Silvia MESTRES – Head of EU Project ACCIO’ & Bogdan CHELARIU – Brussels Office North-East RDA Romania: Hints & Tips on EU Project Management:

  • Think in Networks – right partners matter. But also knowing what the person in front of you did, studied and where he or she lived.
  • Ideally, one should establish a common ground with the targeted person before the meeting starts.
  • Culture eats strategy for breakfast: a successful EU project manager understands complexity of cultural differences, barriers of other project partners.
  • Be an idea-space integrator: Act as the glue for individuals/organisations and institution, you should build trust and create a functional network among different stakeholders.
  • Try to fill structural holes between institutions so as to get the most out of the given opportunities.
  • Project execution (implementation) and Project management (coordination) are like front and back-office and should harmoniously work together and work on the same pace.
  • Reactiveness and proactiveness are equally required while implementing EU projects.
  • Magic does not exist in EU project management, it is important to be able to plan as well as improvise.
  • Conclusion is a paradigmatic shift: who has information, has power AND NOW who has initiative, has power.



Juan Manuel REVUELTA – Finnova:

  • The StartUp Europe Awards 2018 is built around a prize-methodology for start-ups at local, regional, national and EU level with the aim to foster innovation, cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder co-operation in the European ecosystem.
  • This initiative creates a platform for accelerators, incubators, universities, start-ups, community leaders etc, to exchange best practices and raise the bar of economic and social innovation.



David WALBURN –  CEO Greater London Enterprise and former President of EURADA: Reflections on Brexit from an economic point of view.

  • The UK regions received the most in terms of EU regional aid and have done well in investing in local and regional projects, especially in former industrial regions of the UK. And yet, public policies and regional economic development cannot radically reverse structural regional dynamics.
  • This is the sad truth, as a few examples in the UK showed, where anger and frustration over economic conditions of depressed areas were wrongly associated with the EU.
  • Concerning Brexit, one should honestly say that advantages to leave the UK do not exist and thus, if he had to place a bet, he would not bet that the UK will really leave the EU.
  • The EU membership is a key driver of economic growth and trade and this will remain in the future.