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Homepage4th call projects off to a flying start

4th call projects off to a flying start

4th call early birdsMost recently approved INTERREG IVC projects officially start their work and they mean business. Their goal is to bring further improvements in regional development policies by the end of 2014.

The 82 projects approved at the beginning of 2012 eagerly kicked off their first official meetings and conferences with project partners. Naturally, project management, organisation of financial resources, communication, and schedules for exchange of experience and good practices came on top of the discussion list.

Check out some of the initiation events of projects from various subject areas.

Early bird catches the worm

The GRISI PLUS partners met as early as 9 February 2012 to plan their work on geospatial technology  uses  for  better  economic development policies in rural areas.  On 6 April, the E-COOP partnership launched their discussion on how to support local authorities in developing Digital Public Spaces (DPS) promoting e-inclusion.

Spring culture

CHARTS project kick-off meeting22 and 23 March marked the start of the CHARTS project, which focuses on regional strategies for sustainable tourism development through culture and heritage considerations. Approximately a month later, on 23-25 April, the ZEN project partners met in Perugia to initiate their exchange on reducing the impact of events and festivals on historic centers and cultural heritage. Soon after, on 7-8 May, the CERTESS project partners clarified their tasks for setting up a common methodological framework for  management  of the  European Cultural Routes (ECRs). And on 22 May, the AT FORT project officially launched activities that would lead to better preservation and economic exploitation of fortified heritage sites.

Projects’ labour

Another project that was enthusiastic to start as early as possible was LABOUR PLUS, whose partners met already on 11 April. They began sharing experience and methods that ensure more inclusive and sustainable employment. On 30 May-1 June, the VERSO - Volunteers for European Employment project was launched to show how volunteerism can help regional authorities in their efforts to combat unemployment.

Stakeholders on board

Many partners take these first joint meetings as an opportunity to start engaging relevant policy-makers and stakeholders. That can ensure their political and community commitment to the projects.

For example, I4Food - Plant Phenomics Platform in Metapontum Agrobiosthe Hungarian lead partner of I4Food, a project on competitive and sustainable regional food industries, hosted the first project meeting on 15 May in Pesc, in the South Transdanubian region. The kick-off meeting attracted many, primarily local, stakeholders: representatives of the regional chamber of commerce, county assembly, small and medium enterprises, local clusters and regional organizations involved in food industry, and even the Hungarian Ministry of Rural Development.

The partners presented their institutions to the local stakeholders and described the development bottlenecks, I4Food will tackle. They also discussed the activities planned that should lead to some solutions to the common problems.

We cannot wait to see the first success stories of all the newly approved projects. On behalf of the INTERREG IVC programme, we wish all the new projects successful and fruitful cooperation.