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SPRING 2008                                 Valencia key actor in European Territorial
Index                                         Cooperation Programmes 2007 - 2013
                                                     By Pablo Landecho Campos, Director,
Valencia key actor in Eu-                          DG for the Economy, Generalitat Valenciana
ropean Territorial Coo-
peration Programmes 1                         From my experience as Direc-    Economy took over responsibilities to
                                     tor of the DG Economy of the Gener-      become the INTERREG IIIC SOUTH
The Robinwood
                                     alitat Valenciana (GV), I know that      Managing Authority. Additionally, be-
Project                          3
                                     most Europeans would answer the          tween 2004 and 2007, Valencia ran the
District: a first account            question “what makes a region truly      INTERACT Point Tool Box, whose main
of a useful Project       4          European?” with terms such as “being     challenges were to identify, capitalise
Sustainable and integra-             at the heart or crossroads of Europe”    and disseminate good governance prac-
ted development of tou-              or “bordering on at least one or two     tice among stakeholders involved in
rism                   5             other European regions”. In this         European Territorial Cooperation Pro-
                                     sense, the region of Valencia would      grammes. Innovative tools such as stud-
The achievements of the
                                     be far from having a European repu-      ies, handbooks and web products were
DEPURE OCR            6
                                     tation: located in a peripheral posi-    developed and the staff organised a va-
Perspective 2007-2012:               tion, it only shares borders with the    riety of training events (seminars, work-
catalysing European pro-             Mediterranean Sea, and its closest       shops, conferences) targeted at INTER-
jects                  7             neighbours are hundreds of kilome-       REG programme and project officers.
Beachmed-e: the sustai-              tres away. Nonetheless, the GV, and
nable development of                 in particular the Directorate General    It was also necessary to adjust our ove-
Mediterranean Coastal                for the Economy, has gained broad        rall internal structures and consequen-
areas                 9              experience in managing structural        tly, a new “Territorial Cooperation Ser-
RFO MARE—an integra-                 funds over the past 20 years, which      vice” was set up in 2004.
ted approach to metro-               has turned us into one of the key ac-
politan mobility     10              tors of European cohesion policy to-     In the new programming period (2007
                                     day!                                     – 2013), all our past efforts are bearing
Russafa, a good example
                                                                              even more fruits. Valencia has strength-
of urban restoration 11
                                     Thus, the Region of Valencia has built   ened its position as key European re-
New IIIC South Team 12               up a solid background in European        gional player, having taken up new re-
                                     Cohesion Policy, with some of its ma-    sponsibilities and duties within pro-
IIIC South Agenda           12       jor milestones being the management      grammes funded by the European Re-
                                     of more than 2,978 million Euro Struc-   gional Development Fund (ERDF) and
Contacts:                            tural Funds in the period 1989 – 2008    the European Neighbourhood and
                                     as well as the management of another     Partnership Instrument (ENPI).
Dorothee Fischer                     300 million Euro Cohesion Funds
Communication Adviser
                                     through the DG for the Economy.          Among them, the INTERREG IVC pro-
INTERREG IIIC SOUTH                                               gramme, launched in Lisbon in Septem-
                                     This experience was further strength-    ber 2007. One of the main differences
Calle Cronista Carreres 11, 4a
E-46003 Valencia
                                     ened when in 2002, the DG for the        between the former IIIC and the current
Tel.: (+34) 96 315 33 40
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                   Valencia key actor in European Territorial
                 Cooperation Programmes 2007 - 2013 (part II)
IVC programme is that the latter is managed by          Euro.
one Joint Technical Secretariat (JTS) based in Lille
(FR) and by one Managing Authority (Region              Coastal and Mediterranean regions of nine EU Mem-
Nord-Pas de Calais). Nevertheless, four IVC Infor-      ber and two non-EU Member States are eligible for
mation Points have been established in Valencia,        funding within the MED programme which is cen-
Rostock (DE), Katowice (PL) and Lille (FR). Each of     trally managed by a Managing Authority and a JTS in
these IPs will carry out three main activities to as-   Marseille (FR).
sist project applicants: project information, support
and capitalisation.                                     In this framework, the GV has recently assumed re-
                                                        sponsibilities for hosting a MED liaison office in Va-
Therefore, GV remains a point of reference for all      lencia, responsible for assisting applicants from
partners interested in participating in projects        Southern European countries. It is also linked to the
within Southern Europe, continuing the successful       Mediterranean Basin ENPI programme, intended to
management performed during the 2000-2006               strengthen the contact between the enlarged EU and
period.                                                 its neighbours.
                                                        In this framework, Valencia will also be hosting the
Negotiations for the continuity of the INTERACT         West Mediterranean antenna of the ENPI Mediter-
Point Tool Box office ended in April 2008 and Va-       ranean Basin programme, which will work in close
lencia succeeded in becoming one of the four IN-        collaboration with the MED liaison office.
TERACT II Points (IP) for the 2007-2013 period.
                                                        All these examples show that being a “European re-
Being based on a decentralised structure, the new       gion” is not determined by one’s geographical posi-
IP Valencia will be responsible for assisting pro-      tion. On the contrary, it involves above all acting at
grammes within Southern Europe. Its main tasks          the European level. With its various past and future
include advisory services to European Territorial       engagements, GV has undoubtedly made an impor-
Cooperation programme officers; the production          tant contribution to strengthening European Territo-
of INTERACT on-line tools (studies, handbooks),         rial Cooperation and we are ready to embark further
and the organisation of events (workshops, semi-        on this European journey during the new program-
nars, conferences).                                     ming period.

