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recycling%20plant%20-%20virginia%202Unleashing Cross-border Circular Economy Potential – Slovakia and Ukraine
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Unleashing Cross-border Circular Economy Potential – Slovakia and Ukraine

The border region is one of the least economically developed regions of Slovakia (its GDP per inhabitant in purchasing power standard presents only 51,7% of the EU-28 average in 2013 according Eurostat). In order to facilitate further sustainable development, there is a need of exploring new innovative solutions implemented on the regional level.

Recently several initiatives in Europe have been exploring Circular Economy, as alternative to a traditional linear economy, in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life. The significant component of  the Circular economy presents the creation of so-called Industrial Symbiosis partnerships as a way of fostering local economic development and enhancing environmental benefits for local companies. By using the best available technology and unused or residual resources of one company at another company, one creates mutual economic, social & environmental benefits for both the companies involved and the community. Such partnerships can help companies:

The main ambition of this bilateral project is to boost contacts and cooperation between local and regional institutions and NGOs on both sides of the EU external border. The institutional support is inevitable for changing the current model of industrial operation. The project will present the start line to support Circular Economy in cross-border region thanks to establishment of new cooperation between two partners – IDN and Centrum pre inovačné partnerstvá (Center For Innovation Partnerships), who´s main mission is to support development of new innovative partnerships between businesses and/or education and R&D institutions in the Prešov region.

The main activities of the project:

STATE OF ART

Identifying areas with certain industries and companies that fit well into the methodology of Circular Economy. In order to acquire proven data, IDN together with the Slovak partner will analyse the Industrial Symbiosis partnerships potential in the region.

WORKSHOP

Present and discuss the findings at a workshop where relevant organisations participate together with experts on Circular Economy. Findings of the first activity will be presented to relevant stakeholders (public organizations, NGOs, private companies and others) during a workshop, aiming at the identification of future projects to establish Circular Economy (Industrial Symbiosis partnerships) in Slovakia and its border region.

CROSSBORDER COOPERATION

Initiating first partnerships with the aim to implement identified projects. During workshop and as a follow-up, the project will facilitate and create at least three partnerships that will be confirmed by the letter of intention.

DELIVERY

Conclusions from the workshop will be incorporated into the report, which will, besides the assessment findings and developed projects pipeline, consists of Generated Assessment Procedure categorizing potential symbiotic partnerships.

The project implementation period is 06.09.2016 – 01.01.2017 and it is financed by the EEA and Norway grants within the Measure B of Bilateral Fund / Cross-border cooperation.

IDNs project partner in Slovakia for this project is Centrum pre inovačné partnerstvá (Center For Innovation Partnerships).


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Sustainable Business Models in Slovak Bioenergy Sector (SBM – Bioenergy)

IDN has been involved as a project partner in the two biggest projects supported under GII programme in Slovakia. While both projects have been implemented in the bioenergy sector, they are different in several ways. The same can be said about other projects implemented in the GII programme in Slovakia. Their chosen business models and risk profiles will be critical for the long-term success.

IDN wants to use this project opportunity to deepen bilateral cooperation with Slovak partners from GII programme. Considering IDNs strategy for Central Eastern Europe, the SBM- Bioenergy project has been prepared in order to deepen bilateral cooperation between IDN and its Slovak partners from GII Programme, as well to establish new promising partnerships with other project promoters and consulting organizations. This cooperation would not only enable sharing of experiences and lesson learned during GII projects implementation but will also help to generate synergy effect between conducted projects, develop a future strategy of the bioenergy sector in Slovakia and new areas of cooperation.

 

The main objectives of the SBM – Bioenergy project is:

1. Identify future scenarios/directions for bio-energy in Slovakia (based on experiences with implemented business models in Slovak and EEA projects)

2. Increase awareness of GII project promoters in Slovakia off possible risks which may impede their long-term success and provide proposal of solutions

3. Create a platform for communication (sharing information) in bioenergy sector in Slovakia

4. Develop new business and project areas of bilateral cooperation

 

The SBM – Bioenergy project will consist of six main activities:

1. Interview with all six EEA GII projects promoters to identify implemented business model and future plans. In order to acquire proven data, IDN together with the Slovak partner energy analytics, s.r.o. will conduct in-depth interviews with GII project promoters, what will provide a sound research basis for further project activities.

2. Comparing findings with best practice in other countries. In order to benchmark, but also seek for best practice findings from the research will be compared with projects in other donor/EEA countries.

3. Presenting the findings in report/presentation. The results of the study carried under Activity 1 and 2 will be enclosed in the report and presented to the Project Promoters.

4. Presenting and discussing the findings at a workshop with project promoters (and other interested entities). In order to develop individual future actions and overall strategy in the bioenergy market in Slovakia, IDN will organize one workshop which shall be delivered in accordance with the Ideeserch methodology (methodology successfully applied in advisory and support provided to Norwegian companies).

5. Adding conclusions from the workshop into the report. After the workshop focusing on the future development, the SBM Bioenergy Report will be supplemented with conclusions on further steps and scenarios.

6. Publishing the report – creating online space at http://energia.dennikn.sk/, the Slovak most popular information website in the energy sector, which will be devoted particularly to Slovak bioenergy news.

The project will be implemented during the period 06.09.2016 – 01.31.2017. It is supported by the EEA and Norway Grants within the Measure B of Bilateral Fund / Green Industry Innovation in Slovakia.

IDNs project partner in Slovakia for this project is Energy Analytics, s. r. o.

 


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BESUREBESURE – Plastic Recycling Plant – Romania
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BESURE – Plastic Recycling Plant – Romania


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Training for Renewable Energy Network Development – TREND

workshopThe TREND project is a regional initiative to support the development of the renewable energy potential of the Drava River Croatia-Hungary-Slovenia Cross Border Region by the training of local SMEs, NGOs, municipality opinion leaders and students.

The project aims to:

Train the local actors to be able to organize their community for launching a local renewable energy initiative with bottom up approach

Train the local actors to be able to select the technologically, agriculturally, economically, socially and environmentally best fitting option for their community.

To reach this aim the project will

MAP  the regional best practices and seek the competences needed for a successful renewable energy initiative

DEVELOP four e-learning modules (biomass to energy, renewable energy technology, energy efficiency, project management)

ESTABLISH an international learning management system and educate target groups in all three countries to gain the personal competences needed for successful initiatives.

Partners (the main partners):

  1. Faculty of Agriculture in Osijek, Croatia
  2. International Development Norway, Norway
  3. EUROPÉER Foundation, Hungary
  4. ECOsynergy Ltd. Hungary
  5. IMRO-DDKK Ltd. Hungary
  6. University of Maribor Slovenia
  7. South Transdanubian Regaional Development Agency Hungary
  8. Regaional Development Agency of Slavonia and Baranja Croatia

More info: http://trend2020.eu/


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UNINIUkraine Norway Innovation Networking Initiative (UNINI)
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Ukraine Norway Innovation Networking Initiative (UNINI)

UNINIUNINI’s project development goal is to contribute to the competitiveness of the economy in Ukraine by promoting and supporting innovation infrastructure and networks, SMEs development and investment opportunities in SMEs and start-ups with innovative business idea. The project purpose is to develop innovation eco-system with an interplaying set of local, national and international services and infrastructure to secure sustainable support to innovation and entrepreneurship in Ukraine. It is a 3 years (2014-17) project funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affaires. Consortium partners are Seed Forum Norway,  Seed Forum Ukraine Foundation and International Development Norway. The project’s main target groups are:

The project organised in 7 Work Packages (WP):

More info:

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tdf-cropGreen innovation for TDF products at Vinderen ltd – Poland
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Green innovation for TDF products at Vinderen ltd – Poland

Used tires are not biodegradable, they are difficult to compact, occupying large space and they are also a very serious ecological problem, with the growing tendency. (Every year about 3.2 million tonnes of used tyres are generated in Euro Zone + Norway + Switzerland; in Poland 190 thousand tonnes is generated). The The main objective of the project is to apply innovative technology for the production process of high quality green products based on used tyres. The expected output of the project is mainly realisation of business opportunities of greening the European economy, what will be achieved by extending extising recycling process of used tires and introducing to new for company product: TDF (tire derived fuel) and improved product: steel cord. The will support most of all extension of the facility in Sławno by purchase and delivery new production line necessary to start-up production of TDF and improved steel cord and briquetting. IDN task is focused on business development – market research and CSR strategy developed for the company needs. Target group are suppliers of used tires and new customers. Indirectly it will influence partners also in Scandinavian markets and environmental stakeholders in the Sławno neighbourhood.

Vinderen has signed contract for implementation of the project in June 2015 and slowly starts it implementation. Project should be accomplished by April 2017.


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Nature to nature- efficient waste management environmentally-friendly products – Hungary


A Stolan  EMI (00000002)IDN have joined a team of partners in Hungary lead by BERN Constructions Ltd, located in Sìklos. The project seek to develop environmental friendly products for the building industry.

The project’s long term goal as a result of experimental development and innovation is to reduced emission, to achieve better material efficiency during production, more efficient management and processing of waste and the creation of new, more environmentally-friendly products (e.g. energy efficient, material saving) aiming to reduce pollution. Within this framework, to reduce economical and social inclusion and to build bilateral partnership between Hungarian and Norwegian partners.

During the poultry processing, over 7-10 000 tons of waste, by-product appears, which mostly becomes compost or is burnt. Discovering the opportunities that the feather holds (good isolation, good structure built of polymers), the project will develop methods to allow secondary raw material production. In order to achieve this goal, through a research & development process, the project will create new ways and techniques for new product production.

IDN tasks in the project:

The Lead Partner is BERN Constructions Ltd


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Business development and employment growth in the company STAMAP, Ltd – Slovakia


STAMAP Presov- logoThe project is focused on the need to solve the problem of territory disparities in the Slovak Republic – increasing the employment and supporting the economy of rural areas and the need for investment and support of small businesses in the field of energy production.

The objective of the project is to increase competitiveness, business development and the increase of employ-ability in the company, through investment in the production of briquettes and pellets, their distribution and transformation of heating methods in favor of biomass for consumers.

The project is expected to increase employ-ability and business development in the company and these challenges addressed through collection and harvesting of biomass (efficient use of natural resources), establishment of a logistics center (processing and manufacture of products from OZE) and investment in the equipment (transformation of defective heating methods).

The project will benefit unemployed and disadvantaged people, for businesses, public and local government. The partnership will achieve effective implementation of the project, support of project sustainability and increase of proficiency.

The Lead Partner is STAMAP, ltd


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Greener production and management processes in the ceramic tiles industry – SANEX – Romania


it explain naturel recycle. Three arrows follow eachother.Romanian market for floor tiles is rapidly growing. SANEX has specialized to produce wall tiles and cannot cope with the demand for floor tiles as the existing production lines work at maximum capacity.

The project’s objective is to enable SANEX to take advantage of current business opportunities in the ceramic tiles market while greening the company’s production and management processes. Compared to the current levels, the project is expected to: Increase drying capacity of ceramic tiles by about 40%; Reduce natural gas consumption by 14-18% and Improve management practices and increase employee awareness of environmental issue.

Through the project, a new spray dryer with a larger capacity will be purchased and a new construction will be built to install it – as first steps necessary to provide sufficient powder to feed a new production line used exclusively for floor tiles production planned to be implemented in next years. The main beneficiaries will be SANEX’s employees, customers and local community.

The expertise of IDN Norway in the field of CSR/sustainable development will help SANEX develop a CSR strategy and will strengthen the bilateral relations.

The Lead Partner is SC Sanex SA


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Wind turbine at sunsetRegional strategy on reduction of green-house gas emissions from buildings – Latvia
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Regional strategy on reduction of green-house gas emissions from buildings – Latvia


Wind turbine at sunsetResearch “Regional strategy on reduction of green-house gas emissions from buildings in largest cities in Kurzeme Planning region, using satellite imaging and state-of-the-art thermal auditing technologies”.

This project is necessary to promote awareness and capacity of municipality as well as greater society to use satellite data from Earth observation satellites that is soon to be available to any user from the European Union Copernicus program.

The aim of the research is to develop a methodology by which municipality’s decision-makers will be able to plan a transparent building insulation measures, monitor maintenance costs, investments, greenhouse gas (GHG) and CO2 emissions, as well as any other gained benefits.

To ensure qualitative implementation of this project 5 activities are arranged in logical order, during which satellite data will be obtained and processed, information on current activities and investments in insulation of municipality building from municipalities obtained and categorized, calculation methodology developed for investment return rate and benefits to be calculated, and a regional strategy for future action planning will be developed.

The result of the Project is a strategic plan that would be probated as a pilot-project for the selected set of 5 largest municipalities of Kurzeme region. However it would also facilitate increase of capacity of all other municipalities in Kurzeme region as well as in the whole territory of Latvia to prioritize and financially support investment planning for retro-fitting of municipal buildings.

IDN will contribute with experts on renewable energy and environmental technology that will be part of the team that make analysis of data from the research and help develop a strategy for the region.

The Lead Partner is Ventspils High Technology Park (VHTP)

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European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 Programme “National Climate Policy” Small Grant Scheme open tender “Capacity Building in the Field of Research and Measures for Enhancing Society’s Understanding about Climate Change and its Consequences” Project No. 2/EEZLV02/14/GS/058

 


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New building of Science and Technology Museum “Kurzeme Demo Centre” – Latvia


DemocenterVentspils High Technology Park have now started constructing a low energy consumption house that will serve as an expanding operation of the Museum of Science and Technology „Kurzeme Demo Centre”.

The building itself will serve as a separate exhibit, which will demonstrate the possible solutions for sustainable buildings – with the usage of renewable resources, low carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and low energy costs to the society. Planned building’s heating energy costs are 12.8kWh/m2 a year, which is approximately 10 times less than an current average building in Latvia, and it will fit within the standard of a passive house The annex will be fitted with solar batteries and collectors, and an air type heat pump/conditioner. It is planned that the building will open its doors on April 30, 2016.

After the Ventspils City Council building and the new Ventspils Health Centre this will be the third passive type building in Ventspils.

IDN will contribute with experts on renewable energy and environmental technology that will help develop the exhibitions within the Democenter.

