International Projects


The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the need to modernise and digitally transform training systems in Europe. The CIRCULAR SME SCAN (CSS) links this to the circular economy, a strategic approach to a greener economy to support European recovery.

Circular, sustainable, environmentally and climate-friendly operations of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) give them a competitive advantage over their competitors. However, more than 25 million SMEs in Europe face challenges in reaching their potential because they do not have as much knowledge or financial and physical resources that are needed to make the changes as large companies.

The main objective of the CSS is to create a self-scan and learning platform that develops the skills and competences of SMEs in the circular economy by supporting innovative practices for the digital age.

Main data of the project:

Project title: CIRCULAR SME SCAN

Project code: KA226 – VET – 093967


  • South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency – Hungary (LP)
  • EOLAS S.L. – Spain

Project budget in EUR: 259.020,00 €
Funding program: Erasmus+ KA2
Project duration: 01.04.2021 – 31.03.2023.

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SAGA Social And GAstronomic entrepreneurship in empty Europe

The trend of rural depopulation faced by many European countries and regions, is generating areas considered “Empty Europe”, who upfront specific and related demographic and economic challenges and a lack of public services. At the same time, these territories have a rich culinary heritage, gastronomy and/or food production, which at the same time can generate opportunities.

SAGA aims to contribute to reducing inequalities, ensure economic recovery and inclusive and sustainable long-term growth through a co-creation and collaborative focus, engaging all relevant stakeholders, develop and validate a training programme for populations living in “Empty Europe”, but who at the same time have a rich culinary heritage and/or food production. The project develops and evaluates an innovative training programme for those living in these types of rural areas, addressing their pressing issues such as unemployment and economic and social revitalisation, giving them the knowledge, competences and skills to develop social enterprises in gastronomic, food and culinary heritage fields.

Main data of the project:

Project title: SAGA Social And GAstronomic entreprenuership in empty Europe
Project code: KA204-259AFC28


  • South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency – Hungary (LP)
  • EOLAS S.L. – Spain
  • Business Innovation Center Innobridge – Bulgaria
  • Fundatia Centrul Educational Spektrum – Romania
  • Kontakt Szervezetfejleszto es Tanacsado Kft. – Hungary

Project budget in EUR: 267,620.00 €
Funding program: Erasmus+ KA2
Project duration: 01.10.2020 – 30.09.2022.

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eBussed – Building capacities for European-wide e-bus deployment

Transitioning from a region with public transportation based on diesel buses to a region with e-bus fleets requires ample expertise in different fields. A wide range of themes must be covered in order to initiate and support e-bus development. The project concentrates on the exchange of experience between partner regions at different stages of e-bus operation development, thereby serving regions struggling with this highly technical and fast developing field.

The project supports the transition towards low carbon mobility and more efficient public transport. It promotes the uptake of e-buses in new regions and supports the expansion of existing e-fleets. It facilitates the integration of electricity production based on renewables and low carbon electrified public transport. Through new ideas and better policies, the project promotes both the demand and supply side of electricity from clean renewable sources and the subsequent transitioning towards a low carbon economy.

eBussed will engage regions from all directions with and without practical experience on e-buses. The project will increase capacities and knowledge among its partner regions via a multi-level exchange of experiences and cross-regional pollination of ideas to better support the transition towards fully electrified bus fleets and low carbon mobility.

Main project results will be:

  • increased measurability for e-bus deployment among partner regions via the introduction of the e-bus readiness indicators,
  • increased capacities of partners and regional stakeholders to make informed decisions on bus fleet electrification as a result of thematic cross-fertilization workshops and other project outputs,
  • increased knowledge of policy makers and public officials to recognise the barriers and drivers inhibiting or promoting e-bus deployment,
  • increased capacities and knowledge among policy makers and public officials to link e-bus deployment with renewable electricity production,
  • increased knowledge of policy makers and public officials on all facets of e-bus procurement and fleet technological and user-related management,
  • improved policy instruments (4 ERDF policies and 2 local plans): introduction or integration of the e-bus theme into the policy instruments,
  • improved governance or supporting the theme by proposing new project ideas or funding,
  • implemented 6 local action plans supporting e-bus development in the partner regions.

Main data of the project:

Project title: Building capacities for European-wide e-bus deployment
Project code: PGI05948


  • Turku University of Applied Science – Finland
  • Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg – Germany
  • Province of Utrecht – Netherlands
  • HU University of Applied Science Utrecht – Netherlands
  • Ministry for Gozo – Malta
  • Transport Malta – Malta
  • South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency – Hungary
  • Province of Livorno – Italy

Project budget in EUR: 1,474,548.00 €
ERDF funding in EUR: 1,253,365.80 €
Funding program: Interreg EUROPE
Project duration: 01.08.2019 – 31.01.2023.

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

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.

2020-3.1.4-ZFR-EKM – Pilot project of promoting the establishment of energy communities

Establishment and operation of an energy community in District VII. of Budapest

The overall goal of the project is to establish and operate an energy community in District VII. of Budapest, which integrates a wide range of stakeholders and relevant actors (energy consumers, producers, service providers, actors with different energy and legal characteristics and interests) to a common system, and at the same time, it presents and organizes as much of the traditional and innovative technical and financial solutions as possible. By the end of the project the aim is to elaborate the regulatory documents, technical-energy, legal and financial mechanisms of the energy community, which have been tested and proved to be adequate. The project is based on digital solutions, and applies several smart and innovative solutions as well. With the integration of elements of the technical content, as well as the technical, legal and financial expertise of the energy community members significantly benefits can be realised in the fields of R&D, technical-energy, hardware development, and institutional-legal development. The flexibility, capacity, performance etc. of the energy community, can regulate the assets of the community (taking into account the current production-consumption characteristics and energy prices), while aiming at technical and financial optimum and providing services for all internal and external stakeholders in an adequate quality. Th energy community is the overall result, „product” of the project, that can be identified as a crowdfunding investment vehicle. The energy community will be able to finance its operation from its revenues, while bringing benefits to all internal and external stakeholders.