Project Focusing Age Strategies in Policy Making

Focusing Age Strategies in Policy Making (FAST) aims to convey the necessary improvements in order to consolidate the age perspective at all levels of local employment policy and thereby, anticipate future ageing trends by attracting population over 45 years old into the labour market. The introduction of new policy models requires their pilot implementation on selected target groups by means of the existing local services. A qualitative age focus analysis of the existing policy frameworks in the given contexts and an appropriate improvement must proceed the implementation phase on targeted groups.


Benchmarking and analysing age management policies
To carry out an analysis of policies relating to active ageing of the population in the countries of the European Union.

Designing and implementing age management policies
Modernizing the age management policies of those who liaise with the unemployed, firms and business angels.

Start-up of pilot schemes
Implementing programmes for liaising with the unemployed, firms and business angels.

Monitoring and assessment
Following up on the steps taken up to the present.
Supervising the results and quality of the project internally.
Evaluating the models implemented in the different settings and in the three areas of action.

Dissemination, awareness-raising and transfer
Designing and defining an internal and external communications strategy which facilitates contact with and participation by the project's different agents and the dissemination of the measures and results achieved.
Generating a Corporate Identity Programme suited to the project's needs.

Giving a co-ordinated picture of all the measures being carried out in the project independently of the Entity which is implementing them.
Organizing get-togethers or seminars for diffusion with final beneficiaries of the project in order to share the experience gained during this period and ensure that the results achieved are transferred.

Co-ordination and management
Ensuring fulfilment of the undertakings given in the project.
Ensuring financial implementation in accordance with the different budgetary items.
Preparing and re-designing proposals for action and any significant modification to them.
Encouraging co-operation and knowledge management between the entities participating in the project..
Monitoring the implementing responsibilities taken on and the undertakings given by the parties in accordance with the designed plan of work.
Facilitating communication between the project's members.


1. Benchmarking age-focused local employment policies in Europe

Policy diagnosis: Carry out a qualitative policy diagnosis based on desk research and secondary source analysis with targeted beneficiaries.

European-wide sme survey: 500 on-line questionnaires provided by European sme's with two basic issues upon ageing workforces in sme's:
- HR and business strategies implemented by managers.
- Demands from public policy actors

Cross compare local models vs EU approaches: Secondary sources on ageing practices and mainstreaming will be retrieved from the existing WISE Network. This network is led by Garapen.

2. Designing and implementing age management policies

Upgrade current policy frameworks: this action entails delivering a written proposal to improve employment and training services (policy) with the objective to encourage ageing beneficiaries into different training and guidance pathways depending on their personal profile.

Start-up of pilot schemes

Test new local programs in support of ageing entrepreneurs, at local sme´s and at employment services: during a 10 month period, Langhe Monferrato, West Sweden and Garapen will deliver specific services resulted from the improved policy models. This should require actually offering specific measures and tailor-made services designed in the previous phase.

4. Monitoring and assessment

Monitor internal project quality: Every semester will made progress reports to indicate the evolution of the project

Age focus evaluation: Monitoring and evaluation process of pilot models in given regional agencies, so as to asses the usefulness of newly improved and tested policy models in terms of the EEE strateg.

5. Dissemination, awareness-raising and transfer

End user workshops: 3 End-user dissemination workshops at all 3 regional contexts.

Seminars for policy actor's: 2 Seminars on age focused policies for private-public social actors (unions, technicians, agencies, politicians and business representatives.

Final Dissemination Conference: final conference to present the results and real improvements observed in the light of policy improvement and pilot implementation with beneficiaries onto relevant EMPLOYMENT POLICY MAKERS.

6. Co-ordination and management

Project coordination: Follow-up of all activities, forecast upcoming tasks, schedule deadlines, encourage works and provide technical assistance to partners.

Provide group management and communication tools: Design a specific web-based project management tool in order to digitalize the project's outputs as well as internal partner-to-partner communications.






Finanziato da: Fondo Sociale Europeo -  Articolo 6 Misure Innovative


Interreg IIIA “The man and the territory. The cooperative farm development” Years 2002-2004

The project starts from an initiative of some bodies working in the Italian-French farm cooperation, having a long experience in promotion of the typical local products.

The exchange of good practices in the cooperative farm development involves the wide area of the Cuneo Province and part of the Liguria region, in Italy, and some of the border departments in France (Alpes Maritimes, Alpes de Haulte Provence, Hautes Alpes departments).  

Project goals:
The main goal is the development of the cooperative farm system in order to fight the local products market segmentation.

In particular it aims to:

create new jobs in the agricultural sector
create a cooperative farm network on the territory
create a new sensibility toward the traditional food productions
allow the reintroduction of traditional methods of cultivation
give a greater professionalism to the insiders

The main goal of the promotional activity is the spreading of the “standard structure” planned and of the products put on the market. The launch of the “best standard” should be made at different levels, trough the advertising channel and the promotion of a coordinate Italian French image. A CD-rom will be then diffused in order to show the experiences achieved and to present a typical cooperative farm in all its aspects.

