evaluating the potential use of historical buildings, the project will also focus on energy efficiency and making use of innovative approaches in reconstructing these buildings. - The project will also build on experience from partner institutions in the field of retrofitting historical buildings.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results - Through exchange study visits, the project will gather experience and knowledge from all partner public institutions in the field of making use of abandoned historical buildings. - A list of abandoned historical buildings in the ownership of partner institutions which have been successfully refitted will be created – this activity will gather relevant findings and best practices regarding the topic of effective use of historical buildings. - A number of buildings in public ownership which are currently abandoned will be chosen to be subject to professional evaluation. Evaluation will be based on expert seminars and meetings and will involve local authorities, NGOs and professionals. - Feasibility studies, strategies of development or action plans (depending on the current needs) will be created for the given buildings and hence one or two such buildings will be chosen for pilot actions and physical reconstruction using innovative and energy efficient methods.
Partners involved the partnership is being consulted, yet we are no longer seeking any partners
Partners requested primarily Ministries of Justice and their organizational units. Yet also other public and private institutions capable of participating in project activities are welcomed
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Lukas Hadrava
Institution Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic
Country Czech Republic
Last update 16 March 2015
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ENOCER – CENTRAL EUROPEAN WINE ROUTES environment/culture
The vineyard landscapes and the traditional methods of wine production are important cultural heritage of Central Europe. However, small family vineyards cannot win price competition with mass wine producers and distributors. That is why they have to offer something more than wine. They need to build a wide range of products and services: wine tasting, guided visits in the vineyards, restaurant services, accommodation for tourists, etc. They should find additional sources of income by exploiting the existing potentials of cultural tourism – in this particular case enotourism. Creating attractive regional proposals in the area of enotourism can support local wine culture and help regional producers to survive. However, a strategic transnational approach could help to build a strong and sustainable market of enotourism services, which are a great alternative to mass tourism. A common wine route with international events (festivals, exhibitions), and a close link to regional food producers can help to increase the number of tourists in Central European regions especially in the late summer and autumn. The ENOCER Project aims at promoting wine routes in Central Europe and support creation of new jobs in rural areas. It will enable a better territorial management and a more effective use of cultural heritage and resources.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results The planned activities will be divided into 4 phases and implemented both on transnational and regional level. 1) Elaborating transnational development strategy for Central European Wine Routes as well as regional action plans corresponding to local challenges: • Analysing the needs of the areas with enotourism potential • Scientific analysis of relationships between climate change, viniculture and wine tourism by the involved partner areas. • collecting and exchanging good practices; • Preparing guidelines for regional policies, indicating directions for the development of enotourism and possible benefits for regions. 2) Designing a mobile application / IT tool (information on vineyards , local traditions, wine-related events, etc.) for the common use by all project partners and wine areas 3) Sharing experience with regard to best practices (study tours), designing and implementation of pilot actions in the partner regions. 4) Transnational training for vineyard owners and travel agencies on innovative services in the field of enotourism The promotion of the “Central European Wine Routes” will include: • Establishing common Central European Wine Routes with visual identification • Study tours for journalists • Video spot about the Wine Route • Cultural events (regional and transregional)
Partners involved Lead Partner: Malopolska Region (Poland), project partners: •Municipality of Nizza Monferrato Wine and Wineyards Association of Municipalities (Italy); Pécs-Mecsek Wine Route PLC (Hungary); E-Institute, Institute for Comprehensive Development Solutions (Slovenia); isw Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Beratung und Dienstleistung mbH (Germany); National Park of Cinque Terre (Italy); Regional Development Agency of South Moravia (Czech Repiblic); Razvojna agencija ROD Ajdovščina (Slovenia); Rzeszow Regional Development Agency RARR S.A. (Poland); Burgenlandkreis (Germany); University of Pecs (Hungary)
Partners requested No partners search in the moment
Follow up of the project The project is a follow-up of a regional project implemented in Malopolska. http://www.malopolskiszlakwinny.pl/ During the project the regional wine route was created. During the ENOCER project the local and regional wine routes should colaborate to create the added value.
Idea owner Katarzyna Opoczka
Institution Marshal Office of the Malopolska Region
Country Poland
Last update 20 March 2015
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EURIGREEN - EUROPEAN RIPARIAN GREENWAYS environment/culture
The project idea consists in restoring and improving ecological integrity of riparian greenways in Central Europe. Initial state-of-the-art analyses will be carried out and proposals for an improved connectivity of riparian habitats will follow, based on exchange of experiences between Central European regions. The main goal is to develop common awareness of the importance of protecting and enhancing green corridors that run along rivers. The involvement of local inhabitants will be essential for encouraging and promoting new attitudes toward rivers and riparian habitats.
Specific objective To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
Expected results Analysis and application of a common transnational methodology for the definition of river areas with a high protection and reclamation potential. The methodology will be tested on a pilot catchment area specifically selected for the implementation of riparian and woodland habitat reclamation activities. Tools will be created to allow local inhabitants to reap the benefits of rivers as a natural resource. The expected results are: improved natural resource management, development of awareness-raising tools, increased transnational cooperation, improved governance of water resources, more effective landscape and river management policies. The activities carried out will produce positive impacts and deliver best practices to be replicated in different contexts.
Partners involved Piedmont Region (I), University of Turin (I), Po River Park Authority (I), Municipality of Alessandria (I), other local governments in Piedmont (Province of Alessandria, Municipality of Asti, etc.).
Partners requested Public authorities/agencies for water management and nature protection, universities, local authorities, natural heritage areas in Central Europe. Please note that the Lead Partner is still to be determined.
Follow up of the project This is not a follow-up project.
Idea owner Riccardo Campion
Institution Provincia di Alessandria
Country Italy
Last update 12 February 2015
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LIVEABLE URBAN RIVERS environment/culture
Urban rivers can be viewed as natural and recreational areas with a high improvement potential. Nonetheless, watercourses sometimes represent a source of threat to the urban population in case of flooding. The project idea aims at achieving sustainable integration between urban and natural areas in cities and towns that stand on important rivers at high risk of overflow. The ultimate goal is to improve river/town relationships by implementing activities that will make river and riparian zones, including flood control structures, more accessible, ecological and safer.
Specific objective To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
Expected results Analysis and application of a common transnational methodology to build up a data network regarding riparian habitats, danger evaluation and hydraulic hazard management in urban areas. Definition of strategies and pilot actions for sustainable resource management (water, soil, vegetation, fauna) in riparian greenways and flood control structures located in urban and suburban areas. The expected results are: improved management of riparian greenways in urban areas, improved riparian habitats, increased transnational cooperation, improved urban population’s attitudes toward rivers.
Partners involved Piedmont Region (I), University of Turin (I), Po River Park Authority (I), Municipality of Alessandria (I), other local governments in Piedmont (Province of Alessandria, Municipality of Asti, etc.).
Partners requested Public authorities/agencies for water management and nature protection, universities, local authorities, natural heritage areas in Central Europe. Please note that the Lead Partner is still to be determined.
Follow up of the project This is not a follow-up project.
Idea owner Riccardo Campion
Institution Provincia di Alessandria
Country Italy
Last update 12 February 2015
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REFRESH- URBAN REVITALISATION FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE environment/culture
The aim of the project is the preservation and revitalisation of regional cultural heritage through development and utilization of old industrial buildings in rural areas. Therefore we develop demand-oriented multifunctional utilisation concepts. According to the special situation in rural areas, there is not really an option to focus on one single target group. Instead the focus is clearly set on combining different users (e.g. culture, business, leisure facilities). Another important aim is to integrate the old industrial buildings in the town environment (infrastructure, cultural landscape). The third aim is to give the relevant stakeholders the opportunity to finance the revitalisation. Therefore the test and search for financial instruments (PPP-models, crowd funding, micro credits) is foreseen.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results We plan to develop utilisation concepts (tools) for selected areas/buildings in every city. We envisage integrating the public and other relevant stakeholders in form of dialogue platforms, workshops and benchmark of needs to strengthen the personal capacity (know-how, skills etc.). We train brown field managers and city administrations for development of concepts and integrating the concepts in spatial development plans. We test the concept in pilot actions and reflect them in transnational exchange. Here we plan study visits with project partners and policy makers to raise awareness and foster lesson learning so that the policy makers support the integration of concepts in city development plans and support the process after the project life time (policy capitalisation). Additionally we plan to develop and test financing instruments. Here we want to use the experiences of former projects and modify them for the special needs of rural areas as well as check further innovative instrume
Partners involved Aufbauwerk Leipzig (DE), SAXONIA - Regional Development Organisation (DE)
Partners requested 4-5 project partner countries with each two regional Partners 1st regional partner: Regional/Local authority, municipality 2nd regional partner: Regional Development Agency, sptaila development, brownfieldmanagement, institutions responsible for reutilisation of buildings
Follow up of the project It is not really a follow-up project. It builds upon project results of the projects Second Chance and Shift-X but differs from them through: -Concentration on rural areas with the focus on multifunctional utilisation concepts (Second Chance focuses on big agglomerations, and monofunctional use) -Focus on specific buildings in medium-sized and small cities (local level). Shift-X focused more on regional level with an emphasis on developing existing potentials).
Idea owner Robert Schillke
Institution Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH
Country Germany
Last update 19 February 2015
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CONNECTED UNDERGROUND environment/culture
The purpose of the project is the revitalization of mines and mining areas in five Central European countries. Special attention will be given to the disadvantaged and marginalized industrial areas and towns which were important drivers of economic and social development in the past, but whose roles in post-industrial times have gradually diminished. The research will focus on the question how to transform these types of monostructural economic centres, and offer people new opportunities to use their knowledge and new opportunities for employment. It will determine how such degraded towns and former mines can be turned into attractive locations for both tourists and inhabitants. Abandoned mines, which are frequently mainly an economic burden, will thus become generators of future tourism and cultural development. Special attention will be paid to improve the living conditions, create new jobs, and to social and cultural rehabilitation of the mining areas.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results 1. Preservation of cultural and technical heritage of mines and mining areas with special emphasis on intangible heritage (knowledge, skills, folklore). R: Collections/museums; exhibitions; CDs etc. 2. The development of the mining tourism: transformation of mines into places for other activities (cultural, sport, tourism), their incorporation into local and international tourism. R: local/community centres, tourist-points, local/national/international tourist packages, promotional material. 3. Empowerment of local population: engaging young, retired and unemployed mineworkers in new activities (tourism, education, cultural creativity etc.) R: New volunteers in culture, sports and tourism; individuals with enterpreneurship skills; possible new self-employments; local intragenerational networks. 4. Establishing the common strategy for the preservation of the heritage of mining and its promotion. R: Strategic document, signed by involved local communities or broader entities.
Partners involved ZRC SAZU, Community Prevalje (Slovenia); Ludwig-Uhland-Institut für Empirische Kulturwissenschaft Tübingen (Germany); Instytut Etnologii i Antropologii Kulturowe UŁ, Belchatow Brown Coal Mine (optional) (Poland); Univerzita Mateja Bela Banska Bystrica, Združenie baníckych spolkov a cechov Slovenska (Slovakia); Università degli studi di Udine (optional) (Italy), unknown non-academic partner (Austria)
Partners requested Established consortium.
Follow up of the project No.
Idea owner Saša Poljak Istenič
Institution ZRC SAZU
Country Slovenia
Last update 03 March 2015
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CENTRAL FORESTS environment/culture
People of Central Europe have experienced the necessity to get accustomed to changing political, economic and social environment. A new challenge of the 3rd millennium, which will probably have an effect on the before mentioned areas too, is the rapid change in our climate. Besides water security and agricultural production, this will also have a huge impact on our natural heritage. Research models suggest that in certain cases the natural migration of forests cannot follow the swift climate alteration. This may lead to the loss of precious forest habitats of the Central European area. Through financial instruments like LIFE (Nature and Environmental protection programme of the EU), Environmental Operative programmes of the Member States and cross-border co-operation programmes, the European Community is supporting a fairly large number of nature rehabilitation and conservation programmes. Investing in projects in favour of habitats and species of high community interest in the future, it would be beneficial to analyse their long-term (50-100 years) sustainability from the aspects of climate change. Our project intends to create a debate on the above issues and strives to include the findings in national and regional nature protection strategies.
Specific objective To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
Expected results Planned activities: - Collection of climate change research models and studies on the potential effects on Central European forests; - Information of key stakeholders and decision-makers on the issue; - Organising roundtables and workshops with the involvement of key experts from all related areas; - Creating reference documents for stakeholders, decision-maker, etc. Expected results are: - Stakeholders understanding on the importance of evaluating climate change trends at stages of forestry planning; - Updated forestry management strategies including climate change aspects.
Partners involved Forest Research Institute (Hungary); Forestry and Game Management Research Institute (Czech Republic); Europa Consortium Regional Development Nonprofit Ltd. (Hungary)
Partners requested We are expecting partners from all CE countries. - Ministries in charge of forests and nature protection - Forestry associations - National Parks - Climate research institutions
Follow up of the project n.a.
Idea owner István Lábodi
Institution Europa Consortium Regional Development Nonprofit Ltd.
Country Hungary
Last update 03 March 2015
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SENIORS WELCOME - OFF-SEASON CULTURAL TOURISM FOR SENIORS IN CENTRAL EUROPE environment/culture
The valorisation of cultural heritage and resources of Central Europe represent a powerful potential for economic growth (including cultural and creative industries). In order to better capitalise on these assets, the project intends to develop strategies that builds on senior tourism market with a special focus on creating and enhancing the development of off-season products and services focusing on this target group.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results Developing and implementing strategies and policies for valorising cultural heritage and resources and/or the potentials of cultural and creative industries related to senoir tourism. Developing and implementing integrated territorial development strategies and concepts, that build on off-season cultural tourism of seniors, in order to foster sustainable economic growth and employment.
Partners involved n.a.
Partners requested n.a.
Follow up of the project n.a.
Idea owner István Lábodi
Institution Europa Consortium Regional Development Nonprofit Ltd.
Country Hungary
Last update 16 February 2015
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PROTECTION STRATEGIES FOR URBAN HERITAGE IN MIDDLE EUROPE environment/culture
Urban heritage in quarters of end of 19th/beginning of 20th century is under pressure because of economic modernization, demographic change and energetic measures. Buildings with a high quality of urban design, but which are not listed as a monument, are in danger to loose their special design quality or to be demolished.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results Exchange and develop strategies and instruments to maintain the special character of well designed ensembles, like design codes, ensemble protection, regeneration area. In Germany there are different regulations like "Gestaltungssatzung" or "Erhaltungssatzung" to maintain ensembles. The objective is to find solutions of energetic modernization, which are not destroying the special design of ensembles.
Partners involved Urban regeneration agency Wroclaw, City of Wroclaw, Poland
Partners requested Cities, housing companies, regeneration agencies in Middle Europe, with special protected ensembles which are facing challenges of energetic modernization.
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Detlef Kurth
Institution University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart
Country Germany
Last update 16 February 2015
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ECONAT environment/culture
the project adresses conflicts between natural protection and demand of touristic use /touristic infrastructure in protected areas
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results strategies of balancing protection requirements and touristic demands, identifying/ developping ways of unlocking the touristic potential of an area without touching protection requirements
Partners involved none
Partners requested nature conservation organisations
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner Sabine Eling-Saalmann
Institution Investitionsbank Sachsen-Anhalt
Country Germany
Last update 16 February 2015
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REVITALIZATION OF THE AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN HISTORICAL HERITAGE THROUGH THE PROMOTION OF CULTURAL TOURISM environment/culture
We are interested in submitting a project proposal, together with coutries that once belonged to the Austro-Hungarian empire (1867–1918) . Since there is immense historical background and mutual heritage among these european nations, we wanted to engage in mutual promotion of cultural tourism and routes that would link the ancient story between our countries, whilst implementing management strategy and plan of sustainable usage and revitalization of historical sites and /or landscapes.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results Project activities would consist of data collection and research, local management strategy and common action plan that would be brought by the experts and implemented by local and regional authorities, project sights revitalization (such as some constructional works, restorations, etc.), as well as physical route and its promotion.Furthermore, we would implement new IT tools (mobile app),interactive 3d panels and virtual reality at sites,historical reenactment of Austro-Hungarian events that reproduce lifestyle of that period. Results of our project would be the creation of the preservation strategy based on scientifically approved management plan for the valuable historical landscapes/objects (in our case, those would be the objects built in/or by Austro-Hungarian Empire),some restoration actions on project sights, and finally, the creation of cultural/historical route/itinerary and events linked by its historical formation, which both emotionally and physically evoke the period.
Partners involved City of Dubrovnik
Partners requested Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Italy, Slovakia,Czech Republic, ; all former Austro-Hungarian Empire countries (EU member countries)
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner Natasa Miric
Institution CITY OF DUBROVNIK DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
Country Croatia
Last update 02 March 2015
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VALORISING TRADITIONAL TRADES AND THEIR OLD INFRASTRUCTURE AS CULTURAL HERITAGE TO MAKE URBAN REGIONS MORE ATTRACTIVE AND COMPETITIVE environment/culture
Many urban regions boast the tradition of old trades in the form of tacit knowledge and the built heritage of the related activities. In the past years this multi-dimensional cultural heritage has been rediscovered as possible key contributor to local attractiveness and economic competitiveness. Yet, it is still rare to see in CE the examples of coherent and sustainable revival and prosperity of integrated initiatives rooted in this unique asset. Budafok has a tradition of viticulture which survived in small cellars, a large vinery and a school. The old infrastructural heritage is underutilized, actors have their own initiatives. Achieving a coherent cultural, touristic offer contributing to sustainable heritage protection and lasting local economic prosperity has had moderate success so far. It’s been realised that without the massive co-working of the local stakeholders, consistent capacity and network building, strategic co-planning of the necessary investments as well as efficient fund raising the chance would be easily lost for good. The strategic objective is to utilize the versatile cultural heritage based on (a) local characteristic trade(s) in an integrated, sustainable manner using innovative solutions this way contributing to efficient heritage protection and local economic prosperity. Improving stakeholders’ capacity to develop and run action plans, and also to test innovative solutions possibly promoting the feasibility of complex plans is of high priority.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results The project mixes policy and implementation-oriented activities. The initial activity is analysing the situation concerning all relevant features of the concerned heritage by using joint methodology and involving the local stakeholder group. After sharing best practices, adding up the results and the findings of a realistic demand assessment the regions formulate their integrated action plans, focusing mainly on the points identified as gaps, fostering the application of innovative solutions (both hard and soft). Special “by-products” such as business plans for the whole utilization concept contribute to the project results. The project pilots innovative solutions for the highlighted issues in the action plans (capacity building, small-scale investments, content dev. etc). The process benefits from the fact that each activity is accompanied by intensive transnational exchange of experience and co-working facilitating the adaptation of good practices and innovations.
Partners involved Partner search is in progress.
Partners requested The project looks for 8-10 partners from 4-5 countries. The sought partners are local/regional governments, private actors, NGOs, heritage institutions, professional organisations of the trade(s) concerned. We look for urban settlements and/or regions as core partners where there is a marked non- or only partially utilized cultural heritage of any trade (e.g. pottery, textile-, glass industry, or brewery etc.) and which • are in the position of developing and managing cultural heritage of trade/crafts and the related infrastructure, • are ready to utilize this in an integrated way, according to a complex utilization and cultural heritage protection programme, • are open for multi-actor, creative/innovative co-working, with the involvement of the younger generations using ICT, • are prepared for the coordination of lots of diverse local stakeholders to achieve the goals and • wish to do all these as parts of a transnational TEAM.
Follow up of the project No.
Idea owner Anna Szepesfalvy
Institution Budafok Municipality / Budapest 22nd District
Country Hungary
Last update 04 March 2015
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GREENLAND - ADAPTATION ACTIONS TO REDUCE LAND USE CONFLICTS IN CENTRAL EUROPEAN FUNCTIONAL URBAN AREAS environment/culture
GreenLand project aims to explore the land use conflicts as key challenges of the successful and sustainable environmental management of Central European cities. The Central European big cities and their functional areas are sometimes under pressure of land use conflicts (e.g. urban sprawl, fragmentation of habitats etc.) which may lead degradation of the urban environment. New negative phenomena arise (e.g. urban heat island) while existing ones deepen (e.g. air pollution). Due to these negative external effects of the urban areas the quality of life of the urban residents decreasing. While the changing function and role of the urban and peri-urban spaces also mean the loss of their social, economic, environmental and natural values. The project will analyse the on-going processes of the land use and its potential conflicts of partner cities, in the metropolitan areas. The project will focus the hinterlands of the core cities as primer source of the spatial conflict, but it will also trace the urban effects of these conflicts. GreenLand will encourage the learning and knowledge transfer from the more experienced cities and municipalities and institutions.
