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South East Europe improved virtual accessibility through joint initiatives facilitating the rollout of broadband networks
Acronym SIVA
Program South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme
Funding 85% ERDF 15% National Co-financing
Delegate Organization Regional Association of Local Governments of Western Macedonia
Partners Molise Region
Regional Authority Kyustendil
Burgas Municipality
Decentralized Administration of Crete
Milano Metropoli Development Agency
Vienna University of Technology
University of Ljubljana
University of Patras
Youth Entrepreneurial Service Foundation
Business Start-up Center Bar
Republic Agency for the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises
Start Date 01 July 2012
End Date 30 June 2014


Access to information, broadband connectivity and financing of virtual accessibility are key components necessary for the development, adoption and use of ICT in the economy and society. Inadequacies in the telecommunication infrastructure and accessibility to services among the individual countries and regions of the programme area hamper significantly competitiveness and cohesion in South East Europe. Market mechanisms fail to address adequately the low population density and/or rural and remote areas. These problems have been widely acknowledged at European and national policy level. Member states and regions in the SEE area have adopted virtual accessibility strategies, but further work needs to be done particularly in elaborating comprehensive operational plans and mature implementing measures to achieve the objectives set regarding the broadband connectivity and accessibility of services.
SIVA aims to contribute to the improvement of the accessibility of SEE territories through broadband services, as substitute for and supplementing physical accessibility and thus to the narrowing the digital gap in South East Europe.

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