targeted to improve water resource management for a growing renewable energy production
Project of the South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme
The South East Europe programme is a unique instrument which, in the framework of the Regional Policy's Territorial Cooperation Objective, aims to improve integration and competitiveness in an area which is as complex as it is diverse.
The programme is supporting projects developed within four Priority Axes: Innovation, Environment, Accessibility, and Sustainable Growth Areas - in line with the Lisbon and Gothenburg priorities, and is also contributing to the integration process of the non-EU member states.

Project summary

SEE HYDROPOWER is based on the European Directive on the promotion of Electricity from
Renewable Energy Sources (RES-e) respect to the Kyoto protocol targets, that aims to establish an overall binding target of 20% share of renewable energy sources in energy consumption and a 10% binding minimum target for biofuels in transport to be achieved by each Member State, as well as binding national targets by 2020 in line with the overall EU target of 20%. Objectives of the SEE HYDROPOWER deals with the promotion of hydro energy production in SEE countries, by the optimization of water resource exploitation, in a compatible way with other water users, and following environmental friendly approaches. Main activities of the project concerns the definition of policies, methodologies and tools for a better water & hydropower planning and management; the establishment of common criteria for preserving water bodies; to assess strategies to improve hydropower implementation (such as SHP); testing studies in pilot catchments of partner countries; promotion and dissemination of project outcomes among target groups all over the SEE Region countries. The partnership significantly
represents not only the SEE countries but also includes a well balanced mixing of public administrations (5 partners) & agencies (2 partners) ruling hydropower development and related water bodies conservation; and scientific & research institutions (5 partners) having the most advanced technology and standard background applied to water management and hydropower generation. All partners have on field specific experience in their own country issues and represent a wider local/regional partnership not “formally” involved in the project but strictly connected to policy and water management. Target groups representatives from SEE countries are reinforced by the presence of 6 Observer partners (AHP, ELEM, ESHA, ASSOELE, ENERGAP, APER)..

Call: 1 Priority:
Protection and Improvement of the Environment
Area of intervention:
Promote energy and resources efficiency

Project start date / end date:
2009-06 / 2012-05

Project budget:
* Overall project budget: 2.539.800,00 €
* ERDF contribution: 2.158.830,00 €
* IPA contribution: 0,00 €
* ENPI contribution: 0,00 €



Lead partner
Italy 20134 Milano Via Rubattino 54, Maximo.Peviani[at]

ERDF partner

ARPAV - Regional Land Safety Department
Italy 32100 Belluno Via del Candel n.65,

BELL - Province of Belluno
Italy 32100 Belluno Via S. Andrea 5,

TUG - Graz University of Technology ? Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management
Austria 8010 Graz Stremayrgasse 10/II,

STYRIA - Government of Styria - Department for Water Resources Management
Austria 8010 Graz Stempfergasse 7 ,

UL - University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering
Slovenia 1000 Ljubljana Jamova cesta 2,

MOP - Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning
Slovenia 1000 Ljubljana Dunajska cesta 48,

POLI-B - University Politehnical of Bucharest
Romania 060032 Bucharest Spl. Independentei No. 313,

APELE - National Water Administration APELE ROMANE
Romania 010018 Bucharest Edgar Quinet Street no. 6,

SERRES - Prefecture of Serres Province

ARTA - Prefecture of Arta Province
Greece 47100 Arta Ethnikis Antistasis Square,

10% partner

MOLD - Technical University of Moldova
Republic of Moldova 2004 Chisinau 168, Stefan cel Mare str.,


AHP - Austrian Hydro Power
Austria 1010 Wien Am Hof 6a,

ELEM - Macedonian Power Plants
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 1000 Skopje 11 Oktomvri 9,

ESHA - European Small Hydropower Association
Other 1040 Brussels Rue d'Arlon 63-67,

ASSOELE - National Association of Electric Utilities
Italy 00142 Roma Via Benozzo Gozzoli, 24,

ENERGAP - Energy agency of Podravje - Institution for sustainable energy use
Slovenia 2000 Maribor Smetanova ulica 31,

APER - Association of Renewable Energy Producers
Italy 20124 Milano Piazza Luigi di Savoia 24,