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Get inspired by policy solutions in this policy brief. Read now Policy brief: 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. Read now Policy brief: 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. Read more The knowledge hub regroups valuable resources in the forms of documents, webinar replays and the latest European news. Our thematic experts put these items together in collaboration with Interreg Europe projects and European experts in the field.Do you have a particular interest in a subject and want to discuss it with our thematic experts and community? Send over your request via our policy helpdesk.  Select the topic(s) of your interest in the bar below and explore the knowledge hub!  Research and innovation SME competitiveness Low-carbon economy Environment and resource efficiency Search Policy briefs The most recent expert analyses of the Interreg Europe projects and their topics See all 07/06/2021 Championing sustainable energy in SMEs SMEs have a significant impact on the economy and environment, but their fragmentation makes their low-carbon transition... Tags: Economy, ... 19/05/2021 Rivers and wetlands: drivers of sustainable regional... Read this policy brief and get an overview of how the current EU policy framework may guide and support local and... Tags: Policy-brief 19/04/2021 Innovation in less-developed regions Explore the importance of research and innovation in less-developed European regions to promote regional convergence... Tags: Policy-brief 08/04/2021 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... Tags: Policy-brief, ... 03/03/2021 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... Tags: Policy-brief 24/02/2021 Skills for the energy transition We need to foster skills for the energy transition at local and regional levels to encourage clean technologies and... Tags: Economy, ... 20/01/2021 Skills for innovation Discover five policy recommendations using the experience of Interreg Europe projects dealing with the development of... Tags: Policy-brief 18/01/2021 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,... Tags: Policy-brief, ... 17/12/2020 Sustainable urban logistics Urban logistics is responsible for significant carbon emissions, air pollutants and urban noise. Authorities realise... Tags: Economy, ... 14/12/2020 Sustainable tourism: strategies to counteract overtourism Overtourism has a devastating impact on natural and cultural heritage of many popular holiday spots around the world.... Tags: Policy-brief 29/09/2020 Facilitating business transfers for sustaining jobs and... In order to achieve more successful business transfers, the complexities of the process should be taken into account. In... Tags: Policy-brief, ... 28/09/2020 Energy self-consumption Self-consumption of renewable energy can provide financial, environmental and security benefits for households,... Tags: Economy, ... 25/09/2020 Innovation networks Innovation networks are central to the innovation process as they facilitate mutual learning and knowledge transfer.... Tags: Policy-brief 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... Tags: Policy-brief 11/08/2020 Efficient business support ecosystems This policy brief explores various models for implementing and managing multiple-stakeholder collaborative practices for... Tags: Policy-brief, ... 15/07/2020 Good governance for biodiversity The economic development in Europe in the past century put an enormous burden on biodiversity. Biodiversity is vital for... Tags: Policy-brief 06/07/2020 Built Cultural Heritage Explore successful approaches and solutions in protecting, conserving and valorising of heritage buildings of cultural... Tags: Policy-brief 01/07/2020 Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) Learn from practices implemented in different regional institutional contexts such as concrete and transformative policy... Tags: Policy-brief 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, ... 10/04/2020 Boosting entrepreneurship in rural areas Boosting entrepreneurship in rural areas opens new opportunities and markets. Rural SMEs show great potential as a... Tags: Policy-brief, ... 02/04/2020 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... Tags: Policy-brief 30/03/2020 Supporting local bioenergy development Bioenergy is one of the most flexible renewables that does not release new carbon into the atmosphere. Discover European... Tags: Economy, ... 21/02/2020 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... Tags: Economy, ... 28/01/2020 University-Industry collaboration University-industry collaboration is a key component of the regional innovation policy-mix as the successful... Tags: Policy-brief 21/01/2020 Urban ecosystems Discover the importance of green infrastructure and nature-based solutions for the development of sustainable cities Tags: Policy-brief 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, ... 02/09/2019 Industry 4.0 This policy brief features six policy recommendations to support the development of industry 4.0 Tags: Policy-brief 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, ... 23/04/2019 Circular Economy Business Models in the EU Discover the challenges and solutions that policymakers face in implementing circular economy business models. This... Tags: Policy-brief 03/04/2019 Policy challenges in exploiting research and innovation... The European research and innovation infrastructure ecosystem is diverse in scale and scope. In the Interreg Europe... Tags: Policy-brief 03/04/2019 Cultural Routes in Europe Discover the transnational routes that help tourists discover how Europeans have lived since ancient times. This policy... Tags: Policy-brief 26/03/2019 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... Tags: Economy, ... 21/03/2019 Use of technologies for better protection and management of... Explore the link between technology use and the protection of natural heritage. Several good practices demonstrate... Tags: Policy-brief 12/03/2019 Promoting Active Modes of Transport Regional authorities prioritise the encouragement of active transport thanks to its health and other benefits such as... Tags: Economy, ... 28/02/2019 Eco-innovation Production-consumption trends are putting excessive and unsustainable strain on the environment. Resource input costs... Tags: Policy-brief 19/02/2019 Renewable Energy Communities At its most basic, renewable energy communities involve generation of energy from renewable resources and technologies,... Tags: Economy, ... 12/02/2019 Digital solutions in the field of cultural heritage This policy brief provides information on digital solutions in the field of cultural heritage Tags: Policy-brief 22/01/2019 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... Tags: Policy-brief 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, ... 21/12/2018 Public-private startup accelerators in regional business... This policy brief discusses public-private partnership based accelerator models being set up as a response to the... Tags: Policy-brief, ... 19/12/2018 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... Tags: Economy, ... 04/12/2018 The role of staff exchange and mobility schemes in... The objective of this policy brief is to present some of the examples of mobility/staff exchange schemes that have... Tags: Policy-brief 16/10/2018 Food Waste This policy brief highlights policies and approaches which have been taken to prevent and reduce food waste, with focus... Tags: Policy-brief 05/10/2018 Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) are planning instruments for cities that encourage joined-up decision-making... Tags: Economy, ... 25/09/2018 Protection and sustainable management of heritage in coastal... The policy brief presents the main challenges that coastal and fluvial regions are facing with regards to protection and... Tags: Policy-brief 10/07/2018 Towards synergies between S3P-Industry and Interreg Europe... This policy brief identifies potential complementarities and synergies between partnerships of the Smart Specialisation... Tags: Policy-brief 24/05/2018 Role of Green Public Procurement in improving resource... Public procurements representing approximately 19% of EU GDP. By using procurement as a tool strategic policy goals can... Tags: Policy-brief 14/05/2018 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... Tags: Economy, ... 03/05/2018 Sustainable tourism The policy brief demonstrates that cultural and natural heritage is a significant asset for local communities and... Tags: Policy-brief 11/10/2017 The ins and outs of the Vanguard Initiative The Vanguard Initiative seeks to support interregional cooperation notably through industrial clusters and innovation... Tags: Policy-brief 09/10/2017 Digital transformation and SMEs: what regions can do This policy brief is an introduction to the policy field of digitalisation and digital transformation. Tags: Policy-brief, ... 21/09/2017 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... Tags: Economy, ... 21/09/2017 Smart grids: flexibility from new sources needed to make... This policy brief looks into why there is an increasing demand for flexibility in the electricity grid, how this... Tags: Economy, ... 21/09/2017 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... Tags: Policy-brief, ... 21/09/2017 Financing energy efficiency: models and lessons Experts from the Policy Learning Platform show which financial instruments can be used to improve energy efficiency. Tags: Economy, ... 21/09/2017 The role of regions in the implementation of the Small... This policy brief introduces the possibilities that regions have to support the implementation of the Small Business Act... Tags: Policy-brief, ... 21/09/2017 Sustainable management of bio-waste: Regional cooperation... This policy brief highlights the approaches which have been taken to improve management of bio-waste. The focus is put... Tags: Policy-brief 21/09/2017 Industrial symbiosis This policy brief provides information on how industrial symbiosis is supported by EU policy framework and on the... Tags: Policy-brief 21/09/2017 The SME policy of the European Union This Policy Brief introduces some initiatives and policies forming the SME policy of the European Union, the European... Tags: Policy-brief, ... 