Join a peer review to improve your operational programme or policy.

Our interregional peer reviews allow managing authorities in charge of local or regional development policies to receive hands-on feedback from European regions (peers) on the implementation of programmes and policies.

Are you struggling with your programme measure on energy efficiency, searching for new ways to support the internationalisation of SMEs or intending to invest in digital rural mobility solutions? Exchanging with policy experts and practitioners from other regions can help you to receive new inspiration and solutions with an unbiased view from “outside”. 

The second call for peer reviews is now open!

Before applying, we recommend to consult the terms of reference. You can express your interest in a peer review by filling out the application form. For more information, please consult the different sections below. 

How does it work?

Peers from a selected number of regions are invited to your region – the host region – to examine the specific territorial and thematic context and make recommendations based on their experience and expertise. In general, this onsite visit lasts two days and consists of analysing the regional situation among peers, discussing approaches, solutions and recommendations, drafting a “to-do list” for follow-up action and receiving immediate feedback. 

Being driven by the spirit of interregional learning, the peer reviews require an overall readiness to share, reflect and improve among all parties involved. Preparation is required on all sides to ensure the selected peers are well matched to the needs of the host region. In addition, you can be a host receiving advice on one occasion and provide your expertise as a peer the next time around. This is a true win-win exchange!

Technically speaking, peer reviews should involve peers from at least two countries, other than the country of the host. The Platform experts will identify suitable peers as well as facilitate the thematic exchanges during the onsite visit. The platform can cover the travel and accommodation costs for up to six peers per peer review. The host region should arrange and pay for the organisational aspects of the visit (venue, local visits). Catering and translation costs can be covered, if needed. 

How do I apply to host a peer review?

Managing authorities as well as public bodies responsible for local or regional development policies who are interested in hosting a peer review can apply here by filling out the form. Only members of the Interreg Europe community can apply. Please login or register.

Your request will then be reviewed and assessed by our thematic experts. The deadline for the current call is 28 June 2019. The results of the call are expected in autumn 2019 and will also be announced online.

Before submitting your application, please consult our terms of reference for the peer review. This document will give you information about the application process as well as a practical guidance for the different steps of the peer review.

How are peers identified?

Based on the request of the host region, the Platform experts will contact regions across Europe with the relevant thematic expertise to identify and invite relevant peers, including partner organisations from Interreg Europe projects. It is envisaged that a targeted call of interest will be held to identify the most relevant peers for the submitted requests. 

Please do not hesitate to contact Elena Ferrario for any further questions.

Success stories of previous peer reviews

Are you eager to discover examples of previously performed peer reviews? Take a look at previous peer reviews that took place in Gävleborg, Sweden and Lille, France.

Regional council of Gävleborg, Sweden in January 2019

During this two-day meeting, the challenges of leadership and governance of regional innovation processes were discussed. The policy challenges were pointed out, peer analyses were performed and joint brainstorming sessions for solutions helped to prepare concrete policy recommendations for follow-up actions. You can access the experiences and outcomes of the Regional council of Gävleborg.  

Hauts-de-France, France in October 2018

Our first peer review that was held in Lille in October 2018. Together with the region Hauts-de-France, the topic of improving the absorption of structural funds for energy efficiency in social housing and public buildings was tackled. Read about the Hauts-de-France's journey and outcomes. 

You can also access the list of approved peer reviews from our last call. Throughout the course of this year these peer reviews will be carried out and results will be shared online – stay tuned for the latest updates! 

Related documents:
> Terms of reference
> Apply for a peer review