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IPP project presents innovation as opportunity to regions
IPP brochure on resultsThe Interregional Partnership Platform (IPP) project on increasing the innovation capacity of regions in Europe came to its end in March 2013. The results of the cooperation among partners from Germany, Latvia, Spain and Hungary are now available for regions, local communities, municipalities, industrial parks, innovation agencies and other organisations interested in interregional and EU innovation know-how.

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The Interregional Partnership Platform (IPP) project, a pioneer in increasing the innovation capacity of regions in European cooperation and the EU innovation programs, came to its end in March 2013. The results of the cooperation among partners from Saxony-Anhalt (Germany), Riga (Latvia), Paterna (Spain) and Eszak-Alfold (Hungary) are now available for regions, local communities, municipalities, industrial parks, innovation agencies and other organisations interested in transferring interregional and EU innovation know-how.

IPP brochure on resultsYou all can benefit from the vision and findings of the IPP project (The Third IPP Brochure), and particularly from the two pilots the project implemented. The first focused on 'Internationalisation Strategies for Local Authorities'. The partners developed a specific methodology (Methodology of Internationalisation Strategies for Local Authorities) for that purpose with recommendations and steps any municipality should follow to get involved in international activities.

The other pilot on 'EU Funds Advisory Service Agencies' brought together a circle of institutions related to EU funding schemes, e.g. EU funds advisory service agencies for municipalities, business support organisations and universities. They identified a number of good practices improving networking among such institutions, consortium building and partner search.

The cooperation goes on

Strong commitment of the IPP partners to innovation and internationalisation proved to be a fertile ground for taking the mutual cooperation beyond the INTERREG IVC project.

More formally, the partners started new initiatives to make their findings and work even more effectively in their regions. Municipalities involved in the pilot on internationalisation of municipalities initiated a new project – 'AGE – Administrations go Europe' under the Leonardo da Vinci programme with partners from Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Denmark and Italy. They also applied for mobility projects in the same programme for their staff to learn abroad. The City of Magdeburg (Germany) and the City of Daugavpils (Latvia) signed a cooperation agreement and started a joint project in EU Youth programmes.

On a less formal note, Beata Vécsi, the project manager of IPP at INNOVA Észak-Alföld Regional Development and Innovation Agency, indicates that Észak-Alföld hopes to deepen the long and fruitful cooperation with Valencia and Saxony-Anhalt regions and add other players to it.

"IPP was not only successful in strengthening interregional cooperation (Part of the C strand of the ETC (as well as of the former Interreg III Community Initiative), its aim is to promote exchange and transfer of knowledge and best ...) ", says José-Luis Munoz, representative of Valencia, "but also in inspiring the municipal federation of Spain, which committed itself to promotion of the project results in the whole country".

The partners also think about keeping their cooperation alive in the future interregional cooperation programme. "I believe that more regions could be involved in a potential 'IPP2 project', as the advantages of this interregional cooperation might be applied even in a more efficient way and further great ideas could be evolved in the framework of the programme," envisions Thomas Steinmetz, the representative of the Saxony Anhalt region.