• Regional Development Center Koper
    Regional Development Center Koper


SMART COMMUTING project - Central Europe

Program: Interreg Central Europe

Duration: June 1, 2017 - May 31, 2020

Lead Partner: Comune di Rimini

Universita 'IUAV di Venezia, Italy
Technische Universität Wien, Institut für Verkehrswis Senschaften, Austria
Regional Development Center Koper, Slovenia
Municipality of Velenje, Slovenia
Hranická rozvojová agentura, Czech Republic
Development Agency Zadar County ZADRA NOVA, Croatia
Stadtgemein de Weiz, Austria
Szolnok Megyei Jogú Város Önkormányzata, Municipality of Szolnik, Hungary

Associated partners: Agenzia Mobilità provincia di Rimini (Italy), KMKK Középkelet-magyarországi Közlekedési Központ Zártkörűen működő Részvénytársaság, Transport Center in Central Estern Hungary (Hungary), City of Zadar (Croatia), Trasporto Pubblico Emilia Romagna

Every day rush hours through congested roads in central Europe result in air pollution, CO2 emissions, noise and accidents. Whether it is urban sprawl, inadequate intermodal systems or poor railway infrastructure this combined with cultural habits and today’s lifestyle has led to high rate of daily commuters still using cars instead of more sustainable means of transport. To change this situation, SMART COMMUTING will foster a coordination structure at functional urban area level involving municipalities of surrounding territories and public transport companies.

More info: http://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/home.html

Heidi Olenik
Tel. +386 5 66 37 586

Slavko Mezek



Programme: Interreg V-A Italia-Slovenija 2014-2020



CROSSMOBY is a strategic project cofinanced by the cooperation programme INTERREG V-A Italy-Slovenia 2014-2020, whose primary objective is to create crossborder sustainable transport services and enhance the capacity of mobility planning within the area. This will be obtained by pilot projects, like the CROSSMOBY train, launched at the beginning of the project in September 2018, as well as with other pilot projects and a crossborder mobility action plan.


  • Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Università Cà Foscari Venezia
  • Veneto Strade S.p.A.
  • Urbanistični inštitut Republike Slovenije
  • Regional development centre Koper
  • Posoški razvojni center
  • Občina Ilirska Bistrica
  • GECT Euregio Senza Confini r.l.

Start: September 2018

Duration: 36 months

Total budget: 4.117. 387,76 EUR

ERDF funds: 3.499.779,57 EUR

Contact person at Regional development centre Koper: Heidi Olenik, heidi.olenik@rrc-kp.si

Official web page: under construction



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FirSt and last Mile Inter-modal mobiLity in congested urban arEas of Adrion region

Programme: Interreg Adrion

Duration of the project: 1. 1. 2018 – 31. 10. 2019

Lead partner of the project: Regional development center Koper

Partners of the project:

  • School center Velenje
  • Free Municipal Consortium of Ragusa
  • IUAV University of Venice
  • Zadar County Development Agency - ZADRA NOVA
  • City of Dubrovnik Development Agency DURA
  • Municipality of Hersonissos
  • Regional Agency for Socio-Economic Development Banat - Ltd
  • Municipality of Tirana
  • Agency for economic development of City of Prijedor – PREDA-PD
  • Municipality of Gradiška

Associated partner: Ministry of infrastructure and Transport (Italy)


SMILE is focused on first and last mile of mobility in some variegated and paradigmatic urban areas of Adrion Region, embracing coastal, inland and bordering cities of different size (capital, middle, little). Urban areas are place where every day residents, commuters and tourists face consequences of unsustainable mobility models and lack of effective multimodal solutions: air pollution, aggravated in many urban areas involved in SMILE by circulation of obsolete diesel vehicles, congestion and related waste of time, CO2 emission, noise, accidents, too public spaces occupied by cars.

SMILE will address these issues through a logical sequence of actions and related outputs. It will depict and compare various mobility scenarios to enable policy makers and key stakeholders to better understand the consequences of the actions and inactions of their plans.  A transnational SUMP-Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan will be elaborated as common cognitive umbrella under which to elaborate local SUMPs mirroring local specific situations. Different IT-Information Technology solutions will be tasted. The expected change of SMILE is multilevel: firstly, to strengthen knowledge and operational capacity about mobility of local/regional authorities; secondly, to test quick-win solutions based on IT, and hence not requiring large infrastructural investments, to promote intermodal transport. The transnational approach is needed because it allows a comparison, exchange and share of experiences. SMILE will strongly contribute to achievement of EUSAIR strategy (Pillars 2 &3: “Connecting the Region”; Sustainable Tourism”).


