European project RESTART4Danube

Boosting cREative induSTries in urbAn Regeneration for a stronger Danube region

Cities face challenges to develop a culture that generates public/private synergies to promote SMEs & stimulate creative urban communities. In order to overcome these challenges, the project’s main objective is to improve framework conditions & policy instruments in the Danube Region by supporting the regional & local Specialization Strategy S3 for a new model of Urban Regeneration involving Culture & Creative Industries (CCIs).

Three specific objectives are defined:

  • Develop a common strategy to support creative and innovative urban developments
  • Implement 5 Local Action Plans to boost transnational collaboration & develop cross-linkages across the Danube Region
  • Provide different opportunities & platforms for public authorities to discuss issues & exchange ideas

As a part of the project pilot action, 5 Local Action Plans (LAPs) will be developed. The LAPs will significantly improve the transnational & institutional cooperation and enhance the capacity building.

  • LAP 1 - New spaces for experimentation, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the CCI sector in Craiova, Romania.
  • LAP 2 - Sustainable regeneration of industrial building in Rijeka, Croatia.
  • LAP 3 - Transit-oriented development in Maribor, Slovenia.
  • LAP 4 - Refurbishing heritage and historical buildings in Sarvar, Hungary.
  • LAP 5 - Green urban regeneration in Vratsa, Bulgaria.

Expected results:

  • a common strategy on creative urban regeneration for the Danube region,
  • a new set of tools for Creative Urban Regeneration,
  • the 5 Local Action Plans,
  • a package of Cooperation Agreements between enterprises and research & development institutions,
  • a package of Readiness Level Audits,
  • a training toolkit with modules on Creativity and Urban Governance and on Urban Innovation Management.

The partnership constitutes of 25 project partners coming from 12 countries and is coordinated by the University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania. The project uses a quadruple helix approach through the collaboration of 11 public authorities, 7 companies & business support organizations, 4 higher education & research institutions and 3 civil society actors.

Playing an important role in the consortium, Steinbeis 2i is a project partner responsible for two working packages, “Capitalization and Policy Recommendation” and “Communication”.

Participating Countries: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine

Project Duration 07/2020 – 12/2022

RESTART4Danube is co-funded by 3 European Union funds, the European Regional Development Fund, the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance and the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ERDF, IPA, ENI).

Portrait Miljana Cosic
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