21/09/2017 Engagement of private investments to bring research and... This policy brief focuses on the desire to to bring research and development results to the market. Emphasis is put on... Tags: Policy-brief 21/09/2017 Protection of biodiversity and natural heritage: Exchange of... The policy brief highlights the need to improve the relevant policies and to provide multi-stakeholder solutions for... Tags: Policy-brief 21/09/2017 The role of cities and regions in promoting resource... This policy brief highlights the need to use resources in a sustainable way and presents key policy developments in this... Tags: Policy-brief 21/09/2017 The role of Clusters in supporting the Smart Specialisation... This policy brief seeks to shed some light on the emerging synergies on policies supporting smart specialisation policy... Tags: Policy-brief 21/09/2017 Enabling synergies through coordination between H2020 and... Creating synergies between Horizon 2020 and Structural Funds is a current challenge for European Managing Authorities.... Tags: Policy-brief 21/09/2017 Protection and sustainable management of cultural heritage:... This Policy Brief highlights the value of cultural heritage, and considers how regional actors can meet the challenges,... Tags: Policy-brief 21/09/2017 The triple helix challenge: Bridging the gap between science... A policy brief on EU-financed instruments that can be used to bridge the gap between the academia and the policymakers. Tags: Policy-brief 31/08/2017 Cultural heritage in urban areas: Sustaining heritage in... This policy brief highlights the approaches aimed at securing the sustainable management of cultural heritage in urban... Tags: Policy-brief 31/08/2017 Ecosystem services: Interregional cooperation for sustaining... Policy brief on EU policies, approaches and good practices as concerns protection and restoration of ecosystem services. Tags: Policy-brief 31/08/2017 Citizen engagement in the protection of cultural heritage This policy brief considers the mechanisms that can be used to foster the participation of citizens in cultural heritage... Tags: Policy-brief 31/08/2017 Promoting the low carbon economy in the EU: planning for... A Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) as a modern planning concept to promote low carbon urban mobility. Tags: Economy, ... 31/08/2017 Promoting the Low Carbon Economy in the EU: EU Policies and... Cities and regions will be an integral player in reducing emissions, achieving the Paris objectives and securing green... Tags: Economy, ... 31/08/2017 Role of regional networks and clusters as an instrument for... The brief gives insight on European initiatives that leverage the internationalisation efforts as well as Interreg... Tags: Policy-brief, ... 31/08/2017 Business acceleration schemes for start-ups, focus on... How accelerators can contribute to increase internationalisation of start-ups. Tags: Policy-brief, ... 31/08/2017 The potential of cross sectoral value chain innovation This policy brief explores the concept of cross-border and cross-sectoral value chain innovation and highlights the... Tags: Policy-brief, ... 31/08/2017 The regional ecosystem scoreboard methodology: a tool to... RES is a statistical tool, designed primarily for policy-makers responsible for regional, industrial, innovation and... Tags: Policy-brief 31/08/2017 Cooperation, complementarities and alignment of different... This policy brief highlights the possibilities for improving of policy measures presented in the Common Provision... Tags: Policy-brief Policy briefs, low-carbon economy Championing sustainable energy in SMEs SMEs have a significant impact on the economy and environment, but their fragmentation makes their low-carbon transition a particular challenge. SMEs face several barriers to invest in energy efficiency and sustainable energy measures such as low-awarenes 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. PDF (830.91KB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Urban ecosystems Discover the importance of green infrastructure and nature-based solutions for the development of sustainable cities PDF (1.49MB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy One-Stop-Shops One-Stop-Shops (OSS) bring together the full gamut of policy interventions, working with stakeholders to provide skills and knowledge for home renovation. PDF (621.65KB) Download Policy briefs, research and innovation Industry 4.0 This policy brief features six policy recommendations to support the development of industry 4.0 PDF (1.40MB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy Demand Responsive Transport Demand-responsive transport (DRT) is a flexible mode of transportation that adapts to the demands of its user groups. 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 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 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. PDF (567.78KB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy Financing energy efficiency: models and lessons Experts from the Policy Learning Platform show which financial instruments can be used to improve energy efficiency. PDF (429.09KB) Download Policy briefs, SME competitiveness The role of regions in the implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe This policy brief introduces the possibilities that regions have to support the implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe. PDF (233.58KB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Sustainable management of bio-waste: Regional cooperation for improved bio-waste management This policy brief highlights the approaches which have been taken to improve management of bio-waste. The focus is put on European Union waste policy developments and regional actions encouraging more sustainable management of bio-waste. PDF (454.95KB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Industrial symbiosis This policy brief provides information on how industrial symbiosis is supported by EU policy framework and on the potential actions regions and cities can take to support the establishment of sustainable industrial networks that are based on exchanges of PDF (748.39KB) Download Policy briefs, SME competitiveness The SME policy of the European Union This Policy Brief introduces some initiatives and policies forming the SME policy of the European Union, the European Small Business Act considered as the overarching policy. PDF (260.31KB) Download Policy briefs, research and innovation Engagement of private investments to bring research and deveopment results to the market This policy brief focuses on the desire to to bring research and development results to the market. Emphasis is put on "off-the-shelf" financial instruments and the co-investment model. PDF (190.47KB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Protection of biodiversity and natural heritage: Exchange of experience and policy learning for greener Europe The policy brief highlights the need to improve the relevant policies and to provide multi-stakeholder solutions for protection and sustainable use of the natural capital. Emphasis is put on the exchange of experience and policy learning for greener Europ PDF (263.02KB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency The role of cities and regions in promoting resource efficiency across the EU This policy brief highlights the need to use resources in a sustainable way and presents key policy developments in this direction. Emphasis is put on policy actions of cities and regions aiming to improve resource efficiency. PDF (399.13KB) Download Policy briefs, research and innovation The role of Clusters in supporting the Smart Specialisation Thematic Platforms: Focus on Industrial Modernisation This policy brief seeks to shed some light on the emerging synergies on policies supporting smart specialisation policy implementation and cluster policy development, both key factors in driving regional innovation and growth, notably for SMEs. It also re () Download Policy briefs, research and innovation Enabling synergies through coordination between H2020 and ESIF Creating synergies between Horizon 2020 and Structural Funds is a current challenge for European Managing Authorities. This policy brief sums up the tools and approaches supporting such synergies. PDF (314.76KB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Protection and sustainable management of cultural heritage: The role of regional cooperation in preserving cultural heritage This Policy Brief highlights the value of cultural heritage, and considers how regional actors can meet the challenges, and ensure sustainable management of these assets. PDF (249.38KB) Download Policy briefs, research and innovation The triple helix challenge: Bridging the gap between science and policymaking A policy brief on EU-financed instruments that can be used to bridge the gap between the academia and the policymakers. PDF (268.22KB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Cultural heritage in urban areas: Sustaining heritage in cities and towns This policy brief highlights the approaches aimed at securing the sustainable management of cultural heritage in urban areas. PDF (319.52KB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Ecosystem services: Interregional cooperation for sustaining the European natural capital Policy brief on EU policies, approaches and good practices as concerns protection and restoration of ecosystem services. PDF (697.01KB) Download Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency Citizen engagement in the protection of cultural heritage This policy brief considers the mechanisms that can be used to foster the participation of citizens in cultural heritage projects and the value which this can bring. PDF (1.69MB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy Promoting the low carbon economy in the EU: planning for sustainable urban mobility A Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) as a modern planning concept to promote low carbon urban mobility. PDF (92.18KB) Download Policy briefs, low-carbon economy Promoting the Low Carbon Economy in the EU: EU Policies and the Role of Cities and Regions Cities and regions will be an integral player in reducing emissions, achieving the Paris objectives and securing green growth, energy security and competitiveness. This policy brief presents a general overview of EU policies supporting the efforts of citi PDF (89.37KB) Download Policy briefs, SME competitiveness Role of regional networks and clusters as an instrument for internationalisation of SMEs The brief gives insight on European initiatives that leverage the internationalisation efforts as well as Interreg Europe projects that (1) address the role of regional networks and clusters as instruments able to foster the internationalisation of SMEs a PDF (80.23KB) Download Policy briefs, SME competitiveness Business acceleration schemes for start-ups, focus on internationalisation How accelerators can contribute to increase internationalisation of start-ups. PDF (935.91KB) Download Policy briefs, SME competitiveness The potential of cross sectoral value chain innovation This policy brief explores the concept of cross-border and cross-sectoral value chain innovation and highlights the potential benefits in the context of regional smart specialisation strategies and innovation policies. PDF (635.69KB) Download Policy briefs, research and innovation The regional ecosystem scoreboard methodology: a tool to help analyse regional development framework conditions RES is a statistical tool, designed primarily for policy-makers responsible for regional, industrial, innovation and cluster policies and to help them identify the bottlenecks of the wider regional eco-system that could be targeted through specific polici PDF (516.21KB) Download Policy briefs, research and innovation Cooperation, complementarities and alignment of different funding sources for a more efficient use of resources This policy brief highlights the possibilities for improving of policy measures presented in the Common Provision Regulations (CPR 1303/2013), and in particular its Article 70 (Art 70), which allows investments outside the programme area. 