The IP Valencia team will consist of a coordinator,
four thematic officers and an assistant. The other
three information offices will be located in: Turku
(Finland), Vienna (Austria), Viborg (Denmark). They
will all be coordinated by both an INTERACT Se-
cretariat and the INTERACT Managing Authority
based in Bratislava (Slovakia).

Another interesting opportunity is brought by the
new trans-national MED programme which is to
consolidate the excellent position of the Mediter-
ranean vis-à-vis the progressively increasing glob-
alisation of European markets. Its global budget        Pablo Landecho Campos, Director General, DG for the Economy,
for the period 2007-2013 sums up to 250 million         Generalitat Valenciana
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                               The Robinwood Project
                        By the Robinwood Project Staff, Region Liguria (IT)

         The regional framework op-                                       The exchanges between the vari-
eratio n ( R F O )       Robin w ood                                      ous regional representatives have
“ R e vitalisation of rural areas                                         undoubtedly achieved even more
through sustainable development by                                        results than the partners had ini-
means of integrated forestry devel-                                       tially expected.
opment ” is a project that examines
                                                                            And the results are sustainable: A
the role forests and forestry can play
                                                                            five-way cross-border agreement -
in revitalising rural areas, using the
                                                                            with the “ Manifesto of Forest Lo-
wood supply chain. It focuses on the
                                                                            cal Action” – signed by each
management of forests in order to
                                                          region ’ s Government to link technical and politi-
produce multiple benefits in particular in the area of
                                                          cal collaboration, the principles of the European
woodfuel production and hydrogeology.
                                                          Forest Action Plan will be further spread at the lo-
The project has identified the challenges that rural      cal level within the next five years.
Europe is currently facing and tries to develop possi-
                                                         However, this is not the end of the story. There is
ble solutions, using forests and forestry to regener-
                                                         more work to be done to ensure that the experi-
ate rural areas.
                                                         ence gained will be widely disseminated among
Through the exchange of knowledge, information policy-makers. Robinwood has therefore looked at
and research, Robinwood has ana-                                           possible ways to take forward the
lysed how timber and trees can help                                        results of the project to ensure
to provide new jobs and create new                                         continued rural development
wealth across the partner regions of                                       through forestry at an EU, re-
                                       “Forestry does have a key role to gional and, most importantly, at
this INTERREG IIIC project.
                                        play in giving ‘Rural Europe a the local level.
Three and a half years of close co-              new future’”
operation between partners in Ligu-                                        The involvement of the public and
ria, Italy; Brandenburg, Germany;                                          private sectors, research centres,
Presov and Kosice, Eastern Slova-                                          experts, associations and others
kia; Murcia, Spain and Wales have resulted in a plet- has made it possible to generate synergies and
hora of innovative shared knowledge which can ma- new projects beyond Robinwood and to carry on
ke a real difference to European countryside areas.      the revitalisation of rural economy.
                                                          For example, the sub-project SFMID resulted in a
Stakeholders from across the forestry sector - wood-      new partnership between the Ligurian Parco Aveto
land owners, politicians, entrepreneurs, practitioners,   and the Villaggio del Ragazzo vocational training
as well as rural communities, have                                          institution with the aim to im-
been involved in a series of semi-                                          prove wood design and its use
nars, conferences, site visits and                                          by carpenters and craftsmen.
discussions, bringing together all the
latest movements and trends which                                            For more information on Robin-
shows that forestry does have a key                                          wood and their final activities
role to play in giving “ r ural Europe                                       consult
a new future” .
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             District: a first account of a useful project
                              By the Region Tuscany (IT), lead partner

