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Welcome to the Italian website dedicated to Transnational Cooperation of the European Social Fund 2007-2013. The website supplies useful and updated information and documents for experts and stakeholders interested in working with countries of the European Union.
Transnationality in the ESF 2007-2013

In the European Social Fund 2007-2013 programmes, in compliance with the strategic lines defined by the Lisbon Agenda, Transnationality represents a transversal tool for promoting the implementation and the development of Community based initiatives and networks with the purpose of contributing to the quality and effectiveness of labour policies and to their reform processes.

Transnationality in the new ESF programming

Transnationality inherits the experience acquired by Member States during the implementation of previous Community programmes and in particular of the Equal Community Initiative during which transnational cooperation was a requirement for project’s admission to financing. In this context Transnationality became an opportunity to interlace relationships that consolidated during the course of time. In the new ESF programming, transnational and interregional cooperation has increased both with regard to the number of involved actors and implemented activities, greater flexibility of programmes, conditions of admissibility and management procedures.
Member States were called to carry out some strategic choices from as early as the design stage of the Operational Programmes and to plan the transnational and interregional actions through a horizontal approach – by inserting transnational activities in every Axis of the OP – through a vertical approach – with a priority Axis dedicated to Transnationality – or through a combination of the two (integrated priority).

Thematic networks: European networks for the activation of interregional work tables
Thematic networks represent the tool identified by the Commission and Member States for the accomplishment of transnational cooperation through the transfer, sharing and enhancement of acquired results and experiences. Inparticular, the creation of networks among EU Countries has the task of activating interregional discussion boards with the purpose of increasing the overall ability to compare know-how, approaches, methodologies that can be found in other European contexts and particularly towards new entry Countries; to export the experiences and abilities accumulated during the course of time in relation to the topics faced within the ESF programming.

Italy’s choice
Most Managing Authorities of Member States have chosen to integrate Transnationality in Regional and National OPs as a horizontal priority. The choice of dedicating a specific Axis of intervention to transnational activities was worked out by a limited number of Member States, among which Italy. These are Countries of long permanence within the Union, with a consolidated experience in terms of transnational cooperation that should be capitalized in new programming and which are the beneficiaries of the largest part of Structural Funds. Only a group of residual States has instead chosen a combination of the two options. In Italy, both the two OPs under the control of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies have a specific Axis dedicated to Transnationality, as well as the 21 regional OPs. The Italian managing authorities’ choice for a dedicated transnational priority indicates the importance the country acknowledges to transnational cooperation as an opportunity for development and innovation and as a tool for the definition of common policies and practices.

Contact Points

National Contact Point (NCP)
Lucia Scarpitti – Person of reference
General Management for Policies on Vocational Guidance and Training of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies
Via Fornovo, 8
00192 Rome

ISFOL ESF Transnational Cooperation Support Structure
Antonella Attanasio – Coordinator
Corso d'Italia, 33
00198 Rome

Regional Contact Point (RCP)
Technical Coordinator of the 9th Commission of Regions on Education, labour, research ad innovation
Coordination of Regions

Technical Assistance to the RCP
Rita Porru – Person of reference for Interregional projects
Via Volturno, 58
00185 Rome
Support Structure for Transnational Cooperation

Coordinator: Antonella Attanasio


Staff Members

Sabina Anderini         
Valentina Benni
Joanna Busalacchi
Gianluca Calzolari
Francesco Chiurco         
Laura D'Alessandro
Giovanna de Mottoni
Maria Di Saverio
Ivana Guzzo
Giovanna Mangano
Fabiana Marini
Maria Laura Marini
Simona Moretti
Monica Puel
Anna Rita Racioppo

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Fabiana Marini +39.06.85447545

Persons of reference for European Thematic Networks:

European Network on Social Inclusion and Roma under the Structural Funds
Sabina Anderini
Age Management – Promotion of the development and diffusion of policies for active aging through a more efficient use of the European   Social Fund” Network
Maria Laura Marini
Vocational Integration of (Ex) – Offenders” Network"
Gianluca Calzolari
"European Network on Gender Mainstreaming"
Anna Rita Racioppo
Net@work: a net for employment
Giovanna Mangano
About Us

National Contact Point - NCP

The European Commission invites each Member State to appoint at least one National Contact Point. For Italy the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies has appointed Lucia Scarpitti, Director of the General Management for Policies on Vocational Guidance and Training, as national person of reference of the ESF 2007-2013 transnational activities. The Italian Contact Point under the responsibility of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies:
•    favours the communication with the Regions and the Public Administration and the diffusion of information between them and performs support functions in their favour in setting up tools favouring transnational cooperation;
•    contributes in the implementation: of the “Community of Practice on Transnationality” promoted by the European Community and engaged in promoting the exchange of transnational experiences and good practices acquired in the sphere of new Programming, a Community data base and also the toolkit for the research of partners.