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Project summary 10 partners from 7 countries in peripheral, rural and emerging European regions are collaborating to help each partner develop inclusive digital innovation ecosystems and services that meet the current and future needs of their economies and society to become dynamic players in local and global development . The project will improve its 7 selected policy instruments to help them to become better enablers and deliverers of digital innovation. CARPE DIGEM will examine how the partners in close collaboration with their regional public, private and community stakeholders, can better communicate and enage their regions in improving strategies for digital transformation, predicting and developing new skills and competencies for the future. CARPE DIGEM is primarily about how to create functioning and sustainable Digital Innovation Ecosystems (DIGEMs) in regions considered to be outside the digital, economic and social core of Europe, traditional 'receivers' of innovation and change. CARPE DIGEM will show how we can collectively catalyse, lever, network and expand inter-regional digital eco-systems outside metropolitan Europe, to help provide universal access to the integrated digital solutions and eco-systems our citizens, public administrations and businesses need. €1,737,910.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Research and innovation What will this project change? By designing a learning and application 'Loop' at regional and inter-regional levels CARPE DIGEM partners will better achieve their global objective of improving regional economic and social growth trajectories through 'permanent digital evolution and innovation'. The project will ensure: • Accessible and wide ranging knowledge of responsible policy makers and key stakeholders to support and establish sustainable DIGEMS. DIGEMS will ensure that innovative digital products and services that lead to Improvements in Growth, employment and investment and in the quality of life will be delivered. • Significant improvement to staff, expert and stakeholder skills who integrate territorial needs and models within the wider European digital innovation networks • Well skilled and equipped digital mediators to enable rural youth, entrepreneurs and the socially/economically excluded to fully benefit from and contribute to digital innovation • 6 regional DIH working in network under the CARPE DIGEM approach • 15 new companies exploiting digital tools and services in the area of: Digital education; Healthcare; Creative industry; Tourism; Energy Industrial design and Media  • 50 SMEs supported through Digital Innovation Hubs enhanced or established through projects resulting from CARPE DIGEM • Digital Innovation projects resulting from CARPE DIGEM Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? The North West Strategic Growth Plan The NW Region of the island of Ireland is the only functional economic region of such scale which experiences a national jurisdictional border. As such, specific arrangements through the North West Partnership Board (NWPB) have been made and a policy instrument, the North West Strategic Growth Plan.” developed. It has 3 axes: 1 Economic growth and investment; 2 Physical and environmental development; 3 Social and community cohesion and wellbeing. The 1st axis aims “to enhance the region’s innovation ecosystem to capture jobs and enterprises in the next wave of digital innovation” Key priorities: 1. Focus transformation efforts on five (S3) targets: Advanced manufacturing, Fintech, Life & health science, Digital & creative industries, Culture & tourism 2. Develop, deepen, leverage and apply digital research resources across S3 targets to create enterprises, investment, jobs and skills. 3. Configure base of tech parks and innovation centres into coherent networks of innovation Improved thru measures to transfer research and development activities from 3rd level institutions to existing & new enterprises and B2B. Requiring access to latest university/3rd level-enterprise collaboration, methodologies and innovation approaches (characterised by DEI DIH service list). In addition 3rd level sector can be better grown through use of venture capital startup/accelerator funding, by gearing its activities towards transfer of research capacity into viable businesses. Which partners are working on this? European Regions Network for Application of Communications Technology Operational Programme "Regional Madeira 2014-2020" Priority axis 1 - Strengthening Research, Technological Development and Innovation. Investment Priority 1.b The priorities for intervention is the OP Madeira 2014-2020, where IDE, IP-RAM is the Intermediate Body. The regional action will focus on Priority axis 1 - Strengthening Research, Technological Development and Innovation which best reflects our ambitions in the CARPE DIGEM Project Investment Priority 1.b  -  The principal measures of interest are: Promoting business investment in innovation and research, Develop links and synergies between enterprises, research centers and R & D and the higher education sector, in particular the promotion of development of products and services Technology transfer, social innovation, and co-development and applications of public stimulation of demand, in networks, clusters and open innovation through intelligent specialization, Support for applied technological research, Pilot lines, actions for the early validation of products, What should be improved: • identify more clearly the structural constraints in the area of ​​RTDI related to DIGEMs which are barriers to reaching Europe 2020 Strategy Goals • ensure greater clarification of actions to be undertaken to reinforce the regional DIGEM and its role in reinforcing other EPs of Regional Strategy such as green economy, culture economy, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources • Ensure a fair balance in project prioritization criteria within the OP Madeira 2014-2020, ensuring an appropriate allocation of resources to priority areas for job creation and, for skills/infrastructure Which partners are working on this? Business Development Institute of the Autonomous Region of Madeira Regional Development Strategy (RUS) Vasterbotten, The selected PI points at the need to co-create cross-overs between traditional areas to create innovative digital services in industry and for a smart urban-rural balanced region. To strengthen the region’s focal areas “intersections” are used, that is - areas of expertise/sector crossing other areas, leading to innovative leaps, to create potential for future investments, by promoting inter-sectoral meetings between different enterprises, organisations and expertise. An intersection that will be focused is the development of industrial technology and services, requiring new concepts and ICT solutions, offered by, operators in the digital creative sector. These types of inter-sectoral contributions will be prioritised. The region’s on-going rapid digitalisation, needs to be ‘eco-systemic’ to provide as is envisaged under EC "Digitising European Industry" Communication (COM(2016)180) that "any industry in Europe, big or small, wherever situated and in any sector can fully benefit from digital innovations to upgrade its products, improve its processes and adapt its business models to the digital change’. The existing PI lacks concretization on how to achieve this ambitions and establish such co-creative border- crossings wher innovative digital products and solutions can be developed. The PI needs to devlope strategies for learning between successful examples of boarder-crossing solutions and supporting ecosystems on regional as well as national and European level. Which partners are working on this? Region of Vasterbotten Uminova Expression Regional Programme Bourgogne ERDF/ESF 2014-2020 Specific Objective 1b Axe I of the OP underlines the need to increase the research and innovation potential of the territory in order to serve the Competitiveness and employment of Burgundian (Nièvre) companies. Measure 1b's objective is to address the challenge of facilitating and encouraging the emergence of new fields of innovation. The measure underlines the need to strengthen relations with Competence Centers and (the wider digital innovation ecosystem) to amplify the dynamic of creating innovative enterprises linked to the strategic areas identified by the RIS3. This (improvement will be achieved through the improved development of the local ecosystem of innovation (detection, start-up, maturation, incubation) its better regional integration as well as the development of research; Public-private and private-private partnership in relation to National, European strategic agendas. In 2011, Burgundy was 17th of 21 French regions in regional business creation rate. BFC (and subsequently Nièvre) economic fabric is made up of small businesses with a low RDI capacity. The Policy Instrument needs to be improved in order to a) provide more strategic ‘guidance and pathways’ for business and citizens developing a support and competence ecosystem, with consistent and comprehensive access to innovation services/ and mediation-brokerage-coaching support b) enable public and private sector service deliverers to better map; plan and manage the local + regional DIGEM at intra and inter-regional level Which partners are working on this? Digital Nièvre Joint Authority Multiregional Operational Program for Spain 2014-2020 The aim of this PI is to contribute to the improvement and recovery of the competitiveness of the Spanish economy, through the promotion of a smarter growth model, supported by the research, innovation and ICT, with special attention to the needs and potential of SMEs. Its general objectives are: (i) the development of research and innovation activities by companies, and the transfer of technology towards these; (ii) to promote a greater use of ICTs; (iii) to improve the internationalization processes of SMEs and their access to financing; (iv) to achieve an R&D expenditure 2% of GDP to strengthen the Spanish R&D&I system. From another perspective, this PI aims to develop public-private collaboration, strengthen links between universities, technology centres and regional companies (especially SMEs), and to support collaborative structures in their respective fields. This PI is implemented at regional and local level by the Spanish Chambers of Commerce, who acts as intermediary body (CCM in Mallorca) , and who have implemented specific sub-programs such as: Xpande (internationalization of SMEs), Xpande Digital (international digital positioning of companies in global markets), InnoCámaras (Develop innovation in SMEs), and TICCámaras (Integrate ICT's within SMEs). The PI would significantly benefit from stronger cooperation between the public/private stakeholders of the innovation ecosystem, improved support, competence and mediation. Service offer and access Which partners are working on this? Mallorca Chamber of Commerce Operational programme Innovation and competitiveness 2014-2020 The Program’s main aim is the achievement of dynamic and competitive economy through the development of innovations, entrepreneurship, growth capacity of SME’s, energy and resource efficiency of enterprises. The OPIK Priority Axis 1 “Technological Development and Innovation" (TO1), related to the Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS3), is the policy instrument that needs to be amended to successfully support smart specialisation priorities in manufacturing sectors by responding to the surge of the digital transformation. Aiming at encouraging business investment in R&D, in particular the promotion of investment in the development of products and services and technology transfer, this priority axis includes support for technological development and innovation in order to increase innovation activities of enterprises. But OPIK has not been designed or amended so far to answer the challenges of digital transformation. The already planned measures are not oriented towards harnessing SMEs to achieve the digital transformation benefits. The measures envisaging triple-helix cooperation are not intended to support and develop the digital transformation agenda from the last few years. The innovation policies need to be adapted to the new context and oriented to meet the challenge of mobilising Digital Innovation Ecosystems. There is a need for more investment in adequate competence centres and in capacity to deliver the services to implement digital transformation. Which partners are working on this? Business Agency Association Ministry of Economy DIGITAL SLOVENIA 2020 – DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY FOR THE INFORMATION SOCIETY UNTIL 2020 The DIGITAL SLOVENIA 2020 strategy is a commitment for a faster development of the digital society and the use of opportunities enabled by information and communication technologies and the internet for general economic and social benefits. Along with the strategies from its scope, it envisages measures to tackle the major development gaps in the field of digital society: faster development of digital entrepreneurship, increased competitiveness of the ICT industry, overall digitisation, development of digital infrastructure, construction of broadband infrastructure, strengthened cybersecurity and the development of an inclusive information society. It foresees priority investment in the digitisation of entrepreneurship, innovative data-driven economy and development, and the use of the internet and, in these frameworks, in the research and development of technologies of the internet of things, cloud computing, big data and mobile technologies. DIGITAL SLOVENIA 2020 was published in 2016, and didn’t take into account the challenges with digitalization brought since then, but also mechanisms, such as Digital Innovation Hubs introduced to meet some of those challenges. That is why we would like to use this project to improve the policy instrument with new projects that will tackle the digital challenges. Which partners are working on this? University of Ljubljana Republic of Slovenia – Ministry of Public Administration Sign up for the CARPE DIGEM newsletter Subscribe now (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); CARPE DIGEM Tweets by CARPE DIGEM Latest News See all project news 09/06/2021 Virtual Wine Tasting - Wine Producers On the event good practices of wine producers from Slovenia, France and Spain will be presented! Type: Project 05/11/2020 The webinar for tourism attracted 200 experts Experts from around Europe gathered to discuss CARPE DIGEM project good practices for digitising tourism in COVID 19 times Type: Project 30/10/2020 How digitalisation can support tourism in crisis CARPE DIGEM partners and stakeholders will explore how digital Innovation reinforced by local and international cooperation can help tourism to evolve now Type: Project 20/07/2020 THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF RURAL VILLAGES A tool on promoting digital transformation in villages and rural areas related to CARPE DIGEM is published Type: Project 21/06/2020 Digitalisation of municipalities lecture Discussing how municipalities could benefit from digitalisation Type: Project 29/05/2020 #boostingdigitalisation webinar available Webinar is now available to watch at https://bit.ly/2ZVevMb Type: Project 26/05/2020 Boosting digitalisation in your region webinar Webinar on how digital innovation ecosystems mobilisation could boost regions' digitalisation - the CARPE DIGEM approach Type: Project 07/05/2020 DIGEMs for the switch to the post-COVID era How cooperating for innovations can support the regions for the new work scene? Type: Project 06/05/2020 OCDE:Portugal leads in innovations against COVID-19 Digital innovators in Madeira are leading in innovation projects to fight COVID-19 Type: Project 23/04/2020 The world will enter into virtual reality Free access to the largest virtual reality event in France as a chance to explore VR from all Type: Project Latest Events See all project events Jun 16 2021 Carpe Digem - Virtual Wine Tasting How cooperation and innovative use of digital tools has led to the creation of new business models & partnerships to meet the challenges faced by Wine producers Type: Project
Project summary COHES3ION aims to integrate a regional and sub-regional element into Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3), so developing greater consistency across each partner region. The intended outcomes of the project are to:increase the overall impact of each partner's S3improve the links between operational programmes in the RD&I environment and public and private sectorspromote a multi-level governance modelThe project includes 10 partners from 8 European countries (Spain, Italy, Romania, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Poland and Wales). It will work to align innovation policies from a macro to a micro regional level, spreading prosperity across each partner's territories. €1,874,632.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jan 2023 Topic Research and innovation     Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Basque Country ERDF Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 PA 1 of OP is linked to Basque S3, "Basque Plan of Science, R&I 2020 (PCTI Euskadi 2020) and co-finances part of its policy mix. IP 1.b) looks for the improvement of the performance of innovation by companies and SMEs in cooperation with R&I agents, to increase competitiveness on priority areas of S3. Measures include grants for R&I projects, feasibility studies, tech investments, and start-ups creation on S3 areas, run both by Basque Government and Biscay Provincial Council, as Intermediary Body (IB) of OP.   Improvement is needed at S3 GOVERNANCE as so far the territorial dimension has been overlooked. Innobasque, Basque Innovation Agency is in charge of mobilising actors for S3 implementation through 7 Pilot Work Groups in the priority areas following a vertical, cluster-based approach. Up until now, no representation from territorial players, local and regional development agencies (RDAs) and province and municipality support services, has taken place in Work Groups.   Basque Government and Innobasque have just started to address this issue, looking for a new governance framework between regional, provincial and county levels. This demands a further coordination between the vertical (sector-based) and horizontal (territorial) levels, looking for improvements in the coordination between Innobasque and territorial players, the coordinated effort of support services by these players for SMEs to be engaged in S3, and a better measurement of S3 and OP measures by territory. Which partners are working on this? BEAZ S.A.U. Azaro Foundation Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) for the Southern Region of Ireland The Southern Regional Assembly, partner on the COHES3ION project, has prepared a Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) for the whole of Ireland’s Southern Region covering the period 2019-2031. The RSES provides a long-term regional level strategic planning and economic framework, to support the implementation of the National Planning Framework and the economic policies and objectives of the Government by the means of a quadruple helix consultation process. The RSES acknowledges that a strong economy is underpinned by strong enterprise, innovation and skills which requires a competitive, innovative and resilient regional enterprise base. In order to achieve this competitiveness, innovation and resilience the region must itself with Ireland's S3. This national S3 has no noted recognition of regional specificities and no separate smart specialisation strategies at the 3 NUTS II regions despite each of the regions having their own individual strengths and competitive advantages which have been reflected in their respective RSES. The concept of Smart Specialisation cuts across the entire RSES process. The development of a targeted regional S3 approach and regional clusters could be developed to achieve the benefits of scale required to attract investment and compete for appropriate funding opportunities in Ireland and leverage research for commercial impact by fostering wider RD&I collaborations in key areas. Following the conclusion of open consultation periods the final RSES will be adopted by SRA in December 2019 providing a timely opportunity to consider and align S3 strategies in Ireland at regional level going forward. Which partners are working on this? Southern Regional Assembly Regional Operational Programme Calabria ERDF ESF COHES3ION targets TO1 of ROP. Under Investment Priority 1b), 4 Specific Objectives (SO) are programmed focusing on increasing the innovation activities of companies and the strengthening of the regional innovation system, by the funding of operations aligned with Calabria S3.   Through the POR, the Calabria region will exclusively focus on the S3 innovation areas by funding projects for : • Innovation vouchers by SMEs and other consultancy services for innovation support. • Collaborative R&I projects between companies and research. • Valorisation of research results. • Support to the participation of companies and research in EU research programmes, national and EU clusters and technology platforms.   SO1.2. specially focuses on the strengthening of the innovation capacities of the regional innovation system built around the S3. This has been built following a cluster or sector based approach through 7 Innovation Poles in target priority areas and the agency of innovation support bodies CalabriaInnova and CalPark Science Park. There is no territorial dimension considered on the current S3 Governance neither at strategic nor operational level.   