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results GreenLand will provide a comparable transnational view about the land use tendencies and those local (urban) effects. The project will set up local stakeholders groups which will be pillars of the participatory planning procedure. Pilot actions will be launched on the partners’ cities and regions, emphasising the potentials of the multilevel governance. As implemented policy documents the partners will compile Action Plans to successfully and sustainably manage urban environmental challenges. Capacities of the partner urban and regional authorities will be improved to apply environment management tools developed by the project.
Partners involved The partnership nearly completed
Partners requested Regional Agencies (SK) FUA Regions (PL)
Follow up of the project Take a Breath - TAB: the project has suggested that negative health impacts of the air pollution should have been reduced by changing or improving of the recent space/land use (e.g. wise planning of industrial zone, improving urban green spaces etc.)
Idea owner István Ferencsik
Institution PlanIdea Knowledge Center
Country Hungary
Last update 19 February 2015
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SPACES - NEW PPP MANAGEMENT MODELS OF REQUALIFIED URBAN AREA environment/culture
The themes related to the great post-war urbanization were the major concerns of many industrialized European countries while their cities had been expanding in a very disorderly and uncontrolled manner. The epochal changes occurred in the meantime, leave nowadays many industrial and empty urban spaces that are no longer used (former hospitals, schools, etc. decayed or already restored). These spaces often located in strategic areas, due to their state of abandon, don’t provide to the communities neither wealth nor utility. If they were properly managed, they could offer an opportunity to rethink the functions of the territory, improve the living space and trigger economic growth and employment. The main aim of the project is promoting cooperation between CE cities experienced by urban transformation processes in order to identify innovative, replicable and sustainable PPP management models of the requalified facilities devoted to cultural and creative activities and located in the decayed urban areas. Cities should be rethought on new principles able to respond in a balanced way to the environmental, social, cultural and economic concerns. The sustainability of this process has to lead to new synergies between the public and private sectors affirming the value of culture and creativity as a lever for change. It will be possible through creation of places where the phenomena of creativity, able to tighten connections between different social networks, emerges
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results - Best Practices Analysis: national case studies how to manage public facilities which have been already requalified but were in disuse including examples of policies related to this management. - Action Plan with new strategies for the integrated management of selected facilities. Preparation of a Management Manual. In order to promote SMART management the new ICT tools will be explored. If appropriate, these tools will be tested and implemented at the transnational level. - Feasibility Study and Evaluation of potential impact of interventions will be carried out. - Trainings on management of selected facilities. Seminars and workshops for capacity building for the creative and cultural operators will be organised. - Pilot Actions: application of guidelines from the Manual after setting up cultural and creative industries in the selected facilities. The preparation of investments and leverage of other funds for this purpose will be explored. Pilot actions may include pilot investments
Partners involved Genoa – Italy (Lead Partner); Germany – Nuremberg; Slovenia – 2 partners from Ljubljana; Hungary – Pecs; Poland – Bydgoszcz;
Partners requested Public Administrations, NGOs, Local Development Agencies working in the field of cultural and creative industries. The possible partner shall be located in the city that has witnessed the transformation from a mass production system to a system were the tertiary sector is highly developed and which finds in the technological innovation, knowledge, culture and creativity the key factors of the new production processes. These cities now shall be characterized by knowledge based economic systems in which cultural and creative production plays a fundamental aspect and where human creativity becomes a necessary resource. Furthermore, in the partner city should be present some abandoned facilities which have been already requalified (could be located in the decayed urban areas) where the cultural and creative industries could be set up.
Follow up of the project Creative Cities: studied the status of the Creative Industry(CI) in the partner cities, the factors of localisation of the CI and the choice of a decayed area in which to settle a Creative District. The next step is to understand how the CI can settle in the requalified area Second Chance: studied how to transform disused industrial sites into cultural and creative work and living spaces. The next step is to understand how the sites can act as catalizator for economic growth and social cohesion in the areas where they’re located ShiftX:The cultural shift intended by the project is based on the valorization of old-industrial heritage. ShiftX focuses on 3 key areas: improving management structures; innovating heritage-based products; changing the image of old-industrial places Cobraman:designed to coach communities to manage the redevelopment of Brownfield sites. The new idea of brownfield manager was introduced. CI as well as culture oriented function for new sites was one of the subject
Idea owner Fabio Tenore
Institution Municipality of Genoa
Country Italy
Last update 02 March 2015
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ECO GARDENS IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS environment/culture
Problem of living in urban area is difficulty to obtain organic fruit, without use of chemicals. Eco gardens will help to improve the environment with ecological production of vegetables but it will also bring benefit to the environment, budget and quality of families included in the project. Families living in residential buildings will create their own small eco gardens on balconies or roofs. Gardening on balconies or roofs of residential buildings will combine benefit for the mind and body in many of urban areas, and will have a moderate yet positive effect on the environment. The plants on green roofs or balconies can capture airborne pollutants and atmospheric deposition. They can also filter noxious gases. The temperature moderating effects of green roofs can reduce demand on power plants, and potentially decrease the amount of CO2 and other polluting by-products being released into the air. In each City included in the project there will be available land for ecological production of persons that are interested to participate in the project. This will be pilot project in order to try to utilize natural resources in local community in order to improve environmental management and quality of live in living areas.
Specific objective To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
Expected results Planed activities: 1. Analysis of project area – it will include the analysis of natural resources and the best products for ecological productions in order to contribute to environmental management 2. Strategy development of pilot project - eco gardens in living areas. 3. Public call for inhabitants to participate in the project 4. Trial production of eco gardens in living areas
Partners involved Virovitica- Podravina County
Partners requested Local or regional self-governments Experts in sector of ecological production
Follow up of the project No, the project is not a follow-up
Idea owner Mateja Cah
Institution VIDRA - Virovitica-Podravina Regional Development Agency
Country Croatia
Last update 20 February 2015
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“WATER ACE” – INTEGRATION OF WATER FOOTPRINT SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT IN THE POLICIES OF CENTRAL EUROPE REGIONS environment/culture
The project WATERACE, aimed at supporting the correct and sustainable management of water resources in Central Europe Regions, tackles the challenges of preventing environmental impacts, supporting climate change adaptation policies and fostering the territorial economic development in the programme area. Tools and knowledge, capitalized mostly from a previous CEU project, will be used to provide Central Europe Regions with a Water Footprint Sustainability Assessment, in order to identify water related hotspots and sustainable effective strategies and action plans to solve relevant challenges, like Water droughts and scarcity, flooding, quality degradation, therefore allowing for a smart water management and planning in the regions involved in the project. The EU has recognized the relevance of water resources, which are considered a joint asset and a fundamental pre-requisite for economic and social progress of European regions; with its Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) the above mentioned territorial challenges were already identified as relevant by EU. Such water issues are particularly relevant in all the Central Europe regions. Considering the above territorial challenges and European water policy and directives, that adopt an innovative cross border approach in managing water, the project partners identified this Central Europe call to be the perfect opportunity to perform the WATERACE project.
Specific objective To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
Expected results Planned activities: • Definition of a common regional Water Footprint System shared among the pilot regions (tools and strategies) • Pilot application and fine tuning of the Water Footprint System in three pilot regions with involvement of additional three regions as followers; • Hot-spot Focused Water Footprint Sustainability Improvement, Monitoring overtime and scalability • Replicability assessment and feasibility of permanent regional water data collection for providing a water hotspots map and policy guidelines at Central Europe programme area level. Expected results: • A wide diffusion and adoption of the tool of Water Footprint Sustainability Assessment and the Water Footprint System at regional level; • An increased capacity of public actors in defining sustainable strategies and plans related to water for wide areas of interest (Region and cross-regions); • A better understanding by the public of policies and regulations that results in increased resilience to climate change;
Partners involved Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Padova (Italy), Fondazione Centro Produttività Veneto (Italy), Viveracqua (Italy), Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences (Poland), Institute of Territorial Development (Poland), Szolnok Middle Tisza Regional Water Directorate (Hungary), REKK (Hungary), ENEREA (Hungary)
Partners requested The partnership is almost defined. We are looking for additional partners at governance level that will be able to implement and extend the application of the Water Footprint System in other Central Europe Regions.
Follow up of the project This project starts from the experience and the knowledge created within a previous Central Europe funded project called “Urban_WFTP - Introduction of Water Footprint approach in urban area” and goes further to monitor, evaluate and improve the water use and make a clear step forward in terms of: • Scope: the analysis is at regional and trans-regional level to allow a better alignment with the water related policies of the European Union; • Method: a sustainability assessment will be performed therefore adopting an holistic approach that is much more advanced than the volumetric one applied in the previous project. • Impact: more regions and also partners that can directly influence local policies are involved, ensuring positive acceptance of the project outcomes.
Idea owner Antonio Scipioni
Institution University of Padova
Country Italy
Last update 23 February 2015
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TRANSNATIONAL POLICY ACTIONS FOR INTEGRATED INDOOR AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT environment/culture
European people spend 90% as average of their time in indoor environment say statistical reports. Several surveys been conducted by European countries to explore the health impacts of the indoor environments. These surveys and research projects have dealt with the environmental quality factors of workplaces, of educational institutions (kindergarten, schools etc.) and residential buildings. The research results have showed that the role of the indoor environmental factors on the human health is significant while underestimated at policy level. There are not EU measures or regulation on the indoor biological, physical and chemical pollutant agent. The project collects all national institutions of the CE countries to identify and describe the national indoor environment quality policies and initiatives and make national policy actions to control the health impacts and improve the quality of indoor environment. The project targets the national decision makers and provides policy recommendations. It also targets the national and municipal authorities and companies are responsible for technical maintenance of municipal public buildings.
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results he project gives a CE transnational view about the legal and governmental control of the indoor environment quality. It provides an overview on the most vulnerable institutions and types of public building. It lists the most important pollutants and sources and also describes the health consequences on the urban population. Consultant groups are to be established involving the relevant authorities, managers of the institutions, architectures and other experts to contribute the work of the partnership. Pilots launch to test the set of managerial actions. Also capacity building trainings are organised in all partner countries for the managers of the public institutions, national officers, inspectors the visitors themselves.
Partners involved National institutions from SLO, PL, SK
Partners requested managers of national/local institutions
Follow up of the project FP 7: EnVIE, SEARCH and SINPHONIE big research projects involving leader institution of the European Union and other DGs. Results of these project should apply to transfer transnational policy recommendation and sustainable adaptive actions at national and regional level.
Idea owner Tamás Pándics
Institution National Institute of Environmental Health
Country Hungary
Last update 24 February 2015
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CREATIVE INDUSTRIES: IMPROVE CAPACITIES OF CREATIVE AND CULTURAL SECTOR TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT environment/culture
The project idea starts form the fact that the cultural and creative sector (CCS) has, in many Central Europe countries, a social and economic impact far below its potential. This is manly due to lack of skills and competences of CC operators and lack of policies and strategies at local level. The project proposal aims at improving capacities of public and private operators of CCS in order to increase the economic relevance of the sector.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results The main expected results is to develop and disseminate the environment conducive to creative industries. Planned activities are: mapping the CCS; develop a model of governance and strategies to support the creative industries sector; innovative management models; training seminar for creative industries operators; network of creative sector stakeholders.
Partners involved regional authorities, research centre
Partners requested Regional/local authorities, developing agencies, universities,
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner gabriella valler
Institution provincia autonoma trento
Country Italy
Last update 24 February 2015
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HEAVY RAIN MANAGEMENT environment/culture
The present project proposal is focused on adaptation strategies to reduce climate change impacts on the urban environment. This project, meanwhile, has o comprehensive attention to a large number of environmental aspects (as urban environment, green areas, water, energy, life styles, private companies environmental management), that fall exactly within the wide approach that Central has. The Central is also a financial programme aiming to empower governance and policies approaches and to start up specific and concrete actions (as this project do). The present project in fact consider all these issues, in a specific city, taking into account the urban environment as a whole, with its meteorological and hydrological patterns and variability. This project has so the integrated vision appreciated by Central with a focus on the relationship between climate change and the local complex urban environment,focusing on the development and implementation of governance solutions and actions.
Specific objective To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
Expected results The high level objective of the Heavy rain managemtn project is the improvement of knowledge, methods and tools for the haracterization and forecast of potential impacts of heavy rains, specifically due to the hydrological response of small basins (flash flooding) and to the vulnerability of assets in the urban area.
Partners involved None
Partners requested Public and private partnerships monitoring systems of climate and land
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Franco Cima
Institution Lepida SpA
Country Italy
Last update 24 February 2015
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SUSANNE - SUSTAINABLE URBAN TREES AND GREEN SPACES environment/culture
In the framework of Green and Smart cities, urban green plays important social, cultural, economic and environmental roles. The urban green management requires significant resources for both economic and resources supply. High water deficit, high compaction soil levels, more impermeable surfaces and limited infiltration, oxygenation and drainage capacity as well as surface and underground systems, heat islands, organic and inorganic contaminants in water, air and soil are also present. The importance of sustainable development tools for urban trees and green areas management seems unquestionable and the qualitative and quantitative aspects related to climate changes and water resources availability play a significant role. The final aim of the project is to maximize the environmental and economic sustainability of the urban green management. There is a great need of decisional, operative and strategic tools. The project expects to contribute to the improvement of the relationship between man and environment toward a definition of most “smart” and “green” cities, i.e. more livable, creative, ecologic and sustainable urban models. The tools, taking in account the historical and urban aspects as well as climate changes, will enable to forecast the economic impact of choices related to green design, allowed functions, tree and soil characteristics, surface and underground systems design, reuse of municipal and runoff wastewater, type of irrigation, kind of maintenance.
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results The project goal is the development of a quantitative methodological tool inspired to ecohydrology (WP1), hydraulics (WP2), sanitation (WP3), urban design (WP4), preservation and landscape architecture (WP5), to support strategic decisions (WP0) aimed at the environmental sustainability of urban green management. In addition, it is scheduled the implementation (WP6) of the new tools in an open-source software, which should help public and private stakeholders with a proper management of urban green. The tool will quantify the management actions as a function of the characteristics of the considered green settlment, tree type, soil features, specific water demand as well as irrigation system and water quality. Effects due to climate and urban changes will also be considered; special attention will also be paid to historic, planning, architectural and landscape constraints. The development of new and innovative best practices, guidelines and protocols will also be taken in account
Partners involved At the moment, some Italian partners have been contacted.
Partners requested Public organization, cities and municipalities, regional agencies, public and private water utilities, public and private expert in urban design, preservation and landscape architecture
Follow up of the project No, this is an original idea
Idea owner Roberto Revelli
Institution Politecnico di Torino
Country Italy
Last update 25 February 2015
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IMAGO URBIS - THE INVENTORY AS A TOOL OF KNOWLEDGE AND ENHANCEMENT OF COMPLEX ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE environment/culture
Web communication is crucial to every aspect of modern social life. Public bodies already make extensive use of such tool to ensure direct communication with citizens. But when the data to be reported is more complex, communication can become confused and results can be erratic.The "digital image" of the city appear fragmented and therefore devoid of references, as in reality, as a succession of buildings and open spaces. The data published on-line often fragments into materials of different sizes and, above all, numbers; often favoring “simple” language, without structure, an order of priority or an audience. Development of a conceptual model and related digital model of the information system, with the aim that the model, after appropriate adjustments, could be generalized. The two moments are closely interrelated and must complement each other. Among the aims of the project is a verification based on wide ranging case studies, including that of the city of Cremona
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results Activities: to design and implement a system of data on cities and infrastructure, ordered through georeferencing. This database would take up and update current tools, the printed inventories of the start of the XIXth century, starting with the most sophisticated among them, the Österreichische Kunsttopographie undertaken by Alois Riegl; to define a system of consultation allowing access to the material at various levels from general to specific, directed to a plurality of users, stakeholders and open to different approaches, from tourist to student and professional; to constitute a sort of virtual museum designed to identify and understand the complex and continuous stratification of memories and know-how reflected in urban centers Expected results: publication on-line of the material on case studies, and preparation of further additions. It is fundamental that the case studies include a significant amount of information, and urban centers are sufficiently different from each other
Partners involved University Politecnico of Milan (Italy)
Partners requested Other public and private institutions capable of participating in project activities would be welcome, as are organizations which own complex building structures for research and development of information systems and websites.
Follow up of the project NO
Idea owner daniele gigni
Institution Cremona Municipality
Country Italy
Last update 26 February 2015
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PRALINE - EFFICIENT PRACTICES OF LAND USE MANAGEMENT INTEGRATING WATER RESOURCES PROTECTION AND NON-STRUCTURAL FLOOD MITIGATION EXPERIENCES environment/culture
Implementation of former co-operations, strategies and best practice guidelines for the protection of water resources and flood mitigation demands their effective communication. But lessons already learnt haven’t yet been successfully applied in the daily work environment. Furthermore already available measures, strategies and plans have to be quantifiable and locatable, in order to build a basis for an evaluation of eco services, enabling potential funding of those services. Thus the objective of PRALINE is to facilitate the implementation of the existing strategies and management plans, in order to capitalize and transform them into reality, furthermore to be able to localize and quantify measures. PRALINE will achieve the superior goals of -improved efficiency and organisational structures of land-use management, and -effective protection of fresh water resources as well as protection against floods In order to focus on an efficient implementation, PRALINE will encompass implementation strategies of good practices in the regions of interest at PP locations with providing -transnational levelling of fundamental expertise -elaboration of policy support -implementation support at the working level (water suppliers, river basin managers, etc) Besides intensive stakeholder involvement, visibility of the actions will be pushed with a common declaration act, signed by notable representatives, in order to bundle efforts for towards an integrated land use management.
Specific objective To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
Expected results Evaluation of existing strategies and best practices in the fields of forest ecosystems, agricultural areas,grassland and wetlands Provision of organisational structures for enhanced land-use based spatial management at policy level Strategic implementation of water supply management systems and best practices as exemplary pilots,for a function-oriented land-use based spatial management at working level Inter-/national training events for representatives of working and decision making level, in order to enhance knowledge and acceptance of land-use management as an integrated approach to protect water resources as well as settlement and industrial areas against floods in an efficient way. Results are -efficiently and effectively implemented management practices for different land-use types, as well as -sustainable management of catchments with the aim of establishing integrated protection of water resources on transnationally comparable level and mitigating basin-wide flood risks
Partners involved AT: Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (LP); City of Vienna, Vienna Water; Municipality of Waidhofen an der Ybbs HU: Central Directorate for Water and Environment (tbc) SI: University of Ljubljana, Public Water Utility Ljubljana (tbc) HR: Croatian Geological Survey (tbc) GER: Landesumweltamt Sachsen (tbc) IT: ARPA Emilia Romagna (tbc)
Partners requested water suppliers / water works / policy supporters on national or regional level; especially partners from CZ and PL
Follow up of the project PRALINE is not a direct follow-up but refers to those projects: CC-WaterS (SOUTH EAST EUROPE 2007-2013): Climate Change and Impacts on Water Supply - identifying and evaluating resulting impacts on availability and safety of public drinking water supply for several future decades. Elaborated measures to adapt to those changes build the ground for a Water Supply Management System regarding optimization of water extraction, land use restrictions, and socio-economic consequences under climate change scenarios for water suppliers. CC-WARE (SOUTH EAST EUROPE 2007-2013): Mitigating Vulnerability of Water Resources under Climate Change – developing an integrated transnational strategy for water protection and mitigating water resources vulnerability as a basis for implementation of national and regional action plans. ILUP (INTERREG IIIB CADSES): Integrated Land Use Planning – developing concepts for integrated river basin management.
Idea owner Cornelia Draxler
Institution PRISMA solutions
Country Austria
Last update 26 February 2015
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UNIFORM ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT TOOL FOR FUNCTIONAL URBAN AREAS – UEMT-FUAS environment/culture
The present project proposal is focused on the review and evaluation of the environmental burden (air quality, noise burden) and its impact on health of inhabitability. The problem of environmental burden is currently immeasurably important, considering the alarming state of air quality not only in Slovakia but also abroad. Most urban and rural residents has experience with daily exposure to elevated concentrations of PM (particulate matter), which can have harmful effects on human health. Chronic exposure to PM contributes to the risk of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and lung cancer as well. Mortality related to air pollution is about 15-20% higher in cities with high levels of pollution compared with the relatively cleaner cities. It is estimated that in the European Union, the average life expectancy is shorter of 8.6 months due to exposure to PM2.5 (particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter <2.5 μm). In addition to the effects of PM on human health may also have a negative impact on climate changes and ecosystems. PM also contribute to the pollution of buildings and may even have corrosive effects on the buildings and structures, depending on their composition.
