Scope and Definition
Successful implementation and attainment of planned goals, objectives and targets in most cases of multi-sectored programmes, depend on careful definition, thorough planning and efficient implementation of a set of projects with a strategic character; these projects could be defined as Strategic Projects. Conversely, fragmentation of a programme in a variety of small-scale projects customized to specific sectors or local needs, may reduce the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the programme, as that often implies disproportionate management consumption, control and monitoring resources and denial of effort concentration.
Subject to the constrains imposed by the Programme, as well as those imposed by the Strategic Call for proposals, the common interventions to be proposed, should be oriented towards the confrontation of strategically common, complex and innovative regional developmental issues. These should absorb the majority of the available territorial cooperation funds allocated to this call for proposals, create anticipated territorial economic dynamics, provide new innovative employment activities and expected tangible results. Also, transfer of knowhow should be enabled, as well as, setting the groundwork upon which common territorial structures for sustainable development will be created.
It is also worth mentioning that Strategic projects focus on the potential impacts in special development sectors of common territorial cooperation importance, as identified by the Joint Monitoring Committee. In order to strengthen the competitiveness and territorial cohesion in the eligible areas, towards the achievement of sustainable development, linkage of the strategic potential of both sides of the cross-border territories is a prerequisite. These projects should be fully compliant with the main political initiatives of the involved territories and should strategically contribute towards the achievement of the long-term political goals set in the framework of each Programme. In this respect, in order to assess whether a project is strategic, firstly it is needed for the following three dimensions to be recognized:
- Policy/Programme dimension
- Geographical dimension
- Action dimension
- With respect to these dimensions, strategic project proposals of this call, should demonstrate tangible contribution in achieving ETCP’s specific qualitative goals and concrete quantitative targets. Therefore they need to:
- Produce long-term positive results and impacts;
- Intervene in selected established priorities of the development policies;
- Ensure synergies with parallel programmes and context policies;
- Promote innovative tools and managing schemes;
- Mobilize additional resources and have leverage effects;
- Help to create a wider favourable economic and / or social environment for the programme area;
- Promote cooperation and capacity building.