Through COHES3ION the engagement of territorial players in the operational level of the S3 is looked after in order to reinforce the Regional Innovation Network and improve the number of companies and SMEs involved in innovation activities coming from all the territory. Which partners are working on this? Calabria Region Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 Romania Priority Axis 1 (PA1) of the Regional Operation Programme (ROP) includes Specific Objective 1.2., aiming at raising economic competitiveness, through technology transfer in order to increase the share of innovative SME’s that cooperate with others by creating and developing innovation and technology transfer entities. Measures include grants programmes to support: - Entities for Innovation and Technology Transfer. - Science and Technology parks. - Investments for SMEs implementing the result of R&I. - Complex strategic projects in the field of smart specialization.PA1 of the ROP is implemented according to the "Framework Document for Regional Smart Specialization Strategy" (Concept Note) which has been developed following an EDP process with assistance from the Joint Research Centre (JRC) through the Lagging Regions Pilot project of DG Regio. The document is a simplified version of the Regional Innovation Smart Specialization Strategy (RIS3), describing priority areas in general. The final RIS3 document has been recently launched in synergy with two initiatives: the second edition of "Lagging Regions Initiative", as well as "Supporting Innovation in Romanian Catching-up Regions" project, implemented in partnership with JRC and the World Bank. COHES3ION with such activities will allow an improvement of the governance system of the S3, reaching out to SMEs and innovation actors from all over the region, to the counties and gateway cities such as Cluj-Napoca. COHES3ION will contribute to the implementation and testing of the new governance system for S3, integrating a territorial dimension. Which partners are working on this? North-West Regional Development Agency Operational Program for the promotion of investments in growth and employment for North Rhine-Westphalia from the European fund for regional development. The OP finances measures which contribute to making business competitive, creating jobs in SMEs and support measures which advance innovations, research and technological development amongst others. PA 1 aims at 'Maximising the innovation potential of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)'s economy', which is guided by identified lead markets for NRW that were established in the course of the innovation strategy – acting as the state’s S3. NRW's innovation strategy combines the state's research, lead market and technology transfer strategy in a common approach.   The OP and the innovation strategy concentrate on a broad state level approach, supporting lead markets and technology transfer by specific calls for funding using a top-down approach. It lacks attention on sub-regional differences within NRW regarding the innovation capacity and smart specialisation for future calls. NRW is characterised by its sub-regional disparities between its sub-regions. This applies especially for the biggest sub-region, the Ruhr Metropolis.   BMR envisions improvement in two respects for the current OP: ⁃ Development of a sub-regional S3-strategy for the Ruhr Metropolis using a bottom-up governance approach that develops sub-regional specifications and identifies innovation niches or priority areas within the Ruhr Metropolis, aligned to NRW’s S3. ⁃ Proposal of a framework for better targeted calls that contribute to the sub-regional differences and to an improved cohesion policy. Which partners are working on this? Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH Investments for Growth and Jobs Programme for Stockholm 2014-2020 The analysis and Regional Action Plan of Region Stockholm will focus on the development, governance and structures for implementation of a Regional Business and Growth Strategy for Stockholm NUTS2-region. The strategy includes components of regional innovation and smart specialization and will provide input to the preparation of a new OP for the European Regional Development Fund in Stockholm (ERDF) 2021-2027. Since the Stockholm region does not have a separate Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialization (RIS3), actions to identify and prioritize areas of smart specialisation are needed. The main financial sources for funding regional actions in line with the strategy are the national state funding, administered by Region Stockholm (about €0.7 million/year), and the EU structural funds (ERDF and ESF). The strategy will aim to improve the competitiveness of the whole Stockholm NUTS2-region and address some of the interregional differences at municipal level (NUTS4) by establishing better links and governance across levels. Today, there are large variations in social and industry structures, with manufacturing industry dominating in some more rural municipalities and knowledge intensive business services (KIBS) dominating the city of Stockholm and surrounding municipalities. In the Stockholm Regional Development Plan (RUFS2050), the city centre of Stockholm and 8 regional cores have been prioritized, to develop a more polycentric region. The Smart Territorial Mapping will provide a better understanding of different areas of strength and prioritized specialisation in municipalities and regional cores, so that stronger links between regional actors can develop. The strategy will also address the need for improved collaboration with actors in other NUTS2-regions and the need for aligning to national initiatives (NUTS1), e.g. in prioritized sectors such as automotive and life science or key enabling technologies such as AI, photonics, ICT and digitalization. Which partners are working on this? Region Stockholm Regional Operational Programme for Mazowieckie Voivodeship 2014-2020 in conection with Regional Innovation Strategy for Mazovia up to 2020 (RIS Mazovia) TO1 of ROP is devoted to strengthen R&I. Under Investment Priority 1b), different grants are programmed aiming at the support of collaborative R&I projects between companies and research centers in the smart specialization areas set up by Mazovia S3, the Regional Innovation Strategy for Mazovia up to 2020 (RIS Mazovia).   Mazovia is one of the best developed, but also the most economically diversified regions in Poland. Thus, the potential of Mazovia is unevenly distributed. The motor of the Mazovian economy is Warsaw together with the metropolitan area, which plays a special role in building competitiveness of the region. The development of this area, however, is largely in isolation from development of the entire region, and mechanisms of development processes between the metropolis and the region are very weak.   Uneven development led to a deformation of the statistical picture of the entire region and that’s why Mazowieckie Voivodship has been divided into two statistical units since January 2018: the Warsaw capital region - encompassing Warsaw with nine counties and the rest of the Mazovian region.   Under COHES3ION the Office looks for a better integration of these 2 realities into the S3 governance by the identification of centers of geographical concentration of enterprises in the frames of areas of smart specialization and even whole sectors, that will allow increasing the balanced participation of SMEs from Mazovia region under IP1b) measures of target ERDF. Which partners are working on this? Mazowieckie Voivodeship / Office of the Marshal of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship in Warsaw Welsh Government Economic Action Plan This project has alignment with Priority Axis 1 of the Operational Programme (OP). Priority Axis 1 aims at maximising the Innovation Potential of the Welsh economy. This includes focusing on increasing the innovation activities of companies, academic research and collaboration. In addition to the strengthening of the Welsh innovation eco system by the funding of operations aligned with the current Welsh smart specialisation (S3) strategy (Innovation Wales 2014). Measures planned under IP 1b) include: Innovation support services for companies, provided by a team of Innovation and IP Specialists; Innovation grant funding for eligible businesses accessed via Innovation Specialists; Support for Welsh Research Institutions to facilitate specialist technology transfer.   However there is no territorial dimension or targeting detailed within ERDF OP or S3 at regional, county or city level even though there is a noticeable unbalance between the innovation capacities and performance between the East and West Wales regions. In this context, the Welsh Government has recently published its new pan Wales Economic Action Plan (EAP) which asserts a move from a traditional sectoral focus to a more regional approach. Key themes within this plan is promotion of Innovation and R&D. The new EAP provides a timely opportunity to consider and review current S3 strategies and action plans in Wales at a regional level. Which partners are working on this? Welsh Government Sign up for the COHES3ION newsletter Subscribe now Tweets by COHES3ION Latest News See all project news 09/12/2020 Wales hosts partners from across Europe WALES has played host to the culmination of the first phase of an exciting EU-funded project. Type: Project 26/11/2020 Made in Mazovia On November 26, the Cohes3ion project partners took part in another study visit - this time in Mazovia. Type: Project 15/10/2020 SRA gives virtual welcome to COHES3ION partners On October 15th it was the turn of the Southern Regional Assembly to host the next visit on the COHES3ION virtual journey. In conjunction with the European Wee Type: Project 24/09/2020 Partners join virtually for fifth learning journey The partners met virtually for the fifth learning journey in Sweden. Type: Project 09/07/2020 Virtual Thematic Workshop The partners met virtually to present their conclusions of the Smart Mapping exercise Type: Project 25/06/2020 Partners join virtually for fourth learning journey This was the second occasion that partners had participated in a virtual learning journey. Type: Project 03/06/2020 Partners join virtually for third learning journey The partners participated in an interesting and useful virtual third learning journey. Type: Project 05/03/2020 Spotlight on a partner In this article we would like to profile and introduce you to the project lead, BEAZ Bizkaia. Type: Project 06/02/2020 Experts helping to transform the Ruhr At the beginning of January, partners attended the second learning journey in Essen, Germany. Type: Project 31/10/2019 Partners join programme to support business growth Earlier this month, partners attended the kick off meeting for the Cohes3ion project in Bilbao, Spain Type: Project
