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EURADA working groups

Currenlty EURADA has 3 active working groups

Smart Heritage Working Group 


The Smart Heritage Cities Working Group (WG) was established to gather expertise on the topics of smart cities and communities and Positive Energy Blocks (balance between energy consumption and production at local level) in cultural heritage areas. 

The aim of this Working Group is to create a community of professionals to: 

  • facilitate the exchange of practices and knowledge in the field of smart cities and communities to achieve Positive Energy Blocks, while addressing the constraints experienced in heritage cities; 

  • lead new ideas and cooperate at European level to develop new projects focused on smart cities and communities for Positive Energy Blocks applied to cultural heritage cities; 

  • disseminate best practices in initiatives related to the topic of smart cities, energy transition, and Positive Energy Blocks (for instance the project POCITYF); 

  • engage partners and followers to work on common initiatives and projects; 

  • increase the support provided for local and regional agencies and SMEs on the energy transition challenge. 


Activites of the smart heritage cities working group

The members of the WG are scheduled to meet 4 times a year to discuss topics under the following themes: 

  • Smart Cities and Communities 

  • Positive Energy Blocks in Cultural Heritage Areas 

However, any proposals and inputs for other topics of interest to the members and stakeholders are welcome. 

Three of the Working Group meetings will be held virtually and one face-to-face whenever possible.  


Previous meetings:

  • 24th of November 2020
    The first WG meeting featured presentations by Martijn de Vries representative of Alkmaar (Netherlands) and João Formiga from Évora (Portugal). Both Martijn and João gave some insights into how they are dealing with problems inherent to 21st century cities, and how to address them through the combination of breakthrough initiatives such as the Positive Energy Blocks, e-mobility, or innovative ICT technologies while respecting the urban cultural heritage.  The last part of the meeting consisted of a survey and consecutive discussion about participants’ relationship on the topics of smart cities and PEB.  
  • 14th of April 2021
    During the second meeting of the Working Group, “EU funding and other financing resources for smart innovation in historical cities” were presented. The session focused on funding opportunities to bring innovation into historical cities. 
    The meeting featured Mr. Rui Barroso, from DECSIS, who talked about Funding and Financing Models for Cities and Mr. José Miguel Costa, from the POCITYF consortium, who discussed Horizon Europe funding opportunities for cities. 
  • 28th of June 2021
    On the 28th of June 2021, the 3rd meeting of the Smart Heritage Cities working group was held.As a result of the continued interest of WG members on the topic of Funding and Financing Opportunities, the meeting covered the topic of Public-Private Partnerships.
    The topic was then expounded on by Lada Strelnikova who is responsible for managing the investment management mandate for the European Energy Efficiency Fund (EEEF) within DWS. She discussed the aspect of technical assistance of the EEEF as a traditional subsidy option for public authorities to move projects forward and prepare an investment program. 
    Do you want to know more about this event? Check out this article.


Upcoming meetings:

Results from the previous survey are in and WG members would like to talk more about Energy Driven City Renovation! We think this topic will spark some interesting and valuable discussions especially since our meeting is being organised to be a hybrid event on the 28th of October from 15.00-17.00. You will have the option to join online or fly to Valencia, Spain and join the meeting in person as well as partake in the other sessions that AGORADA+ 2021 has to offer. Register here


28th October 2021

Envisioned as the first in-person meeting of the WG, the 4th meeting of the WG will take place in Valencia, Spain, as part of the Agorada+2021 edition. This high-level international conference aims at becoming a permanent forum where regional development practitioners and finance experts can exchange good practices, transfer knowledge and discuss innovative measures and financial instruments to raise an economy heavily damaged by the undesirable effects of the pandemic and to guarantee sustainable, long-term corporate growth. 


How to join the Smart Heritage Cities WG 

The Smart Heritage Cities WG is open to all interested stakeholders: Local authorities, regional development agencies, their stakeholders or EURADA members can apply. If your organisation is interested in joining this WG you can sign up here

Digitalisation Working Group 

EURADA, with the support from FundingBox, has relaunched the activities of its working group in Industry 4.0, considering the relevance of digitalisation for regional economic development in the current context.  

