On 17 December EURADA held a presentation at its premises about a highly relevant topic for regional development practitioners: The cases of Spanish and Portuguese Regional Development Agencies (RDAs).

The EURADA Project Officer Alberto Soria carried out an extensive research on the state of the art of development agencies in the Iberian Peninsula. Alberto dedicated three months to this study whose key points are now available online (you can download it below). The study encompasses diverse dimensions such as institutional context, competences and role, national coordination, and activities. Also, relevant data concerning the internal and external capacities of the RDAs were collected and highlighted. This in-depth study is helpful to gain insights into the developmental patterns of RDAs in neighbouring countries and also deals with dilemmas regional practitioners face on a daily basis, while reflecting on best-modalities to shape regional governance and boost the internal economies.

Several Brussels-based office representatives attended the presentation, among others the offices of Emilia-Romagna Region (Italy), North-East Romania (Romania) and Murcia (Spain).  A participative Q&A session after the presentation made it possible to deepen on questions related to the past and the future of regional development agencies in Europe.  Alberto’s main takeaway is that these entities play a crucial role to harmonise the needs and preferences of economic, civil societal and political region actors so as to achieve compromises to be then translated into policies and programmes. This way, territories can promote bottom-up processes to deliver consensus-based agendas for economic development.

Contact persons

Alberto SORIA MARTÍNEZ DE SAN VICENTE alberto.soria@eurada.org

You can download the presentations clicking the icon below