The Italy-Croatia CBC Programme’s overall objective is “to increase the prosperity and the blue growth potential of the area by stimulating cross-border partnerships able to achieve tangible changes”. The main key assets are related to the maritime dimension of the Programme due to the central location of the Adriatic Sea:
- the maritime character of historical trade relations;
- the joint asset of natural areas and cultural heritage;
- the shared importance of economy branches exploiting the rich natural sea-based resources;
- the transportation patterns and socioeconomic processes.
The challenge for the Programme is that maritime issues are not the subject of a specific Thematic Objective (TO) under ERDF, but rather should be seen as a cross-cutting issue. This creates the challenge of interpreting, prioritizing and integrating the maritime dimension in the selected Priority Axes. The Italy - Croatia Programme is composed of four Priority Axes responding to the identified key assets and challenges, within each of the four priority axes specific joint cross-border actions will be supported and numerous outputs will be obtained.
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PRIORITY AXIS 4 “MARITIME TRANSPORT”
Under this priority, the Italy-Croatia Cooperation Programme addresses key socio-economic challenges and needs within the area that are related to sustainable growth as defined in the Europe 2020 Strategy.
Connectivity between the two sides of the sea is not sufficient and as such cannot contribute to stronger cooperation in the field of economic activities, labour mobility or exploitation of education opportunities in the Programme area. Therefore it is important to improve the accessibility of the area by better data sharing and coordination. So the Programme will help to reinforce the ICT application for making open and easier the access to transport info and implement all the intermodal opportunities for the passengers mobility, while investing on ICT management for all freight transport activities.
The Programme will also address a strong need to reduce the environmental impact of transport activities by increasing multimodality and shift to most appropriate environmental friendly modes of transport.
SO 4.1 Improve the quality, safety and environmental sustainability of marine and coastal transport services and nodes by promoting multimodality in the Programme area
The SO 4.1 aims at improving the quality, safety and environmental sustainability of marine and coastal transport services. In order to achieve this change, the Programme will support actions developing new traffic modalities directed towards the use of vessels using compatible energy sources (such as methane), the adoption of ICT systems to perform embarking and disembarking of passengers in vessel traffic management and implementation of e-ticket (electronic ticketing) systems and electronic traffic management to ensure a more efficient development of traffic in the area. Efforts for enhancing the quality and the environmental sustainability of services and node will contribute to a reduction of the CO2 emissions for transport purposes.
Types of Actions
- Support coordination/ harmonization/ monitoring of data and systems for enhancing multimodality
- Piloting tools/ solutions for improving connectivity in the transport systems