SPEEDY: CLOSING MEETING OF THE PROJECT IN TERMOLI (ITALY)

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Over 50 participants including experts, stakeholders, local administrators and practitioners gathered in Termoli (Campobasso) to the Hotel Meridian on 15 July, to discuss the environment, planning and tangible results. The project Speedy: Shared Project for Environmental Evaluation with DYnamic governance framed the event.

The key actors of the meeting, organized by the Molise Region, were the 12 project partners – Abruzzo Region, Molise Region, Fi.R.A. S.p.A, Marche Region, University G. D’Annunzio, Municipality of Rakovica (Serbia), the Regional Development Agency DUNEA (Croatia), the Research and Development Centre of Tirana (Albania), Region of the Ionian Islands of Corfu (Greece), the national spatial planning Agency (Albania), Italy’s Ministry of the Environment, Serbia’s Ministry of the Environment – who worked together over 48 months to solve common problems and find common solutions: an apparently banal principle but based on sound and fruitful cooperation activities.

The SPEEDY project – explained the Vice President of the Molise Region, Vittorino Facciolla – which was funded by the Cross Border Cooperation Programme IPA Adriatic, benefited cross-border cooperation between public administrations and fostered an effective and efficient process of environmental assessment in the Adriatic area.

During today’s event, each partner provided their contribution towards “understanding to participate, participating to decide”, to quote the title of the workshop, and outlined the tangible results of the project to the audience: Nicola Bada (FIRA Spa) presented the realization of the IT platform (SKP – Shared knowledge Platform) which gathers regulatory standards and best practices, so as to identify gaps and strengths, and the possibility to embark on thematic e-learning training pathways and to use thematic forums.

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The Speedy project focussed on a topic of interest for the entire Adriatic area, namely achieving results that represent a valuable heritage that cannot be lost. Jonathan Parker, official of the DG ENVIRONMENT of the European Commission, who spoke by videoconference from Brussels, appreciated the hard work and gave indications on how not to waste the valuable heritage obtained through the project outputs, for the purpose of improved application of the Directive. He provided an exact outline on how the scenario is going to change after 2017. A concept reiterated and emphasized also by the Ministry of the Environment – Directorate Environmental Assessments in the persons of Felice Cappelluti and Paola Andreolini who attended the meeting.

The Ministry, as an associate project partner, followed the works from the start with strong conviction given its consistency with other implemented programmes, and clearly stated that they will commit to maintaining the Speedy platform active also beyond the project end.

A valid cooperation project, as stated by Mario Mazzocca, Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Abruzzo Regional Council, who stressed the importance of cross-border cooperation as a means to create a sense of community, which is the added value of the platform to pursue practical and tangible results and solutions.

Although cooperation projects tend to mainly realize training activities, exchange of experiences, dissemination of best practices, the SPEEDY project – as the Vice President of the Molise Region, Vittorino Facciolla already pointed out – was capable of achieving a tangible result to be used not only by the project partnership, but also by the PA, local authorities, associations, practitioners who will now be able to actively participate in the consultation and evaluation phase of European plans and programmes.

The Molise Region

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