With a responsive opening ceremony started its activities the Business Service Centre in Gorazde, a city located in Podrinje Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Centre, which will be the core of the new Business Improvement Zone of the city, was financed by IPA Programme funds for local development of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the coordination of OXFAM Italy and the support of Informest, Podrinje Canton, Gorazde Municipality and Gorazde Chamber of Commerce.

It’s the first concrete achievement of the project. The first step was to renovate an historic building in the city centre that today is converted to a multi-used building for business activities of the area,  encouraging the local economic development.


The course of EU project management is open to young graduates who want to acquire knowledge and skills needed to present themselves in the labor market of European projects. Regional officials and professionals in the field will give a general overview on Community programs, both structural funds and programs that are directly managed by EU Commission. The duration is 80 hours.


On the 15th December, the European Commission adopted the first cross-border cooperation programme between Italy and Croatia, worth nearly € 237 million.

The program will help both countries in their blue growth potential by investing in research and innovation in blue economy sectors and improve joint climate change monitoring and natural risk prevention.


Have been published the priorities for 2016 of the “Europe for citizens” program. The program "Europe for Citizens”  supports projects aimed at building a more tangible Europe for its citizens; the development of a European identity based on common unitary historical and cultural experiences; the creation of a sense of belonging to the European Union; the exchange of experiences among citizens of different geographical areas, in order to contribute to intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding.


It was held in Prague on November, 23rd final conference of CLUS3 project organized by Czech Invest, national agency of Czech Republic for economic development. Main results of the project were presented to Czech cluster managers: among the others certification of excellence of clusters and training for manager and civil servants in development policies and cluster management. During the event ESCA (European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis) gave the gold label to Czech cluster CREA (renewable energies and water treatment).


The European SME WEEK 2015 will take place in Ferrara in the context of the SMART INNO project, co-funded by the European Union through the “IPA Adriatic Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013”. The main goal of the SMART INNO project is to develop a smart networking system for monitoring and fostering research & innovation capacity in SMEs across Adriatic Region. The territorial development goes through the Creative Economy: the Cultural and Creative Industry topic will lead the European SME week 2015 in the City of Ferrara with seminars dedicated to Public Authorities, SMEs and Financial Institutions and services. 


Registrations are now open to the path of business support reserved for cultural and creative projects. Musicians, filmmakers, photographers, painters, architects, designers and other actors of the cultural and creative (CC) often find difficulties to turn their passion and profession in an opportunity of stable and lasting economic return. But there are some opportunities to gain profits from its creative cultural activities: smART “Creative Business Lab” aims to provide information and tools to take advantage of these opportunities for projects of CC sector. In the SMART INNO European project, Friuli Innovazione launches “smART”, a path of business support tailored to the needs of the cultural and creative sector. Through training courses, events and networking initiatives, participants will be taken on a journey of definition and development of their idea after which the projects selected will have access to individual support.


Italian small and medium enterprises are at the top of European rankings for European funding made through “SME Instrument” from Horizon 2020. This program aims to sustain European small and medium enterprises to put their products and services in the market. Italian enterprises were ahead of the European announcement, expired the 17th September 2015, in the second and third place there were Spanish and English enterprises. At the same date, the largest number of projects was in Ict sector (720), besides nanotechnologies, energetic systems with low emissions and eco-innovation. Totally, there were presented 2.833 projects.


The European Commission is organising an Information Day to present the 2016 calls for proposals of Horizon 2020's Societal Challenge 5 "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials".

The Information Day will introduce the upcoming calls for proposals on 'Greening the Economy', 'Blue Growth – Demonstrating an Ocean of Opportunities', 'Smart and Sustainable Cities' as well as the 'Circular Economy’ topics of the 'Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy' call for proposals.

You can follow most of the sessions online. Watch the webstreaming.

We will also be covering the event live on twitter. Follow @EU_ecoinno and submit your questions using #H2020SC5.