         The idea of developing the DISTRICT            DISTRICT provides very good examples of the
project started back in 2004 with the aim of            specific added value which an RFO can offer to
improving the regional innovation strategies of the     regional innovation strategies. Each of the partner
four participating regions          ( T uscany, West    regions is thoroughly committed to innovation and
Midlands, Saxony and Western Sweden ) through           research and has a solid academic background.
close cooperation with their local actors. The
partnership reflects an important characteristic of     One example is provided by the InTechTex
the project: the diversity of socio-economic contexts   subproject which includes some of the most
in Europe. The DISTRICT partners ’ economies            important centres for technical textile in Saxony and
still strongly depend on traditional industries and     Tuscany together with the Swedish Institute for Fi-
the main objective of the project was therefore to      bre and Polymer Research and the English Coven-
improve regional development policies in the light of   try City Council.
the knowledge economy, by promoting innovative
methodologies, transferring knowledge and               The experience of the Innotrad network, led by the
exchanging good practices.                              University of Wolverhampton in the West Midlands
                                                        ( U K ) , is similarly positive. The objective of the
                                                        project is to support traditional manufacturing
                                                        industries in Tuscany and the West Midlands, in
                                                        particular their production technology.

                                                        Another example of inter-sectoral and transregional
                                                        networks is TechnologyMall. The partners are Ve-
                                                        mas - the Mechanical Engineering Network of
                                                        Saxony - and the Birmingham Chamber of Com-
                                                        merce and Industry. The subproject seeks to build a
                                                        bridge in order to shorten the distance between
                                                        technology-developing research organisations and
                                                        SMEs. It is a virtual innovation marketplace able to
                                                        provide an easy-to-use tool for universities, re-
                                                        search and development institutes, technology cen-
                                                        tres and high-tech companies, which gives them
The idea was to gather different experiences and        the opportunity to present their innovative products
obtain relevant results in the three thematic           and new developments to the market
components of the Regional Framework Operation          ( w ) .
( R FO ) : Clusters and business networks; SMEs
innovation projects with universities and technology    STIM-SME is another interesting example of
centres; financial engineering, seed and venture        regional innovation. The project develops methods
capital, start up and spin off.                         and tools to identify high potential spin-off projects
The project – with a total budget of 7,146,575.00€      and to help them develop into new business
- succeeded in bringing together some 50 local          ventures including licensing, joint ventures and new
actors involved in 11 subprojects, thereby              products.
establishing several networks among the four
partner regions.                                        Article continues on page 5.
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    District: a first account of a useful project (part II)
                                By the Region Tuscany (IT), lead partner