The main overall objectives are:

  • supporting transport policies aimed to reduce GHG transport emissions;
  • improve the living environment in high traffic density areas (commuting and tourism areas);
  • optimize the effect of human activities on sea, land, air and human health;
  • favour a more sustainable transport modal shift, by reducing fossil-powered car usage and increasing public transport, cycling, walking, electrical and hybrid vehicles ;
  • reduce the impacts of ineffective freight delivery and chaotic tourism buses flows;
  • lessen the high pressure on coastal and cross-border roads unable to absorb increasing traffic as well as on main inland urban roads connecting and crossing wider functional urban areas. By combining a better knowledge background (mobility scenarios), political commitments and planning (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan scheme) with soft tools (digital platforms/APPs) and promotion of electrical/hybrid mobility), the project intends to contribute to solve the above mentioned problems that worsen quality of life both of residents, commuters and tourists.


The project is divided in 5 work packages:

M – management  

T1 – design of mobility scenarios and elaboration of a transnational action plan

T2 – elaboration of a transnational SUMP scheme for urban and interurban areas of the ADRION region

T3 – testing of IT, e-mobility solutions and mainstreaming activities

C – Communication

RDC Koper is the lead partner of the project and is in charge of coordination between project partners and for the entire process of the SMILE project. Within the work package C – communication, RDC Koper is responsible for the entire promotion and implementation of the work package.



Tina Jančar Matekovič


Slavko Mezek


Vanja Rener




Link to the SMILE project website: https://smile.adrioninterreg.eu/

 Project ECO-NautiNET

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Network’s support for SMEs in the Nautical sector of the Adriatic-Ionian Region

Program: Interreg Adrion

Duration of the project: 1st of February 2018 – 31st of January

Lead partner of the project:

  • Chamber of Achaia


  • Regional development center Koper
  • University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture
  • Priority Actions Program Regional Activity Centre
  • Croatian Chamber of Economy
  • Institute for Physical Planning Region of Istria
  • C.N.A. National Confederation of Handcrafts and of Smes –
  • Association of Province Of Ravenna
  • City of Dubrovnik Development Agency
  • EC Business and Innovation Centre of Attika
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tirana

ECO-NautiNET aims to ensure an effective and stable collaboration between SMEs and/or research institutes thanks to a common Joint Management System platform in order to improve competitiveness and innovation in the Nautical sector.

The project main result will be the realization of a collaboration that involve primarily key innovation actors as Chambers of Commerce, SMEs' Association and Development Agencies for the development of a transnational and Adriatic-Ionian common ECO-NautiNET's platform, aimed to support creation and growth of networks in the ADRION area. A stable collaboration under the ECO-NautiNET platform will facilitate key innovation actors' work, facilitating their work of supporting internationalization among local SMEs and ensuring common methodologies and possibilities to entrepreneurs and research institutes. The collaboration will be constantly ensured by their regional networks' broker that collaborate with the others colleagues from the other ADRION regions to find the more suitable solution for the creation of networks. Each partner will have his own broker to guarantee sustainability also after the end of the project.


The project is divided on 4 main work packages:

M- Management

The work package includes the preparation of all acts and statutory documents, ongoing management of project activities, financial management, reporting and archiving and self-assessment of project results.

T1 – identification of agents of Chang

Agents of change will be trained to adopt and fulfil requirements requested in a successful and durable transnational cooperation between different actors such as SMEs and Research Institutes.

T2 – Joint Management System of the ECO-NautiNET web platform

Realization of a Joint Management System of the web based platform, active in the ADRION area, to support SMEs and research institutes to cooperate in innovative transnational networks.

T3 - ECO-NautiNET Network        

Cooperation network among enterprises, business support organizations and research institutes. Web based, managed by network's brokers and coordinated through a joint management system.


In the first step, the communication and dissemination plan will be elaborated. Aimed to spread findings and possibilities and targeted to SMEs, Business Support Organizations and Research Institutes the Activity will realize and disseminate materials, events and publications at regional level in order to persuade to join the EcoNautiNet's network. As the final objective of the communication plan will be to ensure the transferability and sustainability of the EcoNautiNet after the project end, it is necessary to show and persuade other Business support organization from non-participating countries and regions to join and adopt the platform and methodology proposed.



