Is your organisation responsible for the implementation of local or regional development policies, in particular the management of structural funds? Would you like to team up with other European regions to receive advice on how to best implement your policy or programme? 

If so, the peer review service of the Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform is for you.

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

Whether you are 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”. Send us your request by 31 October 2018.

So 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. Some preparation is required on all sides to ensure the selected peers are well matched to the needs of the host region.

Being driven by the spirit of interregional learning, the peer reviews require an overall readiness to share, reflect and improve among all parties involved. What is more, 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 (catering, venue, local visits).

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 are invited to submit their expression of interest online for review and assessment by our thematic experts. The deadline for the current call is 31st October 2018. Your request will be assessed on a rolling basis, so apply as soon as you can. 

Before submitting your application, please consult our terms of reference for the call. Besides further information about the application process, you can find helpful practical guidance for the different steps of the peer review here.

Expressions of interest can only be submitted by registered members of the Interreg Europe community. To register, please click here.

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.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Policy Learning Platform team for any further questions.

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