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WOMEN IN NET 8

WINNET 8 involves regions in 8 member states i.e Bulgaria, Finland, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and UK engaged in policy development to address the problems with low employment rates among women in combination with horizontally segregated labour markets and the lack of women in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology, Problems constituting obstacles for regional competitiveness. The participating regions from the Nordic countries has among the most horizontally segregated labour markets in EU-27, whilst the regions involved from South and East Europe is less segregated. On the other hand the employment rates among women is lower. The consortium builds on a successful practices from the III C project W.IN.NET- mentioned in the Operational Program for IV C - and the III B Baltic Sea project FEM [...]

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Sustainable Hydro Assessment and Groundwater Recharge Projects

Over 95% of the world’s freshwater, excluding glaciers and ice caps, is found underground. Groundwater provides the steady, base flow of rivers and wetlands, maintaining this flow and keeping it free from pollution is vital for surface water ecosystems. Groundwater is also a crucial source of drinking water, supplying the water systems for three out of four EU citizens. In some countries groundwater extraction provides almost 100% of drinking water, therefore its protection is vital. Furthermore also European economies tap groundwater for industrial cooling and for agricultural irrigation. In this context, SHARP focuses on the exchange of innovative technologies to protect groundwater resources for future generations by considering the climate change and the different geological and geographical conditions of regions involved. Partners will exchange practical [...]

Sustainable Hydro Assessment and Groundwater Recharge Projects2022-09-10T00:31:51+03:00

Mini-Programme for SME Innovation and Promotion of RTD

SMART+ origins from the INTERREG IIIC RFO "SMART" that initiated a network of regions striving for identification and transfer of innovative approaches of regional development in the context of economic restructuring processes and globalisation. SMART+ builds upon a joint strategy of the participating regions attaching the utmost relevance to SMEs as the key force for the transition of economy based on traditional industries towards the knowledge-based economy. This strategy and numerous analyses of the needs and threats of SMEs in this respect, identify limited capabilities of the SMEs as one of the biggest hinders affecting the full exploitation of their potential. The project strives to boost regional enterprise through the transfer of knowledge. The involved Partners have merged their efforts to analyse, transfer and disseminate [...]

Mini-Programme for SME Innovation and Promotion of RTD2022-09-10T00:31:53+03:00

Local food as engine for local business

The SMEs in the local food sector are often micro SMEs that have low involvement in clustering, cooperation and innovation, and they have a great potential of playing an important role in creating jobs and opportunities in rural areas. All participating regions have various degrees of policies and experiences regarding the local food sector, and will benefit from sharing knowledge and good practices. The project will improve competitiveness and contribute to sustainability through encouraging local food production and consumption. Objectives LOCFOOD aims to Improve regional policies and strategies regarding the food-related SMEs in rural areas, to enhance entrepreneurship, business development, competitiveness and economic growth. To get an overview and understanding of the existing policies and strategies in the regions, a mapping will be conducted. Internal [...]

Local food as engine for local business2022-09-10T00:31:30+03:00

HISTorical assets and related landsCAPE

Historic towns and their landscapes are a unique part of Europe’s identity. While Europe’s 500 million population is concentrated in larger settlements 80% of its territory is rural in character. These landscapes, developed over centuries, are home to a dispersed pattern of smaller historic towns. HISTCAPE focuses on these historical assets – some 4,500 small towns of under 20k population which have traditionally acted as community hubs - a focal point for economic activity and social cohesion. This role has come under serious threat over recent decades with outmigration, particularly of young people as a direct consequence of changing patterns of economic activity - adversely affecting demographic balance and sustainability. The ensuing loss of facilities and services combined with a loss of economic activity has [...]

HISTorical assets and related landsCAPE2022-09-10T00:31:16+03:00

Developing Sustainable Regions through Responsible SMEs

The issue to be tackled by the DESUR project is that of the difficulty that the SME of today is experiencing in becoming a business responsible with their environment. SMEs have neither the resources nor the awareness necessary to adopt sustainable practices such as: respect for the natural environment, removal of barriers and inequalities, lifelong learning, increased productivity, efficient resource usage, better quality of life for employees, etc. Given that 99% of companies in the EU-27 are SMEs and that they employ two thirds of European workers (European Commission Oct. 2010), the inactivity of SMEs in adopting such practices is a barrier to the sustainable development in a region. The regions that make up the project want to develop policies to make it easier for [...]

Developing Sustainable Regions through Responsible SMEs2022-09-10T00:30:51+03:00

Development of interregional financial assistance to SMEs and of non-grant instruments

DIFASS aims to unlock potential for innovation, internationalisation and sustainable growth of SMEs in Europe by improving access to finance. Innovative SMEs are often faced with problems when obtaining loans from commercial banks and intermediaries as valuing risks in technology innovation or foreign markets is problematical and as SMEs often cannot provide sufficient collateral. Resulting from the global financial crisis, requirements to obtain a loan have even been further increased (BASEL-III). It becomes more challenging to achieve the objectives of the Lisbon Strategy with respect to innovation and the knowledge based economy, when access to finance is one of the main problems of innovative SMEs. Thus, it becomes a field for stronger engagement of the public sector. However, public financial resources are limited and need [...]

Development of interregional financial assistance to SMEs and of non-grant instruments2022-09-10T00:30:51+03:00

Common methodology for the implementation of Digital Local Agenda and its impact on regional digital policies

A DLA is a common strategy, shared with citizens, for the development of the Information Society which bears in mind socio-economic, cultural and institutional factors The main objective of the project is to improve regional policies in the fields of DLA for developing new actions related to the application of the IS to public services. To do so, the project will foster a permanent exchange of experience among partners and it will establish a cooperation network to update and improve knowledge on IS and its applications in public administrations’ services As specific objectives, the project seeks: • To design a general DLA transferable to every region • To elaborate a Common Methodology to adapt the general DLA to every particular local situation • To involve [...]

Common methodology for the implementation of Digital Local Agenda and its impact on regional digital policies2022-09-10T00:30:52+03:00

European Forest Fire Monitoring using Information Systems

This project aims to pool good practices (GPs) on exploitation of the usage of information systems in order to early detect, efficiently manage and handle forest fires and assess the damage caused and ways for regeneration. It aims to exchange good practices between the participating regions, so as to strengthen their position and capacities to respond better to the Lisbon and Gothenburg agendas on protection of the environment and the decreasing of CO2 emissions. Forest fires are a major problem for many European societies threatening human lives and property with disastrous impacts particularly at the wildland-urban interface. The only effective way to minimize damage caused by forest fires is their early detection and fast reaction, apart from preventive measures. Great efforts are therefore made to [...]

European Forest Fire Monitoring using Information Systems2022-09-10T00:30:56+03:00

Entrepreneurial Diversity

Entrepreneurial activities have quite an enormous impact for the economic performance of regions and the renewal of regional knowledge. Fostering entrepreneurship with (semi) public funding contributes to a more prosperous regional economy and can reduce the unemployment rate significantly. The experiences of the project partners as well as acknowledged studies show that entrepreneurial initiatives are successful if different types of services are provided for latent nascent entrepreneurs, nascent entrepreneurs and young entrepreneurs: Assessment, Training, Ongoing Consultation, Facilities and Networks. Common business services providers mostly don’t consider these facts due to a limited philosophy: They are providing their services according to a sector, size of business, or a specific target group. This philosophy is insufficient. The only way of overcoming these gaps, coping with the challenges [...]

Entrepreneurial Diversity2022-09-10T00:30:57+03:00