The Digitalisation Working Group was established to facilitate partnerships and mutual learning among regional economic development practitioners. Digital transition and Industry 4.0 is one of the key pillars of the future competitiveness of the European industry as facilitator of economic growth and one of the priorities of the twin transition of the European Union.   


The aim of this Working Group is to create a community of professionals to:  

  • facilitate the exchange of practices and knowledge in the field of digitalisation and industry 4.0, with a special focus on Digital Innovation Hubs;   

  • lead new ideas and cooperate at European level to develop new projects focused on the implementation of digital transformation for the non-tech industry and SMEs;  

  • disseminate best practices in initiatives related to the topic of digitalisation, industry 4.0, and Digital Innovation Hubs;  

  • engage partners and followers to work on common initiatives and projects;   

  • increase the support provided for Digital Innovation Hubs, non-tech industry, and SMEs in their attempts to consolidate and handle their digital transition, respectively.    



Activities of the Digitalisation Working Group  

The Working Group meetings will take place four times per year; three of them will be held virtually and one face-to-face. The first meeting took place online on the 11th of March and the second on the 26th of May 2021. The third meeting will take place on the 23 of September.  

The first in-person meeting will be held at a time when the situation allows for it more safely. These meetings will aim to share experiences, good practices and give the opportunity to listen and converse with experts on the matter.  

Additionally, the Working Group will be accompanied by a “Digitalisation Newsletter”, which will be published four times a year, usually following the Working Group meetings. The first Neswletter was sent in May 2021, and the topics addressed included news about the Working Group and its activities, a compilation of interesting articles, the lastest updates about relevant Digitalisation projects, and several events that will take place in the near future. 


Previous meetings:

  • 11th of March 2021 
    On the 11th of March the first meeting of the Digitalisation Working Group took place via Zoom. Through this meeting more than 130 participants were able to learn more about Digital Innovation Hubs and Industry 4.0. During this meeting, we had a brief introduction about the Digitalisation Working Group and what being part of this community of professionals means by Esteban PELAYO from EURADA, who underlined the importance of Digitalisation in these days. After this, Beatriz ASENSIO from ICE Castilla y León presented the successful collaboration between the DIH and the RDA of the region.  Later, Graciela GARRIDO and Mayte CARRACEDO from FundingBox gave us an introduction to the European Digital Innovation Hubs, general framework and potential opportunities for RDAs. They explained all aspects of the EDIH open call and shared their tips on how to make a good application. To finalize, Kuba KRUSZELNICKI from FundingBox explained the ongoing opportunities for regions arising from projects related to digitalization and remarked the importance of being aware of the opportunities of cascade funding. This meeting aimed to share experiences, good practices, and having the opportunity to listen and converse with experts on the matter. 
    Did you miss the meeting? Don't fear! You can re-watch it on our Youtube channel.  
  • 26th of May 2021
    On the 26th of May the second meeting of the Digitalisation Working Group took place. The objective of the meeting was to explore new methodologies to discover the performance and trends of regional companies in European programmes and explore new tools to connect with these regional champions, the Digitalisation Working Group is organising a workshop on regional follow-up funding. This workshop was oriented to regional authorities and covered topics such as the effective methods to create synergies between regions and funding opportunities based on the smartization report elaborated in the framework of the L4MS project, explained by Thibaud DUBRULE from FundingBox; Calendar of open calls and ongoing and future cascade funding opportunities for regions and their local companies, presented by Kuba KRUSZELNICKI from FundingBox. Throughout the meeting, Thibaud DUBRULE, Kuba KRUSZELNICKI and Arturo IBÁÑEZ, from FundingBox presented digital tools that could help the regional authorities design a tailored follow-up funding for their local champions. An overview of the challenges and barriers in follow-up funding methodologies was also presented by Manuela AZEVEDO and Pedro ROCHA from PRODUTECH and Sabine GIRON from IMR.  In the final part of the meeting Andreja ŠEPERAC from SIMORA, Development Agency of Sisak-Moslavina county (Croatia) presented its good practices and challenges in its regional DIH: PISMO incubator about gaming. Afterwards, Silvia DE LA MAZA from Innovalia explained the DIH-World open call which seeks innovative experiments across Europe that integrates digital technologies in the processes, products or services of manufacturing SMEs   
  • 23rd of September 2021