The Lead Partner is Ventspils High Technology Park (VHTP)

Programme:

European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 Programme “National Climate Policy” Small Grant Scheme open tender “Capacity Building in the Field of Research and Measures for Enhancing Society’s Understanding about Climate Change and its Consequences” Project No. 2/EEZLV02/14/GS/058

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Green Mission: Climate – Latvia


3Project “Green Mission: Climate” aim is to educate, inform and promote Latvian pupils’ and educational staff’s awareness and knowledge of climate change by using and integrating alternative educational approaches and methods into the project activities.

Wider and deeper understanding of climate change is also the key target result of the project. Direct target groups of the project are Latvian high school students, teachers of natural sciences, Latvian educational institutions and municipal education departments. Indirect target groups are society in wider sense, other different youth and educational organizations as well as families and friends of direct target groups.

The project will help to educate and inform youth by organizing interdisciplinary technical and practical workshops in schools as well as by providing field trips to science center in which with a help of several interactive expositions a special gallery of climate change will be created. A wide range of publicity activities will be implemented. Project includes activities that ensure project result sustainability.

IDN will contribute with knowledge sharing between Norway and Latvia. More specific organizing a study trip for the Latvian partners to Trondheim where they will meet local experts.

The Lead Partner is Ventspils High Technology Park (VHTP)

Programme:

European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 Programme “National Climate Policy” Small Grant Scheme open tender “Capacity Building in the Field of Research and Measures for Enhancing Society’s Understanding about Climate Change and its Consequences” Project No. 2/EEZLV02/14/GS/058

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Solar-Water-HeaterSocially responsible and environmentally friendly investment in GE Prison – Bulgaria
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Socially responsible and environmentally friendly investment in GE Prison – Bulgaria

In Sofia prison in Bulgaria’s capital a new green production facility is set up. The prisoners now get valuable training producing solar panel collectors and water heaters. IDN has been involved in sharing expertise on equipment and design of the production workshop as well as expertise on EU regulations regarding working conditions and environmental impact.
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In a renovated building in the yard of Sofia prison – the largest prison in Bulgaria, a new green production facility for production of solar panel collectors and water heaters opened recently with support from the Norway Grants green industry innovation programme. To date, more than 130 prisoners have been trained to produce solar panels and boilers for heat and hot water. The workshop is equipped with modern machinery following environmental requirements. The technological process is based on the principles of efficiency, recycling and almost no-waste production.

“The project is a good example for a green business model, where environmental practices will be incorporated across the value chain of the products,” said Norway’s ambassador to Bulgaria Guro Katharina Vikør after visiting the workshop recently.

The project is carried out by the state enterprise GE ‘Prisons Production’ in cooperation with International Development Norway AS. GE ‘Prisons Production’ is responsible for economic activities in places of detention in Bulgaria and placement on the market of the products produced in the prisons. IDN has been involved in sharing expertise on equipment and design of the production workshop as well as expertise on EU regulations regarding working conditions and environmental impact.

GE “Prison Production” is a public enterprise responsbile for economic activities of  Bulgarian places of detention and placement of their products on the market. Main activities include: development and improvement of manufacturing units (workshops) in places of detention and their equipment with security and technical facilities, construction, Prisoners are occupied in production activities in the following fields and respective workshops: Construction/Repairs/ Livestock and crop/Metallurgy/ Furniture manufacture/Clothing manufacture/Production of PVC window frames/ Woodworking/Ceramic manufacture/ Industrial services;

“The project results will not only have economic and environmental impact, but is also having a very important social impact. The prisoners will acquire new skills, which will give them a good advantage on the labor market after leaving the prison,” Vikør said.

To involve the prisoners even more, the renovation work of the building was done by the prisoners.

The project was funded by Green Industry Innovation Programme in Bulgaria and covered adaptation of the building and provided equipement in order to set up a new “green” workshop in place of detention in Sofia for production of solar panel collectors – black, selective and vacuum-tubular and water heaters for environmentally friendly manufacturing of heat power for heating and hot water.


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Green Industry Innovation in a stone processing factory Cherkezov ltd. – Bulgaria

Company Cherkezov OOD sine 2005 is working with the processing of  marble, limestone and granite. Te goal to achieve within a project is to introduce water recycling into the production proces and improve green performace of the company.  The investment done in the project will cover  instalation of the waste water treatment plant wihich will reduce water consumption in m3 per year – from 50 000 m3 to 5 000 m3 and in pararell in order to increase sales and buisness opportunities new polishing line will be installed in the factory.  IDN will provide in to the project knowledge, especially support in designing terms of reference, advisory in production layout and operation and most of all we will help to develop possible solution of efficient management of the waste and sludge obtained in the proces.

Last but not least Cherkezov OOD is an active community stakeholder. Aside from its common business activities, its working closely with Strumyani Municipality, Blagoevgrad Municipality (the capital of the south-west region) and Blagoevgrad Chamber of Commerce due to the relevance of the project  for the regional economic and environmental development,  which also go along with the strategy and values applied in IDN


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Ecological management of rainwater – Slovakia


globe water dropThe project will focus on rainwater harvesting, recycling and reuse. It is situated in the area of the Elementary School of Žofia Bosniaková. The objective of the project is to increase public environmental awareness about the adaptation to climate change.

Through the project’s implementation, the volume of rainwater that becomes reused and the knowledge of children about climate change adaptation measures will be increased. The project is expected to prepare and promote teaching plans focused on rainwater management and its linkage to the climate change for schools. All the project information will be published on the Internet.

The project is going to increase environmental awareness about the adaptation to climate change, implement adaptive measures and establish a new webpage or sub-webpage. Children, students and non-governmental organizations are expected to benefit from the project’s implementation.

The partnership will include consultancy and advise via video-calls for the lecturers of the pupils and students who will benefit from the project. International Development Norway lectured and supervised the target groups and other staff support in reference to air and climatic research.

The Lead Partner is the Elementary School of Žofia Bosniaková.


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Základná škola Žofie BosniakovejWater and climate at our school – Teplika, Slovakia
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Water and climate at our school – Teplika, Slovakia

Základná škola Žofie BosniakovejBackground

After the construction of the Žilina Water Reservoir on the Váh river, the Teplica brook started to deform. Curved banks, flash-floods or low water-table result from low water-adaptation capacity of the enclosed territories. Hence, the Catholic Primary School decided to widen the perspectives of its pupils and teenage students in these terms by implementing a systematic strategy of how to cope with the issue of rainwater management.

The project deals with:
– Capturing of surface rainwater from the firm impervious surfaces and roofs of the school buildings where the rainwater trickles down to the sewerage.
– Elaboration and publicity of thematic school outlines focused on management of rainwater and climate changes.
– Thematic environmental activities.

Name of program area: Adjustment to a climate change- the floods and drought prevention

Aim of the project: To enhance awareness and education in the field of adjustment to a climate change

Target group: children, students, teachers, parents and local community

Results of the project:
– Elaboration and publicity of outlines for primary and secondary schools focused on management of rainwater and the connection with climate change.

– Publishing of all information about the program “Adjustment to a climate change- the floods and drought prevention” for general public.

Place of the realization: the project will be located in the school campus between A-block, baggage room and gym, in the places where rainwater trickles down from the roofs and troughs.

Information about activities will be published on the school webpage on the subpage Project “Water and climate at our school”.

Lead partner: Základná škola Žofie Bosniakovej, Teplička nad Váhom, Slovakia


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RudinaLet’s Return Water to the Nature – Rudina, Slovakia
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Let’s Return Water to the Nature – Rudina, Slovakia

RudinaBackground

Slovakia is no exception to the ongoing climate change. Adapting to the climate change affects all aspects of life in our region. Therefore, it is necessary to raise the awareness and expert capacities by the implementation of the project. We focus on the implementation of the knowledge about the climate change into the environmental education at school and implementation of water detention measures in the school area. To successfully achieve the project objective, the most important thing is to address young generation – pupils of schools, who can influence the environment in the future by their way of thinking and actions.

Project Objective

Raise of awareness and education in the field of climate change adaptation at the elementary school in Rudina by the implementation of the environmental education and adaptive water detention measures.

Project Outcome

Project implementation will create a system of environmental education at the elementary school in Rudina focused on the field of climate change and water detention measures implemented to adapt to climate change.

Project Outcome

Development of new curriculum and teaching materials for the environmental education focused on the field of climate change for each grade and class at the elementary school in Rudina.

Conducting lessons according to the newly prepared curriculum.

Building a water detention measures to adapt to climate change.

Building an “eco-class” in the outdoor school area and conducting lessons in the eco-class.

Exchange experience, knowledge and practice with the partner  institutions in Norway and Iceland.

Benefits for target groups

The project will be aimed at the teachers and pupils of the elementary school in Rudina to which the project is directly addressed.

Parents of the students and public, volunteers from the regional organizations and institutions, public administration employees who will be involved in the project implementation within the information activities of the project.

Lead partner: Elementary school in Rudina


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Sustainable and Ethical Public Procurement – Romania


IPP cloud 3Sustainable and Ethical Public Procurement – exploring the successful Norway model of public procurement and identifying paths for promoting similar experiences in Romania

The aim of the project is to provide a thorough analysis and advance policy scenarios advocating for a smarter, more ethical and more sustainable public procurement process in Romania while creating awareness amongst policymakers for better alternatives in the tender procurement process using as example the Norway examples such as the Ethical Trading Initiative and the Difi (Agency for Public Management and e-Government) model of promoting the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights on public procurement.

This model is based on working within public procurement legal framework to purchase goods, services and works that support Government policies to achieve value for money, improve efficiency, increase sustainability and support the society through a better and fair trade. This includes promoting good governance, social cohesion and a fairer world by encouraging participation, inclusion and equal opportunities and engaging people’s creativity, energy and diversity.

Conceived as a mean to create a functional open market for purchasing smart and sustainable services, goods and works, the Romanian public procurement system is far by being competitive and quality generating. The system has been criticized for not being enough protected from abuses and corrupt practices (as repeatedly mentioned in the European Commissions Cooperation and Verification Mechamism monitoring reports) – thus the present project directly impacts upon the challenges that Romania still has to accomplish within the Justice and Internal affairs thematic area. At the same time, the ultimate overall current challenge is mostly related to enormous waste of public resources due to lack of interest/focus on making the system really oriented towards smart and sustainable procurements.

Main expected results to be achieved through the project are:

The Project Coordinator is Institute for Public Policy (IPP)


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Partnerships for Zero-Waste Industrial Activities (PAZEWAIA) – Romania

P1000155Background

Currently Romania recycles less than 6% of waste generated, nota bene, in the conditions that Romanians generate only a fraction of the waste generated in EU.

When mining waste is considered, the figures per capita above are approx. 10 times higher. These levels are very far from the EU levels that amounts to approx. 3 billion tons of waste generated each year (approx. 6000 kg per capita!) and will increase with 45% as compared to 1995 levels. As for the recycled / recovered waste, the following table refers to packaging waste, the only one category worth mentioning for recycling and re-use.  It  is  important  to  underline  that important  quantities  of  waste  are  exported  because  of  lack  of  process ing  facilities  in Romania. This applies especially to complex waste as WEEE,  hazardous,  medical.  Thus, Romanian waste sustains jobs and economic activities abroad instead of contributing to the domestic economics.  It  is  the  Project  aim  to  find  local  solutions  and  create  local  jobs  for processing / recycling / reusing waste locally. Table 2. Waste recycled in Romania (tons, 2010) (ANPM, 2012)

For  the  Suceava  County  in  the  Romanian  Focal  Zone,  the  figures  related  to  levels  of recovery and recycling are even lower, as shown in the following Table, calling for robust, decisive actions to change the course of things. Even  biomass  (wood),  a  representative  resource  of  the  Focal  Zone  is  poorly  recycled. Important quantities of wooden waste and sawdust are polluting rivers and roads in the area.

Project Objective

Establish an industrial ecosystem in local communities where technologies to be aligned to Best Available Technologies and unused or residual resources of one company are used by another, resulting in mutual economic, social and environmental benefits both for the companies and the community.

Spesific Goals

  1. Assessing the  Inventory  of  wastes  and  any  other  resources  available  in  the  Focal Zones that can be reinserted in the economic cycle.
  2. Generating, together with managers, options for Cleaner Production, reducing, in this way, the amount of waste that should be cared for;
  3. Generating symbiotic business partnerships in the Focal Zone  (Norwegian Business partnerships  with  Romanian  Companies,  very  encouraged),  for  adding  value  to  available resources  (wastes,  production  capacities,  laboratories,  experts,  transport  facilities,  training capabilities, workshops not used, etc.) and for reducing the need of virgin resources, fossil fuels and the environmental footprint of economic activities in the Focal Zones.
  4. Establish use  of  an  internet  based  tool  for  increased  local  resources  Norwegian Partner expected to insert data from Norwegian Companies
  5. Increase territorial cohesion in Focal Zones and collaboration with Norwegian partners and experts in all perspectives of sustainability by transfer of scientific, technical, economic, environmental know-how

Project Output

  1. The Project will generate an assessment procedure that will categorize potential symbiotic partnerships along technical and environmental criteria. Partnerships having the highest or innovative technical profile and least environmental impact will be encouraged. It is expected that 100+ companies in the Focal Zone will be assessed.
  2. A number of 30 Industrial Symbiosis partnerships will be created, stimulating local initiative and innovative approaches, but also Romanian-Norwegian cooperation. The Project will attract experts from industry, universities, research institutes and business/local authorities to solve difficult Cleaner Production or symbiotic problems. In may instances, the effective implementation of a given symbiotic link will require the expertize of academic and R&D representatives. Their  input  will  be  essential  to  the  success  of  the  partnership  since they will identify and test the best solution for a symbiotic  collaboration, they will make some symbiotic  partnerships  possible  (by  suggesting  practical  technical  solutions),  they  will contribute  to  innovative  approaches  that  clearly  differentiates  the  present  project  from  a brokerage activity.
  3. Focusing on local potential for economic activities, especially tourism. Number of  projects  supporting the  development  of  permanent  joint  services  in  the  area  of  The  best  example  is  the  use  of  renewables  (e.g. biomass waste)  in  domestic  heating  for touristic  facilities.  This  will  dramatically  reduce  the  energy  bill  of  tourism  investors,  will improve  sensibly  the  quality  of  environment  and  will  add  to  the  sustainability  of  their business.  As  the  touristic  potential  of  the  Focal  Zone  is  huge  and  has  a  long  confirmed tradition,  the  Project  will  make  a  priority  for  generating  symbiotic  partnerships  with  tourist service providers and will encourage Norwegian involvement.
  4. Establishing use  of  internet  based  tool  to  industrial  organizations  in  Romania and elsewhere providing information, advice and exchange function for their unused resources and    The application will collect  information  about  resources  available  at  enterprise level, will suggest ways for reducing waste generation via Cleaner Production approach and will generate a number of potential symbiotic partnerships with organizations that may use and add value to the available resource or waste. It is expected that 100+ companies in the Focal Zone will be included and use the application. During the Project, access to information will be for free. After the Project, the Team will suggest ways to sustain the momentum and keep the internet tool operational, in exchange of a minimal contribution of end-users or by using sponsorships or Government aid.

