Projects

COSME
HIKING EUROPE - Discovering Rural Europe through hiking trails
04-2016 a 09-2017
EU GRANT: 247.734 EUR
Project leader
Catalan Tourist Board (ES)
Project partners
Donegal Country Council (IR), The Regional Development Agency of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County DUNEA LLC. (HR), Naturefriends movement (AT), NIT New Insights for Tourism (GE), PIRINEU EMOCIÓ (ES) Region Emilia-Romagna (IT), The University of Girona (ES)
Description

Hiking Europe’s main objective is to promote a transational network of rural touristic routes structured in several hiking itineraries across Europe.
The partnership gathers 8 members from 6 different EU countries: Spain (Catalonia), Italy (Emilia- Romagna), Croatia (Dubrovnik-Neretva), Ireland (Donegal), Austria and Germany.
In total, this represents 1.170 km of hiking routes in 4 different EU countries.
Participant regions gather with a common interest of developing an alternative approach to masstourism, based on either the “Sun and sand” model of large concentration of visitors in specific locations (Cities, etc.).
This differentiation will allow the development of tourism at a territorial level, spreading the benefits across the territory, promoting cohesion, sustainability and local community participation.
Therefore, HikingEurope addresses the issue of tourism diversification in European regions that have traditionally focused on mass tourism but are willing to commit with a more sustainable, responsible and high-quality alternative approach based in less explored areas, specifically in rural locations.
To conclude, this project also contributes to territorial balance and cohesion by fostering local economic development in areas traditionally less exposed to international tourism.

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Cosmetics4Wellbeing - EU Cosmetics Creative clusters: a driver to international wellbeing industry
12-2017 a 05-2019
EU GRANT: 199226 EUR
Project leader
COSMETIC VALLEY ASSOCIATION (FR)
Project partners
Aebb - Associação Empresarial da Beira Baixa (PT), Transilvania LifeStyle (RO), Beauty Cluster Barcelona (ES), France Cluster (FR)
Description

Cosmetics4Wellbeing is a partnership of 3 clusters (Cosmetic Valley, Beauty Barcelona Cluster, Transilvania Lifestyle Cluster), 1 network of clusters (France Cluster) and 1 business network (Beira Baixa Business Association), covering 4 European Member States (FR, ES, RO, PT).
The aim of the project is the creation and development of a European Strategic Cluster Partnership–Going International (ESCP-4i) in the cosmetics sector and related industries (Technology, Health and Agro-food), which is oriented towards increased internationalisation and strengthened sustainability of European SMEs.
The ESCP-4i has set 4 specific objectives:
1. Fostering cooperation among cluster organizations and its members in the ESCP-4i and across sectorial boundaries;
2. Promoting new value chains along the cosmetics cross-sectorial industry, geared towards international markets, based on inputs and needs from SMEs;
3. Developing a Joint Internationalization Strategy geared towards third key markets beyond Europe;
4. Developing a governance system and a common branding for the ESCP-4i to ensure active and sustainable collaboration among the different stakeholders;
The ESCP-4i represents more than 1,000 members, most of them SMEs (551), which are the project key target group.
To develop the Internationalization Strategy, the partnership will conduct several complementary actions: diagnosis of capabilities and SWOTs, development of cross-sectoral value chains, identification of international trends and most promising third markets, development and selection of internationalization tools and one exploratory action in one of these markets, with the participation of SMEs.
These actions will be complemented by training sessions to upgrade skills of SMEs and clusters’ staff.
The ESCP-4i will also develop a sound communication plan and a common brand&identity for the partnership, as well as a robust governance and sustainability plan to ensure a long-lasting cooperation beyond EU funding.

