SeeNet is a network of local authorities from Italy and South-Eastern Europe that cooperate in order to strengthen the governance skills of involved territories and promote sustainable local development.In the early 2000s, the network was created on the initiative of the Tuscany Region and the Istria Region with the signing of “Brioni Declaration” through which the two regions and some South-East European local authorities committed themselves to the creation of a network to coordinate the interventions of the decentralised cooperation undertaken by the Tuscany Region in the Balkans.
2003 - 2006: First stage
Seenet - Local Governments as development engines
The first step of Seenet Programme – Local governments as development engines, from 2003 to 2006, was promoted by the Tuscany Region and Istria Region and co-funded by the ItalianMinistry of Foreign Affairs. The goal of the Programme, carried out in collaboration with the Italian NGOs Ucodep-Cospe, was to promote the development of a network of local governments aimed at the institutional strengthening and the improvement of managing competences in two fields of work: economic development and offer and management of public services.
2007: Bridge stage
Seenet Bridge - A Cooperation network among Local governments for development and dialogue in South-Eastern Europe
Once the first step of Seenet Programme was concluded, in 2007, the Tuscany Region promoted the initiative Seenet Bridge - A Cooperation network among Local governments for the development and dialogue in South-Eastern Europe aimed at giving a continuation to the relevant results obtained in the first step so as to arrange a new stage of the Programme.
2009 - 2012: Second stage
Seenet: A trans-local network for cooperation between Italy and South-Eastern Europe
The new stage of Seenet Programme focuses on the consolidation of long-term partnership between the two shores of the Adriatic Sea and the support to the integration process in the European Union of South-East European countries. Furthermore, the Programme intends to establish an integrated system of decentralised cooperation in Italy aimed at promoting the development of local policies.