Lead partner: Ecological Group for Cooperation – GEC Bucovina

Focal zone: 6 Counties in the North West Region of Romania: Suceava, Botosani, Iasi, Neamt, Maramures and Bistrita-Nasaud Counties


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Biomass Logistic Centre (BLC) – BIOPEL – Slovakia

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In an effort to promote the use of biomass and solar energy as renewable energy sources (RES), the EU launched the Action Plan for the use of Biomass covering every level from regional to European.

The government of the Slovak Republic, with an eye to the potential of biomass and solar energy and supporting their use, created a National Action Plan for energy from RES for the period 2014-2020, which points to the possibilities and likewise the necessity of using available raw materials that have so far been unused. Slovakia is committed to increasing the share of RES in its total energy consumption to the ambitious goal of 14% by 2020.

This project aims to support and increase the use of biomass in Slovak regions, mainly through increasing knowledge of and trust in the product among specific target groups. This will substantially contribute to achieving the goals spelled out in the National Action Plan, as well as in the Action Plan of the EU. One of the basic strategic goals of the EU is to promote the energy independence of the EU, while reducing CO2 emissions and strengthening local economies. In keeping with the strategic goals of the EU, biomass has the highest potential of available local energy sources, estimated to be able of covering 25% of gross domestic energy needs.

The goal of the organization BIOPEL, working through the Biomass Logistics Centre (hereinafter BLC) project, is to greatly increase support for the use of biomass in the regions of Zilina and Trencin, which will naturally have a carry-over effect on a large part of Slovakia. BLC is creating a complete logistical system for bio-fuels – harvest, processing, support for biomass production, storage, packaging and distribution. BIOPEL aims to increase awareness of the lay and professional public of biomass as a realistic and renewable energy source.

The goal is to increase Slovakia’s use of biomass and solar for heating and hot water in public and private buildings. With this aim, the project will markedly contribute to fulfilling the National Action Plan for energy from RES. In addition, the project aims are in full accord with the EU strategy “Europe 2020″. The key goals of that strategy relevant to the attached project are: achieving a 20% stake for energy from RES by 2020; a 20% reduction in emissions of greenhouse gasses; and 75% employment  among people 20-64 years of age.

The project’s aims are designed  specifically to achieve the key strategic goal of Europe 2020 –

achieving a 20% stake for energy from RES by 2020. With increased use of biomass, the project contributes secondarily to reducing CO2 emissions, to the creation of new employment opportunities, and to the development of the local economy.

Project Objective

The main objective is to increase awareness and utilization of renewable energy sources – especially biomass and solar – through the creation of a Biomass Logistics Centre (hereafter “BLC”). BLC will be focused on securing wooden raw materials, processing, and sales of a whole array of bio-fuels, including pellets for domestic or industrial use, briquettes, wood-chips, dried woods, and alternative pellets and briquettes. The expectation is yearly sales of 25,000 tons of fuel ready for final use.

To be achieved

Implementation of the project to build the BLC will secure:

Project Output

Installation of equipment for the production of energy using biomass

 

Creation of the logistics centre

 Support for the production of biomass

Established knowledge of Norwegian experts

Expected benefits for target groups

The project provides support for small and medium size businesses in Slovakia, in order to support their development and create new employment opportunities in the market for biomass. Support is provided to the beneficiary, but also partners who will receive assistance acquiring quality tools and equipment to enhance the quality and safety of their work, thus increasing their competitiveness and mutual support for the market in biomass.

Another group of entrepreneurs will be supported by the purchase of their goods by BLC for storage, sale and distribution.

Students are a very important target group as well. Students must be educated and trained for possible future work with RES, particularly with biomass and solar. The project connects students and young people to various activities, where they gain new insights in the area of biomassuse, which is still little known in Slovakia. The project has a strong connection with students from technical universities. A comprehensive demonstration of biomass and solar in use, will serve provide an excellent learning tool for these students.

The project will also target the general public who, through consultations and various organized promotional events, will receive information about renewable energy sources and the benefits of their use.

Donor partner and role of partner          

Norwegian Forestry Group – partner to strengthen bilateral relations within the field of biomass processing.

International Development Norway – partner to strengthen bilateral relations within the fields of financial analysis and research.

What will the partnership achieve?        

Norwegian partners will use their experience and expertise to contribute to the strengthening of bilateral relations with all partners in the project, as well as with other interested groups.

In addition, the Norwegian partners will contribute to the project by presenting new technologies for biomass processing, and for the efficient processing and analysis of economic and financial development of companies in the field.


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INTECH BGS_TAMISINBIO (Sustainable Innovation in Bioenergy) – INTECH – Slovakia
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SINBIO (Sustainable Innovation in Bioenergy) – INTECH – Slovakia

INTECH BGS_TAMIBackground

Current district heating systems in Slovakia consist of old environmentally ineffective technologies and heat production depends on externally supplied natural gas. Thus energy production is not stable, leave huge ecological footprint and does not promote local economy and use of local renewable sources. SINBIO project fits with wider objective to strengthen regional development of behind lagging regions (Middle and Eastern Slovakia) and to reach Europe energy targets of use renewables by 2020.

Project objectives          

Increased biomass production, newly launched environmental technologies and green jobs created in Middle and Eastern Slovakia.

What is the project expected to achieve? (describe project outcome)        Installed energy generation facility in towns Trebišov, Tlmače and Poltár to produce heat from local biomass and applied knowledge of Norwegian partners throughout whole energy value chain.

Project Output

Benefits for target groups

The project will target public by providing stable and effective heat supply from local biomass. Other beneficiaries are local business (biomass producers and others) and unemployed who will benefit from fuel base change (from natural gas to local biomass) and increased volume of biomass processed by logistics centres.

Roles of Norwegian partners

The partner International Development Norway will contribute with expertise on sustainable integrated use of different local renewable resources by innovative technological solutions.

The partner Norsk institutt for skog og landscap will contribute with expertise on energy crops cultivation suitable for heat production on unused lands.

The partner Norskog will contribute with expertise on streamlining complex logistics operations.

Partner achievements

International Development Norway together with Intech Slovakia will develop strategy for further development of energy facility in Trebišov based on conducted analysis by Norwegian partner.

Norsk institutt for skog og landscap in cooperation with Slovak research institutes will based on the conducted analysis recommend energy crops suitable for cultivation on unused lands in Trebišov town district.

Norskog will help Intech Slovakia based on the assessments streamlining its logistics operations and management by creating of procedures, manuals and trainings for employees.


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IDN is operator of call for proposals supporting joined SME/research projects

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In June 2014 IDN, supported by TFoU, was awarded with the public contract by the Marshall’s Office of Mazovia for organization and operating an open call for the proposals addressed to SME’s seated in the region dedicated to joined research projects. All applicants had to prove a partnership with research institution and a good idea for project which will increase innovation in the company. In the call for proposals there was over 40 proposals submitted, 20 of them will be awarded with the small grant ( 20 000 PLN) for realisation of joined projects.

IDN has been responsible for whole process all the way – starting from development of the regulation of the call, organization of the Operator’s office, receiving and assessing of the applications. At the final stage of the call we have handled ranking lists of the evaluated proposals to the Marshall’s Office which now is in the process of signing the contracts. The last part of the project will be organization of the summing up conference which be held in September 2014 in Warsaw. Grants will be awarded for different companies and ideas – starting from developing an IT tool for judgment in proffessional horse racing, trough development of the algoritms aplied in mobile health devices to projects assesing and increasing features of wood or concret.  We cross the fingers for all of them!


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Building competences of young researchers in Mazovia.

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Development of the triple helix model for innovation and regional development  has been continuously an important topic in Mazovia and many shareholders undertake the action in order to increase competences and capacities of researchers,  administration and entrepreneurs.

Mazovia Development Agency  within its evaluation activities, has ordered e-learning course for phD students and researchers and IDN was chosen  to evaluate and verify the content of the course.  The training focuses on effective communication with business and intellectual property rights.

The course is realized in the framework of the project  “ Development of science is development of the region – scholarships and  support for PhD students in Mazovia”. 


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FabLab based concept as a way to social inclusion ( NGO sector)

FabLab based concept in still new in Poland, therefore we are pleased to announced that the first EEA Funded NGO project has been just lunched. play In the framework of the project  “ Social innovation for supporting dysfunctional families”  we are going to adapt FabLab methodology  and create two workshops (FabLab) to be used by kids ( aged 5-15 ) who are in serious risk of social exclusion. IDN  as a Partner from Norway, where FabLab concept is known, is going to share the experience and  help to successfully implement the idea . We wish that the ” FabLabs”  will become one of importnat the facilitators of local development and that they will create an opportunity for joined actions for the shareholders – administration, entreprenurs and educational institutions.  The project is going to be located in Warsaw,  in the area where the percentage of exluded ( or in the risk of exclusion) is relatively higher than in other  neighbourhoods in Polish capital.

In the project we are going to fulfil the basic needs of young tenants but by creating FabLab space also to increase technical competences to be used in adult life. We hope that the places we are going to create within the project will become one of the important facilitator of local development. Project is going to be located in Warsaw, in the area ( Prague North) where the percentage of excluded is relatively higher than in other quarters.

Project is lead by Catholic Anti-Narcotic Movement ( www.karan.pl) which since 30 years has been involved in various action for groups excluded from the society.


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Match-making forum in knowledge transfer between industry and academia ( MSODI)

IMG_8929Innovating is meeting of various people, ideas and competences. In the framework of system project, run by the Mazovian Marshall’s Office “Masovian Consulting and Information Centre Network in the scope of innovation (MSODI)” International Development Norway AS was responsible for organization of 2 day meeting for the companies and researchers looking for a common opportunites.

We invited over 100 people to meet and talk on prearanged appointments, coming from a number of buisness sectors. Match-making Forum has been designed as one of the coherent system activities run by Marshall’s Office of Mazovia togehter with the educational compenent and small grants scheme which should available during 2014. MSODI project is funded by European Social Fund within the framework of Operational Programme Human Capital.

IDN was resposible for overall organzation of the event – including recrtuitment and pre-assesment for the ideas, practical organization and promotion of the Forum.


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Sharing innovation!Increasing innovativness of Mazovia ( MSODI)
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Increasing innovativness of Mazovia ( MSODI)

Sharing innovation! 125 workshops on innovation in the central region of Poland! Innovation in SME sector is one of the most important topics in regions of Central Eastern Europe. Together with PSDB ltd as Lead Partner International Development Norway executed project of infoseminars within the system project of Mazovian Marshall’s Office in Warsaw. Masovian Consulting and Information Centre Network in the scope of innovation (MSODI) thorough number of coherent activities aims to increase the innovativeness of the Mazovia region. One of the important project component focuses on capacity building of entrepreneus, employees and local administration represenatatives. Within local capacity building component IDN was responsible to provide expertise for 125 workshops realized in the period of November 2012-December 2013 in 5 regional hubs of central region of Poland. The topics covered various aspects of innovation in the company ( strategy, tools) and its meaning for the local development.  Project “Masovian Consulting and Information Centre Network in the scope of innovation (MSODI)”  is financed from the resources of the European Social Fund within the framework of Operational Programme Human Capital by the Masovian Marshall’s Office


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The SME Policy Index Project

Joint  EC, OECD and CEI funded Programme on the Implementation and follow-up of the Small Business Act (SBA) in the pre-accession region.

IDN is responsible to compile evaluation of the implementation of the Policy and the elaboration of the Small Business Act (SBA) Report for Serbia. The SME Policy Index covers ten policy dimensions of the SBA: Rewarding entrepreneurship and thriving family business; “Second chance” Bankruptcy rules; “Think Small First” principle; Responsive public administration; Adapted Public procurement and State Aid; Timely payments in commercial transactions/Access to Finance; Benefiting from a Single Market; Skills upgrading and innovation; Environment and SMEs and  SMEs and access to markets.

IDN is responsible to map, assess and evaluate the capacity of local actors in Kragujevac region in the following thematic areas: employment and skills development; social inclusion, entrepreneurship and enterprise creation and growth; and social inclusion; as well as in the overarching area of strategy and policy design and delivery. Tasks involve the following activities: A mapping of relevant local stakeholders; Conduction of semi-structured interviews with selected representatives of each actor/actors group; Analysis of the interviews and other relevant information and completion of the indicator grid; Preparation of an evaluation report on local capacity.


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Youth Entrepreneurial Service (YES Foundation)

YES Foundation runs a business incubator in Skopje, Macedonia for supporting youngentrepreneurs in the starting phase of their business, focusing on the ICT sector. YES works on stimulating entrepreneurship among youth and improving the local economic growth in the country. From year 2007 up until now, YES has supported 55 companies and help creating over 200 job opportunities.

The organization offers pre- incubation services such as developing business idea, consulting services, entrepreneurial and ICT trainings and creation of business plan, incubation services such as well-equipped office space at affordable rents, use of common space, consulting services for all aspects of running a business, promotion of the clients, networking, matchmaking of the member companies with potential business partners etc. YES also offers virtual incubation, which includes all the services, mentioned excluding the office space.

YES is a CISCO Entrepreneur Institute and is licensed to provide trainings for Starting Business and iExec essentials. There is also a project implementation component and the organization has implemented over 25 projects in the field of entrepreneurship, fight against poverty and unemployment, social and corporate responsibility and rights of minorities and gender equally, from various donors such as EC, US embassy, Norwegian Embassy, SPARK, UNDP, USAID local donors etc.


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The Foundation for Management and Industrial Research (MIR)

MIR was been established in 2002 by SINTEF, one of the largest R&D institutes in Europe. For six years MIR was the main local partner to SINTEF’s projects in Macedonia for support of SMEs in different fields such as: operations management, supply chain management, vocational training, support to start-ups, building academy-industry partnerships for transfer of technology and know-how, practically oriented seminars for SMEs and undergraduate and post-graduate students etc. Active involvement in the development and implementation of SINTEF’s projects has provided MIR with technical capacity and expertise in different management fields and with an extensive network of SME clients, strong partnership with the academic sector and other innovation and business related stakeholders in the country. Using the knowledge and methodologies developed by SINTEF and NTNU (Technical University in Trondheim), the Foundation has created its generic toolbox for support of SMEs and for facilitating the technology transfer between the academic and private sector.