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Interreg SUDOE
INTER-TEX - Common strategy to foster SME internationalisation in the textile and clothing sector in SUDOE territory
07-2016 a 12-2019
EU GRANT: 974.845 EUR
Project leader
Igualada City Council
Project partners
ADRAVE – Agencia Regional de Desarrollo Vale do Ave (PT); ATP – Textile and Clothing Association of Portugal (PT); ACCIÓ Competitiveness Agency of the Catalan Government (ES); ATEVAL - Asociación de Empresarios Textiles de la Comunidad Valenciana (ES); COINTEGA - Confederación de Industrias Textiles Gallegas (ES); MODACC - Clúster de la moda de Cataluña (ES), UITSUD - Unión de Industrias Textiles del Sur, (FR)
Description

SMEs in the textile - clothing sector of the SUDOE area share difficulties in internationalizing their products that need to be faced together: low cross-sectoral and inter-sectoral cooperation, limited resources and the difficulty of identifying opportunities in foreign markets due to the small size of the companies.
INTER-TEX promotes the joint internationalization of SMEs in the sector, boosting the supply and demand between the territories, activating trade cooperation initiatives and creating new transnational value chains.

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Interreg POCTEFA
GPS Tourism - Green Pyrenees Slow Tourism
01-2017 a 12-2019
EU GRANT: 1,300.595 EUR
Project leader
Consell Comarcal del Pallars Jussà
Project partners
Syndicat Mixte du Parc Naturel Régional des Pyrénées Catalanes (FR); Communauté de Communes Pyrénées Vallées des Gaves (FR); Syndicat Mixte du train touristique du Pays Cathare et du Fenouillèdes (FR); Communauté de Communes Agly-Fenouilledes (FR); Syndicat Agly-Verdouble (FR); Association du Pays de la Vallée de l'Agly (FR)
Description

The Pyrenees is a territory with abundant cultural and natural assets and a significant tourism potential.
For many years, the development of infrastructures and services promoting sustainable mobility in tourism has been important, further giving an answer to local population needs.
This development is in line with a growing trend towards a tourism profile that aspires for a sustainable and healthy life style.
However, the consolidation of these products in that territory is still weak, given its limited dimension and international visibility, and because of a business sector without support mechanisms to adapt to those market conditions.
GPS Tourism tackles this cross border challenge fostering economic and tourism revitalization of the Pyrenees through public and private cooperation, relying on soft mobility as a tourism offer differentiation strategy and a sustainable tourism model prop.
The project seeks to improve the territorial tourism connectivity, to increase its international visibility through a common label, to adjust public and private equipment and enterprises to a sustainable mobility strategy, getting inspiration from best European practices, to create new tourism products and to create cross border management structures.
The increase of visitors and the deseasonalization will have a clear impact in the local economy and in the creation of jobs in the micro-SMEs of the sector.

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Interreg EUROPE
RAISE - Enhancing social enterprises competitiveness through improved business support policies
01-2017 a 06-2019
EU GRANT: 1,493.558 EUR
Project leader
Catalan Agency for Business Competitiveness (ACCIO) (ES)
Project partners
IFKA Public Benefit Non-Profit Ltd. for the development of the industry (HU), Innovation & Management Centre Limited (WestBIC) (IE), Scottish Enterprise (UK), ERVET – Emilia-Romagna Economic Development Agency L.t.d. (IT), Region Örebro Country (SE), Centre for Social Innovation (AT)
Description

RaiSE brings together six pro-active regions and one advisory partner to address the common challenge of enhancing competitiveness of social enterprises.
The potential of social enterprises to generate inclusive growth and promote more and better jobs is widely recognised and RaiSE project partners will learn from each other to improve their regions business support policies.
Seven partners, with varied policy contexts, unite efforts to improve together the support that each region gives to social enterprises.
Thanks to this learning process, every region will develop an Action Plan at the end of phase 1.
During the second part of the project (2 years) Action Plans will be implemented and monitored.

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Interreg MED
CESBA MED - Sustainable MED Cities
09-2016 a 08-2019
EU GRANT: 3,190.375 EUR
Project leader
City of Torino (IT)
Project partners
iiSBE ItaliaR&D srl (IT), Municipality of Udine (IT), EnvirobatBDM (FR), Rhônalpénergie Environment (FR), Government of Catalonia (ES), Municipality Sant Cugat del Vallès (ES), University of Malta (Malta), NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS (GR), Association of Common European Sustainable Built Environment Assessment (CESBA) (AT), Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar (HR), Urban Community of Marseille Metropolitan Province (FR)
Description

