Category Archives: Meetings



In the morning of the first meeting day, Sviluppo Progetti Scarl organized a press conference held at Oderzo City Hall.


The Press conference purpose was to present the EXPLORE project conclusions at the presence of all partners, local public stakeholders and press representatives.

The Press conference was opened by Sviluppo Progetti Scarl, the project Coordinator, that introduced both project partners and local stakeholders representatives invited to take part to the press conference as speakers.

The Coordinator gave the floor to the first speaker: Ms. Meri Zorz, Councillor for Culture, Education, Tourism and Volunteering of Oderzo Municipality. Ms Zorz welcomed the participants in Oderzo and presented the program of local events aiming at local area promotion and traditional products valorisation. The events organization would be managed within the Opitergino Mottense Territorial Planning Alliance (e.g. IPA) headed by Oderzo Municipality and including several bordering local municipalities.

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The co-ordinator then presented the EXPLORE project conclusions, starting from the project general aim, describing partners expertise and background and briefly going through the methodological steps and decisions that guided the project final guidelines drafting during the whole project development.

The coordinator focused the attention on local stakeholders involvement in the project development. With the aim to increase the effectiveness and viability of the recommendations that partners identified on three main themes discussed during the whole project (e.g. Employment Promotion, Effective use of the EU funds and Networking promotion and good practices exchange among stakeholders), each partner submitted a questionnaire to local stakeholders that have been selected because of their expertise on the above mentioned three themes.

Some of Sviluppo Progetti Scarl selected local stakeholders took part to the conference.

Following the project conclusions presentation, the Coordinator gave the floor to the second speaker: Ms Michaela Crespan, Representative of EU Policies and Smart Cities Department of the Treviso Municipality.

Ms Crespan focused her speech on the positive results coming from frequent and in-depth training activities in favour of the local public administration staff in charge of activities coordination within the EU policies and funding programs implementation at local level. Treviso Municipality, in spite of the very recent creation of the EU Policies and Smart Cities Department public office, has already been involved as partner in the EU funded projects in the energy, social and environment fields.

The following speech was held by Mr Michele Genovese, Representative of the LAG – Local Action Group dell’Alta Marca Trevigiana, who shared with the audience the projects realized by the LAG dell’Alta Marca Trevigiana in the 2009-2014 period, some of them through the EU funds.

Finally Mr Riccardo Nardini presented the “” web portal developed within a project financed by the Veneto Region funds in the framework of the Youth Guarantee Programme. This web portal aims at Veneto Region promotion through internet spreading valuable information in the tourism, events, food & wine and fashion fields, which are strengths characterizing the Veneto Region area.

Mr Nardini took parting the press conference also in its role as a Journalist at “La Discussione” online national newspaper.

The contents discussed during the press conference were particularly appreciated by partners who proposed themselves as partners in future projects concerning territorial valorisation.



Seminar entitled: Strategies in the different partner countries to create partnership between education and business, public and private development

Held the premises of the EBROPOLIS Foundation, c/ Eduardo Parra s/n Edificio “El Cubo”, Zaragoza


The hosting partner, INDICO, organized a roundtable with invited local institutions and stakeholders, with the main topic being: ”promote local development by fostering co-operation between training institutions, enterprises and labour market local operators”. The event took place in the Fundación Ebropolis venue in Zaragoza. The Association for the Strategic Development of Zaragoza and its Metropolitan Area, better known as EBROPOLIS, began in May 1994 with the purpose of elaborating and promoting the Strategic Plan of the capital and its Metropolitan Area. It has been declared of public utility. EBROPOLIS is working to be a meeting point for all people and entities committed to the future of Zaragozans. And it is doing this guided by the basic principles which have characterized the actions of the Association from its beginnings: broad participation, consensus and public-private cooperation.

The conference was opened by Beatrice Bellet, as the hosting partner representative, who introduced the main speakers being Laura Fuertes representing the Ebropolis Foundation.

  • Laura Fuertes presented the main activities implemented by EBROPOLIS during its 20 years of activity to participants. This Foundation has developed the local strategic development plan of Zaragoza and includes a network of 80 local companies.
  • Mr Francesco Da Re presented in short the main goals and activities of the EXPLORE project and presented their Italian Case Study called “Antenna Sviluppo”. This case study dealt with the ways of supporting employment and community-led local development in Veneto Region.
  • Bartosz Kruszewski presented the Polish Case Study called “Curriculum vitae as the first step to change the course of life”.
  • Tommaso Marazia presented also the Case Study which dealt with the crisis of ILVA S.p.A. regarding the environmental and economic devastation of the Province of Taranto – Puglia (Italy) – and its legal, social and economic aspects.
  • Carmen Pelet, lecturer of University of Zaragoza, presented the Cathedra called Local Development between the University of Zaragoza and Provincial Delegation of Zaragoza. The objectives of this cathedra is to increase the participation of managers of local government entities (Provincial Delegation of Zaragoza and municipalities in the province) in the University, to share lessons learned; organize continuous training; conducting student placements; promote, design and organize communication and training actions (conferences, seminars, courses …). The Cathedra aims to study and publicize the problems and the socioeconomic characteristics of rural areas in the province of Zaragoza, to enhance their development and encourage the improvement of their quality of life through various outreach activities, training, analysis and participation that bring the rural university, and vice versa.
  • Beatrice Bellet from INDICO presented the Competyo Project and other sectorial Alliances where INDICO is working actively. A local initiative to promote Innovation & Competitiveness of companies through knowledge and the improvement of people and where private and public entities collaborate together for local development.