    On the 23rd of September the Digitalisation Working Group organised the third meeting of the Working Group: SME experiments as a way to forge collaborations and support regional adoption of digital technologies. After this unusual time, we had the pleasure to organise the first hybrid meeting in EURADA’s premises. 
    The workshop was moderated by our colleague Kuba Kruszelnicki from FundingBox and started with Kristina Karanikolova from TNO who gave us an overview of the BOWI project and the involvement of regions to support the uptake of digital technologies. Following the topic, Rainer Leupers from RWTH explained the Tetramax project and how to forge sustainable collaborations to boost innovation. After these presentations, some experiments related to the previous projects were presented. Within the framework of the Tetramax project Dr. Ing. Christian Hansen presented the TTX UnifiedAOTool and Mr. Manil Dev Gomony (Nokia Bell Labs) presented the TTX ERIC experiment. It was followed by two more BOWI SME experiments. The first one was Sensor Innovation AS presented by Sondre Rennan Nesset and Transmission Dynamics Poland explained by Jarek Rosinski. In the final part of the meeting Anita Tregner, representing our member META-Group, presented the I3: “Interregional Innovation Investment” initiative which supports interregional partnerships to deliver investments on S3-related priorities and to reinforce globally competitive EU value chains.  


Upcoming event:

  • 29th October 2021
    The 4 meeting of the Digitalisation Working Group will take place on the 29 of October in Valencia (Spain). We will organise a workshop in the framework of AGORADA+2021 to showcase how cascade funding facilitates innovation investments on sustainability. You can register here. 


How to become a member of the Digitalisation Working Group? 

This Digitalisation Working Group is open to all interested stakeholders that wish to internationalise. To become a member please fill out this form. If you might have any question, do not hesitate to contact digitalisationwg(at)  

For more information about this EURADA working Group, please check the dedicated website: 

Interregional Innovation Investments (I3) working group

The EURADA Working Group on “Interregional Innovation Investments” was established to help EURADA  members get involved in the I3 initiative. For this purpose, members can provide draft ideas that will be screened with the help of MetaGroup, in the persons of Andrea Di Anselmo & Anitta Tregner Mlinari. Another service provided by the secretariat is to find partners and brokerage among the ongoing S3P partnerships.   


The aim of this Working Group is to: 

  • inform the members of EURADA about the Expert Group established by the European Commission; 

  • collect inputs to be provided in the framework of the group; 

  • discuss possibilities of cooperation in potential project ideas in order to ensure enough quality in the project proposals; 

  • help EURADA members to get involved in the projects; 

  • find partners and brokerage among the ongoing S3P partnerships 

The I3 call will open after summer, hence now is the moment to start the preparation on the partnerships to ensure enough quality in the project proposals that would be submitted after summer. In order to achieve this goal, the members of EURADA are going to discuss possibilities of cooperation in potential project ideas.   


Activites of the I3 working group 

Members of the  EURADA’s  Working Group are expected to provide inputs to be conveyed to the European Commissionbased on their experiences and their vision or expectations on the interregional innovation investments.  Members are welcome to provide feedback and contributions to the documents related to the Work Programme, the calls and any other document or work proposed by the Commission.  All the participants received the draft versions of I3 Work programme and I3 Background document.


Previous meetings: 

  • 18th of June 
    Valeria Bandini (ART – ER) is the representative of the European Development Agencies in this group. The first meeting on 18th June started with an explanation from Valeria Bandini about the Expert Group of the European Commission and its first meeting that took place on Tuesday 15th of June.  After the introduction, Anita Tregner – Mlinaric’ presented the I3 initiative and drafted the content of the call, based on the information available. Valeria Bandini updated EURADA members on the first meeting of the Expert Group.  The part related to comments and questions from EURADA members was very interesting and useful. . 


List of the members of the I3 WG  

Sign-up is ongoing.  


How to join the I3 WG  

The Working Group on I3 initiative is opened only to EURADA members. For more information please contact us at i3(at)