Regional Contact Point - RCP
In view of the coexistence of a consistent number of Operational Programmes in Italy the Technical Coordination of Regions has appointed a Technical Coordinator of Regions and Public Administrations. Supported by Tecnostruttura, as Regional Contact Point, in order to provide the representation of all Regions and Public Administrations. However, Regions and Public Administrations can appoint their own Regional Contact Point, as Veneto Region and Tuscany Region have already done.

ESF Transnational Cooperation Support Structure – ISFOL
As a managing Authority, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies (MLSP), is responsible for the direction and of the general coordination of Transnationality.
ISFOL, through its, ESF Transnational Cooperation Support Structure carries out actions of methodological, technical and managerial support to the Ministry of Labour in the sphere of the systemic Action “Transnationality” under Convergence and Competitiveness ESF National Operational Programmes.
Through an integrated strategy the Structure has ensured the above mentioned support for the achievement of the following goals:
•    to promote the connection with European policies at with the purpose of achieving the goals established according to the method of open coordination and enhanced cooperation;
•    to support the Regions and Autonomous Provinces in the development of the transnational dimension.
Furthermore, the MLSP, with ISFOL’s support, grants the involvement and the connection between other Ministries and the Regions and Autonomous Provinces, through the Regional Contact Point.


Objective Regional Competitiveness and Occupation Regions

-    Emilia-Romagna
-    Friuli-Venezia Giulia
-    Lazio
-    Liguria
-    Lombardia
-    Marche
-    Molise
-    Piedmont
-    Sardinia
-    Tuscany
-    Autonomous Province of Trento
-    Autonomous Province of Bolzano
-    Umbria
-    Valle d’Aosta
-    Veneto

Objective ESF 2007 - 2013 Programming Competitiveness

The Regional Competitiveness and Occupation Objective planned in the sphere of the policy for cohesion 2007/2013 and of the new programming for Structural Funds, replaces the previous objective 2 and objective 3.
The beneficiaries of the support of the Competitiveness Objective are, on one hand, the regions not admitted to the Convergence Objective and which exit Objective 1 because of their results, and, on the other, the regions that are currently part of Objective 1, but which do not respond to the criteria of convergence programmes without considering the statistical effect deriving from the EU expansion.
The programmes relevant to Competitiveness and employment must face such problems assisting the Regions and Autonomous Provinces in restructuring and creating new activities also on the basis of the Lisbon Strategy.
Therefore, the approach has a double strategy:
enhancing – through regional programmes financed by the ERDF – the competitiveness of regions anticipating economic-social changes, supporting innovation, knowledge-based society, entrepreneurship, environmental safeguard and risk prevention in consideration of existing economic differences;
enhancing – through national or territorial programmes financed by the ESF – workers’ and enterprises’ adaptability and supporting social inclusion in accordance with the European Employment Strategy (EES) preparing people to cope with economic changes.



Convergence Objective Regions and employment

According to the mentioned goals the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies (MLPS) supports the Regions in the development of a transnational dimension through the following actions:
•    definition of a communication and connection system between regional referents, the MLPS and the European Commission;
•    stimulation of the network of regional functionaries in charge of transnationality;
•    implementation of an intranet area, reserved to operators, dedicated to the exchange/collection of information and to support tools;
•    implementation of an internet newsletter;
•    planning periodic meetings at the purpose of promoting up datedness and learning in the field of transnational activities with a learning community approach;
•    consultation for the implementation of activity plans and related feasibility plans;
•    consultation for the preparation of transnational calls;
•    design of an assistance service for the implementation of transnational activities;
•    design and implementation of activities and tools for monitoring and evaluating results and products.

List of Regions

-    Basilicata
-   Calabria
-   Campania
-   Puglia
-   Sicily

Convergence Objective ESF 2007 - 2013 Programming

The Convergence Objective of the new programming replaces Objective 1 and is therefore destined to less advanced regions.
In particular, the objective has the following priorities:
•    more favourable conditions for growth and employment, favouring investments in people and physical resources
•    innovation and the development of a knowledge based society
•    adaptability to economic and social changes
•    safeguard of the environment
•    administrative efficiency

The Convergence objective regards:
•    the regions with a pro capita gross domestic product (GDP/resident), lower than 75% of the broad EU average, calculated on the basis of data related to the last triennium before the adoption of the regulation on structural Funds. This situation will mostly regard the majority of new Member States
•    regions above this threshold due to the so called “statistical effect” (i.e. due to the entry of the ten new Member States: with a GDP per resident lower than 75% of the European Union with 15 Member States but with a GDP per resident above 75% of the EU with 25 States). For these Regions transitory (phasing out) economic support is foreseen
•    States with gross national revenue per resident below 90% of the Community average
•    ultra peripheral Regions, with a specific programme.