        The co-operation between the Research Unit public interest, such as education and training, the
of the University of Florence and the Incubator of labour market, and urban planning for cities which
Florence within the SEARCH subproject resulted in have developed rapidly when manufacturing was
new spin-off called SUSI ( “ I ntegrated Sensor for leading the development and population growth.
Humidity and Salinity" ) . The sensor can measure
                                                          Last but not least, the PICTURE network
the sub-superficial moisture content, and allows to
                                                          partnership supports the Prato City Council in
detect the presence of soluble salts
                                                                           Tuscany – Prato being the most
in a wall up to a depth of about 2       DISTRICT provides very good       important Italian textile district - by
cm. The scientists - which have
                                                                           developing proposals for projects
patented their measuring device -       examples of the specific added
                                                                           and activities related to the
have tested their technique on the value which an RFO can offer to
                                                                           physical transformation of the city,
“ P aradise Wall ” frescoes in the
                                                                           its social policies, logistics and
Santa Maria Maddalena de Pazzi regional innovation strategies. Each
                                                                           mobility issues which were
chapel, painted by the Giotto school,
                                      of the partner regions is thoroughly successfully introduced by the
and the frescoes in the cloisters of
                                                                           City Council itself.
St Antonino at the Convent of St.         committed to innovation and
                                                                           The DISTRICT project is
Marco, both in Florence. This sensor
                                      research and has a solid academic celebrating several final events
has provided the restoration process
                                                                           this summer during which detailed
with reliable data.                               background.
                                                                           results of the subprojects will be
                                                                           presented. For more information:
Innovation is not only a matter of research and
business but clearly, it also touches other areas of

  Sustainable and Integrated Development of Tourism
                     By Eléna Eychenne, coordinator FUToURISM Project (FR)
In 2006, five European partners decided to work to-              Regional Development Agency of Moy Va-
gether to foster the development of rural regions.               lley ( IE ) analysed the linguistic competen-
They drafted a common concept for the INTERREG                   ces of tourism stakeholders and the intro-
IIIC individual project FUToURISM ( Sustainable                  duction of better training in this area.
and integrated development of tourism regions ) .          •     The Greek University of Thessalie develo-
The main objective of the project was to develop and             ped a strategy related to the innovative sus-
improve the regions ’ development tools and to sha-              tainable development of the project
re best practices among them.                                    partners ’ nature parks and protected areas
Each of the partner regions worked on a specific to-             ( s ub-project PARKoMOTION )
pic:                                                       •     The Regional Development Agency of Mura
•     The lead partner Auvergne Regional Council                 ( S L ) was in charge of the BEST HEALTH
      ( F R ) was responsible for the sub-Project                sub-project on alternative tourism in the area
      “ G REEN EUROPE ” dealing with the promo-                  of well-being and culinary traditions.
      tion of tourism lodgings in rural areas.             The results of all these exchanges were presented
•     The Maltese Heritage Foundation worked on            at a final event in Clermont-Ferrand on 21 May
      the question of cultural identities and the pro-     2008. Another success story is that the partners
      motion of sustainable tourism ( s ub-project         have already decided to continue their fruitful coo-
      “ C ULToURISM ” )                                    peration through the INTERREG IVC and other
•     With the sub-project “ H RD Tourism ” , the          European programmes.
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                 The achievements of the DEPURE RFO
                              By Ibon Zugaski, Basque Government (ES)
        Today ’ s societies are based on informa-       Other project results include:
tion and knowledge whose successful manage-             •     regional clusters and virtual interregional clus-
ment becomes increasingly important, also for pu-             ters created among public administrations. A
blic administrations and bodies. The INTERREG                 coordinating element in the different public ad-
IIIC project DEPURE therefore aimed at drawing                ministrations
up a sustainable system for the analysis, evalua-       •     The creation of one common system to analy-
tion and testing of regional public decisions in the          se policies, strategies and their impact on the
knowledge society. Specific objectives are to pro-            regions
vide regional authorities with tools to support their   •     A common prospecting and monitoring system
planning processes and regional public decision-              which enables the ongoing analysis of good
making. The Project also seeks to improve the effi-           practices and future trends
ciency of regional development bodies by develo-        •     Pilot applications of the regional system deve-
ping innovative and efficient tools for data collec-          loped for public decision-making which allows
tion.                                                         the system to be validated and assessed
                                                        •     Transfer of good practices among the regions

                                                        Apart from these tangible results, the DEPURE pro-
                                                        ject has contributed to reducing the gap between the
                                                        different regional and interregional actors and it has
                                                        promoted a more intensive inter-institutional co-
                                                        operation accordingly. In the future, this will facilitate
                                                        respective actions towards regional development in
                                                        the knowledge society. More than 100 people repre-
                                                        senting relevant regional and local institutions from
                                                        the partner regions have actively participated in the
                                                        project through different working groups, dissemina-
                                                        tion workshops and other interregional events.
To achieve this goal, a consortium was formed
between the Economy and Planning Direction of           A closing event of the DEPURE project was celebra-
the Basque Government ( lead partner, Spain ) ,         ted in the Euskalduna Congress Hall in Bilbao on 12
the Government of Tuscany Region ( Italy ) and          and 13 June 2008. More information can be found on
the Regional Development Agency of Northern             the following website:
Hungary ( Norda ) .

