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  • Programme Thematic Objectives

    • A smarter Europe – innovative and smart economic transformation

        RSO 1.1 Developing and enhancing research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies

        • Innovation Action Plan

          Elevate innovation in sectors like the blue economy; support small businesses.
          Facilitate cross-border collaborations for knowledge sharing and technology adoption.
          Focus Areas:
          - Blue economy
          - Tourism
          - Creative industries
          - Green tech
          - Digitalisation
          Strengthen research and increase small business competitiveness.
          Ensure complementary actions with cross-border emphasis.

        RSO 1.2 Reaping the benefits of digitisation for citizens, companies, research organisations and public authorities

        • Digital Boost Plan

          Adopt digital tools in banking, government, and business.
          - Foster cross-border collaboration.
          - Apply digital tech in tourism, creative industries, agriculture.
          - Promote e-learning, e-health, data collection.
          Strengthen digital skills for a smarter, competitive economy.
          Align actions for cross-border benefits, considering maritime aspects and broader European goals.

        RSO 1.3 Enhancing sustainable growth and competitiveness of SMEs and job creation in SMEs, including by productive investments

        • Boosting Start-ups & SMEs

          Programme Area seeks growth in start-ups and key sectors like tourism.
          Support cross-border collaboration among SMEs and entrepreneurs; create knowledge-sharing clusters; focus on smart tech.
          - Tourism
          - Creative industries
          - Green economy
          - Digital tech
          Stronger, smarter SMEs with better access to finance and knowledge-sharing networks.

    • A greener, low-carbon Europe

        RSO 2.4 Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention and resilience, taking into account eco-system based approaches

        • Tackling Climate Change Together

          The Programme area is sensitive to climate change, with risks such as storms, droughts, fires, and floods.
          - Develop early warning systems and disaster management plans.
          - Create networks for knowledge exchange on climate change and innovative solutions.
          - Encourage awareness and education on climate change.
          - Align actions with EU Green Deal and local policies.
          - Capitalise on past successful projects.
          - Enhanced ability to adapt and respond to climate changes.
          - Shared knowledge and best practices.
          - Improved ecological resilience and risk management.
          - Implementing pilot actions for civil protection.
          - Integrating climate change in water management strategies.
          - Developing joint governance plans for climate change adaptation.

        RSO 2.6 Circular economy

        • Joining Forces for a Circular Economy

          Our area faces waste management challenges.
          What We’re Doing:
          We’re teaming up across borders to boost the circular economy. This includes educating people, developing tools, and changing behaviours, with a focus on coastal regions.
          Focus Areas:
          Tourism, agro-food, blue/green economy, ports, and waste management.
          - Sharing knowledge on eco-friendly opportunities.
          - Creating methods to implement marine technologies.
          - Improving waste policies and marine litter monitoring.
          The Goal:
          Reduce waste, recycle more, and embrace innovative green practices.

        RSO 2.7 Biodiversity and green infrastructure

        • Protecting Natural Habitats Together

          Our area’s natural habitats are rich but vulnerable due to climate change and air pollution. We need to safeguard them.
          Our Plan:
          We're uniting across borders to bolster sustainable development and protect biodiversity, which helps combat climate change. Focus will be on coastal ecosystems.
          Action Areas:
          - Tourism
          - Blue & green economy
          - Agro-food industry
          - Behavioural change
          What We'll Do:
          - Develop joint strategies for conserving and restoring ecosystems.
          - Manage natural resources collectively, focusing on pollution reduction.
          - Create environmental action plans for pollution prevention.
          - Implement joint plans for coastal and marine areas.
          - Share and access biodiversity data.
          - Develop Green/Blue corridors to protect natural habitats.
          Our Goals:
          Enhance preservation of natural habitats, strengthen collaboration, and contribute to the region’s green transformation.

    • A more social Europe implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights

        RSO 4.2 Improving equal access education, training and lifelong

        • Empowering Communities Through Education and Jobs

          Stagnant population, ageing demographic, and high unemployment.
          Access to education, skills development (digital, career, and green skills), and maritime sector opportunities.
          - Develop cross-border partnerships for job access, especially for women, youth, and migrants.
          - Create support schemes for finance and information.
          - Launch e-learning platforms and networks.
          Boost education, skill development, and employment to build resilient, thriving communities.

        RSO 4.5 Ensuring equal access to health care and fostering resilience of health systems

        • Strengthening Health in GR-IT Area
          The pandemic revealed gaps in healthcare and digital technology in the GR-IT region.
          Enhance cooperation to fortify health services and integrate digital tools.
          Robust, accessible healthcare with better response to crises.

        RSO 4.6 Enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism

        • Boosting Sustainable Tourism in GR-IT Region

          The GR-IT area's tourism and culture sectors need bolstering for a sustainable and inclusive transition.
          - Promote sustainable tourism by focusing on culture.
          - Develop digital and green solutions for resilience.
          - Support skills development and innovation in tourism and cultural industries.
          - Foster sustainable cultural routes and heritage sites.
          - Encourage environmental responsibility at cultural events.
          Value Added:
          - Enhance regional appeal through culture.
          - Foster cross-border collaboration.
          - Support sustainability and diversity in tourism.
          Expected Outcomes:
          - Strengthened tourism and culture sectors.
          - Sustainable and inclusive growth in the GR-IT area.
          - Enhanced use of technology for sustainability measures.

    • A better cooperation governance

        RSO 6.1 Enhance the institutional capacity of public authorities

        • Boosting Public Authority Efficiency in GR-IT Area

          Public authorities in the GR-IT region need enhanced collaboration, streamlined procedures, and capacity building to overcome administrative and cultural differences.
          - Simplify administrative processes and tackle language barriers.
          - Enhance public authority coordination across borders, including maritime aspects.
          - Involve citizens in decision-making.
          - Adopt best practices for efficient governance.
          - Strengthened collaboration and capacity building.
          - Streamline administrative procedures.
          - Develop joint maritime spatial plans.
          - Foster citizen participation in cross-border issues.

        RSO 6.4 Enhance institutional capacity of public authorities and stakeholders to implement macro-regional strategies and sea-basin strategies, as well as other territorial strategies

        • Greening the GR-IT Area

          Link eco-friendly initiatives with regional priorities in the GR-IT area.
          - Boost authorities' skills in managing regional strategies.
          - Streamline cooperation within EUSAIR.
          - Smoother management of joint programmes.
          - Create cross-border governance strategies.
          Expected Outcomes:
          - Better management and alignment with EUSAIR’s strategy.

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With a €106 million budget, the Interreg VI-A Greece-Italy Programme is set to boost innovation for a smarter and more competitive region. It aims to focus on eco-friendly and digital growth, support a clean energy transition, invest in recycling and sustainable resources, improve access to quality education, and strengthen the ability of public bodies and local groups to carry out large-scale strategies.

This budget is made up of 75% funding from the European Regional Development Fund (roughly €79.6 million), and 25% from the national funds of Greece and Italy. The programme’s ultimate goal is to enhance the quality of life for citizens through the development of cross-border projects and new policies, products, and services.

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