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Assembly of European Regions Conference NE – An Example of EU Support for Regional and Airport De September 12, 2007 Poznan, Poland Hartmut Beyer, UNICONSULT Universal Transport Consulting GmbH, Hamburg UNICONSULT Universal Transport Consulting, September 2007 1 Introduction of UNICONSULT • Transport consulting company working on regional airport issues: airport business development, airport benchmarking, market potential analyses, a • Experiences from previous INTERREG regional airport projects: • SEABIRD (EU INTERREG II C) • SEAPLANE (EU INTERREG III B ) • Responsible for EUROPLANE Project Coordination (EU INTERREG III C) Mission at the AER Conference “To present one example that European Commission can be of s UNICONSULT Universal Transport Consulting, September 2007 2 The EUROPLANE Project INTERREG III C 11 partners plus Ljungbyheds Airport (Ljungbyhed)) Kaunas County Governor´s Administration (Kaunas) 12 airports, Airport Rostock-Laage (Weitendorf) 03/2006 – 12/2007 Sera South-East Regional Authority (Clonmel, co. Tipperary) Barnim County (Eberswalde) Budget € 840,000, Ministry of Economics State of Brandenburg (Potsdam) Province of West-Vlaanderen (Sint-Andries (Brugge)) thereof € 560,000 EU-contr. Marshal Office of the Wielkopolska Voivodship (P plus external support for coordination and air transport questions Aosta Valley Region Liguria Region (Genova) Marche Region (Ancona) UNICONSULT Universal Transport Consulting, September 2007 3 11 EUROPLANE Partners from 7 EU Countries Ministry of Economics State of Brandenburg Province of West-Vlaanderen Airport Rostock-Laage Barnim County Aosta Valley Region Giunta Regione Marche Liguria Region SERA South-East Regional Authority Marshal Office of the Wielkopolska Voivodship Kaunas County Govenor’s Administration Ljungbyhed Airport UNICONSULT Universal Transport Consulting, September 2007 4 Backbone: EU INTERREG III C Programme General Objectives • Economic and social cohesion among EU regions • Initiating inter-regional co-operations and networks among regional • More efficient use of European regional development tools and inst • Exchange of know-how (best practise) Improving relations among “EU family members” UNICONSULT Universal Transport Consulting, September 2007 5 Approach of EUROPLANE in INTERREG III C The EUROPLANE project partners (regional authorities) were aware of th – pro-actively utilised the INTERREG III C programme opportunities – initiated a joint approach to combine their interests as they are respon – successfully applied for an EU co-financing of Euro 560.000 (66% of project costs) – to cover activities and to answer questions which are necessary for th UNICONSULT Universal Transport Consulting, September 2007 6 EUROPLANE Philosophy Challenges, market structures, problems but also solution ...why not make use of different know-how and existing ex UNICONSULT Universal Transport Consulting, September 2007 7 EUROPLANE: Outputs and Benefits for Regional Authorities • Improved access and new contacts to authorities of other EU region • Relevant analysis and condensed information (5 regional SWOT Ana • Internal promotion of regional airports towards local and national ins • Guidelines for EU co-financing opportunities for regional airport exte UNICONSULT Universal Transport Consulting, September 2007 8 EUROPLANE: Benefits and Outputs for Regional Airports • Passenger market analysis to set up new flight connections (condensed market analysis to convince airlines) • Best practice approach among regional airport managers on internat • New ideas on business opportunities for sustainable airport existenc • Guideline for application of EU funds for airport reconstruction (Pozn • Access to airport analysis, information and know-how at no cost UNICONSULT Universal Transport Consulting, September 2007 9 Output: EUROPLANE Resolution Background Regional airports are important for regional development, for access Findings Regional airports may face opposition of national hub airports, large Action Call upon the EU Commission DG TREN to establish policies to enc UNICONSULT Universal Transport Consulting, September 2007 10 Regional Airports: Competitive Environment Lobbying Network National Airlines Governments Hub Airports Competiti Fear of on Regions Mutual Mutual Low Cost (Airport Benefit Regional Airports Benefit Carriers Owners) General Policy Support UNICONSULT Universal Transport Consulting, September 2007 11 EUROPLANE Resolution Next steps • Fine tuning of the contents until end of September • Conclusion of a strategy how to submit the resolution towards DG TREN in • Submission to DG TREN in November • Still open towards other European bodies, assemblies, institutions which a UNICONSULT Universal Transport Consulting, September 2007 12 Regional Airport Projects in INTERREG Evolution EUROBIRD EU INTERREG IV C Exec. 2008-2011 EUROPLANE EU INTERREG III C All of Europe SEAPLANE Execution 2006-2007 EU INTERREG III B North Sea Region Execution 2002-2005 SEABIRD EU INTERREG II C Baltic Sea Region Execution 1998-2001 Time UNICONSULT Universal Transport Consulting, September 2007 13 Next generation: EUROBIRD - INTERREG IV C E U R O B I R D Project Regions and Airports of EU 27 + Norway and Switzerland Interregional Co-operation | Best Practice Approach| Lisbon Agenda | Gothenburg Agenda Capitalisation incl. Regional Initiative Projects Fast Track Projects Priority 2: Environment and Priority 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy risk prevention • Airports as a job machine • Airports as a nucleus for • Sustainable airport economic regional management (energy, waste Building on exisiting development treatment, de-icing) networks and methods • Airport as innovation testing • Prevention and control of ground technological risks UNICONSULT Universal Transport Consulting, September 2007 14 EUROBIRD Project: Some more details • About 15 regions incl. their airports are interested to join – project is s • Project will consist of up to 10-12 regions plus their airports, • Application in November 2007, approval expected in spring 2008, pro • Co-financing of project costs by EU INTERREG IV C is between 75% Detailed programme information expected at INTERREG III C/ IV C event in Lisbon, September 20th/21st, 2007 UNICONSULT Universal Transport Consulting, September 2007 15 EUROPLANE: Support by EU Summary • General Finding of EUROPLANE : EU INTERREG Programme ackn • Indirect EU support exist wherever the new INTERREG IV C Program • INTERREG is very much interested to see active participation from re UNICONSULT Universal Transport Consulting, September 2007 16
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