A Common Strategic Framework: bridging between EU-National-Regional policies and programmes for Research & Innovation, Economic Development and Territorial Cohesion – Bruxelles (Belgium), december 5, 2012
(Reference note: DG REGIO – EUROPEAN COMMISSION WILL PRESENT ITS “POSITION PAPER” ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT AND PROGRAMMES IN ITALY BY THE END OF NOVEMBER 2012).
The European Commission, national Authorities and regional Governments are currently dealing with the planning of their strategies to foster alignment of European Policies and Programmes (e.g.Horizon 2020, Cohesion Policy, CAPetc.).The main goal is to avoid fragmentation and maximise the impact of resources for the benefit of economic development, growth and jobs in the EU. To this aim, enhanced strategic interactions between the National Reform Programmes, Partnership Contracts of the Structural Funds and the Europe 2020 strategies should be endorsed. This should be developed in coordination with the Innovation Union flagship initiativesand also regionalsmart specialisation strategies.
The European Commission has set the basis for a Common Strategic Framework both in Horizon 2020 and Cohesion Policy. These will help setting clear policy priorities and well defined activities in member states enabling a more efficient use of multiple funds. National and regional authorities will use this framework as a basis for drafting their partnership agreements with the Commission. Working in coordination across institutions/governments and thematic sectors will allow EU, Member states and Regions to tackle grand challenges, to boost competitiveness and thus to set the basis for a long term economic development.
The Conference will look at the critical aspects on the realization of a Common Strategic Framework at EU, National and Regional level. A particular emphasis will be put on the EU, National and Regional alignment of Research & Innovation priorities across policies and programmes. Stakeholders involved in the conference will have the opportunity to take stoke of the current Commission strategies as well as to debate on potential ideas and instruments (e.g.,PPPs) to bridge between multi level policies and programmes.
The expected OUTCOME consists of:
- engaging European and national authorities in order to stimulate debate on the potential initiatives which could be a “blu-print” for multi level joint actions;
- drawing up a list of areas for intervention/actions which could be crucial to foster interoperability across policies and programmes and therefore to achieve the Europe 2020 targets.