Programme Thematic Objectives
Innovation Action Plan
Elevate innovation in sectors like the blue economy; support small businesses.
Facilitate cross-border collaborations for knowledge sharing and technology adoption.
- Blue economy
- Creative industries
- Green tech
Strengthen research and increase small business competitiveness.
Ensure complementary actions with cross-border emphasis.
RSO 1.1 Developing and enhancing research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies
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 1.2 Reaping the benefits of digitisation for citizens, companies, research organisations and public authorities
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.
- Creative industries
- Green economy
- Digital tech
Stronger, smarter SMEs with better access to finance and knowledge-sharing networks.
RSO 1.3 Enhancing sustainable growth and competitiveness of SMEs and job creation in SMEs, including by productive investments
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 2.4 Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention and resilience, taking into account eco-system based approaches
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.
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.
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.
We're uniting across borders to bolster sustainable development and protect biodiversity, which helps combat climate change. Focus will be on coastal ecosystems.
- 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.
Enhance preservation of natural habitats, strengthen collaboration, and contribute to the region’s green transformation.
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 4.2 Improving equal access education, training and lifelong
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.
- Enhance regional appeal through culture.
- Foster cross-border collaboration.
- Support sustainability and diversity in tourism.
- Strengthened tourism and culture sectors.
- Sustainable and inclusive growth in the GR-IT area.
- Enhanced use of technology for sustainability measures.
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 6.1 Enhance the institutional capacity of public authorities
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.
- 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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