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ECOS - Ouverture | 1997 - 2002

ECOS-OUVERTURE PROGRAMME
Inter-regional co-operation between local authorities in the European Union and Central and Eastern Europe 1997- 2003

The origins of the ECOS-Ouverture programme date back to the time soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The programme was established by the European Commission in 1991 in response to the significant political, social and economic changes taking place in Central and Eastern Europe.

Today, Autumn 2003, inter-regional co-operation is as important as ever in the structural policies of the European Union. The regions of the enlarged Europe including those of the accession countries are confronted with similar economic and social challenges, in particular the rapidly evolving technological changes, the need for sustainable development, the progress of the information society and its consequences, trade globalisation, safety of supplies, unemployment, and the continuing need to promote equality of opportunities.

Inter-regional co-operation can promote harmonious and balanced development and effectively contribute to the European integration that has just been reaffirmed in the Declaration of Rome. On a very practical level, it allows ideas, methods and experiences to travel and this exchange of experiences is particularly important for the new member states, joining the EU in May 2004.

The ECOS-Ouverture programme was unique in its approach with combined direct management by both DG Regional Policy and DG Enlargement. The ERDF financed the European Union partners, whereas Phare financed the partners from Central and Eastern Europe. The 63 projects presented here were selected following the Calls for Proposals in 1997 and 1998. The projects started in 1999 and finished in 2002, covering over 250 principal partners who each, in their turn, had a number of local, associate partners. The vast majority of these projects were successful in reaching their objectives and the participating local authorities gained a valuable European dimension and status. To quote one of the project leaders:

“The pan-European collaboration exercised through the ECOS-Ouverture programme provided the legitimacy for the local and regional partnerships. The project, practically through its funding of pilot actions and symbolically through its political impact as both Romania and Hungary prepared their case for accession to the EU, acted as a stimulus to local development and an animator of local action. It is probable that local and regional partnerships in energy efficiency and conservation would have developed in time in the partner regions. The significance of the project was that it was able to kick-start that process, not only in the Phare partner areas but also in Greece and the UK.”

EU support for inter-regional co-operation is continued under the Community Initiative Interreg IIIC. Accession countries will be eligible for participation as full members from 1 January 2004.

 

Jean-Pierre Berg, Head of Unit

Jonath Blokker-Rowe, ECOS-Ouverture Co-ordinator

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AREAS OF CO-OPERATION

  1. Improving the working methods and tools of local or regional authorities:
    • Establishing local or regional development strategies, particularly in preparation for enlargement
    • Improving urban and rural services, particularly the organisation of transport systems, and use of information technology
  2. Improving support services for the modernisation and development of small and medium-sized firms:
    • Setting up support services for the modernisation and development of small and medium-sized firms
    • Women entrepreneurs: developing the role of women in local economic life
  3. Protecting and restoring the environment with a view to sustainable development:
    • Pprotecting, enhancing and managing nature
    • Improving pollution control, managing and/or recycling solid waste and waste water
    • Saving energy and promoting renewable energy
  4. Economic development of the cultural heritage of the regions in order to maintain or create permanent jobs

Projects

Project - Description Website
Co-operation Area
ALAS Link
4
ALTERECO Link
1
AQUAFIL Link
3
AVEC Link
1+4
AWAKE Link
2
BABS Link
2
BALTIC CITY TOURISM Link
1+2
BELOFICE Link
2
BIODIST Link
4
BRAKS Link
2+4
BYZANTIUM  
4
CHAINE  
1+4
CREDIT Link
2+4
DARE Link
4
DETOUR  
1+4
ECOBUL Link
3
ECOREGION Link
3+4
ECOSTEP  
3
EDEN Link
1
EMAS Link
3
Employment & Environment  
3
ENERGY SAVINGS Link - Link
3
EUGENIA Link
1
EUROMINT Link
2
EUROPE TRADITIONS  
4
EUROPOLIS Link - Link
4
GENIUS LOCI Link
4
GPLC  
1
IMAGINE ACTION Link
1
INTEGRADEV Link
1
INTER-TRADE  
2
INTERISK Link
1
INTERNAT PARKS Link
3
INTERPRISE Link
1
IRES Link
1
MATERRA Link
2
MEF Link
1+4
NET-KMU Link
2
OLEUM NOSTRUM  
2
PGDP-NT  
1
PRACTIMA Link
2
PRECO Link
1
PRELUDE Link
2+4
QUALIPOL Link
3
RADA  
2
RECITRAVE Link
3
RESIDE Link
2+4
RILKE Link
2
SALMON Link
3+4
SEAM Link
3+4
SEED  
2+3
SPE Link
1+3
SUPPORT TO SME Link
2
TASS Link
3
TDY-OP Link
1+4
TRANSFORM Link
2
VAL-MIN  
1
VITA II  
1
WASTREAT Link
1+3
WASTWATER Link
3
WEP I  
3
WOMAN MANAGING Link
2
WOMAN XXI Link
2

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Les cahiers de la coopération interrégionale : Ecos-Ouverture 1991-1996, Conférence Finale.
Bruxelles, 28 juin 1999 - Actes de la conférence


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