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INTERREG IVB North West Europe - Strategic Initiatives

Project Development Workshops for Strategic Initiatives

The implementation of the INTERREG IVB programme for North West Europe (NWE) for the period 2007-2013 is now well underway

Alongside the traditional project development and selection process, a new approach to project development has been introduced in this programming period in the form of the "Strategic Initiatives". Strategic Initiatives will be focused clusters of projects working together to address strategically important issues identified by the programme.

These projects will be developed jointly by relevant stakeholders, project partners and the INTERREG IVB programme.  Once in place, the programme will continue to play a coordinating role to facilitate the working relationship between projects and help to maximise the strategic impact of the activities supported.

In light of the findings from expert workshops held earlier this year, the programme is now planning a series of project development workshops, where potential project leaders, partners and relevant stakeholders can meet to discuss and refine concrete project ideas in the fields of action selected.  The project ideas identified will be used as a basis for a targeted call for proposals, likely to be launched in autumn 2008.

Details of the first project development workshops and the related fields of action identified are provided below.  Details of further workshops will be added when dates and venues have been fixed.

1. Promoting sustainable energy production and consumption in NWE

Further details of this workshop will be added, once finalised

2. Transport and logistical challenges in NWE

Project Development Workshop - Tuesday 17 June 2008: 10.30 - 16.00
Brussels-Europe Liaison Office
avenue d'Auderghem 63, B-1040 Brussels

The priority fields of action of the NWE Programme in this area are:

  • Tackling inter-urban road congestion (for example, by developing incentives for developing inland waterways for freight and passengers, development of inter-urban light rail)
  • Optimising urban freight (for example, through pilot projects in urban freight distribution systems)
  • Improving links from ports (for example, through linking Motorways of the Sea ports and the hinterland)
  • Improving logistic chains (for example, through shifting logistics activities from ports to hinterlands, or geographical concentration of logistic activities).

    Participants in the event should have:
  • a clear interest in and practical experience related to urban and inter-urban transport, ports and logistics planning and;
  • at least one potential project idea in this area (even if in a very early stage) that they can discuss at the project development workshop.

    The outline agenda is:
    10.30 - 11.30 - Plenary - Introductions and priorities for INTERREG transport and logistics projects
    11.30 - 12.45 - Break-out groups - Discussion and development of project ideas
    12.45 - 13.45 - Lunch and networking opportunity
    13.45 - 15.30 - Plenary - Reporting back, questions and initial conclusions
    15.30 - 16.00 - Wrapping up and next steps

    Registration is compulsory to attend this workshop. In order to register, please complete the form by clicking on the link below. Places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.  You will receive confirmation of your participation a minimum of one week before the workshop date.


    3. Developing innovation capacity in NWE

    Further details of this workshop will be added, once finalised

    4. Responding to demographic change in NWE

    Further details of this workshop will be added, once finalised

    5. Adapting to climate change in NWE

    Further details of this workshop will be added, once finalised

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