Interreg Italy-Slovenia CAP&COM pilot actions to foster a greener Europe
The workshop “Interreg Italy-Slovenia CAP&COM pilot actions to foster a greener Europe” held in Brussels on 9 October 2019 during the European Week of Regions and Cities aimed at promoting sustainability for a Greener Europe through an integrated and multidisciplinary cross border approach promoted by the Interreg V-A Italy-Slovenia programme. In 2019 the programme allocated additional funds to some projects part-funded under Priority Axis 2 “Cooperating for implementation of low carbon strategies and action plans” in order to carry out CAP&COM (Capitalization and Communication) activities as if they were one single project. Projects planned several CAP&COM activities to extend and consolidate their collaborative effort at local, but also at European level. The workshop was the first initiative where projects had the opportunity to make known their intentions and present pilot actions on the basis of their experiences and the concrete results they had reached. Projects identified themselves in five “green” pillars: Sustainable multimodal services, Participation, Local Action (activities with schools), Green Innovation, Strategic planning.
PILLAR 1: Sustainable multimodal services
This pillar was presented by INTER BIKE II project, which aims at promoting the use of sustainable types of transport (bike+bus/bike+boat) along the Adriabike cycling path in order to reduce the impact of traffic on the environment.
PILLAR 2: Participation
This pillar was presented by ENERGY CARE which runs infrastructural projects across the Italian and Slovenian cross border area with concrete and measurable impacts in terms of reducing CO2 emissions, energy consumption and increasing sustainable multimodal mobility.
PILLAR 3: Local action (activities with schools)
This pillar was presented by MobiTour project, which aims at promoting sustainable mobility across the Italy-Slovenia cross border coastal and hinterland tourist areas.
PILLAR 4: Green Innovation
This pillar was presented by LightingSolutions project, which aims at improving the efficiency and energy management of public lighting using the measures envisaged by the municipal SEAPs.
PILLAR 5: Strategic planning
This pillar was presented by CROSSMOBY project which focus on planning new cross-border sustainable mobility, starting from local and regional levels, and on testing new cross-border and sustainable passenger transport services, pushing for intermodality (bike-train; bike-boat).
5 projects/pillars, 1 goal/message: “JOIN THE EU GREEN SIDE”
These pillars support the Interreg Italy-Slovenia CAP&COM pilot actions for fostering a greener Europe and providing possible scenarios for shaping the future of the cross border area. The CAP&COM process has only just begun: projects will continue cooperating with each other organising joint CAP&COM activities and finding new partnerships across Europe.
Take away message
Europe can be more...green. All for one, one for all to foster a greener Europe. Interreg Italy-Slovenia programme will work together on its projects to spread this message and to promote CAP&COM activities to extend their efforts by involving citizens for a long-term impact at local, but also European level.
Sandy Petrossi, Interreg V-A Italy-Slovenia staff, Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region, Italy.
All for one, one for all to foster a greener Europe: Interreg Italy-Slovenia programme work together on its projects to spread this message by involving citizens for long-term impact at local, but also European level.
Olivia Ferrari, Researcher and Project Manager, ISIG - Istituto di Sociologia Internazionale di Gorizia, Italy.
"Young people are the engine of change. They have a fundamental role in protecting our planet."
Robert Likar, Officer, Obcina Sempeter-Vrtojba, Slovenia.
Lightingsolutions - make visible
Lightingsolutions - reduce energy
The only light at the beginning of mankind was the sun and the moon, then fire was invented and finally the artificial light. Today, energy consumption through the use of lighting has become excessive.
Laura Comelli, Managing Authority Interreg V-A Italy-Slovenia, Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region, Italy.
When the last tree is cut down, the last fish eaten, and the last stream poisoned, you will realise that you cannot eat money”. Well today we must reflect on this prophecy.
Mara Černic, Project Manager, Park Ŝkocjanske Jame, Slovenia.
Moving is part of human nature to sustain itself, but also to discover, meet one another, and go beyond our horizons - but we are so many - 7 billion people - and to preserve our earth we must move in harmony with it.