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results The main object of the project is to monitor the current state of air quality and noise burden of defined functional urban area and on the its basis prediction of variant states upon all defined input factors. The main objective of the present project is based on partial models (environmental, diagnostic, math, health) their association into an applicable tool, which is a key basis for a unified enviromental systemic manual serving the various levels of government and environmental institutions. Finally, the project aims also to fulfill its reporting function of the environmental burden of the FUAs.
Partners involved Universtiy of Zilina - Research Centre, Faculty of Civil Engineering - Department of Highway Engineering
Partners requested University, Research centres, Enviromental and Health Institutions and Agency, local, urban, and regional development actors
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Martin Slabej
Institution University of Žilina, Slovakia
Country Slovakia
Last update 26 February 2015
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CENTRAL EUROPEAN NETWORK OF TOWNS OF LITETATURE - CE.NET.LIT environment/culture
The overall project objective is to use existing cultural heritage resources-intangible heritage- in order to contribute to sustainable regional development of mainly lesser developed and unknown locations. This will be done through achievement of the following main project result: - Improved capacities of all stakeholders in order to sustainable manage and exploit literature as a development potential.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results 1.Established Network of towns of literature, 2.Established route of literature 3.Development of new innovative and creative tourist products resulting from transnational cooperation between partners and stakeholders, 4.Provided common guidelines on specifics of Towns of literature from architectural, tourist, cultural, social and economic point of view, 5.Improved infrastructure representing in the towns of culture, representing their potential.
Partners involved Several partners have been contacted
Partners requested Local government
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Maja Stranić Grah
Institution Grad Pazin
Country Croatia
Last update 26 February 2015
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CROSS-BORDER JOINT EUROPEAN TOURISTIC DESTINATION environment/culture
The creation of a cross-border common touristic destination which can be presented as an individual touristic brand with an unified image after creating sustainable complex touristic service packages, favouring environmentally friendly and alternative accessibility models in order with the directives of the European Union. Thus the touristic offers of neighbouring countries promoting nearly identical tourist destinations could be coordinated, as this offer has a direct impact on the regional expansion of tourism-related income and it also presents touristic service providers in the member countries new attractions. As the majority of the service-providers works in the SME-sector, the economic development expectations of the European Union to more directly support the SMEs are fulfilled. Coordinating the touristic offer could mean that disadvantaged regions and their inhabitants can catch up with more developed regions.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results - Elaborating the organisational criteria of a network-like operation o Defining and elaborating the joint development strategy o Creating the unified image of the project o Continuous discussion with touristic organisations for the sake of the sustainability of the project - Elaborating cross-border program-packages - International project and region marketing and communication, involving vocational and community media - Creating and operating a touristic quality-management system - Elaborating the related IT-background system , serving the regional marketing - Creating project packages and typical lead-products - Organising workshops and conferences - Learning from best-practices - Creating project packages and typical lead-products - Organising workshops and conferences - Learning from best-practices
Partners involved Southern Burgenland
Partners requested Vocational organisations from Austria, Slovenia
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner Szigethy Peter
Institution Chamber of Industry and Commerce In Vas County, Hungary
Country Hungary
Last update 26 February 2015
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REVITALIZATION BOOST environment/culture
Overall aim of the project idea is to revitalise cultural heritage areas of the old historical city centres by developing and implementing action plans. Action plans will tackle problems such as: desertification phenomena • Lack of investments in the historical city centres • Social segregation • Lack of prepared documentations for modernization of communal infrastructure in accordance with modern demands especially electric, water supply and communication networks adjustment Action plans will for each involved area define potential pilot zones/areas for implementation of comprehensive revitalization measure based on problems identified above. Each partner will prioritize and one of pilot project areas suitable for their needs. Pilot projects should define and implement one of following indicative measures with supporting Pilot investments: • Development of Investment plan for city centres and supporting tools • Development of centres for integration of local population (e.g daily centres, kindergartens, social entrepreneurship centres) etc. • Preparation of architectural documentation for electric, water supply and communication networks adjustment • Development of business incubators in all part of the town • Capacity building activities for local population (business start-up, social entrepreneurship etc.) • Development of set of policy recommendations regarding social policy, spatial planning
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results Planned activities are development and implementation of above elaborated measures for each involved territories according to recognized needs based. Indicative WPs should be: • Needs analysis (taking into consideration input of involved partners, case studies – territorial cooperation added value) • Action plan development – list of concrete measures for selected area and type of action selected • Pilot investment – development of preparatory documentation (1st Phase: architectural documentation, strategic plans, ) and implementation (2nd phase – construction, equipping, capacity building actions and development of supporting tools for maximizing project impact) • Policy recommendation
Partners involved City of Dubrovnik, City of Trogir, Municipality of Kielce
Partners requested Local and regional authorities, development agencies, with historical centres facing desertification phenomena, university/research centres dealing with stated issues
Follow up of the project Yes, project is follow up of JEWEL Model - Joint easily wafted East laboratory Model financed through South East Europe Transnational Programme – thorough JEWEL model we have developed initial analysis and concept for regeneration of the historical city centre. We have also developed Urban Development plan which can serve to our partner as case study and we this project would present concrete building on its findings and results.
Idea owner Krešimir Kovač
Institution City of Šibenik
Country Croatia
Last update 27 February 2015
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EFFECTIVE UTILIZATION OF RESOURCES IN FAVOUR OF REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT environment/culture
The main aim of our project is to recover the cultural, historical and national heritage of the Rye Island region, so the effective utilization of resources in favour of regional development. We think that it is not sufficient only to protect the existing resources, but it is also necessary to maintain and enhance them, to use them as potential for further development. That´s why it is our intention to implement the pilot project to build a complex area presenting not only the regional customs, traditions, crafts, products, architecture and colouring, but it will also serve as leisure place ( thus as a product of tourism). The expected benefits of the project: utilization of natural and cultural heritage and resources in a sustainable manner, creation of new jobs primarily for women and older people, the introduction of new skills, tourism services......
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results 1. Brainstorming events for the partners involved in project in the theme of "The assessment of cultural heritage and potential of creative industries" 2. Implementation of pilot investment objectives of the partners involved, 3. The operation of newly built investments, exchange of experience and knowledge of partners involved in the project.
Partners involved Municipality of Microregion Klátovské rameno (SK)
Partners requested Local or regional self-governments Experts in sector of ecological production, Microregion
Follow up of the project Municipality implemented a lot of projects with Hungarian partners (in Hungarian – Slovak Cross Border Programme 2007-2013), see at: www.maledvorniky.sk, http://www.husk-cbc.eu/sk/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4YPJ1I-5Pg, www.sunislife.sk/hu.
Idea owner Marczell Zoltán
Institution Municipality of Malé Dvorníky
Country Slovakia
Last update 27 February 2015
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GREEN STREAMS environment/culture
Green Streams aims to deliver integrated and innovative approaches to land and water mgmt. which meet the needs of rural communities and ecological needs. These models will be of CE relevance so replication across large parts of Eu is possible. Problem: In Eu’s countryside, many Eu workers continue to depend on the land and natural resources for their incomes. A key challenge has always been to make money from the land, and at the same time, protect the env. including species and `ecological benefits´ such as clean water and healthy soils. Locally, the solution is often difficult because of competition among resource users, or the short-term desperation that comes from rural poverty and powerful external drivers such as climate change. GS will deliver practical solutions for more problems. Emerging issues impacting our landscapes include: - Changes in land use (agri., built in areas) affects millions of ha of land and millions of people - Changes in economic power: desperate need for rural communities, environmental prot., water mgmt and nature cons. to engage business at local and regional levels - Changes in investment patterns: large investments are usually linked to urban areas - Market changes: new products, new cons. patterns, new opportunities for making a living - Changes in policy approach: need to start to integrate different policy threads which all impact the landscapes - Changes in climate: more frequent and severe droughts and floods across CE
Specific objective To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
Expected results GS will integrate between forestry, agr./rural dev., energy and freshwater; between policy, field, and communication; and between the interests of nature and private sect. Activities: • Current land uses and drivers will be identified • Economic drivers to reach sustainable use of local natural resources • Business Plan for the demo projects • 3-5 replicable mechanisms: tested and disseminated “tricks” for engaging the private sect. for integrated land and water mgmt. • Models of how to switch rural communities across to nature-beneficial rural dev. GS will catalyse farmers, foresters, water managers, consumers, businesses and policy makers so that new ways of integrated environmental management ensure livelihood and ecological functioning in CE’s changing landscapes. Example: in HU invasive shrubs have negative impacts on local economy and landscape.. Using them as bioenergy source generates income for local communities while leading to integrated floodplain management.
Partners involved Energy agency of the Zlín Region, Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomus Region Directorate, WWF Germany, Lonjsko Polje Nature Park
Partners requested Partners from Germany, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic Local government, regional development agency, regional environmental authority; regional water management authority; national park, farmer associations, agricultural cooperatives
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Krisztina Ahsbahs
Institution WWF Hungary Foundation
Country Hungary
Last update 16 March 2015
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IDEA OF SOLIDARITY IN CENTRAL EUROPE. ETHICAL, SOCIAL AND ECOLOGICAL OBJECTIVES environment/culture
This standpoint has incalculable ethical and social values. It assumes that there is a process of realization that needs and is associated at the very beginning with realizing factors: historical, economics, politicals, socials. The human being is conceived as a “member of a totality”; his experience is always an “experiencing with one other” connected to the responsibility for others, the corresponsability for community. It means that the acts of human beings are fulfilled with reference to a community, are acts of a member of a community. We belong to a community with the other, in which there is a sense of solidarity or “representable solidarity” and anyone can represents and has to take responsibility for the others.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results 1. In our technological time, it is an attempt to save from any reductive idea of human being as a mere object the core meaning of the human being. 2.The research will be centered on some central transformations currently under way in the field of contemporary social, law and ecological sciences. 3. Today’s technologies have advanced in unexpected ways, setting the stage for a whole new era in human and social context. The question is no longer merely a speculative question but one with tangible consequences. 4.It is our intention to made all the documents and texts public and easily available, in order to organize the broadest debate. The outstanding members of the network are scholars of international reputation such as W. Kasper, W.Vossenkuhl, E. Schockenhoff, F. Baralle, J. M. Broekman, G. Dagher, N. H. Gregersen, J. Mittelstraß, P Nemo, M. Šunjić, whose research will arise discussions to foster inter-disciplinary exchange, result –oriented and sustainable growth
Partners involved University of Verona, University of Trieste, University of Prague, University of Vienna,Transilvania University of Brasov (Romania),
Partners requested I am looking for expertise on social and ecological implications of the idea of solidarity in some Central Europe Countries (Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia)
Follow up of the project The project is a deeper reflection, with further social and ecological implications, of the international Conference held at the Gorizia Castle (Italy) on Human Beings: Philosophical, Theological and Scientific Perspectives, in October 2-5, 2008. See: http://www-amm.univ.trieste.it/convegni2.nsf/vRefBandoConvegno/X0C1EE7C1890CB604C12573FE0034E80C?Opendocument In addition, the submitted research project on Human Being is a further development of a 2 years project on Nature and Intentionality, coordinated by Antonio RUSSO and funded in 2009 by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research with 113.960 Euro (see under the name Antonio Russo at: http://attiministeriali.miur.it/media/174349/progetti_finanziati_prin_2009.pdf and http://cercauniversita.cineca.it/php5/prin/cerca.php?codice=2009ZWY9HC
Idea owner Antonio Russo
Institution University of Trieste
Country Italy
Last update 02 March 2015
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INEBRA environment/culture
To use practically the knowledge on natural and cultural heritage of peripheral mountainous areas for the civilizational shift in small localities.
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results The development of local product wouldn’t be trusty if the local environment wouldn’t be improved. For example the quality of landscape is a basis for touristic products, the quality of air, water and soil is the basis for food products etc. The challenge to ensure the right ecological background for nature-friendly and nature/culture-based activities overgrows the capacities of local businesses or singular entrepreneur. It should be ensured through joint effort (integrated multiple efforts) of the whole local community, because everyone would benefit from this in some extent. The legal tools to force the solutions (for example spatial plans) are too weak. But there may be tools for non-statutory public engagement to achieve the goals through common effort of local people. These tools should be selected, adapted and delivered, as well as practically tested in some localities within the project.
Partners involved Euroregion Karpaty, UNEP
Partners requested local communities
Follow up of the project Carpathian Project (2009)
Idea owner Maciej Borsa
Institution Society of Polish Town Planners
Country Poland
Last update 02 March 2015
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SPADA - SPATIAL DATA FOR VALORISATION OF CENTRAL EUROPE’S NATURAL RESOURCES environment/culture
This is a transversal project focusing on providing accurate spatial information on natural heritage and resources, leveraging existing and future sources from multiple players via collaborative tools which will be implemented in the project itself at various scales (EU, regional and local). New technologies have provided access to an enormous amount of data, from various sources that change over time – (BigData). Its spatial aspect in terms of “what is where” is fundamental as can be inferred from the investments (e.g. MIT’s CSAIL department, CalTech’s CD3 project, Europe’s INSPIRE directive), but serious shortcomings – e.g. the gap between end-users, public administrations and experts, standardization and harmonization still limits severely full exploitation of such resources. Up to now the best results in this sense have been web-based services allowing visual access and limited querying capabilities to spatial data for the non-experts. This project aims at bridging this gap addressing accessibility, interoperability and linkage of spatial and non-spatial data over the Central Europe area with focus on its natural heritage, providing a clear view of opportunities related to its resources.
Specific objective To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
Expected results Activities (i) round tables between public administrations and tech. experts to assess a list of focus points to define the major points (ii) apply a SWAT analysis linking point (i) to existing resources in terms of data (iii) proceed to developing solutions, iteratively checking by means of (i) and interacting with expert-clusters (e.g. INSPIRE thematic clusters) and stakeholders (iv) testing tools over real-case scenarios and use pilot-areas from partners Results (i) implement a common language and find solutions to exploit spatial data (ii) drive its valorisation by improving its accessibility at multiple levels (iii) start a collaborative crowd-sourcing process for interacting with the territory (iv) provide tools to test actions to improve the status of natural heritage and to sustainably exploit its resources for the improvement of the socio-economic situation of areas in Central Europe (more ideas = more entrepreneurship = more employment).
Partners involved Two research centers, 2 SMEs and 2 local administrations
Partners requested Local administrations that have/use spatial data or that have data whose spatial link can add value and impact over the territory’s natural heritage and its resources.
Follow up of the project NO
Idea owner Francesco Pirotti
Institution University of Padova
Country Italy
Last update 02 March 2015
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DROUGHT AND HEAT STRESS MONITORING AND EARLY WARNING SYSTEM FOR AT, CZ AND SK environment/culture
The main benefit of the project will be the development and subsequent launch of a drought and heat stress monitoring system (and related risks such as forest fires or damage in agriculture, forest and aquaculture), which will be based on surface measurements, dynamic modeling and constantly verified through remote sensing. The system will also include strong early warning component and will be focused on developing and employing innovative dissemination systems (mobile apps, tweets) for the decision-makers, stakeholders but also for the general public. While the system will be used for monitoring it will be able to provide information on drought and heat stress climatology both under present and expected climatic conditions so the time horizons in which the risk of the heat/drought stress in given region will cross the defined threshold will be also analyzed with the view of the sector specific impacts. Project's results will be utilized by the appropriate branches of government (e.g. the responsible departments of the ministeries by local administration and municipalities)
Specific objective To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
Expected results To create integrated drought and heat monitoring and early warning system covering 3 countries. Set up collaboration with the local stakeholders and train them to use the monitoring/early warning in their decision making.
Partners involved 12 partners from all 3 countries
Partners requested The selection of partners and preparation of the project is ongoing since 2012. Core capabilities are present in the consortium. We are looking for local stakeholders and government level contact points.
Follow up of the project No it is not a direct follow-up but it it linked to number of research projects that the partners had over years (at most 3 partners out of 12 collaborated within single project in the past). This proposal goes beyond science with the aim to improve the knowledge transfer.
Idea owner Miroslav Trnka
Institution Global Change Research Centre
Country Czech Republic
Last update 02 March 2015
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SAPHY: SWOT ANALYSIS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES RELATED TO HYDROPOWER PRODUCTION environment/culture
Thanks to the important benefits which it can give to the social and economic development, human health and ecosystems preservation, local renewable energy production can be a valid alternative to traditional non renewable sources, in agreement with the Europe 2020 Strategy. Mini-hydro exploits a renewable and local source and, improving the local economy, it represents a suitable method for decentralized electricity generation, in particular in rural areas. The exploitation of a local and renewable resource, gives also rise to big benefits to the social development, preserving local traditions and its ecosystem. However, normative, bureaucratic practices and administrative procedures are generally different among the countries located in Central Europe; different normative and procedures have the own lacks and weakness, but also their strengths. We propose a deep revision and comparison of the different normative and procedures (SWOT Analysis), individuating and selecting the best practices to guarantee a smarter land use, governance and a better exploitation of natural and built resources, based on the strengths observed in all the investigated cases. The drawing up of detailed and complete guidelines and procedures, based on the experience of several countries and regions, gives the possibility to reduce the administrative and bureaucratic barriers and to give rise to smart energy management plans and actions, also improving the existing energy strategies.
Specific objective To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
Expected results We aim to do a revision of the existing normative and procedures, establishing and implementing strategies for simplifying and improving the exploitation of modern renewable energy technologies, in particular for mini-hydro. The achievement of best practices and procedures, with the reduction of existing barriers, can help and support the authorities choices, can drive each strategy plan and project toward the best direction and can also support engineers during the design procedures. By means of simplified and best procedures, we also hope to contribute to the preservation of cultural heritage (e.g. exploitation of local sources and traditions), rehabilitation of historical buildings, mainly in rural areas (mills and local water resources) and improving the renewable energy production, with important benefits for the environment, human life and ecotourism.
Partners involved Still looking for
Partners requested Our main idea is addressed to the mini-hydro; simultaneously, we are also very pleased to extent our project to other energy fields, where for example the mini-hydro will be combined with solar, geothermal, wind and other energy sources. We are able to cover the “environmental” and “hydraulic/hydrological” features of the problem and we are looking for partners and, in particular, for a leader: local authorities and institutions, University/research Institution, public bodies with specific competences on hydropower.
Follow up of the project Our proposal starts form some of the output results achieved in previous Research projects, e.g. ORME (Energy optimization of traditional water wheels, adopting as study cases original water wheels sited in Northern Italy), RENERFOR (Environmental impact of small hydroelectric plants) and TURNING POINT (Mini-hydro in the rural network).
Idea owner Roberto Revelli
Institution Politecnico di Torino
Country Italy
Last update 06 March 2015
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MINERWA MINERAL WATERS – THE COMMON NATURAL RESOURCES OF CENTRAL EUROPE. PROTECTION, INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT, DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINABLE USE environment/culture
Mineral waters have been always the highly valuable natural resources and an viable part of heritage of many Central European regions. Throughout centuries exploitation and use of these resources have contributed to development of health and tourist resorts and economic growth of regions within the programme area. The project addresses the consequences of the long lasting threats triggered by intensive agriculture, urbanisation, industry, tourism, climate change, etc. and their effects on the mineral waters. The pressures have become more severe in recent years with enlargement of existing spas and development of the new ones driven by the investors from both public and private sectors. The malpractices, causing overexploitation of resources, their misuse and development of land use conflicts, are the problems frequently encountered by the project Partners leading them into belief that the state of mineral waters must be improved and secured. The aim of the MINERWA project is to develop and implement proper protection and planning for more sustainable use of mineral water resources, their better integrated management as well as environmentally sound land use planning and management of land use conflicts. Due to natural features of mineral water deposits and discrepancies between the national legal regulations the issues must be tackled and resolved on the transnational and transboundary levels. Such approach is the only opportunity for successful completion of the project.
Specific objective To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
Expected results The transnational actions planned by the Partners will comprise analysis of policies, regulations and stakeholders involvement, while the piloting activities will lead to resolution of the specific issues within the selected mineral water deposits and spas. The pilot areas will be appointed in order to illustrate well all types of mineral water occurrence as well as the resolution of the appearing environmental problems within the programme area. The MINERWA project is strictly result oriented. The undertaken activities will result in accomplishment of the project goals and its expected results including the guidelines and action plans, decision making tools, reports and integrated strategic papers. The project will focus especially on development and implementation of IT tools as the innovative methods for integrated land use management and decision making. Other products will be educational materials, website, database and a catalogue of the mineral waters within the project area.