With the support of SINTEF, the MIR started the initiative for establishing of so-called Innovation Relay Centre (IRC) in Macedonia, as part of large European network for trans-national technology transfer (TT). This initiative resulted in the establishment of European Information and Innovation Centre in Macedonia (EIICM), a centre that since 2008 operates in the scope of the largest business support network in the world – Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) ( www.enterprise-europe-network.ec.europa). EIICM is project based initiative funded by EU and the Government of R. Macedonia, implemented by national consortium of 4 partners, coordinated by the largest university in the country (Ss. Cyril and Methodius – UKIM) and with MIR as the leading TT partner. This project is of strategic importance for MIR, representing a corner-stone in its development and enabling positioning of MIR. as suitable partner for EU funded projects.

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From 2010 IDN has taken over the SINTEF engagement in MIR and are now appointing the BoD. IDN and MIR have a strategic cooperation and senior staff from MIR are engaged as associates/experts in IDN projects.

 


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Process and Supplier Industry Development based on Natural Gas

Uzbekistan has chosen a path of gradual reforms aimed at social stability based on national independence, government control and self-sufficiency. However many independent indicators consistently rank Uzbekistan as a country with limited economic reform and freedom, persistent obstacles to private sector development and significant risks of corruption.

Recently some efforts have been made to reduce the scope for administrative interventions by reforming the inspections and permit regimes, reducing barriers to the registration of new businesses and tax code reforming.Three areas of major concern in Uzbekistan are governance, increased poverty and deeper structural reforms. There is a clear lack of policy dialogue between the private sector, the international community and the government. Uzbekistan has large natural gas reserves, but dependence of export through Russia reduces the export value. Therefore Uzbekistan has a strategy to increase the utilization of natural gas into high value products and develop a national supplier industry. However there are unclear conditions for development of private an independent SME sector. There are almost no economic relations between Uzbekistan and Norway. However there should be a potential for larger Norwegian companies in the gas, process and supplier industry. The main objective for the project is to identify and test the conditions for economic cooperation between Norway and Uzbekistan in the efforts to increase national utilization of natural gas and develop a national supplier industry. Main activities:

The project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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Evaluation of Norwegian Development Cooperation with Afghanistan

Norway has provided substantial development assistance to Afghanistan during the period 2001 – 2009. The Norwegian assistance amounting to NOK 4.6 billion has focused mainly on three sectors – education, community development and good governance including the judicial system’s ability to enforce rule of the law. In addition, the health sector also attracted some funding.

The main partners in the Norwegian assistance portfolio are the multilateral organization, followed by Norwegian NGOs, and Norwegian government to government twinning projects implemented by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the Norwegian Police Directorate.

The current Norwegian engagement has been anchored in the UN mandate, the Bonn Agreement 2001, the Afghanistan Compact that emerged from the London Conference on Afghanistan in 2006 and later conferences. A salient feature of the Norwegian engagement is the separation between the military and the developmental assistance components, although there is consensus about the mutual interdependence among the results of these two components.

The main purpose of this evaluation is to assess the contributions of the Norwegian development assistance to promote socio-economic conditions and sustainable peace through improvements in the capacity of the Afghan state and civil society to provide essential public services. The main focus shall be on education, community development, health and governance. Included herein is also an assessment of the coordination and coherence efforts made to deliver assistance to Afghanistan. The evaluation shall cover all Norwegian development assistance to Afghanistan, both through the bilateral and the multilateral channels.

The time period for the analysis will be from 2001 to the present. The evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the prevailing DAC Evaluation Quality Standards. In addition, the evaluation should be relay on the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, and the 2007 OECD guidelines for engagement in fragile situations where relevant.

Partners: IDN and Ecorys from the Netherlands as lead partner. Tender and contract organizer: NORAD


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Joint Applied Research & Economic Cooperation (JAREC Kharkiv-Norway)

The overall goal of the project is to strengthen the Applied Research potential of Kharkov region with the special focus given to international oriented projects in the environmental and energy sector.

The project is based on the pilot performed by our staff in Kharkiv, financed by NMFA . The city was an important scientific and industrial centre in former Soviet Union, and much of the scientific capacity is intact, but the transition into an EU and market oriented framework for research is fare from finished Main tasks in the project are grouped in following components:

At present the project is realized on the small scale founded by private industry resources. Partners:  IDN, The North-Eastern Region Innovation & Development Center (NERIDC), Kharkov Technologies, SIVA and SINTEF


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Analysis of Municipal Waste Water Treatment Market in Poland

The goal is to provide Salsnes Filters with the necessary background information needed to achieve the ambition settled for Polish market ie. become one on the main technology suppliers with significant sale volume on the municipal waste water treatment market.

The information provided within activities proposed below should give Salsnes good basis to understand the communal WWT market and have its comprehensive overview.

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Due to the available public funding mechanisms it would be valuable to identify 2-3 topics for further development in respect of Salsnes long term activities in Poland. The project is funded by Salsnes Filter AS


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Waste Treatment Solutions for Serbian Meat Producer Sector

Serbian business delegation led by President Tadic, Minister of Trade and Director of Serbian Chamber of Commerce, visited Oslo in early May 2010. During the visit, a business forum and various individual meetings between companies have been organized. Norwegian companies dealing with waste management expressed the interest to develop cooperation with meat processing industry in Serbia.

The Norwegian companies consider Serbia to be a very attractive market for their technology. On the other side, the Serbian meat processing industry is looking for international partners in order to upgrade its waste treatment technology. This project is proposed in order to facilitate follow up of the activities initiated during this event. The overall goalof the project is to contribute to increasing the maturity level of the Serbian meat processing industry and increase competitiveness for better positioning on the international market, in accordance with international requirements within targeted industry.

This is to be achieved through the use of the following instruments

Project partners

The project stakeholders that have interest for resolution of the waste treatment problems in meat industry will be municipalities from the south-east Serbia. As the Consortia member of EEN Serbia, Serbian Chamber of Commerce will also use EEN Serbia, with its strong network among companies. Project stakeholders that have a strong network among Norwegian companies, will be:

The project is funded by the Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade.


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Entrepreneurship Development & Business Acceleration between Norway – Cuba

The pilot project seeks to develop a platform for “Entrepreneurship development in Cuba & Business Acceleration between Norway – Cuba”, this within selected sector(s). The overall idea is to build local knowledge and insight about Cuban business environment, cultural and organisational aspects and risks, knowledge that can support and assist in the bilateral development.

Thereby participate in the development of the Cuban private sector at policy and operational framework, based on the Norwegian partnership model; Government versus Academia versus Industry, which has proven to be a successful model for socioeconomic development.

Background

Within the global economy there are a few countries that have developed an economic and political system that have been fully or partly excluded from the global economy. Among these countries are Cuba, it has been under US sanctions since the Cuba crises in early 1960’s. With recent changes in the political structures, the regime has highlighted the need for political and economic reform. President Barack Obama stated in April 2009 that he wanted a new beginning with Cub. Russia is also seeking to revitalize its economic cooperation after the Soviet collapse.

In preparation for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16) in Mexico in November/December 2010, Minister of Development Aid Erik Solheim signed an agreement in Havana for the development of cooperation in areas of mutual interest among others aquaculture, petroleum legislation, the environment and mitigation of natural catastrophes. In May 2011, the Vice Minister Ingri Fiskaa from the Ministry of Development Aid signed four agreements; among others to establish a formal framework for G-to-G consultations, to promote development aid programmes that makes it easier for Norwegian organisations to collaborate with Cuban counterparts, to cooperation in aquaculture development and to promote oil for development projects in Cuba.

Organization

The project is conducted by Morten H Westvik, MARINTEK and Carla Dahl-Jørgensen, Department of Social Anthropology, NTNU, in cooperation with International Development Norway AS.


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WEEEZO – Managing waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) – Poland

The Polish-Norwegian partnership for knowledge transfer in management of the waste electrical and electronic equipment in Poland, with particular attention to provinces: Mazowieckie and Slaskie (WEEEZO).

WEEEZO project is focused on dissemination and transfer of knowledge and best practices in the area of managing waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Its main objective is to support businesses and local government units in range of knowledge and technology transfer of WEEE waste management. The project offers free of charge services :

All services provided under the project are free of charge. Project participants can count on professional help in seeking of innovative solutions not available on Polish market, advice in funding possibilities and its further implementation. SINTEF, which is the Project Contractor entrusted to IDN full responsibility for the implementation of the Project WEEEZO.


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Environmental Technology Transfer – Mazowsze – Poland

Development the methods of technology transfer in the field of environmental protection in the region of Mazowsze.

The Project is supported by the EEA and Norway Grants scheme therefore the overall goal of the project is to contribute to bilateral relations between Polish and Norwegian entities. The main goal of the Project is develop the optimal technology transfer model, which could be applied in Poland on the basis of the Norwegian best practices in that field.

The respective areas for the Project are Mazovia and Trøndelag and in regard to the field of interest the focus shall be kept on the environmental protection issues. The level of innovation is quite low in respected area, still in Poland scientific knowledge has been recognized as a key input factor leading to innovation, business development, and wealth creation, but there is not much done to support the technology transfer process and the science itself. In this area we experience the support provided by international donors as EU of EEA. National grant schemes are far insufficient for the needs. This project shall be considered as the chance to create a platform of exchange and business relations for both Norwegian and Polish institutes dealing with the environmental technologies.


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Improved Competitiveness and Innovation – Serbia

The  Improved SME Competitiveness and Innovation Project (ICIP) provides assistance to the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development (MoERD) and the National Agency for Regional Development (NARD). ICIP is a 30 month long project with total value of 3 Million EURO and was launched in May 2010.

The primary purpose of the project is to improve the quality, range and availability of business support services for the SME sector in Serbia and to support a business environment and associated institutional capacity that will foster the development of innovative and competitive SMEs. The SME sector in Serbia employs a million people and this project recognizes the essential role that they will play in the economic prosperity of the country, as well as its regional economic development. In launching ICIP the MOERD reflects the goals of both Small Business Act for Europe to improve business environment for small enterprises and the Strategy EUROPE 2020 for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

IDN staff will be involved in the assessments and capacity building of Business and Innovation Support Organizations in Serbia. Project homepage: www.icip-serbia.org


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PRODINCOM – Business and Environmental Improvements in meat industry (ESD Romania)

The project is a sub-project under ESD Romania funded by Norway Grants and administrated by Innovation Norway. The project promoter and project beneficiary will jointly integrate the plans for the services and investments into one joint Project Implementation Plan. Project partners are SINTEF (lead) and ECOIND. IDN have leased out Project Manager and other experts to SINTEF.

The services provided by SINTEF and ECOIND intent to consist of the following main activities:

The intent was to focus the investments on state of the art equipment and solutions for developing the meat producing facility. Among the acquisitions is a state-of-the-art incinerator for organic waste (mainly meat and bones from meat processing facility). The incinerator will have the capability of sustain combustion using organic waste and a system of recovering the heat generated in preparing hot water for use in the meat processing technology of the company. The equipment will comply with all legal norms and regulation in force in EU / Romania for the type of waste processed.


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RITMIC – Local Wood Briquette & Plastic Recycling (ESD Romania)

The project overall goal is to deliver customized state-of-the-art Norwegian and Romanian environmental R&D based technology.

SC RITMIC SRL Romania needs help in following areas:

Project partners are SINTEF (lead) and ECOIND. IDN have leased out Project Manager and other experts to SINTEF. ‘The project is a sub-project under ESD Romania funded by Norway Grants and administrated by Innovation Norway.


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PROAIRCLEAN – Industrial Hasardious Waste Treatment (ESD Romania)

The project overall goal is to deliver customized state-of-the-art Norwegian and Romanian environmental R&D based technology.

ProAirClean needs unique help in following areas:

Project partners are SINTEF (lead) and ECOIND. IDN have leased out Project Manager and other experts to SINTEF. ‘The project is a sub-project under ESD Romania funded by Norway Grants and administrated by Innovation Norway.


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DIREX – Car Paint Shop facility (ESD Romania)

The project overall goal is to deliver customized state-of-the-art Norwegian and Romanian environmental R&D based technology.

DIREX needs unique help related to a car painting shop with high environmental performances. There is a need for a high performance wastewater treatment module for wastewater generated by the workshop and personnel. Furthermore there is to be installed a ventilation system sufficient to protect the personnel in the workshop and acquiring lifting equipment with a closed circuit system for collecting used lubricants extracted from car engines. DIREX needs assistance to:

Project partners are SINTEF (lead) and ECOIND. IDN have leased out Project Manager and other experts to SINTEF. ‘The project is a sub-project under ESD Romania funded by Norway Grants and administrated by Innovation Norway.


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Renovation of public houses in Ukmerges and Kazul Rudos municipalities

Economically and environmentally sustainable renovation methodology creation for public houses in Ukmerges and Kazul Rudos municipalities.

The project was financed in the framework of EEA Grants in Lithuania, under the call “Transfer of Experience and Strengthening of Cooperation among Local, Regional and Euroregional Partners in Lithuania and Norway.

The main goal of Project for both municipalities was to elaborate the sustainable renovation methodology (presenting and analyzing districts public buildings current situation, analyzing needs for renovation, suggestions for sustainable renovation, etc.) also assuring right renovation solutions selection for future renovations, sustainable renovation, decreasing of pollution, prolonged useful building serving time.

IDN acted on behalf of SINTEF, which provided the expertise and knowledge on the passive buildings technologies into the Project.


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Assessment of EEA funded health project in Krosno

Assessment of the EEA funded project “Obtaining synergy effect through simultaneous implementation of the health prevention, health promotion program and the comprehensive prenatal care program”.

The Project ‘Obtaining Synergy Effect through Simultaneous Implementation of the health Prevention Programme and the Comprehensive Perinatal Care Programme ’ has been realized by the  in the period 2008-2011. The financial sources for project implementation were granted in the second call of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and European Economic Area Mechanism announced in Poland in 2007.

The Project is to fulfil a general aim which is connected with the improvement of physical and mental health among children and adolescents, and with the increase in awareness concerning health. The effect of synergy is planned to be achieved by combining three different modules.

