EU 2020 going local

Project Details

Title: From detached Lisbon and Gothenburg Strategies to a regionalised indigenous EU 2020
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Energy and sustainable transport

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 2: Capitalisation Project
Fast track: No
Duration: 1st Oct 2010 - 31st Dec 2012


Total budget: €1,546,194.62
ERDF contribution: €1,203,457.36

Lead partner

Sörmland Regional Council
P.O. box 325
611 27, Nyköping

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    • Contact Person: Mr Göran Norberg
      Phone: 46 155 77898
      Fax: 46 155 215910

Project summary

“EU 2020 going local – from detached Lisbon and Gothenburg Strategies to a regionalised indigenous EU 2020” is designed to contribute to the effective implementation of the current Lisbon and Gothenburg Strategies and the new EU 2020 strategy at local and regional level. In particular, this means building on the stock of tried and tested successful experiences at the local implementation of the former strategies and improving delivery with regard to the new strategy, particularly with regard to the sub-theme “Energy and Sustainable Transport”.


Based on the fact that growth strategies of the EU are formulated and targeted at national level, implementation needs to be tailored to the diversity of European territories as well as to the regional/local needs and circumstances. Therefore the EU policies successful implementation cannot be realised without the active participation of all involved stakeholders: politicians, public authorities, administrative bodies, development agencies and

not least the local population. Also the upcoming EU 2020, which is expected to help to overcome the current (financial) crisis and to offer new solutions to new challenges, focuses on early involvement of all relevant stakeholders. In this respect, the project ideally demonstrates the transfer of good practises within a multi level governance system.


The project therefore capitalises on good practices that have proven to be very successful in one of the partner regions in order to transfer them into other partner’s mainstreaming programmes, for instance the Objective 1 or 2 Programmes. E.g. a web-based portal providing information and online-tools on energy efficiency in administrations of towns/municipalities or the process oriented broad consultation/inclusion of municipalities in a "national pact for climate and sustainable development" aiming (amongst other targets) at more efficient energy use. These will enable the different partners to further improve and modernise their

regional policy.


We will follow a vivid communication approach with relevant actors including politicians of the partner regions, and other stakeholders on national/EU level in accordance with the “Sörmland Strategy” which means:

• strong companionship of the respective political representations in order to ensure the respective political ownership of the project

• dissemination and awareness activities towards citizenship

• early and intense integration of European bodies in order to place and position the regions within the upcoming EU 2020 strategy


Seen as a whole, the project contributes to the reduction of disparities as the project matches regions less experienced in the specific policy field of energy (efficiency) and sustainable transport with more experienced regions which also tackle a challenge related to the realisation of the Lisbon and Gothenburg strategies.

Project achievements

At the start of the project, the EU2020 Going Local partnership collected over 50 good practices from almost all partners. These are grouped in four categories (‘sub-themes’):

- Local/regional climate impact programmes and sustainable management control systems

- Renewable energy and waste to energy

- Energy efficiency measures

- Sustainable public transport and non-motorised transport

During the first 1,5 year of the project (2011) a series of good practice exchange workshops was organised, dedicated to more detailed presentation and exchange of good practices among the whole partnership. In the second year of the project, focus shifted towards the creation of a number of smaller working groups for more detailed exchange among partners with a shared interest in certain (fields of) good practice. Based on a template partners started to draft their Local Action Plans (LAP) at the end of the first year of cooperation. During the Mid-term event partners decided to reinforce the partners

LAP by means of external expertise.An expert, experienced in APs, was then contracted to provide guidance to the whole partnership and individual consultations to every partner in the project.Drafting of the EU2020 Going Local action plans took place mainly during the final year of the project. Partners generally worked within their region to prepare the plan with their local stakeholders and write the action plan. Each partner could consult an external expert to get feedback and advice on practical aspects and content of their plan via telephone and during a one-on-one meeting at the occasion of the partner meetings. Exchange and discussion among the partners on the (draft) action plans took place during the partner meetings in Stoke-on-Trent (March '12) and Schaerbeek (June '12). During the last reporting period the action plans were finalised.

The political level from the participating regions and cities was engaged from the beginning of the project by creating the Political Board.

The Political Board has continued to meet in connection to steering groups meetings and Interregional workshops. These meeting have been attended by several partners. The political involvement has really made a difference and has from the beginning secured the future implementation of the LAPs.The Final event was held in Brussels during the Open Days. During these 2 days the projects results and findings were disseminated and discussed. Focus of the first day was to explore the method “Results Based Accountability” (RBA) of Mark Friedman,and this method was then applied to the partners LAPs. The second day was a high level conference including speakers from the EP, the EC, the CoR as well as the project partners and other high level experts.

A wrap-up meeting took place in Düsseldorf 12-13 November. The meeting was moderated by an external evaluator which helped the partnership to assess the results of the project and exchange ideas and recommendations for implementation of the LAPs.

The exchange between partners on methods has also continued during the last reporting period. The working group Smart Steering focused on tools for steering towards results for the local implementation of the EU2020 strategy. The exchanges were based on the so-called Sörmland approach (a management control system for improved regional and local results) and explored the Results Based Accountability (RBA) method for improving public policy programmes. The Results Based Accountability method also was presented and discussed in-depth during the Final event. Through the work of this group, the RBA method was introduced as a key tool for monitoring the follow-up of action plans and some partners added an annex to the LAP where this method was applied. JTS has approved a request for extension of the project duration until 2012.12.31


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Sörmland Regional Council, Nyköping SWEDEN Östra Mellansverige 46 155 77898
Örebro Regional Development Council, Örebro SWEDEN Östra Mellansverige 46196026300
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of NRW, Düsseldorf GERMANY Düsseldorf 49 211 837 2518
City of Duisburg, Duisburg GERMANY Düsseldorf 49 203 283 2958
Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban region, Ljubljana SLOVENIA Zahodna Slovenija 386 1 3061914
Riga Planning Region, Riga LATVIA Latvija 37167559817
Zemgale Planning region, Jelgava LATVIA Latvija 371 63021250
STOKE-ON-TRENT CITY COUNCIL, STOKE-ON-TRENT UNITED KINGDOM Shropshire and Staffordshire 44 1782 232116
Municipality of Schaerbeek, Schaerbeek - Brussels BELGIUM Région de Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest 0032 2 244 72 28
Ministry for sustainable development and infrastructure, Luxembourg LUXEMBOURG Luxembourg (Grand-Duché) 352 2478 69 26
Province of Gelderland, Arnhem NETHERLANDS Gelderland +31 26 359 9037
Regio Achterhoek, Doetinchem NETHERLANDS Gelderland 31 (0) 314 - 321214
Local Government Yorkshire and Humber, Wakefield UNITED KINGDOM West Yorkshire 0044 1924 200262
Cartaxo Municipality, Cartaxo PORTUGAL Alentejo 351 243 700 250
West Midlands Leaders Board, Birmingham UNITED KINGDOM West Midlands 44 (0) 121 678 1056


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