EU.CA.NET European Agencies Network for citizenship, inclusion
involvement and empowerment of communities
through the urban transformation process
EUROPE FOR CITIZENS PROGRAMME - 2.2 NETWORKS OF TOWNS
1 February 2017 - 31 January 2019
Lead Partner of the project EUCANET is ASSOCIAZIONE URBAN CENTER METROPOLITANO TORINO from Italy and Project partners are: CITY OF SKOPJE (Macedonia) ;BOLOGNA URBAN CENTER (Italy) ,CITY OF MARSEILLE(France); CLUJ METROPOLITAN AREA INTERCOMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (Romania)
EUCANET sustains active citizenship, enlarging civic involvement and commitment to the decision-making processes. Inspired by the Pact of Amsterdam for EU Urban Agenda, EUCANET explores how the urban political process can contribute to tighten the connection between the local and EU level, reframing the interaction between Urban Authorities (UA), local communities, civil society, business and knowledge institutions.
Many UA in EU support organizations, defined in the project as City Agencies (CA play a connection role within the spatial policies, Involving the citizens, facilitating their understanding and participation in the urban urban planning and decision-making process.
EUCANET aims to explore how CA can be tools to raise the standard of citizens' inclusion, civic involvement, local communities empowerment, co-creation of urban commons, sharing theoretical, practical and operational knowledge, to offer the Pact of Amsterdam a Thematic Partnership proposal for a more effective and democratic implementation of the EU Urban Agenda.
Meetings will be occasions to transfer usable knowledge, operational models and methods, to help involved parties experiment and develop innovative actions in their hometowns. Each partners meeting is focused on a locally relevant Hot Topic, to maximize the direct and indirect participation of institutional partners and stakeholders, policy&decision makers, civic organizations, NGOs, city-makers and citizens of different ages, lifestyles, education and level of commitment. EUCANET meetings will be inflected through the following activities: Thematic Seminars, Policy Workshops, Conferences.
CREATE (Congestion Reduction in Europe: Advancing Transport Efficiency)
Over a period of many decades cities go through a transport investment and policy development cycle, which we can broadly simplify into three stages:
- Rapid growth in car ownership and use, from a low base, with extensive road building and widening and provision of off and on-street parking; often investment in public transport is neglected at this time.
- Switch in emphasis from providing for vehicle movement to offering efficient person movement systems (especially rail/tram based)
- Positive focus on reducing car use, by reducing road capacity (in some cases demolishing urban motorways or removing traffic gyratories) or charging for road use, and encouraging walking and cycling and improving the quality of the street environment – a city based on sustainable mobility.
While recognising that there may well be differences in the stage of development within city regions (e.g. between central, inner, outer and peri-urban areas).
The CREATE project has three primary objectives:
- Working with a group of Stage 3 cities (e.g. London, Vienna…), to establish how they have succeeded in reducing car use over time, and identifying what lessons can be learnt (both in terms of best mix of policy measures and what factors aid or retard the move to Stage 3).
- Using this information to develop guidance and teaching materials for European cities currently at Stage 1, to help them to speed up their transition to Stage 3 cities based on sustainable mobility, and avoid ‘wasted’ road investment; and
- Looking forward to a possible Stage 4, taking into account new technologies and the scope for reducing the overall demand for travel; this is particularly important for growing cities where there is expected to be increasing road congestion and overcrowding on public transport.
The project will consider both passenger and freight/servicing movements, and the use of urban streetspace more generally. It will identify the main impacts of different policy measures (economic, social and environmental) and their distributional consequences, particularly for vulnerable groups.
We are looking for several ‘Stage 1’ cities, where we can document current transport polices and economic/social pressures, and – learning from the experiences of the Stage 3 cities - work with them to see how they can speed up their transition to a city based on sustainable urban mobility.
The project would be eligible for 100% European funding, and we are planning for a 24 month project.
Social Integration through Urban Growth Strategies
Programme: Europe for Citizens
Action 1: Active Citizens for EuropeMeasure 1.2. Thematic Networking of Twinned Cities
The challenges of the contemporary urban societies have been surpassing its economic aspect and emanates as a structural, social, environmental and spatial crisis with devastating effect on transition societies. It has been followed by sharp inequalities and economic decline that have heavily influenced the transformations of the urban environment. Cities are complex systems of elaborated spatial and social relations. Its complexity is enhanced by its constantly changing and evolving shape and structure. To understand the processes that are shaping our cities we have to develop a platform of knowledge and tools that are coherent with the complex nature of the cities, but comprehensible and simple enough to be operationally useful.
The SINERGI project will be focused on establishing a network of cooperation between city administration, experts, civic organizations and will work on promoting and exercising EU knowledge and experience in citizen’s participation in the field of urban planning and development with promotion of good practices from partner cities Skopje, Turin, Lisbon and Zagreb.
