If you are working in the field of regional policy-making, you might face different challenges at the moment. For instance, you need to ensure the efficient implementation of current programmes, while looking towards the future and developing policies that go in line with the EU’s priorities for the next programming period. All in a very unsecure context because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But you are not alone: test our matchmaking sessions and team up with colleagues facing similar challenges.
Great ideas and innovative solutions for smart policy-making exist throughout our continent. Of course, it's hard to know what others are doing and harder still to identify those examples which could be easily transferred into your own context.
What if there was a way of using our collective intelligence and making it work in your favour by finding answers to your question(s) with a fresh view from outside? Try our matchmaking sessions - an easy and quick way to find your path by exchanging with experts and peers from around Europe.
Put in place by the Policy Learning Platform, the matchmaking is a two-hour meeting with European peers, organised and facilitated by our Thematic Experts. Knowing what others implemented as policy solutions can help greatly in finding effective responses to the needs of your territory, and to better manage your regional policy.
What people say about this service?
- 'For the Warmińsko-Mazurskie voivodship, the matchmaking session turned out to be a simple, accessible, easily adapted to the needs and therefore such an effective tool for acquiring new competences. We especially appreciated the fact that our Peers shared with us so many diverse and tried solutions regarding circular economy. These examples of activities inspired the design of our regional programme for 2021-2027.' (Kinga Krupińska, Head of Coordination Office Regional Policy Department, Warmińsko-Mazurskie voivodship, Poland)
- 'Our programme supports innovation and economic development across borders.The matchmaking support of the Policy Learning Platform allowed us to team up with cross-border experts from all parts of Europe and get new ideas how to better involve SMEs in cross-border business activities in the future.' (Jean-Philippe Odeurs, Senior Programme Manager, Interreg Programme Euregio Meuse-Rhine)
'The matchmaking session organized by the team of the Interreg Europe's Policy Learning Platform really contributed to our effort towards creating a sustainable economic model for our Region […]. This fruitful conversation ultimately led to a concrete SMEs support program proposal submitted to the Greek Green Fund, focusing on resource saving and energy efficiency upgrade. We warmly recommend this activity to all those that are looking for inspiration and new ideas for their regional policies!' (Kalliopi Kiriakidou, Vice Governor for Energy, Infrastructure and Environment, Region of Western Macedonia, Greece)
Matchmaking, organised by the PLP between Smooth Ports Partners and Port Authority of Santa Cruz of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
In October, Rzeszów will host the first Podkarpacie festival for startups and investors - Carpathian Startup Fest 2021 (CSF21).
Local climate change adaptation and water retention opportunities through the LIFE-MICACC project’s experiences