The first URSA MAJOR neo meeting was held on December 15th in Italy, hosted by the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority of Venice. During the meeting, a number of key issues that need to be taken into account during a project’s starting phase were addressed.
The day before, at the Capitalisation Workshop, the acting international coordinator Stephanie Kleine welcomed the UMneo partners, much to their own surprise, in Italian. Her speech can be found here.
New partners that aim to contribute to common goals and share experiences were presented at the beginning of the meeting. To inform them about the objectives and processes in the URSA MAJOR neo action, a short overview of the ins and outs of the project was given. At a first stage, the legal issues regarding the agreements within the URSA MAJOR neo project were explained, including the contracts, agreements as well as reports and statements in order to inform the participants about their obligations and to highlight the administrational side of the project. At a second stage, the plans regarding further proceedings including workplans, evaluation and intermodality were discussed with the aim to prepare the Working Groups at an early stage for the next steps and to keep the high quality of URSA MAJOR neo.
Like many practitioners in the ITS corridors, URSA MAJOR neo also envisages and supports the cooperation with other corridors and projects regarding ITS deployment activities. URSA CZECH REPUBLIC was also represented at the event and expressed their interest in cooperation and know-how exchange regarding real-time traffic information for trucks and intelligent truck parking, which is also their main focus.
Closing words by Iolanda de Luca, representative of Ministero delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti in Italy and host of the meeting, expressing her thankfulness and support for this cooperation topped off this very successful Kick-Off meeting.