The aim of the project will be organization of activities that would create a platform for exchange of knowledge that should brought together in a creative and open debate and communication between local authorities, Universities and research community, civil organizations and civil activist and citizens. This platform should enable use of novel and digital tools for better analysis and understanding the processes that are shaping our cities but most of all should enable different social and interest groups to take an active participation and exchange of knowledge with experts, researchers and activist in a joint effort to create strategies, projects and communication tools that will reinforce the process of city management. This complex network of different stakeholders will enable decision makers to challenge their perception of the contemporary city and will legitimize policies of urban management with new and integrated urban knowledge.
City of Skopje, City of Turin, City of Zagreb, City of Lisbon
Information on the implementation of the Sinergi project
Project name: Turning unexploited food waste into biomethane supplied through local filling stations network
User name: City of Skopje
EU support: 34.625 EUR
Project duration: 36 months
Promotion of segregated food waste collection from specific and various waste producers (food and beverage industry, catering, residential) in order to produce biofuel (biomethane) and usage through local filling stations network. Concept implementation for the target cities is based on different events, including workshops, foodwaste working group meetings and study tours.
Project will be implemented in four target cities:
- City of Zagreb (Croatia)
- City of Skopje (Macedonia)
- City of Malaga (Spain)
- City of Paris (France)
SocialCar is an innovative approach to urban transport demand management and more specifically to carpooling in urban areas.
SocialCar integrates open public transport data, crowdsourcing from travellers and innovative algorithms on the edge of ICT solutions and available infrastructures. SocialCar aims at exploiting the impressive potential effects that could be generated by social network concepts on green driving support systems.
Starting from this key point, SocialCar intends to develop an open and public data integration system as a leverage to promoting effective Carpooling service to citizens, representing a complementary transport mode that extends Public transport networks, evolving them in social and intelligent mobility networks.
SocialCar specific objectives are:
• Overcoming the limitations of current carpooling practices moving from long trips to effective urban use
• Developing a new carpooling model, targeted to optimise the inter-modality system of carpooling with existing transport and mobility services of EU cities
• Enhancing carpooling spreading through widely used and easy to interact communication channels
• Aggregating individual and spot initiatives within an integrated multilingual citizens platform
• Producing a city-based open integrated mobility repository of public transport and traffic city-based data
• Maximizing the availability of mobility data coming from different data sources, first of all Public Transport and rail, harmonizing them through the extension of standard open protocols
• Shoving of GNSS European technology promoting, for carpooling, the use of car-sharing private services equipped with Galileo services
• Contributing to the EU2020 targets on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources
Streetlight-EPC: Triggering the market uptake of energy performance contracting through street lighting refurbishment projects
User name: City of Skopje
EU support: 17.435 EUR
Project duration: 36 months
Within the project " Streetlight-EPC: Triggering the market uptake of energy performance contracting through street lighting refurbishment projects" will be implemented following three objectives:
- Establishment of EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) markets and presenting challenges to realize guaranteed energy services;
- Market support in introducing effective and innovative lighting technologies
- Support municipalities in the implementation of projects related to the replacement of existing types of street lights (EC regulation 245/2009), which often do not have sufficient funds in the budget for funding.
The Ele.C.Tra project, with the help of pilot activities and preparation of model for promoting electric transport (electric scooters sharing in 3 major cities in Europe - Genoa, Florence and Barcelona) and portability of the model in other 7 cities (including the City of Skopje), allows to raise awareness among citizens and tourists in order to change habits, reduce air pollution and travel time, sustainable mobility, and the ability to develop other innovative means of transport (eg. electric car and bus).
Objectives of the project:
• To increase use of electric scooters in urban areas, by sharing or renting, and modernization of urban two-wheeled vehicles, so by the year 2020 at least 10% of traditional motorcycles can be replaced by electric scooters;
• To raise the awareness of citizens and tourists to change habits, to promote sustainable beneficial activities and raise awareness among public bodies and mobility among stakeholders in order to develop other innovative vehicles;
• To define and test an innovative model in order to provide solutions that will meet the needs of citizens and tourists in the public transport, especially with the use of scooters.
Within the project, The City of Skopje is involved in the following activities:
• Undertake a feasibility study for the introduction of electric transportation, use of e-scooters in the city;
• Promotion of electric transport model;
• Transferring the knowledge from the project to other Macedonian municipalities.
CASCADE is a 3-year project (2011-2014) of networking and mutual learning on local energy leadership. It supports cities in delivering the European Union 2020 targets for energy and climate change.
Coordinated by EUROCITIES, the project involves 19 large European cities as partners as well as thematic experts Koucky & Partners and Wuppertal Institute. The project has a budget of €2 Million, with 75% of that being financed by the EU.
