Are you eager to discover examples of previously performed peer reviews? Take a look at previous peer reviews that took place in Eupen (Belgium), Gävleborg (Sweden) and Lille (France).
The focus of the peer review in the German speaking community was on practical approaches and challenges in coordinating and implementing a multi-municipality SECAP and in supporting the local authorities regarding energy-related measures. The community aims to improve its management strategy to measure implementation, reporting and overall coordination together with local stakeholders, to reach its ambitious climate goals for 2030.
The peer review was very well received. Johanna Punkari, Project Manager at South Ostrobothnia Energy Agency Thermopolis mentions ‘I have learnt a lot of things about funding schemes and tools used in other regions. And I have seen that other peers are facing the same issues for example in the area of mobility. When I am back in Finland, I will share with the 100 employees in my region what I have learnt during the Peer Review in East Belgium’.
Discover more about the experiences exchanged and lessons learned during the peer review.
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.
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.
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.
Currently we don't have an open call for applications. The latest one closed on 28 June 2019 and we expect to open a new one in autumn 2019.
In the meantime, you can consult the terms of reference for the previous call. This document will give you information about the application process as well as a practical guidance for the different steps of the peer review.
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.