LOCATION AND DATE
Ljubljana (Slovenia: Country chairing the SEE Programme in 2014)
24th (full day) and 25th (till lunch) September 2014
On 20 December 2007 the European Commission had approved the Transnational Cooperation Programme South-East Europe (SEE) for the period 2007-2013. In seven years, the SEE Programme, which gathered the biggest number of participating countries among all the European Territorial Cooperation programmes, proved to take cooperation forward, building links between authorities and organisations in the whole area, and creating projects and results which delivered real benefits to the people in the region.
This highly complex programme provided a political dimension to transnational cooperation which was unique in Europe, successfully faced challenges such as ensuring good mechanisms to contract partners who received funding from different EU instruments. From 2007, four calls for project proposals were launched, getting a large demand for participation. 122 projects were approved covering different important topics for the territory. Many valuable results were achieved, contributing to the overall territorial development and integration in the diverse South East Europe Region.
The programme came to its end and the 2014 event was named to be the closing conference to review, assess and present all those achievements gained since 2007. At the same time, there is a promising future for the European Territorial Cooperation in the region. From 2015, three new transnational programmes will cover the present SEE area: Adriatic- Ionian, Balkan-Mediterranean and Danube.
Both aspects, the achievements gained by the SEE programme and its projects and the future of ETC in the area, were presented during the SEE Annual Event 2014.
The South East Europe Programme has been a successful tool to improve integration and competitiveness in an area, which is as complex as it is diverse. The 122 approved projects gained valuable achievements, increasing the cooperation in the area beyond borders and having a real impact on citizens’ lives. In the framework of the SEE Capitalisation Strategy, several groups of projects in different thematic poles found synergies and capitalisation opportunities considering the results produced.
This wealth of knowledge and experience has contributed to the design and/or implementation of future transnational cooperation in the area, ensuring a linkage about the present and future of ETC in the South East of Europe.
The Conference was aimed to highlight and showcase the added value of the SEE Transnational Cooperation Programme as it comes to its end and to link it to the future of European Territorial Cooperation in the area. It was the time to review and assess all the achievements gained by the programme since 2007 and the changes produced in people’s lives. More specifically, aimed to:
- As a closing event for the Programme, show the evolution of the Programme and the main achievements gained during the whole programme duration
- Disseminate and capitalise the SEE project results and to enhance cross project fertilization and coordination in the cooperation area
- Present the latest developments for the next programming period 2014-2020 according to the three new transnational programmes to be created in the present SEE area, including the good practices from the SEE Programme to be taken into consideration for the future.
- Offer networking opportunities and a framework for the exchange of experience for the Programme stakeholders.
- Provide an opportunity for several projects to present their outcomes and results, as part of the Achievements session, the Photo and Video exhibition and the field trips.
The event brought together 350 representatives of the SEE partner states, among which were: EU member states, countries aspiring to EU membership as well as EU neighboring countries. In addition to policy makers from the partner states and the European institutions, the event aimed to bring together all organisations, institutions, agencies, etc. that were involved in cooperation projects funded by SEE Programme or those being interested in participating in future projects. Moreover, thematic experts that could and can help provide guidance and streamline the synergies and capitalisation processes as well as the future of the programmes and macro-regional strategies in the area were also invited.