Green light from the European Commission to cross-border and transnational cooperation programs Greece-Italy, Italy-Croatia and Italy-Albania-Montenegro, for which SOGES has supported, last year, the Managing Authorities (together with that of the program ADRION) in defining their territorial development strategies, in the writing of the programs and subsequent application to the European Commission.
- Greece-Italy will benefit of more than 123 million euro, of which nearly 105 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The new program aims to increase the economic competitiveness in the border area between the two countries, supporting entrepreneurship, innovation and the clustering of economic activities (download the Citizen Summary).
- Italy-Croatia will be funded with 237 million euro, of which 201 million taken from the ERDF. It will help both countries to free their blue growth potential with investments in research and innovation in the areas of the blue economy and jointly improving the monitoring of climate change and prevention of natural hazards (download the Citizen Summary).
- Italy-Albania-Montenegro will count for the next seven years on almost 93 million euro, of which almost 79 million from the European Funds for Pre-Accession (IPA). The activities under the joint plan will support the competitiveness of SMEs, environmental protection and adaptation to climate change and the reduction of CO2 emissions, but also the improvement of infrastructure and public transport (download the Citizen Summary).
The challenge of this new programming of European funds is to promote strategies based on effective use of European funds, through an integrated design that promotes dialogue between the different actors of the quadruple helix (local authorities, businesses, research centers and the citizens). Through a participatory process with stakeholders, priorities axes have been definde to promote::
- the development of environments conducive to business innovation
- resource optimization and promotion of specific territorial characteristics
- enhancement of human capital
Everything is based on the objectives of the "Europe 2020" strategy, which identifies three priorities for ending the crisis and boost the economy, through:
- Smart growth: developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation
- Sustainable growth: promoting a more resource efficient, greener and competitive economy
- Inclusive growth: fostering a high-employment conducive to social and territorial cohesion
A key element is the theme of innovation, which has to promote research and technological development, improve access to information and communications technology, enhance the competitiveness of SMEs. Another fundamental role is playied by Smart Cities, which aim to correlate the physical infrastructure of the cities with the human, intellectual and social capital of those who live there, thanks to widespread use of new communication technologies, mobility, environment and energy efficiency, in order to improve the quality of life and meet the needs of citizens, businesses and institutions.