z2The speeches evoked a lively discussion with the public who asked questions, willing to better understand the situation described by the speakers and their point of view, expressing also their opinions regarding the topic held within the event, which led an open debate among all participants.


There were approximately 25 attendees to the seminar, some of them have exchanged the contact details with the speakers, willing to build and maintain their relationships with project partners and hoping to exchange further experiences and opinions in the future.

How has the crisis changed European Labour Markets?

Conference entitled “How has the crisis changed European Labour Markets”


Held at the premises of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency, 12 Bagatela Street, Warsaw on the 4th of July.

The hosting partner, Gi Group Sp. z o.o. organized a roundtable and conference with invited local institutions and stakeholders, with the main topic being: ”How have the crises changed European Labour Markets”.

The event took place in the Press Center of Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency in Warsaw. Among the invited guests, there were HR Managers and Operational Directors from the companies associated in 4 chambers of commerce in Poland: British-Polish Chamber of Commerce, French-Polish Chamber of Commerce, Italian- Polish Chamber of Commerce, Spanish- Polish Chamber of Commerce, Polish Confederation Lewiatan (former PKPP Lewiatan) representatives and Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency representative.


The conference was opened by Bartosz Kruszewski as the hosting partner representative, who introduced the main speakers being Barbara Chamot representing the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency in Warsaw, Francesco Da Re and the Coordinator of Sviluppo Progetti, and the guest from Spain Ricardo Cubero representing Public Employment Office in Zaragoza. He presented the main topics to be discussed, i.e. the impact of the European  crisis had in the participants countries, response to the crisis, sectors affected, measures that have been already taken by the countries to recover from the crisis, best practices in this area and possibilities of improvement of the situation as well as the predictions regarding the near future in local labour markets.

  • Ms. Barbara Chamot presented the situation on investments on the Polish market in the recent few years and their influence on the employment situation, taking into consideration the pre-crisis and crisis periods which Poland’s labour market is slowly recovering from
  • Mr Francesco Da Re and the Coordinator of Sviluppo Progetti presented in short the situation on the Italian labour market, in particular in the Veneto region, comparing it to the current conditions on other partner’s markets and stressed the importance of small projects and initiatives that have a considerable influence on local communities and their development potential, which both shared on international level can be applied in local context of other countries, leading to future improvement of the critical situation
  • Mr. Ricardo Cubero presented his experience and activities within service for the Zaragoza Public Employment Office, especially in the recession period which had an enormous impact on the Spanish labour market, though he gave examples of best practice activities run in the local area of Zaragoza, involving public authorities, universities, enterprises and associations, providing hints of how to face difficulties in times of crisis.


The speeches evoked a lively discussion with the public who asked questions, willing to better understand the situation described by the speakers and their point of view, expressing also their opinions regarding the topic held within the event, which led an open debate among all participants.



Within the kick – off meeting of the EXPLORE project, the Studio Legale Avvocato Marazia organised a conference on the theme “Community Led Local Development: an opportunity”

Local authorities from Massafra Municipality, companies and entrepreneurial associations, other local stakeholders including civil society organisations and cultural associations participated in the event.

  • Mr. Antonio Viesti, Massafra Vice – Mayor, welcomed participants and introduced the theme of the meeting.
  • Mr. Tommaso Marazia shortly presented EU 2014- 2020 balance, as approved on the 19th November 2014, focusing on EU cohesion policy, its impact on local development and the funding programmes and tools which can support enterprise enhancement, promote employment, foster innovation and, as a consequence, contribute to local development
  • The coordinator introduced the EXPLORE project, its aims and partners and provided concrete examples of how small scale co-operation projects can promote partnership development at international level, paving the way for future initiatives
  • Mr. Antonio Carvelli explored the theme of employment promotion through human resources enhancement, stressing the need to foster a better match between workers profiles, skills and competencies, the needs of the labour market and the workers personal and professional expectations. In this field, re-qualification, changes in the legal framework and increased flexibility can be considered as crucial aspects to work on.
  • Ms. Maria Martin Marco presented INDICO experience and activities, as a concrete example of how local development initiatives can be promoted thanks to the creation of local networks, involving public authorities, universities, enterprises and associations.

The speeches were followed by a “question time” in which several participants expressed their points of view on the themes under discussions, in an open debate with the speakers.

Around 100 people took part in the conference and, at the end, the emails of companies and associations wishing to be updated about the EXPLORE project were collected.