Contact information:

Mitja Petek:

E-mail: mitja.petek@rrc-kp.si

Vanja Rener

E-mail: vanja.rener@rrc-kp.si




The ECO-NautiNET project pursues the objective of improving the competitiveness and innovation of SMEs in the nautical sector through an innovative NETWORK Model based on a multilevel approach, which includes:

  • involvement, motivation and training of SMEs to improve their networking approach
  • the selection and training of key figures to support the creation, maintenance and growth of networks (facilitators, tutors and brokers)
  • the creation of a web platform with particular attention to ECO-solutions in the nautical sector. The platform will give SMEs the opportunity to create or join the Ionian Adriatic eco-networks and to support product innovation through the involvement of research institutes and universities. The ECO-NautiNET network, jointly managed by the local Business Support Organization, will work together with the Research Institutes to assist the represented SMEs and develop important tools to promote innovation and internationalization of SMEs
  • a joint management system between business support organizations, SMEs and research institutes
  • the creation of tools (for example, e-learning programs in the platform) to guarantee and facilitate the growth and transferability of results
  • the use of a specific tool to support innovation and the transfer of new technologies "ready for the market" by researchers to SMEs

The project will capitalize the existing experimental experiences in the nautical network, also providing innovative aspects for the transferability and duration of the network, providing the BSO (business support organization), SMEs and research institutes, the tools to support the creation and duration of the networks, with particular attention to the nautical sector.





Inter Bike II

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Establishment of multimodal connections along Adriabike cycling route – the Inter Bike II project was approved at Interreg V-A Italy-Slovenia Programme 2014-2020 call for low-carbon strategies. Five cross-border project partners will implement pilot actions of bike & bus and bike & boat transport on a few sections of the Adriabike cycling route in the next two and a half years. The Adriabike cycling route which connects Kranjska Gora to Ravenna was identified in the strategic Inter Bike project of the past programming period.


The Inter Bike II project promotes cycling as a form of sustainable mobility while running daily errands or discovering sights of the cross-border area. Regional Development Centre Koper is lead project partner. Other project partners include the Municipalities of Koper and Monfalcone, Development Agency ROD Ajdovščina and Local Action Group of Eastern Veneto VEGAL. The Inter Bike II will establish new pilot multimodal bike & bus services along the Adriabike cycling route which connects the Alps with the Adriatic sea. Pilot multimodal connections were introduced in 2014 in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region. In 2018 the Municipalities of Koper and Monfalcone launched an experimental cross-border bike & bus service between Koper, Grado and Cormons with stops in Trieste and Monfalcone. The bus service connects Adriabike and Alpe Adria (Salzburg – Grado) cycling routes. The Municipality of Koper will also implement a pilot bike & bus service from the city to the border crossing in Škofije in 2019. Local Action Group of Eastern Veneto will introduce in 2019 two pilot bike & boat services between Bibione and Caorle; two popular holiday resorts in the Venetian Lagoon, and along the Lemene river. An investment will also be made by the Municipality of Koper who will build a new section of a cycling path leading to Adriabike in Hrvatini, near the border.

Moreover, the partnership intends to incentivise cross-border cooperation between local and regional governments’ spatial and traffic planning and promote sustainable mobility. A cross-border council will be set-up consisting of representatives of decision makers and stakeholders. Networking among tourist service providers will be promoted and improvement of services for cyclists. The partners have already started these activities in the first Inter Bike project. The Inter Bike II total budget amounts to 1 mio eur. It will be completed by March 2020.


FB: https://www.facebook.com/inter.bike.ii/

Adriabike route website: https://www.adriabike.eu/index.php/en/





Successful BiciBus cross-border connection between Slovenia and Italy

Last weekend the Municipalities of Koper and Monfalcone successfully introduced an experimental cross-border bike transport service between Koper (Slo), Grado (Italy) and Cormons (Italy). Bus with a bicycle trolley left on Saturday morning from Grado to Koper and returned in the late afternoon the same day. On the next day the bus made a journey from Koper to Cormons and returned back in the evening. The service is connected with two similar bus lines (with bike transport service) in Monfalcone: one in direction towards Cormons on Saturdays and the other towards Grado on Sundays. Next free services will be available on July 28 and July 29, 2018. The activity is co-financed by Inter Bike II project of the Interreg V-A Italy-Slovenia 2014-2020 Cooperation Programme.


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Photography: Matteo Danesin



BikeBus service goes on in August

Discover the Adriabike cycling route between Koper, Trieste, Monfalcone, Grado and Cormons also in August. The free cross-border BikeBus service for the transportation of bicycles will be active on Saturday, 18 and 25 August, and on Sunday, 19 and 26 August.

Reservation can be made at Alibus.

By the end of August we also collect the most beautiful photographs from the excursion with BikeBus which willl compete for a practical promotional gift.

For details, see the flyer.



BikeBus service goes on in August

The third weekend with BikeBus is already behind us. This year's last trips will be available this weekend. Dear participants, do not forget to take pictures with which you can win a promotional gift. Kindly invited also to fill out the satisfaction questionnaire that will be of great help to improve the service. More information on the flyer.


European Cooperation Day : Poster_ECDay_2018_InterregITASLO.jpg

You are kindly invited to the Programme Event - European Cooperation day - 27/09/2018. An opportunity to learn about the Interreg Italy-Slovenia programme and the impact that the funded projects, including INTER BIKE II, have on the cross-border area between Italy and Slovenia. More information about the event and registration https://www.ita-slo.eu/en/node/926.