The European Commission has launched the 3rd edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators. The competition is open until 20 October 2015! This Prize aims to raise public awareness on the need for more innovation and more women innovators. It will reward three women who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market.


The Interreg MED Programme is pleased to inform that the first call for modular projects of the programming period 2014-2020 is now open to programme priority axes 1, 2 and 3 and to the following types of projects:Studying (M1), Testing (M2), Capitalising (M3), Studying and testing (M1+2) and Testing and capitalising (M2+3).

For a detailed description of contents of programme specific objectives and types of projects, including information on possible actions, beneficiaries and target groups, please refer to section 2 of the Interreg MED Cooperation Programme adopted by the European Commission on June 2nd, 2015 and to the relevant Terms of Reference. Under this call a project proposal must focus on only one programme specific objective.


The First call for modular projects proposals will be opened from 1st September 2015 to 2nd November 2015. Project partners will be able to submit their application online on the Synergie website. After the assessment and approval phase, projects are expected to start in September 2016. From 23rd June to 1st September, a preparation period is opened to allow project partners to prepare their application before submitting it.

At disposal here TOR and programme manual


Cities and towns across European and further afield can now register to be a part of this initiative promoting sustainable urban mobility. Upon registering, cities or towns will be asked which of the following options they will be undertaking:

  • Organising a week of activities under this year's multimodality theme: Choose. Change. Combine.
  • Implementing at least one permanent measure that contributes to modal transfer.
  • Organising a car-free day on 22 September.

Those cities or towns that are carrying out all three of these measures will be eligible to apply for the EMW award.


Each month, the project will be built around one topic of great importance, topicality and impact within the European Union. The start and end of the project will be announced by a special article each month on the EP web page and EP social media platforms. The project will be open to all EU residents, aged 18 or older, regardless of profession, on condition that they conform to the rules, in particular that they possess the copyright for their photos and that they grant the European Parliament the right to use them for non-commercial purposes on the EP web page and EP social media platforms. 


There will be fifteen study visits in total, until summer 2016; this call relates to the first five, taking place in Nantes, Wallonia, Bologna, Dundee and Nord-Pas de Calais. Participation is open to representatives of local and regional authorities, in European countries participating in the Creative Europe (Culture) Programme. The study visits will enable participants to learn from their hosts, and consider whether and how best practices can be transferred. The first call will be online until 9 July.  Funding is available to cover for participants' accommodation and travel costs. The three-year project, managed by EUROCITIESKEA European Affairs, and the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN), aims to examine existing cultural initiatives and their impact on local and regional development strategies, and to support exchange of information and practices to increase understanding of the effects of investment in the culture sector.


From 23rd June, a preparation phase is opened to allow project partners to prepare their application before submitting it. The First call for modular projects proposals will be opened from 1st September 2015 to 2nd November 2015. Project partners will be able to submit their application online on the Synergie website. The timeframe being very short, we advise you not to leave it to the last minute to upload your proposal documents.


The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards is Europe’s most prestigious prize in the heritage field. Every year, it honours the most outstanding heritage achievements from all over Europe. It recognises the excellence and dedication by architects, craftsmen, cultural heritage experts, volunteers, schools, local communities, heritage owners and the media. It stimulates creativity and innovation, through the power of example. In 2016, the Awards will be given to up to 30 remarkable heritage projects and initiatives in four categories. Up to seven will be selected as Grand Prix winners and receive €10,000 each. One will get the Public Choice Award. Entries may be submitted from the countries that take part in the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission.


The Interreg Europe monitoring committee has approved the terms of reference for the first call for project proposals. The call will open 22 June, and will close on 31 July 2015.

The templates for the letter of support and partner declaration have NOT been changed, so applicants who have started preparing their application using the draft templates can submit these ones to the programme. The final application pack will be published on the website on 22 June. The online application system (www.iolf.eu) will be available from this date. Applicants have until 3 July to request feedback on their project idea from the secretariat. After this date, support will be available by phone on specific questions related to the online application process


In order to inform stakeholders about the state of art in the definition of the Italy Croatia CBC Programme and to better orientate the definition of actions/types of projects to be co-financed by the Programme, the Task Force is organizing two thematic events, that will be organized in Trieste on the 17th June and in Split on 19th June.

