Press Release 14/05/2013 (English)



May 14, 2013


The operating cost reduction methodology produced by the Project CROSS-INNO-CUT,
“Good Practice” of the Territorial Cooperation Greece – Bulgaria.


The methodology to reduce the operating costs produced during the implementation of the Project CROSS-INNO-CUT, with lead partner the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece, was declared as a “Good Practice” of the European Territorial Cooperation Programme Greece – Bulgaria 2007-2013.

During his speech, the Head of the Managing Authority of the Operational Programmes under the “European Territorial Cooperation” Mr. George Emmanuel, stated that the results of the project are considered as very positive by the authority and therefore the CROSS-INNO-CUT project is now a “Good Practice” for the Greece-Bulgaria Programme. In this context, Mr. Emmanuel announced that during the upcoming Conference about “Good Practices” to be organized by the Managing Authority on the first half of 2014, the CROSS-INNO-CUT Project will be included in the set of good practice projects and then there will be presented as an innovative methodology, and its results.

It has been discussed the possible inclusion of CROSS-INNO-CUT in the “Strategic Projects” of the next programming period of the Cross- Border CooperationProgrammes. In this context, the implementation team of the project, led by the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (FING), immediately begins the transformation of the tool and methodology of the overall decrease of the operating costs of SMEs in order to assist as many SMEs in Northern Greece and Southern Bulgaria.

The usability and the importance of the Program stressed in his speech the Secretary of Industries of Northern Greece (FING) Mr. Athanasios Savvakis. Mr. Savvakis underlined that the proposed innovative operating cost reduction methodology can be an important tool for SMEs wishing thereby to increase their competitiveness.

The Consul General of the Republic of Bulgaria Mr. Vasil Valtsev, in his address, stressed the improvement of cooperation between the business communities of Greece – Bulgaria on the occasion of the CROSS-INNO-CUT Program. At the same time, stressed the need for expansion of this cooperation, by the implementation of the proposed methodology into other businesses.

Finally, the Deputy Head of Environment Mr. Fanis Pappas said that the Region of Kentriki Makedonia will seek to exploit the project results within the framework of the actions to enhance the competitiveness of SMEs planning during the next programming period.

The International Conference entitled: “Application of Innovative Techniques and Procedures Reducing Operating Costs in Small and Medium Enterprises”, within the framework of the Project CROSS-INNO-CUT «ETCP GR / BG 2007 – 2013 Cross Border Implementation of Innovative Cost Cutting Technologies», co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and National Funds of Greece and Bulgaria under the European Territorial Cooperation Programme Greece – Bulgaria 2007-2013.

The program is implemented by the following partners:

• From Greece: Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (lead partner), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – Research Unit URENIO, Association of Industrialists Eastern Macedonia, Association of Industries and Crafts of the Perfecture of Rodopi, Xanthi Industrialists and Craftsmen Association, Association of Small Industries – Industries Evros.

• From Bulgaria: University “Neofit Rilski” (Blagoevgrad), Industrial Association – Petritch, Industrial Association – Kardjali.

For more information about the two-day International Conference, interested parties can visit the project website at