Vol.6 | FEBRUARY 2022
Project Partners’ Coordination Meetings
Project Partners’ Coordination Meetings are held every 2 weeks and organized very thoroughly. The responsible partner for the organization of the meetings was thLead Beneficiary-UoI. Administrative, financial and implementation issues were discussed during these meetings.
Finally, the project management team updated:
  • scheduled tasks & status
  • current or anticipated issues (e.g., changes, risks, resource issues, etc.)
The Pool of Skilled Workers in Cultural and

Creative Industries

Having as a base the main sectors of Cultural and Creative Industries, the UoI Team compiled a list of skilled workers in these sectors in the Project area. The list includes:
•   their name and surname
•   the contact details (email, phone number)
•   their profession
•   the name of their organization/company
•   the location/address of their business.

Every partner provided all the necessary data to the LP-UoI team about the representative enterprises of the Cultural & Creative Industries of its area.

Experts, stakeholders, policy, and decision-makers were informed for new innovative products-services, so they can manage the real needs and demands of visitors in the Cultural Heritage sites. Ending up, the Pool of Skilled Workers in Creative and Cultural Industries was compiled, the members of which are able to interact in the Cross-Border area (Greece-Albania).

Every partner of the project ‘SMARTiMONY’ (LB, PB2, PB3, PB4) has conducted 30 qualitative interviews to capture the views of multilevel stakeholders, and local authorities on the values of Cultural Heritage. The interviews were conducted with various stakeholders from all educational levels in Arta, Thesprotia, Gjirokastra city, and Gjirokastra suburbs, representing cultural initiatives, local and regional government, press and media, music and sports, stakeholders involved in the management of Cultural Heritage, as well as active citizens, researchers, and historians.
The questionnaires were consisted of 4 parts:
a) demographics (age, profession, sex, organization, position);
b) investigation of cultural values and good practices for the management of Cultural Heritage;
c)  accessibility in Cultural Heritage sites;
d) views on cultural consumption and the Cultural and Creative Industries in Project Area, as a pre-condition for the enhancement of the tourism product.
Non-Statutory Cooperation Agreements
The stakeholders of each partner (LB, PB2, PB3, PB4) signed the Cooperation Agreement shaping a Partnership-led collaborative network of Cross Border stakeholders. The signatories of Non-Statutory Cooperation Agreements are active throughout the Project’s runtime, and belong to Local Government Bodies and Ministries, Regional and Local Authorities and Communities, Local Action Groups, NGOs (Non-governmental organizations),  Voluntary Sector, Cultural Heritage sector, Local Heritage Organizations and Initiatives, Professional Unions and Traders Associations in the Project’s Intervention Area.
Τhe purpose of these Agreements is to stabilize the Project results, transferring the Project philosophy at transnational level.
Heritage Development Plans
Heritage Development Plans were conducted which linked locations of utmost cultural heritage significance with outstanding cognitive, emotional, multisensory, culinary outdoor-indoor & natural experiences in the CB area.
The Heritage Development Plans undertook to extract asset inherent values considering:
  • goals and objectives of cultural operators in the Project Intervention Area
  • audiences’ knowledge
  • potential visitor segments
  • the impetus of social consensus
  • subject matter knowledge.
The final product is the one, which determined a range of desirable experiences, captured realism, and provided for emotional impact creating bridges between areas and visitors. 
Update Interactive map of CCI's enterprises
The content of Interactive Map has been updated, as new additions of enterprises in the cultural and creative industries were made.