What were the objectives?
- To valorise and further build upon the knowledge resulting from projects working in a thematic field:
- To fill knowledge-gaps by linking actors with complementary thematic specialization, experiences, methodological approaches or geographical scope;
- To increase the visibility of the projects and the Programme and to ensure their impact on the policy making process at local, regional, national and European levels;
- To strengthen strategic thematic networks in the Programme area;
- To encourage the wider take-up of project outcomes from outside the SEE Programme area;
- To contribute to the design and/or implementation of future transnational cooperation in the area;
Which were the target groups?
- SEE projects working on similar or complementary topics;
- Beneficiaries of SEE project outputs;
- SEE stakeholders;
- SEE Programme bodies;
- Projects and stakeholders outside the Programme area, relevant to the identified thematic poles;
- Programming bodies and stakeholders of new transnational cooperation programmes in the area (Danube and South East Gateway)
What are the outcomes?
SEE Capitalisation empowered involved projects to improve the quality and sustainability of deliverables, strengthen their communication to common stakeholders, and enabled the reinforcement of existing or forming of new cooperation networks and projects. In addition, SEE Capitalisation increased the knowledge of programming bodies about cooperation-gaps, territorial needs and/or potentials in the Programme area.
How was it implemented?
SEE projects were at the core of the Thematic Poles, they owned the process of capitalisation and synergy-building. SEE JTS supported this process in terms of communication and coordination, collecting the outcomes of each thematic pole and making sure it reached Programme bodies and stakeholders, other ETC programmes, as well as the programming bodies of the new transnational programmes in this area.
To facilitate thematic exchange among projects, 14 thematic poles were defined by the critical mass of projects addressing each topic. You can find below a factsheet per Thematic Pole containing its main characteristics, the projects involved and their outputs and results.
Each thematic pole nominated a pole leader, responsible for coordinating the pole's activities and facilitating the flow of information within the pole, as well as to the SEE JTS. Projects in each thematic pole participated in the capitalisation process according to their available resources.
At Programme level, the main milestones of the SEE capitalisation initiative were:
- 2 thematic seminars
(SEE Programme Priority 3 and 4) on 17-18 September 2013 in Split (Croatia) which additionally offered a platform for further deepening the activities of related thematic poles. See the seminars' presentations and outcomes. The conclusions gained during all the four thematic seminars organised by the SEE Programme are available here and they were submitted to the new programmes tasks forces to be taken into account for the future.
- Analysis of the contribution of transnational cooperation in the framework of SEE Programme to meeting socio-economic challenges in southeast Europe
At project level, some of the activities planned within the Thematic Poles were:
- Newsletter and/or website cross-references
- Joint thematic meetings to exchange on projects' content and outputs
- Joint thematic studies and policy recommendations
- Peer review or benchmarking of project outputs
- Exchange visits between projects, if this enables cross-fertilisation and/or take-up of results
- Joint dissemination activities such as joint (final) conferences addressing common stakeholders.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE POLES, THEIR ACTIVITIES AND OUTPUTS CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING ON EACH LOGO: