Helping regional economic development

As a network of RDAs, EURADA is constantly involved in various initiatives helping regional economic development. Those projects are implemented with the cooperation of European partners, with the European Commission and the European Regional Development Fund in particular. Discover our different on-going projects in detail on this page.

1st November 2016 to 31st October 2019

The project is going to develop educational material for vocational and educational training. The purpose is to readapt the skills of the workers in the wood and furniture industry to the next Industry 4.0 technologies. It has the participation of vocational and educational training (VET) centers and wood and furniture associations from Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. EURADA coordinates the communication and dissemination of the project

Coordinator: Technology Centre of Furniture Industry (CETEM)

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1st May 2016 to 30th April 2018  

The project will make operative the alignment of high education institutions (HEI) in regional smart specialisation strategies. It will collect best practices to showcase with example how better do this involvement. EURADA is part of the advisory board of the project.

The Smart specialisation approach combines industrial, educational and innovation policies for countries/regions to identify and select a limited number of priority areas for knowledge-based investments, focusing on their strengths and comparative advantages.
Smart specialisation processes need to be based on a strong partnership between businesses, public entities and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), essential for success.

The role of HEIs in smart specialisation strategies (RIS3) is a current challenge that the EC aims to tackle, in order to maximise the impact that HEIs may have in the design and implementation of successful RIS3.

Thinking Smart sets out an innovative objective: support HEIs in contributing to and benefiting from Smart Specialisation strategies.

Coordinator: Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro

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1st April 2016 to 31st march 2021    

The project is improving the application of the smart specialisation strategies making operative the concept of entrepreneurial discovery process (EDP). It is involved in the project the RIS3 platform and Dominique Foray from the University of Lausanne.

The entrepreneurial discovery process (EDP) is a process of continual interaction between businesses, knowledge institutes and, preferably, users, which aids the developments of new ideas and discoveries (“entrepreneurial discoveries”); discoveries which, if focused and supported in mutual cohesion, can grow to become a coherent palette of innovations, eventually becoming new economic strengths.

The Beyond EDP project aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial discovery process in Europe, boosting the Regional Innovation smart specialisation strategy (RIS3, in short) adopted by Europe in 2014. Knowledge institutes and businesses need each other for innovation and to turn that innovation into saleable products and practical applications. SMEs can fulfil an important role here. Among SMEs are leaders, developers, early adopters, and followers. Most companies can be classed as followers, meaning that innovation is far from a priority for many entrepreneurs.

How do we stimulate innovation among these SMEs? Many European regions are faced with this problem; the Beyond EDP project was launched in 2014 for that reason. The participants share their knowledge and experience in various ways, including peer to peer reviews, joining forces to discover the success factors for stimulating innovation. They also want to know what they, as public authorities and management organisations, can do to facilitate that for companies and knowledge institutes, using tools such as financial stimulation. The aim is to create interesting crossovers on the intersections between sectors.

Coordinator: Centre-Val de Loire Regional Innovation Agency (FR)

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1st April 2016 to 31st march 2021    

ESSPO addresses the issue of insufficient impact and efficiency of policies aiming to enhance SMEs competiveness, especially their growth on national and international markets as well as their engagement in innovation processes. The project will support the improvement of regional policies to support SME competitiveness

The territories represented in the project as well as all EU regions need to develop comprehensive support portfolios designed as policy mixes, making synergies of different services and in a smart way targeting their specific support to appropriate segments of SME population. The project will work on the solutions to align the support services into efficient portfolios such as as:
development of new support services to better much the SME needs (filling the gaps, aliment to changing conditions)
diagnostic tools to assess company absorption capacity and managemnt tools to provide the right match of needs with competent support;
combination of different kinds of support (financial, advice, access to infrastructure etc.) into a joint set;
better coordination the support provided by different actors and remedies to its fragmentation;
improvements of support good quality;
improvements of programme management practices (calls for proposals, project and contact with beneficiaries, monitoring and evaluation the results).

EURADA provided the methodology for seld-assement of regional policies, the peer learning and supports the communication of the project

Coordinator: Poznan Science and Technology Park Adam Mickiewicz University Foundation (PL)

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1st April 2016 to 31st march 2021    

SOCIAL SEEDS will provide evidence-based policy diagnostic tool that increases the effectiveness of local and regional policies for stimulation of growth & employment (preferably of vulnerable social groups) in social enterprises (SE) including their eco-systems in European cities and regions.

SOCIAL SEEDS partnership aims to equip policy-makers with evidence-based policy diagnostic tool that increases the effectiveness of local and regional policies for stimulation of growth & employment (preferably of vulnerable social groups) in social enterprises (SE) including their eco-systems in European cities and regions. To this end, regional and local government-run measurement and labelling scheme addressed to social enterprises (SE) will be established. It will help policy-makers’ concrete actions towards creating the right conditions to allow the sector to thrive.

Although, similar issues related to strengthening the position of SEs within the private & public sphere has already been part of EU development agendas for many years, but the focus on ranking and benchmarking regional and local SEs according to policy metrics is new. Therefore, SOCIAL SEEDS partners believe that the achievements will efficiently contribute to shaping European policymaking as well as engage multi-stakeholders in the way policies are generated, implemented and monitored.

EURADA is the partner responsible of communication in the project

Coordinator: IFKA Public Benefit Non-Profit Ltd. for the Development of the Industry (HU)

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Join the International Urban Cooperation: Sustainable and Innovative Cities and Regions – Regional Action Latin America and the Caribbean (IUC-LAC)

Start your cooperation with regions in Latin America!

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