The European Policies Research Centre (EPRC) organised the 46th IQ-Net conference in Finland, hosted by the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council. The conference gathered regional and national Structural Funds programme authorities from 15 EU Member States and the European Commission to discuss how Cohesion Policy contributes to the objective of Smarter Europe.
The first session of the conference focussed on experiences with the 2014-20 programmes. Fabian Gal of EPRC presented a paper on ‘Time to Learn? Drawing Lessons for Cohesion Policy Post-2020’. Discussions during the session addressed programme implementation issues concerning the variation in spending and achievement of targets; State aid; and Evaluation activities. Moreover, delegates discussed challenges in preparing the reform of Cohesion policy 2021-27.
The second session, and the main theme of the conference, began by a presentation by Heidi Vironen of EPRC based on a paper ‘Transition to a Low-Carbon Europe: The Supporting Role of Cohesion Policy’.
The discussions that followed addressed practices from the IQ-Net partner countries as well as the opportunities and challenges for Cohesion policy programmes managing and implementing interventions supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy. Delegates also exchanged on the lessons learnt and explored the options for the future period of 2021-27.
The conference concluded with a project visit to the Kalasatama District hosted by Forum Virium Helsinki. Kalasatama is a new smart, urban district, where several projects provide a platform for agile pilot culture, where ideas are put into practice and tested as part of the everyday lives of users.
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