The BE-Rural project aims to realise the potential of regional and local bio-based economies by supporting a wide group of stakeholders to participate in the development of bioeconomy strategies and roadmaps. It focuses particularly on five regions, namely Stara Zagora (Bulgaria), Szczecin Lagoon and Vistula Lagoon (Poland), Strumica (Macedonia), Covasna (Romania) and Vidzeme and Kurzeme (Latvia), each of which had strong potential in specific bio-based sectors (e.g. essential oils and herbs for cosmetics/pharmaceuticals; small-scale fisheries; agricultural residues; and forestry). BE-Rural will stimulate learning and the co-creation of knowledge within each individual region, but also between the five regions, and at a wider European level.
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TRACER aims to support a number of coal-intensive regions around Europe to design (or re-design) their research and innovation strategies in order to facilitate their transition towards a sustainable energy system.
The project focuses on nine regions. These are South East Bulgaria, North West Bohemia (CZ), Lusatian Lignite District (DE), West Macedonia (GR), Upper Silesian Coalfield (PL), West Romania and Wales (UK) within the EU, and Kolubara (Serbia) and Donetsk (Ukraine) outside the EU.
Core activities include:
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The evaluation will focus on the Programme’s contributions to NPA targets and objectives, which focus specifically on the needs of remote and peripheral communities, and also to cooperation and development in the Arctic and Europe 2020 Strategy.
The project involves mapping how integrated territorial approaches are being planned and implemented, gaining insights into progress and challenges. The research encompasses 800 integrated territorial strategies from across the EU, focusing on the factors influencing the way in which territorial strategies are set up and implemented and the effectiveness of the strategies.Read more
This project involved research on the take up and effectiveness of financial instruments (FIs). The new regulatory framework for EU Cohesion policy in 2014-20 has reinforced the scope for (repayable) financial instruments to deliver Cohesion policy objectives, as an alternative to using grants. The research focuses on: identifying the rationale for using FIs within Cohesion policy programmes; providing a ‘stocktake’ of how EU Member States are making use of FIs in 2014-20; identifying the issues which influence uptake of FIs; and analysing complementarities and interaction between Cohesion-policy funded FIs and other sources of funding such as the European Fund for Strategic Investments.Read more
The project involves a background statistical review and area analysis of the North Sea Region to support the development of a revised North Sea Region 2020 Strategy.Read more
The project involved research on the development of an Arctic regional collaboration mechanism funded by the Northern Periphery Programme. The aim was to consider the need for improved collaboration across regional economic development programmes in the Arctic and how a collaboration mechanism can be optimally structured and delivered. In doing so, the project will critically assess the potential for synergies, the benefits for stakeholders of improved collaboration and options for systems/platforms for collaboration and knowledge sharing and building.Read more
The project involved an ex ante evaluation of the North Sea Region Programme (NSRP) for the 2014-20 period and a subsequent project to set the indicators, baselines and targets for the 2014-20. This involved supporting the work of the NSRP drafting team in the development of programme indicators, in particular result indicators; refining a methodology for the development of appropriate results indicators; establishing appropriate result baseline values for the NSRP; and proposing results targets for the NSRP.Read more
The project involved the provision of advice to the House of Lords Sub Committee D Inquiry into EU Marine Regional Co-operation.Read more
The project involved preparatory research and the organisation of an international conference on regional cooperation in the Arctic. The research focussed on the development of a regional collaboration mechanism, and the conference brought together policy officials, programme managers and other stakeholders to discuss practical opportunities for working together on Arctic issues and the potential role of ETC and ENPI programmes.Read more
The project involved background research and advisory input for the ex ante evaluations, drawing on international experience.Read more
The project examined how Arctic or Arctic-relevant themes could be pursued under the auspices of the Northern Periphery Programme, which includes the Highlands and Islands as well as other areas of Scotland.Read more
The project comprised an ex ante evaluation accompanying the design of the 2014-2020 Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme and appraisal of its different elements. EPRC research focused on the ex-ante evaluation of the Northern Periphery and Arctic programme 2014-20. The purpose of the ex-ante evaluation was to improve and strengthen the quality of the programme under preparation and to optimise the allocation of resources.Read more