Calls by the Regional Partnership focused on challenges for Sustainable Urban Development with required strategic collaboration between relevant partners
In previous program periods, structural funds calls have resulted in many small and often fragmented projects, requiring heavy administration and with little impact on regional structures and a real development. This could be improved through a collaborative and continuous process, based on the EDP precepts. A stakeholders’ partnership with knowledge in each actual field of intervention is involved in identifying relevant regional challenges during the analysis phase. Then a prioritization is made by that partnership and a regional mobilization process takes place, to involve relevant actors in order to highlight strategic on-going processes and areas of intervention. Once a call is launched, relevant actors are prepared to develop strategic collaborations (related projects or larger, joint projects). All projects focus on stimulating growth in established SME as the main beneficiaries. The projects are based on collaboration between different regional actors (stakeholders) e.g. public actors, academia, research institutes, incubators, collaborative platforms or companies, in order to carry out the activities in the project.
The Stockholm ROP is small with total budget of €37 million. All resources are distributed according to the Stockholm Model to concentrate resources and maximize impact. The partnership is supported by a secretariat and a group of civil servants representing 8 organizations from different sectors.
Evidence of success
A preliminary evaluation indicates an increased concentration of resources through collaboration between actors in a limited number of larger/strategic projects. There is improved regional governance (ownership in the partnership) and collaboration between ESF and ERDF has been initiated in some projects. Closer contacts between regional actors. Improved mechanisms for evaluation.It is too early to measure results in individual projects but they seem to be positive.
Difficult to involve private companies and civil sector. Risk of exclusion of some actors (small or new), NGOs or civil society. Need to define “strategic collaborative projects” better. Focus more on results (not just on collaboration). Limited knowledge about the funds among the general public.
Potential for learning or transfer
Good practice of regional governance, which has reached attention from the European Commission. Focus on sustainable urban development (green, smart, inclusive, healthy and attractive region) with strong involvement of local stakeholders. Prioritization of projects addressing regional challenges, e.g. the need for new sustainable housing, increased digitalization among SMEs, growth in of less developed municipalities, etc.