The first module covers prophylaxis to be carried out among children and adolescents attending to schools in Krosno.

The second module refers to improving knowledge about health and health concerning issues. The third module focuses on the improvement of the perinatal health.

Fjell Kommune was invited to the project as the partner providing the expertise and experience in the field of healthcare. IDN is supporting Fjell Kommune in its performed tasks and cooperation with Polish partner.


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Assessment of NATO Trust Fund Project

Assessment on the economic, security and social impact of the “Project for Assistance to discharged Defense Personnel within the Scope of Defense Sector Reform in Serbia”.

The IDN staff is involved in preparation of the Assessment on the economic, security and social impact of the “Project for Assistance to discharged Defense Personnel within the Scope of Defense Sector Reform in Serbia”. The Project is implemented as “participatory or collaborative evaluation” which implies joint team and close collaboration between the Evaluator and representatives of the stakeholder (IOM project management and project staff).

The Project combines theoretical and practical approach and several methods for measuring impact of the project, i.e. quasi-experimental designs and implicit evaluation designs. Lead Partner is International Organization for Migration and the project funded by NATO Trust Fund. Project homepage: http://www.iomntfserbia.org


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Environmental Knowledge and Information Systems

Protection of the Environment through development of knowledge and information system.

The project was funded trough Polish Norwegian Research Fund. The goal of the Project was to organize an international conference on the various aspects of the environmental information – the access to it and tools which enable its use to the citizens, local authorities, entrepreneurs – especially regarding the legal framework of environmental problems and best available technologies.

The workshop was also considered as a meeting platform and starting point for the forthcoming EEA mechanism 2010-2014 The conference was successfully accomplished in June 2010.


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Enterprise Competitiveness and Export Promotion

The project “Support to Enterprise Competitiveness and Export Promotion” has an objective to improve the competitiveness of Serbian SMEs through cluster development, supply chain development and internationalisation.

 

The IDN staff is involved in the following project activities

Qualitative mapping of Serbian clusters involves investigating a cluster’s strengths and weaknesses together with its interactions and position in a municipality’s or district’s economy (or the cluster ‘dynamic’) The methodology used is six factor cluster diamond analysis.

Review the Law on Associations to establish structure and identity’ for a cluster. Work with one of the clusters to successfully undertake the ‘cluster registration’ process, assist in the process of establishing the Association of clusters in Serbia, prepare and publish Guidelines for Establishing Clusters in Republic of Serbia, including the process and procedure, comparative analysis and short recommendation if and how to include cluster registration in Company Law.

Partners are International Development Ireland (lead) and SINTEF and with IDN as sub-contractor. The project is initiated and funded by Europaid. Project homepage: http://www.secep.rs/


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Kosovo ICT Innovation HUB – Concept Study

Many initiatives for establishing incubator, but no complete concept presented by serious and experienced institution.

The project will focus on how to build on and cooperate with existing Norwegian project/efforts in Kosovo, like the ICT association STIKK and the vocational education/school project.

The main objective is to identify the external conditions, select suitable stakeholders and a concept for establishing an commercial Innovation HUB i Kosovo and based on this make proposal for a 3 years implementation project.

The overall goal for a commercial Innovation HUB in Kosovo should be job creation based on commercial business ideas with significant growth potential, accelerated by the incubator services including adequate access to financial capital and international partners.ovo) as Lead partner was Leiv Eirikson Nyskaping and with STIKK (ICT Association Kosiovo) as local partner. The project was funded by The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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Innovation HUB for ICT business in Macedonia

The main objective is to identify the external conditions and a joint platform between the three partners for establishing a commercial ICT incubator in Skopje, including development of business concept/model and finally an implementation plan.

The overall goal for a commercial ICT incubator in Skopje should be job creation based on commercial business ideas with significant growth potential, accelerated by the incubator services including adequate access to financial capital and international partners.


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Micro Combined Cooling Heating Power (mCCHP)

The project will develop new alternative solution for obtaining electricity, heat and cold using traditional resources (wood), renewable energy (biomass) and solar energy for specific South-East region of Romania.

The proposed system is mCCHP-SE (micro Combined Cooling Heat and Power – with Stirling Engine) and is composed of a heat generator – heat solar collector – Stirling motor – electric generator – storage battery – static inverter. An electronic subsystem that has a logical program for monitoring, protection, command is used for optimal administrations for renewable energy and solar energy for consumers in isolated area (and/or no electrified).

Project’s main objective is to achieve a mCCHP-SE system for consumers in isolated area (and/or no electrified), country areas and city periphery as a durable alternative for their daily residential comfort.


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Supporting SMEs to become more competitive in EU Market

Being competitive nowadays does not necessarily mean to be the cheapest – but to be the “best” value option for clients, customers and consumers, as well as taking the best competitive positioning versus competitors.

Selling more, delivering better products and services and producing more efficiently are the goals to achieve; and Innovation is the means for progressing on this path. As Albania is on its way towards the European Union, the EU is supporting the Albanian Government in its efforts to create and strengthen modern and more innovative entrepreneurship through the Project  “Supporting SMEs to become more competitive in the EU market”.

The overall objective is to increase competitiveness of the private sector, and provide a healthy business environment for investment and employment. The project is implemented by a consortium led by IDI – International Development Ireland, in cooperation with SINTEF Group of Norway. IDN is subcontracted by SINTEF. A budget of approximately 2.2 million Euros has been allocated to implement the project. The project is to be delivered over the period from October 2009 to October 2011. Project homepage: www.eu-sme.al


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Regaional Development Agency of Slavonia and Baranja

RDA of Slavonia and Baranja is non -profit ltd founded by local and regional authorities – City of Osijek and Osijek – Baranja County with an aim of fostering development and providing assistance to its founders in the area of EU funding opportunities.

Vision of the Agency is to be the link between public, scientific, private and civil sector in building up of strategic partnerships in application and implementation of projects that contribute to rising of life standard on the territory of Slavonia and Baranja. The Agency is also certified “development coordinator” for Osijek-Baranja County (certified by Croatian Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds) providing assistance to more than 40 cities and municipalities of the territory. The Agency manages the Representation office of Slavonia and Baranja in Brussels. RDA has a long standing experience in connecting cities and territories in joint planning and development of joint plans and strategies but also in securing funding for long term sustainability of their implementation. RDA, with its 14 employees, is in daily contact with towns and municipalities of the County providing tailor maid assistance for their development need.

The agency also has lot of experience in organising international events, workshops, educations, seminars, etc. and has used those events to create cross-border and transnational networks for future cooperation. Additionally, RDA has, as one of its main goals organization of educational programmes and capacity building of local and regional stakeholders. Within that activity it organizes series of seminars, workshops and trainings for local government decision makers, institutions, NGOs, entrepreneurs, potential start-ups and clusters. It strongly promotes cooperation between public, private, non-governmental and business sector.

In the field of sustainable development with special emphasis on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources it participates in development of projects funded by EU and other international donors that generate new employment opportunities for young people, women and specific marginalized groups. The Agency is active in conducting life- long learning education programmes and in providing opportunities for practical learning for students through available internships.

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South Transdanubian Regaional Development Agency

The South Transdanubian Regional Development Agency is one of the leading regional development agencies of Hungary, it was established in 1998. The agency is 100% owned by the three counties (Baranya, Somogy, Tolna) of the South Transdanubian Region. Its 100 employees cover the whole region and provide sound professional background for regional development.

The Agency has internal experts and deep knowledge in sectors that are typically subjects to development such as tourism, environment, urban development, regeneration of brown fields, industrial parks, education, energy, etc.

Its profile can be summarized as: strategic and operational planning on regional and sub-regional level in accordance with the EU Guidelines; management of grant schemes (national and ERDF funded); management of project pipeline on regional and sub-regional level; capacity building on regional, subregional and local level to generate projects to EU grant programmes; management of territorial cooperation projects (PHARE, INTERREG IIIC and IVC, Central Europe, FPx, various CBC programmes). The Agency has gained wide scaled experiences in its former international projects, in several of them as LP.

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University of Maribor

Partner University of Maribor, Slovenia, shares a tradition of wide spectrum of knowledge and research, including the rising of the awareness and importance of the ecological and healthy environment, both physically and intellectually.

Being the main drive force of the technological development and a treasury of knowledge, the University of Maribor is prepared to transfer the knowledge and exceed its boundaries by exchanging experience with other partners. University of Maribor is educating experts in the widest sense of many research fields, including the energy technology and environment and takes into consideration EU guidelines and trends in research of the particular field.

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IMRO-DDKK Ltd.

The aim of the IMRO-DDKK Non-profit Ltd. founded in 2009 is the protection of the environment, renewable energy sources and energy sufficient solutions that encourage the use of tools, the environmentally conscious thinking and sustainable lifestyle education. The company is located in Nagykanizsa, Hungary, which currently operates with 5 permanent staff of experts and extensive subcontractor network.

The company’s main area of activity is in Western and Southern Transdanubia and the border region of the neighbouring countries (Croatia, Slovenia, Austria) but other countries’ organizations (Germany, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic) have also participated in most of the projects. During the projects the partners are similar activity organizations (e.g. Climate Alliance, MKNE), municipalities (e.g. Daruvar, Potsdam, Bonn, Villach) and educational institutions (e.g. University of Pannonia, University of Maribor, about 200 kindergartens and elementary schools).

The company provides technical and operational support to Nagykanizsa’s joint work with the Climate Alliance. The company operates the sustainability consultant office in Nagykanizsa, which provides technical advice for the entire population, the municipalities and educational institutions and enterprises on how to live and work in a sustainable way.

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ECOsynergy Ltd.

ECOsynergy Ltd. was established in 1997 as a family owned small company. The ownership structure changed in 2010, while its legal form turned to the current in 2011.

The primary objective of the company is to create such partnerships for small enterprises that initiate their development and competitiveness. ECOsnyergy’s extensive network and database enables the company to find the most suitable professionals to build cooperation and joint projects for its partners.

The company’s main focus is to develop organizational and operational solutions that enables sustainable development for progressive partners and companies. For this reason, close and continuous relationship is established with the partner organizations to improve common thinking and to generate further projects.


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EUROPÉER Foundation

The EUROPEER Foundation as a public benefit organization is seated in Hungary and was found in 2009. Main fields of activities performed by the Foundation:

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Faculty of Agriculture in Osijek

Faculty of Agriculture in Osijek is part of the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek and is one of its oldest members. 18 October 2015 marked exactly 55 years of its foundation.

The mission of the Faculty of Agriculture (PFOS) is to develop and systematically improve the dynamic and multidisciplinary research environment in which to take maximum advantage of all the research potential and the improvement of existing and development of new knowledge to be constant.

Such an environment provides an excellent transfer of the latest knowledge and skills to students and provides them a place among the leading agronomic experts who will apply the latest scientific knowledge in production practice. PFOS with its research environment, education in agronomy and continuous development of knowledge and skills necessary for lifelong learning serves the community and contributes to the development of society as a whole. Faculty participated in 37 international projects in the last 10 years.

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The Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association

Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association was established in 2015 in order to prepare, promote and implement projects for the development of the Satu Mare County in Romania, in the common interest of all communities associated, in various areas: social services, health, education, sports, culture, infrastructure, environment, business environment, tourism, territorial planning, information technology.

The main aim is to achieve joint development projects which are of interest at the county and local level by obtaining domestic and foreign financing, and to coordinate public policies (policies stimulating employment, social inclusion, regional planning, economic development, promoting and stimulating tourism, information technology etc.).

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Aspired Ltd.

Aspired Ltd. manufactures interactive exhibits and solutions for science centres, museums, galleries and exhibition halls, advertising and marketing agencies, companies and organisations. It also develops demo exhibits and stands that show and display a product or how it is made.

The company experts have a significant experience and knowledge of science centres and museums; we provide consultancy to science centres, museums and companies.

The third field of the company is the development and organisation of technology based creative workshops as well as organisation of creative tech days for children and youth.

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Norsk skog - landskapThe Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)
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The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)

The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) was established 1 July 2015 and is one of Norway’s largest research institutes. NIBIO is owned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and is a merger between the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research (Bioforsk), the Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute (NILF) and the Norwegian Forestry and Landscape Institute (Skog og landskap).

NIBIO specialize in the fields of:

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Mazovia Development Agency Plc

The economic promotion of the region, computerization of the voivodeship, training activities as well as the preparation of investment project are but a few of the numerous tasks of the Agencja Rozwoju Mazowsza S.A. (Mazovia Development Agency Plc).

The Agency’s mission is to create and support the socio-economic development of Mazovia. While executing its undertakings the Agency supports the development of small and medium-sized enterprises and local government units. The main objective of the Agency is to attract and provide support services to the investor.

The activities of Mazovia Development Agency Plc are directed at the following groups of recipients:

    1. Companies, with a particular emphasis on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises;
    2. Local Government Units;
    3. Investors;
    4. Non-governmental organizations;
    5. Inhabitants of Mazovian Voivodeship

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YES Foundation SkopjeYES Foundation
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YES Foundation

Youth Entrepreneurial Service (YES) Foundation in Skopje, Macedonia, exists for stimulating entrepreneurship and raising the level of employment among young people through strengthening their skills and competencies to start their own business. YES Foundation stands for supporting them through many activities and subventions in order to help the local development of the currently most productive sector – SMEs.-

YES Foundation has one main component,  the business incubator for supporting micro, small and medium enterprises in the ICT field, through the process of business incubation, offers access to services for accelerating their growth and development.

The tenant start-ups benefit from:

• beneficial price for office space,
• use a meeting room, a computer lab and a room for trainings and presentations,
• advice and tips for daily operations,
• trainings to strengthen the capacities for managing the business,
• mentoring by domestic and foreign experts, entrepreneurs and consultants,
• promotion,
• intermediation for funding,
• connecting with potential clients,
• organizing events for networking and internationalization.

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SANEXSanex
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Sanex

Sanex is a Romanian producer of tiles and decorative elements. It has a history and a tradition of over 36 years in the field of fine building ceramics.

In 2004 Sanex became part of the Austrian Group Lasselsberger, one of the biggest ceramic tiles European producers. It meant not only a significant contribution to the company know-how, but also great investments in technological equipment process.

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EmiÉMI Non-profit Llc.
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ÉMI Non-profit Llc.

ÉMI Non-Profit Limited Liability Company for Quality Control and Innovation in Building (ÉMI Non-profit Llc.) is Hungary’s largest complex building and construction materials industry approval, testing, inspection, certification, professional and innovation institution, and a member of a number of European and international organizations (EOTA, EGOLF, ENBRI, WFTAO, CIB, ECTP, UEAtc).

