Increasing the Competitiveness of Industrial Areas. New tools and challenges: perspectives and incentives of the European policies

An international conference of the MEID (Mediterranean Eco-Industrial Development) project will be held at the European Parliament, in Bruxelles, on June 7th, 2012. The event, organized by the lead partner ENEA, is part of the dissemination activities planned in the project. It has the aim to present the viewpoints of different stakeholders and to share and exchange experiences on the way to give new impulse to industrial areas located in Mediterranean countries converting them in drivers of innovation, social and economic development. The participation of two members of the European Parliament and of the DG Enterprise and Industry, Policy Development for Industrial Innovation Unit, will allow to have an updated overview on the future development of the European Industrial Policy, in the light of the recommendations of COM(2011) 642 “Industrial Policy: Reinforcing competitiveness” and COM(2011) 571 “Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe”.
Quando 07/06/2012
dalle 09:15 alle 14:00
Dove Bruxelles
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The conference represents an interesting opportunity to discuss the theme of the competitiveness of the industrial areas, which have a strategic interest for the territory development in the Mediterranean countries, characterized by a strong manufacturing base. They are often located close to the cities for historical reasons, generally host from a few dozen to several hundred Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), and are rarely managed at area level. They often cause friction with the neighbouring population and the Local Authorities, owing to their emissions and traffic congestion they cause. On the other hand the unsustainable trend in soil use in several European Regions has increased the political awareness of the problems caused by small and diffused industrial areas. It is now crucial to define a sustainable policy based on a cooperative climate among enterprises, citizen, Local Authorities.

MEID project, funded by the program MED, associates ten partners of five Mediterranean countries and Bosnia Erzegovina. It aims to define a joint Mediterranean model for planning, construction and management of Industrial Areas, improving sustainable development and SMEs competitiveness. The model intends to enhance capacities and develop decision tools for Competent Authorities and Industrial Area Managers to integrate environmental friendly solutions into the Regional and Interregional Industrial Development Strategies. An incremental approach has been adopted to ensure the model applicability to new industrial areas, as well as already operating non structured and structured areas. Fundamental parts of the management model are high level infrastructures and innovative services to support SMEs to create networks, exploit the eco-innovation opportunities and face the challenges of the Green Economy.

Participation to the event is free of charge.



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