As the foremost respresentative of regional development practitioners (with members from 23 different countries), EURADA  conveys, from time to time, the opinion of its stakeholders to the European institutions.

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Innovation Ecosystems

The purpose of this document is to present ideas to improve European regional innovation ecosystems. This position paper is a part of the strategic planning consultation process of the European Commission to design a programme aimed at improving innovation ecosystems’ connectiveness within the 3rd Pillar of the Horizon Europe programme. At this stage of the policymaking process, the Horizon Europe programme will likely have a budget of €500 million for the period 2021-2027. Download the document as PDF.


Cohesion Policy

The importance of cohesion policy for our members and their societies, on which they have a positive and tangible impact, cannot be underestimated. For our members, cohesion policy is much more than a policy which dictates the allocation of funds and this is why this paper will make suggestions for its future improvement. Download the document as PDF.



This document reflects the opinion of EURADA in the context of the public consultation on the COSME programme. COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs, running from 2014 to 2020, with a budget of €2.3billion. EURADA’s overall assessment of the COSME programme is positive. In general, professionals of development agencies agree on the relevance of providing access to finance to private enterprises, facilitating access to markets, establishing a more favorable environment to do business, reducing administrative burden and fostering entrepreneurship. Download the document as PDF.


Smart Specialisation Consultation

This document reflects the opinion of EURADA in the context of the public consultation on Smart Specialisation (S3) of the European Commission. There is a consensus among economic development practitioners about the suitability of the S3 tool to engage a multiplicity of stakeholders in a common transformation agenda. The process is inclusive, bottom-up and brings new actors to a shared decision process that is relevant for the economic growth of the countries and regions. Download the document as PDF.