The project with a total budget of 2,5 million Euro,
has developed different products such as the DE-
PURE system, a web-based tool that analyses the
situation in each of the three regions, based on a
common panel of indicators that enables compari-
sons between decision-making processes in the
three regions concerned.
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 Perspective 2007—2013: catalysing European projects
                          By the Generalitat Valenciana (ES), lead partner

         Perspective 2007-2013 is a 3 million Europarticipatory methodology assigning particular tasks
RFO ( Regional Framework Operation ) based        to each contact partner. The members have been
on a joint strategy to foster competitiveness and working together, sharing expert data and developing
sustainable development in the participating      actions and projects with their counterparts in the
regions: Comunitat Valenciana            ( Spain ) ,
                                                  other partner regions. The strategy undoubtedly
Sachsen-Anhalt ( Germany ) , Région Centre        helped to enhance regional performance through
( F rance ) and Észak-Alföldi ( Hungary ) . The   public-private co-operation and networking.
project functions as a sort of small-scale        A total of 47 organisations have been directly involved
programme where partners have identified          in the subprojects. Many of these organisations repre-
common interests and activities to be funded.     sent other entities ( primarily SMEs ) or the part-
The Perspective project succeeded in mobilising   ners ’ institutions which extended the circle of benefi-
relevant regional stakeholders which resulted in  ciaries. Some of them have already launched further
18 high-quality interregional co-operation subpro-co-operation initiatives ( m ostly business-to-business
jects. It was mostly due to the innovative and    co-operation) .
unique methodology of the RFO that outstanding    All the projects have produced very useful and impor-
results have been achieved.                       tant outputs, such as different types of studies, includ-
The funding available was rather used as a trig-  ing comparative analyses of the situation of a given
ger: the implementation of projects gave the part-sector in the partner regions, but also specific re-
ners the opportunity to establish new contacts,   search and case studies.
test co-operation methods and lay the foundations Within the Perspective’ s framework two platforms
for longer term and larger scale co-operation ini-were set up in order to develop new proposals for
tiatives.                                         European projects: the IPP -Interregional Partnership
All the subprojects focused on one of the strategic
                                                  Platform- and ICOPS -International Cooperation
issues of sustainability and competitiveness ad-  Platform for Sustainability. The programme also
dressed by Perspective 2007-2013: renewable       promoted the creation of a European Media Cluster
energy ( 5 projects ) , waste management ( 3 ) ,  and supported the initiative of clustering the
attraction of investments through region-         automotive sector in the participating regions.
marketing ( 5 ) , automotive industry ( 3 ) and   However, the most important long-term project results
tourism ( 2 projects ) .                          include innovative solutions to existing problems by
                                                  means of new technologies; improved policies; in-
Methodology and results                           creased awareness on environmental issues; or inter-
The partners created a dynamic and useful nationalisation of SMEs, business to business rela-
methodology which involved the main civil society tions and interregional clusters.
representatives in each partner region. The
                 regional working groups used a Automotive industry
                                                  Perspective 2007 – 2013 approved 18 sub-projects,
                                                  among them the CONFI project which was set up to
                                                  test the feasibility of using a combination of
                                                  continuous fibres with thermoplastic materials, 100%
                                                  recyclable, to manufacture semi-finished pieces for
                                                  the automotive sector. The new processing systems
                                                  will produce more ecological vehicles and reduce
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 Perspective 2007—2013: catalysing European projects
                         By the Generalitat Valenciana (ES), lead partner
         Similarly, Auto-OPTICS, develops             media professionals     as   well   as   government
technology in the automotive sector to improve the    representatives.
competitiveness of enterprises, and TIE               Renewable energy
( T ransfer of Information and Experience ) , is an
initiative to exchange experiences and identify       H2LAKUS is to promote the introduction of clean-
cooperation subjects to improve the                   energy-technologies in several highly sensitive
competitiveness of regional automotive                European ecological wet areas, lakes and rivers.
enterprises.                                          Natural sites usually serve as a good model of
                                                      environmental-friendly practices. However, fossil
Regional marketing and tourism                        fuels are frequently used in these areas. The project
The Alinterra project aims to promote the creation    studies the impact of using clean energy resources
of cooperative tourism SMEs. The goal was to          in traditional boat engines including hydrogen fuel
diversify and guarantee future revenues of the        technology charged by solar energy.
rural population      ( e specially farmers )    by   ENERGAIA created a model for the exploitation of
involving them in the development and                 renewable energy sources in rural environments—
management of permanent tourism routes and the        mainly solar energy and biomass. The project is
