IDEA opens registration for participants in the International Meeting on Regional Policy in Europe

The Andalusia development agency has organised a debate in Seville for knowledge agents, government bodies and business to analyse the results of the 2007-2013 period and lay the foundations for the next EU Framework

The registration period is now open for participating in the ‘International Meeting on Regional Policy in Europe. Impact and New Challenges for Business Competitiveness’ organised by the Andalusian Innovation and Development Agency IDEA, a body forming part of the Council for the Economy, Innovation, Science and Jobs. The meeting is intended to share and discuss the achievements of the 2007-2013 Framework period, and the actions to be put in place for the next one, with other European regions and all the agents involved in reaching the targets set by the European Commission for 2020.

Over the 16th and 17th December, representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Government of Spain, the Regional Government of Andalusia, authorities from other European regions and companies will meet in Seville to discuss the present and future of EU funding for business projects which create wealth and jobs in the regions.

More specifically, the speeches and round tables on the first day will focus on the closure of the current Framework and on analysing the results of the Cohesion Policy of 2007 - 2013, the main instrument of which to support businesses in Andalusia was the 2007-2013 Innovation-Technology-Business Block Grant used to organise programmes such as the Innovation and Business Development Incentive Programme and the JEREMIE Fund Andalusia. The second day of the Meeting will focus on the new EU Framework which will begin in 2014: the core of the debate will consider what the purpose of these funds should be, after analysing the results of the previous period.

The Commission’s requirements for distribution of the Structural Funds, particularly the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) include the delivery by each region of a ‘Regional Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS3)’, consisting of the identification by the regions of the areas of opportunity where investment in innovation and research should be directed in the 2014-2020 EU Framework.

Participants can register online on the IDEA Agency’s website: www.agenciaidea.es/internationalmeeting

European Funds

Andalusia was one of the Convergence regions of the European Union’s Cohesion Policy, and for this reason in the 2007-2013 Framework it received ERDF funds from the European Commission, managed through the ERDF Andalusia Operational Programme, with its most notable instrument being the 2007-2013 Innovation-Technology-Business Block Grant.

This instrument, managed by the IDEA Agency, enables small and medium enterprises to benefit from ERDF funds through a set of incentives, infrastructure and services designed to facilitate the creation of new companies and the consolidation of existing ones, and to promote business cooperation.

The IDEA Agency was an intermediary body for the 91-93, 94-99, 2000-2006 and 2007-2013 Block Grants for Andalusia, and thus has extensive experience in managing these subsidies. It also took part in various actions in EU operating programmes and initiatives in the 1989-1993, 1994-1999 and 2000-2006 periods.