The Finnova Foundation attends the “POCTEFA y tú” event to disseminate the good practices of the NAPOCTEP project

The event has been an opportunity to publicize the project of Napoleonic routes outside the eligible territory in the space POCTEP

Brussels, 27.11.19.- Between the 26 and 27. November, the Palace of Congresses of Jaca has been the scene of POCTEFA y tú: cooperemos para seguir creciendo, the first event focused on the results, good practice and the future of the projects of the European cross-border cooperation programme between Spain, France and Andorra (Interreg POCTEFA).

The event has served as a showcase to disseminate and share the good results of the projects that are part of the program since 2007, as well as to publicize their good practices and their positive impact on the territory. The meeting also served to encourage dialogue between actors in the territory, create synergies between project promoters, learn the keys to collaboration and have examples of good practice and learn to use the new online tool with which you can learn about projects with common interests.

During the event, the importance of capitalising on results within the Interreg programmes was highlighted. To this end, Íñigo Bilbao, Director of Sustainable Cities at the Finnova Foundation and coordinator of NAPOCTEP, attended the event in order to present and disseminate the project’s good practices. Finnova is a beneficiary entity of the Napoleonic routes project, and one of its tasks is the implementation of the project’s international Information and Communication Plan, in addition to establishing synergies and networking for the capitalization and exploitation of project results. This working forum held in Jaca in the framework of POCTEFA has been an opportunity to publicize the NAPOCTEP project outside the eligible territory of the area of Cross-border Cooperation No. 3 of the POCTEP Program (Castilla y León – Centro de Portugal).

In addition, Bilbao has announced the project CILIFO – Iberian Centre for Research and Fight against Forest Fires (Centro Ibérico para la Investigación y Lucha contra los Incendios Forestales). The project, of which the Finnova Foundation is also focused on the prevention and extinction of forest fires with cutting-edge technology, also has the first incubator-accelerator to support entrepreneurship in the areas of prevention, fire fighting and regeneration of burnt spaces. This is the Interreg project with the largest ERDF endowment of the European Commission for actions of prevention and extinction of forest fires, and has a total budget of 24.6 million euros, of which 75% is co-financed by ERDF Funds of the European Commission through the Program Interreg VA Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020.

This event has also served to facilitate possible collaborative lines between entities interested in the NAPOCTEP project for its future replication in the POCTEFA space, so as to extend the tourist route outlined in the NAPOCTEP project to other areas and areas of cooperation, thus favouring the enrichment of the territories, safeguarding the environment and creating jobs in rural and hinterland areas.