Who we are

LEADING PARTNER

DESCRIPTION OF THE PARTNER
Public Institution RERA S.D. for Coordination and Development of Split Dalmatia County has been established by Decision of Split Dalmatia County Council on 30.06.2011.
RERA is organized in 3 departments: Department for regional development, Department for project preparation and implementation and Department for rural development.
RERA S.D. is a multidisciplinary institution founded by Split-Dalmatia County for efficient coordination and implementation of projects in the field of regional development.

Its main activities are:
-Coordination and implementation of regional development strategy
-Preparation and implementation of EU funded projects

Public institution RERA SD was established with the objective of creating an entity serving as instrument of development for the region with emphasis on European integration and attraction of foreign investments.
The goal of Public institution RERA SD is coordinating public, private and civil sector in the implementation of projects in order to raise life standards of territory of Split-dalmatia county.
Our goal is attracting foreign investors and promoting regional development through EU and other international funds according to the priorities set out in the Regional operational plan.

PARTNER ROLE IN THE PROJECT
Public Institution RERA S.D. for Coordination and Development of Split Dalmatia County is the Lead Partner of the project.
The Lead Partner is responsible for the overall project implementation and delivers Progress Reports and other documentation to Programme Authorities on behalf of project partners.

WHAT WE EXPECT FROM THE PROJECT
This project will contribute to the analysis of cruise tourism impact on Mediterranean destinations in order to elaborate Recommendations and Joint Action Plans to strengthen sustainable development of cruise tourism sector.

Marjan Dumanic
Marjan.dumanic@rera.hr
+385 99 35 99 991
LAZIO REGION

DESCRIPTION OF THE PARTNER
Lazio is one of the 20 regions of Italy, situated in the central area of the country. With almost 5.9 million residents and a GDP of more than 170 billion euros, is the second
most populated region of Italy and has the second largest regional economy of the nation. Its capital is Rome, capital and largest city of Italy.
Agriculture, crafts, animal husbandry and fishery are the main traditional sources of income.
Firms are often small to medium in size and operate in the following sectors: building and building materials, paper, petrochemical, textile, engineering, automotive, electronic and electrotechnical. Approximately 73% of the working people are employed in the services sector.


PARTNER ROLE IN THE PROJECT
Lazio Region is strongly involved in every WP of the Project.

In WP1 Lazio Region is responsible of hosting and organizing the last Steering Committee scheduled in april 2018.
In WP2 “Project Communication”, the Region is involved in the elaboration of the Communication Plan, in the management of Project Social-Networks, in the preparation of Project Newsletters, in the organizaztion of Local Stakeholders Validation Workshops, in the management of Sirocco E-Forum and in the process of feeding the Web Platform.
The Region is the Coordinator of WP3 “Studies” and is Responsible of Task 3.5-Cruise value chain operational analysis.

WHAT WE EXPECT FROM THE PROJECT
One of the most important missions of Lazio Region Territory, Urban Planning and Mobility Directorate is planning and implementing interventions for the strengthening of regional port system. The Directorate is in charge of elaborating the Regional Plan for Mobility and the Regional Harbour Plan. One of the main goals of the Regional Plan for Mobility is making Lazio the main cruise destination in the Mediterranean Area.
Sirocco Project fits perfectly well within this regional development scenario. The Outputs of the Project can provide a valid support to implement the regional cruise tourism sector development strategy described in the Regional Plan for Mobility and in the Regional Harbour Plan.


Manuela Manetti - Director of Territory, Urban Planning and Mobility Directorate mmanetti@regione.lazio.it
Roberta Pascolini - Territory, Urban Planning and Mobility Directorate - Service of European Planning rpascolini@regione.lazio.it
SOUTH AEGEAN REGION

DESCRIPTION OF THE PARTNER
The Region of South Aegean is one of the thirteen regions of Greece. It consists of the Cyclades and Dodecanese island groups in the central and south-eastern Aegean Sea.
The region was established in the 1987 administrative reform. With the 2010 Kallikratis plan, its powers and authority were redefined and extended. Along with the North Aegean, it is supervised by the Decentralized Administration of the Aegean based at Piraeus. The capital of the region is situated in Ermoupoli on the island of Syros. Until the Kallikratis reform, the region consisted of the two prefectures of the Cyclades (capital: Ermoupoli) and the Dodecanese (capital: Rhodes). Since 1 January 2011 it is divided into 13 regional units, formed around major islands: Andros, Kea-Kythnos, Syros, Thira (Santorini), Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Tinos, Paros, Rhodes, Kos, Kalymnos andKarpathos.

PARTNER ROLE IN THE PROJECT
The South Aegean Region is involved in all the work packages, with a more extended participation in WP2 being the leader of the work package. Its main activity is the disclosure and communication of the project results to the public by appropriate means. Within SIROCCO, the South Aegean Region will also provide different analysis of Cruise Value Chains in Rhodes and of impacts (financial, environmental, social and cultural) and distribution among value chain members.

