Aries is the in-house operative body of the Chamber of Commerce Venezia Giulia, which, after the merge of the Trieste and Gorizia Chambers in October 2016, broadened the territorial competences on both provinces.

Its mission consists in the implementation of activities aimed at supporting the development of enterprises, especially SMEs. Specific sectors (fisheries/aquaculture, nautical/naval, transport/logistics, tourism, local products, biotech/biomedicine, etc.) or themes of economic interest (transnational cooperation, blue economy, territorial promotion, internationalisation, business clusters, fairs/exhibitions, environmental protection, training, innovation transfer, management of funding schemes) serve as guidelines for the development and management of projects funded by public sources.

The “International and EU policies Department” has developed particular expertise in managing projects, funded by several Programmes, such as IPA Adriatic CBC 2007-2013, EMFF – axis 4.1, INTERREG 2014-2020 Italy-Slovenia, Italy- Austria, Italy – Croatia, Adriatic-Ionian Programme V-B Transnational, as well as by regional Law 01/05, Union of the Italian Chambers’ equalisation fund, EBRD & CEI KEP Programme.

Aries has a long experience in organising fairs, brokerage events, business missions abroad, and, given its favourable geographical position, has privileged cooperation with other Chambers of Commerce and Institutional subject in the neighbour Countries of Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, in the framework of the New Alpe Adria Chambers’Network, and with the Western Balkans, which WB6 Chamber Investment Forum Secretariat has been based at Venezia Giulia Chamber of Commerce premises.

A strong institutional cooperation is with the EGTC “Euregio Senza Confini – Ohne Grenzen”, which involves the Regions of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto and Carinthia. A formal cooperation agreement between the EGCT and the crossbroder Chambers’system, has been signed on November 26th 2018.

Aries cooperates with other local stakeholders, among which the regional Technological cluster Smart Health and the maritime cluster mareFVG.