The two events will have a manyfold objective: General public: to learn about the contents of the CP; to feedback the Programme bodies on the suitability of the proposed examples at action level; to shortly present additional ideas/ action examples and start networking. Programme bodies: to inform the public about the programming process and contents; to get a feedback (reality check) at action level, harvesting potential comments on the proposed examples; to understand the state of art in projects generation also in relation to future calls planning; Logistical and organizational details will be communicated soon within this platform.


The call of Proposals for the creation of up to 20 Action Planning Networks is now open: deadline June, 16. The main objective of Action Planning Networks is to improve the capacity of European cities to manage sustainable urban policies and more especially to strengthen their ability to design integrated strategies for sustainable urban development. By taking part in an Action Planning Network, cities exchange and share experiences, problems and possible solutions, generating new ideas to address challenges related to sustainable urban development. Info: http://urbact.eu/node/6156


Informest participated at the bilateral meetings held on June 3 in Zagreb ended with the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Presidents of Finest Mauro Del Savio and of the Chamber of Economy of Croatia Luka Burilovic, at the presence of the Ambassador of Italy Emanuela D'Alessandro and of Debora Serracchiani President of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region. The counterparts are also working to organize a bilateral summit FVG-Croatia on agribusiness industry on the occasion of the upcoming conference in Udine on 24 and 25 June, with the participation of Finest, Informest, Friuli Venezia Giulia Chambers of Commerce and the Croatian Chamber of Economy.


Please find ad this link slides presented during the event "Energy efficiency of public buildings from Friuli Venezia Giulia to the Mediterranean: regulation and Case Studies" held in Gorizia on 13th May 2015 as conclusion of REMIDA project.

You can find here slides presented by representatives of

  • APE FVG – Agency for Energy of Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • FEDARENE - Federation European Agencies and Regions for Energy and Environment
  • Municipality of Rubi (Catalonia - Spain)
  • Grado Municipality
  • NE Nomisma Bologna
  • Municipality of Sentrupert (Slovenia)
  • Union of Municipalities of the area Pays de Sorgues and Monts of Vancluse CCPSMV(France)
  • Association for Cooperation European Regional Framework ERFC (Greece)
  • Energy Agency of Ribera (Valencia - Spain)
  • Municipality of Podgorica (Montenegro)

"I 4 TOUR" the project submitted by the Ministry of Economic Development and Tourism of Albania together with the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia - International Relations and strategic infrastructure Department with Informest as implementing body, won the second place among the six projects funded by the third call of Debt for Development Swap Agreement (IADSA).

With a budget of 377,918 Euros, I4TOUR, focuses on territorial development and sustainable tourism and aims to enhance the architectural heritage of the country, to increase creative enterprises, rural development and encourage youth employment, including replication of the good practice of the open air hotel (albergo diffuso) in which our region has been a pioneer.


The Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia, Agriculture Forestry Institute of Nova Gorica, leader of the project ENJOY TOUR funded under the Program for Cross-Border Cooperation Italy-Slovenia 2007-2013 has organized the art competition "What young people thinks about local products". The aim of the competition is to stimulate the creativity of students as part of the typical products of the cross-border area and encourage them to think about local production and quality food. The objective is to understand how young people see typical agricultural products of the area: wine, fruit and vegetables, herbs, aromatic plants and herbs, cheese and other dairy products, meats, olive oil, bee products, saltwater fish, local dishes ... to enhance, promote and integrate the typical products in the tourist accordance with the spirit promoted by the Project ENJOY TOUR. Deadline for participation in the competition 20 March 2015.


On 11th February 2015, an important agreement has been signed between the Bank Mediocredito FVG and Informest consulting, operating branch of Informest, specialized in services of assistance to companies in the field of internationalization, with the objective of providing Friuli Venezia Giulia companies with a qualified center for the access  to foreign markets and subsidized credit lines.

