The OPEN DAYS 2012 will take place in Brussels under the heading 'Europe's regions and cities: Making a difference'.
MTC will be actively involved during the workshop "Consolidating our investment: How to secure maximum benefit from cooperation projects", organised by the NSRP Secretariat (Interreg IV B) on 9th October.
Room: European Commission, Centre Borschette, Room 0D
Registration to and information on the Open Days: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/conferences/od2012/index.cfm.
Brief: Future cohesion policy operational programmes will be built on increasingly specific policy goals and expectations, and Europe cannot afford to fail on delivering responsible growth. In times of budgetary austerity some may feel it is tempting to focus away from ‘luxury’ activities such as cooperation and instead work exclusively on regional economic development. When done right, however, cooperation should provide the inspiration needed to realise the true potential of the knowledge economy. It can be a tool that lets regions learn together how best to transform policy goals to real progress on the ground.
This panel debate looks at how the project clustering approaches being trialled in some transnational programmes are helping regions to define their real potential, put in place concrete measures for making it happen, and spread valuable insights to other parts of Europe. We argue that the projects we are funding are a great resource, but one which we could exploit much better and offer practical examples of how to do this. It will be a discussion that goes to the heart of the programming process, arguing that the strategies and targets are quite clear and that attention should now turn to the regions and their projects as the engines for really delivering on these ambitions.
A lively debate is intended, with good possibilities for active audience participation. Target groups include all regional development stakeholders with an interest in optimising project performance now and in future. The panel will consist of regional and national representatives from across Europe, and those working in cluster projects who can give concrete examples of what can be achieved.