Király utca 23-25.
7621 Pécs (Hungary)
T. +36-72/511-676 /F. 36-72/511-675
Building on their achievements in the field of regional innovation, the South Transdanubian
Regional Development Agency Plc. founded the South Transdanubian Regional Innovation
Agency Non-for-profit Ltd. (STRIA Ltd.) in early 2008, with the inclusion of the
regional organisations interested in innovation and economic development.
The main aims of the STRIA are to improve the innovation capacity of the regional SMEs, to support the technology transfer activities of the knowledge bases and to foster the international knowledge exchange. The core policy of the Agency is to provide real added value compared to the currently operating innovation support system by ensuring quality consultancy services for the regional SMEs. This way STRIA will assure a stable and increasing clientele, and an extensive international network.
STRIA provides the following services:
1. Consultancy – market utilization of innovative R&D,
2. Networking with national and transnational organisations, clusters, industry parks, incubators and innovation centres,
3. Developing and operating the regional innovation database,
4. Organisation of innovation management- and industry specific trainings,
5. Regional planning and programme monitoring.
STRIA as the lead partner of the STEP project has the responsibility for the overall project management, coordination of all components activities and the successful and smooth project implementation with the administrative and financial conduction of the project.
87100 - Kajaani (Finland)
T. +358 44 551 4536
Kainuun Etu OY (KE) was established in November 2000. It is a public equivalent organisation, owned by the municipalities of Kainuu. It is a policy implementer and policy adviser (to the regional authority of Kainuu). Its aim is to improve the competitiveness and the development of the region as a whole. KE serves & coordinates the clusters of key sectors of the Kainuu economy (i.e. ICT & metals, Wood processing, Mining & stone, Tourism, food processing and experience industry). The sectoral activities are complemented by cross cutting cluster activities and interregional cooperation actions. In the year 2009 an FDI operation was added to KE activities. In the year 2011, it absorbed Snowpolis OY which is a science park dealing with professional sports (measurement and life sciences) and well being in tourism. Following a government decision in 2010, KE is coordinating the development of an ICT & environmental knowledge cluster supporting a data centre operation. Kainuun Etu is also coordinating the bio waste programme that is run and developed by the University of Oulu. There are some 47 persons working in KE and there is an annual turnover of about 4.000.000€, and the value of the ongoing projects is about 120.000.000€. Since the establishment of KE, there have been some 25 transnational and interregional cooperation initiatives, and some 30 cross border ones (Russia especially). The construction sector “enters” into the picture of KE activities through wood processing (urban wooden construction, following national policy), ICT-based research, and the bio-waste cluster.
Pirnaische Strasse 9.
01069 Dresden (Germany)
T. +49 - 0351 - 4910-3169 / F.+49 0351 4910-3155
Ensuring people benefit from good ideas is probably the simplest way of explaining
the purpose of the Sächsische Energieagentur – SAENA GmbH. Saxony’s energy policy
is defined by innovation – innovation that SAENA helps put into practice. The agency
is a company of the Free State of Saxony and the Sächsische Aufbaubank - Förder-bank.
We provide information and professional initial advice on energy efficiency
and using renewable energies in Saxony. We work exclusively for the common good and do not serve the interests of any individual good news for compa-nies, local authorities and private citizens looking for independent energy advice. We also act as a kind of think tank. Energy experts and business specialists come together and play a significant role in numerous energyeff-ciency and renewable energy networks, allowing SAENA to play an advisory role for both the German parliament and Saxon state government. We inform our target groups about energy efficiency and renewable energies through pilot projects, specialist events, poster and ad campaigns, and more than 30 continuously updated informational brochures that can also be viewed at www.saena.de. We also organize annual trade fairs and symposiums that bring together the leading energy experts in Saxony, ensure sustainable innovation and cover issues such as "battery technology and energy supply“ and "regional value chains and energy independence.“ And because energy is not constrained by state borders, we also ensure that Saxony participates in relevant EU projects. www.saena.de
ul. M. Rataja 26.
59-220 Legnica (Poland)
T. +48 76 862 2777/ F. +48 76 862 0968
Regional Development Agency "ARLEG" S.A. is a consulting organization
with well-established market position which for 20 years has participated in the
transformation of the local economy by supporting the activities of small and medium
enterprises and local governments, as well as leading efforts to actively fight
against unemployment and promote entrepreneurship among the region's inhabitants.