The Company is 100% state-owned (ownership rights are exercised by Prime Minister’s Office); as a successor of the Construction Quality Control Institute (Építésügyi Minőségellenőrző Intézet, ÉMI), founded in 1963, and the Building Research Institute (Építéstudományi Intézet, ÉTI), it has been an organization with special responsibilities and functions for decades. Main characteristics of our activities: quality, reliability, independence, impartiality, competence.

ÉMI’s activities cover the entire country, and in addition to activities inside Hungary, we fulfil foreign orders as well. Our high quality professional work is aided by a Central Laboratory in Budapest and Szentendre with 9 branch laboratories and five regional laboratories in Debrecen, Győr, Miskolc, Pécs and Veszprém, that perform tests accredited by the National Accreditation Board.

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NORSKOG

NORSKOG Consulting is working in the true creative consulting spirit of catalysing and enhancing knowledge with the client’s best interest in mind. As an independent company with integrity as a key principle, NORSKOG Consulting helps Clients expand their awareness, their forest values and their efficiency. The sustainable use and improvement of forest resources based on long-term international experience, are our speciality.

NORSKOG Consulting provides services in: forest management planning, silviculture, nature based tourism, climate change and forest, forest certification and forest appraisals – economy and analysis.

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Ventspils High Technology Park

The main objective of the Foundation “Ventspils High Technology Park” (VHTP) is to provide all the necessary infrastructure and support services for the development of companies that are engaged in the field of high technologies and perform its activity in the city or region of Ventspils. Since 2009 VHTP also coordinates activities of Latvia’s Space Technology Cluster by initiating and afterwards implementing the field’s projects on national level.

VHTP started its activity on February, 2005. The organization has several founders, including Ventspils Free Port Authority, Ventspils University College, SIA “Industriālās investīcijas”, SIA “Siemens”, “Latvian Electrical Engineering and Electronics Industry Association”, “Association of Mechanical Engineering and Metalworking Industries of Latvia”, and Zernike Group B.V.

VHTP has several structural units:

The priority fields of VHTP are IT, telecommunications, electronics, mechanical engineering, industrial automation, computer-aided design, and space technologies.

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BernBern Constructions Ltd.
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Bern Constructions Ltd.

The “MÉLY-VÍZ” Limited Partnership was founded in 1991. On January 1, 1993, it became a Limited Company. Initially, the group was involved in civil engineering and hydraulic constructions, however, later started activities in structural architecture as well.

The leadership of the company created the BERN Constructions Ltd. with the aim of taking part in real estate developments and general implementations in its geographic area (the southern and western parts of the Transdanubium)

These include the real estate developments of privately owned projects (houses, blocks of flats, business buildings, industrial areas, halls), and tenders announced and funded by states, local governments or individuals. Reflecting to the demands and influences of the market, the proprietors of the two companies decided to merge the firms into BERN CONSTRUCTIONS Private Limited Company.

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Galati UNivDunarea de Jos University of Galati
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Dunarea de Jos University of Galati

The Dunarea de Jos University of Galati (Romanian Universitatea Dunărea de Jos din Galați) is a public university located in Galaţi, Romania. It was founded in 1974.

The University of Galaţi consists of twelve faculties and two colleges with more than thirty departments. Galaţi University has several unique fields of education in the country, such as: Naval Engineering and Fishery. During the years, specialists covering a wide range of education fields have been trained at the University of Galaţi:

New university programmes has been developed in the last years: Management in Industry, Finances and Credit, International Economics Relations, Administration and Technical Informatics. Post-graduation courses for engineers and training courses for the teachers of the pre-university level are organised every year.

The University of Galaţi organises programs for the doctoral degree and master degree in the technical fields of chemistry, physics, mathematics, economy, food technology and fishing, automatic control and computation techniques, artificial intelligence. The University of Galaţi is also providing programs for the doctoral degree in the field of social and humanistic sciences.

The Y Building- Faculties of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Naval Architecture

These are the 20 faculties in which the university is divided into:

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IPP RomaniaInstitute for Public Policy (IPP) – Romania
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Institute for Public Policy (IPP) – Romania

Institute for Public Policy (IPP) is a Romanian non governmental organization whose aim is to support an increased quality of the processes related to the development of public policies in Romania.

We committed to advancing high quality policies in the following main areas: transparency of the legislative process, reform of the local government system, fight against corruption and promotion of integrity at all local government levels, organization and operation of election systems and processes, funding of political parties, promoting the rights of the disabled, which made of IPP one of the most respected and experienced think-tank in Romania.

Together with its departments which coordinates the programs and activities of the Institute, the specialized divisions were created in the last two years to offer professional services to partners and clients, such as public authorities or private entities, that are interested in the Institute’ fields of excellence.

Consultancy/Technical Assistance Division of IPP provides integrated services to evaluate the performance of local government authorities’ management related to public services, as well as specialized assistance in preparing technical and financial documentation for accessing structural funds. Please contact us for further details.

Sociological Research Division of IPP provides specialized services in the field of sociological research – surveys, data mining and data processing.

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GEC BUCOVINA

Grupul Ecologic de Colaborare BUCOVINA (the Group for Ecological Collaboration „BUCOVINA“) is registered as a nongovernmental association, scientific, specialized, non-profit, independent, non patrimonial, with legal personality, established in 1997. which has the scope to protect nature through promotion of actions and socioeconomic founded projectsfor human-nature equilibrium.

The Management is ensured by the General Assembly of the Association Members. It convenes twice a year (ordinary meetings) or in extraordinary meetings, along its Status. The GeneralAssembly electsa Directory Council that ensures operational leadership. It is selected every 3 years and includes5 members. The President of the Directory Councilis MsLoreta Cautes, Ms Irina Licurici, Economic Director, Mihai Murărescu, Vice President, Beatrice Ştefănescu, Executive Secretary.

Even from founding it was remarked like an important presence in north area of Romanian through competence, interdisciplinary co-operation in ecological problems, active co-operation with local, national and international groups and officials, which applies an ecological politics, in sense of a complex activities approach and contradiction solution between the environment created by human and natural habitat.

Through the hole activity period, the organization had in its view that, through a complete information, pertinent and competent, to prevent nature degradation by exclusively profit oriented initiatives.

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TFOUTrøndelag R&D Institute
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Trøndelag R&D Institute

A regional research institute conducting applied social research and development. 

Trøndelag R&D Institute is regional research institute conducting applied social research and development. The research institute is located in Steinkjer nearby Nord Trøndelag University college.

Applied
The activity spends from long term research projects, to research based analytic reporting and consultancy work. We use our knowledge to support development in both the business area and public administration. We can take a role as project manager, managing processes, merge competence and implement changes.

Projects
All our activity is organized as projects – time limited activities with clear goals. During a year we are involved in about 100 projects, some small and some big, ranging from one day to several years. Our customers range from small private firms to national authorities and research council.

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CherkezovCHERKEZOV
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CHERKEZOV

The company was established in 2005 and its main activity is the manufacture of marble, limestone and granite. The company is located in close proximity to E-79 main road and Struma River. It exports it’s production to Greece, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia and Austria. The company’s production equipment includes Bulgarian and Italian machinery. It is a direct importer of marble from Greece and granite from Italy.

The production equipment of the company comprises of:

The company’spremisesencompass10 da. The approximate annual water usage for production purposes (stone cutting and processing) is between 40 000 and 50 000m3. Currently there is no wastewater treatment plant (WWTP).

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STAMAP

STAMAP, s. r. o., was established in 2004 because of increased demand in the  area of a building industry in the firm Marián Kurhajec – STAMAP (established 1993).  The company has focused on the main firm activities from its establishment. It was about:

 


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SEED ForumSEED Forum International
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SEED Forum International

Seed Forum is a global network of national not-for-profit foundations and national representatives in more than 40 countries. The global collaboration entity of the Seed Forum network is Seed Forum International Foundation working out of London. The Seed Forum concept has grown rapidly since it was founded in Norway in 2002, and the Seed Forum concept is currently referred to as a global concept. Seed Forum is  currently running investor matchmaking forums in more than 30 countries worldwide. The Seed Forum process has the objective of providing competence within investor readiness and investor matchmaking opportunities for private investors, seed funds, venture funds, private equity funds, corporate venture investors, family offices and financial intermediaries in born global companies.

The Seed Forum network is giving born global companies seeking capital a unique opportunity to pitch their investment proposal concepts to investors by facilitating global, national and local investor matchmaking forums. The companies pitching to investors are nominated, trained and selected in the Seed Forum process to secure that the companies are investor-ready when they are pitching to investors. The Seed Forum process is very important to reduce the risk on investments in start-ups. The mission of Seed Forum is to provide investor ready born global companies to investors and to educate companies in fundraising and reduce the risk of investment for investors.

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AVBAZ SlovakiaAVBAZ
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AVBAZ

The ASSOCIATION FOR THE USE OF RENEWABLE AND ALTERNATIVE SOURCES has been established to promote the development of technologies using biofuels and support the introduction of new technologies. It is a voluntary, non-political, professional association of individuals and legal entities engaged in promoting technologies using biofuels, and supporingt the introduction of new technologies for their industrial use in practice

Main goals of the association

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BiopelBIOPEL
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BIOPEL

BIOPEL, inc. is a new company whose main objective is to build a Biomass logistic centre. The main aim is ensure and sale a whole range of wood fuel: pellets, industrial pellets, briquettes, lump chipped wood and wood chips.

Goals:

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IntechINTECH Slovakia
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INTECH Slovakia

Intech Slovakia, s. r. o. (ltd.) is a Slovak company running business in the field of energy efficiency. It was founded 1996 and is established in Bratislava. Since its founding, it has been dedicated to the optimisation of energy resources, energy distribution and consumption, and to the preparation of studies and energy audits.

We pay big attention to the use of renewable energy sources. We consider biomass utilisation for energy purposes a highly prospective and noteworthy trend in terms of energy efficiency. In this respect, we have rich experience in biogas utilisation and biomass combustion. We manifest our trust in renewable energy sources through their extensive utilisation in our own power facilities.

Given the high biomass consumption in the facilities of our company, we created the BIOFUEL Division in 2006 with the aim to ensure the supply of biomass for energy purposes. The BIOFUEL Division disposes of complex technical equipment today, and provides for biomass processing from the collection of wood in forests through mechanical processing, transport and storage. Besides fuel supply to our facilities, the BIOFUEL Division also guarantees stability of biomass supply to other customers who have been delivered boilers for biomass combustion by our company.

With regard to combined power and heat generation, we specialise in cogeneration units on the basis of gas combustion engines. We have implemented dozens of successful projects of combined power and heat generation in Slovakia. The cogeneration units installed by our company use natural gas, biogas, mine gas and propane as fuel.

We provide complex services in the field of cogeneration: advising, technical and economic input analyses of the efficiency of deploying cogeneration units, preparation of project documentation, instalment, commissioning, and servicing.

Our aim is to provide the highest quality services related to the optimisation of energy systems in order to achieve benefits for our customers in the field of cost saving, operation reliability, and environment protection.

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FOSIMThe Foundation Open Society Macedonia
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The Foundation Open Society Macedonia

The Foundation Open Society – Macedonia (FOSM) mission is integration of Macedonia within as a prerequisite for EU integration.

FOSM was founded in 1992 as a foreign entity representative office, and in 1999 as a national legal entity – foundation, in accordance with the Law on Associations of Citizens and Foundations. FOSM is part of the Soros network in Central and Eastern Europe.

Dedicated to the promotion of an open society, FOSM initiates supports and implements a wide spectrum of programs. The Foundation addresses its objectives by:


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AIDAAlbanian Investment Development Agency
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Albanian Investment Development Agency

The main objectives of  Albanian Investment Development Agency (AIDA) consist of attracting foreign investment, increasing the competitiveness of the Albanian economy through supporting Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) and innovation.

AIDA was established and operates under the Law No. 10303, dated on 15 July, 2010 “On the Establishment and organization of the Albanian Investment Development Agency”.  

AIDA-s direct contribution to the economic development of the country is emphasized through:

AIDA offers for the foreign and domestic investors, comprehensive support for their investment projects. AIDAs qualified staff, not only assists with market analysis and potential sectors for investment, but also with advice on finding suitable properties and locations, as well as assistance on finding identifying new and existing projects.

AIDA also offers additional aftercare services aiming to successfully fulfill the demands of foreign investors even after the successful completion of projects.

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IMBIGSInstitute of Mechanised Construction and Rock Mining
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Institute of Mechanised Construction and Rock Mining

The Institute was established in 1951. It is a state research and development body operating in the field of mechanized construction, industrial automation and the construction industry, mechanical engineering and safety, construction equipment and rock mining machinery, waste management and recycling, information science, technical and economic information.

The Institute has highly qualified researchers and testing and engineering staff as well as unique specialized laboratories, testing facilities and benches with modern, high quality measurement and testing equipment.

Scope of research and development activities:

The Institute is authorized by relevant state authorities to (among others):

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Salsnes FilterSalsnes Filter AS
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Salsnes Filter AS

Salsnes Filter’s patented filter technology for wastewater treatment and effluent treatment is leading the Norwegian market in municipal primary treatment.

The food industry, the paper industry, fish farming and the cruise industry use the fully-automated treatment technology to treat effluent, secure good quality of incoming water or to improve utilization of raw materials. Salsnes Filter is also a competitive alternative to a primary settling stage for a traditional chemical/biological treatment facility or preventing MBR fouling.

The company runs its operation from Namsos in Norway. Activities within the Norwegian and international market are coordinated from here along with the operation of domestic projects including total delivery with training and service.

Salsnes Filter serves the foreign market through cooperation partners with classified distribution agent contracts. The company currently has contacts over the whole world and formalized agreements in Africa, South America, Mexico USA/Canada, Australia/New Zealand, Asia and large parts of Europe. With the exception of South Africa that has a license for production, production and product development, production and production development is at Salsnes (the place).

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Kharkov TEchnologiesKharkov Technologies
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Kharkov Technologies

KHARKOV TECHNOLOGIES – CENTER OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT.

Assistance to technology-oriented entrepreneurship, commercialization of science intensive domestic developments and development of innovation activity in Ukraine.

