Structural Funds act as 'agents of change' in the policy and practice of regional development (executive summary). This change can occur in mind-sets of policy-makers, the focus and content of the policy, or in the practice to implement it. Most importantly, how can positive changes be facilitated and how can they be embedded long-term? These issues have been discussed at the IQ-Net conference in Gdansk, Poland, on 17-19 May.
The conference was also an opportunity to present an update on progress with the implementation of the programmes in IQ-Net countries and regions (executive summary).