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15/11/2019
Clusters and KET's in a changing landscape
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Register now! An easy policy solution: Matchmaking sessions Looking for examples of successful innovation vouchers? Wishing to know how others work on e-mobility policies? Find your answers with a matchmaking session! Read more The cycling cities series is back! Join us in September for two webinars that will focus on cargo bikes for last-mile and cost-benefit comparisons for bikes versus cars! Register today Expert support Community Knowledge hub Good practices Upcoming Events Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Research and innovation SME competitiveness Low-carbon economy Environment and resource efficiency .thematic-carousel-mixed .thematic-item { height: 490px !important; } Latest platform updates The most recent platform updates, policy news and other relevant stories See all updates 13/09/2021 E-workshop recording: Innovation for grand societal... On 8 September 2021 we organised an online workshop on innovation for societal grand challenges. Watch the recording, access the presentations and get inspired! Type: Platform Sep 28-29 2021 Peer review: Circular economy in textiles and clothing On 28 and 29 September 2021, we are organising a peer review for the benefit of the Region of Central Macedonia, on circular economy in the fashion industry. Type: Platform Oct 05 2021 Joint webinar on green policy challenges in maritime regions Join us 5 October, from 14:00 to 15:30 CET, for a joint event with the Interact ‘Knowledge of the Seas Network’ on green policy challenges! Type: Platform 09/09/2021 Regional technology and innovation advisory services Technology and innovation advisroy services foster interactions between experts who provide SMEs with their knowledge to improve their business operations. Type: Platform 09/09/2021 Job vacancy: Thematic Expert for Environment and resource... We're hiring! We are looking for a dynamic and independent team player to fill the position of a Thematic Expert for Environment and Resource Efficiency. Type: Platform 08/09/2021 Halting ocean plastics... Read this policy brief to learn about suitable solutions for addressing the challenges of ocean plastics pollution, and... 07/09/2021 Promoting economic diversification and attracting... Discover the policy recommendations for the peer review that took place on 29 and 30 June 2021 for the city of Szombathely (Hungary). Type: Platform Oct 27 2021 Developing integrated low-carbon strategies Join us on 27 October, from 14:00 to 15:30 PM, for a webinar and learn about how to develop integrated low-carbon strategies. Type: Platform 26/08/2021 CISMOB: Using ICT for sustainable mobility The CISMOB project has brought together European partners to share good practices on transitioning to sustainable transport to improve regional mobility. Type: Platform 25/08/2021 Implementing a digital transformation strategy Discover the policy recommendations for the peer review that took place on 6 and 7 July 2021 for the region of Krapina-Zagorje (Croatia). Type: Platform 25/08/2021 Smart Specialisation Strategies: past and future... Learn about the implementation of the Smart Specialisation Strategies from the past programming period and future perspectives. Type: Platform 24/08/2021 Rural businesses in the tourism sector Rural Gowth Interreg Europe project brings you a good practice on boosting SME competitiveness on the sector of rural tourism in Savonlinna, Finland. Type: Platform Sep 27 2021 E-workshop: scaling up European SMEs Join us on 27 September from 14:00 to 17:00 CET for a workshop and learn about new ways to support European SMEs to scale up to international and global markets Type: Platform 11/08/2021 Internationalisation of SMEs This policy brief focuses on the internationalisation of SMEs activities as a factor of competitiveness for businesses... Tags: Policy-brief, SME, Competitiveness Sep 23 2021 Online briefing on Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform This invitation-only online briefing introduces the main services of the Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform. Type: Programme, Platform 23/07/2021 A quick and easy solution to your policy challenges:... Looking for examples of successful innovation vouchers? Wishing to know how others work on e-mobility policies? Find your answers with a matchmaking session. Type: Platform 22/07/2021 Commission launches the Fit for 55% Package Take a look at the measures the Commission launched to support Europe’s climate policy framework to put the EU on track for a 55% reduction in carbon emissions! Type: Platform Sep 23 2021 Cycling cities V: Cost-benefit comparisons of bicycles... Join the cycling cities series edition on cost-benefit comparisons of bicycles versus cars on 23 September from 14:00 to 15:30 PM CEST. Type: Platform Sep 21 2021 E-workshop: competitive and sustainable tourism Join us on 21 September from 14:00 to 17:00 CET for a workshop and learn more about strategies for a competitive and sustainable tourism sector Type: Platform Sep 16 2021 Cycling cities IV: Cargo bikes for the last mile Join us for the webinar series on cycling cities! This edition will focus on cargo bikes for the last mile, on 16 September from 14:00 to 15:30 CEST. Type: Platform 07/06/2021 Championing sustainable energy... This policy brief outlines how SMEs can overcome barriers to invest in energy efficiency and sustainable energy. Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 19/05/2021 Rivers and wetlands: drivers... Read this policy brief and get an overview of how the current EU policy framework may guide and support local and... 19/04/2021 Innovation in less-developed... Explore the importance of research and innovation in less-developed European regions to promote regional convergence... 08/04/2021 Vouchers for the... This policy brief focuses on the use of vouchers to foster SME competitiveness and aims at providing a comprehensive... Tags: Policy-brief, SME, Competitiveness 03/03/2021 Sustainable water management... In order to make Europe more sustainable and to become a pillar in the shift towards a circular economy, water... 24/02/2021 Skills for the energy... We need to foster skills for the energy transition at local and regional levels to encourage clean technologies and... Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 20/01/2021 Skills for innovation Discover five policy recommendations using the experience of Interreg Europe projects dealing with the development of... 18/01/2021 The social economy and support... The social economy is a crucial part of the EU socioeconomic landscape. To foster the growth of the EU social economy,... Tags: Policy-brief, SME, Competitiveness 17/12/2020 Sustainable urban logistics Urban logistics is responsible for significant carbon emissions, air pollutants and urban noise. Authorities realise... Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 14/12/2020 Sustainable tourism:... Overtourism has a devastating impact on natural and cultural heritage of many popular holiday spots around the world.... 29/09/2020 Facilitating business... In order to achieve more successful business transfers, the complexities of the process should be taken into account. In... Tags: Policy-brief, SME, Competitiveness 28/09/2020 Energy self-consumption Self-consumption of renewable energy can provide financial, environmental and security benefits for households,... Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 25/09/2020 Innovation networks Innovation networks are central to the innovation process as they facilitate mutual learning and knowledge transfer.... 24/09/2020 Separate waste collection The European Union (EU) is aiming to reduce the environmental impact of waste and its dependency on raw material imports... 11/08/2020 Efficient business support... This policy brief explores various models for implementing and managing multiple-stakeholder collaborative practices for... Tags: Policy-brief, SME, Competitiveness 15/07/2020 Good governance for... The economic development in Europe in the past century put an enormous burden on biodiversity. Biodiversity is vital for... 06/07/2020 Built Cultural Heritage Explore successful approaches and solutions in protecting, conserving and valorising of heritage buildings of cultural... 01/07/2020 Smart Specialisation Strategy... Learn from practices implemented in different regional institutional contexts such as concrete and transformative policy... 01/06/2020 Cycling cities Cycling has many socio-economic, health and environmental benefits that its promotion should be a logical policy choice.... Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 10/04/2020 Boosting entrepreneurship in... Boosting entrepreneurship in rural areas opens new opportunities and markets. Rural SMEs show great potential as a... Tags: Policy-brief, SME, Competitiveness 02/04/2020 Sustainable waste management... The shift from a linear to a circular economy is a major challenge that requires sustainable management of waste and... 30/03/2020 Supporting local bioenergy... Bioenergy is one of the most flexible renewables that does not release new carbon into the atmosphere. Discover European... Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 21/02/2020 Improving the convenience of... The shift to a low-carbon economy will rely heavily on the use of zero-emission vehicles and increased use of public... Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 28/01/2020 University-Industry... University-industry collaboration is a key component of the regional innovation policy-mix as the successful... 21/01/2020 Urban ecosystems Discover the importance of green infrastructure and nature-based solutions for the development of sustainable cities 02/10/2019 One-Stop-Shops One-Stop-Shops (OSS) bring together the full gamut of policy interventions, working with stakeholders to provide skills... Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 02/09/2019 Industry 4.0 This policy brief features six policy recommendations to support the development of industry 4.0 17/05/2019 Demand Responsive Transport Demand-responsive transport (DRT) is a flexible mode of transportation that adapts to the demands of its user groups.... Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 23/04/2019 Circular Economy Business... Discover the challenges and solutions that policymakers face in implementing circular economy business models. This... 03/04/2019 Policy challenges in... The European research and innovation infrastructure ecosystem is diverse in scale and scope. In the Interreg Europe... 03/04/2019 Cultural Routes in Europe Discover the transnational routes that help tourists discover how Europeans have lived since ancient times. This policy... 26/03/2019 Funding Energy Efficiency... Europe faces a major challenge to renovate its building stock and achieve its carbon emission targets. Doing so will be... Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 21/03/2019 Use of technologies for better... Explore the link between technology use and the protection of natural heritage. Several good practices demonstrate... 12/03/2019 Promoting Active Modes of... Regional authorities prioritise the encouragement of active transport thanks to its health and other benefits such as... Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 28/02/2019 Eco-innovation Production-consumption trends are putting excessive and unsustainable strain on the environment. Resource input costs... 19/02/2019 Renewable Energy Communities At its most basic, renewable energy communities involve generation of energy from renewable resources and technologies,... Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 12/02/2019 Digital solutions in the field... This policy brief provides information on digital solutions in the field of cultural heritage 22/01/2019 The challenges and necessity... Rural regions make up roughly half of the territory of the EU-28. By building innovation capacity and implementing... 21/01/2019 E-mobility Electric mobility (e-mobility) has emerged as one of the most promising technological solutions to replace fossil fuels,... Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 21/12/2018 Public-private startup... This policy brief discusses public-private partnership based accelerator models being set up as a response to the... Tags: Policy-brief, SME, Competitiveness 19/12/2018 Behaviour Change for Energy... As buildings account for 40% of energy consumption in the EU and more than 35% of CO2 emissions, improving their energy... Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 04/12/2018 The role of staff exchange and... The objective of this policy brief is to present some of the examples of mobility/staff exchange schemes that have... 16/10/2018 Food Waste This policy brief highlights policies and approaches which have been taken to prevent and reduce food waste, with focus... 05/10/2018 Sustainable Urban Mobility... Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) are planning instruments for cities that encourage joined-up decision-making... Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 25/09/2018 Protection and sustainable... The policy brief presents the main challenges that coastal and fluvial regions are facing with regards to protection and... 30/08/2018 Renewable Energy Communities At its most basic, renewable energy communities involve generation of energy from renewable resources and technologies,... 07/08/2018 Digital solutions in the field... The document provides a brief overview of the EU policy documents addressing digitisation of cultural heritage and... 10/07/2018 Towards synergies between... This policy brief identifies potential complementarities and synergies between partnerships of the Smart Specialisation... 29/06/2018 Demand-responsive transport The aim of this policy brief is to highlight the benefits of DRT for European regions, outline some of the barriers to... 24/05/2018 Role of Green Public... Public procurements representing approximately 19% of EU GDP. By using procurement as a tool strategic policy goals can... 14/05/2018 Governance Change for Energy... This paper presents the work done in Interreg Europe projects, looking at how governance and behavioural change can... Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 03/05/2018 Sustainable tourism The policy brief demonstrates that cultural and natural heritage is a significant asset for local communities and... 11/10/2017 The ins and outs of the... The Vanguard Initiative seeks to support interregional cooperation notably through industrial clusters and innovation... 09/10/2017 Digital transformation and... This policy brief is an introduction to the policy field of digitalisation and digital transformation. Tags: Policy-brief, SME, Competitiveness 21/09/2017 Improving energy efficiency in... This policy brief analyses Interreg Europe projects dealing with this issue and gives a clear overview on how to tackle... Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 21/09/2017 Smart grids: flexibility from... This policy brief looks into why there is an increasing demand for flexibility in the electricity grid, how this... Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 21/09/2017 Access to finance for... Past and ongoing European projects have tried and tested solutions in this field and serve as valuable insight for... Tags: Policy-brief, SME, Competitiveness 21/09/2017 Financing energy efficiency:... Experts from the Policy Learning Platform show which financial instruments can be used to improve energy efficiency. Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 21/09/2017 The role of regions in the... This policy brief introduces the possibilities that regions have to support the implementation of the Small Business Act... Tags: Policy-brief, SME, Competitiveness 21/09/2017 Sustainable management of... This policy brief highlights the approaches which have been taken to improve management of bio-waste. The focus is put... 21/09/2017 Industrial symbiosis This policy brief provides information on how industrial symbiosis is supported by EU policy framework and on the... 21/09/2017 The SME policy of the European... This Policy Brief introduces some initiatives and policies forming the SME policy of the European Union, the European... Tags: Policy-brief, SME, Competitiveness 21/09/2017 Engagement of private... This policy brief focuses on the desire to to bring research and development results to the market. Emphasis is put on... 21/09/2017 Protection of biodiversity and... The policy brief highlights the need to improve the relevant policies and to provide multi-stakeholder solutions for... 21/09/2017 The role of cities and regions... This policy brief highlights the need to use resources in a sustainable way and presents key policy developments in this... 21/09/2017 The role of Clusters in... This policy brief seeks to shed some light on the emerging synergies on policies supporting smart specialisation policy... 