Regions for Economic Change
Exchanging good practice between Europe’s regions
On 8 November 2006 a new initiative called “Regions for Economic Change" was adopted by the European Commission under the Territorial Cooperation objective for the 2007-2013 programming period. It aims to link the exchange of good practices developed in the interregional cooperation and urban development network programmes to their dissemination and implementation into the Convergence, Regional Competitiveness and Employment and European Territorial Cooperation operational programmes.
To achieve these objectives, Regions for Economic Change will work on the following elements:
- Identification of 30 priority themes focused on economic modernisation and the renewed Lisbon agenda;
- Development of a bridge between thematic networks and the Structural Funds mainstream programmes;
- A better communication through an annual conference and awards;
- A fast track option, where identified networks funded under INTERREG IVC and URBACT II will benefit from additional expertise from the European Commission.
So far, eight INTERREG IVC Capitalisation projects have been earmarked for additional assistance and thus contribute to the Regions for Economic Change initiative. Details on these approved operations are available in the project database.