RESTART_4Danube Boosting cREative induSTries in urbAn Regeneration for a stronger Danube region

The number of urban regeneration (UR) initiatives promoted by European cities is rising. The new status quo is that UR strategies should encompass an integrated approach. Cities face challenges to develop a culture that generates public/private synergies to promote SMEs & stimulate creative urban communities. They need to tailor their UR policies to local specificities and assets & integrate local stakeholders.

In line with the Programme, we identified 2 main challenges:

  • Lack of transnational cooperation & coordination on institutional level hindering R&I potential of the Danube region (DR)
  • Insufficient capability of SMEs to adapt to innovation needs

These challenges convey the following needs:

  • To establish a transnational creative UR network to improve cross-linkages & optimize internal synergies between creative & cultural industries (CCIs), R&D & public sector in UR in the DR
  • To institutionalize exchange of good practice in UR
  • To implement pilot actions based on open innovation via smart specialization strategies (S3) & KETs
  • To strengthen service, social & eco-innovation capacities of SMEs

25 partners from 12 countries will support RESTART_4Danube’s main objective to improve the framework conditions & policy instruments supporting S3 for a new model of UR involving CCIs. The project includes a quadruple helix partnership to develop new types of governance & public policies in an innovative approach combining tandems & follower cities.

The envisaged results are a significantly improved transnational & institutional cooperation, and an enhanced capacity building - mostly thanks to the Local Action Plans & innovative trainings in UR.

The activities will produce 10 outputs improving innovative framework conditions in UR (SO 1.1):

  • 1 common strategy
  • 1 set of tools for Creative Urban Regeneration
  • 5 Local Action Plans
  • 1 package of cooperation agreements between entreprises and R&D
  • 1 package of Readiness Level Audits
  • 1 training toolkit
Boosting  cREative induSTries in urbAn Regeneration for a stronger Danube region
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1,814,895
ERDF Contribution: 1,348,100
IPA Contribution: 57,710.75
ENI Contribution: 136,850
Call number
Call 3
Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Improve framework conditions for innovation

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest Lead partner Romania
School of Advanced Social Studies ERDF partner Slovenia
IPA - Research and development company, engineering and manufacturing for automation equipments and systems ERDF partner Romania
Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Vratsa ERDF partner Bulgaria
Steinbeis 2i GmbH ERDF partner Germany
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Project News

  • RESTART_4Danube - NEW! “Creative Danurban Competition”
    - 28-01-2022
    NEW! “Creative Danurban Competition”

    On the 1st of February, the RESTART_4Danube project team initiated the 2022 “Creative Danurban contest” – the competition that aims at bringing young and prosperous creative minds to develop business or project ideas supporting (sub)urban...

  • RESTART_4Danube - 14.12.2021 - Study visit Craiova
    - 10-12-2021
    14.12.2021 - Study visit Craiova

    Craiova City Hall, as organizer, together with IPA Craiova – both project partners in RESTART_4Danube, are pleased to invite you to the event ‘Study visit Craiova’, co-financed by European Union funds, within the Danube Transnational Programme,...

  • RESTART_4Danube - Join us for our Virtual Midterm Conference
    - 21-10-2021
    Join us for our Virtual Midterm Conference

    The University of Maribor is organizing a virtual Midterm conference as part of the RESTART_4Danube project, entitled »Creative and Urban Regeneration Days« on 28th and 29th of October 2021.  The event is organized for companies, researchers,...

  • RESTART_4Danube - First promotional video
    - 07-10-2021
    First promotional video

    Newsflash! The first promotional video of RESTART_4Danube is online! You are welcome to watch it on our Youtube channel and don't forget to subscribe!

  • RESTART_4Danube - 1st Danurban Taskforce meeting
    - 09-04-2021
    1st Danurban Taskforce meeting

    RESTART_4Danube consortium is pleased to invite you to the 1st Danurban Taskforce meeting, which will take place online via Microsoft Teams platform  on the14th of April 2021, starting from 1:30 pm CET. The main aim of this meeting is to form...

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