Informest Consulting and Banca Mediocredito will activate in the next months by  Bank headquarters in Udine a dedicated desk that will become the point of reference for the Region Entrepreneurs interested in export on international markets.


Open the selections for the students of the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Trieste , to make three-month internship at Informest ( 14 April to 17 July 2015) . Interested students  can send their curriculum vitae not later than March 15, 2015 , via email to Elisa Sfiligoi : elisa.sfiligoi@informest.it .

Candidates are required very good knowledge of English and the knowledge of a second language of Informest target countries will be taken into consideration. It is also required a proven period of study and / or work abroad, preferably in the areas pertaining to Informest .



On-line desk managed by Informest is active to provide information, assistance and counseling on European Programming period 2014-2020 is active. Activities of information, assistance and advice provided are addressed to local bodies , in particular to municipalities and associations of municipalities in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region. On page http://www.informest.it/2020/you can consult Frequently Asked Questions concerning the EU Programs.


Thanks to Informest and Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia’s support and collaboration Friuli Venezia Giulia regional cluster have been awarded by ESCA with Bronze-Label last November. The new objective is to reach the “Gold Label” for DITENAVE by the end of the year.

The Cluster Excellence Initiative is an European Commission’s action aiming at supporting European clusters in a path of network’s comparison, improvement and strengthen in order to be competitive on the global market.

ESCA – European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis – is an European-Commission-recognized network of experts located in 27 countries whose task is to evaluate clusters’ performances and offered services’ quality through benchmarking and labeling activities (e.g. Bronze and Gold Labels).



The public meeting entitled "INFORMEST 2020 - At the service of the territory” was held yesterday in Udine, in the auditorium of the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, attended by over 150 people, including public officials, consultants, representatives of institutions, universities and businesses. The works were introduced by the President of the Region Debora Serracchiani, which stressed the importance of effective use of EU funds for the development of the territory and the new role given to Informest with the agreement signed between the two parties last month October. Informest will act as the operational arm of the Region for the implementation of development policies, in particular by providing the necessary assistance to local administrators and all the stakeholders of the territory for access to EU funds.


The 27th of Novembre in Trieste, at the Hall Predonzani of the Palazzo della Regione, the councellor Prof. Loredana Panariti and Central Director Dr. Ruggero Cortellino welcomed the delegation of 40 students who are participating in the mobility program within the project KEPASS, of which the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia is the lead partner.

The meeting started at 10 with the intervention of the Regional Councellor for work, training, education, youth policy, equal opportunities and research, Prof. Loredana Panariti. The audience was made up of the foreign students currently housed and attending colleges in the Friuli Venezia Giulia accredited in the project (Liceo Scientifico "France Prešeren" in Trieste; National School "Paolo Diacono" Cividale del Friuli (UD); Liceo "Caterina Percoto "Udine, Educandato Statale "Uccellis "of Udine and Liceo" Simon Gregorcic "Gorizia) as well as those received in the schools of Istria and the Slovenian coast selected with the call published last year.


The next stage of the roadshow Promoted and supported by the Ministry of Economic Development and ICE – Agency, organized in collaboration with Confindustria Padova will be held December 2, 2014 at the Congress Centre Pietro D ' Abano , Largo Marconi , 16 - Abano Terme ( Pd ) . The format of the event foresees a plenary session, from 9:45 to 11:45 am , with Prominent visitors of the World Financial and institutional. Carlo Calenda, Deputy Minister of Economic Development  and Michele Valensise, General Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation , will illustrate Tools and strategies to support Company on Global Markets.



National and international journalists specialized in wine tourism begin today the press tour realized within the project "Enjoy your meal on the roads of trans borders taste " funded by the Program for Cross-Border Cooperation Italy-Slovenia 2007-2013. The three days tour, will allow participants to experience and learn about flavours, knowledge and traditions of Collio, Karst, Eastern Hills of Friuli and Brda (Collio Slovenian).