Project summary Major tourism attractions are emerging as internationally acclaimed hubs of visits and services, leading to oversight of other cultural sites and to non-sustainability of most-visited destinations. At the same time tourists are upgrading authentic cultural heritage, offering specific experience rooted in local history and the preserved cultural legacy of communities, adding unique flavors and excitement to their adventure.   Small and medium sized towns with rich but undervalued cultural heritage possess the potential to offer new, unique and authentic experiences, but suffer from either the dominance of major attractions in their vicinity, or from their relatively remote locations. Positioning them as authentic destinations can simultaneously sustain local cultural heritage and create better prospects for locals. The attraction of tourists to less recognized places can create a more even distribution of tourism and more cohesive regional economies.   Local Cultural Flavors’ objective is to improve policies supporting places unable to fully exploit their cultural legacies due to less-advantaged locations. The project will help partners to meet the challenge of identifying the most effective ways to support unique local sites with an innovative analysis toolkit, extensive knowledge sharing and with assisted interaction with local public and private stakeholders. This way the specific local and regional potentials and bottlenecks can be properly explored and used to elaborate the right policy frameworks elevating and positioning new authentic destinations.   As a result of the cooperation of the international partnership, 8 Action Plans will be produced as main outcomes, targeting various policy instruments (ERDF Operational Programmes, development and marketing strategies) supporting the addressed locations in their pursuit to become more integrated and integral players in regional tourism, based on their recognized and properly used authentic cultural assets. €1,777,873.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jan 2023 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? "Creative City – Sustainable Region" National Programme on the Pilot Regional Development Approach in the West-Pannon Region (KRAFT Programme) The KRAFT Programme is one of 3 pilot regional development policies of the HU government, and aims the sustainable development of small and medium sized border towns. In contrast to conventional regional and city development practices (Green Cities Index, Sustainable Cities Index, Creative Cities Index, etc.), the approach of the KRAFT Programme integrates so-called “soft” factors (culture, identity, heritage) and their efficient management with “hard Factors” such as infrastructure, energy, communication networks and economic sustainability. Another novelty of KRAFT is to identify and utilize synergies of interdependencies among rural and city development factors), thus properly revealing the full range of conditions required for the implementation of new, complex regional development strategies of cities and their rural environment.   iASK is identified by the government as responsible for the preparation of the KRAFT Programme and its adaptation to other border regions in HU. In the course of LCF, iASK aims to improve the KRAFT Programme to specifically build on cultural heritage based urban development, often the most promising development asset of small/medium cities, and an intervention area providing economic, job creation, business/tourism attractiveness, workforce/inhabitant retention benefits all at the same time. Which partners are working on this? Institute of Advanced Studies Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020, Priority Axis 5. Improving the urban environment and conservation, protection and sustainable use of cultural heritage Regional Operative Programme 2014-2020 of Romania aims to ensure the continuation of strategic regional development. It promotes smart sustainable and inclusive growth in all RO regions, making them more attractive places to live and to work in. The programme addresses the major development challenges for RO: regional competitiveness, sustainable urban development, low-carbon economy, and economic and social infrastructure at regional and local level.   The programme focuses on 8 Priority Axes, out of which LCF targets PA 5: “Improving the urban environment and conservation, protection and sustainable use of cultural heritage”.   By focusing regional level thematic calls, and modifying the selection process, the targeted PI can be better positioned to tackle the following challenges of Harghita County: - Boosting sustainability through sharper focus on the exploitation of local resource based authentic tourism potential in Harghita and the introduction of modernized operational and sales schemes. - More balanced regional tourism cooperation disseminating tourism loads of major hubs and empowering smaller cultural cities.   Which partners are working on this? Harghita County Council Citymarketing Policy Document of ‘s-Hertogenbosch The targeted PI evaluates the rich cultural heritage of the city, the compact, easily accessible historic center, abundant in arts and gastronomy, and high standards in hospitality, and aims to combine it with the vibrant, modern and innovative social and economic environment of s’Hertogenbosch. It is approved by the city council and concentrates on the following objectives: - O1 Increase attractiveness for residents by strengthening uniqueness and generating proudness and affiliation - O2 Combine efforts of all departments and actors to increase visitor economy (including no. of tourists, visits, spending and length of stay) - O3 Attract private investment and companies to settle in MHB and improve the business network in RIS3 sectors (agrifood, construction, logistics and data science/ICT); provide an attractive living environment for educated (international) employees - O4 Connect students and young professions to the city, and build on their creativity, knowledge and entrepreneurship   Cultural heritage is considered a key strength, requiring an integrated approach of currently separated policies of heritage and tourism/citymarketing. MHB wishes to improve Objective 2, by developing a workplan to improve the existing structure of actors in citymarketing and cultural heritage, initiate new innovative market and product development (adding authentic, intangible elements to the visitor experience), and establishing effective destination management.   Which partners are working on this? Municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch Waterford City and County Council - Tourism Statement of Strategy and Work Plan 2017–2022 Waterford belongs to Ireland’s ‘Ancient East’ historic region with a unique attraction base, predestining it to become one of Ireland’s leading tourism destinations outside Dublin, but currently less competitive as compared to the Dublin-Cork-Galway triangle. Tourism Statement of Strategy 2017–2022 aims to: - Enhance reputation and profile - Achieve maximum potential as a primary destination in the Ancient East, with united and cohesive tourism sector - Increase number of visits, duration and spending - Reduce seasonality - Maintain, conserve and restore heritage to promote authentic tourism - Active fund raising and support   Visitors choose to holiday in Waterford because of the quality and accessibility of cultural heritage and natural environment. Apart from lush countryside and a stunning coastline, the historic story of Waterford includes a UNESCO designated Geopark; the Garden Trail of great houses, landscape demesnes and gardens; and a wonderful collection of historic towns and villages that are a testament to historic legacy for visitors and communities alike.   The success of the policy depends on the selection and implementation of projects properly positioned to most effectively address the aims, and building on the inherent and authentic heritage portfolio of the region. WCCC wants to improve its project assessment, selection and initiation capabilities and its access to funding, in order to foster development of its small historic cities trough authentic tourism. Which partners are working on this? Waterford City and County Council Sustainable growth and jobs 2014-2020 programme The targeted PI has five priority axes and 13 specific objectives. As this is FI's sole Structural Funds programme for the current programming period, no funding is provided for activities outside these priorities.   LCF addresses 2 PAs dealing with various sectoral aspects of the transversal topic of tourism (not addressed directly by objectives): - PA1 Improving SME competitiveness: to diversify business structures and increase the number of growing, innovative and internationally expanding companies, start-ups and new operations. PA1 is relevant for LCF as it could potentially improve the funding position of authentic tourism products and services, enabling more effective preservation and promotion of the cultural heritage of the region. - PA2 Producing and using latest information and knowledge: to strengthen selected smart specialization fields of companies, and application of research & Innovation results in commercial products. LCF could focus the intervention on digitalization and VR applications strengthening the authentic tourism service chain.   FI signed the EC Treaty on EU cultural routes in 2018, and is planning to boost the tourism sector with new cultural heritage products. As South Savo is the heart of the FI lake district, rich in natural and cultural heritage, the envisaged cultural heritage related improvements are in line with the interests of the South Savo Regional Council, the managing authority of the targeted PI.   Which partners are working on this? Savonlinna Development Services Ltd. ERDF Regional Operative Programme 2014-2020, Axis 3 Competivity of Productive Systems Tourism, the main driver of cultural heritage preservation and promotion, is a transversal topic in Veneto Region, shared between 3 sources (ERDF, ESF, FEASR), but does not appear in itself as an area of funding. Axis 3 of the OP is focusing on enhanced productivity of various economic sectors, including the action specifically targeting the competitiveness of companies servicing tourism destinations. This is the main regional level funding scheme for tourism service providers, offering crucial support for these organizations to develop and improve products/services and to engage into local and regional networks (e.g. Product Clubs).   The targeted PI is best positioned to strengthen the coordination and cooperation between public & private sectors in promoting a city as an authentic tourism destination. Municipalities like MVV potentially become facilitators of the process, empowering SMEs and creating synergies with public needs at the same time.   In order to put a more specific emphasis on the support of historic locations currently underdeveloped or underexploited, and also to favor authentic forms of tourism sustaining and promoting cultural heritage, the PI should be improved in terms of launching specifically targeted calls, and the inclusion of selection criteria favoring these initiatives and cases. As a result, coordinated and effective thematic attractions will be developed, the quality of services will be improved and synergies will be reached on a regional level.   Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Vittorio Veneto Riga Planning region Development program 2014-2020 The spatial development policy framework of LV regions consists of sustainable development strategies and development programs, with additional thematic plans as applicable. The RPR Development Program (as its targeted PI) is a 7 years planning document and is formulated in accordance with the National Development Plan. RPR’s long term vision (“Quality in all spheres of life - becoming humanly attractive, effective, open-minded and tolerant region - competitive in the global arena”) is served by 8 priorities. Out of these “Globally competitive industries” is most relevant for LCF: it sets four focus areas where RPR’s inherent strengths can be turned into advantages, including (3) cultural and creative industries, and (4) tourism.   