With a focus of three thematic areas (energy efficiency in buildings & districts; renewable energy sources & distributed energy generation; and energy in urban transport), the project aims to:
Through large-scale networking, mutual learning and best practice sharing activities, the CASCADE project will inspire improvements in the implementation of sustainable energy policies in large and medium European cities.
City of Skopje joined the CASCADE partner cities in a programme of exchange activities (study tours, mentoring visits and work shadowing) aimed at improving the delivery of local energy policies.
In the period of 11-13.06.2013 was realized the study visit to Malmo, Sweden, aiming the best practice and knowledge exchange in planning and realization of EE measures in buildings and the policies for financing such measures.
The project “Intelligent Tools for Policy Design” is financed by the European Union, within the FP7 Program, and aims to provide a completely new approach to the traditional policies. Through innovative methods, using the social networks and surveys, the FUPOL project will contribute towards improving the way politicians and administration communicate with the citizens.
The result of the project is developing tools based on information technology, i.e., software that will enable a new method of communication between politicians, citizens and the business sector. The software enables automatic collection, analysis and interpretation of the opinions provided by the citizens, as well as providing a simulation of the effects of adopting laws and policies and the possibility of assisting the authorities in the decision-making process.
Using these tools, the citizens of the City of Skopje will be able to participate directly in the process of creating the city policies, using the social networks to express their judgments and opinions on the proposed topics and projects. Additionally, the users will be able to comment on the given topics on the official Facebook, Twitter and Blogspot accounts of the City of Skopje, where all the topics will be posted.
All the received comments, opinions and judgments will be ordered systematically and processed by the special software, and will be included in the policy-creating process of the City of Skopje.
NICHES+ builds further on the NICHES project, and is funded by the DG Research under the 7FP. It will run from May 2008 until April 2011.
NICHES+ will involve 7 champion cities in the implementation of innovative concepts.
The NICHES+ consortium consists of EUROCITIES, Newcastle University, Transman, TRG and Rupprecht Consult. The project is coordinated by Polis.
The mission of NICHES+ is to promote innovative measures for making urban transport more efficient and sustainable and to move them from their current "niche" position into a mainstream urban transport application.
The project looks into the details of 12 innovative measures, structured in 4 thematic areas:
Innovative concepts to enhance accessibility
Concepts for Efficient Planning and Use of Infrastructure and Interchanges
Traffic Management Centres
Automated and Space Efficient Transport Systems
NICHES+ has selected seven Champion Cities through a call of proposals? NICHES+ wants to demonstrate how urban transport innovation can move from theory to practice. Taking into account quality of applications, mix of concepts, level of commitment, geographical spread and urban scale, the NICHES+ jury selected the following cities: Artois-Gohelle (France) , Burgos (Spain) , Worcestershire (UK), Skopje (FYROM), Trondheim (Norway), Cork (Ireland), Daventry (UK) .
The Civitas Renaissance project, is another stage of this European community initiative. Apart from Szczecinek, there are also four other cities: Perugia, Bath, Skopje and Gorna Oriahovitsa.
RENAISSANCE has an innovative approach in all demonstration measures as from the following areas:
"Energy and Environmental Innovations"
Through the large-scale use of bio-diesel as public/private fleets fuel, RENAISSANCE demonstrates the exploitation of locally produced fuels have no contribution to the greenhouse effect. Bio-diesel have positive effects on the local city environments by providing reductions in CO and NOx also.The mutual positive effects of RENAISSANCE ICT-solutions implemented, of the retrofitted clean vehicles and increased clean public transport will improve mobility of people.
RENAISSANCE will demonstrate use of the “second generation” of clean vehicles. Fleets of vehicles, buses running on biofuels, bio-diesel, CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), methane and electricity will run during the project. Strong efforts will also be put into getting a well functioning second hand market for clean vehicles.
New forms of ICT use will be demonstrated, including real-time information about road congestion, available parking spaces and public transport schedules.
Co-operation between many partners at the local and European level is important in RENAISSANCE as an integrated approach to problem solving. This will give added value effects making possible to evaluate results of many different measures converging into the same target. RENAISSANCE gives partners who never worked together a chance to find new areas of co-operation and new models for innovative services that will result in large emission reductions.
"Innovative pricing policies and payment technologies"
RENAISSANCE will have the unique chance to convoy the experience of Bath in the UK charging scheme as a measure of sound relevance in innovative pricing policies. The use of several innovative systems for public transport pricing as well parking pricing will be fundamental as from measure description forms. Smart cards for public transport will make it easier for passengers to purchase tickets, differentiated pricing for parking in city centres will manage demand, and rebates will provide incentives for clean vehicles.
"Political process innovation"
RENAISSANCE will be a showcase of the quantifiable effects of political decisions on the local transportation situation for historic cities. Decision-makers are a target group for dissemination on RENAISSANCE results. The planned meetings of political decision makers will provide the forum to discuss the results.
