International Projects

REGIONS 4FOOD – REGIONal Strategies 4 FOOD 4.0 Revolution 

Data has become a key asset for the food industry which is leading to innovations in technology and the development of new tools and skills.

However, the large volume and diverse nature of food value chains data and actors call for specific integration and management procedures to make the most of new economic opportunities based on information, data and cognitive technologies and promote innovation-driven growth.

With the aim to address this issue, seven regions have decided to join efforts to face new challenges in relation ICTs and data with the overall objective of maximising the innovation potential of all actors of the agri-food value chain.

For this purpose, project partners have developed an exchange of experience approach and work plan which allow them to create synergies and opportunities by identifying good practice implemented in other regions. Partners will work in close cooperation with stakeholders to interconnect regional innovation ecosystems, and bring together the “quadruple helix” of actors involved at different stages in the food value chain. Best practices for each region will be integrated in their action plans in order to improve the targeted policy instruments governance or to implement projects that will contribute to achieving the above-mentioned goal.

 Main project outputs and results will be:

 – Seven action plans to improve policy instruments selected by project partners according to their relevance in terms of better exploiting ICT’s potential and deliver innovation to food industry and hence, smart progress and growth.

– Support capacity-building at all levels, that is, staff, organisational and regional but also beyond the partnership considering most project partners are members of the S3P Agri-food on Traceabiliy and Big Data.

– Reinforcing cooperation between research and business sectors and therefore, to improve the economic exploitation of R&D results.

– Delivering strategic guidelines for new programming period.

Main data of the project:

Project title: REGIONal Strategies 4 FOOD 4.0 Revolution
Project code: PGI05289


  • Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development. Government of Andalusia – Spain
  • Pays de la Loire Regional Council – France
  • Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences – Finland
  • ASTER Stock Joint Consortium – Italy
  • South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency – Hungary
  • Province Limburg – Netherlands
  • Pazardzhik Regional Administration – Bulgaria

Project budget in EUR: 1,502,890.00 €
ERDF funding in EUR: 1,277,456.50 €
Funding program: Interreg EUROPE
Project duration: 01.06.2018- 31.05.2023

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The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and Hungary.


Medtech4 Europe – Optimizing the impact of public policies in favour of research and innovation facilities in the field of medical technologies


Medical technologies are a key sector for the future in Europe by bringing solutions to reduce healthcare costs in a context of ageing population. With emergence of new and cross-sectorial technologies, it is one of the most innovative high-tech sector which faces a strong world competition requiring each time more innovation. But the sector is fragmented with a high number of products and SMEs; RDI infrastructures offers do not always meet effectively companies demands.


The project brings together 9 partners from 8 EU countries (FR, IT, NL, D, FI, DK, HU, PL) with a mix of regional public authorities, innovation agencies and a cluster (all having delegation of competencies from their public authority) and an advisory partner. They are supported by strongly involved skilful stakeholders: managing authorities, centres of research, clusters, hospitals.


Improving public policies (structural funds and regional policies) in favour of RDI facilities to be more adapted to the specificities of the medtech domain.


In phase 1, the project follows a progressive 3-steps approach starting from a state of the play in each partner’s region from which best practices will be crossanalysed to deliver recommendations in order to improve the policies addressed in partners’ regions.


The project will lead to the implementation of 8 local action plans thanks to various activities of exchange of experiences, among which self-assessment, benchmarking, interregional mapping and joint analysis, 1 interregional seminar, 3 study visits, 4 workshops, 2 dissemination events (1 at European level to fuel the EU reflection).


Increase knowledge and skills among stakeholders and staff members (125). 20 best practices and 8 improved policies instruments (5 related to structural funds) to strengthen RDI ecosystems, develop new RDI business models and new RDI interregional projects at EU level in the medtech sector.


Main data of the project:

Project title: Medtech4 Europe – Optimizing the impact of public policies in favour of research and innovation facilities in the field of medical technologies
Project code: PGI04950


  • Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Region  – France
  • Province of Limburg – Netherlands
  • South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Nonprofit Ltd – Hungary
  • The Capital Region of Denmark – Denmark
  • Upper Silesian Agency for Entrepreneurship ans development Ltd. (GAPR) – Poland
  • Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council – Finland
  • Cluster Technologies for Living Environment -techforlife – Italy
  • Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH – Germany
  • Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission – France

Project budget in EUR: 1,716,495.00 €
ERDF funding in EUR: 1,441,222.55 €
Funding program: Interreg EUROPE
Project duration: 01.06.2018- 30.11.2022

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The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and Hungary.


FIRECE – Innovative Financial Instruments for industry low carbon energy transition in Central Europe

To reach nationals targets for renewable energy shares of final energy consumption CE regions have the common challenge to keep investing and even to accelerate the financing of concrete actions to deliver sustainable energy measures.

FIRECE project links to the specific objective because it will support public sector to plan and manage instruments able to achieve saving targets. The implementation of Innovative financial instruments and the assessment of the projects submitted by SMEs for energy savigns will contribute to achieve the indicators contained in the Regional Energy Plans. Finally, FIRECE contributes to the achievements of the energy saving targets planned at worldwide and EU level.

 The main objective of FIRECE is to increase capacities of regional operator to manage Energy Plans particularly on the financial resources locally available to enhance the investments in renewable energy by Industry, especially SMEs. quality assessment criteria will assist operators and local actors to check and optimize use of public resources addressed to investments on renewable energy by the industrial sectors (manufacturing).

The main project outputs are a transnational strategy to implement financial schemes and assess investments by public resources for Industry, a strong exchange knowledge action addressed to regional operators with training courses organized in 9 different regions, a methodology to support the exploitation of financial common financial schemes identified and a tool on-line available to local actors for the quality assessment of the investments.

The project will implement two pilot actions in nine different regions: six regions will develop ex-ante analysis 5 regions will test the tool to assess projects and investments supported by public resources in the frame of the Regional Energy Plans.

Main data of the project:

Project title: Innovative Financial Instruments for industry low carbon energy transition in Central Europe
Project code: CE1131


  • Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Craft and Agriculture of Venice, Rovigo Delta Lagunare – Italy
  • Network for Energy & Environmental Technology – Germany
  • Emilia – Romagna Region – Italy
  • South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Nonprofit Ltd. – Hungary
  • Technology Promotion Burgenland Ltd. – Austria
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. +Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy – Germany
  • Regional Development Agency ARLEG SA in Legnica – Poland
  • Lubelskie Voivodeship – Poland
  • IRENA – Istrian Regional Energy Agency Ltd. – Croatia
  • ENVIROS Ltd. – Czech Republic

Project budget in EUR: 1.872.633,00 €
ERDF funding in EUR: 1.542.138,35 €
Funding program: Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE
Project duration: 01.07.2017- 30.06.2020

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The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and Hungary.