Energy efficiency improvement is a key strategy to reduce the environmental impact of public buildings.
But usually energy efficiency plans do not fully exploit the potential for synergies that groups of buildings might offer.
Energy efficient measures and their implementation at neighbourhood level (i.e. district heating, PV installations, etc) are showing clearly that a building scale approach is not optimal in reaching significant and cost-effective improvements.
However at neighbourhood scale, decision making processes and the design of the intervention are more complex.
Many EU projects addressed this issue proposing different methodologies, tools and indicators. CESBA MED intends to test 10 of them and to select the most affordable and operational solutions.
On the base of the test results' evaluation, a common sustainability assessment framework at urban scale, a set of 8 regional assessment tools (CESBA MED SNTool) and an innovative decision making process will be defined to support the development of energy efficiency plans for public buildings in the context of their surrounding neighbourhoods.
CESBA SNTool will allow to produce the MED Passport to compare the performances of buildings and neighbourhoods, in line with the EC COM 2014 445.
A CESBA MED network of cities will be set up to maximise results' transferability.
Training courses and workshops will be organized in the MED area. The project will be part of the European CESBA initiative.

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MPA ADAPT - Guiding Mediterranean marine protected areas through the climate change era: building resilience and adaptation
11-2016 a 07-2019
EU GRANT: 1904257 EUR
Project leader
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
Project partners
Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (IT), International Union for Conservation of Nature (ES), Public Institution Brijuni National Park (HR), Marine Protected Area Pelagie Islands - Management Body Municipality of Lampedusa and Linosa (IT), Consortium of Management of Portofino MPA (IT), OFFICE DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT DE LA CORSE (FR), National Parc of Port-Cros (FR)
Description

Sea temperature increase and changes in salinity and circulation, for instance, are causing changes in native species distribution, spread of alien species, mass mortalities of macrobenthic communities and jellyfish population blooms.
These changes don’t only cause impacts on marine biodiversity, but human activities as well - for example, the tourism and fishing sectors are being increasingly affected by it.
MPAs play an important role in climate change mitigation and adaptation, as they represent areas of reduced human pressure and concentrated conservation efforts.
If well-managed, they can contribute to build resilience for both coastal communities and marine biodiversity.
The MPA-Adapt project was developed to tackle those challenges through a multi-level approach.
Five marine protected areas from three Mediterranean countries were chosen to act as pilot sites for the development of climate change adaptation action plans and their integration into existing management frameworks.
In order to achieve this, they will undergo capacity building and one-on-one consultations with experts throughout the duration of the project.
Based on their experiences and other available data, the project will deliver a strategy for climate change adaptation in MPAs of the Mediterranean, which should lead other MPAs through the same process and facilitate the development of basin-wide application of adaptive management standards for dealing with climate change related issues.
An important component of the project will be the communication aspect, both on local level through awareness raising activities in pilot MPAs, and on basin level, through active dissemination of results and the presentation of the ground breaking methodology developed in the project.

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Interreg MED Governance
PANORAMED - MED Governance Platform
07-2017 a 04-2022
EU GRANT: 9,000.000 EUR
Project leader
Ministry of Finances and Public Administration of Spain
Project partners
Conseil Régional Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur; Directorate for European Integration of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Ministry of European Integration of Albania; Région Emilia Romagna - Direzione Generale Risorse Europa Innovazione e Istituzioni; Directorate General for European Programmes, Coordination and Development of Cyprus; Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy of Slovenia; Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds of Croatia - Directorate for Regional Development; Ministry of European Affairs - General Directorate for European Funds; REGIONE TOSCANA - Direzione Attività Produttive; Agency for Development and Cohesion of Portugal; Secretariat General for the Sea – France; Ministry for European Affairs and Equality- Strategy and Implementation Division of Malta; General Commission for Territorial Equality of France; Molise Region - III Department- Development policy; Marche Region - Integrated Planning, Commerce, Cooperation, Internationalisation; General Secretariat for Public Investments and NSRF - Ministry of Economy and Development of Greece; Region of Crete; Italian Agency for Territorial Cohesion
Description

The main goal of this project is to gather in an innovative and permanent dialogue and decision-making process national and regional public authorities and stakeholders.
In this way it trys to contribute to informed policy and decision-making processes at national and transnational level on common challenges and opportunities in the Mediterranean Region
Specifically, the initiative will support the definition of transnational governance joint frameworks for the identification and implementation of shared approaches, policies and strategic projects.

