Province of Lucca is a public local authority situated in North-West Tuscany, Italy. After the new institutional reform, Provinces have become public entities of vast area with some specific competences like: territorial planning and mobility, high school buildings maintenance, school learning network, gender policies, administrative and technical support to municipalities (including public tenders centralized management, ICT infrastructures, European projects construction and management, coordination of Local development). Actually Province of Lucca through the Territorial and Mobility Planning Department, the European projects Unit and the Cultural Unit covers all areas of expertise as indicated above. The Territorial and Mobility Planning Department has got a great expertise in spatial planning and areas management. It also takes care of biodiversity and ecosystems, urban, mobility and biodiversity legislation. A statistical unit gives all data support for project activity. The European Project Unit has got a long experience in European project construction on different European Programmes and in project management; it also coordinates local development policies; in this context it supports any initiative related to maritime policies and has got a significant network of maritime stakeholders. Province of Lucca is moreover articulated in a Culture Unit that takes care of historical heritage which belongs to Province of Lucca itself. In the programme Italy-France Maritime, Province of Lucca has acquired a great experience in maritime policies and dynamics: Viareggio (25 km from Lucca on the coast) is one of the main international seat for yachting construction. Province of Lucca, within this Programme, has taken part in four projects concerning maritime policies development, definition of new professional profiles in the field of yachting construction and their training, innovation actions for pleasure harbors development, creation of on-line services.
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