"Transport system management innovation"
Innovative techniques for collecting data on traffic situations, and new ways of presenting this information, will be demonstrated in RENAISSANCE. The methods for information will be adapted to the chosen target group. The integration of data from different sources (operational management for public transport, traffic management for individual traffic and parking information) is combined to an innovative transport system management for all modes and distributed in new channels.
The SEENET program is a decentralized cooperative initiative belonging to the Tuscan Region and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who are working in South East Europe to encourage local governments to become true catalysts of development and to guarantee steady social and economic growth.
The 21 partners were chosen not only due to their geographical distance or linguistic similarities/diversities, but also in terms of equal representation of ethnic groups within the area; all of these aspects have been developed over time with progressive reports on exchanges and meetings with the Tuscan authorities. In addition, based on work carried out on a regional project in the Istria District resulting from meetings in Florence and Brioni, it has been agreed upon by local partners to give the Istria District the role of counterpart and leader of the 21 South East European partners for the entire Programme, taking into consideration the fact, that being a district, it represents an efficient institutional interlocutor.
The following is a list of the 21 local authorities involved; for further information on each click on the given authority.
Building Effective PArtnerships among European and Mediterranean Municipalities for Local
The PAMLED Project aims at strengthening the capability of 3 Mediterranean and 5 European Municipalities (including South East Europe) in managing local development as well as in implementing innovative initiatives of economic promotion and environmental care in two fields of action:
1.Planning and management
2. City marketing.
The internal staff of the 8 Municipalities involved will implement a selection of pilot actions both on sustainable development and management, and on city marketing. These initiatives will be characterised by pro-active interventions in many fields of action that could envisage: tourist attraction and enhancement of local assets and products, image building, support and growth of specific economic categories, environmental actions, etc. This final result will be achieved by carrying out many activities both within the Municipalities and among them.
A particular effort of the network has been placed to involve the civil society, while a permanent feedback is being encouraged to gather citizens and relevant stakeholders’ point of view. Importance has been placed to the promotion of a bottom-up approach in the local choices with emphasis on citizens’ participation and the use of local partnership and consensus to implement specific policies.
SWEB “Secure, interoperable cross border m-services contributing towards a trustful European cooperation with the non-EU member Western Balkan countries” project is to develop secure prototype technologies ensuring their applicability in non-advanced infrastructures, implementing country-specific dissemination activities for their potential redeployment and broad application. SWEB develops new “mGovernment” tools and services affordable by the Small Governmental Organizations (SMGOs), enhancing trustful cooperation with the neighboring Western Balkans appropriate for all low-budgeted infrastructures hosted in SMGOs.
SWEB is a technological project driven from the needs arising in the policy field. Security, interoperability and safety are the most important European policy objectives that SWEB directly addresses. SWEB adopts a bottom up approach by improving the security of the public infrastructures of the regional societies; it improves the secure e/m-exchange of documents of the public sector among and between EU and non-EU regions. It contributes towards the solution of pan European problems (e.g. safety, secure document exchange, invoicing).
The upcoming integration of non-EU members makes the secure exchange of public documents an urgent matter in order to accelerate its harmonization with the European public processes and financial auditing procedures. SWEB results will have high impact on secure e/m government in strengthening operational secure co-operation and exchange of information.
TRANSPOWER enables major actors in the field of urban transport such as municipal and regional authorities to implement concepts for environmentally friendly, resource-saving, secure and efficient urban mobility. Avoidance of traffic, shifting to other modes of transport, and environmentally conscious design are the main strategies for sustainable urban transport. Decision makers need properly evaluated scientific information about best practices and relevant experience so that they can quickly and efficiently implement urban transport concepts.
TRANSPOWER supervises the implementation of small, manageable and tailor-made projects and concepts. Facilitating the exchange of experience and personnel TRANSPOWER will enable participating institutions to build up relevant capacities. Pooling 16 partners from six member states and one acceding countries representing small and medium-sized cities (up to 500,000 inhabitants), policy makers of municipalities and cities will be able to exchange know-how with science and business.
Increase Innovation and Research within Security Organisations
The INSec project is striving to improve the Innovation and Research processes within the security organizations, so that they can integrate new technologies, enabling them to evaluate novel approaches and services dedicated to the safety of citizens.
The project will focus on two main areas:
The development of a new internal innovation management model. This will allow the security organizations to better manage both the financial impacts and the added value of innovating projects.
The development of an external innovation platform in order to promote the networking between European security SMEs and public/private security organisations. This will increase the visibility of SMEs to the security organisations and hence diversify the range of services and technologies to them.
Two major European-scale events will be organised to share the good practises in the field of innovation management and dissemination will be though e-learning training modules developed within the project.