21/09/2017 Enabling synergies through... Creating synergies between Horizon 2020 and Structural Funds is a current challenge for European Managing Authorities.... 21/09/2017 Protection and sustainable... This Policy Brief highlights the value of cultural heritage, and considers how regional actors can meet the challenges,... 21/09/2017 The triple helix challenge:... A policy brief on EU-financed instruments that can be used to bridge the gap between the academia and the policymakers. 31/08/2017 Cultural heritage in urban... This policy brief highlights the approaches aimed at securing the sustainable management of cultural heritage in urban... 31/08/2017 Ecosystem services:... Policy brief on EU policies, approaches and good practices as concerns protection and restoration of ecosystem services. 31/08/2017 Citizen engagement in the... This policy brief considers the mechanisms that can be used to foster the participation of citizens in cultural heritage... 31/08/2017 Promoting the low carbon... A Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) as a modern planning concept to promote low carbon urban mobility. Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 31/08/2017 Promoting the Low Carbon... Cities and regions will be an integral player in reducing emissions, achieving the Paris objectives and securing green... Tags: Economy, Policy-brief 31/08/2017 Role of regional networks and... The brief gives insight on European initiatives that leverage the internationalisation efforts as well as Interreg... Tags: Policy-brief, SME, Competitiveness 31/08/2017 Business acceleration schemes... How accelerators can contribute to increase internationalisation of start-ups. Tags: Policy-brief, SME, Competitiveness 31/08/2017 The potential of cross... This policy brief explores the concept of cross-border and cross-sectoral value chain innovation and highlights the... Tags: Policy-brief, SME, Competitiveness 31/08/2017 The regional ecosystem... RES is a statistical tool, designed primarily for policy-makers responsible for regional, industrial, innovation and... 31/08/2017 Cooperation, complementarities... This policy brief highlights the possibilities for improving of policy measures presented in the Common Provision... 17/03/2017 Leaflet on the Interreg Alpine... Leaflet on the Interreg Alpine Space Project PEACE_Alps on pooling energy action plans and enhancing their... 16/03/2017 RETRACE project leaflet A leaflet of project RETRACE 16/03/2017 RaiSE presentation brochure RaiSE presentation brochure 16/03/2017 SWARE project infograph Visual material presenting the SWARE project 16/03/2017 Policy brief on Sustainable... A policy brief highlighting SUMP as a modern planning concept to promote low carbon urban mobility.  16/03/2017 Policy brief on low-carbon... This policy prief highlights policy developments in the EU in the field of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and... 16/03/2017 SPEED UP project basics A scroll through the SPEED UP project basics 16/03/2017 SPEED UP project leaflet A leaflet of project SPEED UP 16/03/2017 iEER project leaflet A leaflet of project iEER 16/03/2017 Policy brief on the role of... A policy brief on the Small Business Act for Europe. 16/03/2017 InnoBridge project leaflet A leaflet of project InnoBridge 16/03/2017 CLUSTERS3 Open Conference... 16/03/2017 CLUSTERS3 project brochure A brochure of project CLUSTERS3 16/03/2017 NICHE project leaflet Leaflet of NICE project 16/03/2017 Clusters support smart... A policy brief highlighting the growing synergies between policies supporting smart specialisation policy implementation... Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Halting ocean plastics pollution Read this policy brief to learn about suitable solutions for addressing the challenges of ocean plastics pollution, and to discover how communities are engaging the civil society to tackle the massive issue of littering. PDF (0.99MB) Download Policy briefs, SME competitiveness Internationalisation of SMEs This policy brief focuses on the internationalisation of SMEs activities as a factor of competitiveness for businesses and an engine for growth and welfare for the economy and the territories. PDF (698.30KB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy Championing sustainable energy in SMEs This policy brief outlines how SMEs can overcome barriers to invest in energy efficiency and sustainable energy. PDF (1.17MB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Rivers and wetlands: drivers of sustainable regional development Read this policy brief and get an overview of how the current EU policy framework may guide and support local and regional authorities in the implementation of river and wetland restoration measures. PDF (1.57MB) Download Policy briefs, research and innovation Innovation in less-developed regions Explore the importance of research and innovation in less-developed European regions to promote regional convergence within the European Union. PDF (779.54KB) Download Policy briefs, SME competitiveness Vouchers for the competitiveness of SMEs This policy brief focuses on the use of vouchers to foster SME competitiveness