It’s a joint Stock company and the Chief Owner is Local Government of Lower Silesian
Voivodeship (Marshall Office). The mission of ARLEG is strengthening competitiveness
in the region by activities for: economic development of our region, development
of SME’s, development of territorial government, activities towards increasing employment,
dissemination of European Union standards, especially in action towards balanced
ARLEG activities are directed particularly to the sectors of public life, which may bring support to create new and support existing business ventures, creating sustainable economic and social values and inspiring relationships between domestic and foreign economic entities. An important element of the activity is taking actions to solve social and economic problems, which will strengthen the competitiveness of Lower Silesia in relation to other Polish regions and Europe and therefore we cooperate closely with companies, local authorities and institutions, non-profit organizations and universities. ARLEG carries out activities supporting regional development in the area of: 1. Innovation and New Technology through active participation in projects aiming at spreading the concept of innovation in business and capital investments in newly created companies implementing innovative solutions (Seed Capital Fund). 2.Human Resources Development through the implementation of programs co-founded by the EU, aimed at promotion of entrepreneurship, active fight against unemployment among vocational guidance and improving skills which contribute to the creation of new jobs. 3.Enterprises Support by comprehensive advising and training services, especially for small and medium enterprises, preparing business plans, feasibility studies and applications for EU funding and by providing adequate tools and services facilitating their development and helping to improve their performance, increasing their knowledge of innovation and supporting the processes of technology transfer by creating effective connections between R&TD institutions and economic entities and putting guided projects into practice. 4.Cooperation with Local Authorities and institutions in the field of improving efficient functioning and development of cities and communes, by providing comprehensive services when applying for EU funds. RDA ARLEG is also experienced in conducting transnational projects such as INTERREG III B as well as Central Europe projects, in which we have participated as a project partner supporting cluster development, strengthening the competitiveness of SMEs by boosting their innovation performance, facilitating economic and infrastructure development in the PanEuropean Transport Corridor III and support meaning of renewable resources. ARLEG carries out two project involving renewable energy sources and energy consumption. The first one is sub-project ActEE which is co-financed from INTERREG IVC. The main project’s objective is to detect, analyze and disseminate best practices on energy conservation and environmental sustainability, helping to act on these issues. ActEE will help improving the communication of non-simplistic, specific and exact issues on energy efficiency, avoiding superficial and rough approaches. It will contribute in creating a background of knowledge information and cultural adaptation that promotes EE and sustainable behaviors. The second project is MANERGY, which is co-financed from Central Europe. The general objective of the project is responsible use and protection of the environmental potentials of CE by promoting innovative and sustainable approaches to environment friendly energy source management, including an increase in renewable energy use as well as significant reduction in energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Specific objectives of the project are: elaborating innovative transnational method for local authorities of the entire CE area to raise their efficiency of energy consumption and increase the use of renewable sources; setting up transnational network of energy management in order to assist the improvement of energy efficiency; transferring the elaborated tools for enhanced renewable energy use and energy efficiency to regional, local levels by pilot actions to support preparations of practical energy applications; raising awareness on the benefits of renewable energy supply and energy savings.
Bridge Centre. Bridge Street.
Tullamore, Co. Offaly (Ireland)
T. +353 57 93 52996
The Midland Region is centrally located within the Country and consists of the Counties
of Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath. The River Shannon forms the western boundary
of the Region, which, although characterised by its rural nature, has a distinctive
urban hierarchy centred on the linked-gateway towns of Athlone-Tullamore-Mullingar
supported by Longford Town to the North and Portlaoise in the South.
The Midland Regional Authority (NUTS III) engages in the development and implementation of EU and national policy at a regional level, a function enhanced by its ‘general competency’ to act in the interests of the region. Regional Authorities (Establishment Order 1993), were assigned a co-ordination remit and an advisory role to Government. The pivotal role of the Regional Authorities in terms of social, economic, environmental development was recognised in the National Spatial Strategy (NSS, 2002) and the Planning and Development Act, 2000 (as amended in 2010). The functions assigned to the Midland Regional Authority are summarised as follows:
I.Regional Planning including the making and implementing the Regional Planning Guidelines (RPGs)
II.Co-ordination of Public Services in the Region.
