Focus Group - Added value of EU macro-regional strategies

27 October 2016 in Brussels

ESIF and other programmes and funding sources contribute to the four EU macro-regional strategies, EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EU Strategy for the Danube Region, EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region and EU Strategy for the Alpine Region. What is really the benefit of this contribution for the programmes and funding sources, and the projects they fund?

This year Interact has commissioned a study on the added value of macro-regional strategies and how macro-regional projects can help funding programmes to achieve their own programme objectives. This focus group is one step in the study to consolidate and quality check the findings and recommondations of how to better use the benefits macro-reigonal strategies offer to programmes and projects.

Based on first findings of this study, we are kindly inviting you for a discussion on:

  • What are the tangible benefits various kinds of funding programmes have from contributing to a macro-regional strategy?
  • What are the tangible benefits concrete projects have from contributing to a macro-regional strategy?
  • How can the benefits that macro-regional strategies have for programmes and projects be better harnessed?

At the event, we want to discuss these questions with persons involved in the day-to-day management of ESIF and other EU funding programmes, persons involved in discussion about the future of EU Cohesion Policy post 2020, as well as representatives from the European Commission following relevant ESIF programmes. To ensure a good discussion the maximum number of participants is limited to 20.

The discussion will help to ensure solid conclusions and recommendations of the Interact study. Furthermore, it will allow the participants to learn more about how macro-regional projects can be help funding programme to achieve their fund specific objectives. In addition participants will improve their insights on how the links between macro-regional strategies and funding programmes could be improved in the future to establish win-win situations.



11:00 Welcome

11:15 Preliminary findings on the added value of macro-regional strategies (presentation and discussion)

12:15 Lunch (served on site)

13:00 What is the value of macro-regional strategies for pojects? (presentation and discussion)

13:45 What added value bring macro-regional strategies for funding bodies and programmes? (presentation and discussion)

14:30 Coffee

14:45 How to make better use of the added value at project and programme levels? (presentation and discussion)

15:15 How to improve the situation in ESIF post 2020? (presentation and discussion)

15:45 Round off and next steps

16:00 The end


The focus group will be held in Brussels at the University Foundation:

Egmontstraat / Rue d'Egmont  11 - 1000 Brussel / Bruxelles


The attendance is free of charge for registered participants. The focus group is limited to 20 participants.
The registration for this focus group is closed.