Directions of activity:    

KHARKOV offers:

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GFAGFA Consulting Group
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GFA Consulting Group

GFA Consulting Group has a sound track record of providing effective solutions to the challenges in the global consulting market. Based in Hamburg, the company has implemented complex studies and projects in over 130 countries since 1982.

Leading development agencies, ministries and public clients have entrusted GFA with helping them to manage projects financed through bilateral and multilateral funds. Working in cooperation with stakeholders in government, the private sector, NGOs and citizens’ groups, GFA balances innovation and reliability to meet local needs.

The company’s international recognition as a dependable partner is incorporated in a set of values which focuses on performance, innovation, credibility and quality.

GFA Consulting Group provides outstanding services in strategic business areas which result from adapting to market developments. This change process is supported by GFA offices, units and subsidiaries worldwide. Hence, new themes are continuously integrated into the existing GFA portfolio.

Project and program management as GFA’s core service encompasses planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. This is supplemented by feasibility and sector studies, and fund management.

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ECORYSECORYS
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ECORYS

Ecorys is one of the oldest research and consulting companies in Europe. In the summer of 2012 it will celebrate our 83rd anniversary.

Ecorys history dates back to 1929, when a group of businessmen from Rotterdam established the Foundation The Netherlands Economic Institute (NEI). Poverty relief and other social issues were regarded as important social and economic problems. During the ’90s, Ecorys’ expertise proved important with regards to the growth of the EU and reformation processes in countries in Middle and Eastern Europe. To be able to cope with globalization and in order to stay competitive, NEI developed into a pan European company. Offices were established in Brussels and Moscow.

In 1999 NEI merged with Kolpron Consultants. In 2000 the diversification and internationalization was continued by merging with the British company ECOTEC Research and Consulting, specializing in social policy. The name Ecorys was chosen as new name for the Group.

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IOMInternational Organization for Migration
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International Organization for Migration

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

With 146 member states, a further 13 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement.

IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management:

IOM activities that cut across these areas include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants’ rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.

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OECDOrganization for Economic Co-operation and Development
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Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

The mission of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. It works with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. We measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. We analyses and compare data to predict future trends. We set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals. 

Drawing on facts and real-life experience, OECD recommends policies designed to make the lives of ordinary people better. Organization works with business, through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, and with labor, through the Trade Union Advisory Committee.

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    Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The essential task of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to work for Norway’s interests internationally: to safeguard the country’s freedom, security and prosperity.

    The best way to promote Norway’s interests is to cooperate with like-minded countries. The Ministry also works to promote peace and security, an international legal system, an economically just world order and sustainable development. Finding a solution to issues of this kind is in Norway’s interests too, while at the same time efforts in these areas are an expression of international solidarity.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the 106 foreign service missions, which include embassies, permanent delegations and general consulates, together make up the Foreign Service. The Foreign Service is an international, knowledge-based organisation, currently made up of 1400 people, of whom 770 are Ministry employees. At the foreign service missions, 630 staff members posted from Norway work alongside around 900 locally employed staff. With its eight departments, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the largest ministry in the Norwegian government administration.

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    Innovasjon NorgeInnovation Norway
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    Innovation Norway

    Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government’s most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. It supports companies in developing their competitive advantage and to enhance innovation.

    Norwegian enterprises have access to a broad business support system as well as financial means. Innovation Norway provides competence, advisory services, promotional services and network services. The marketing of Norway as a tourist destination is also considered one of the organizations important tasks.

    By combining local industry knowledge and international networks with the business ideas and the motivation of entrepreneurs, the foundation for new successful businesses is created.

    Innovation Norway contributes to:

    Innovation Norway is the Norwegian government’s official trade representative abroad and it aims to assist Norwegian businesses grow and find new markets.

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    SIVASIVA
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    SIVA

    SIVA – The Industrial Development Corporation of Norway is the governmental corporation and national instrument founded in 1968. SIVA aims to develop strong regional and local industrial clusters through ownership in infrastructure, investment and knowledge networks as well as innovation centers.

    The goal is improvement of national infrastructure for innovation. SIVA’s main objective is to contribute to the achievement of the Norwegian government’s policy goals in remote areas, and within this framework contributes to unleash innovation capability and increase wealth creation in all parts of the country.

    The enterprise is organized in main areas Real Estate, Innovation, Industry and International. Special tasks are organized separately. SIVA corporation has ownership in 150 companies in total. This includes subsidiary companies and attached companies.

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    LENLeiv Eiriksson Nyskaping AS
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    Leiv Eiriksson Nyskaping AS

    Leiv Eiriksson Nyskaping AS is an integrated innovation network assisting start-up companies and budding entrepreneurs through consulting, courses and investor networks.

    It follows companies and clusters from day one and help them grow into sustainable enterprises. LEN AS will assist the client at every step along the way, from the idea stage and inception to business development and commercialization.

    Its experienced advisors will assist anyone considering starting up a business. A customer will get minimum two hours of free consulting, including a viability assessment. LEN also conduct basic training courses open and free of charge to all budding entrepreneurs.

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    WUTThe Warsaw University of Technology
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    The Warsaw University of Technology

    The Warsaw University of Technology is one of the leading institutes of technology in Poland, and one of the largest in Central Europe.

    It employs 2,453 teaching faculty, with 357 professors (including 145 titular professors).The student body numbers 36,156 (as of 2011), mostly full-time. There are 17 faculties (divisions) covering almost all fields of science and technology. All are situated in Warsaw, except for one in Płock.

    The origins of Warsaw University of Technology date back to 1826 when engineering education was begun in Warsaw Institute of Technology. IDN has cooperated with The Warsaw University of Technology since 2005 in different EEA project.

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    NTNUNorwegian University of Science and Technology
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    Norwegian University of Science and Technology

    The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is Norway’s primary institution for educating the nation’s future engineers and scientists. The university also has strong programmes in the social sciences, teacher education, the arts and humanities, medicine, architecture and fine art.

    With 20,000 students studying a range of disciplines in seven different faculties, NTNU is alive with the intellectual energy of people pursuing their dreams.

    Whether your passion is ship design or medical research , virtual reality or urban renewal in China , NTNU has something for you. NTNU is Norway’s second largest university, with an annual budget of about US $800 million. Its 53 departments are spread out over seven major campuses, and graduate about 3,300 students every year, two-thirds of which are master’s or PhD candidates. The university has more than 100 laboratory facilitiesdistributed among the different faculties and departments. These are central elements in NTNU’s education and research work.

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    uzinfoinvestUZINFOINVEST
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    UZINFOINVEST

    Information Support & Foreign Investments Promotion Agency (UZINFOIVEST) was established by the initiative of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov with the primary purpose of providing a one-stop informational and all other possible support to foreign investors in Uzbekistan. Agency is an independent institution (legal entity) under the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade.

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    ECOINDECOIND
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    ECOIND

    The National Research and Development Institute forIndustrial Ecology (ECOIND) has 25 years of experience in the field of environmental protection. The headquarter and main laboratories are located inBucharestand with branch units inTimisoaraand Ramnicu Valcea, and  with about 175 employees totally. The main activities are connected with environmental technologies, pollution assessment, pollution control and monitoring for water, air andsoil. The activity is developed in national and international programs of research and also by direct contracts with publicand private companies.

    ECOIND was our main partner in the ESD project in Romania 2009-2011.

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    anders1Anders Stølan
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    Anders Stølan

    Mr. Stølan holds a M.Sc. degree at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), within technical-economic planning in regional and urban areas. Master thesis focused on Regional and Local Economic Impacts of Petrochemical Industrialization.

    Presently he is the President/CEO of International Development Norway. He was a Research Director at SINTEF, one of the largest Scandinavian research institutes , in the period 1997-2003, and 2004-2008, as well as scientist in SINTEF Industrial Management, Economics and Logistics. As a researcher on “commercialization of technology” he was engaged at Surrey Technology Centre, Surrey University, Guildford UK, 2003-2004. He also has experience as assistant professor, Department of Managerial Economic and Operations Research, at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

    Mr. Stølan has extensive international experience in project development management and consulting, local economic development, innovation and trans-national technology transfer. More than 20 years of practice experience in delivering and managing SME innovation and competitiveness actions. In total more than 12 years of experiences in building up and manage research activities in SINTEF and proven competences in terms of R&D and innovation within Norway, Europe and developing countries. Direct access to numerous institutions and networks regarding technology innovation, innovative SMEs, regional development and science and technology policy. Experience in managing projects funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA), EU funded: Framework Programmes, Competitiveness Innovation Programmes (CIP), EEA grants, but also private clients (industry).

    Of significant importance is his engagement at the projects with technology transfer and commercialization of technology, innovative solutions in solar energy and their contribution to decentralized robust solutions and job creation (project Technology & Business Cooperation Norway-Uzbekistan), Waste Treatment Solutions (2011-2013 Serbia), Process and Supplier Industry Development based on Natural Gas in Uzbekistan (2010-2011), Local Innovation and Business Development in Bioenergy and Plastic Recycling, Romania (2009-2011¬). In the period 2008-2012 he also provided support in Technological Innovations in Micro Combined Cooling Heating Power Romania (mCCHP Innovation), WEEE Technology Transfer and Promotion between Norway-Poland, as well as Environmental Technology Transfer Mid-Norway Poland and Joint Applied Research and Economic Cooperation between Norway and Kharhov Region.

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    1. Position: CEO/President
    2. Location: Norway
    3. Mobile: +47 92442175 (Norway)
    4. Mobile: +380 987729377 (Ukraine)
    5. E-mail: Anders.Stolan@id-norway.com
    kaisa1Katarzyna Anna Kazimierczuk
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    Katarzyna Anna Kazimierczuk

    Graduate from International Relations faculty at the University of Wrocław , Administration at Law and Administration Faculty in at the University of Warsaw in progress. International experience in development, management and implementation of projects related to the technology transfer, innovation and SME support, funded by public mechanism, mainly of EU Structural Funds and EEA FM projects. Expertise in feasibility studies, application and tendering documentation Experience in running commercial entities in international environment.

    1. Position: Project Director
    2. Mobile: +48 696 075 553 (Poland)
    3. Mobile: +47 969 17 518 (Norway)
    4. E-mail: katarzyna.a.kazimierczuk@id-norway.com
    Torkel YstgårdTorkel Ystgaard
    Special Advisor, Innovation Support Systems
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    Torkel Ystgaard

    Mr Torkel Ystgaard is a 62 years of age engineer with profound knowledge and experience from several development and leadership positions in the Norwegian innovation ecosystem.

    His long work experience include developing new technology in Norwegian R&D institutions, management of food processing industry, executive positions in the mass media sector and in several private and public institutions supporting innovation.

    Mr Ystgaard has devoted a large part of his career to regional development and has been instrumental in designing and implementing several successful programs for regional economic growth in Norway. He invented the Norwegian Technology Incubator Program, and the very successful network of rural innovation centers called “Næringshager” (literally “Business Gardens”).

    In addition to his work in Norway Mr.Ystgaard has been active internationally as well. In cooperation with various Norwegian governmental entities, he has designed and implemented aid financed programs for support of innovation and economic growth in countries like Bosnia Herzegovina, Macedonia, Croatia, Ukraine, Latvia and Moldova.

    Mr. Ystgaard is retired from his position as Executive Vice President of the Norwegian state owned corporation Siva. (The Industrial Development Corporation of Norway). He is now acting as a Special Advisor within Innovation support systems to IDN – International Development Norway AS.

    1. Position:Special Advisor
    2. Location:Norway
    3. Mobile:+47 91383168
    4. E-mail:Torkel.Ystgaard@id-norway.com
    Igor PodolievIgor V. Podoliev
    Senior Advisor, Commercialization of Technology
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    Igor V. Podoliev

    Dr. Prof. Igor Podoliev is an experience diplomat, international banker, politician and academician. With over 10 years in banking, 5 years in diplomacy, 15 years in public service and 10 years in academia.

    Past experience:

    1. Position: Senior Advisor
    2. Location: Ukraine
    3. Mobile: +380 675028955 (Ukraine)
    4. E-mail: igor.podoliev@gmail.com
    Mila Du PontMila Marinkovic
    Senior Advisor, Innovation Management
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    Mila Marinkovic

    She posses Masters in International Economics School of Economics, University of Belgrade 2010, and Executive Masters in International and European Relations & Management Amsterdam School of International Relations, University of Amsterdam. 2003. Present position: Partner, International Development Norway (IDN), Ltd, Trondheim, Norway, Member of the Management Board, Foundation for Management and Industrial Research, Skopje, Macedonia. Expertise in sector analysis and market assessments.

    More than 10 years of professional experience in development, management, evaluation and impact analysis of international donor funded projects. Specific experience: Norway, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Armenia, Ukraine, Albania, Kosovo, Afghanistan (deskwork). Experience of conducing SMEs needs analysis, designing, organising and providing trainings related to financial modules. More then 10 years experience of institutional capacity building, designing strategies, operational programmes, actions and instruments for their implementation.

    Tatjana-VolarevTatjana Volarev
    Legal Advisor, Business Development
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    Tatjana Volarev

    Postgraduate Specialization in International Commercial Contract Law; Thesis for MSC Consumer Protection in preparation; Bar Exam, B. A. in Law. Experience in: international projects and organizations, governmental bodies; project development, consulting; legal framework development and internationalization in SMEE sector; establishing business incubators & clusters; analyzing and drafting of legislation, entrepreneurial training development; institutional & capacity building.

    1. Position: Legal Advisor
    2. Location: Serbia
    3. Mobile: +381 63 229 929
    4. E-mail: Tatjana.Volarev@id-norway.com
    Jana LukacovaJana Lukacova
    Project Manager, SME Development
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    Jana Lukacova

    Jana have a Master Degree in Economics and management of SMEs drom the University of Matej Bel – Faculty of Economics. She is currently engaged as Project Manager at Intech Slovakia and in charge of preparation and execution of EEAgrants project in the Slovak energy sector, Internal quality auditing and Preparation of public procurement proposals. Her former egagements have been in Ind Consultant, Allexis s.r.o., Neulogy a.a. and Regional Advisory and Information Centre Presov. She have been in charge of complex business development consultancy (preparation of business plan, R&D project implementation management, coordination and problem solving of various business/project issues), evaluation of business ideas investment atractivity, preparation of analysis of the strategic development of selected R&D center of excellence in Slovakia, realization of technology audit (Projects, Academia & Business Partnerships, Organization) of selected Slovak universities and project preparation assistance related to the EU and national programmes aiming at R&D and Innovation support and development of knowledge society.

