Start date: Aug 31, 2003,
End date: Jun 29, 2006
The aim of the Information Development project (INDE) was to assist the candidate countries belonging to the CADSES area in developing instruments for transnational co-operation and in finding out solutions for the problems related to the enlargement process. Co-operation is the key factor for the development of the CADSES area and helps to balance economic and social disadvantages related to the enlargement process by creating new job opportunities. The main strategic objectives of the project were to identify the requirements and conditions to spread productive clusters and local systems of SMEs in the involved geographical area, to strengthen sustainable development, to co-operate between intermediary institutions, to create SMEs assistance centres through public-private partnerships with a strong territorial and/or sectoral scope providing basic and specialised services to business, and to develop methods of territorial and sectoral marketing for promoting access to knowledge and exchange of products to be supplied to the information society. The activities of the project were divided into five work packages: - The first work package contained all the actions concerning the macro-economic analysis of the CADSES area. - The second work package aimed at establishing a technological infrastructure in order to improve the collaboration and integration between different regions. One of the main actions of this work package was the creation of the www.cavirc.net platform. - The third work package contained actions related to the diffusion of e-networks in order to develop competition, e.g. with www.interegionet.net. - The fourth work package aimed at promoting the courses offered by the project partner 6, IAL, that organised traineeships and workshops and supported the participants with special technical assistance. - The final work package contained actions related to the dissemination of the information on the enlargement process. Expected Results: One of the tangible results at the end of the project period will be a complete analysis of the macro-economic situation in the CADSES area with a specific description of the situation of each partner country. This analysis will provide information on the infrastructure and show trends in the international productive integration as well as the initiatives in economic co-operation between local productive systems of the EU and the regions of the CADSES area. On the project website e-meetings and video conferences will facilitate the data exchange among the SMEs.
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