III.EU Activities: securing and managing EU funding initiatives, and participating in policy development.
Consisting of 23 nominated locally elected councillors, the Midland Regional Authority has a specific democratic role that facilitates the representation of constituent counties in regional policy formulation that is ultimately implemented at a local level, while identifying investment priorities that both translate and inform national policy.
The Midland Region maintains a direct link with European policy making in the form of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) which consists of members from the Regional Authorities that interact with their National and European counterparts to ensure that the interests of the region are considered in EU policy development.
Friar Court, Abbey Street.
Nenagh, Co. Tipperary (Ireland)
T. + 353 (0)67 33197 / F.+353 (0)67 34401
The Mid-West Region of Ireland is strategically located on the West Coast of Ireland
around the Shannon Estuary. The Region is one of considerable geographic diversity
comprising coastal and central plains, mountain, peatland, bogland, and drained
by the River Shannon, Lough Derg and the Shannon Estuary. It comprises almost 12%
of the total land area of the State and is home to approximately 8% of the population
The Mid-West Regional Authority is one of eight Regional Authorities in the Republic of Ireland. The Authority consists of 27 Elected Members representing the constituent Local Authorities of Limerick City Council, Limerick County Council, Clare County Council and North Tipperary County Council. The primary functions of the Regional Authority are to promote the coordination of public services in the Region, to prepare and implement Regional Planning Guidelines (RPGs) and to monitor the overall development trends of the region as well as monitoring the delivery of EU Structural Fund assistance in the Mid-West Region.
Through the STEP project, the MWRA will be looking closely at how it can adopt strategies to improve Sustainable Energy Policies in the Mid-West Region. The MWRA currently supports sustainable energy through existing policy documents. It is envisaged that the STEP project will enable the Authority to progress the aims of these policies into measurable and deliverable actions in the field of Sustainable Energy. Current regional policies for Sustainable Energy include:
-The Mid-West Regional Planning Guidelines (RPGs) 2010 – 2022: The Mid-West RPGs 2010-2022 were adopted in September 2010 and set out the strategic planning policies and objectives for the region over this time period. The Guidelines offer a long term strategic planning framework for the Mid-West Region and have been developed through a collaborative process involving elected representatives, Local Authorities and other public bodies in the region, private sector and civil society organisations and members of the public. Sub Group 2 of the RPGs Implementation Group is dedicated to the coordinated development of Renewable Energy in the Mid-West Region.
-Bioenergy Strategy and Action Plan for the Mid-West Region (June 2009): This report shows the steps that the Region needs to take in order to increase the share of biomass in the energy supply for the Region, in order to meet the targets set out at national level.
-Mid-West Energy Balance & Climate Change Strategy (February 2008): This is a strategic policy document which identifies the solutions to the challenge of reducing energy emissions and outlines the actions to be taken to meet the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol.
Mohács Város Önkormányzata.
7700 Mohács, Széchenyi tér 1.
T. +36 06-69/505-546 -/ F. +36 06-69/505-505
Mohács is a city of 20.000 habitants in the southeastern part of Baranya County, on both sides of the river Danube. The settlement lies in the junction of the main roads number 56 and 57, and it is connected with the county town, Pécs by a railway station. The settlement was first mentioned in a document in 1093, its name might originate from the Slay word moha meaning moorland. The bishop of Pécs owned the fishing village, it started to emerge from the surrounding settlements in the 12th-13th centuries, when it became the centre of the estate due to its favourable position. Inv the 15th century, it was mentioned as a market town. Its development was broken in 1526 by the grey battle against the Turks in the near of the city, next to Sátorhely settlement. The fight lasted altogether one and a half hour, but our king, and a great number of our lords died, and we lost our national development, for centuries. At the time of the Turkish reign, the settlement along an important military road was a Turkish centre for some time. The area emptied during the period of the subjection. At the beginning of the 18th century, Hungarian, Swabian, Croatian, and Serb ethnical groups started to repopulate it. The city became multi-racial at that time. This has been preserved by the structure of the city, by the city parts of the nationalities, with churches in the centres. In the 18th-19th centuries, it received the prerogatives of the market town again from the bishopric, and became the economic and cultural centre of the area again. Its development was influenced by the border changes after the World War I., and by the changes of the population after 1945. Mohács attracts tourists – besides the historical memories due to the cultural programmes, the world famous „Busójárás” (a popular custom at the end of winter), the summer festivals, and the fest of the area’s wines.
