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The BMW Regional Assembly actively participates in a number of EU Co-operation Projects both as partner and lead partner. Our current projects include:

The Marnet Project



The Marnet Project is an EU transnational co-operation project involving eight partners from the five member states of the Atlantic Area. The aim of the project is to create  an EU Atlantic marine socio economic network that will develop a methodology to create and collate comparable marine socio- economic data across the Atlantic regions and to use this data to support marine socio economic development initiatives along the Atlantic Area.

The project will invest €1.3m in the partner regions over the period July 2012 – December 2015. The EU contribution to the project is €851,464

The project is supported by the ERDF and the EU Interreg Atlantic Area Programme 2007-2013.

Objectives of the Project

  1. Examine the economic utility of the marine environment
  2. Enhance competitiveness of Atlantic Periphery economy through provision of of reliable and reproducible marine socio economic information vital to policy development & economic development across many marine related sectors.
  3. Establish a formal charter for sharing marine socio economic research facilities in Atlantic Regions among Research Institutes and Regional Public Authorities.
  4. Create Atlas of marine socio economic indicators for the Atlantic Area
  5. Act as a framework to collaborate on further marine research initiatives.

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The Tesla Project



teslalogosmThe Tesla Project is a transnational innovation project supporting pilot actions for early-stage technology-based enterprises in North West Europe.


Project Aims

TESLA is a transnational innovation support project involving eight partners from six EU Member States. The overall objective of the project is to support the growth and development of early stage High Potential Start Up (HPSU) companies in Ireland, Wales, Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands through a programme of transnational pilot innovation and business support initiatives. The project is being led by the Border Midland and Western Regional Assembly.

The project consists of ten targeted initiatives aimed at helping HPSUs internationalise more quickly, access key export market intelligence in the European Union and beyond, identify new product development opportunities and, with the support and expertise of the partner network to identify new sources of finance for HPSU development. The project will invest €3.8m in the partner regions over a three year period, 50% of which will be provided by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg IVB North West Europe Programme.

Expected Results

  • 612 firms will be engaged in the 10 initiatives
  • 55 new products designed and/or developed
  • 45 HPSUs established
  • 68 Support Workshops hosted
  • 850 Expert days provided to firms


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The Spider Project

the spider project


Spider LogoThe Spider Project supports public service innovation using design in European Regions



About the Project

SPIDER (Supporting Public Service Innovation using Design in European Regions) officially started on 1st January 2013 and will run for 2.5 years.

The project aims to deliver innovative solutions to Europe’s toughest social challenges by engaging public services and citizens in an ambitious programme of service design projects.

As you are no doubt aware, public services face complex challenges such as high unemployment, an ageing population and higher expectations from citizens. At the same time budgets are being cut across Europe as public services feel the full force of the recession. The SPIDER project will use service design to demonstrate, through a series of projects, how design can deliver tangible solutions to address many of these issues.

Service design is a problem-solving process that will bring a creative and user-centered approach to these issues. It has been used widely within the private sector, however it has never been deployed by public services on a pan-European scale such as this.

The approach will be used by SPIDER projects in Wales, Belgium, France and Ireland, resulting in two key outcomes:

1: SPIDER will use service design to create 10 cost-effective, creative and user-centered services that deliver tangible improvements for citizens.

2: SPIDER will train 400 public service managers in design methods and tools that will ensure the approaches used within SPIDER are embedded within each public authority.


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The SEE Platform

the SEE project


Spider LogoThe SEE Platform is a network of 11 European partners engaging with national and regional governments to integrate design into innovation policies and innovation programmes.



About the SEE Platform

Aim to accelerate the integration of design into innovation policies and innovation programmes.

Through new research, workshops for policy-makers and programme managers, case studies, policy recommendations and the annual Design Policy Monitor, SEE aims to build a bank of evidence to support public authorities to integrate design into their mainstream practice.

Our key objective is to engage with 100 public authorities across Europe over three years. Innovation policy-makers and programme managers can attend free workshops on themes such as design policy, business support, service innovation, social innovation and academia-industry collaboration to gain practical insight into how design can realise policy priorities. The dates for these workshops, which will take place across Europe, will be available on this website in early 2013.

The SEE Platform, led by Design Wales at Cardiff Metropolitan University, will help to realise this vision through the following activities:

– 80 workshops delivered to innovation policy-makers and programme managers across Europe on themes such as design policy, business support, service innovation, social innovation and academia-industry collaboration. To receive news about upcoming SEE workshops subscribe online.

– 5 policy booklets with policy recommendations on the themes of design policy, business support, service innovation, social innovation and academia-industry collaboration.

– 3 Design Policy Monitors (annual) to examine current and emerging trends in design policies and programmes across Europe.

– 22 presentations at innovation network meetings to enhance the understanding of design among innovation audiences.

– 44 case studies related to design and innovation policies and programmes to encourage the exchange of good practice between regions.

– 6 bulletins containing research, case studies, policy updates and resources from around the world.

SEE is an open network that is looking to provide support to actors seeking to develop design programmes and integrate design into innovation policy. As an ultimate goal, SEE expects to be able to further accelerate the integration of design into innovation policies and programmes across Europe.

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