In the framework of JULIUS project, an interactive APP for mobile devices has just been released! JULIUS Mobile guide welcomes you in the fantastic trip from Julian Alps and pre Alps, through warming scenes of Ljubljana, Postojna and Gorizia, mysterious Karst to the Adriatic coast. Look for Julius Guide in your Appstore to download it or visit our website for further details: http://julius.proikt.si/it.


The student mobility program of  project KEPASS - Knowledge Exchange Programme for the Adriatic School System is in full swing. Since the beginning of  September, hundreds of students began to attend a quarter at one of the accredited school in the Adriatic area participating to the exchange program.

After two years of work, the definition of the educational aspects of training for the management of logistics, the mobility program began and now 5 schools in our region are hosting and training 14 boys from Slovenia, Croatia , Albania, Bosnia and Montenegro.


Within the Cluster Excellence Initiative - European Commission’s action aiming at supporting European clusters in a path of network’s comparison, improvement and strengthen in order to be competitive on the global market – Friuli’s regional cluster have been Bronze-Label awarded by ESCA thanks to Informest and Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia’s support and collaboration.

ESCA – European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis – is an European-Commission-recognized network of experts located in 27 countries whose task is to evaluate clusters’ performances and offered services’ quality through benchmarking and labeling activities (e.g. Bronze and Gold Labels).


The Roadshow organized in Udine by the National Institute for Foreign Trade last 31 October, confirmed that the keyword for Friuli Venezia Giula companies is internationalization.The tools to sustain small and medium enterprises that want to succeed on foreign markets are priorities of our Regional Administration that is preparing a Plan for industrial policies to realise internalization instruments and to work on training of entrepreneurs in order to prepare them to access in the best way the foreign markets.


The agreement signed on October 22 in Trieste by the regional President Debora Serracchiani and President Enrico Bertossi , Informest entrusts the task of supporting the regional Central Directorates in the implementation of strategic objectives linked to the Europe 2020 Strategy , as well as the Managing Authorities of the Structural Funds in order to reach of different objectives at in an integrated way.

INFORMEST will cooperate for the implementation of strategies and action identified, including the enhancement of macro regional initiatives " EGTC Euroregio Without Borders " and Adriatic Ionian Initiative, using competences and skills, in order to multiply the impact on territory , both in economic terms and in terms of enhancement of the intangible assets of the regional community.


In the framework of Adristorical Lands project, co-funded by Adriatic Cross-border Co-operation Programme, Informest has organized last 24-25th May a two-days educational tour for six young Italian bloggers and journalists of the tourism and wine and food sectors. With the camera on the neck and the smart phones in the hands , the six bloggers have visited Udine, Gemona, Venzone, Cividale and Natisone Valleys, flooding the social networks of wonderful images and enthusiastic comments of what they were seen, felt, tasted and savored.


The call for the selection of a person in charge for organization and start-up of the Secretariat of the EGTC is now on-line on the EGTC Go. The call will remain open until 04/14/2014 at 12.00. The documentation is available on the official website of the EGTC GO www.euro-go.eu in the News section - Work with us.More information on www.euro-go-eu.


On the 11th and 12th of March 2014, in Kragujevac, INFORMEST through the expert Alessandro Piras, ran a workshop about the Intellectual Property in the framework of the project “MECOM - Mechanics and Component in Kragujevac”, funded by the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia under the Regional Law 19/2000.

The participants, employees of the Chamber of Commerce of Kragujevac, entrepreneurs, graduate students and professors of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences of Kragujevac, showed their interest for the topic that in Serbia is quite new and gives them a lot of opportunities for collaboration and development.