Partners involved At present the project proposal involves the following institutions: Lead partner: Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute (PGI-NRI). Project partners: Czech Geological Survey (CGS); Hrvatski geoloski institute - Croatian Geological Survey (HGI-CGS); JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Joanneum Research); Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary (MFGI); State Geological Institute of Dionyz Stur (SGUDS); Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS). The Partners are also in contact with a number of potential associated partners including regional and local authorities, public entities, touristic boards, associations, associations of spas, etc. in order to establish a proper target and stakeholders groups of the project. The progress of the project will be monitored by the Steering Committee and the External Evaluation Board.
Partners requested At present the project consortium is in a form which guarantees successful completion of the project and achievement of all expected results though it is open for any new Partner(s) offering experience and competence which will substantially and valuably contribute to the project scope and accomplishment of its goals.
Follow up of the project The MINERWA project is not a follow-up of any particular project however it capitalises on the results and achievements of many projects already completed by the Partners, including both national and EU co-funded ones, like: TRANSENERGY (CENTRAL EUROPE), TransGeoTherm (SN-PL), CC-WaterS (SOUTH EAST EUROPE), T-JAM (SI-HU), SNAP SEE (SOUTH EAST EUROPE) and many others. The above projects involved outstanding professional expertise and competences of the partnering institutions and helped to develop new capacities and cooperation skills which guarantee that the planned project will be carried out according to the Programme requirements and in due time. In effect MINERWA project will elaborate an innovative method to approached protection and integrated management of mineral water resources gained though scientific knowledge based on long lasting cooperation of the Partners.
Idea owner Maciej Klonowski
Institution Polish Geological Institute - National Research Institute Lower Silesian Branch
Country Poland
Last update 03 March 2015
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RECONSTRUCTION AND RESTORATION OF CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL HERITAGE IN CENTRAL EUROPE environment/culture
The main goal is to create a comprehensive multidisciplinary methodology for reconstruction and recovery of deteriorating historical monument buildings (castles, manor houses, mansions, monasteries, castle ruins), which could be further implemented into praxis. This methodology should include these areas: construction and reconstruction of buildings, building physics, statics, geotechnics, geophysics and geology, materials engineering and archaeology. The mentioned goal can be realized by using following means: mapping and introduction of alternative solutions and diagnostic products, structure and construction details using innovative building materials, technology and procedures in case of reconstruction or restoration of historic buildings, using modern technologies, methodologies and instruments.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results Creating a comprehensive multidisciplinary methodology of reconstruction and recovery in order to avoid further deterioration and degradation of historical heritage buildings: conservation, reconstruction, recovery, multidisciplinary research, change of the use that should contribute to increasing the level of cultural and historical knowledge of population.
Partners involved First announcement
Partners requested Public and private institutions which could contribute with their knowledge and expertise to address the issues: Innovation and knowledge transfer into praxis, progressive and multifunctional construction materials, renovation and restoration of classical / conventional buildings and historical buildings, renewable energy sources, projection and implementation services (statics, geotechnics, building construction, fire safety, building equipment), sustainable development, application of geophysical methods of research, archaeological research, methods of reconstruction and recovery, architecture.
Follow up of the project No, the project is not a follow up
Idea owner Rudisin Grinc
Institution Research centre ZU
Country Slovakia
Last update 05 March 2015
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ENCYCLOPAEDIC KNOWLEDGE OF CENTRAL EUROPE BEYOND (POLITICAL) BORDERS - ENBEPOL environment/culture
The aim of the project is restore and promote family library collections of the past in different multicultural areas. Issue and opportunity addressed: European identity has become identifiable and meaningful, as European institutions and the law articulated commonly held values beyond, and often in opposition to, the context of ‘national interest’. The heritage of knowledge in public and family library collections and its related resources represent important location factors and powerful potential strongly contributing to the attractiveness of central Europe’s territory. Even though Europe can be distinguished by of this heritage potential concentred in rich family library collections has continued to remain unknown or strictly nationally important. Istrian case of bibliophiles and similar borders’ cases where political states and governments has changed through time but didn’t affect the accumulation of knowledge. Encyclopaedic knowledge (regardless the language or national origin) represent a powerful potential in generating the common European values and a European identity. The cultural and knowledge heritage of those collections is, however, often not well valorised and related potentials are not sufficiently used due to a lack of funding and investment, insufficient management and preservation skills as well as a lack of coordination.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results The proposed research project will further bring together academics, researchers and experts to explore the common value of those family collections and its wider impact on cultural memory of Europe. A multidisciplinary, geographically balanced and comparative research will be achieved by mapping the value and use of those collections, exploring and conceptualising the role that this cultural heritage plays in local and national identities and in the practices and narratives laying the foundation of European identities.
Partners involved University of Primorska-Science and Research Centre and some others partnering research institutions.
Partners requested The university is looking for partners of all eligible countries/regions of Central Europe programme among research institutions, cultural operators, public or private bodies in the sector of culture with experience in participatory history, library collection, digitalisation and conservation research and promotional expertise.
Follow up of the project No, it is not a follow-up project.
Idea owner Sebastjan Rosa
Institution University of Primorska
Country Slovenia
Last update 06 March 2015
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NEROMULOS - INNOVATIVE REQUALIFICATION OF WATER OLD MILLS IN ORDER TO USE SYSTEM PREVENTION OF LANDSLIDES AND LOCAL VALORISATION OF TERRITORY environment/culture
The general aim of the project is to valorise cultural heritage by a sustainable use of the natural resources and at the same time to prevent hydro-geological risk. The principal intent is to recognise the historical, cultural and environmental potential of old watermill, that represents a common resource for many European regions, like Italy, Poland and Austria. In the past they permitted to solve lots of important problems of human civilization, such as agricultural products processing, lifting water, irrigation and operation of machine. They embody the traditions and the identity of the territory and for these reasons they must be preserved. Nowadays they represent an opportunity for tourism, education, agriculture, environment and energy production. The project will promote redevelopment and rehabilitation of these old structures, that would otherwise be lost and forgotten. The water needed to feed mills would be captured by drainage systems (superficial or deep drainages, drainage ditches, ...), necessary to stabilize slopes. This new integrated environmental management aims to land defense and to improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage, promoting the landscape. The management of this system will encourage networking and partnerships, reinforcing dialogue and collaboration between different organizations (public and private actors) that will share knowledge about technical, environmental and architectural issues.
Specific objective To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
Expected results 1) analysis of environmental and landscaping issues, location of hydro-geological instability, plan of geological surveys and possible flow path to direct water to the mills, characterization of architectural features of mills, individuation of partners and stakeholders. 2) pilot case: execution of drainage systems, canalize captured water into hydraulic structures, retrain mills structure. 3) monitoring of the project impact: integrated monitoring of hydraulic system and landslides, with the support of technological tools. 4) communication actions. Expected results: - prevention hydro-geological risk; - enhance the role of cultural heritage; - promote education on cultural heritage; - encourage public participation especially of young people; - territorial marketing and valorization of rural area.
Partners involved University of Pavia – Department of Earth Science and Environment (Italy)
Partners requested Other regions of Central Europe: institute of research, policy maker, local body, development agency, association
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner Angela Zerga
Institution consorzio di bonifica di piacenza
Country Italy
Last update 09 March 2015
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RECONSTRUCTION AND RESTORATION OF CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL HERITAGE environment/culture
Neir d.o.o is continuously investing into human capacities and new technology in order to improve the Association’s services and reach the prerequisite for work extension. In the filed of restoration we want to be the lead company for the renovation of the cultural heritage in Croatia, but also to expand our work over to the market of the Central Europe. The main objective of the participation in this project is the development of ideas and capabilities to improve industrial and human competences through collaboration with the Central European countries. Our primary goal is the cooperation with partners from other European countries with the purpose of exchanging experience, joint performance at specialised fairs, seminars and workshops, all in all with the purpose of the reinforcement of our mutual capacities that would make the renovation of cultural heritage as quality and as efficient as possible. The project would therefore enable our own technical progress because our company would acquire specialised, innovative stone dressing equipment.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results -Find partners and establish legitimate partnership. -Participate in seminars that deal with reinforcement and awareness of available modern tools and machines in the market. -Improve the cooperation with the Central European partners with the mutual goal of renovation of the cultural facilities that would become a part of the touristic offer. -Production of touristic brochures where we would present the renewed parts after the renovation project. -Attend regular meetings with our partners and share information concerning high technology and experience regarding the protection and care of the cultural heritage. -Adopt a strategy for protection and sustainability of these facilities for the purpose of tourism. -Develop an international collaboration between common teams and work directly on the improvement and the perfection as well as sharing the information during the work on these projects. -Pilot-project: The renovation of the cultural heritage facilities (by using the special equipment gained form the project) and its inclusion into the complete touristic offer. -Sustainability and improvement of the repeated collaboration through the extension of the project. - Make public debate and present it to the public in collaboration with the department of conservation and tourist board on the dynamics and work -The promotion of the project results among target groups
Partners involved At this stage we do not have any partners yet
Partners requested We are interested on finding lead partner Public and private institutions
Follow up of the project No, the project is not a follow up
Idea owner JULIJA BABAN
Institution NEIR d.o.o.
Country Croatia
Last update 11 March 2015
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COMPREHENSIVE SHORT AND LONG - TERM TOOLS FOR MONITORING THE IMPACT OF SHALE GAS EXPLORATION/EXPLOITATION ON NATURAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE environment/culture
The Project aim at developing and testing the methods of long-term monitoring of potential impacts of shale gas on natural and cultural heritage in Europe in order to accuratelly assessed potential negative impacts, raise the awareness of the society and provide tools and reccommendations for the Environmental Agencies and Government
Specific objective To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
Expected results Testing of the remote sensing and complementary methods for identifying and thoroughly monitor the potential impacts of shale gas exploration and exploitation on the environment and human health. Providing reccommendations for the Government Agencies and enhancing society awareness of the positive and negative aspects of shale gas as energy source.
Partners involved Remote sensing and in-situ measurements providing companies, Shale Gas exploring company
Partners requested SMEs and Institutes dealing with Shale Gas, Shale Gas exploring/exploiting companies in the Programme Area, Government and Environmental Agencies
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Martyna Gatkowska
Institution Institute of Geodesy and Cartography
Country Poland
Last update 12 March 2015
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TOOLS FOR MANAGEMENT AND MONITORING OF CHANGES AND IMPACTS IN MOST VALUABLE AREAS IN CENTRAL EUROPE WITH THE APPLICATION OF SATELLITE DATA environment/culture
To build the tools for management and monitoring of changes and impacts in most valuable areas in Central Europe with the application of satellite data
Specific objective To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
Expected results The remote sensing based tool for the changes of most valuable and at the same time most vulnerable areas monitoring - wetlands, grasslands and river - differences between regulated and unregulated rivers
Partners involved Remote Sensing Centre - Institute of Geodesy and Cartography (Poland, Warsaw), SME Italy, BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences
Partners requested Government and Environmental Agencies with the implementation power from the Programme Area
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Martyna Gatkowska
Institution Institute of Geodesy and Cartography
Country Poland
Last update 12 March 2015
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NEW CHALLENGES FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES environment/culture
Public libraries live a profound change due to the "dematerialisation" of the book and the rapid-changing of information technologies. The challenges are real, complex, and varied and need new answers which requires new perspectives, tools and methodologies. Best practices shows that libraries are transforming themselves into “hubs”, co-working spaces and in platforms for innovative programs, involving a new audience, and matching cultural institutions with creative industries. The main objective is to set up transnational models and to develop and test innovative and sustainable solutions for the libraries facing the information society’s challenges, starting from the local community needs.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results Activities:compare experiences and best practices;analyse community needs,include new actors and constitute transnational teams to ideate new services supported by design thinking methodologies;public contest addressed to cultural and creative industries to design the best service ideas;involve citizens,choose best projects and disseminate results;capitalize results for development of services. Outcomes: Reframe public libraries services;Innovative,effective and sustainable transnational programs and services for public libraries;new methodologies to increase citizens participation and promote social inclusion;a solid network btw public libraries services and other services;policy recommendation for the future of libraries as “community hubs” for participation and social inclusion
Partners involved Metropolitan area of Milano, Consorzio Bibliotecario del Nord Ovest di Milano (to confirm)
Partners requested Public libraries; Universities and research centers; incubators and co-working centers; regional and local authorities; cultural and creative industries; cultural associations; private Bank foundations; Development agencies
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Alessia Cappellini
Institution Politecnico di Milano
Country Italy
Last update 12 March 2015
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ENCOURAGING LINKAGE BETWEEN HERITAGE WITH ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL BENEFITS AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF NATURAL AND CREATED POTENTIALS OF THE FUNCTIONAL URBAN AREAS environment/culture
The project's main objective is preparation of expert bases and guidelines for the revitalization and development of rural areas by integrating heritage in recreation and tourism. The project aims to regulate the functional urban areas and reduce burdening of the environment and depletion of natural resources with the appropriate interpretation of the heritage and biodiversity. In the area of the Southeast Slovenia region we encounter with improper infrastructure endowment which prevents visiting important natural and cultural heritage points (regional park potentials). Together with our partners we will create the basis for recreational and tourist offer in the natural environment in the form of sustainable, innovative, adventurous and competitive offer based on natural and cultural heritage, using our partner’s knowledge, expertise and good practises.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results •Identifying the needs and experiences of partners from Central Europe at the opening of protected areas and cultural heritage for visitors and tourists. •Establishing a platform for the integration of nature conservation areas and heritage in recreational and tourist offer. •Case studies in partner countries (eg. Krka river, Gorjanci). •Rising of environmental awareness, of general knowledge on environmental issues, sustainable use and protection of natural and created potentials. •Understanding of participatory processes and environmental management. •Understanding of the social and economic benefits and aspects of natural and cultural conservation. •Preparation and implementation of action plans for the rehabilitation of the situation on analyzed areas, preparation of the starting points for a management plan.
Partners involved There are no partners involved at this stage.
Partners requested Universities, colleges and research institutions engaging in nature conservation, heritage, sustainable development and tourism; managers of natural and landscape parks; institutions of spatial planning, state institutions in the field of nature protection and management of natural resources (eg. water) ...
Follow up of the project No. It is a new project.
Idea owner Simon Kovacic
Institution DEVELOPMENT CENTRE NOVO MESTO LTD.
Country Slovenia
Last update 23 March 2015
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SUSTAINABLE USE OF CULTURAL HERITAGE IN RURAL EUROPE (WORKING TITLE) environment/culture
The specific goal it to improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and creation of joint cultural brand in rural areas Central Europe. Because of lack of means and ineffective management in cultural heritage rural areas of Central Europe do not have sustainable usage. In order to ensure sustainable use of cultural heritage which will also contribute to the regional economic development, human capacities in rural areas need to be improved. It is necessary to make a strategy for effective management of cultural heritage in rural Europe that will impact on tourist-economic development of regions
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results Planned activities aim to share good practices within cultural and tourism actors and improve capacities for sustatinable use of cultural heritage, to create strategy for sustainable use of cultural heritage, and to raise awareness on importance of cultural heritage in local areas. Activities: 1. Mapping the cultural heritage 2. High-level training for cultural stakeholders (themes to be defined in cooperation with partners) 3. Cultural heritage exploitation plan 4. Pilot testing – development of joint brand of rural cultural heritage of Central Europe Expected results: 1. Developed map of cultural heritage in rural regions of Central Europe 2. Improved human capacities through trainings and exchange of know-how in topics related to cultural heritage and sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources 3. Strategy for with concrete measures for sustainable use of cultural- heritage developed 4. Pilot testing in each country implemented
Partners involved Veneto cluster of cultural and environmental heritage (IT)
Partners requested Partners with expertise in valorisation of cultural heritage and with similar ideas: various culture sector stakeholders, local and regional governance, touristic boards… from all participating countries..
Follow up of the project N/A
Idea owner Vedrana Mikic
Institution VIDRA /Virovitica-Podravina County's Development Regional Agency
Country Croatia
Last update 13 March 2015
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ATRIUM PLUS - A JOURNEY THROUGH THE MEMORIES OF THE 20TH CENTURY environment/culture
ATRIUM PLUS builds on the results and outcomes of a successful project also called ATRIUM) over the period 2011-2013, led by the Municipality of Forlì and co-funded by the South-East Europe programme (www.atrium-see.eu), In particular, the project’s main output was the establishment of a European cultural route, certified by the Council of Europe in April 2014, devoted to the architecture of totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century in Europe’s urban memory (ATRIUM).
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results Starting from the results of ATRIUM, the principal objective of ATRIUM PLUS is to develop an integrated approach to the cultural and economic valorisation of this uncomfortable urban heritage,
Partners involved -
Partners requested A. city/municipality from Poland, Czech Rep. and Germany having heritage from totalitarian regimes (communism, fascism) from 20th century. B. museums or research centers from Poland, Czech Rep. and Germany dealing with intangible heritage of the same period. C. ITC company with experience in developing smart and innovative solution
Follow up of the project The project will include results and experiences from other projects from South East Europe, and is linked to projects from the programme period 2007-2013.
Idea owner Michele Pancaldi
Institution Municipality of Forlì
Country Italy
Last update 20 March 2015
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HERITAGE UNDER CITIES environment/culture
The project builds upon great cultural diversities and possibilities which exist under European cities. Drawing upon examples of tunnels, catacombs, cellars and other underground facilities, we seek to utilize and promote the underground heritage of European urban and rural areas which often remain neglected. Project idea tends to introduce new cultural activities by revitalizing underground spaces. In the context of the City of Zagreb, an underground tunnel located in the strict city center is viewed as a starting point for strategic redevelopment of underground assets. The tunnel, built during the Second World War, is currently uncared for, which creates the need for an efficient approach of urban revitalization. Goal is to encourage and determine creative solutions for cultural revitalization of neglected underground objects. Specific historical features of underground objects – such as the legacy of the fascist and socialist regime of Zagreb, during which the tunnel was constructed as a shelter - are especially important in overall project objectives, due to cultural diversities and values. The stated contributes to the development of specific tourism, cultural and urban activities which tend to enrich aspects of underground heritage. Considerable boost to local development is expected as well, as a part of the revitalization process. Proposal is to establish a new multimedia center located in the city’s underground, which is to become a new city in the existing city.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results Development of strategies of underground cultural heritage management; setting up a transnational network of cities and areas which actively contribute to the improvement of underground heritage identification and valorization; adopting policy recommendations regarding the promotion and adequate planning of underground cultural heritage; setting up pilot actions at targeted underground sites.
Partners involved Cultural – Informative Center Zagreb
Partners requested We are searching for partners who present cities and municipalities with notable underground sites and heritage; institutions, NGOs, governmental organizations and creative and artistic enterprises familiar with redevelopment of unused heritage sites.
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Slaven Kliček
Institution Urbanex
Country Croatia
Last update 16 March 2015
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VIRTUAL MUSEUM OF QUALITY OF FOOD (V.M.Q.F) environment/culture
Our main objective is to create an on-line Museum of Quality of Food ( of Central Europe). This museum will: - give European visibility to all the little museum of foods and tradition to improve tourism in Central Europe - create an innovative chain between consumers, producers and center of research that guarantee consumers and that guarantee innovation and food security All the museum that will take part to this new international organization (association) must: - sign a contract where they declare that they respect the conditions of the brand - use interactive systems (app on tablet/smart phone, QRcode.,..) to educate people who visit the museum - connect a lot of local corporates that produce “quality food” - suggest to the visitors a “virtual guide” to visit other M.Q.F - create opportunities for local students to visit the museum with this brand in other countries to improve knowledge of the local museum that must be a “living museum” - the concept of a “living museum” is a museum where corporates and citizens find together to improve the product - the virtual museum has the aim of educating local people and to involve tourists in “an exciting experience” at home to induce the will to go abroad to see the territory with their own eyes.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results WP1 Management and coordination A1.1 Management and coordination A1.2 Internal monitoring and evaluation A 1.3 Financial management WP2 Comunication A 2.1 Web site A 2.2 Applications A 2.3 Videos A 2.5 Web marketing activities WP3 Increasing awareness of food of quality among young people and consumers A 3.1 Marketing activities A 3.2 School competition A 3.3 Advices from experts WP4 Improving competences among SMEs in offering food of quality A 4.1 Network of Restaurants with quality in offering quality food dishes quality A 4.2 Network of farmers that producers quality food A 4.3 Network of Centre of Research intersted in QF A 4.3 Advices from experts WP5 Capitalisation of results A 5.1 Definition of future Business plan A5.2 Reports of strenght and weakness A5.3 Analysis of possibility of Building a legal European entity for QF A 5.4 Creation of a legal European entity for QF
Partners involved 1 From Cekia, 1 From Italy, 1 From Croatia, 1 from Slovenia
Partners requested Museum of foods and lead partner
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Claudia Lanteri
Institution C.S.I. TRE
Country Italy
Last update 16 March 2015
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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES OF CULTURAL HERITAGE environment/culture
Municipality of Duplek is municipality with rich cultural and natural potentials. The municipality is a small municipality (population 7.000) in northeastern Slovenia near Maribor, second biggest city in Slovenia. We posses castle named Vurberk, which is with its beautiful view very important touristic point. It was built in 12th century and demolished after second world war. Since 1920 castle was used by Russians for pulmonary disease treatment. The castle has amphitheater where are held summer teather and other events (music, drama, movie festival,…). Our vision is to renovate castle and give castle area special meaning which will have an impact on improving visibility of cultural heritage by tourists. Our aim is to revitalise cultural heritage and ensure sustainable use of cultural heritage and include local and other participants to contribute through their activities to local and regional development.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results Planned activities are share good practice and give the cultural heritage special meaning and importance in local and regional area; prepare and adopt strategy for protection cultural heritage with support activities; cooperation and establishment of partnership with other partners with similar concerns. Results: the extension of tourist offer in local and regional area, to improve the integration of local providers and business with cultural heritage – castle events; increase the visibility and cultural heritage, renovation of castle and wider area.
