As part of the Thematic Partnership Traceability & Big Data, the lead partner of the Regions 4Food Interreg Europe project, the Regional Government of Andalusia, presented the project’s experience in an online meeting in early March. STRIA South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Nonprofit LTD. (hereinafter: STRIA) also participated in the event as one of the partners of the Regions 4Food project.
After a short welcome, the coordinator of the lead partner, Ms. Esperanza Perea presented the project, covering the following topics: project partners, objectives, expected results, timing, communication strategy, methodology and regional mapping, 29 Identification and selection of good practice, study visits, action plans, peer review processes and strategic recommendations.
Then Ms. Natalia Ardila presented the lessons learned from the good practices. As shown in the previous presentation, the partnership identified 29 good practices that can be found on a common platform (https://www.interregeurope.eu/policylearning). Interregional cooperation has proven to be an effective tool for identifying good practice, so this knowledge is made available to everyone to help them draw up an action plan.
Finally, Miguel Manuel Villa introduced the experience gained during the action planning and peer review processes. In the first round, each region prepared its own action plan, which details how the lessons learned from the cooperation will be implemented in order to improve the policy instrument used within the region. Each document was then reviewed by the other partners, who made recommendations for improving the document. Finally, they gathered what experiences their knowledge has gained so far:
- strengthening cooperation,
- capacity building support,
- defining strategic guidelines.
The webinar summarized the difficulties and benefits of such collaboration and the experience that can be gained.
The Regions 4Food project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and Hungary.