Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform: get involved, exchange, benefit

Thu 11, October 2018
11:30 - 13:00 CET

Are you a policymaker or public authority involved in the management of structural funds? Looking to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your operational programme? The Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform offers shortcuts to smart solutions for European cities and regions via on-demand expert services and a community of peers. Come and test it in action to see how it works in practice! This session is an interactive simulation of how the expert support service and the interregional peer reviews support cities and regions. Get involved and let's improve the management of public policies in research and innovation, SME competitiveness, low-carbon economy, and environment and resource efficiency together!

Thorsten Kohlisch, Thematic Manager, Policy Learning Platform, Belgium.
Katharina Krell, Thematic Expert - Low-Carbon Economy, Policy Learning Platform, Belgium.
Marc Pattinson, Thematic Expert - Research And Innovation, Policy Learning Platform, Belgium.
Venelina Varbova, Thematic Expert - Environment And Resource Efficiency, Policy Learning Platform, Belgium.
Participatory sessions
Territorial development (regional, urban, rural)
Interreg Europe
English (EN)
Hall 100.
Address: Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels

Session summary

The Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform offers shortcuts to smart solutions for European cities and regions via on-demand expert services and a community of peers. During the 1.5 hour session the participants ‘tested out’ the way in which the Policy Learning Platform works in practice. 

The Policy Learning Platform is there to ensure that interregional learning continues and goes beyond the classical project financing. The objective is not only to create synergies among projects financed by the Interreg Europe programme, but to reach out to all other relevant policy makers. We offer opportunities for regional and local public authorities across Europe to share ideas and experience on public policy in practice, therefore improving strategies for their citizens and communities.


#policylearnig in action

The first part of the session featured testimonials and comments from regional actors who have already benefited from the Platform services:

- Jean-Philippe Odeurs from Interreg V-A Euregio Meuse-Rhine programme highlighted how the policy matchmaking session that he attended the day before gave him a lot of valuable ideas on attracting SMEs to cross border cooperation projects. He also mentioned that this was a great opportunity to establish first contacts and that several follow-up activities were already foreseen with the people met on spot.

- In a 3-minutes video the audience discovered peer review and how the Hauts-de-France region benefited form it. Peer reviews are a new service that allow managing authorities of structural funds programmes and public bodies in charge of local or regional development policies to receive hands-on feedback and advice from other European regions (peers) on the implementation of their programmes and policies. Peers from a selected number of regions are invited to the host region, to examine the specific territorial and thematic context, and make recommendations based on their experience and expertise.


Get involved, exchange, benefit

After having heard the success stories, the session continued with lively discussions where the participants shared their own good practices with others. The Policy Learning Platform good practices database already showcases more than 400 tested and expert-validated good practices.

Take away message

Don't reinvent the wheel. Europe is full of solutions. Policy making can be so much better if you get together and exchange with peers. The Policy Learning Platform can hep you in reaching out to the relevant people with the right expertise. 

Join now the online community and start exploring the Policy Learning Platform services!




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  • Posted by: Secretariat Interreg Europe
    On: 25/09/2018 - 13:53pm

    Seize the opportunities for #policylearning throughout the European Week of Regions and Cities!

    Interested in policy learning? Keen to meet peers from other regions? This session is only one of the opportunities to network and share experiences. We will have a stand in the Agora exhibition with a continuous programme throughout the week - have a look at these pages for more information and make use of the networking opportunities: https://www.interregeurope.eu/policylearning/news/4007/policy-matchmakin... https://www.interregeurope.eu/euregionsweek/