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“Production and implementation of Local Action Plans within URBACT networks”

The main goal of the study is to report and share what URBACT has achieved at city level in a selection of partner cities (call 1 and call 2) and what has been the impact of their participation in the programme, i.e. what has become of their Local Action Plans (LAP) and URBACT Local Support Groups (LSG) after the end of the network activities.

The idea is to tell the story of what has happened with the implementation of the LAP as a starting point, along the various types of integrated approaches (horizontal, vertical, integration from inside, etc.), and to see whether and how the Local Support Group (LSG) dynamic has spread in other parts of city planning.

Ten cities are explored: Bialystok (Poland), Riga (Latvia), Regensburg (Germany), Naples (Italy), Limoges (France), Köbanya (Hungary), Sabadell (Spain), Södertälje (Sweden), Glasgow (UK), Kavala (Greece).

    • Contracting body: URBACT Secretariat (Paris, France)
    • Duration: January-September 2015

Good practice in urban development

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional Policy (DG REGIO) has chosen AEIDL to do a study on “Good practice in urban development: projects and approaches supported by the ERDF during the 2007-2013 programming period”.

With this study, DG REGIO wishes to “provide a basic input for communicating how cities may best address urban development within programmes supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and provide guidance for the urban dimension in the future cohesion policy.”

AEIDL’s tasks will include the analysis and dissemination of 50 examples of good practice according to six thematic areas: 1. Sustainable urban projects delivering the Europe 2020 strategy; 2. Implementation of sustainable integrated urban development operations under Article 8 of the 2007-2013 ERDF Regulation;3. Use of regulatory provisions in the fields of housing in favour of marginalised groups and their implementation in urban areas; 4. Use of financial engineering; 5. Local empowerment and public participation; 6. The role of cooperation, networking and learning.

      • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional Policy
      • Duration: 2011-2013

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As part of a consortium consisting of NEA (coordination), KIT, ISIS, ITC, IGES and DEMIS, AEIDL is involved in the TRKC 2.0 project, now renamed "TRIP", supported by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE).

The purpose of TRIP is to continue the already existing Transport Research Knowledge Centre (TRKC) portal which aims at giving a complete picture of all finished and ongoing EU-funded transport research projects, as well as becoming a central information point on current national and regional transport research priorities and programmes.

Within TRIP, AEIDL is in charge of various editorial and dissemination tasks.

      • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport
      • Partners: NEA Transport research & training (Netherlands), KIT (Germany), ISIS (Italy), ITC (Bulgaria), IGES (Germany) and Demis (Netherlands)
      • Duration: 2011-2013

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"Local development laboratories on cohesion policy"

In 2008, the European Commission's DG Regional Policy undertook a review of intervention mechanisms and of the advantages of the local development approach.

As part of this exercise, AEIDL and ADETEF (Association pour le Développement des Échanges en Technologies Économiques et Financières) were awarded the contract to carry out desk research (grey literature and seminal texts) and to identify and conduct eight case studies.

AEIDL also participated in the organisation of two "Local Development Laboratories" in early 2010, bringing together some 30 specialists from the European Union.

      • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional Policy
      • Partner: ADETEF (France)
      • Duration: 2009-2010

“Territorial development policies and practices in four non-European Union countries: USA, China, South Korea and Brazil”

This was a study commissioned by the French Interministerial Delegation on Territorial Development (DATAR).

The task involved:

      • Supporting DATAR and its partners in gaining a better insight into the regional development and competitiveness policies and practices of four non-EU countries;
      • Identifying the priority given to territorial development in these countries' policies;
      • Identifying the practices, organisational and innovatory management aspects, and key success and performance factors likely to inspire or encourage pilot schemes or transfers of experience;
      • Proposing the establishment of a network of national correspondents for monitoring and updating knowledge on these policies, and for initiating and/or pursuing cooperation projects with these countries.

The core activities consisted of compiling profiles of each country, outlining the general intervention framework, assessing issues relating to territorial attractiveness and competitiveness, sustainable development, as well as metropolitan issues. The findings identified certain innovative tools and examined which elements were transferable to the French situation.

      • Client: DATAR (France)
      • Duration: 2009



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"The Future of Rural Europe"

AEIDL was entrusted with the presentation of "The Future of Rural Europe" at the European Summit of Young Farmers (Etropole, Bulgaria, 8 August 2009), which was organised by the International Movement for Catholic Agricultural and Rural Youth (IMCARY / MIJARC).

The presentation triggered a debate with participants revolving around four main issues:

      • the main developments in rural areas in Europe over the last 20 years;
      • the impacts of EU policies promoting agriculture and rural development (CAP, LEADER);
      • the significant changes in young people's ways of life in rural communities;
      • the main challenges facing rural areas in the next 10 years.

      • Client: MIJARC
      • Duration: 2009

COESIMA: European Cooperation on Major Tourist Sites

AEIDL was made responsible for the external evaluation of an INTERREG IIIC project on cultural tourism.

The COESIMA project (Coopération Européenne de Sites Majeurs d’Accueil) included seven partners from various countries (France, where the Lourdes Développement agency was the project leader, Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Greece and Poland). The aim of COESIMA was to jointly promote the tourist sites concerned, and to present a tourism product adapted to visitor requirements, particularly the disabled.

The evaluation was carried out in three stages: the setting up of the monitoring mechanism; monitoring the project implementation; and the overall assessment report and recommendations.

      • Client: COESIMA
      • Duration: 2004-2007

Territorial Employment Pacts

The Territorial Employment Pacts programme was launched by the European Commission in December 1996.

AEIDL was contracted to develop a methodology for selecting and examining best practices, as well as for developing and providing content for the programme's website.

      • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional Policy
      • Duration: 1996-1999

Pilot projects - Article 10 of the ERDF

AEIDL played a key role in the coordination of this programme.

AEIDL was responsible for the selection and monitoring of pilot projects under Article 10 of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), as well as for the production of network coordination and communication tools for the four themes of Article 10: new sources of employment, culture, innovation and the information society.

      • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional Policy
      • Duration: 1996-1999


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