Partners involved We do not have any partners yet
Partners requested Local and regional governance or private institutions, partners with similar ideas
Follow up of the project No, is not follow up project
Idea owner Jasmina Puric
Institution Municipality of Duplek
Country Slovenia
Last update 16 March 2015
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THE PATHS OF CULTURAL HERITAGE IN CENTRAL EUROPE. environment/culture
The objective of the project is sustainable use and promotion of cultural heritage objects in Central Europe. We want to create a network linking the most interesting sights and attractions of the partners regions, which are part of the cultural heritage. One of the supporting tool will be innovative ICT in the form of info-kiosks, which we will put in the central, the most important points of our network. Infokiosks are primarily self-service turist information points, thanks to which tourists can easily find information interesting for them (eg. about visited region, monuments, landmarks, restaurants etc.). All data will be available in different languages.In the place of every attraction there will be a special place for people with disabilities equipped with specialized equipment so that people with disabilities can independently view or download materials of interest to them (eg. In the form of print or MP3 recordings).
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results promotion of cultural heritage in Central Europe, increasing the attractiveness of the partner regions, effective cooperation with the partners, sustainable use of cultural heritage objects (without negative impact on the environment)
Partners involved At this stage we do not have any partners yet.
Partners requested local governments from Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovak Republic, Slovenia.
Follow up of the project NO.
Idea owner Beata Sokołowska
Institution Pisz District Municipality
Country Poland
Last update 16 March 2015
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SAFE WOOD - SUSTAINABLE APPROACH FOR ECO-RESTORATION OF WOOD environment/culture
Wood in human history is one of the most used material, just from weapons to artistic artefacts, because is cheap and easy to find, is more flexible linked to a good strength. Despite the technology advance and the introduction of new matters, wood is also now an important material for building, artistic objects, music instrument and more usual things. This is more true in zone such as Central Europe eligibility State, rich in forests area and with ancient traditions in wood commercialization and exploitations. But wood, due to ageing actions, became fragile, extensively porous, and affect by hygroscopic variation problems: wood became a suitable surface for biological attack, such for fungi, algae or insects. The aim of SAFE Wood Projects is to change the wood restoration approach with new products, in an ecological and safe point of view; the main activity is to promote wood treated without health problem for operators and slowly release of harmful substance in environment. That problem is more true for restoration operators who have to use commercial products, often toxic products. Restoration fields are more important in Europe, but there are few companies who test and commercialize new products because isn’t attractive for business value.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results The goal of the project is to test and propose to restoration operators new ecological and safe products for wood treatments: - State of the art: scientific, technological, commercial and legal point of views - Testing the characteristics of new products - Relationship with restoration school to prove and encourage the use of new products - Moving from restoration operators problems, test new products for wood - Important dissemination campaign in order to enlarge the use of new ecological products and to identify Central Europe zone as the advanced region in wood restoration techniques. - The development of a label, useful to identify safe products for wood restoration
Partners involved Teknehub: is one of the Emilia Romagna (Italy) laboratory of Rete Alta Tecnologia, with the aim to study and to endorse in all cultural heritage fields.
Partners requested We try for the Partnership the following structure: Laboratories for new products testing Companies interesting to create new product for wood conservation Museum or association interesting to the project field Experts for dissemination Experts in label development Experts in cultural heritage law
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Emanuela Marin
Institution University of Ferrara
Country Italy
Last update 20 March 2015
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GREAT CULINARY HERITAGE ROUTE environment/culture
Aim: The project aims to develop transnational cooperation between the countries of Central Europe because of better protection of Central European cultural and culinary heritage in order to improve capacities and insure sustainability. Problem: The problem is lack of mutual cooperation between Central European countries in order to protect and preserve Central European culinary heritage. Opportunities: Creation of strategy between contries in Central Europe (associate sectors) who have similar interests in preservation of culinary heritage that is recognized as a great regional development.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results Planned activities: 1. Evaluate and protect Central European cultural heritage through the exchange of experiences between the partners countries and creation of the establishment plan. 2. Increasing the attractiveness of the region through activities (introducing the target group with culinary heritage) that would make the cultural heritage more accessible and easier to establish relationships between target group (visitors, local community) with Central European heritage 3. Using the values of the cultural heritage resources and connecting the cultural sectors with tourism and business sectors (restaurants, SME-s, food industries etc.) Expected results: Collaboration between different sectors that will be involved in project activities will be resulting with better visibility and importance of great culinary heritage that exist in countries of Central Europe.
Partners involved Koprivnički poduzetnik d.o.o. - Business Support Center, Croatia, No other partnes involved at this stage
Partners requested cities, museums, local governments, private companies, tourist boards, business support institutions, restaurants, manufacturers of traditional food and drink, hotels .. Requested partners: Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Italy
Follow up of the project NO
Idea owner Marija Mesarić
Institution Koprivnica Town Museum
Country Croatia
Last update 16 March 2015
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REVITALISATION OF CITY RIVER SPACES environment/culture
The project aims at revitalizing degraded public spaces in town centres. We will link partnership towns and cities with rivers running through its centres. We are looking for partners who have interest in developing urban solutions for better connection between their rivers and town/city inhabitants and tourists and better use of public space near rivers.
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results The project will focus on improvement of sustainable spatial planning on local level, urban design and effective local governance. Project partners will prepare the foundation for a comprehensive revitalization and better use of public space in the town/city centres. Expected results • Sharing experience and best practices followed by developing common town strategies for better connection between towns/cities with its rivers. • Testing innovative methods for involvement of local people and other stakeholders in the process of planning • Strengthening professional competences in the field of sustainable spatial planning at the local level • Analysing current situation and assessing existing regional plans adequacy in terms of sustainable urban development • Preparing and implementing pilot investments • Awareness raising about the importance of sustainable spatial development at local and regional level in accordance with the communication plan
Partners involved Municipality of Kočevje
Partners requested Municipalities, Institutes or public agencies in the field of tourism or spatial planning, Universities
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Lili Štefanič
Institution Municipality Kočevje
Country Slovenia
Last update 17 March 2015
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ACTIVE HERITAGE environment/culture
The aim of this project is to develop innovative strategies for creative reuse of historic buildings based on active community participation and contemporary creative practices. Local build heritage including historic houses, palaces, castles and manors are assets whose revitalization has emerged as a main feature in the social and economic development strategies of many European regions. However, because these projects are often directed by external actors without regard to realities and needs of local communities, many times they do not achieve expected results. While conservation of existing assets is fundamental, creation of new, additional values and elements, in order to fulfil current expectations of communities, has to be equally legitimate goal. Heritage management strategies, in order to be sustainable over long periods of time, require a bottom-up approach based on three principles: preservation of the heritage asset itself, benefits for the people of local communities and financial sustainability. Local residents are generally highly interested in their heritage and motivated to engage with it, but currently in Central Europe such involvement still fails to be established, mostly due to a lack of knowledge and skills of heritage managers and deficiencies in local capacities. The objective of this project is, through transnational cooperation, develop innovative and efficient strategies for creating meaningful and active historic places, designed taking into cons
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results Planned activities are: Situation analysis and identification of the conditions under which successful heritage management can be a catalyst for economic and social development; Identification of active and participatory methods to engage citizen in the valorisation of cultural heritage; Building organizational capacity at the local level; Development and on-site testing of various models of combining heritage content, local knowledge and contemporary creativity (new uses of sites, for example, for education areas, creative and cultural incubators); Development of local action plans for creative cooperation of heritage site managers, local cultural organisations, educators and creative industries that would encourage experimentation, development of ideas and local talents while making the building accessible to local visitors and tourists; Various local pilot actions supporting the general project objectives. The expected result is a strategy for sustainable approach to heritage build
Partners involved The City of Zapresic
Partners requested We are looking for competent partners and lead partner for both setting up and implementing transnational cooperation project. We are the University of Applied Sciences Baltazar Zapresic, founded in 2001, with close to 3,000 students enrolled at present. This makes us the biggest business school in Croatia which is funded exclusively from student's tuition fees. The University is located in Zapresic, 20 km from capital of Croatia, Zagreb, and offers a professional undergraduate study of business and management with three majors (Business Economics and Finance, Cultural Management, Office Management) and three professional specialist graduate studies: Project Management, Communication Management and Financial Management. It is important mentioning that due to our expertise in cultural management we are supporting our owner, the City of Zapresic, in revitalization of local cultural and historical heritage „Jelacic Manor“ and its reuse towards economically sustainable purposes : education-culture-tourism. The main objective is creation of sustainable and creative management model according to modern demands and local and regional unique advantages. „Jelacic Manor“ is a unique example of preservation of a comprehensive economic feudal complex owned by one of the most important figures in Croatian history, Croatian Governor and General in Habsburg Austrian Empire.
Follow up of the project NO
Idea owner Tajana Toš Bublić
Institution University of applied sciences Baltazar Zaprešić
Country Croatia
Last update 24 March 2015
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COME-IN! COOPERATING FOR OPEN ACCESS TO MUSEUMS – TOWARDS A WIDER INCLUSION environment/culture
Small and medium size museums and their permanent collections and temporary exhibitions do not have the capacity to attract large flows of visitors as big and famous museums do. Therefore, part of the region cultural heritage, i.e. artifacts from the Paleolithic, are not displayed to a wide public and do not have the financial resources that guarantee their best preservation and valorization. The Cooperating for Open access to Museums – towards a widEr INclusion - COME-IN! project main aim is to make the CE cultural heritage accessible to a broader public, including users currently not able to enjoy it. COME-IN! intends to valorise the Central European cultural heritage through a wider accessibility to small and medium size museums’ collections and exhibitions by people with different kinds of disabilities.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results - Analysis of the needs and constraints of people with disabilities when approaching a cultural event, - Practical instructions for setting up an accessible exhibition, - Strategic suggestions to local authorities for including the COME-IN! guidelines in the relevant regulations, - Training for operators. With the support and feedback of local and European disability organisations, the so-called COME-IN! approach will be pilot tested through an itinerant exhibition on Palaeolithic Venus figurines, displayed for free in the COME-IN! network. As a result of the gained experience, an innovative tool will be produced: the COME-IN! label for awarding cultural events, to be promoted in Central Europe and beyond.
Partners involved Small and medium size museums, municipalities, disability associations
Partners requested Other similar partners from Central Europe that are interested in the developed approach.
Follow up of the project N/A
Idea owner Anna Marconato
Institution Central European Initiative
Country Italy
Last update 18 March 2015
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HERITAGE AS DEVELOPMENTAL AND SPATIAL POTENTIAL OF RURAL AREAS environment/culture
Due to the increased number of interventions of urbanization in rural areas with the dropping of the traditional activities, degradation of abandoned and uncultivated land increases (inadequate agricultural practices). / The project’s main objectives are to define the basis for the reconstruction and interpretation of interesting buildings of architectural heritage with purpose of establishing the infrastructure for tourism development and development of complementary activities in rural areas. Preparation of the content to preserve local and national cultural heritage by improving opportunities for rural economic development and preservation of the distinctive cultural landscape./ The review of heritage and state of the environment, heritage threats, development potential assessment, ethnological research in rural areas and integration of findings in its offer./ Preparation of groundwork for the revitalization of heritage as a key requisite for preserving of traditions and tourism development potentials in complementary activities in the natural rural areas environment.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results • Creating the list of buildings of architectural heritage, suitable for the revitalization for the need for accommodation and tourism and associated activities. - Evaluation of heritage and other aspects of listed facilities for revitalization./ - Preparation of selected facilities for revitalization, primarily for tourism and accompanying activities./ - Preparation of a model for the creation of a tourist product along the lines scattered hotel.
Partners involved There are no partners involved at this stage.
Partners requested Public institutions and organizations in the field of architectural heritage revitalization for the purposes of tourism, sustainable rural development...
Follow up of the project No. It’s a new project based on our experience in the implementation of the project Heritage Trails.
Idea owner Simon Kovacic
Institution DEVELOPMENT CENTRE NOVO MESTO LTD.
Country Slovenia
Last update 23 March 2015
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HEALTH CITIES environment/culture
How to improve the urban environment to revitalize cities or how to regenerate and decontaminate brownfield sites is often considered as a remote and theoretical perspective. According to the IEM Guidance “Integrated approaches include long-term strategic visions and link different policies at different administrative levels to ensure coherency. Integrated environmental management also means tackling related issues together such as urban management and governance, integrated spatial planning, economic wellbeing and competitiveness, social inclusion, and environmental stewardship”. In this sense, an integrated approach to improve the environmental quality of the urban areas mustn’t be set aside by the new aspect: to set up new functions and allow the optimization of the use of the urban spaces and the costs of management. The main project objective is therefore to mismatch the environmental need and the healthy citizens life style setting up a sustainable model of a multifunctional public space. To this end, the project pursues three specific objectives: -Define an innovative model that could integrate urban environmental compartments together with health and social aspects for the rehabilitation and reactivation of brownfield sites overcoming the traditional concept of green area and sport plant. -Validation such model through pilot applications. -Planning a long term strategy to guarantee the economic, social and environmental sustainability and transferability.
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results The achievement of specific objectives will be accomplished through the implementation of respectively three main groups of activities: (1) definition of the Healthy Urban Site (HUS) boundary conditions and performances through the realization of a catalogue of urban, technological and healthy/social indicators, in relation with legislative framework; (2) validation of this model through strategies and tools for the rehabilitation and reactivation of brownfield sites to improve the quality of the urban environment and the management capacities in the Municipalities involved. The pilots will include the integration of concepts to support the development towards smart cities as ICT applications. (3) translation of previous experiences in local and regional guidelines to support the implementation of measures and investments guaranteeing the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the urban initiatives and in order to exploit results at transnational level.
Partners involved AUSL - Azienda Unità Sanitaria Locale di Modena (IT) ENEA Azienda Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l’Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile (IT) Fondazione Democenter - Technology transfer centre (IT)
Partners requested Health organizations, techncial partners (reseach bodies, University,..), local authorities, Municipalities
Follow up of the project The present proposal is not a direct follow-up of a previous project. Yet, it is based on several previous experiences that the two partners (ENEA and FONDAZIONE DEMOCENTER) had during the last years concerning the urban/social and environmental innovative approach in urban development. In particular: a. UHI (‘Urban Heat Island’, 2011-2014, Central Europe Cooperation Programme, www.eu.uhi.eu); b. SPES (‘Support Patients through E-Service Solution’, 2011-2014, Central Europe Cooperation Programme, www.spes-project.eu) c. IMAGINE (‘Imagine low energy cities’, 2012-2014, Interreg 4C, www.imaginelowenergycities.eu). In all these projects, the different perspectives related to urban development are faced.
Idea owner Chiara Pederzini
Institution Fondazione Democenter
Country Italy
Last update 23 March 2015
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SAVE DOMAšA! environment/culture
The aim of the project idea is to revitalise a run-down tourist resort with the purpose of using it by a non-profit organisation which performs welfare activities focused on children, youth and disadvantaged groups by supporting and developing of cultural heritage.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results Planned activities: revitalisation and reconstruction of premises, establishment of creative workshops focusing on traditional folk crafts, establishment of a gastronomic route with the emphasis on traditional cousine Expected results: to gain a equal partner in Slovakia for Czech and Polish partners for performing common activities, creating a model project for other regions and countries dealing with similar problems
Partners involved Bystřice nad Pernštejnem, Czech Republic, Caritas of the Rzeszów diecézy, Poland, ŠKB Cedent Vranov n.o., Slovak republic
Partners requested not looking for a partner
Follow up of the project no, it is a pilot project
Idea owner Mariana Mihaľovičová
Institution ŠKB Cedent Vranov, n.o.
Country Slovakia
Last update 24 March 2015
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DESCENT: DEVELOPMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS FOR CENTRAL EUROPEAN NAVIGATION AND TRANSPORT – COMPLEX TOOL AND SERVICE TO RESOLVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES ORIGINATING FROM AIRPORT AREAS ACTIVITIES environment/culture
Through the operation of passenger and freight transport, the activities of airports are clearly of public interest. However, as a result of the descent, landing and take-off procedures of the aircrafts as well as their traffic within the TMA (Terminal Manoeuvring Area), the local population is directly exposed to noise and air pollution, which generates environmental and social issues. Considering the CSR objectives and the principles of sustainable operation, the realization of a system is required to provide feedback on the environmental effects caused by aircrafts within the proximity of airports. The output of the system has to be based on modelling results in function of traffic data and other properties of aircrafts. The technically accurate, smart and green utilization of latter information in the course of air navigation planning and operation results in advantages for the local society and the natural environment in the long term. Beside the direct (internal) application for air navigation processes, this service enables the cooperation between the air navigation service providers (ANSPs), the airports, the airlines and the local governments near the airports. Moreover, a public online communication service can be launched through the publication of the information, which also contributes to CSR objectives. The tool created as a result of the present project can be applied by other airports and ANSPs as well in the future.
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results The development of the system and service includes the activities as follows. (1) The creation of the concept: the definition of the group of services according to the demands of the target groups. (2) Methodological development: creating the theoretical background of the functions, especially the modelling and visualization of the environmental load caused by the traffic of aircrafts, as well as the utilization of the outputs in the course of air navigation processes. This step covers the definition of the input data, the procedures to be performed, the relations to be applied and the outputs. (3) IT system design: defining the system elements based on the previous steps, including the connections between certain elements and definition of the functions on the level of algorithms. (4) Implementation of the system: hardware and software development, purchasing and processing of databases, testing and installation. (5) Tasks related to product launch.
Partners involved HungaroControl Hungarian Air Navigation Services Pte. Ltd. Co.
Partners requested Airlines, airports, air navigation service providers (ANSPs), research institutes, universities, local and district municipalities, governmental bodies
Follow up of the project No.
Idea owner Attila Jakab
Institution KTI Institute for Transport Sciences Non Profit Ltd.
Country Hungary
Last update 24 March 2015
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TEXTOUR environment/culture
Recovering characterizing traditions and making them available to the public through the creation of living industry/factory tours and touristic itineraries could be a way to bridge traditional crafts of yesteryear with today’s emerging technologies and design practices (digital fabrication techniques, digitalization of textile archives, crowd sourcing/funding, experience design, prototyping, etc.). Moreover, industrial tourism – still an under-explored niche product - can be seen as an instrument in local labor market policies, cluster development and place branding.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results put together the different services provided by tourism operators in order to build a tourism package; identify the most relevant communication channels and draw up an adequate promo-communication plan; get in touch with the major fashion design institutes on the Piedmont territory and on the partners countries; activate stages / exchange travels / twinnings for young graduated in fashion design institutes; visit some historical textile archives that need the digitalization of the materials stored (pictures, videos, papers, collections of textile samples, etc.); search for a technological partner expert in digitalization of historical textile archives; study and achievement / re-qualification of the factory tours format.
