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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.



Interregional Innovation Investment (I3) Initiative


This document reflects the opinion of EURADA and the members in the context of the public consultation on the Interregional Innovation Investment (I3) Initiative. This instrument seeks to help actors involved in smart specialisation strategies to cluster together, scale up and bring innovation to the European market, with an indicative budget of € 500 million. EURADA and the members welcome the I3 Initiative proposed by the European Commission, remarking that the new instrument should: be oriented to private companies; have structures that integrate all regions, including from non-EU countries; stimulate synergies in ESIF, and perhaps beyond.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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