The city of Emmen, partner of the RELOS3 project, and the City of Sabadell, project’s Lead Partner, organised the (virtual) final High-Level Event of this Interreg Europe project, on the 12th May 2021.

This event puts an end to this 5-year project where six partners, from six European countries have learnt, exchanged good practices, and develop their Actions Plans regarding how to promote delivery of innovation at the lowest (local) level. This unique approach within the boundaries of the Interreg Europe RELOS3 program has helped the collaborating administrations to turn cities and local regions into innovation drivers around emerging strategic themes/sectors that are expected to offer broad business and job opportunities in the years to come.

The event started with the welcoming by Guido Rink, councillor City of Emmen, who pointed out the relevance of this HLE for the RELOS3 project in order to reflect on learnings, and the new experience obtained by partners thanks to this project, as well as the pitfalls and elements of improvement to be used as inspiration for future collaborations. 

After this welcoming, Iolanda Repullo, Head of Business Support at the Economic Development Agency of Sabadell Municipality and lead partner of the RELOS3, made an evaluation of the project.

Ségolène Jean, Finance Officer of JTS of Interreg Europe, was the third person to intervene in this HLE. Her intervention focussed on the current state of play of the Interreg Europe and the conclusion of the RELOS3 project for the program. 

The RELOS3 High Level event continued with the presentation of Laura Capel, Phd and Manager at FI Group and expert in innovation strategies at local level. 

Second part of the meeting

The second part of the meeting was devoted to the presentations of the six RELOS3 partners, who discussed in two round tables their experiences and practices regarding the impact in achieving policy change (first roundtable) and the difficulties and success in putting the local level in their RIS3 map (second round table).

Round table 1. Impact in achieving policy change

  • Emmen, by Roel Folkersma, City of Emmen
  • Wielkopolska, by Michał Ptaszyński Head of Wielkopolska 2050 Division. Marshal Office of the Wielkopolska Region Department of Economy
  • Tartu, Allo Lilles, Head Of Business Development Department at Smart City

Round table 2. Difficulties and success in putting the local level in the partners’ RIS3 map

  • Sabadell, by Anna Puiggròs, European Projects Officer at the Economic Development Agency of Sabadell Municipality.
  • Bologna, by Marino Cavallo
  • Malta, by Pedro Álvarez, Head, EU Projects - Corporate Programmes and Initiatives, Malta Enterprise

Full report

Curious about the full report of the meeting? Click on the link below to find the report in the library: