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Supporting eco-innovations towards international markets

We aim to improve SMEs uptake of Environmentally Sustainable Innovations (ESIs) into their business. For that the regions need to work further on how to develop models such as the cooperative business support model, where the focus should be on possible measures for business development and how companies can evolve towards an Environmentally Driven Export Market (EDEM) while working together with the whole chain of support and in close interaction with the SMEs themselves. Herein lays a need to create an international network of contacts concerning how public and private bodies can work on these issues in order to improve policy delivery for an Environmentally Driven Business Development of SMEs. EDBD implies an instrumental meaning; the purpose is to develop the businesses by developing the [...]

Supporting eco-innovations towards international markets2022-09-10T00:32:03+03:00

Industrial Symbiosis for Regional Sustainable Growth and a Resource Efficient Circular Economy

INDUSTRIAL SYMBIOSIS FOR A RESOURCE EFFICIENT ECONOMY: The SYMBI project brings together 9 partners from 7 countries, including 4 management authorities of territorial programmes, to diffuse industrial symbiosis and align regional policies with the circular economy package of the European Commission. SYMBI aims to support the transition towards a resource-efficient economy through the establishment of territorial synergies to manage waste and exchange energy & by-products as secondary raw resources. SYMBI will enable the participating regions to advance their goals for sustainable growth and job creation, since industrial symbiosis can lead to: a) considerable material savings, resulting in an increase of competiveness, b) new business models that involve revenue streams from secondary raw resources, and c) the mitigation of risks associated with the volatile global economy [...]

Industrial Symbiosis for Regional Sustainable Growth and a Resource Efficient Circular Economy2022-09-10T00:32:04+03:00

Embracing failure to encourage entrepreneurship and competitiveness

REBORN project will offer EU regions the opportunity for policy learning and good practices transfer in second chance entrepreneurship as in Europe there are not enough tools and knowledge to assist busineses when failure occurs boosting the SMEs of key regional sectors overcoming the bottlenecks that at present exist. REBORN will be the perfect tool to assist the partners’ regions (Liguria, Murcia, Wallonia, Central Hungary and Lubelskie) to strengthen policies and regional development situation by implementing plans to support “restarters” through a better use of ERDF and other complementary funds aligning efforts with a shared goal. The main objective of REBORN is to contribute to increase European competitiveness and accelerate regional economic growth through the improvement of policy instruments linked to entrepreneurship and business creation [...]

Embracing failure to encourage entrepreneurship and competitiveness2022-09-10T00:31:45+03:00

Interregional Learning towards Sustainable Mobility in Europe: the REGIO-MOB Experience

European regions are facing an increasing mobility demand while coping with higher congestion levels.Undoubtedly,there is a strong need to increase the use of sustainable transport modes meaning, above all, promoting intermodality, technical innovation & the use of cleaner and more efficient systems.Hence, European regions need to undertake the transition towards low-carbon & resource efficient transport systems in order to increase mobility, remove major barriers and fuel growth & employment.In this challenging context where an effective action requires strong interregional cooperation,arises REGIO-MOB whose overall objective is to secure Europe’s sustainable growth by promoting sustainable mobility.Therefore,influencing the related instruments in each concerned territory & contributing to their improvement & more efficient performance,as a result of mutual interregional learning.REGIO-MOB partners expect to contribute to the consolidation of sustainable [...]

Interregional Learning towards Sustainable Mobility in Europe: the REGIO-MOB Experience2022-09-10T00:31:45+03:00

Save Rural Retail

Local Shops supply the population and are a social hub, contribute to the quality of local life, encourage the population to stay and are a prerequisite for the development of other diversification activities. Also, SMEs and micro SMEs` weight in terms of employment is very significant in demographically fragile rural areas. However, even if retail shops are a basic service in sparsely populated areas, their existence is not inevitable. Small villages need shops to survive but small rural shops need also a minimum number of customers to survive. When depopulation started to affect severely some European regions, different schemes to support rural retail appeared around the year 2000. It was the case of Rural Multiservice Shops in Aragon (Spain) but also for different attempts and [...]