    1. Position: Project Manager, Consultant
    2. Mobile: +421 911 798 011
    3. E-mail: Jana.Lukacova@id-norway.com
    Rune StølanRune Stølan
    Project Manager, Consultant
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    Rune Stølan

    Rune have a Master of Science, Political Science and Government from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He specialized within the fields of International political economy, political risk analysis and foreign direct investment. Through his education Rune has gained valuable International experience in India and London.

    He came from the position as Project Manager / Consultant in the Industrial Development Unit in the Municipality of Stjørdal, where he facilitated for new and existing businesses within sectors such as transportation, logistics, trade, travel and tourism and manufacturing. The position within an governmental institution gave him valuable experience from policy development and opportunities within the public sector.

    Rune is currently engaged as Project Manager at IDN (location: Trondheim, Norway).

    1. Position: Project Manager
    2. Mobile: +47 400 41 425
    3. E-mail: Rune.Stolan@id-norway.com
    Leif EstensenLeif Estensen
    Senior Advisor, SME Development
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    Leif Estensen

    Leif have a Master of Science in Mechanical and Production Engineering at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), 1971-74, with specialization in Production Engineering and Material Technology. Head of the Norwegian User Group of Numerically Controlled Machine Tools (CNC) since 1990. Current position as Senior Advisor (80%) at SINTEF Technology and Society, Trondheim, Norway. Former positions at SINTEF, NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Fraunhofer, UNDP, UNIDO.

    Main project contributions:

    Countries of work experiences: Norway, Sweden, India, Japan, USA, Germany, Zimbabwe and Macedonia.

    1. Position: Senior Advisor, SME development
    2. Mobile: +47 930 58 759
    3. E-mail: Leif.Estensen@id-norway.com
    Trond Hammeren c1Trond Hammeren
    Senior Advisor, Bioenergy Systems
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    Trond Hammeren

    Trond have a master degree in Forestry with specialisation in operation from The Norwegian University of Life Science. He is the owner of Varmeteknikk AS doing planning, construction and operation of Bioenergy plants.

    He is also General Manager in Mistberget Biovarme AS and its district heating facility Råholt Varmesentral. Head of the Bioenergy Program in Innovation Norway 2005-2010. Chief of Hurdal Municipality 2003-2004. County Forestry Director in Oslo and Akershus 2000-2002.

    Christi3Cristian Teodorrescu
    Senior Advisor, Environmental Management
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    Cristian Teodorrescu

    Chemical Engineer with Master Degree from University “Politehnica” – Bucharest, Faculty of Chemical Engineering. 29 years experience in complex project implementation (design of chemical plants, environmental impact assessment). 23 years experience in Education, as associate professor of Chemical Engineering / Chemical Reactor Engineering / Computer Programming at various Bucharest universities. 20 years experience trainer / instructor in environmental science, corporate social responsibility, sustainable development in the mainframe of various international or domestic R&D Projects. 14 years experience in management of international projects (financed or involving Agencies and Companies from UK, USA, Switzerland, Spain, France, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Norway) and cooperation with EU and NATO structures (PHARE, EU-COST, INCO-COERNICUS, LIFE+, NATO Science for Peace). Experience in the organization of project teams,research-development project management, and international projects.Experience in sustainable strategy devising for industrial companies. Experience in decision making in complex processes (multicriteria). Experience in organizing technical – scientific events at national and international level. Author/co-author of over 140 publications (papers, conferences) in the field of chemical engineering, environmental science, industrial ecology, management and optimization of processes. Co-author of the Romanian Encyclopaedia of Chemistry Co-author of 2 Chapters in the book “”Sustainable Development – Authoritative and Leading Edge Content for Environmental Management”” (ISBN 978-953-51-0682-1; 2012).

    Artur Badyda, kadrowaneArtur Jerzy Badyda
    Senior Advisor, Environmental Managment
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    Artur Jerzy Badyda

    A graduate of the Faculty of Environmental Engineering at Warsaw University of Technology, PhD in technical sciences. He currently works as the assistant professor at the same Faculty were he manages also the Laboratory of Environment Quality Research. Former advisor to the Minister of the Environment, now member of the National Commission for Environmental Impact Assessment and the chairman of the Central Youth Commission in Polish Federation of Engineering Associations.

    Professional specialization is related to processes of environmental management, environmental impact assessment of industrial and infrastructure projects (especially those related to transport and waste management) as well as public consultation on large investments. His research interests are focused on the impact of air pollution on the environment, and above all on human health.

    Johnny AakJohnny Aak
    Senior Advisor, Energy Project Management
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    Johnny Aak

    Johnny has a MBA in Political Science & Public Administration and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He is currently involved in bringing Norwegian offshore, subsea and marine technology, knowledge and experience into the European offshore wind projects. Johnny is currently involved in energy projects in the Baltics.

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    Michal_Klepka2-838x1024Michał Klepka
    Senior Advisor, Innovation and regional development
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    Michał Klepka

    Experienced researcher of innovation, RTD and entrepreneurship policy. Policy Maker of innovation, RTD and entrepreneurship policy
    Dr. Klepka graduated and obtained a Ph.D. as economist (specialisation management) at the University of Lodz. For more than 15 years of his career he gathered experience, both as a researcher, manager and a trainer, with special regard to institution building, innovation, monitoring and evaluation.

    RW2Roger White
    Senior Advisor, Extracting Industry - Supplier Development
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    Roger White

    PhD Research in Soil Mechanics, Leeds University UK. Independent Petroleum Consultant, advising on major oil and gas projects. 43 years experiences in oil and gas business (33 years in Shell International). Lived and worked in 10 countries (UK, Norway, USA, Netherlands, Malaysia, Iran, Oman, Nigeria and Timor-Leste). In-depth experience in project management, petroleum economics, oilfield engineering, procurement and training.

    1. Position: Senior Associate
    2. Location: Norway
    3. Mobile: +47 99999999
    4. E-mail: Roger.White@id-norway.com
    Sten PaltielSten Paltiel
    Senior Advisor, Environmental Management
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    Sten Paltiel

    BSc in Chemistry from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. More than 25 years in different positions in STATOIL.

    STATOIL 1985-1995: Developing of technical systems including simulations systems, computer graphics and CAD/CAM related systems. Experience in all parts of development of computer systems including project management, systems analysis ,programming and systems support.

    STATOIL 1995-2005: Lead Environmental Engineer responsible for all activities related to Heidrun license (operations, drilling/well treatments, new projects, waste management, contact/applications to authorities, evaluate new technology, oil spill response, chemical management including evaluation and working close with suppliers developing new “green” chemicals.

    In Salah Gas JV, Algeria (Statoil International North Africa ) 2005-2009: Team leader for Operations Environmental Team, including responsible for Environmental management system (EMS) and ISO 14001 follow up including operations, construction, Seismic , drilling , water management, waste management in isolated area, remediation issues(drilling waste, soil), Waste water management including sewage water, Chemical management, Technical evaluation of new projects, evaluating new technology, Environmental impact and risk assessments, Coaching and training of staff, Part of emergency response team, Auditing of all activities related to ISG , Responsible of waste management contract. Legal and compliance issues.

    In Salah Gas JV Southern field project, Algeria (Statoil International North Africa ) 2009-2011: Environmental and CSR advisor for FEED and Design Phase. Responsible to insure that environmental and local social aspects where taken care of in the project development. Worked close with local community in In Salah Town to develop local content projects.

    1. Position: Senior Associate
    2. Location: Norway
    3. Mobile: +47 981 04 533
    4. E-mail: Sten.Paltiel@id-norway.com
    mattias 3Mattias Tagseth
    Senior Advisor, Water Resources Management
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    Mattias Tagseth

    Philosophiae doctor in geography. The thesis, ‘Studies of the waterscape of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania – Water management in hill furrow irrigation’ consisted of five published articles and a 138 page synthesis. The concept of the waterscape is used to structure and reflect on the study of water and society in geography and the social sciences. Mattias has a strong and broad academic background in the social sciences, advanced specialization in development studies and human geography, with 15 years of professional experience in development research, as a lecturer and in research administration.

    1. Position: Senior Associate
    2. Location: Norway
    3. Mobile: +47 98862508
    4. E-mail: Mattias.Tagseth@id-norway.com
    Cathrine Skonhoft 2Cathrine Skonhoft
    Senior Advisor, Program and Project Management
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    Cathrine Skonhoft

    Cand.Polit (master) in geography at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Several years international experience within the field of relief and development from UN and international NGOs in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Expertise in project management, project development and implementation, external affairs, donor relations, coordination and partnership building.

    1. Position: Accociate
    2. Location: Norway
    3. Mobile:+47 91593709
    GabrielaGabriela Kostovska Bogoeska
    Senior Advisor, Technology Transfer
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    Gabriela Kostovska Bogoeska

    Master of Science (MSc) on Mechanical Engineering from Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje.

    Specialist in the fields of Technology & Innovation Transfer, Innovation Policy and Economic Development with more than 9 years of experience in sustainable development. More than 7 years of experience in design and delivery of specialized advisory services and capacity building programmes in the fields of business support, new technologies, access to finance, intelligent energy, environmental services and export promotion.

    Proven knowledge of the EU RTD programmes and cooperation with different research stakeholders (Macedonia, Serbia). Active participation in the development of innovation policy and consultation on different RTDI analyses and programmes in Macedonia.

    Extensive experience in design and delivery of training programmes in the field of RTD funding, including EU RTD programmes (FP7, COST, Eureka), innovation financing, IPR, project life cycle. Delivery of training programmes to different stakeholders like governmental organisations, academia and business community.
    More than 7 years of experience in supporting different organisations to participate in different RTD funding instruments, both national and European. Supported numerous institutions in project preparation, negotiation with EC and overall implementation of RTD projects in Macedonia.

    Experience in setting up technology transfer centres (Macedonia, Serbia) responsible for providing support to transnational technology transfer services and commercialisation of RTD results. Further expertise arises from practical involvement in the Enterprise Europe Network in Macedonia as a project manager for TT services including identifying potential technology offers or requests, organisation of partnering events, networking of innovation support organisations, consultancy on IPR, assessment of projects with research potential and RTD funding, technology audits, innovation watch, and networking on national, regional and European level. Excellent knowledge of the innovation and research related conditions in the region.

    Practical experience and knowledge in design of Terms of Reference, guides and work programmes, technical and administrative procedures, EC project guidelines and reporting and has been responsible for preparation of several projects under different EU programmes (CIP, FP7, TEMPUS, IPA, and EuropeAid) and for evaluation of different EU funded projects (including FP7) as an external expert for the EC. Additional experience gained through the implementation and monitoring of RTD related projects.

    Extended management skills at different levels: project management, executive skills (executive director of the Foundation for Management and Industrial Research – MIR http://www.mir.org.mk), working groups (national and regional) and in the private sector. 9 years of practice in SME development, technology transfer, research and commercialisation of RTD results.

    BanrowskaAgnieszka Banrowska
    Senior Advisor, Environmental Management
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    Agnieszka Banrowska

    M.Sc in Environmental Protection, graduate of Faculty of Environmental Engineering Warsaw University of Technology and International Master of Business Administration Warsaw University of Technology Business School. Professional experience from: – scientific work and fact finding, – administration work at governmental level, – teaching at university level, – NGO’s initiatives. Main fields of competence and skills: – environmental assessments and revives, – environmental information, – technology transfer, – project application preparation and budgeting, – project management and accounting, – economics of environmental protection, – e-learning and distance working, – management, marketing and finance in environmental engineering.

    1. Position:Environmental Manager
    2. Location:Poland
    3. Mobile:+48 696 075 696
    4. E-mail:agnieszka.banrowska@id-norway.com
    MocekFranciszek Mocek
    Advisor, Environmental Management
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    Franciszek Mocek

    M.Sc in Environmental Protection, graduate of Warsaw University of Technology. Main fields of competence and skills: – environmental assessments and reviews, – environmental information, – technology transfer, – waste management, – economics of environmental protection, – e-learning and distance working.

    1. Position: Project Assistant
    2. Location: Poland
    3. Mobile: +48 696 193 131
    4. E-mail: Franciszek.Mocek@id-norway.com
    Version 2Anna Veselkova
    Advisor, Environmental Management
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    Anna Veselkova

    M.Sc in Industrial Ecology, graduate from NTNU in Trondheim. Anna has also studied Environmental science and resource management at the University of Iceland and she has a bachelor in Industrial Economy and Technology from the Ural State Technical University (Russia).

    Main fields of competence and skills: – environmental assessments and reviews, – environmental information, – technology transfer, – waste management, – economics of environmental protection, – energy consumption assessments and industrial economy.

    Marija-VujovicMarija Vujovic
    Project Officer
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    Marija Vujovic

    Experienced manager in private commercial, development aid and education sectors, with emphases on organization, people management and backstopping at the EU funded projects. Covering a wide range of operational activities from translation / interpretation to (training and dissemination) event organisation and management, to recruiting and mobilizing consultants, preparing training courses and managing stakeholder relationships. Fully familiar with all aspects of managing inter-disciplinary project teams on complex international consulting projects. Spearhead organizational support and planning of technical trainings across key project areas, including 1) Cluster strategy and support, 2) Internationalization, and 3) Supplier Development. Managing local and expatriate recruitment hire process.

    1. Position:Project Officer
    2. Location:Serbia
    3. Mobile:
    4. E-mail:Marija.Vujovoc@id-norway.com
    Manlu Yu 2Manlu Yu
    Advisor, Bio-Energy
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    Manlu Yu

    Manlu Yu currently is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering of North Dakota State University (NDSU), USA and conducting her research at Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The expected completion date is August 2013. She received her Master degree in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Tennessee in the US and Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Northeastern University in China.

    She has been studying and working in the biomass and bioenergy processing field for ten years, and has participated in biomass and bioenergy projects in the US, including the Bioenergy Conversion project with Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), Department of Energy (DOE) and USDA, Renewable Energy Program with North Dakota Energy Commission. She has multiply attended American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) international annual meetings, in addition of the conference papers and the presentations, Submitted papers were published in the journals of “biomass and bioenergy”, “Bioresource Technology”, and “Transactions of the ASABE”. The earlier years of working experiences in the mechanical engineering and academic field in both China and Sweden built up her solid ground towards to the biomass and bioenergy processing study.

    Her research emphasis has been on “Preprocess Engineering and Quality Issues of Biomass Feedstocks for Biofuel Industry”, including the following aspects:

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