Links to EU policy and programmes
The themes of SELF tune in directly to the main issue of the current EU programmes, being derived
from the Europe 2020 report: smart regions, sustainable regions, and inclusive regions. The sustainable issue for example is covered by local self-governance in SELF, but also on the possible focus on renewable energy or other sustainability issues. Social inclusion can be supported through including specific target groups (unemployed, elderly,…) in the local organisational structure.
The initial SELF project idea has been designed to be submitted in the INTERREG VB North Sea Region,
NSR (Priority 1.3 – innovation of public governance), limiting the partnership to the working area
covered by this programme, see www.northsearegion.eu.
The transnational and innovative aspect of this projects lies in the jointly developing of new models and approaches and finding new tasks that can be transferred from governments to communities, jointly being both horizontally and vertically: government – communities; various regions/countries, triple/quadruple helix approach (government, education, enterprises, society).
However, both the design of the project would allow for follow-up and even parallel projects to be developed alongside, which is also stimulated by the EU as such – no overlap but rather complementarity and cross-fertilisation between projects and programmes – and also for practical reasons: the INTERREG programme can only cover small and “transnational” investments.
This could thus lead to related “SELF”-projects: in other INTERREG regions, with maybe a (slightly) different focus, from INTERREG
Northwest Europe with a more urban character to cross-border
programmes with its specific features, more thematic projects such as a network of sustainable (village) communities, more in-depth focus on (research and development of) local self-governance structures (“social innovation”, a theme within Horizon 2020) and investments in the local (infra)structure based on the new models, that could be financed through, national, ERDF and EARDF (Agriculture, Rural Development programmes).
We see this as an opportunity to build a SELF consortium, rather than a single SELF INTERREG NSR project, in which cross-fertilisation between the separate projects are built-in from the very beginning, and even certain partners can play a (different) role in more than one project. For the consortium partnership as a whole we would like to strive for a good mixture of both governmental and academic partners first of all, as well as (local) NGOs and/or enterprises as additional (sub-) partners.
We see this as an opportunity to build a SELF consortium, rather than a single SELF INTERREG NSR project, in which cross-fertilisation between the separate projects are
built-in from the very beginning, and even certain partners can play a (different) role
in more than one project.
This leads to the following follow-up questions for the partnership:
6. In which project/programme do you foresee a role as a partner?
7. What themes, activities and/or role would you like to cover within SELF and/or an additional project
8. Which suggestions for additional partners do you have for the project (consortium) as a whole, or for the project
you wil participate in particular (see also the provisory list of partners in the Annex)?