promotion of traditional products such as olive oil,  directed at local authorities and agricultural
wine or turrón ( nougat candy ) .                     producers in rural areas.
Another subproject in the area of                                Waste Management
tourism is RAISE, which aims at making Perspective 2007-
regions more competitive through 2013 has proven to A good example in the area of waste
training and management of human be an excellent in- management is the project Eco-Tv which
resources in the tourism service chain                           supports the recycling of CRT ( c athode
as a key factor for attracting investors. terregional opportu- ray tubes ) waste from televisions and
The subproject TIPE ( T o wards             nity to establish    monitors into new construction materials.
Intelligent Productive Environments ) partnerships, test Consequently, the project helps to reduce
intends to attract external investments                          the consumption rate of scarce natural
and support innovation in information       new areas of co- resources and avoids hazardous waste
and communication technologies used operation and ex- storage.
to promote a knowledge-based regional change knowledge.
                                                                 Perspective 2007-2013 has proven to be
                                                                 an excellent interregional opportunity to
The programme has also supported the creation of
                                                      establish partnerships, test new areas of co-
a European Interregional Media Cluster in order to
                                                      operation and exchange knowledge. More tangible
draft a common media strategy for the
                                                      results are expected through the continuation of the
participating regions and organise training for
                                                      co-operation. The experience gained prepared the
                                                      partners to other co-operation initiatives to be fi-
                                                      nanced by future ( EU) funding programmes. In
                                                      other words, the INTERREG IIIC funds have been
                                                      used to catalyse co-operation initiatives on an even
                                                      larger scale, at both regional and European level.
                                                      For further information on the overall Perspective
                                                      2007-2013 project and its subprojects, please refer
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                   Beachmed-e: Sustainable Development of
                                Mediterranean Coastal Areas
                                      By Region Lazio (IT), lead partner
         Beachmed-e is an INTERREG IIIC Regional           Publications
Framework Operation ( R FO ) that deals with the           Three technical books were published after each
Protection of       Mediterranean Coastal Areas. It        implementation phase. The books are available
brought together 9 regional partners of 4 EU nations:      online in three different languages ( Italian,
the Italian Region Lazio ( lead partner ) , Region         French, English ) . Also technical tools produced
Tuscany, Region Liguria, Region Emilia-Romagna;            by the operation are available for download on the
from France the Conseil Général de l ’ Hérault and         projet ’ s web site
DRE-LR; the Spanish Generalitat de Catalunya, and
the Greek Region East Macedonia as well as Crete.          Collaboration Agreements
The RFO developed 9 sub-projects involving 36 pub-         One of the aims of the RFO is to establish an ef-
lic institutions ( universities, research institutes and   fective and long-lasting connection between
local administrations ) with the objective to design       BEACHMED-e activities and those of international
and construct technical instruments to analyse ero-        projects and associations working on coastal pro-
sion at European level to use resources in a sustain-      tection. Collaboration agreements have already
able way. In addition, the projects set up manage-         been signed with the International Association of
ment instruments to improve the relationship be-           US Army Corps Engineers, PAP/RAC, and ARCO
tween urban and morphologically fragile areas lo-          LATINO. The latest co-operation initiative was
cated close to the seaside. Furthermore, normative         started with the Conference of Peripherical Mari-
and organisational instruments were defined to regu-       time Regions. The BEACHMED-e partners will
late and manage coastal protection involving all par-      participate in the activities of the Intermediterra-
ties concerned.                                            nean Commission in order to compile a list of tech-
                                                           nical administrations active in coastal manage-
The Results                                                ment ( OBSEMEDI Subproject ) . A first working
The 9 subprojects enabled the different European           group meeting was organised by Region Lazio in
partners engaged in the protection of coastal areas        February 2008.
to reach a high level of co-operation among each           Other follow-up activities are already planned and
other. The exchange of experience and the sharing          will hopefully strengthen the partnerships formed
of new methodologies has contributed to a raised           through the Beachmed-e project.
awareness about the sustainable management of
Mediterranean coastal zones. Drawing on the new
methodologies developed by the project, the Steer-
ing Committee selected good practices that will be
the starting point for the development of future activi-
ties. The most unexpected result, has been the
raised political attention on the topic, concretized by
the signature of "the paper of Bologna" in which the
regional administrations confirm their continuous in-
volvement in coastal protection through the creation
of a European Observatory for the monitoring and
the Defence of the Mediterranean Coasts