Partners involved some partners outside the Central Europe Region
Partners requested Regional Public Authorities, academic entities, Fashion Institutes, technological partners expert in digitalization of historical textile archives
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Elena Romani
Institution Sviluppo Piemonte Turismo Srl
Country Italy
Last update 27 March 2015
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NEEP environment/culture
Our NEEP project treats of 2 aspects: demographic changes underway within the Central Europe area and current economic stagnation. The project, moving for the European Creative Alliance base, identifies in the cultural and creative industries a key to counter-acting the impoverishment of the new generation. As such, culture is seen as an enabler of economic development and poverty reduction.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results The project works on the capacity building & awareness raising of public/private local actors involved in youth, employment and cultural issues, in mapping and measuring the effects and values of the cultural industries and in encouraging and supporting increased advocacy actions for the Cultural and Creative Industries.
Partners involved 3 Italian partners: a municipality, an NGO and an academia institute
Partners requested We are seeking partners from the Central Europe Area which have a well-consolidated knowledge of project themes. We are seeking municipalities and other public administrations, cultural organizations, enterprises/business representatives of the CCI & citizens’ associations
Follow up of the project n.a
Idea owner Christina Paci
Institution ActionAid
Country Italy
Last update 27 March 2015
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EMERGING SPACES – REVIVING THE HERITAGE OF THE METROPOLITAN PERIPHERIES environment/culture
The project aims at supporting regional and metropolitan stakeholders in developing frameworks to revitalize vacant and underused heritage buildings located in peripheral zones of metropolitan regions in Central Europe. Through multilevel partnership including regional and municipal administrations, research centers and local communities, the project will facilitate economic and spatial development via rethinking and reengineering traditional commercial, industrial and representative buildings as a new generation of creative and community spaces. Challenges of suburban and rural metropolitan peripheries Economic and social change presents major challenges for the suburban and rural peripheries of Central European metropolitan regions: with decreasing demand for local services and functions and with a negative migration balance, local and regional administrations encounter serious difficulties in maintaining suburban centralities, attracting younger generations and keeping enterprises in place. Without significant centers of economic, social and cultural attraction, the intensity and diversity of local economic production are decreasing, local resources diminish and the quality of life declines. Vacant and underused properties Many formal centralities in the peripheral areas of Central European metropolitan regions have gradually lost their significance: many iconic buildings in the centres, or castles, farmhouses and industrial halls at the outskirts of agglomerations sta
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results Objectives of the project To map and examine potential development sites in the peripheral areas of CE metropolitan regions To bring together a variety of stakeholders, locally, regionally and internationally, generating knowledge exchange and joint experiments To develop new, cooperation-based approaches and methods to reconfigure selected building types and reintegrate them into the social, cultural and economic life of local communities To generate pilot solutions for chosen locations, test interventions and redefine strategies using feedbacks and findings To elaborate recommendations for the long-term development of chosen locations To design and disseminate development models and institutional frameworks for the reuse of vacant properties at the metropolitan peripheries To benefit local communities, enterprises, and administrations by offering new tools for sustainable and inclusive urban regeneration
Partners involved Pest County Local Government (HU), Mazovian Voivodeship (PL)
Partners requested Open to join for all interested
Follow up of the project Not a follow-up
Idea owner Áron Dorka
Institution Pest County Regional Development Agency
Country Hungary
Last update 27 March 2015
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REGIONAL PILGRIMAGE ROUTES (REPIRO) environment/culture
The main objective of the project is to develop a common concept designed to promote natural and cultural landscapes of Central Europe. A common challenge concerns the efforts to enhance the protection of cultural heritage and to stimulate socio-economic development in the areas in need of support. The project is addressed to developing regions of Central Europe, valuable natural and cultural values (untapped growth potential) which are being in need of supra-regional promotion. The primary objective of the project, implemented in the Mazowieckie Voivodship, is to restore and promote the tradition and the idea of pilgrimage in the north-western part of this region. Latent natural and cultural values are the basis for creating a pilgrim and tourist routes, which in addition to the religious aspect, offer a wide range of opportunities for professional activation. The result of the project will be the creation the idea of adequate infrastructure for pilgrims and tourists. Aim of the project will be achieved through the promotion of cultural heritage resources (religious cult centers), which contributes to the development of entrepreneurship and active labor market.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results The outputs of the project. Different types of tourist routes (road cycling, water) will be designated to ensure relevance between regional centers of identity and centers of religious cult. The pilgrimage routes will be created for connecting the places with valuable sacral objects and places with the tradition of pilgrimage. The result of the project will be the creation of an tourist-pilgrimage information center concept in the main town of region (regional center of identity with valuable sacral objects) and information points in places of religious cult. In addition to this, an atlases promoting The Pilgrim Route, related to cultural and natural values. This offer will be directed not only to the pilgrims, but to the local governments, associations and tourism organizations wishing to build social ties and deepen their knowledge about the region.
Partners involved Pest County Regional Development Agency, Hungary / Kozep-Magyarorszag
Partners requested We are looking for competent partners and lead partner for both setting up and implementing transnational cooperation project. We looking for partners from areas with similar physiographic conditions, and a similar need for economic recovery, what is more in similar need to promote unique in Europe's cultural heritage elements. The participation of local government units and tourism organizations, scientific units in project RePiRo will allow to realized is the aim of the project idea.
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Monika Brzeszkiewicz-Kowalska
Institution Mazovian Voievodeship
Country Poland
Last update 27 March 2015
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RE.SO.U.R.C.E. - RESCUE SOIL: AN URBAN REGENERATION FOR CITY EVOLUTION environment/culture
The project is about Urban regeneration of some cities areas in which there are old industries . For Lombardy we propose to study an area in North of Milan in which there were a lot of furniture industries, especially middle and little actually closes because of economic crisis. With the aim to rescue these areas not to waste agricultural soil we want to make new urban planning to convert their use to social or something else use. We also want to work about cultural heritage of this territory: working with wood an historical tradition and a very important economical resource of this land. How municipalities can deal with this problem? How can we redesign our cities? How we can have more liveable places? We want to share our problems and solutions with other countries: who has the same problem and how have resolved it or how are you trying to resolve it? We can share ideas and solutions about this theme to find (if possible) a common guideline.
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results Local studies about old industrial areas to requalify inside Urban territories and ideas to reuse them: social, cultural, economic solutions. Through this we try to find a way to revaluate traditions, environment and make our place more liveable
Partners involved Regione Lombardia – a group of Municipalities – University (Politecnico and Cattolica of Milan)
Partners requested We are looking for areas with the same problems. I think both governance level and university who are working about these themes. It’ll be useful to have practical case to study on or to see results of a correct urban planning.
Follow up of the project no, is a new one
Idea owner Monica Cetti
Institution Regione Lombardia
Country Italy
Last update 30 March 2015
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FUNCTIONAL AREAS IN CENTRAL EUROPE - THE WAY OF PROCEEDING IN THE FUNCTIONAL URBAN AREAS, WHICH HAVE THE LANDSLIDE AND FLOOD AREAS environment/culture
The intensive urbanization processes are occurring in the functional areas of some cities in Central Europe in conjunction with the natural phenomena such as flooding or landslide processes, become part of the problem in the management and development of these areas. These problems go out the administrative boundaries of municipalities and out the organizational and financial capabilities of municipalities, becoming in this way a part of the common problems of environmental management at both the local and regional level. Therefore it is important the cooperation of local government, government agencies and the involvement of local communities and non-governmental organizations - mainly environmental and business. By means of such the cooperation will be possible developing common, optimal solutions, which the implementation will improve the safety and quality of life in the functional areas,it will contribute to economic changes and it will influence a change in the approach to the development and possibilities of the use the flood or landslide areas. The main objective of the project is to develop a common strategy / concept / action plans targeted at improving the capacity of conduct / activities of public bodies in environmental management. The common challenge of the partners in the project is to develop an integrated and comprehensive approach for solving environmental problems, spatial and economic mainly in the landslide areas and flood.
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results The action plans prepared under the project will include concrete solutions to the problems identified in the project. Ensuring the sustainability of the project will ensure the implementation by partners according their competences, developed solutions and monitoring of the actions taken. An important remedy proposed in the project is the monitoring system as a tool for implementation of the project. The monitoring system should be based on quantitative and qualitative research. It must contain a set of specific indicators for studying the level of changes in space, as well as elements related to the implementation of projects established in the action plans at the local level. The monitoring system should also determine the transfer way the information and research results to the institution responsible for the management of the territory and the institutions responsible for the safety of residents.
Partners involved Lead partner - Mazovian Voivodeship, Project partner: Komitat Pest (Hungary); Gorenjska Slovenia; Związek Gmin Regionu Płockiego Poland
Partners requested We are looking for competent partners for both setting up and implementating transnational cooperation project. We are looking for partners from areas with similar enviromental conditions and a similar need for landslides areas and flood areas. We are looking for the responsible partners of regional authority and municipality.
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Piotr Brzeski
Institution Mazovia Voivodeship
Country Poland
Last update 01 April 2015
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FORESTAGE environment/culture
The present project intends to work on the exploitation and sustainable management of historically important forests in the Central European area, to be considered as cultural heritage both for local and European populations. Starting from the comparison of different past traditions and existing policy and legislation tools for the preservation and valorisation of cultural heritage, the project wants to develop innovative proposals for an improved use of the forests with historical value and for their management as key elements of the European cultural heritage, for example through the inclusion of economy and marketing tools, the implementation of innovative modalities of touristic and cultural fruition, the diffusion of a "forests culture" that, recovering centenary knowledge and traditions, can be an incentive and support to a wider culture, both historical (local traditions) and environmental (sustainable use of resources).
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results • Definition of proposals for policies, strategies and tools for the valorisation and sustainable management of cultural heritage represented by historical forests. • Development of historical forests' cultural functions management models and modalities, considering their ecological and economical sustainability, through the use of economy and marketing tools. • Pilot actions with applications of sustainable integrated management of natural areas with historical value, valorisation of cultural, touristic, ecological functions together with economical functions, following schemes and models characterized by overall sustainability and right balance among conflicting functions. • Engagement, raising awareness and information of stakeholders and local populations as regards the cultural heritage of historical forests. • Training and information to managing subjects of historical forests, as well as workers in concerned economical and cultural sectors in order to diffuse innovative models.
Partners involved Lead Partner: VENETO AGRICOLTURA – Regional Agency for Agriculture, Forestry and Agri-food sectors Venetian Cluster for Cultural and Environmental Heritage (IT) University of Venice IUAV (IT) Other partners involved from Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, Hungary
Partners requested Requested partners are mainly public authorities managing state forests (including forests of historical relevance) in the following countries: Austria, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Other public or private subjects working in the fields of culture, marketing, local development, tourism are also requested and must work in synergy with their national/regional public authority. Public authorities must have the availability to manage woods of historical importance for their contribution to local economy and culture, sited in the Central Europe regions. Other partners should have skills for preparation of strategies, management models, cultural heritage valorisation and exploitation activities, cultural tourism in natural areas, with possibility to involve main stakeholders and local actors for the implementation of local activities and pilot actions. Universities and research institutes are welcome to work on economic models of exploitation of forests cultural heritage.
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Paola Berto
Institution Veneto Agricoltura
Country Italy
Last update 01 April 2015
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CANTIERI BAVARESI/BAVARIAN DOCKYARDS/BAYERISCHE BAUSTELLE environment/culture
The project involves the construction of an international job, shared by different partner institutions, built on the study and staging of a text in multiple languages. The texts and images on which stands the yard are by Bertold Brecht, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Marieluise Fleisser, Herbert Achternbusch, Werner Herzog.
Specific objective To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Expected results - Creation of an international network of project - Sharing of methodologies and staff - Circulation and mobility of work and artists
Partners involved Museum of Modern Art MAGA in Gallarate (ITALY), Theatralical Company form Milano (ITALY), STUDIO HRDINU, Praga, Theatralical NGO from Slovinia (different Venues)
Partners requested NGO and Theatre Venues from Central Europe
Follow up of the project
Idea owner FRANCESCA MARIANNA CONSONNI
Institution PHOEBE ZEITGEIST
Country Italy
Last update 07 April 2015
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CENTRAL EUROPE WASTE environment/culture
The project focuses on elaboration of a proposal of an optimum sustainable waste management system. The system will be based on current and forthcoming EU directives. Project aims are: 1. Waste prevention and reduction of specific waste production 2. Minimization the adverse effects of waste generation and management in terms of impacts on human health and the environment 3. Sustainable development of the society and transition to the European „recycling society“ 4. Maximal utilization of waste as a substitute for primary sources and transition to the circulatory economy 5. Development of a comprehensive waste management system and integrated waste management infrastructure and practices optimization with regard to the principles of sustainability
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results Thematic workpackages: 1. Scrutiny of legislation, subsidies & needs of target groups - (expected result: overview of legislation on waste management, subsidies and needs of target groups) 2. Mapping of the status quo - current level of waste management infrastructure - (expected result: overview of existing waste management infrastructure with maps) 3. Model of future waste production development - (expected result: model of future waste production development) 4. Proposal of optimum integrated waste infrastructure - (expected result: proposal of optimum integrated waste infrastructure)
Partners involved LP (CZ): Energy Agency Vysočiny, PPs: BOKU (AT), Regional Development Agency of Slavonia & Baranja (HR), Central Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency (HU), Lamoro Development Agency (IT), Rzeszow Regional Development Agency (PL), Regional Development Agency Mura (SI)
Partners requested Slovakia - development agency or other organization working in the field of waste management
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Hana Zábranská
Institution Energy Agency Vysočiny
Country Czech Republic
Last update 07 April 2015
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COM.PL.EX : COMFORTABLE PLACE EXPERIENCE IN URBAN ENVIRONMENT environment/culture
The main objective is to develop and implement a model for friendly urban environment, which may be used as base to develop common strategies and tools for planning, monitoring and assessing the environmental quality and capacity of functional urban areas.
Specific objective To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places
Expected results The expected results are the improved management capacities of the public sector and related entities through bottom-up approaches based on empirically based knowledge implemented in a model which will serve as an effective support to decisions for the better environmental management of functional urban areas, essential especially in crowded places, places with vulnerable users and places where people stay for a long time and are exposed to various influences from the environment.
Partners involved Politecnico di Milano, DIPSTOR d.o.o., Comune di Faenza
Partners requested Some Central Europe territorial authorities
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Arianna Azzellino
Institution Politecnico di Milano
Country Italy
Last update 08 April 2015
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SCANDRIA SOUTH transport
The project will: - deliver tested approaches which improve the multi-modal environment-friendly freight solutions execute training of relevant actors on these solutions - develop coordinated strategies for broader take-up of results by proposing aligned action plans for the relevant project interest areas as well as coordinated positions on EC policy developments. The project focuses on two primary pilasters for improving multi-modal environment friendly solutions: - clean fuel deployment and the greening of the last mile connection between freight transport operators and local SMEs; - intermodal transport performance using newly developed and tested tools, as well as the pre-investment studies for the launching of new services and for specific value chains
Specific objective To improve coordination among freight transport stakeholders for increasing multimodal environmentally -friendly freight solutions
Expected results Clean Fuel Deployment: - LNG transport applications, profiling an LNG cluster deployment for last mile solutions; -Electric freight vehicles in urban areas for last mile solutions Intermodal Transport: - Development of soft tools to increase efficiency of multimodal services; - Multimodal ICT platform for dynamic rail and road transit management - Development of quality standards for intermodal data exchange platform for freight terminals; -Business matching events Execution of transnational pilots: -Single-wagon load technology -Optimisation of the transnational chemical chain -One-stop-shop train services -Regional logistics clustering for long distance intermodal freight flows Extended Stakeholder Engagement: Leverage relevant stakeholders across CEU area: -Enabling active engagement on the learnings and training results -Facilitating coordinated policy implementations, including: -Coordination of policy positions to EC on key and emerging themes.
Partners involved Italy: 1.Unioncamere del Veneto 2.Venice Port Authority; 3.Verona Freight Village Quadrante Europa Consorzio ZAI; 4.Central Europe Initiative; 5.TIS Innovation Park; 6.Fondazione Istituto sui Trasporti e Logistica ITL Germany: 7.Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin Brandenburg 8.German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development 9.Saxon State Ministry of the Interior; 10.Saxon State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport; 11.Technical University of Applied Sciences in Wildau 12. Port of Rostock; Austria: 13.Development Agency of Carinthia ; 14. Institute of Production Science and Consulting PROSCICON; Czech Republic: 15.ITL Zeleznicni spolecnost Praha s.r.o. 16.Transport Research Centre CDV
Partners requested Scandria II South is seeking partners for pilot projects, in Austria, Germany, Poland and Czech Republic, particular with regards to: - the innovation theme: i.e cluster development activities across logistics operators for green innovation and market development of green solutions - The transport pilots: i.e. joint transnational logistic pilot for the development of regional logistics traffic (ensuring capillary services as a complement to long haul traffic) with Verona (Quadrante Europa) and Port of Venice
Follow up of the project Although not a direct follow-up project, it capitalises both on previous INTERREG project results (eg. Sonora, Batco, Flavia etc) and existing on-going initiatives (e.g. TEN-T core network). It complements these projects by focusing on the necessary soft-side measures not fully optimised or coordinated on this North-South axis In this way, the project reduces isolation of peripheral areas, fostering coordinated development and realisation of TEN-T core network activities. The project also has existing links to Scandria2Act, Baltic Sea Region proposal, which includes coordinated, complementary areas on clean fuel deployment and multimodal transport.
Idea owner Fabio Picinich
Institution Unioncamere del Veneto - Eurosportello
Country Italy
Last update 03 March 2015
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SUSTAINABLE REGIONAL MOBILITY IN AREAS SURROUNDING TEN-T CORRIDORS AND THE EUROPEAN CYCLE ROUTE NETWORK transport
Aim: Sustainable regional mobility networks and systems in areas surrounding the TEN-T corridors and the European cycle route Network. (EuroVelo 6,9,11 and 13). A large share of transport is generated by the local, regional mobility and tourism. Cycling, hiking and other environmental friendly modes of transport and tourism have an increasing share in the Central Europe, the share of public transport is traditionally higher than in the West, but we are facing different challenges - risks. The use of European subsidies, national resources could create a more convenient and satisfying environment for the vulnerable (but sustainable) road users, but in the same time wrong design of major developments could make cycling, walking, public transport impossible, less competitive. To learn from to good practices and mistakes, to improve knowledge and processes can make the implementation of national, regional, urban, rural sustainable transport and tourism strategies more effective.
Specific objective To improve planning and coordination of regional passenger transport systems for better connections to national and European transport networks
Expected results 1. Provide methodological help, practical guidance to integrate cycling and walking to sustainable (urban) mobility plans in selected urban and rural areas in all participating countries. 2. Provide methodological help, practical guidance for sustainable regional mobility and spatial planning at national and regional level (common methodology, best practices, recommendations). Activities would cover sharing experiences, discussions on planning regional and national cycling networks and the crosslinks between spatial plans and transport needs, elaborate recommendations for effective transport and spatial planning, engineering. 3. Evaluating sustainable mobility actions: impact assessment of national, regional sustainable transport strategies, action plans, and investment packages. Exchange experiences, develop guidance and implement pilot actions in agglomerations to measure (sustainable) transport usage (modal split) and impact assessment. 4. Elaborating recommendations for the preparation, development, selection and implementation of co-financed transport and tourism related projects using: Connecting Europe Facility, ERDF, Rural Development Fund, National and regional subsidies. In order to ensure the sustainability of the investments. 5. Discussion, evaluation and recommendation of different policies to improve sustainability in transport (for example: highway codes, taxation etc.)
Partners involved National, regional stakeholders at the field of sustainable transport and tuourism. National and regional NGO`s advocating for sustainable tourism and transport. Research and planning institutes dealing with sustainable tourism and transport.
Partners requested Partners we are looking for: National, regional stakeholders at the field of sustainable transport and tourism. Research and planning institutes dealing with sustainable tourism and transport.
Follow up of the project The project builds upon experiences gathered and methodologies elaborated in severela previous projects, especially - Sustainable mobility along the newest EuroVelo route, the Iron Curtain Trail (SEE prgramme) – development of cycle routes in rural areas - Bicy Cities and Regions for cycling (Central Europe Programme) – promotion of cycling - Transdanube (SEE) – sustainable transport packages - CentralMeetbike (SEE) – cycling related national strategies - Demarrage (NWE) – long term management of long distance cycling routes
Idea owner Tibor Polgár
Institution Westpannon Non-profit Ltd.
