The RELOS3 project begins
On 20 and 21 February 2017, 17 representatives from 7 European countries participating in the RELOS3 project gathered in Sabadell, Spain, to launch the project.
The RELOS3 project is part of the Interreg Central Europe Programme for transnational European territorial cooperation that involves regions of 9 central European countries, one of the European Territorial Cooperation programmes 2017-2020 funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
In the period 2014-2020, all EU regions chose the so-called Smart Specialisation Strategies to promote innovation and economic growth.
The RELOS3 project, which involves partners from Estonia, Greece, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain, aims to improve the economic and innovation development policies in the implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies by involving local partners, such as innovation companies, research centres, business associations as well as local authorities and universities, to make expenditure on European funding more effective.
The project, which will run for five years and has a total budget of € 1.4 million, of which the EU funds € 1.2 million, will meet its goals by comparing, evaluating and testing novel methodologies that have not been tried before, for example, involving the citizens in the strategy to be adopted or exploring the possibility to combine European funds with other types of funding.
The project manager Gerard Mayol said: “We expect that RELOS3 will provide relevant solutions that enable local partners to be more involved in the Smart Specialisation Strategies and more organisations to profit from European funding. The network effect is going to have a great impact.”
The project, led by the Economic Development Agency of Sabadell, Spain, has the following partners: Tartu City Government (Estonia), Region of Western Macedonia (Greece), Malta Enterprise Corporation (Malta), Local authority of Emmen (the Netherlands), Wielkopolska Region (Poland), and the Metropolitan City of Bologna (Italy).