                                                                  Tools for the shoreline web‐cam monitoring   
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                                       RFO MARE —
                an integrated approach to metropolitan mobility
                          By Alexandra Almeida, Coordinator MARE (PT)
        The regional framework operation (RFO) MA-        ban cultures and habits by promoting alternative
RE aims at promoting regional development and             means of transport (bike and foot), in particular for
competition through an integrated approach to me-         short distances.
tropolitan mobility.                                      The experiences gained by the ”Pedibus” or
By sharing common experiences, the partners of the        “velobus” are among the success stories of the
project – namely the Portuguese region of Lisbon          project. They are still operational today, even on a
(and more precisely its Commission on Coordination        private basis sometimes.
and Regional Development for Lisbon and Tagus Va-
lley), together with the region of Liguria
(Municipality of Genoa, IT) and Valencia (DG Trans-
port and Logistics, ES) - have developed new met-
hodologies to find innovative solutions for metro-
politan mobility problems. The project is comprised
of 5 sub-projects which were developed by a total
of 23 entities in the 3 regions concerned.
TRAMO – responsible transport and
mobility actions
Mobility and accessibility are two essential aspects of   FLEXIS – Flexible services for Southern Europe
a balanced regional development. Actions within the       When we have to choose a means of transporta-
TRAMO sub-project included the drafting of an ac-         tion, we often have few alternatives : either there
tion plan on mobility, awareness raising activities and   are low-cost services with rigid timetables or rou-
the exchange of experience among regions. It ena-         tes (traditional public transport) or the more ex-
bled the partners to unify their approaches and con-      pensive and more confortable high-quality solu-
duct a broad information campaign on the topic.           tion (taxi and private cars). One of the main cha-
ACFER - Accessibility at train stations                   llenges of the current mobility system is to combi-
                                                          ne both. In this context, Flexis developed and im-
The sub-project started with the analyses of the main     plemented flexible transportation services inclu-
challenges that urban areas are currently facing with     ding on demand services and innovative car-
respect to transportation and accessibility. The inten-   pooling projects.
sive use of private cars lies at the heart of the pro-
blem. Because of a lack of railway tracks, there are      e-Mobility – new systems and information ser-
not enough incentives to make people use public           vices on mobility in Southern Europe
transport more frequently. The different innovative       e-Mobility has developed multimodul information
activities within the project have resulted in an im-     services on mobility which offer real-time informa-
proved access to and an increased usage of railway        tion and other services to users, which are broad-
transportation and public transport in general.           cast by different media. Used by both local aut-
MobQua – Mobility in the neighbourhoods                   horities, public and private transport operators ali-
                                                          ke, these services contribute to an improved mobi-
Pedestrian mobility is unfortunately on the decrease      lity management.
because of an increased use of cars and deplorable        More information:
traffic conditions in urban areas. This is the reason
why the sub-project MobQua chose to work on ur-
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            Russafa, a good example of urban regeneration
                                  By the partners of the ABCD project

