The main issues tackled by I-SPEED (external link to November 2011 version of project leaflet) are the lack of awareness among policy makers about the Information Society potential to improve public services and foster growth (towards Lisbon Agenda goals) and the loss of competitiveness of European Tourism Economy.
I-SPEED aims at improving the effectiveness of policies related to Information Society and the development of the European Economic Development. This objective will be reached through a wide exchange of experiences at policy level addressed at identifying, analysing and transferring good practices on the efficient use of ICT-based services.
The effective involvement of policy makers in the project is guaranteed by the setting up of the Political Steering Group, represented by at least one politician per partner.
The partnership is coordinated by the City of Venice (Italy) and composed of 9 partners from 9 European countries: the City of Warsaw (Poland), the National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria (Bulgaria), the Region of Crete (Greece), the Region of Hedmark (Norway), the Region of Galicia (Spain), the City of Bucharest (Romania), the County of Powys (Great Britain), the Province of Rome (Italy) and the Nantes Urban Community (France).
The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is
available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.