C/ Pablo Ruiz Picasso, 65 Edificio A, 3ª planta
50018 - Zaragoza (Spain)
T. +34 976 07 00 00 / F. 976 07 00 01
Aragonese Society of Agri-Environmental Management (SARGA) is a public company of
the Government of Aragon specialized in the execution and management of all types
of public infrastructure and in agri-environmental service delivery aimed at sustainable
development in the Autonomous Region.
The company was founded in October 2012 following the merger of two public entities of the Government of Aragon: Sirasa (Aragonese Society of Rural Infrastructures) and SODEMASA (Environmental Development Society), specialized in the field of agriculture and environment respectively. Thus, SARGA unifies the management of both services in favour of a greater efficiency and effectiveness.
The company offers services in the following activity areas:
a) Cattle services: transport and collection of animal carcasses, animal welfare, agri-food audits
b) Agricultural services: industrialization and marketing of agricultural products and by-products, administration and management of farms and agricultural centres, prevention and control of pests and plant and animal diseases.
c) Environmental services: protection and management of forests and natural protected areas, comprehensive waste management, management and operation of economic activities related to the environment.
d) Forestry services: forests fire prevention and fire fighting.
e) Infrastructure: execution of infrastructure works at local, provincial or regional level, preparation of studies, plans, projects and reports and execution of any actions related to the water cycle.
Although the main customers of the company are located in the Autonomous Region of Aragon, SARGA also works for other customers outside the Autonomous Region and collaborates on different projects with partners from across the European Union. Thus, the company has developed important R&D+I projects that have allowed them to become a reference at a national and European level on some subjects, such as the fight against the zebra mussel in irrigation installations and manure management.
SARGA has an extensive experience in the EFQM model of business excellence, having achieved the stamp EFQM 500+ prior to the merger, turning into the first public company of Autonomic Region scope to achieve it, and the second Aragonese company including the private sector.
SARGA is accredited by ENAC as Inspection Entity in different scopes within the agri-food sector and has a highly qualified team that can develop projects with efficiency effectiveness and economic viability criteria.
Avda. de la Fama 3
30003 - Murcia (Spain)
T. +34 968 36 28 00
Instituto de Fomento de la Región de Murcia - INFO - is the only public Regional Development Agency in the Murcia region (southeast Spain), which is organically attached to the Regional Ministry of Industry, Enterprises and Innovation. INFO is responsible for coordinating most aspects of regional economic development and establishing an environment that favors corporate competitiveness through regional industrial planning, technical and financial assistance to SMEs, setting up of technological infrastructures and business centers, innovation and technology transfer, cluster development, export promotion, entrepreneurship and foreign investment attraction. INFO contributes to the development of the regional economy by introducing new industrial policy models as well as promoting and supporting the regional business sector (notably SMEs) through different aid programs and technical services aimed at improving business productivity and competitiveness. INFO has recently being promoted as Support Structure of the Covenant of Majors in the Murcia region and has also inherited the overall management of EU funded projects started by the former regional agency for energy which has recently ceased to exist. INFO is leader of an IEE Project entitled Meshartility “MEasure and SHARe data with uTILITies for the Convenant of Mayors” in which 74 municipalities are involved at EU level to obtain the data required for SEAPs, same objective with different approach in SMARTIE Project in 7th FP “Secure and sMArter ciTIes data management”. As a partner, INFO works in SUM Project related to “Sustainable Urban Mobility” in Interreg IVC and has obtained funds from the EIB for an Project entitled ELENA FUENSANTA supporting the technical assistance for efficient energy investments in the Region of Murcia. In this context, one of the aims of INFO Murcia is to facilitate the economic activity of ESCOs, support to the efficient municipal policies, boosting the savings at municipal level, increase of sustainability and achievement of the 2020 targets in the Region of Murcia.