and aims at providing a comprehensive overview of the good practices and the policy improvements basing on voucher schemes in those projects. PDF (1.28MB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Sustainable water management in the circular economy In order to make Europe more sustainable and to become a pillar in the shift towards a circular economy, water management needs to improve significantly. Get inspired by policy solutions in this policy brief. PDF (1.78MB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy Skills for the energy transition We need to foster skills for the energy transition at local and regional levels to encourage clean technologies and energy-efficient applications to reach the European Union's climate targets. PDF (1.30MB) Download Policy briefs, research and innovation Skills for innovation Discover five policy recommendations using the experience of Interreg Europe projects dealing with the development of skills for innovation to offer regions a path towards better regional innovation. PDF (1.10MB) Download Policy briefs, SME competitiveness The social economy and support to social enterprises The social economy is a crucial part of the EU socioeconomic landscape. To foster the growth of the EU social economy, policy action is needed. This policy brief aims to spotlight Interreg Europe projects that work to improve their local social economy. PDF (658.67KB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy Sustainable urban logistics Urban logistics is responsible for significant carbon emissions, air pollutants and urban noise. Authorities realise that clean urban logistics need to become mainstream to support continued sustainable economic growth. PDF (1.08MB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Sustainable tourism: strategies to counteract overtourism Overtourism has a devastating impact on natural and cultural heritage of many popular holiday spots around the world. This policy brief presents solutions to the current challenges of the tourism sector. PDF (1.66MB) Download Policy briefs, SME competitiveness Facilitating business transfers for sustaining jobs and economic activity In order to achieve more successful business transfers, the complexities of the process should be taken into account. In this policy brief you'll discover business transfer challenges and good practices from Interreg Europe partner regions as potential so PDF (575.52KB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy Energy self-consumption Self-consumption of renewable energy can provide financial, environmental and security benefits for households, businesses, grid operators and society at large. PDF (892.43KB) Download Policy briefs, research and innovation Innovation networks Innovation networks are central to the innovation process as they facilitate mutual learning and knowledge transfer. Explore the role of innovation networks within regional innovation ecosystems. PDF (551.25KB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Separate waste collection The European Union (EU) is aiming to reduce the environmental impact of waste and its dependency on raw material imports and thus fosters the transition towards more sustainable materials management and a circular economy. PDF (1.09MB) Download Policy briefs, SME competitiveness Efficient business support ecosystems This policy brief explores various models for implementing and managing multiple-stakeholder collaborative practices for better business support delivery. PDF (918.40KB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Good governance for biodiversity The economic development in Europe in the past century put an enormous burden on biodiversity. Biodiversity is vital for human health and is important for economic factors with over half of global GDP depending on ecosystem services. PDF (797.36KB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Built Cultural Heritage Explore successful approaches and solutions in protecting, conserving and valorising of heritage buildings of cultural and historical value. PDF (976.25KB) Download Policy briefs, research and innovation Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) Learn from practices implemented in different regional institutional contexts such as concrete and transformative policy changes on regional policy challenges ranging from the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process (EDP) to S3 Monitoring. PDF (793.23KB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy Cycling cities Cycling has many socio-economic, health and environmental benefits that its promotion should be a logical policy choice. This policy brief helps turn these dreams into reality with good practices, guidance and recommendations backed by real-life examples. PDF (1.33MB) Download Policy briefs, SME competitiveness Boosting entrepreneurship in rural areas Boosting entrepreneurship in rural areas opens new opportunities and markets. Rural SMEs show great potential as a source of economic growth and innovation. PDF (782.51KB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Sustainable waste management in a circular economy The shift from a linear to a circular economy is a major challenge that requires sustainable management of waste and resources. PDF (1.50MB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy Supporting local bioenergy development Bioenergy is one of the most flexible renewables that does not release new carbon into the atmosphere. Discover European Frameworks, funding schemes and Good Practices in this Policy Brief. PDF (1.51MB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy Improving the convenience of public transport The shift to a low-carbon economy will rely heavily on the use of zero-emission vehicles and increased use of public transport. Take a look at how you can improve its convenience in your region. PDF (1.12MB) Download Policy briefs, research and innovation University-Industry collaboration University-industry collaboration is a key component of the regional innovation policy-mix as the successful exploitation of R&D results is fundamental for regional competitiveness. 