Micro-regional coordinational network
Topic of the practice
Offering entrepreneurs, NGOs and municipalities technical assistance in project generalisation, project development and implementation to improve the quality and number of regional development projects and to increase efficiency in the utilisation of European and domestic development funds
Good Practice Information
A network of technical assistance, aimed at helping Hungarian entrepreneurs, NGOs and municipalities in the realisation of project ideas, from source identification right until closing the projects. Micro-regional coordinators offer personalised services in the New Hungary Point offices in all micro-regions. The support offered includes: project generalization, assistance in project development / in project implementation, communication with potential partners / with intermediate bodies and other actors, information gathering for planning procedures and strategic purposes, supervision of running projects, informing partners about recent news.
The micro-regional offices, in cooperation with the multi-purpose micro-regional associations, may focus on the unique development priorities of the micro-region, and, beyond the municipalities, they are accessible also for all the entrepreneurs and NGOs in the micro-region
Bodies involved are the National development Agency, Észak-Alföld Regional Development Agency, INNOVA – Észak-Alföld Regional Development and Innovational Agency, ENEREA – Észak-Alföld Regional Energy Agency, Észak-Alföld Regional Employment Office, intermediate bodies, managing authorities, municipalities, enterprises and the civil sector.
Main success factors are the expertise provided, flexibility, local presence (microregional level), the utilisation of local knowledge, free of charge service and the direct link between institutional background and partners.
Evidence of success
The Microregional Coordinational Network assists in developing capabilities to make poorer regions more competitive and developing local strengths. Helping hands are given to local actors who gain project experience and the results are encouraging: Amongst others 519 trainings were organised and 936 meetings and conferences held. 437 project applications in the Complex programmes of the most disadvantaged regions have been developed under the assistance of the network, of which 149 project applications were related to the roma integration. With respect to the international aspect the owners of the approved projects will definitely know more now about EU-funded projects and these capabilities might enable them also to cooperate on interregional level in the future, and to use funds of EU programmes supporting international collaboration (especially CBC funds because of the specific geographic location of Észak-Alföld Region bordering 3 countries, involved in 3 INTERREG IVA programmes: HU-RO CBC, HU-SK CBC, HU-SK-RO-UA ENPI).
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Brigitta Máté; project manager
INNOVA Észak-Alföld Regional Development and Innovation Agency Nonprofit Ltd.
Annex completed on: 10-26-2011