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Erasmus+ Sport
WSLALOM - BOOSTING SOCIAL INCLUSION OF CHILDREN WITH MOTOR DISABILITIES THROUGH THE PRACTICE OF WHEELCHAIR SLALOM
01-2018 a 12-2019
Collaborative Partnerships
EU GRANT: 229635 EUR
Project leader
FEDERACIO ESPORTIVA CATALANA PARALITICS CEREBRALS (ES)
Project partners
PCAND - PARALISIA CEREBRAL - ASSOCIACAO NACIONAL DE DESPORTO (PT) , PARA-SPORT AUSTRIA - OSTERREICHISCHER BEHINDERTENSPORTVERBAND (AT) , ISTITUTO PER LA RICERCA SOCIALE SCARL (IT) , HRVATSKI PARAOLIMPIJSKI ODBOR (HR)
Description

The overall objective of W-Slalom is to increase the social inclusion of children with motor disabilities, age 6 to 18, by promoting the Wheelchair Slalom sport as a way of enhancing their physical abilities and psychological benefits. W-Slalom contributes to the objective of this call as it seeks to use sports in tackling the problem of social integration of children and adolescents with motor disabilities, by raising their awareness and that of other relevant stakeholders (sporting bodies, families, physical education teachers, psychologists, physiotherapists) about Wheelchair Slalom.
Slalom is designed to create artificial problems: turns, changes of direction, ramps etc., which require speed, coordination and technique to finish the set course as quickly as possible and with as few mistakes as possible.
Slalom is open to both manual and electric wheelchair users, it develops their physical potential and improves the use of their means of transport: the wheelchair.
Both users of manual and motor wheelchairs can practice it and the reported benefits are numerous, from improvement on their overall physical abilities, mental state and social relations to improvement in moving around and managing their wheelchairs in every-day situations.
The specific objectives of the proposed project are:
1. To develop a training and awareness raising programme to promote Wheelchair Slalom among sporting bodies and other relevant stakeholders working with the target group;
2. Piloting Wheelchair Slalom sport in schools and sport organisations in Spain, Austria, Croatia and Portugal.
3. To increase the evidence-base on how the practice of Wheelchair Slalom contributes to social inclusion of children and adolescents with motor disabilities;
The partnership is composed of 5 organizations covering Austria, Croatia, Italy, Portugal and Spain

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Erasmus+ sport
HANDBALL FOR DUAL CAREERS (H4DC)
01-2017 a 06-2019
Collaborative Partnerships
EU GRANT: 362.183 EUR
Project leader
CLUB BALONMANO GRANOLLERS
Project partners
FEDERATION OF THE EUROPEAN SPORTING GOODS INDUSTRY (BE) , IK SAVEHOF (SE) , FENIX TOULOUSE HANDBALL (FR) , EUROPAISCHE HANDBALL FODERATION (AT) , STICHTING HOGESCHOOL VAN AMSTERDAM (NL)
Description

Handball 4 Dual Careers (H4DC) aims at setting-up a comprehensive support service for the development of handball players’ dual careers through a collaborative approach between sporting bodies (clubs and federations), educational organisations and private sector representatives.
This initiative will target handball players from three different European Clubs (BM Granollers, Spain; Club Fenix Toulouse, France and IK Sävehof, Sweden) ranging from 12 years old to university students, including professional players.
Hence, H4DC follows a holistic approach to cover two main pillars of the Dual Careers concept, as stated in the EU Guidelines on Dual Careers :
i) ensuring players’ engagement in the educational system (including vocational training)
ii) fostering their employability potential.
H4DC specific objectives are:
1. conceive a club-based DC Support Service (DCSS), encompassing awareness raising, training and individual guidance;
2. test, monitor and evaluate the methodology with 120 players through pilot actions;
3. draw conclusions from the pilot actions and draft a Policy Recommendation Report, transferable to any handball or other interested sport club or sport organisation (Transferability Plan);
Besides the 3 clubs, the partnership is complemented by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, academic partner in charge of conceiving the DCSS methodology and evaluate it, as well as by the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI), which will facilitate the connection of the handball clubs with private companies from the sports industry, aiming at increasing the employability of players.

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