Confcooperative Cuneo (LP)
Fédération Régionale des Coopératives Agricoles PACA


Interreg IIIA Project "Common cross-border strategies for equal opportunities" Years 2003-2004

The aim of the project is to promote common actions in order to define the proper methodology for the equal opportunities theme in the Cuneo Province and in the Alpes Maritimes department.
To achieve this goal it is necessary to acquire the experience of the partners involved in order to find out similarities and differences as far as the equal opportunities at work are concerned.  

Goals of the project
supporting people to get the right competencies to enter the job market (education and training)
implementation of the flexible work in a world that changes fast (Adaptability)
supporting the creation of new entrepreneurs activities (entrepreneurship)
- crating the proper conditions for the development of equal opportunities in the working place (equal opportunities)

Gli obiettivi sono perseguiti attraverso le seguenti azioni:

Study of equal opportunity Italian and French law
Analysis of the local tools used to improve the women condition
Exchange of experiences and best practices in order to spread the equal opportunities
Individuation of models and instruments for the mainstreaming application
promotion of pilot schemes in order to improve the entrepreneurship and the self –employment

Carrefour Rural Européen Femmes
Consigliera di Parità della Provincia di Cuneo


Interreg IIIB MEDOCC Project "Rural Med – Permanent table of discussion and network of centres for the development of rural areas" Years 2003 – 2004

The project promotes the creation of RURAL-MED, a network for the exchange of experiences and specific initiatives concerning the rural development. Regions from the North (French, Italy, Portugal and Spain) and the South (Algeria, Morocco) of the Mediterranean Sea are involved.

The network should promote and optimize the rural development processes in the West Mediterranean Area thanks to a continuous exchange of experiences and best practices, the implementation of vocational training and information program as well as the realisation of common actions.

RURAL-MED should be a “network of network”, with the aim of the integration under a unique net of the overall landscape of the rural development organizations already existent in the area at regional, national and international level.

RURAL-MED is founded on three main elements:

The territorial centres (each participating region has a territorial centre provided with human and technical resources that is present at various level of the general net)
The general themes (fields of sectional and permanent cooperation in which each region can develop a different specific aspect with different actions (studies, experience exchange, training and information activities..)
They are:
a) Rural development opportunity – Andalusia coordination (Spain)
b) The heritage as rural development element – Algarve Region coordination (Portugal)
c) Eco-friendly agriculture, the quality products and the guarantee of origin in the Mediterranean area – Valencia Region coordination (Spain)
Virtual Community RURAL MED WEB. A web site will show the overall project activities. It will be a channel of communication among the elements of the network and a useful tools to spread the project results. The web site will offer the services as follows: virtual library, discussion tables, information, documents and databases.

Rural heritage and landscape safeguard

The “Società Consortile Langhe Monferrato Roero” is engaged, inside the theme “heritage”, for the territorial animation development and for the rural landscape safeguard of the South Piedmont. The landscape is in fact one of the most important elements of the rural landscape since it is composed of the human activities together with the natural environment and it witnesses our social, historical and cultural roots.

In the area of Langhe and Roero there are lots of different multicoloured kind of cultivation. nevertheless a special attention is to give to the woods and the vineyards that are mainly sharing the sweets slopes of the hills according to their different exposition to the sun.

In such areas, the landscape has a very important economical function, linked to the quality product production and to the rural tourism. The study of the territory involves as well the study of the housing and the cultivations characterizing the area: often the construction of industrial buildings enters the rural areas without a proper planning with heavy consequences on the overall landscape.

In order to safeguard the landscape from such actions, it is necessary to promote a study on building typologies with a low landscape impact. On this theme on 16 and 17 February 2004 an international meeting has been carried out in Piedmont, in order to find out new models for the landscape planning and safeguard and to focus the elements that better underline the socio-historical importance of the territory, and the heritage of castles of the Piedmont is a model for this.


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Socrates Program Leonardo da Vinci and Youth Programmes "A.S.S.E.T. Asylum Support Systems in European Territories" Years 2003 - 2004

The aim of the project is the analysis and the implementation of strategies able to promote the social integration of immigrants in the receiving countries. There will be a first phase of trans national research followed by the implementation of pilot schemes experienced at a local level, such as on the territory by the partners involved.

Education and training

compared analysis of national and international legislative instruments and local strategies concerning the social integration of immigrants
development of a shared methodology in order to promote and spread out the importance and the richness of the cultural differences
strengthen the linkage between education and social cohesion

multilevel seminars with representatives of the school and reception centres in order to draft out new strategies (trans national level)
seminars involving relevant actors able to represent the instances of the immigrants and of the hosting communities (local level)
investigation concerning past practices of integration
pilot actions (information at school, immigrant children workshops, supporting actions for parents..)


Waterford Leader Partnership Ltd., Irlanda

Centro di Formazione Georgiki Anaptixi, Grecia.

Consorzio Formazione Manageriale

Instituto de Desarollo Comunitario (Murcia)

Centro di accoglienza per rifugiati di Oravais, Finlandia.



The “Langhe Monferrato Roero Countryside and Literary Park” project promotes the countryside and cultural heritage of Lower Piedmont through an itinerary that integrates several different “literary itineraries” to discover the places where some famous authors worked and lived.


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