Project Details

Title: Interregional Partnership Platform
Priority: 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Theme: Innovation, research and technology development

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2010 - 31st Mar 2013
Website: http://www.i-p-p.eu


Total budget: €1,137,700.00
ERDF contribution: €890,565.00

Lead partner

Ministry of Science and Economy of Saxony-Anhalt
Hasselbachstrasse 4
39104, Magdeburg

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    • Contact Person: Catrin Gutowsky
      Phone: 49 391 576 44 52
      Fax: +49 391 567 4450

Project summary

The innovation capacity of regions and firms depends on their ability to create, diffuse and exploit knowledge from outside the region through the regional innovation system. This regional innovation system is determined by policies, funding instruments, companies and technology providers. Public innovation intermediaries play a crucial role in providing innovation support measures, creating partnerships and also providing finding innovative solution. Public innovation intermediaries, such as business parks, innovation centres and innovation policy units at local and regional level play an important role in raising the rate of innovation.

The lack of external links and limited co-operation of innovation intermediaries at local and regional level are an important drawback factor for a higher rate of innovation and therefore for generating growth and employment at regional level. This is often accompanied by low performance targets set by the funding authorities,

based on a lack of data and a lack of understanding of the potential role of these agencies.

The Interregional Partnership Project would like to step in here

• to identify successful access models in the partner regions to increase the outward orientation of innovation intermediaries in the region

• to exchange experiences of these successful access between the partner regions

• to develop a long-term framework of interregional know-how transfer among the local and regional innovation intermediaries including alos other European intermediaries working in the region such as EEN.

• to jointly implement successful practices in two pilot actions for the four partners during the life cycle of this project

• to develop a joint benchmark and monitoring tool and IT tool to regularly assess the participation rate of SMEs, local and regional authorities and support agencies in international know-how transfer.

In order to achieve this the project is divided into 4 main parts:

• Comp. 1 comprises all actions to ensure the proper management of the overall project.

• Comp. 2 focuses on information and dissemination, notably towards the regional and interregional audience. It includes the regional partnership meetings, dissemination conferences, brochures, newsletters, a web-site as well as study visits.

• Comp. 3 is the essence of the project including the identication and exchange on best practices, joint seminars on the “Involvement in interregional partnerships” and “Best practices in access strategies”, a study on a joint benchmark model, regular benchmark reports and an IT tool to improve the co-operation as well as a best practices inventory based on a joint data collection

• Comp. 4 is designed to carry out two pilot projects to transfer successful access models, in the participating regions, a seminar on mainstreaming and the development of a joint action plan.

Project achievements

The lack of interreg. links and limited cooperation at local and regional level are a significant drawback factor for the development of regions. The IPP project therefore aims to increase the outward orientation of innovation intermediaries and cooperation on interregional level. In 2010 partners discussed how successful practices of supporting interregional cooperation could be identified. The partner from Valencia developed a methodology for benchmarking the regions and all partners started to compile data on the European and interregional interaction for the 1st benchmark report. A questionnaire was devised to learn from regional actors about their firsthand experiences on and obstacles to cooperation. On 27-28 Oct. 2010 the interregional working group (IWG) came together in Latvia to exchange preliminary findings from their region. A study visit to Cesis was organised, where the City Council introduced its internationalization strategy. IPP partners also visited the local business

incubator and learnt about the activities of the culture and tourism agency. With the seminar "Involvement of local actors in interregional cooperation" (1 Dec., Magdeburg/DE) further delegates from the partner regions presented examples of local cooperation across boarders and regions and shared their areas of interest for collaboration in the future. The chances of interregional cooperation within the Europe 2020 strategy were the main topic of the 1st Dissemination conf. 2 Dec. A set of policy recommendations highlighted the importance of internationalisation for innovation in the face of economic crisis. In 2011 partners continued to share their experience in supporting internationalisation. Various approaches fostering coop. were presented by public intermediaries during the seminar "Interreg. coop. for innovation & employment" (29/3, Paterna/ES). A study trip to innovation intermediaries located around Paterna offered an insight into the innovation system of the Valencia region.

To intensify the cooperation between actors in partner regions 2 pilot projects were developed. Pilot 1 brings together EU advisory service agencies. During a seminar in Nyiregyhaza / HU (21/22 Sept) several such entities introduced themselves, their services and target groups to each other and formed working groups to discuss successful strategies to inform and motivate participation in interregional cooperation projects. Further topics were rules for building project consortia and project management. In the aftermath of the meeting partners started to describe effective tools to reach these goals. In Feb. 2012 the pilot partners learnt more about moderation and networking techniques, which can help to foster international cooperation. During a final seminar in June the partners discussed measures for cooperating in the future. Pilot 2 dealt with internationalisation on municipality+district level. During the 1st seminar, 24/25 Nov. in Paterna, pilot partners introduced approaches to

internat. and learnt about requirements for developing a strategy of territorial competitiveness. During seminars in Feb./ April 2012 a methodology for the develop. of internat. strategies for municipalities was discussed, formulate guidelines on steps to gear up local authorities for more internat.engagement. Results of pilots were introduced to a broader public during mainstreaming sem. (14/6 Jurmala/LV). It addressed the role of interreg. coop. and reg. policy directions for the next SF period. Using Open Days as multiplicator-6th IWG and pilot seminar were held in Brussels (9/10 Oct. 2012)for preparation of last events and final documents. Final conf. 29/11/12 in Valencia was real highlight. Under high rank participation (PM of Valencia, PM of Saxony-Anhalt, EU COM, CoR, regional+municipality repres., JTS) project results and future coop. after finishing the project were discussed.An additional (7.) IWG meeting was held in Brussels (25/2/13). Planned doc. were finalized and agreed.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Ministry of Science and Economy of Saxony-Anhalt, Magdeburg GERMANY Sachsen-Anhalt 49 391 576 44 52
Eszak-Alföld Regional Development Agency, Debrecen HUNGARY Eszak-Alfold 00 36 52 524 760
Fundación Comunidad Valenciana Region Europea, Valencia SPAIN Comunidad Valenciana +34 96 318 44 03
State Regional Development Agency, Riga LATVIA Latvija +371 670 790 31
Regional Vice Ministry for Territorial Cohesion and European Affairs, Valencia SPAIN Comunidad Valenciana 0034 96 342 57 68
sareu@gva.es or ripoll_raf@gva.es
INNOVA Észak-Alföldi Regional Development and Innovation Agency, DEBRECEN HUNGARY Eszak-Alfold +36 52 880 250
Municipality of Paterna, Paterna SPAIN Comunidad Valenciana +34 96 137 96 61


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