The successful incorporation of LCF themes into the targeted PI is crucial for RPR, as its smaller settlements - with rich cultural heritage but not presenting proper urban leverage to compete against neighboring Riga - are slowly but constantly declining in economic and demographic terms, leading to disproportionate regional development and unexploited potentials. By empowering these locations overshadowed by Riga, their visitor economy could be boosted, triggering further economic growth and urban attractiveness. RPR plans to introduce specific focus on the support of authentic tourism and its framework conditions, exploiting the existing but untapped potentials, and at the same time generating sources for long term sustaining and preservation.   Which partners are working on this? Riga Planning Region Operational Programme Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014 – 2020, Investment Priority 6c The aim of the PI is to contribute to the EU objective of investment in growth and employment in CR, through development of infrastructure (traffic, energy, environmental protection, ICT) and by supporting entrepreneurship and research. Within LCF IFT will address SO6c1, aiming to increase employment and tourist expenditure through enhancing cultural heritage (under TO6: “Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency”, TO budget: EUR 1,99 billion).   By promoting sustainable and more efficient use of resources, the PI addresses a clear EU priority. The EC Position Paper highlights the need for enhanced protection, valorization and management of natural/cultural heritage while considering its touristic/business potential. The PI is also aligned with CR Economic Programme, prioritizing cultural heritage investments with respect to its significant potential in the development of tourism (a labor intensive sector), strengthening entrepreneurship in general, and job creation in particular.   To better address the strategic objectives of the PI, and also to achieve more effective expenditures and more synergic regional cooperation between attractions, IFT wishes to incorporate changes in the management and selection processes in order to turn more attention to authentic, local resource driven tourism offered by secondary tourism locations, especially in North-Eastern CR (Varaždin, Čakovec, Osijek, Ilok, Vukovar, Slavonski Brod, Đakovo and Lipik-Pakrac).   Which partners are working on this? 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Type: Project 28/01/2021 Culture and Heritage The Netherlands Commission for Unesco calls for a greater recognition of the power of employing culture, heritage and traditional knowledge in climate action. Type: Project 25/11/2020 Lake Saimaa area stakeholders discover... As support for the dissemination of good practices and the drafting of the regional action plan, Local Flavours stakeholders from Lake Saimaa area . Type: Project 23/11/2020 Virtual European Heritage Awards Ceremony Europe’s top heritage award winners were celebrated with a memorable online Ceremony on 10 November. Type: Project 20/11/2020 Cultural Heritage in Action project Saint John’s Bulwark in ‘s-Hertogenbosch selected for the Cultural Heritage in Action project. Type: Project 16/09/2020 A taste, a smell, a feeling... (Video Promotion) Cooperation between Europe's small and medium-sized towns and their geographic environment is particularly important today. Type: Project 31/07/2020 Tourism in the post COVID_19 period On 23 July 2020, the Policy Learning Platform organised an online meeting for local and regional policymakers. Type: Project 30/07/2020 Local Flavours project in Ludbreg On July 23rd Croatian team, from the Institute for Tourism, went to the town of Ludbreg where Dr. sc. Renata Tomljenović presented Local Flavours project . Type: Project
Project summary The IMPROVE project brings together partners from 8 regions with the aim to improve the management and implementation of  Structural Funds Programmes in the participating regions and cities. Through the improvements the project wants to  ensure a better and more efficient delivery of R&D&i policies, with a special focus on the Smart Specialisation Strategies. The interregional learning process and activities in the IMPROVE project are designed to foster the exchange of practices, experiences and knowledge and increase the capacities of partners and stakeholders involved. The basis for the learning process  is the state of the art analysis each partner conducts on their chosen Structural Funds Programme (policy instrument) to be improved in the project. The objective of the state of the art analysis is to clarify the current situation in terms of management and implementation of the policy instrument. The exchange of experiences takes place by the means of  peer reviews, identification of good practices and interregional thematic workshops organised in the participating regions. Towards the end of phase 1 of the project the partners will develop action plans to transfer the knowledge and experiences to their region or city to improve their chosen policy instrument with concrete actions.      Expected results of the IMPROVE project are: Innovative methodologies in the implementation of Structural Funds Solutions to specific issues that might hinder the proper deployment of policy instruments New tools (methodologies, good practices) provided to stakeholders for a more efficient management and implementation of their policy instruments Action plans designed, implemented and monitored in each participating region Transfer of knowledge collected through the  interregional learning process to stakeholders across Europe and with other Interreg Europe projects.    €1,498,206.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Research and innovation Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ERDF Operational Programme of Extremadura 2014-2020 The region of Extremadura (Spain) has selected Priority Axis 1 "Strengthening Research, Technological Development and Innovation" of the ERDF Operational Programme of Extremadura 2014-2020 as the policy instrument to be improved within IMPROVE project. This policy instrument, in line with the Smart Specialisation Strategy of Extremadura (RIS3), finances different types of operations with the aim of: Attract and retain talent in the region. Encourage technology transfer, innovation and cooperation networks. Foster innovation. Invests in centres and resources for the promotion of innovation. Consolidate the most relevant research groups in Extremadura. The correct implementation of these operations is of great importance for the region as the Operational Programme is the main instrument for the delivery of the R&D&i policies in the region, and often administrative burdens, lack of personnel or an isolated approach might put in risk the proper deployment of the OP. In this sense, the improvement in the management and implementation of Structural Funds by means of the exchange of knowledge and experience with other regions/countries will increase the effectiveness of R&D&i support public policies based on a better and more sustainable use of resources, better decision-making processes and a more effective governance and evaluation of the actions undertaken. Which partners are working on this? Foundation FUNDECYT Science and Technology Park of Extremadura (FUNDECYT-PCTEX) RIS3 of the Centre-Val de Loire region and consequently the axis1 of the OT1 of the ERDF OP Given its regional industrial strengths (the industry plays a leading role in the regional economy with more than 17% of GDP and jobs) and in order to face economic and technological challenges, the Centre-Val de Loire (CVL) region has made industry renewal one of its top priority. To achieve this objective, CVL continuously seek to boost regional innovation capacity.   The first objective of the RIS3 is to improve the effectiveness of our regional ecosystem in order to increase the critical mass, visibility and attractiveness of the areas of specialization retained in our RIS3. We intend to better organize our ecosystem in order to support the development of our five smart specialization priorities. More specifically, the RIS3 objective is to increase the critical mass, visibility and attractiveness of competence centres in the 5 priorities retained in the RIS3. The policy is directly linked with the CVL ERDF OP: Axis 1 Knowledge Society (TO1 directly linked with RIS3, investment priorities 1a and 1b).   The mid-term evaluation of the CVL RIS3 conducted in 2018 shown that there could be a real improvement on the coordination of the regional/national and European level funds and between ESIF and H2020 then FP9 funds. Furthermore, strengthen the steering of the RIS3 domains consistent with the management of the economic development ecosystem could foster more over the efficiency of the RIS3. Which partners are working on this? DEV’UP Centre-Val de Loire ERDF-ESF Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 – Puglia Region The Apulian Regional Agency for Technology and Innovation has identified the “ERDF Operational Programme of Puglia 2014-2020” as policy instrument to be improved within the project.  In detail, under the Priority Axis 1 "Strengthening Research, Technological Development and Innovation", the focus of the project will be put on the Investment Priority 1(b) “Increasing the innovative activity of firms”. This policy instrument, in line with the Smart Specialisation Strategy of Puglia (S3), finances different types of operations with the twofold aim of: supporting the demand for innovation by companies through the acquisition of qualified services for the implementation of virtuous processes, also with a view to organizational innovation; offering the rationalization and qualification of the offer of services throughout the life cycle of innovation.  As the Operational Programme (OP) is the main instrument for the delivery of the R&D&i policies in the region, the correct implementation of these operations is of great importance for the region.  Often administrative burdens, lack of personnel or an isolated approach might put in risk the proper deployment of the OP. Taking the most of all the competences in the administrative offices and promoting a smart approach in the use of financial resources complementing different sources of financing is crucial in order to maximize the beneficial effects of the Operational Programme in the regional territory. Another relevant aspect to be worked on during the project is to: improve the deployment of Operational Programme policies, promote synergic effects between policies supporting investment in research and innovation and those promoting employment. integrate the Thematic Objective 1 and Thematic Objective 3; Competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (Action 3.1 - Interventions for the relaunch and investment propensity of the production system).   Which partners are working on this? Regional Agency for Technology and Innovation Municipal plan for development of Gabrovo municipality 2014-2020, Strategic goal 1: Stimulation of economic growth and enhancement of competitiveness of local business in Gabrovo municipality The policy instrument addressed by municipality of Gabrovo is Gabrovo Municipal Development Plan (MDP) 2014 – 2020. It is the main policy instrument in the territory of Gabrovo municipality according to Bulgarian Law for regional development.  