Country Hungary
Last update 10 June 2014
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DEVELOPMENT OF MISSING LINKS FOR GREEN LOGISTICS PROCESSES transport
During implementation of logistics processes in supply chains various participants are involved (authorities, shippers, retailers and logistics service providers). Viewing from the green aspect, supply chains are advantageous, if idle runs of transport vehicles and containers are minimal. Logistic chains with lower emission (such as intermodal transport) are also preferred. The main goal of the research is to develop a multi criteria analysis system, also known as electronic freight and warehouse exchange which aggregates all relevant time and spatial data of the freights in the supply chain. Using this data and appropriate objective functions the participants’ logistical activity can be evaluated from environmental aspects. By enabling registration of future transport demands and locations together with time of availability for empty transport vehicles and containers, the system will be capable of sending hints for the customers of freight services which shippers to select with the environmental benefit. The proposed system requires cooperation of the participants in the supply chain as a virtual company, as a cloud logistics provider. It is also important for the research, how to found “green bonuses” in the participants’ logistical activities can be converted into real financial advantages. Therefore a suggestion will also be made for the authorities to use the system at regional levels, which would help the system operates more widespread across Central Europe.
Specific objective To improve coordination among freight transport stakeholders for increasing multimodal environmentally -friendly freight solutions
Expected results Expected impact: Actions will contribute to (through the collecting-distributing routes and combined transportation supported by multi criteria analysis system): - Decrease the number of delivery vehicles by at least 10%, reduce pollution and GHG emissions. - Improve truck and container load factors (+ 50% in test cases and overall stabilise load factors) and provide new 'back-load' possibilities. - Serve as an inspirational example for future market collaboration: the real tests by the transporter companies give assurance. - Based on the above, reducing the impact of greenhouse effect. Measures to maximize impacts: - The main scope is the development of an improved electronic freight and warehouse exchange (based on AHP multi criteria analysis system and its versions, with using heuristics and metaheuristics algorithms too). - Supplementary a financial bonus system will also be elaborated to reward the participants’ environmental-friendly activities.
Partners involved Type of current partners: universities, logistics service providing centres, transport companies
Partners requested Potential future partner countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia Type of partner: - Universities and research centres: science, knowledge, law rules, IT development - Logistics service providing centres: link between freight transport modes, transhipment processes - Transport companies: the opportunity of real combined transportation test (mainly rail and road freight transport companies, river transport companies are also welcome)
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Domokos Esztergár-Kiss
Institution Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Country Hungary
Last update 10 June 2014
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MULTIMODAL TRANSPORT GREENING PORTS transport
The growth of inland and sea ports is facing several challenges linked mainly to the implementation of the TEN-T Core Network, the development of multimodal freight transport connections and the transition towards low-carbon economy (EU 2020 strategy). The project intends to improve interlinks between ports and the new TEN-T Core Network, integrating inland and sea ports into the comprehensive network. Within this context, multimodal freight transport connectivity for inland and sea ports has to be developed in order to implement multimodal environmentally-friendly platforms and services. Moreover, in the framework of the alternative fuels strategy set up at European level, the integration between ports and within the network has to be pursued by greening ports, fostering maritime and river transport to reduce carbon emissions.
Specific objective To improve coordination among freight transport stakeholders for increasing multimodal environmentally -friendly freight solutions
Expected results Planned activities: investments preparation to develop connectivity, implementing port infrastructures and hinterland connections into the TEN-T Core Network; incentives and IT tools to develop services for multimodal integration, in order to enforce multimodal environmentally-friendly freight solutions to/from Central Europe; promotion of investments in innovation and energy efficiency in ports infrastructures for the reduction of carbon emissions, in particular, for the provision of alternative fuels. Business cafès and trainings activities. Expected results: improving integration of inland and sea ports into the TEN-T Core Network; strengthening multimodality through the development of logistics tools, networks and IT services and improving long distance freight transport flows for an efficient ports integration in Central Europe; innovation of ports infrastructures for greening sea and river transport.
Partners involved Venice Port Authority (IT), viadonau (AT), Port of Vienna (AT), Regional Development Agency of Usti Region (CZ), General Directorate of Water Management (HU), Freeport of Budapest Logistics (HU), Trieste Port Authority (IT),EINE - North Eastern Industrialization Bodies (IT), Development Agency of Mazowia Region (PL), Slovak Shipping and Ports (SK), Public Ports (SK), Luka Koper (SI) + Ministry for Regional Development and Transport of Saxony-Anhalt (DE), Port of Rijeka Authority (HR)
Partners requested Port authorities and administrations National ministries of transports River and maritime government agencies Railway or inland waterways operators
Follow up of the project This new project is the follow-up of the project INWAPO – Upgrading of Inland Waterway and Sea Ports, which aim is to increase the attractiveness of waterborne transport, supporting the implementation of investment in intermodal infrastructures and the activation of new intermodal transport services. The new project will capitalize the following activities: feasibility studies of new links to support to the activation of new transport services for the improvement of ports efficiency; identification of development priorities to improve tri-modality and related ports investments plans; test of new ICT investment and services. Moreover, INWAPO carried out analyses to greening the logistics chain: the environmental analysis with focus on the potential impact of increased transport volumes on the river and maritime environment; ports environmental assessments included in the partner ports’ investment plans.
Idea owner James Orlandi
Institution Venice Port Authority
Country Italy
Last update 10 June 2014
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ASSESSING THE ACCESSIBILITY OF KEY NODES ON TEN-T CORE NETWORK CORRIDORS (CNCS) – WITH THE FOCUS OF RAIL STATIONS SERVING MORE THAN ONE CNCS transport
This project aims to analyse the accessibility of key nodes that are facing an increasing demand of passenger train services in the context of serving more than one Core Network Corridors (CNCs) (e.g. Warsaw, Berlin, Mannheim, Budapest, Vienna, Milan, etc.). Previous studies commissioned by EU have predominantly focused on single corridor based discussion in terms of missing links and interoperability by investigating connections between certain nodes within a single TEN-T CNC context. There is a need of examining the impact of cross-CNC on our regions since more coordination between CNCs and transport networks at the regional level are required for key nodes. 7 out of 9 CNCs go through the geographical territory of the Central Europe and many rail terminals (i.e. key nodes) are expected to serve more than one CNC, which would impose many challenges for coordinating long-distance, regional and local trains as well as freight services. The project will compare the current accessibility of rail terminals to the primary, secondly and tertiary nodes in the cross-CNC setting, with an emphasis on the capacity of rail tracks and terminal station facilities. It also examines the regional and local accessibility of pedestrians and public transport users to rail terminal stations from transport and spatial planning perspectives. The project will provide cross-learning opportunities between key nodes and elucidate important factors for improving the integration of the TEN-T network.
Specific objective To improve coordination among freight transport stakeholders for increasing multimodal environmentally -friendly freight solutions
Expected results The project starts with a desktop analysis of previous TEN-T priority projects and corridor studies to extract factors concerned with cross-corridor issues (e.g. timetable coordination between CNCs). Based on the literature review and workshops with regional key stakeholders an assessment framework (AS) for cross-CNCs integration will be developed and applied to rail terminals where more than one CNCs are crossing. The AS is deigned to examine differences of the core nodes in respect of such criteria as quality of infrastructure and multimodal public transport networks. Comparative analysis between key nodes highlights strength and weakness of rail terminals in the face of serving multiple CNCs. The expected outcome of the project is to identify a set of improvement factors for rail terminals to maximise their passenger services in the cross-CNCs context. Improved international accessibility would bring socio-economic and environmental benefits for regional and local communities.
Partners involved • ILS (Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development), Dortmund, Germany • Verband Region Rhein-Neckar (Lead partner of CODE24 project), Mannheim, Germany • SiTI (Higher Institute on Territorial Systems for Innovation), Turin, Italy • Uniontrasporti (Transport Consultant), Milan, Italy
Partners requested We are looking for partners who are facing cross-CNCs issues in the fields of rail transport planning and spatial planning. We are particularly interested in working with research institutes and universities, train operators, consultancy companies as well as regional and local authorities which are based on cities serving more than one CNCs thus it is necessary to improve their rail terminals and the accessibility to regional and local communities. We seek partners especially from Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany and Italy.
Follow up of the project The project idea is derived from the work of CODE24 project funded by INTERREG IVB NWE Programme (2010-2014). The CODE24 initiative intends the interconnection of economic development, spatial, transport and ecological planning along the Rhein-Alpine Corridor. One of the actions for CODE24 (Action 17) aims to develop guidelines for pursuing an integrated railway network along the corridor through the introduction of an integrated international timetable for key nodes which encompasses high-speed-rail (HSR), regional trains and freight transport. Methodologies developed in the Action 17 will be fed in designing the assessment framework of the proposed project. Our partners of the Action 17 team are willing to work together to develop this research idea with additional partners.
Idea owner Noriko Otsuka
Institution ILS (Research Institue for Regional and Urban Development)
Country Germany
Last update 10 June 2014
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URBAN NODES - PATH TO COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIEDLY FREIGHT SOLUTIONS transport
A substantial volume increase of multimodal freight transport is one of the biggest challenges for any stakeholder in logistics and transport operation as well as in infrastructure development and transport systems design. The existing type of rail/road interfaces remain as key bottleneck for users of intermodality. This applies especially in areas, regions and countries with high industrial prosperity, intense logistics activities and with high O/D volumes in load units. Experts recommend radical innovation solutions. The strategy of TEN-T networks opens an opportunity for all stakeholders to review their own situation prior to developing concepts for environmentally-friendly freight solutions. A coordinated effort is suggested for developing implementation scenarios for a site-based road map from today until 2030 and 2050. This project is about developing a framework for creating and planning competitive Urban nodes at site as a coordinated and scenario-based activity. This type of Urban nodes (see TEN-T documents) will serve as logistics access point to a high throughput, competitive and environmentally-friendly intermodal transport network, based on existing road and rail networks. The timing seems perfect to start this process now in the early steps of TEN-T corridor developments. Urban nodes enhance existing road and rail network infrastructures; their cost efficient design will lead to investor minded business models and to become kernels for industrial and freight villages.
Specific objective To improve coordination among freight transport stakeholders for increasing multimodal environmentally -friendly freight solutions
Expected results The planned team oriented framework activities include the following themes: a) Selection of cities, regions and countries as scenario locations, analysis of actual sites and infrastructures for mid and long term developments; b) Analysis, interpretation and prognosis of O/D freight flows for logistics activities and transport flows for intermodal network transport; c) Scenario development and road map development, incl. experts communication process; d) Environmental conditions, restrictions and expected results; e) Adequate result communication to stakeholders. The planned expected results include: 1. Scenarios for urban multimodal freight transport concepts and their interconnection with rail and road networks; 2. Creation of sound data bases for developing urban and regional rail and road infrastructures for environmentally-friendly freight solutions; 3. Creating a new culture for mid and long term development perspectives; 4. At least two scenarios at the TEN-T Rhine-Danube corridor.
Partners involved CargoInnovations, Vienna, plus a Consortium (EIIG) of equipment manufacturers, and a group of process and transport consultants, planners and architects. Partners from previous projects are ready to join as needed.
Partners requested We are looking for partners from the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and Austria. We are looking for partners who are active or plan to become active in development of environmentally friendly freight solutions, ranging from concept development, business planning and from financing/investing fields. We are also looking for partners who are planning, constructing, building and operating the system as a whole.
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Hans G Unseld
Institution CargoInnovations
Country Austria
Last update 18 June 2014
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NEW APPROACHES TO THE DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF RAILWAY INFRASTRUCTURE transport
We are ready to discuss cooperations related to the management of railway infrastructure (stations and network infrastructure), providing connections to other means of transport.
Specific objective To improve planning and coordination of regional passenger transport systems for better connections to national and European transport networks
Expected results - Implementation of pilot projects
Partners involved None yet, but we are part of a wide network of passenger rail authorities in Germany and other member states of the EU
Partners requested Infrastructure managers, railway undertakings, associations, cities / municipalities, manufacturers of railway equipment
Follow up of the project
Idea owner Ludger Sippel
Institution NASA GmbH (Passenger rail authority of Saxony-Anhalt)
Country Germany
Last update 17 June 2014
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PROMOTING MULTIMODAL TRANSPORT BY FACILITATING COOPERATION OF INDUSTRIAL CLUSTERS AND LOGISTIC STAKEHOLDERS transport
The aim of the project is to improve coordination among freight stakeholders to increase the share of multimodal transport. This coordination should start from identification of needs of relevant industrial branches in the participating regions and promote the establishment of critical mass for the establishment of new multimodal connections, combining transports from different destinations and sectors (e.g. Automotive, Chemistry, Mechanics, Food, etc).
Specific objective To improve coordination among freight transport stakeholders for increasing multimodal environmentally -friendly freight solutions
Expected results Implementation of analysis for potential of bundling of transports between different sectors, Identification of possible new multimodal connections, Discussion about further development of intermodal terminals and networking of terminals. Creation of communication and cooperation platform for multimodal freight stakeholders and company logistics experts.
Partners involved Ministry of Regional Development and Transport Saxony-Anhalt, Ministry of Science and Economy Saxony-Anhalt, isw Institute for Structural Policy and Economic Development, University Magdeburg, Usti Region, FH Oberösterreich, Hungarian Transit Economy Office, Province Novara, Circle, La Spezia Port Authority, ARMSA,
Partners requested Partnership closed
Follow up of the project The project is based on results from ChemLog Project implemented und Central Europe which has promoted intermodal transport for the chemical industry. The new project should focus especially on the bundling potential of several industrial branches and its requirements.
Idea owner Andreas Fiedler
Institution isw GmbH
Country Germany
Last update 20 March 2015
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POPULARIZATION OF CONSTRUCTION, EXPANSION AND MODERNIZATION OF TEN-T RAILWAY NETWORK CORRIDORS IN THE REGIONS OF CENTRAL EUROPE transport
Sharing and exchange of experience in the field of railway transport at the national, regional and local level. Identification of best practices in the partner regions.
Specific objective To improve planning and coordination of regional passenger transport systems for better connections to national and European transport networks
Expected results Feasibility Studies - identification of the possibilities for the development of the railway network of regional significance in relation to building high-speed lines; Gaining new knowledge in the field of planning, construction and operation of high-speed lines (fast network connection); Formulating a common strategy leading to interconnection of local and regional transport in the partner regions with the TEN-T; Create a platform for information campaign and transfer of acquired knowledge towards representatives of public authorities and the wider public; Pilot actions (projects) of the partner regions; Exchange of experience with enforcement of territorial routes protection in the planning documentation of regions and municipalities
Partners involved Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organization (SŽDC)
Partners requested providers of public transport services, providers of public transport planning, municipal and regional authorities, ministries, state and public transport companies
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner Barbora Pikalová
Institution Asistenční centrum, a.s.
Country Czech Republic
Last update 04 November 2014
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SHIP2RAIL - A PROJECT ON ESTABLISHING A SERVICE PLATFORM FOR A JOINT RESERVATION SYSTEM IN MULTIMODAL SEA-RAIL TRANSPORT transport
The increased demand for a quick, safe and easy transportation leads the multimodal transport service providers to collaborate and create operational synergies. A joint reservation system is indispensable for transport service providers in order to share the capacities and opportunities to plan, operate and execute an efficient, effective and environmentally sustinable transport chain. This system can also offer opportunities to transport users to collaborate together in order to reduce empty runs with co-modality. Ship2Rail project is addressing a design and development of a seamless service platform for joint reservation as well as co-modality in sea-rail multimodal transport in order to create integrated and unified communication opportunities for transport actors. This project will research, prototype and evaluate an extendable architecture and framework to support quick, safe and easy reservation system among the transport actors in sea-rail multimodal transport.
Specific objective To improve coordination among freight transport stakeholders for increasing multimodal environmentally -friendly freight solutions
Expected results Ship2Rail platform will support multiple heteregeneous execution platforms across different operator domains and over different countries. In this platform, another focus is to define and develop real-time planning algorithmen in order to justify the changes in transport planning, adopt different price strategies for transport service provider and also seek the opportunities of co-modality for transport users in order to reduce empty transport. For transport users, transport service providers and transport operators, the Ship2Rail project will turn today’s confusing heterogenity into an easily manageable and rich service environment by exploting synergies and fostering joint service adoption. The Ship2Rail approach will broaden business opportunities in the sea-rail multimodal transport sector and strengening the horizontal collaboration among sea-rail multimodal transport providers as well as transport users.
Partners involved Montanuniversitaet Leoben
Partners requested Shipping companies, liner shipping providers Rail companies, railway freight providers Freight forwarders Universities Port operators Terminal operators
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Yasanur Kayikci
Institution Montanuniversitaet Leoben
Country Austria
Last update 26 September 2014
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DISMOB - SUPPORTING MOBILITY OF DISABLED PEOPLE IN CENTRAL EUROPE METROPOLITAN REGIONS transport
The project is aimed at supporting, improving and harmonizing mobility of disabled persons, i.e. people with affected hearing, sight, mobility, as well as the old people and parents with baby carriages in the cities of Central Europe. The main objective of the project is to allow safe, effective and independent door-2-door mobility of disabled persons in the cities of Central Europe.
Specific objective To improve planning and coordination of regional passenger transport systems for better connections to national and European transport networks
Expected results ● Methods and procedures for obtaining and maintain specific information beneficial for disabled people. ● Extension of transport databases about specific information beneficial for disabled people. ● Design and realization of web and mobile applications to find transport connection using information beneficial for disabled people. ● Design and implementation of human-machine interface for mobile application suitable for disabled people ● Pilot operation of an open mobile barrier-free transport system. ● Unified/universal barrier-free solution for ticket purchasing. ● Pilot barrier-free mobile transport application for universal ticket purchasing ● Optimization planning system. ● Mapping routes for walkers with respect to persons with mobility impairment. ● Extension of vehicle and station information systems by barrier-free interface and information beneficial for disabled people.
Partners involved Brno University of Technology (CZ), Czech Technical University in Prague (CZ), University of Žilina (SK), Development Agency GAL Genovese (IT), Institute for Comprehensive Development Solutions (SL), Polo Tecnologico di Pordenone “Andrea Galvani” (IT), Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Art (SL)
Partners requested providers of public transport services, providers of public transport planning, regional authorities, research institutions in transportation sciences
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner Ivo Provazník
Institution Brno University of Technology
Country Czech Republic
Last update 16 January 2015
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RUMOB: RURAL MOBILITY IN EUROPEAN REGIONS AFFECTED BY DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE transport
RUMOB (Rural Mobility in European Regions affected by Demographic Change; Working Title) brings together European regions aiming to guarantee a high quality of public transport in rural areas where demographic change has led to a shrinking and aging population. Partners will analyse available good practices and state-of-the-art communication and cloud technologies to engage in a series of demonstration projects whose results allow to draft evidence-based recommendations how connections between sparsely populated European territories can be better connected to national and European transport networks. In result of the project, transport policies and master plans of participating regions can be revised, making collective transport fit for the future.
Specific objective To improve planning and coordination of regional passenger transport systems for better connections to national and European transport networks
Expected results increase of awareness and capacities among decision-makers, joint recommendations to maintain a high quality of public transport in rural areas most affected by demographic change, revised policy documents, demonstration projects, communication and dissemination outputs
Partners involved Ministry for Regional Development and Transport of Saxony-Anhalt (LP), other partners currently in negotiation phase
Partners requested Regional and national public authorities responsible for transport policies, organization in charge of planning public transport, research institutions active in similar topics
Follow up of the project n/a
Idea owner Andreas Schweitzer
Institution Ministry for Regional Dvlp Transport Saxony Anhalt
Country Germany
Last update 18 December 2014
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EGSTRA – ESTABLISHMENT OF A GREEN SMART TRANSPORT IN RURAL AREAS transport
Developed urban areas are found in Slovenia and all around Europe, where most of the population lives, where well organized transport links are created, rapid economic development and good social security are established. But on the other hand rural areas are far behind these parameters. One of the main reasons is poorly organized public transport – the result is disabling basic mobility of the population living in these areas. Another one of its consequences is the emigration of younger population. If we want to improve the standard of living in rural areas and reduce the percentage of emigration, we need to improve their basic mobility. This can be done by arranging public transport - connecting rural areas with urban centers, which will not focus only on the main lines that are profitable, but on the lines which will benefit the most to residents in these areas (children, the elderly and handicapped people). The goal of our project is to connect regional and international rural areas with urban strategic locations. This will be achieved with implementing electric buses into public transport because they produce zero emissions of CO2. This will serve as a good practice in passenger transport and at the same time raising awareness of people about the advisability of using green energy. Bus will also be friendly for people with disabilities, which is a novelty in rural areas.
