Looking Eastwards: Challenges and Opportunities for Innovative Companies in EU Border Regions (LOOK – EAST NET)

Ref 13 Project title Looking Eastwards: Challenges and Opportunities for Innovative Companies in EU Border Regions (LOOK – EAST NET)
Name of candidate Country Overall project value (EUR) Proportion carried out by candidate (%) No of staff provided Name of client Origin of funding Dates (start/end) Name of partners if any
Informest Bulgaria Hungary Romania Slovenia Austria Greece Italy 1,104,000 48 2 EC DG Enlargement EC DG ELARG Budget Line B5-2003: Pilot Programme on the Impact of Enlargement for the Regions Bordering the Candidate Countries March 2003 – February 2005 KWF Carinthian Economic Promotion Fund (AT);

Chamber of Kavala – EIC GR 157 (GR)

Vratsa Chamber of Commerce and Industry – EIC BG 808 (BG)

Cluj Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Relay EIC RO 821 (RO)

ZRS Koper – Science and Research Centre of the Republic of Slovenia – EIC SI 753 (SLO)

Innovation Association “Copernico” (HU)

Detailed description of the project Type of services provided
The aim of the project is to promote networking and co-operation links among SMEs and sector associations in EU border regions and their counterparts in Accession Countries and EU non-border regions, in order to identify the opportunities generated by the enlargement process in terms of wider markets and integrated economies.

The project focuses on three EU border regions – Friuli-Venezia Giulia (IT), Carinthia (AT) and Anatoliki Macedonia-Thraki (GR) – where priority sectors have been selected according to the specific characteristics and needs of the regional economic systems and the innovation potential of the sectors.

The projects involves also four Accession Countries regions [Vratsa (BG), Budapest (HU), Cluj (RO), Koper (SLO)] and two EU non-border regions [Murcia (ES) and Puglia (IT)].

The main project beneficiaries include: (i) small companies (up to 50 employees); (ii) crafts companies; (iii) SMEs which are leaders in their manufacturing sectors; (iv) sector associations and specialized development agencies; (v) SME service providers.

The project main activities consist in the organisation of three large partnership events – one in each EU border region – and include promotional, organizational and follow-up actions.

● Project design, organization and management.

● Co-ordination of project activities.

● Design and management of a website including company profile database, partner search facilities and a resource collection regarding areas and sectors involved in the project.

● Organization of large-scale partnership events.

● Monitoring and evaluation.