The implementation of Gabrovo MDP is supported by different funding sources (ESF, national budget, municipal budget etc.). The municipal budget is very limited to support economic growth through innovations in more than 3600 companies operating in the region, most of which are in the priority S3 sectors.  Through participation in this project Gabrovo Municipality addresses the real needs of the local authorities to:Define the right policy mixDeploy the most effective instruments Create synergies Coordinate the delivery of SF with other available funds at regional levelBoost the use of the available EU funds Develop good governance in regional policy Engage at multiple levels and with actors from both public & private sector The Strategic goal 1 of MDP is stimulation of economic growth and enhancement of competitiveness of local business in Gabrovo municipality     Priority axis 1: Stimulating development of innovations and creation of conditions for partnerships. Priority axis 2: Enlargement of the economic profile of Gabrovo municipality through encouragement of traditional and development of new economic activities. According to the midterm monitoring report of Gabrovo MDP 2014-2020, the use of ESF and other financial sources for achievement of Strategic goal 1 is very low. The main reason is in the centralized Bulgarian planning system, which is based on the national operational programmes. They don’t provide funding to the local authorities for local economic development and implementation of RIS3. However, the implementation of the National Plan of Development and RIS3 is effected through the implementation of MDPs. A new funding mechanism and involvement of new actors are needed. Through the participation in the IMPROVE project:New funding mechanism will be developed recruiting new investment funds and private capital, based on public-private partnerships (PPPs).  Interregional cooperation will also influence the way in which the policy instrument is managed. New approaches will be adopted thanks to the lessons learnt in other regions.   Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Gabrovo Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 CCI No 2014RO16RFOP002 The Policy instrument selected for improvement by the North-West Regional Development Agency within the IMPROVE project is Priority Axis 1 of the Regional Operational Programme. The objective of the Policy Instrument is to increase the innovation capacity in companies by supporting innovation and technology transfer entities in fields of Smart Specialization. Priority Axis 1 of the above mentioned programme aims to: Promote investments in research and innovation, Develop links and synergies between companies, research centers and higher education institutions  Promote investments in developing new products and services, facilitating technology transfer Create open innovation groups and networks through smart specialization. The Priority Axis is closely related to the implementation of the Region’s Smart Specialization Strategy, financing 4 types of projects: Supporting innovation and technology transfer centers, Supporting Science and Technology Parks,  Investments for SMEs implementing the result of research and innovation in partnership with technology transfer entities;  Complex strategic projects in the field of Smart Specialization. Although all the above operations are related to areas of smart specialization and are indispensable for supporting innovation in the region, in order to be able to achieve the desired impact there is an urgent need for a well working governance structure, facilitating the communication within the innovation ecosystem, improving the cooperation and commitment of all potential stakeholders from the quadruple helix model. The North-West RDA aims to learn from the experience of other regions in managing and implementing funds dedicated to innovation, lessons which will prove invaluable considering that in the next programming period Regional Development Agencies will become Managing Authorities for the Regional Operational Programmes in Romania. Which partners are working on this? North-West Regional Development Agency Development Plan of Tartu City 2018-2025 Main aim of this policy is to develop city of Tartu as knowledgeable, smart, entrepreneurial, inspiring, caring and creative city. Tartu is an academic city which aims to increase its overall entrepreneurial activity and reduce the gap compared with capital, including raising its attractiveness both as entrepreneurship and living environment within Estonia and internationally. This policy aims to reach stated goals via several measures. Policy has defined five strategic sub-sectors of which we are tackling two, especially the second: 3.1. Tartu as knowledgeable and academic city; 3.2. Tartu as smart entrepreneurial city;   Within strategic goal 3.2. there are following sub-objectives: 1. Development of innovation and growth capacity of entrepreneurship 2. Development of human resource 3. Development of business support system & infrastructure 4. Support for internationalization of entrepreneurship 5. Development of entrepreneurial culture and reputation of entrepreneurship   In order to reach the desired outcome where Tartu has competitive and sustainable enterprises, high-tech economy and is the best place to start a business and attractive investment environment we has defined Structural Funds (SF) as key instrument to develop R&D&I. Smart and efficient use of SF is vital for long-term success of policy and city. Policy in hand is aligned with national Smart Specialization Strategy and structural funds programmes, but could be improved to be fully impactful. Which partners are working on this? Tartu Science Park Foundation Sustainable growth and jobs 2014-2020 Finland’s structural funds programme The Policy instrument selected for improvement in Lapland is Finland’s structural funds programme 2014-2020, with focus especially on Priority Axis 2: Producing and using the latest information and knowledge. The aim of the policy instrument is to promote research and innovation activities and boost investments that will strengthen the innovation activity in chosen fields of smart specialisation. The specific objectives are:  Development of the centres of research, expertise and innovation on the basis of regional strengths Strengthening innovation in enterprises Developing solutions based on renewable energy and energy-efficient solutions  This work is closely linked to the implementation of the Region’s Smart Specialization Strategy.  It outlines the strategic importance of the development of arctic business and expertise, innovation and internationalisation. ”Arctic smartness” is a way for the region to successfully improve development activities and utilisation of EU resources.  In Lapland, the structural funds programme and EU funding play an instrumental role in regional development. In the IMPROVE project, The Regional Council of Lapland aims to share information and experiences and learn from other regions. The Council will use this knowledge for the improvement and smart use of structural funds together with other regional stakeholders. These ideas and practices will in turn be valuable in preparing for the next programming period.   Which partners are working on this? Regional Council of Lapland Regional Operational Program of Centro (Centro 2020)​ The Regional Operational Programme of Centro (Centro2020) is specially oriented towards the reinforcement of companies’ competitiveness and job creation. This is achieved by promoting an economy based on knowledge and enhancing the transfer of knowledge between the scientific and technological system and the regional economic fabric. Thematic Objectives 1 (TO1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation and Thematic Objective 3 (TO3) enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises have a huge importance in this Programme, accounting for almost half of its total budget. In these Thematic Objectives (TO1 & 3) the Smart Specialisation Strategy of Centro (Centro RIS3) is especially important because it is used to evaluate the eligibility and/or regional merit of applicant projects. Therefore, the way this Programme is managed (and more specifically TO1 and TO3) is primordial to: Assure the efficiency of the implementation of R&D&I policies and instruments aligned with the priorities defined in Centro RIS3; Achieve a better absorption of funds by regional actors;Guarantee the pursuit of the objectives defined in Centro RIS3.In order to achieve these objectives a few improvements could be made in the management of TO1 and TO3. For instance:The launch of dedicated calls, The launch of multi-instruments calls, Better coordination between the national and regional level. By participating in this project, CCDRC expects to learn about the experiences of other regions in the management and coordination of TO1 and TO3 and to use the knowledge obtained to improve the Regional Operational Programme of Centro. Which partners are working on this? Regional Coordination and Development Commission of Centro Follow IMPROVE in social media! Project partners are posting on activities & interesting developments through their organisation accounts (Twitter & Facebook) using #InterregIMPROVE Follow us! Latest News See all project news 09/03/2021 ON line Peer Review in Extremadura region FUNDECYT-PCTEx analysed together with the IMPROVE project partners on how to improve the effectiveness of the implementation of Structural Funds related to R&D& Type: Project 29/01/2021 Wide debate on synergies with stakeholders in Puglia The aim of the meeting was to share the experiences presented by the other European regions during the thematic seminars Type: Project 29/01/2021 Overview on project`s activities This year key measures taken by partners will be to identify good practices and gradually take steps to prepare action plans. Type: Project 20/01/2021 Online Thematic Workshop and Peer Review in Centro During the ITW and the four sessions of the PR, speakers addressed different issues, such as the better coordination between funds and the R&D internationalisat Type: Project 15/01/2021 RSG meetings bringing key stakeholders together IMPROVE project aims to develop better delivery of RDI policies by creating new managament and coordination practices. Type: Project 10/11/2020 Online Peer Review in Lapland The two-day event brought together project partners and Lapland`s regional stakeholders. Type: Project 29/10/2020 Online Peer Review in Centre-Val de Loire The emphasis was made on the implementation of the Centre-Val de Loire RIS3 in link with the Thematic Objective 1 of the ERDF Operational programme. Type: Project 22/07/2020 Digital jump in Romania due to Covid-19 Measures and actions adopted in the Romanian North-West Development Region for improving the implementation of the ROP during the Covid-19 pandemic. Type: Project 26/06/2020 Quick actions by Centre-Val de Loire in crisis The Centre-Val de Loire's quick reactions to help the companies to pull through the Covid-19 crisis. Type: Project 15/06/2020 Fruitful Stakeholder meeting in Puglia Glimpse into what took place at the stakeholder meeting #1 organised by IMPROVE partner ARTI. Type: Project