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Accessible SEE: Coordinating the results of SEE projects for improved accessibility across the region

Two representatives from the SIVA consortium participated at the Thematic Seminar in Split (Croatia), on 18th September 2013, under the title ACCESSIBLE SEE: Coordinating the results of SEE projects for improved accessibility across the region.

Tackling the issue of Accessibility (Transport and ICT), the seminar in Split gathered the project partners and important stakeholders of SEE projects belonging to 4 thematic poles identified within the SEE Capitalisation Strategy, under the guidance of the pole leaders:

Pole 7. Multimodal Accessibility to Primary Networks

Pole 8. Regional Mobility

Pole 9. Greener Transport Systems

Pole 10. Access to Quality ICT

The seminar aimed at achieving some concrete conclusions which could be a valid input for the preparation of the new transnational cooperation programmes in the area, Danube and Southeast Gateway, considering the future topics to be covered, the legacies of the current programming period to be pursued and the changed conditions.

After the opening speeches of the Head of Service for cross border cooperation with non EU Member States and the SEE Programme Coordinator, Mr. Gusztav Csomor (Head of Project Development and Management Unit SEE JTS) and Mr. Eloy Gomez (Communication Manager SEE JTS) presented the Experience gained through the SEE programme and the future of Transnational Cooperation in the Programme area and The SEE Thematic Capitalisation Strategy.

Then the participants were divided by poles, where within the Access to Quality ICT Pole, Mr. Blaž Golob presented the European Union position towards ICT policies and strategies, their application at national level and in the SEE area. Followed the thematic workshops, where the SIVA representatives along with the other projects had a difficult job to synergize the contribution of the SEE projects to the thematic specification of the future cooperation Programmes, which was presented to all the participants.

The Access to Quality ICT project representatives concluded that the SEE programme has generally been successful, tackling various topics related to accessibility, but in many cases working with the various interest groups has been a challenging task. The transnational cooperation approach is a great opportunity for the counties to share knowledge and learn from each other and higher level of involvement of Private sector is a key element for the success of the TCP programs. The members of thematic pole 10 of SEE programme share a perception of lack of interoperability, lack of investments in networks, insufficient research and innovation efforts and lack of digital literacy and skills in the SEE region.

The participants suggested the next programme focus needs to be onstrengthening ICT applications for e-government, e-learning, e-inclusion and e-health and extending broadband deployment and the roll-out of high-speed networks, since these two priorities have a strong transnational aspect.

Based on the conclusions of the four poles representatives at the seminar, a final document with the seminar outcomes will be prepared and presented to the two programmes Task Forces, to be taken into consideration in the debates about the future programming period.

Updated: 21-11-2013 00:54


The SIVA project is being funded under Priority Axis 3 – Improvement of the Accessibility of the South East Europe Programme, achieving the corresponding objectives through the Area of Intervention (AoI) 3.2 – Develop strategies to tackle the 'digital divide'.

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