Free bus lines transporting bikes across Karst and Koper to Grado


Interbike2 MEDcycletour

During this year's cycling season, two free bus connections for cyclists will be operational at weekends between Slovenian Istria, Karst and Grado. The KoloBus (bus equipped with bike trailer) started operations between Koper and Karst on 19th May 2019, while another, cross-border bus, between Koper and Grado, will start June 8th 2019.

Free journeys around Karst

The first circular bus connection between the Slovenian Istra and the Karst region within the framework of the Medcycletour project began on Sunday, 19th May 2019. The KoloBus will be used on the circular route Koper - Kozina - Škocjan Caves - Divača - Štanjel - Sežana - Lipica - Kozina - Koper every weekend until 22nd September 2019. Departure will be from the main Koper bus station three times a day, at 8am, 1pm and 6pm. No advance reservation is required.



Free KoloBus between Koper and Grado

This is the second season for the cross-border KoloBus between Koper and Grado as part of the Inter Bike II project this year. In June the service will be available every weekend from Saturday, June 8th 2019, onwards. There will then be a short break before service resumes again on the last weekend in August and ends with the European Barcolana Regatta in October.
On Saturdays, KoloBus will leave Grado (9am departure from the bus station) and go to Koper and back (5:30pm departure from the main Koper bus station). On Sundays, KoloBus will leave Koper (8:30am departure from the main bus station) and go to Grado and back (5:30pm departure from the main Grado bus station). Reservations are recommended.

Reservations can be made in June, on: +39 334 6000121 or by e-mail: booking@comune.monfalcone.go.it. In August, September and October, please call: +386 40 470 644 or by e-mail: info@activekoper.si. The schedule of both lines will be posted on posters at bus stations and Tourist Information Centres. For more information on cycling routes and / or additional biking trips, you can also look at the website: www.bit.ly/bicibus-SI.



This free service will come to life within the framework of two European projects Medcycletour and Inter Bike II from the Interreg Mediterranean programs and the Interreg V-A Cooperation Program Italy-Slovenia 2014-2020. Both free services are co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. Project partners The Koper Regional Development Centre, the Municipality of Koper and the Italian Municipality of Tržič have opted for the pilot introduction of specialised bus lines due to the increasing popularity of cycling tourism and the promotion of our region as an interesting cycling tourist destination.
Excursion on the river Lemene
Discover the Eastern Veneto by boat and bike. 

Free bus line for bikes Koper-Grado available again this weekend


The free bus connection for bikes between Koper and Grado will start again this weekend after the summer break. The bus equipped with bike trailer will be on service from Saturday, 24th August 2019, until Sunday, 13 October 2019.

On Saturdays, KoloBus will leave Grado (9am departure from the bus station) and go to Koper and back (5:30pm departure from the main Koper bus station). On Sundays, KoloBus will leave Koper (8:30am departure from the main bus station) and go to Grado and back (5:30pm departure from the main Grado bus station). Reservations are recommended and can be made on: +386 40 470 644 or by e-mail: info@activekoper.si.

The free service is available within the Inter Bike II project from the Interreg V-A Cooperation Program Italy-Slovenia 2014-2020  and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Schedule Inter Bike 2

By the Sunday, September 22nd 2019, a free circular bus connection for bikes between Koper and Karst is also available. Please check the schedule on the leaflet. The service is available within the Medcycletour project from the Interreg Mediterranean Programme and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Schedule Medcycletour




European Mobility Week 2019

16 – 22 september 2019

The main principle of sustainable mobility is to meet the needs for mobility of all people, while reducing traffic and its harmful effects. By promoting friendly mobility and sustainable transport, the European Mobility Week has been aiming to improve public health and quality of life since 2002. The campaign offers the opportunity to explore the role of city streets and to experiment with practical solutions of urban challenges.

This year's campaign slogan is "WALK WITH US". Walking, in addition to traveling from one point to another, enables more physical activity, better health and less pollution. Walking short distances is the most efficient and highly competitive way of transport, which can also be replaced by environmentally friendly means of travel – cycling.
The campaign will also include two buses from RDC Koper projects: Kolobus from MEDCYCLETOUR project and Bicibus from Inter Bike II project.

In cooperation with the Municipality of Koper and other partners, RDC Koper will organize a round table entitled “PERSPECTIVES OF SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY IN SLOVENIAN ISTRIA”. The event, organized under SMILE (ADRION) project, will take place on September 20th and will showcase transport strategies and project solutions. The discussion will encourage stakeholders to actively seek ways for effective and better planning of the mobility segment for the needs of residents and tourist flows.

Join the European Mobility Week and get among the bright passengers, save money, breathe cleaner air, travel and feel good, and don't forget:



More about the campaign:



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