Save Rural Retail2022-09-10T00:31:49+03:00

Supporting knowledge capacity in ICT among SME to engage in growth and innovation

Throughout Europe, a digital gap exists between urban agglomerations and the periphery as broadband access is only slowly becoming available in the latter. This has resulted in a significant backlog in the digital activities of small companies active in rural areas, jeopardizing their competitiveness and therefore crucially needed work places in areas often affected by demographic change. Today’s programmes to promote small businesses’ ICT uptake are often unable to overcome this digital gap as they are designed on regional or national levels, not matching the specific needs of rural areas’ SMEs. SKILLS+ therefore aims to optimize these policy instruments by either giving more priority to the specific needs in rural areas or by proposing complimentary measures to increase the share of available funding spent to [...]

Supporting knowledge capacity in ICT among SME to engage in growth and innovation2022-09-10T00:31:52+03:00

Enhancing transport innovation capacity of regions

The European transport companies are leading innovators. In 2014 they invested 42bn Euros; an innovative transport sector can become the pillar to sustain the economic competitiveness of European countries as innovation and competitiveness are inextricably linked (JRC Technical report, 2015) Transport innovation can contribute to tackle major societal challenges, which are becoming more urgent by the day. The outputs of the INNOTRANS project aim to help regions interested in focusing on transport innovation, in terms of providing a solid knowledge base for taking more informed decisions in terms of the i) sub-sectorial focus and ii) necessary investments in infrastructure and capacities that will create the basic requirements for enhancing transport innovation . More specifically, INNOTRANS will map regional transport innovation capacity and identify the competitive [...]

Enhancing transport innovation capacity of regions2022-09-10T00:31:25+03:00

MAinstreaming Responsible Innovation in European S3

The European Commission (Science in Dialogue Towards a European Model for Responsible Research and Innovation, 2012) states: “we can only find the right answers to the challenges we face by involving as many stakeholders as possible in the research and innovation process. Research and innovation must respond to the needs and ambitions of society, reflect its values, and be responsible.” The statement is clear, but the road from intent to implementation is long. EU regions are starting to address Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), but they face common challenges of perceived complexity of the concept and means of application, lack of appropriate approaches for public authorities and lack of awareness over its huge potential impacts. In MARIE, partners from 8 regions face these challenges together [...]

MAinstreaming Responsible Innovation in European S32022-09-10T00:31:31+03:00

Financial Instruments for Energy Renovation Policies

PROBLEM: Up-scaling investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy for buildings is a major challenge to meet European Union targets for 2030. Most of ERDF incentives used non-returnable grant systems for promoting energy investment, but due to deficit restriction in EC Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) the investment has been decelerated. Grant method is showing important weakness in relation to other methods such as Financial Instruments (FIs), so regional authorities have a key role to play in creating new policies in this field. The use of Cohesion Funds, especially ERDF, in the generation of new Financial Instruments (FIs) is a main challenge for the coming period 2014-2020, especially when combined with EC funding initiatives. OBJECTIVE: The overall objective is to promote new policies, or improvement [...]

Financial Instruments for Energy Renovation Policies2022-09-10T00:31:08+03:00

Development of food industry SME competitiveness for better potentials in growth

Project FRiDGE (Development of food industry SME competitiveness for better potentials in growth) deals with one of the most important aspects of European food and drink industries: SME competitiveness. The food and drink sector is the biggest employer in the EU and the largest sector in manufacturing while 99% (285,000 businesses) of the companies are SMEs accounting for 62,8% of the total employment in the sector but only 48,1% of the value added and 49,4% of the total turnover (based on FoodDrinkEurope data). Increasing input costs diminish turnover which results in the sector losing its competitive edge in terms of profitability. In order to support the food and drink sector to be able to keep its position in the world market the partnership seeks to [...]

Development of food industry SME competitiveness for better potentials in growth2022-09-10T00:31:10+03:00