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Peer Review - Jamtland Region

The Policy Learning Platform hosted a peer review for the Regional Council of Jämtland-Härjedalen, in Östersund, Sweden, on 14 and 15 November 2023. The Region was looking for inspiration on how to build European value chains for the green industrial transition.


The main policy challenges
  • How to create a policy shift from the mono-production of raw materials to broader perspectives of regional value chains (from industrial capital to human capital), considering the just and green transition?
  • How to work with neo-industrialisation in a sparsely populated region and how to cooperate with the neighbouring regions facing the same challenges?

Current state of play

Jämtland-Härjedalen is part of Middle-Norrland together with Västernorrland. The two counties, operating under distinct policy systems, have initiated discussions on coordinating their activities for change and development.

They are also working towards creating bridges between their S3 strategies and drawing insights from the Interreg Europe project InnoHEIs. The approach is to move from producing and exporting raw materials such as energy, wood fibre-based products, tourism to possibly also exploring new opportunities in knowledge-intensive industries.

The regional industrial landscape is currently lacking in human capital. The region faces considerable challenges for recruiting new residents, due to a scarcity of skilled workforce, social services, and housing.

Peers from across Europe

Alongside Thorsten Kohlisch, Laura Varisco, Marc Pattinson and Arnault Morisson from the Policy Learning Platform, seven excellent peers participated in the peer review:

The peers shared their experience and contributed to provide tailored policy recommendations for ways of tackling Jämtland-Härjedalen policy challenges and provided with valuable insights, know-how, and practical suggestions.


It was my first time as a peer, and my first time in Jämtland-Härjedalen, so I’ve learnt a lot and, surprisingly, I’ve also learnt a lot about my own region. It was a real enrichment for me and I am very glad to meet very interesting people. I am very thankful for the excellent talk we had and I hope to see you again. 

Tim Berndt, Business Initiative Lausitz, Germany

Our recommendations in a nutshell

The starting point for future policy developments is the need for a regional global vision that can drive a roadmap built on the local identity and the engagement of all relevant local stakeholders and right holders.

The region also needs to make sure that this roadmap is well communicated to the different main targets and that it overarches all the other strategies for the green transition and circular models.

Communication is also essential to improve the regional attractiveness for people, workers and investors, using simple, adapted and authentic messages (“Be wise, Go north, Come Home”).

Another important recommendation was to benefit from interregional collaboration on different levels: working closely with neighbouring regions, explore interregional complementarities, also in terms of skills and human capital and leverage on European networks, initiatives, and calls.

Finally, to broaden the perspectives of regional industrial value chains, strong innovation capacities and technologies, intermediaries and business facilitators are needed, alongside the availability of funding programmes.

The host’s policy challenges, and the detailed peer suggestions can be found in the follow-up report that will be published soon. 

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