Partners of the successful EU INTERREG IIIC project EUROPLANE came together in Bremen on 15. and 16. November 2007 to discuss and share their results with a number of regions interested in co-operating in a new regional aviation project to be part-financed by the forthcoming European INTERREG IV C programme. The new project, called EUROBIRD, will draw on the results of EUROPLANE, a project which has united 11 partners from 7 European countries to promote the durability, function, accessibility and sustainable existence of regional airports in the EU by interregional co-operation and best practice information exchange.
The planned EUROBIRD project, which should start in late summer 2008, will bring together about 15 European regions in order to develop the catalytic potential of regional airports and the SMEs clustering around them. By developing and securing sufficient air traffic, the project first of all aims to safeguard the economic viability of regional airports. It thereby supports the European Commission's aim of improving cohesion and accessibility across Europe. While regional airports are themselves an important economic factor especially for rural and remote regions, they provide their vicinity many opportunities for economic development of SMEs for which convenient access to air transport is vital.
However, sustainable development must strive to reduce the environmental footprint of airport operations. The project will address this aspect, for example, by developing and sharing solutions for more efficient ground transport, reduced energy consumption, and better waste management.
The EUROBIRD project will employ a 'best practice' approach: looking at common problems - and good approaches to solving them - among regions and their airports; developing convincing solutions for the sustainable economic development of regional airports and SMEs around them; and communicating these solutions through joint workshops and training activities among partners. The dissemination of results will ensure that that other regions beyond the circle of partners will also benefit from the findings.
In a section with restricted access for EUROPLANE partners and future EUROBIRD partners, you can download the minutes and presentations given at the handover event. Should you belong to either group and require log-in details please contact BMT Transport Solutions.Last update: 26 March 2007