WHAT WE EXPECT FROM THE PROJECT
Cruise-related coastal and maritime tourism is a very large and important part of the South Aegean Region’s tourism product. For that reason, through its participation in SIROCCO project, the Region aims at enhancing the development of a sustainable and responsible coastal and cruise maritime tourism, through cooperation and joint planning with the rest of the project’s Mediterranean partners.


Mrs. Haroula Giasiran-Mandated Regional Councillor of South Aegean in European Programmes
h.giasirani@pnai.gov.gr
VALENCIAPORT FOUNDATION

DESCRIPTION OF THE PARTNER
The Valenciaport Foundation for Research, Promotion and Commercial Studies of the Valencian region (Valenciaport Foundation) has been conceived to further expand the reach of the logistics-ports community by serving as a research, training and cooperation centre of excellence. It manifests an initiative of the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV), in collaboration with various other associations, companies and institutions.

PARTNER ROLE IN THE PROJECT
* Leader of the analysis of policy coherence (A.3.7).
* Compilation of information on the current regional policies on cruise maritime/coastal tourism in the MED regions involved in the project. We identify gaps and misalignments between these and other policy areas and provide recommendations.
* Analysis of the Cruise Value Chain in Valencia and impact (economics, environmental, social and cultural) and distribution among Value chain members.
* Contribution to cruise tourism regionally integrated strategies.

WHAT WE EXPECT FROM THE PROJECT
We expect to contribute to sustainable cruise tourism development providing tools for policymakers and managers to conduct assessments. Proper assessment of a destination’s value chain will enable managers and policymakers to understand cruise tourism’s potential benefits, risks and impacts. Assessments form an empirical, quantitative and situational foundation for policymakers and managers to determine optimal levels of cruise tourism development. They can be used in planning processes, setting of policy and regulation and ongoing monitoring to create feedback loops and improvement.

Mrs. Andrea Muñoz Paupie
amunoz@fundacion.valenciaport.com
CERTH

DESCRIPTION OF THE PARTNER
The Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT) is one of the five institutes of the Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH). CERTH is a leading research institute, included among the top-20 research organisations in terms of EU funding.
HIT was established in 2000 and has currently a scientific team of approximately 80 members. The mission of HIT is to provide state-of-the-art research and create innovation, through scientific results, implementable outcomes, specialised knowledge and policy-enhancing initiatives. The Institute has successfully completed more than 220 projects and is currently participating in 10 ETC & 18 H2020 projects.

PARTNER ROLE IN THE PROJECT
CERTH/HIT is the Technical Coordinator of the SIROCCO project, therefore its role in the project is to guide the technical progress of the project activities. Furthermore, CERTH/HIT is responsible for specific activities of the project, being the analysis of the current state and future challenges of the cruise sector, the certification of sustainable cruise value chains and the development of pilot scenarios based on the results of the project.

WHAT WE EXPECT FROM THE PROJECT
CERTH expects to gain further knowledge on the interactions between cruise tourism operations and destination sustainability and to apply this through its subsequent activities for the benefit of the private/public stakeholders involved, the wider MED region and the society as a whole.

Mr Aristos Halatsis
halatsis@certh.gr
The Port Authority System of Central-North Tyrrenian (APC)
The Port Authority System of Central-North Tyrrenian manages the port system including Civitavecchia, Fiumicino and Gaeta, located in Latium, central Italy. The Port of Civitavecchia – “Port of Rome”- is an important hub for passenger maritime transport in Italy. Relevant port in the "Motorways of the Sea" network, Civitavecchia is the second largest Mediterranean port for cruise activities with about 2.4 million cruisers/year (2016), due to the presence of Rome in the hinterland, attracting millions of tourists each year.
The Port Authority (APC) is involved in all the main activities of the project, being strongly committed to contribute to the study also because of the competence in the cruise sector. Specifically, APC is leading the work on “Sustainable Cruise Value Chain Action Plan”. SIROCCO will analyse cruise value chains in the involved territories and will identify solutions for enhancing their environmental, social & economic sustainability. APC will coordinate the production of local action plans and a MED region joint action plan.
The Port Authority (APC) is strongly committed to improve the sustainability of the port activities, especially related to cruises. President Di Majo recently stated that “port authorities are obliged by law to develop a plan to manage energy and environmental issues in the port. This involves interventions to reduce the environmental impact and improve energy efficiency, in compliance with European and international requirements”. Since the Mediterranean cruise traffic is expected to grow, APC is expecting a great contribution from SIROCCO about the understanding of the current cruise value chain and the definition of a concrete action plan for the sustainability of the port and the promotion of tourism. President Di Majo also added that “it is at the same time fundamental to promote the cultural heritage of the hinterland, making the touristic sector more attractive and greener”.