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DRT can also have significant environmental benefits through reducing the number of private vehicles on the road, and by supporting multi PDF (814.61KB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Circular Economy Business Models in the EU Discover the challenges and solutions that policymakers face in implementing circular economy business models. This policy brief includes recommendations on how to speed up the development of these models. PDF (836.71KB) Download Policy briefs, research and innovation Policy challenges in exploiting research and innovation infrastructure The European research and innovation infrastructure ecosystem is diverse in scale and scope. In the Interreg Europe community there are a number of projects tackling research and innovation infrastructure from different perspectives and their experience c PDF (1.18MB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Cultural Routes in Europe Discover the transnational routes that help tourists discover how Europeans have lived since ancient times. This policy brief presents the Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes Programme, the EU’s policies on Cultural Routes, as well as lessons from interre PDF (1.03MB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy Funding Energy Efficiency through Financial Instruments Europe faces a major challenge to renovate its building stock and achieve its carbon emission targets. Doing so will be achieved through both public funds and investment from private funds. Read more about how public authorities can help to leverage priva PDF (740.84KB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Use of technologies for better protection and management of nature and biodiversity Explore the link between technology use and the protection of natural heritage. Several good practices demonstrate inspiring examples on how emphasising the benefits of technologies and stimulating their uptake leads to great benefits. PDF (918.65KB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy Promoting Active Modes of Transport Regional authorities prioritise the encouragement of active transport thanks to its health and other benefits such as reduction of car use, congestion and air and noise pollution. PDF (1.34MB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Eco-innovation Production-consumption trends are putting excessive and unsustainable strain on the environment. Resource input costs are becoming volatile. Read in this policy brief why eco-innovation is a potential solution. PDF (1.25MB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy Renewable Energy Communities At its most basic, renewable energy communities involve generation of energy from renewable resources and technologies, which are partly or wholly owned by local communities. PDF (615.22KB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Digital solutions in the field of cultural heritage This policy brief provides information on digital solutions in the field of cultural heritage PDF (1.41MB) Download Policy briefs, research and innovation The challenges and necessity of rural innovation Rural regions make up roughly half of the territory of the EU-28. By building innovation capacity and implementing innovative solutions, rural and sparsely populated areas can overcome PDF (1.00MB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy E-mobility Electric mobility (e-mobility) has emerged as one of the most promising technological solutions to replace fossil fuels, and has the potential to power most forms of personal and public transport. Local and regional authorities have a vital role to play i PDF (827.43KB) Download Policy briefs, SME competitiveness Public-private startup accelerators in regional business support ecosystems This policy brief discusses public-private partnership based accelerator models being set up as a response to the challenge of identifying and supporting innovative startups. PDF (937.26KB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy Behaviour Change for Energy Efficiency As buildings account for 40% of energy consumption in the EU and more than 35% of CO2 emissions, improving their energy performance has become a key policy aim in order to meet long-term climate and emissions targets. PDF (360.05KB) Download Policy briefs, research and innovation The role of staff exchange and mobility schemes in accelerating innovation policy transfer and uptake of good practices The objective of this policy brief is to present some of the examples of mobility/staff exchange schemes that have deployed within Interreg Europe projects, notably to support innovation and cluster programme development. PDF (620.04KB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Food Waste This policy brief highlights policies and approaches which have been taken to prevent and reduce food waste, with focus on EU waste policy developments and regional actions. PDF (1.22MB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) are planning instruments for cities that encourage joined-up decision-making across sectors and between stakeholders, for providing high- quality, sustainable mobility. The SUMP concept is elaborated by the Europea PDF (587.10KB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Protection and sustainable management of heritage in coastal and fluvial regions The policy brief presents the main challenges that coastal and fluvial regions are facing with regards to protection and sustainable management of cultural and natural heritage assets. It demonstrates that cultural and natural heritage is a significant as PDF (0.99MB) Download Low-carbon economy Renewable Energy Communities At its most basic, renewable energy communities involve generation of energy from renewable resources and technologies, which are partly or wholly owned by local communities. PDF (615.22KB) Download Environment and resource efficiency Digital solutions in the field of cultural heritage The document provides a brief overview of the EU policy documents addressing digitisation of cultural heritage and presents inspiring good practices stemming from the Interreg Europe projects. PDF (1.41MB) Download Policy briefs, research and innovation Towards synergies between S3P-Industry and Interreg Europe projects This policy brief identifies potential complementarities and synergies between partnerships of the Smart Specialisation Thematic Platform for Industrial Modernisation (S3P-Industry) and Interreg Europe projects. PDF (936.38KB) Download Low-carbon economy Demand-responsive transport The aim of this policy brief is to highlight the benefits of DRT for European regions, outline some of the barriers to its uptake, and show how European support can help to overcome them. PDF (814.61KB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Role of Green Public Procurement in improving resource efficiency Public procurements representing approximately 19% of EU GDP. By using procurement as a tool strategic policy goals can be reached. This policy brief addresses the EU policies, approaches and good practices aimed at promoting green public procurement. PDF (536.08KB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy Governance Change for Energy Efficiency in Buildings This paper presents the work done in Interreg Europe projects, looking at how governance and behavioural change can support the transition to low carbon energy. It will present good practices which are readily transferable, and make recommendations for re PDF (708.41KB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Sustainable tourism The policy brief demonstrates that cultural and natural heritage is a significant asset for local communities and sustainable tourism development. PDF (791.62KB) Download Policy briefs, research and innovation The ins and outs of the Vanguard Initiative The Vanguard Initiative seeks to support interregional cooperation notably through industrial clusters and innovation ecosystems creating new competitive advantages for Europe, member states and regions. PDF (1.31MB) Download Policy briefs, SME competitiveness Digital transformation and SMEs: what regions can do This policy brief is an introduction to the policy field of digitalisation and digital transformation. PDF (507.37KB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy Improving energy efficiency in buildings This policy brief analyses Interreg Europe projects dealing with this issue and gives a clear overview on how to tackle the widespread problem. PDF (1.04MB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy Smart grids: flexibility from new sources needed to make renewable power work This policy brief looks into why there is an increasing demand for flexibility in the electricity grid, how this flexibility can be provided, what the main challenges are, and how Interreg Europe projects are dealing with flexibility in the electricity gr PDF (1.49MB) Download Policy briefs, SME competitiveness Access to finance for innovative SMEs Past and ongoing European projects have tried and tested solutions in this field and serve as valuable insight for practitioners eager to support innovative SMEs and start-ups. 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15/02/2017
Industrial symbiosis is one of the tools European regions and cities can use when building a circular economy model. Read our Policy Brief to learn how?
Type: Platform
19/11/2019
19 November, eight European cities and regions partnering in RCIA - The Regional Creative Industries Alliance.
Type: Project
07/06/2017 - 08/06/2017
The fourth interregional policy learning meeting of the BRIDGES project took place on 7 - 8 June 2017 in Helsinki, Finland.
Type: Project
12/11/2020
Innova Foster project has already achieved change regarding the Regional Development Programme (RDP) of Podravje Region
Type: Project
20/06/2017 - 21/06/2017
Interregional workshop on how to plan and unlock public and private investments
Type: Project
10/04/2019
Four interregional policy matchmaking sessions taking place at the fifth edition of the interregional cooperation forum 'Europe, let's cooperate!'
Type: Platform
11/01/2021
The overarching theme of this 2nd Workshop will be integrating ecosystem management challenges in Planning at all scales (national, regional local), Do join!
Type: Project
15/05/2019 - 16/05/2019
The Policy Makers of hte ITHACA partners will be presented to useful tools before they start with drafting their regional Action Plan for Smart Health
Type: Project