On 31th January 2014 INFORMEST (Service and Documentation Centre for International Economic Cooperation) presented the MER project in the 5th edition of the event GreeNordEsT organized by Energheia Magazine (portal for renewable energy and green building: http://www.energheiamagazine.eu/) at the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce of Padua. GreenNordEst 2014 was divided into two days (30 and 31 January) in which they occurred, conferences, reports and training events on models of smart cities, 2014-2020 European programming, case histories, funding, multi-utilities and smart tools.


On 12th December the first focus group was held for the analysis of the energy system of the Municipality of Gorizia. The focus group involved the main local stakeholders in order to highlight strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the regulamentory and law framework for the promotion of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency solutions.


The multimedia exhibition of ADRIA A project financed with funds from the CBC Programme Italy-Slovenia 2007-2013 took off from Nova Gorica. ADRIA A project – Accessibility and development for the re-launch of the inner Adriatic area, aims at contributing to the accessibility and transport reorganisation in the entire cross-border area, in order to form an integrated Italian – Slovene metropolitan transport area.


Twenty-two Italian and Slovene companies, three industrial consortia and two prestigious research institutions (the International Centre for Theoretical Physics of Trieste and the Josef Stefan Institute of Ljubljana), as well as the regional development agencies partners of the iCON project partners, participated yesterday , November 25, 2013 , in Nova Gorica at the conference on " Digital Business Ecosystems", organized by INFORMEST in collaboration with the regional Development Agency of Northern Primorska .


The whole partnership of the cross-border cooperation project Adristorical Lands, with the coordination of the Marche Segrete Association and the support of INFORMEST , promoted , on days 29 , 30 and 31 October, a series of promotional events in the headquarters of the EU Representation in London - the so-called " Europe House" - and in the London office of the Italian Institute of Culture.


A platform of cooperation that will gather all project partners in joint objectives and initiatives after the end of the project: this is  the solution elaborated by JULIUS project in order to grant the continuation of the important impact that the initiative, funded by the cross-border programme 2007-2013, is having on our territory.

Sustainability: this is, in all its meanings, the keyword of JULIUS project. The platform of cross-border cooperation, that has been set up in these days, is aimed at assuring the continuation, after the end of the project, of the cooperation among Italian and Slovenian partners in the promotion of outdoor sports, in the elaboration and concretization of opportunities for disabled persons in the frame of “natural” sports … generally, in betting on the economic and further potentials represented by the very rich natural heritage of the Italian-Slovenian area.


The EGTC-Go will participate to 2013 edition of the Open Days to be held in Brussels from 8 to 10 October. The Open Days organized by the European Comission and the Committee of the Regions are the most important fair for discussion and exchange of experiences and ideas at European level on regional policies. 

The OPEN DAYS – European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.


The second Coordination Meeting and Steering Committee of REMIDA – smaRt Energy chains and coMmunIties in the meD Area will be held on 1st and 2nd October in Šentrupert, Center for cultural heritage - open air museum of hayracks - The Land of Hayracks, Slovenia. The meeting will be the opportunity of visiting some good practices on energy efficiency and renewable of Šentrupert such as the company Energetika Šentrupert d.o.o., the wood processing centre and an elite countryside luxury apartment complex with wooden houses.


On last 10 July, the Commission launched a public consultation on the lifecycle impact of buildings, in advance of a communication which is expected at the beginning of 2014. Buildings are responsible for some 40% of energy use in Europe and a less wasteful approach to their power consumption is at the heart of EU plans for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The consultation will cover ground ranging from the extraction of building materials to the demolition and recycling of materials at the end of a property’s lifecycle. Its results could in turn form the basis of new energy performance certification schemes for buildings in the future.


It will be open until the middle of August, the exhibition organized by the Association "Le Marche segrete" in collaboration with Informest for the promotion of the territories involved by the IPA Adriatic project Adristorical Lands.

The exhibition, held at the Mercatori hall of Ascoli Piceno Municipality, illustrates the various locations surveyed by the project partners, such as historical towns, the artists' houses, fortresses and castles, and allows visitors to ideally take a journery in the Adriatic, travelling from Bari Province to the Albanian Municipality of Lezha.


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