Specific objective To improve planning and coordination of regional passenger transport systems for better connections to national and European transport networks
Expected results Planned activities: - Market research - people's opinion, comments or suggestions about the location, where should be linked etc. ) - A detailed analysis of where to place the line of regional public transport as well as of its strategic location connecting - Selecting and purchasing the most suitable electric bus - The construction of charging stations for its own needs, as well as for other users of electric cars - Opening the lines of regional public transport - Promoting electric means of transport, thereby indirectly reducing pollution with CO2. Expected results: - Better urban-rural areas connection - Implemented concept of emissions free public transport - Improved mobility for all groups of people and regions - Sustainable passenger transport in rural areas - Project is also a good example for urban areas because it encourages low-carbon mobility - International connection for people (elderly, handicapped, children, etc.) - Better connection of rural areas with TEN-T Europe
Partners involved We did not confirm any partner at this stage but we are having talks with some potential candidates. We have also a positive feedback from our local municipalities to proceed with the project.
Partners requested Partner we are looking for comes from either Croatia, Italy, Hungary or Austria. Partner needs to have experience in the fields of transport&logistics. We are looking for a private sector partner who has its headquarters in rural areas or small town. Locations of potential partners should be near to the borders of cooperating countries.
Follow up of the project No.
Idea owner Dino Markovinovič
Institution Prah d.o.o.
Country Slovenia
Last update 07 January 2015
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TRANSPORT IN BORDER SK – CZ - PL transport
To improve transport possibilities for every people in border SK – CZ – PL, focusing to environmentally -friendly types of transport.
Specific objective To improve planning and coordination of regional passenger transport systems for better connections to national and European transport networks
Expected results The analysis of transport contitions for ever types of transport in border region SK – CZ – PL. Identification of possible new multimodal connections, for improoving od TEN – T network.. Discussion about further development of intermodal terminals and networking of terminals. Creation of communication and cooperation platform for multimodal freight stakeholders.
Partners involved Transport Research Institute, JSC (SK), Opolskie Centre for Economy Development (PL), University of Ecomonics in Katowice (PL), The Union for the developing of the Moravian-silesian region (CZ, Silesian Voivodeship (PL), Opole Voivodeship (PL), Moravian – Silesian Region (CZ), Žilina Self – governing Region (SR)
Partners requested Expert or research institutions, universities, development agencies
Follow up of the project NO
Idea owner Marta Sláviková
Institution European grouping of territorial cooperation TRITIA, Ltd.
Country Poland
Last update 13 January 2015
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CONNECT2CE – IMPROVED RAIL CONNECTIONS AND SMART MOBILITY IN CENTRAL EUROPE transport
The European Commission set ambitious targets for sustainable passenger transport, within the “White Paper – Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area” (2011) and the “Roadmap moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050” (2011). In particular, the EC foresees that “most of medium-distance passenger transport should be covered by rail by 2050” (White Paper). However, past EU-funded projects have shown that the CE area is still lacking efficient transnational public transport alternatives to private transportation, thus hindering the achievement of the Europe 2020 strategy to lower GHG for 20%. This is particularly true for the transnational railway connections and those between hinterlands and the main TEN-T public transport hubs of the region: as underlined in the CE transport thematic study, passenger rail transport shows the highest decrease in the CE region, especially in the new Member States, with a parallel increase in the use of passenger cars. Therefore, considering that private transportation accounts for a considerable share of GHG emissions, investments in transport GHG mitigation have an important role. The aim of the project idea is to foster the modal shift of passenger transport to rail and PT modes, through the improvement of connections of regional passenger systems to national and EU networks. The specific objectives of the project are: 1)improving transnational railway accessibility; 2)fostering the development of hinterland connections in CE
Specific objective To improve planning and coordination of regional passenger transport systems for better connections to national and European transport networks
Expected results The aforementioned objectives will be achieved through the following activities: 1) Connectivity: elaboration of methods and tools for systematic evaluation of offered transport services and integrated timetables and the development of cooperative improvements in the implementation of PSOs. Pilot actions: new transnational railway services in Central Europe; 2) Multimodal information systems: development of multimodal public transport information systems for attracting additional passengers. Pilot actions: development of ICT tools (apps, web services) for journey planning and the online purchase of tickets. 3) Integrated ticketing and tariff schemes: opportunity to use the entire public transport system across local or regional area independently of transport modes, tariffs, fares, schedules, ticket systems(“one network, one timetable, one ticket, one fare – from door to door”). Pilot actions: integrated ticketing and tariff implementations both at hub and transnational level.
Partners involved Partners from Austria (SCHIG), Croatia (HZ,Pro-Rail Alliance), Hungary (KTI), Italy (Veneto Region, Municipality of Venice, Ferrovie Udine Cividale, Municipality of Udine), Slovenia (Prometni Institut, SZ, LPP)
Partners requested Regional administrations, municipalities, passenger railway companies and public transport companies from Germany and the Czech Republic
Follow up of the project RAILHUC (CE), RAIL4SEE (SEE), MICOTRA (IT-AT CBC)
Idea owner Alberto Cozzi
Institution Central European Initiative
Country Italy
Last update 04 March 2015
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DEVELOPING AN ECORISK MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN LOGISTICS IN ORDER TO ENHANCE ECO-EFFICIENCY IN CENTRAL EUROPE transport
Our project aims to assess the risks associated with logistics systems from two perspectives. In one hand, logistic systems entail numerous risks, affecting the ecosystems. On the other hand, several aspects influences the logistic systems itself, which affects the sustainability of these systems. Such aspects include economic risks, as well as the disparity of the legal backgrounds. The current project proposal will identify, assess, and decrease the risks and disparities related to the smart and green logistic systems in Central Europe. The analysed economic aspects will cover the coordination deficiencies between the business partners, the differences among educational systems and competences of the workforce, etc. The main emphasis in the project will be placed on the ecological and economic (eco) risks associated with logistics systems. Logistics systems need to be sustainable, in order to ensure a more environmentally-friendly, business oriented and optimised logistics in Central Europe. The following aspects of the logistics systems will be analysed: effects of climate change, CO2 emission, noise pollution, waste management, etc. In summary, the project aims to identify and assess the ecological, economic and legal risks of the Central-European logistic systems and elaborate a strategy in order to decrease such risks.
Specific objective To improve coordination among freight transport stakeholders for increasing multimodal environmentally -friendly freight solutions
Expected results - Situation analysis: Identification and assessment of the risks associated with the logistics systems. Exploring the possibilities of intervention (e.g. elimination or reduction of the cause, devolution or communication of the risks) - Elaboration of strategies in order to reduce the risks related to logistics system - Creation of ecoRisk management and register sytem - Dissemination: elaboration of a dissemination strategy which is based on the extensive cooperation of universities and other relevant knowledge centres. The dissemination activities will emphasize knowledge management of the acquired expertise and the partner will aspire to include the relevant knowledge in the syllabus of the European universities. The dissemination is intended the sustainability of the project. The expected result is a better understanding of the risks associated with logistics systems, and the increased coordination between the stakeholders of the logistics. The developed Risk Register
Partners involved University of Pannonia, Hungarian Logistics Association
Partners requested Local, regional and national authorities, regulators, educational institutions (including universities), social partners, industrial companies, professional organisations active in the field of logistics
Follow up of the project Professional organisations and universities have started a project of synchronization and development of national strategies of logistics in V4 countries. This projects supported by the Visegrad Fund may provide sub-regional aspects and background for our CE 2020 cooperation.
Idea owner Bálint Morvai
Institution University of Pannonia
Country Hungary
Last update 02 March 2015
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SMART LOCAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT transport
The project aims to test a model of SMART local public transport in relation to costs, users involved and within the tourist and cultural activities of the area. It should compare the solutions proposed by predominantly rural areas, with cities of about 50,000 inhabitants and tourism areas still not connected to the railway lines of national and European level, but that are structuring especially on bicycle circuits.
Specific objective To improve coordination among freight transport stakeholders for increasing multimodal environmentally -friendly freight solutions
Expected results Actions should investigate urban and suburban transport services of the areas involved with SWOT analysis of the strengths and weakness. Pilot actions for each territory involved should be realized, to realize a manual containing monitoring data, the results of the pilot actions and a kit of actions for SMART local public transport to spread at European level.The Province of Rovigo proposes an innovative pilot project which provides: -a first application service or call for a capital city, consisting of technological elements and innovative services (booking via app, computerized poles, synchronization with incoming trains and schedules for the University and the most important cultural events such as art exhibitions of national importance) -Video surveillance systems for users with reservation and for those arriving in close villages alone and at night. - an extraurban service more effective, structuring it with the tourist routes in the area, according to the season and intermodal
Partners involved The Province of Rovigo proposes itself as a potential partner in projects under the specific objective 4.2
Partners requested Institutional partners with the necessary skills to support actions that affect the local public transport, representing areas similar to those described, but also universities, companies that deal with digital services or video surveillance.
Follow up of the project NO
Idea owner Cristiana Cobianco
Institution Provincia di Rovigo
Country Italy
Last update 13 March 2015
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SAILFLY - IMPROVING CRUISE TOURISTS MULTIMODAL TRANSPORT transport
Objective of the project is to create a transnational strategy of multimodal transportation connecting airports and ports to improve and speed up the transit of cruise tourists. The project intends to involve territories which are important tourist destination and do have a considerable number of cruise tourists every year. The approach foreseen by the project consists in the connection of airports and ports through a multimodal transportation strategy: in fact, several projects have been developed on interoperability connecting only port/rail, or airport/rail but only few experiences at EU level have been implemented in connecting ports and airports.
Specific objective To improve planning and coordination of regional passenger transport systems for better connections to national and European transport networks
Expected results The project will assess the peculiarities and characteristics of each involved territory in relation to transport connections, in order to create the basis for the elaboration of a transnational strategy and the definition of a concrete action plan. The project will then terminate with different and complementary pilot actions to be carried out in the involved territories
Partners involved Province of Forli-Cesena, Airport of Forli, Airport of Dubrovnik, Port of Ravenna, Port of Dubrovnik
Partners requested Airports, Port Authorities, Regional Transport Authorities
Follow up of the project N/A
Idea owner Ognjen Tomic
Institution ARGO di Donda Andrea e C. snc
Country Italy
Last update 16 March 2015
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DEVELOPMENT OF VALUE CHAIN OF ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY TRANSPORT MODE FOR CLEANER INLAND WATERWAY TRANSPORT transport
Supporting development of value chain of environmentally-friendly transport mode for cleaner inland waterway transport and related infrastructure through introduction of low-carbon technological solutions across Central Europe
Specific objective To improve coordination among freight transport stakeholders for increasing multimodal environmentally -friendly freight solutions
Expected results Analytical research; pilot actions; business simulation, etc. More information under request.
Partners involved Germany, Poland,
Partners requested Academic / training partners (research institutes, universities, training organisations; navigation institute; maritime academies) 2. Technology parks, business incubators; ports; port authorities; shipping authorities; shipowner associations, associated organisations (e.g. port authorities; classification societies, etc.) 3. Business support institutions (e.g. Chambers of Industry and Commerce, local & regional policy organisations supporting introduction of low-carbon technological solutions (e.g. using liquefied natural gas (LNG); liquefied bio-gas (LBG) or fuel reduction solutions or solutions related to reduction of CO2 emissions resulting from the waterway transport) and approaches to bundle environmentally-friendly transport solutions across the inland waterway supply chain for more efficient transport resulting in value chain for different players involved in the transport). 4. Logistics companies or other transport-related companies (primarily SMEs), which would like to contribute to more environmentally friendly landscape in their regions / countries.
Follow up of the project n/a
Idea owner Laima Gerlitz
Institution Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences: Technology, Business and Desi
Country Germany
Last update 24 March 2015
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INTEGRATED SYSTEM FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT transport
The aim is to develop a software system for central management of public passenger transport on a regional level. The system will be GIS-based and include the tools for working with all the required input data (GIS layers and overlays, economic data) in order to optimise the output (itineraries and individual timetables, calculations, predictions, etc.) and to prepare documents used in communication between public transport managing authorities and operators.
Specific objective To improve planning and coordination of regional passenger transport systems for better connections to national and European transport networks
Expected results Main activities: - analysis of available data, - setting up a database, - development of server part of application, - analysis of specific user requirements, - development of client part of application (GUI frontend) - development of auxiliary modules (document export, real time tracking, etc.) - testing and pilot implementation of the system. Deliverables: - installable software, - user documentation, - user training.
Partners involved none
Partners requested traffic related data managers and providers, public transport managing authorities, public transport operators, fleet management system manufacturers
Follow up of the project The project is not a follow-up.
Idea owner Miha Ambrož
Institution University of Ljubljana
Country Slovenia
Last update 18 March 2015
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LOW CARBON TRANSPORT transport
The mobility of goods causes mounting problems to the quality of life in cities, in particular in the ZTL (Limited Traffic Zones). The proposed project wants to improve multimodality and sustainable freight transport through the use of bike for transport ("cargobyke”) in urban areas (for masses transported weighing less than 250 kg) and improve the driving of motor vehicles for the freight transport in order to make it more environmentally friendly and safe. The project is designed for urban areas with a population of more than 20,000 inhabitants. The idea proposed means to: - increase efficiency and sustainability in the last mile of freight transport, - reduce the emission of CO2 and pollutants linked to urban traffic, - reduce noise pollution, - reduce congestion of urban traffic.
Specific objective To improve coordination among freight transport stakeholders for increasing multimodal environmentally -friendly freight solutions
Expected results The project activities 1) monitor freight transport systems in urban areas in the "first and last mile" for packages weighing less than 250 kg; 2) monitor good practices currently existing; 3) implement a communications campaign to create alliances with various actors in the freight transport and to disseminate the project; 4) training for eco-driving, car sharing, bike sharing, cargo bike; 5) study on how to optimize the freight transport chain rail-rubber-cargo bike based on the results of point 1; 6) purchase electro-cargo bike and realization of cyclostations; 7) development of software/App to manage the fleet and logistics of goods; 8) final monitoring of the project. Expected results: 1) 20%increase of the efficiency of freight transport in the last mile 2) 20% reduction in CO2 emissions 3) Dissemination of a new culture for the movement of goods in urban areas, more sustainable, effective, economical, and having also the purpose of improving planning
Partners involved local partners
Partners requested Administrations of urban centers with a population of more than 20.000 inhabitants; Research institutions; Hauliers, managers of shared transport systems
Follow up of the project no
Idea owner Sergio Deromedis
Institution provincia autonoma di trento
Country Italy
Last update 19 March 2015
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EASY BICYCLE transport
It's widely demonstrated that the bicycle is the more efficient, effective, affordable, sustainable and healthy means of transport for people, over short and medium distances; using a modern pedal assisted bike (e-bike) it?s possible cover a distance up to 10 km. The project objective is to make easier the use of bicycles to connect people with the national and European transport networks and over short distances (easy bicycle) through: 1)the characterization of the current situation of local and regional scale of mode of transport in terms of: mode of transport (modal split),kilometers traveled each year with different modes of transport, infrastructure situation and security, etc. To qualify the data, a unambiguous and coded procedure will be applied, in order to allow comparisons among different Central Europe regions using codes already in use (for example EU transport in figures, Copenhagen city of cyclists bicycle account 2012, ?); 2)where necessary, installation of cyclostations and assisted bicycles; 3)provide the user with a tool that allows him to identify the best route path once known the point of departure and arrival; integration with other means of public and private transport (trains, buses, ?).
Specific objective To improve planning and coordination of regional passenger transport systems for better connections to national and European transport networks
Expected results The project activities foreseen are: 1)Identification of the parameters to be measured; 2)Development of a unequivocal and agreed procedure of EU Bicycle account; 3)Installing of cyclostations assisted bicycles; 4)Development of software/App, maps, brochures, for having an overview on the integrated mobility systems; so the user will be able to identify the modes of transport more efficient, effective, affordable, and sustainable; 5)Information Campaign to raise awareness of the procedure EU Bicycle account (for technicians) and to make know the cycle stations and tool for identification of the easier way. Expected results: 1)Increase of 20% sustainable travel; 2)20% reduction in CO2 emissions; 3)Dissemination of the culture of a mode of travel more efficient, effective, economic and sustainable; 4)Reduction of health costs resulting from a decrease in disease; 5)To provide a useful tool for mobility planning that will be uniform at Central Europe level.
Partners involved Health Services and Provincial Administration
Partners requested Regional/Local authorities Research institutes Private and public entity able to develop software on mobility Public or private transport organisation
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Sergio Deromedis
Institution provincia autonoma di trento
Country Italy
Last update 27 March 2015
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VIDERAIL (VIRTUAL DESIGNING OF RAIL BARRIERS EFFICIENT DEPLOYMENT FOR IMPROVING MULTIMODAL ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY LOW-NOISE FREIGHT SOLUTIONS) transport
Within the Project, common monitoring system supporting decision-making processes will be developed and implemented for different technical and climatic conditions on examples of different Central European countries on the basis of particular Partners’ technical experience and - at the finally assumed solutions – accordingly to best available techniques, which apart of noise and vibrations measurement devices, would also include the best available optical (laser) measurement techniques, as well as virtual simulation techniques which will be included and tested to develop the necessary methodology of assessment of different kind of rail acoustic barriers panels acoustical response, measurement (for comparison & validation needs) and simulation of acoustic field behind the barrier to obtain true and simulated noise maps. The main aim of the Project is targeted on preparing effective planning method , based on the above mentioned tools of (finally) virtual designing, of railway barriers deployment following the railway and terrain curvature and constructed in most efficient (optimised) way to balance between its functionality and cost-effectiveness.
Specific objective To improve coordination among freight transport stakeholders for increasing multimodal environmentally -friendly freight solutions
Expected results -) Vibro-acoustic control of existing and suitably (within frames of virtual modelling) modified various types of railway sections (single panels) of acoustic barriers -) Simulation of efficiency of fully developed existed (for comparison and validation needs) and projected acoustic barriers infrastructure, including advanced predictive modelling for built from these sections long curved barriers following railway curvature. -) Development of final virtual designing method of railroads screens efficient deployment -) Planning of improved (via rail noise emitted to environment substantial reduction) rail freight transport (already CO2 friendly) co-operation within multimodal (rail, river or sea transport) environmentally-friendly freight solutions of future CE enhanced N-S stream routes.
Partners involved Agencja Rozwoju Regionalnego S.A. w Bielsku-Bialej (PL),Glówny Instytut Górnictwa (PL), Vyskumny Ustav Dopravny A.S. (SK), Centrum dopravniho vyzkumu, v.v.i. (CZ), IBV Fallast (A), Zilina University (SK), Silesian Technology University (PL)
Partners requested Transport Research Centres from East&South Germany, North Italy as Partners; Providers of system solutions for measurements and simulations in the field of acoustics & vibrations processes, SMEs specializing in manufacturing and providing (rail) noise barrier systems as well as providers of planning assistance software as Associated Partners.
Follow up of the project The project will include results and experience from other European projects (e.g., from Denmark), but it is not follow-up any project from the programme period 2013.
Idea owner Anna Bieniasz
Institution Agencja Rozwoju Regionalnego S.A. w Bielsku-Białej
Country Poland
Last update 31 March 2015
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MBC - MOS BRIDGING CORRIDORS transport
The main objective of the project in long-terms is to contribute to the promotion of the Motorways of the Sea (MoS) concept in EU fostering its effective and sustainable connection with core TEN-T network corridors.
Specific objective To improve coordination among freight transport stakeholders for increasing multimodal environmentally -friendly freight solutions
Expected results MBC implement 3 main strands of activities: 1. 4 Corridor Management Platforms (CMP) Pilot Projects, demonstrating the effectiveness of a better structured interoperability between modes realised via the implementation and demonstration of Corridor Management Platforms; linking MoS and inland core network corridors the CMP are centred in ports; the pilots will be realised in: • La Spezia • Trieste • Rostock • Koper La Spezia, Trieste and Koper will be also connected to the inland terminal of Padua 2. a policy supporting activity defining the medium term prospective governance options for Core Network Corridors and for MoS in 2020 3. a policy supporting activity - identifying measures for "green corridor development" (including inter alia new technologies, intelligent transport systems, transhipment technologies, bottleneck removal, service optimisation, ecological projects) along concrete multi-modal corridors
Partners involved La Spezia Port Authority, Liguria Region, Trieste Port Authority, Informest, Veneto Region, Interporto di Padova, Port of Koper, Slovenian Chamber of Commerce, Port of Rostock
Partners requested Port Authorities, Regions, Expertise, Activity Operators etc.
Follow up of the project No
Idea owner Federica Montaresi
Institution La Spezia Port Authority
Country Italy
Last update 13 April 2015
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