        Wilhelmsburg in Hamburg, Neukölln in Berlin,      ners realised that spatial planning in residential
Diagonal Mar/Poblenou in Barcelona – these are all        areas can have a significant influence on people’s
neighbourhoods which have currently seen or are at        health and well-being and it is therefore vital to
the moment in a phase of reconstruction and reno-         create a real sustainable neighbourhood, applying
vation. Often these processes draw on similar dy-         certain environmental standards, too.
namics: it starts with the artists and students who
move to the affordable neighbourhoods which often         Although the two-year project officially finished off
coincide with the most “precarious” and dangerous         in March 2008, various concepts have been devel-
ones in a city. The art movements and newly opened        oped to continue and reinforce the regenerational
galleries attract visitors which consequently stimu-      process. The project intends to conduct a feasibil-
lates the opening of new bars, restaurants and shops.     ity study on the proposals made to evaluate what
This again leads to a raised attractiveness of the area   can be done next and how. Ideas include the set-
and in the end results in new residents moving there.     ting up of green spaces in the courtyards of the
                                                          houses and launch competitions among architects
In Valencia (Spain), a similar development could be       and citizens so that they can express what they
observed in the neighbourhood of Russafa, located         want. Already now one of the driving forces of the
close to the city centre, but until recently rather       developing neighbourhood is its multiculturalism
known for deteriorated houses, a lack of security and     and a high number of artist residents. These are
a gradual loss of its “traditional” residents.            undoubtedly potentials which can be further de-
                                                          veloped and supported in the hope that this will
The INTERREG IIIC individual project ABCD, dedi-          eventually make Russafa one of the most popular
cated to urban development, therefore decided to          and healthy neighbourhoods in Valencia.
take action by launching the “Russafa sustainable
mosaic” study. Research was conducted to assess
how the neighbourhood could gain in quality of life
while contributing to its overall sustainable urban
development. The main aim was to create a healthy
and sustainable environment which involves its citi-
zens in the regeneration and decision-making proc-

Concrete activities included the publication of a
guide on healthy urban regeneration; the design of
a mascot and a study on innovative housing and
sustainability in Russafa. Participating European
partners were the Region Liguria (lead partner, IT),
Generalitat Valenciana (ES), the Balearic Islands (ES),
the region Cerdena (IT) and the region Thessalia
(GR).                                                       The image shows the proposal for green zones in Russafa

The project has led to a new way of thinking with
respect to urban planning and architecture. The part-
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                                New IIIC SOUTH Team
        The SOUTH Zone of the INTERREG IIIC is the      Fischer, the new Communication and Project Advi-
only one whose project activities will continue until   ser. The JTS team is at your disposal and you can
the end of June 2008.                                   find all our contact details on our website:
The decision was made by the Steering and Moni-
toring Comittees IIIC SOUTH in order to give a cer-
tain number of projects the opportunity to ex-
tend their activities, in particular to capitalise
their results. Most of all the Regional Framework
Operations (RFO), renowned for their complex
partnership and activities, are among the remai-
ning running projects (cf. agenda below).
The JTS SOUTH team itself has seen some rene-
wal lately, since some colleagues were selected
for other positions in the new programming pe-
riod. Four new colleagues joined the team in
2008, namely the Project Development Officers
Patricia Llopis and Manuel González Evangelista;
the Financial Officer Marta Roca and Dorothee

                       Agenda IIIC SOUTH Operations
29 May 2008                   final conference C2C, Brussels, Belgium

29 May 2008                   dissemination conference Perspective 2007-2013, Orleáns, France

29 May 2008                   capitalization conference DISTRICT, Dresden, Germany

29—31 May 2008                final conference Beachmed-e, Rome, Italy

30 May 2008                   final conference Estiic, Gijón, Spain

5 June 2008                   final conference Progressdec, Rome, Italy

11—13 June 2008               regional conference and study visit DISTRICT, West Midlands, UK

13 June 2008                  final conference Mediterritage, Catanzaro, Italy

11 June 2008                  final conference Perspective, Valencia, Spain

12—13 June 2008               final conference DEPURE, Bilbao, Spain

12—14 June 2008               Forest Festival, Robinwood, Genoa, Italy

17 June 2008                  final meeting RUP PLUS, Brussels, Belgium

19 June 2008                  final conference MARE, Lisbon, Portugal
20—21 June 2008               final event Ripidurable, Lisbon and Alpiarca, Portugal