SMARTMED TEAM IN BARCELONA FOR ITS 5th STEERING COMMITTEE AND TECHNICAL MEETING

SMARTMED TEAM IN BARCELONA FOR ITS 5th STEERING COMMITTEE AND TECHNICAL MEETING

Together at last! After a long period of distance work due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 5th Steering Committee Meeting of the SMARTMED Project and the technical meeting of partners was held in Barcelona on 16th and 17th November.

Project partners from nine countries discussed the progress and further implementation of the project.

The meetings were hosted by the Agency for Economic and Social Development of the Area Metropolitana de Barcelona, one of the partners.

Natalija Havidić, representing the Ministry of Tourism and Sport of Croatia, lead Partner of the project, opened the discussion and presented an overview of the activity progress, adopted the new deliverables and the budget reallocation.

 

The coordinator of the Sustainable Tourism Community, Josep Rodriguez, presented the next activities and event for this horizontal project and the extension of the implementation period until December 2022. He highlighted “the necessity to co-construct with all the partners involved in the sustainability tourism a leading community in charge of reviewing current policies”.

 

Nicolas Garnier, Project Officer from the Joint Secretariat of the Interreg Med Programme, also attended the meeting. He updated the preparation for the new InterregMed period, and the opportunity for extending the project.

 

A specific presentation was then dedicated to updates on the implementation of the eight pilot projects put in placeto test the Smart Business Model developed within SMARTMED. 

Technical meeting

The second day was devoted to a technical meeting. The partners involved in communication, testing, transferring and capitalisation activities reported the advances in their respective activities.

The Region Occitanie and CPMR, reminded the different activities of communication planned and completed, respectively. These included networking events aimed at promoting Smart Tourism Model, as well as digital communication tools and events. Elsa Gimenez, in charge of Interreg Med projects at the Region Occitanie, reminded that “all the partners must contribute to create contents and visibility of the project”.  

She added that CPMR and Region Occitanie would coordinate communication activities on the dedicated website and social networks.

Regarding testing and transferring, the main output is to develop a platform for knowledge transfer in the languages of all partners of the project.

“As part of the capitalisation activities, terms of references for the development of innovation hub will soon be launched”, noted Elsa Gimenez. The purpose is to benchmark existing platforms developed within the InterregMed programme, as well as developing recommendations and proposals for a design and technical specifications for the hub (see diagram).

The 6th Steering Committee is due to take place in Portugal, in May 2022, either in Porto or in Lisbon.