a Crossborder Cooperation for Smart Specialisation
aCCeSS, a Crossborder Cooperation for Smart Specialisation, is a European project that is part of the Interreg Poctefa Programme (2014-2020), whose objective is to promote the transfer of knowledge and technologies from universities to SMEs between French and Spanish border regions to improve their potential for innovation.
The analysis of the intelligent specialisation strategies of the regions involved has led the consortium to focus on 6 priority thematic areas: health services, food processing, intelligent cities, renewable energies, the aerospace industry and the manufacturing industry.
The establishment of a network of universities, chambers of commerce and industry and SMEs associations will lead to the creation of a viewing platform for crossborder cooperation in Open Data in these 6 areas.
The project, led by the University of Toulouse, will last for 36 months and is backed by funding of 1.2 million euros.
POCTEFA 2014-2020 is the acronym for ‘Programa INTERREG V-A España-Francia-Andorra’. This is a European programme for territorial cooperation created to promote the sustainable development of crossborder regions in the three countries.
EU Regional Policy
The EU regional policy is based on investment. It supports employment creation, competitiveness, the economy, improving quality of life and sustainable development. The aim is to achieve the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy.