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Regional Council of Kainuu is a partner in a new Interreg Europe project
BRIGDES (Bridging competence infrastructure gaps and speeding up growth and jobs delivery in regions) is a new interregional project, in which the Regional Council of Kainuu is a partner, approved under the first call for proposals of the Interreg Europe cooperation programme, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for 2014 -2020. The project is co-ordinated by Kainuun Etu Oy.
The project was initiated in December 2014 and has become a part of a debate between regions on facing challenges deriving from the effectiveness of their RIS3 implementation.
The overall objective of BRIDGES project is to significantly improve the RIS3 implementation governance and the delivery of Structural Funds.
The aim of BRIGDES project is to improve RIS3 implementation in all partner regions. Among the priorities are excellence-based bio-economy investments, interregional cooperation between RIS3 bio-economy industries and research infrastructures, and improvement of RIS3 implementation intermediaries as industry-led centres of competence.
10 institutions from 8 European regions will work together in BRIDGES. The project partners are:
- Kainuun Etu ltd. (FI) – Lead Partner
- Regional Council of Kainuu (FI)
- Lubelskie Voivodeship (PL)
- Uusimaa Regional Council (FI)
- Regional Development Agency of Western Macedonia S.A. – ANKO (GR)
- Soča Valley Development Centre (SI)
- Pannon Business Network Association (HU)
- European Business and Innovation Centre of Burgos (ES)
- Centre for Research & Technology - Hellas/Institute for Research & Technology – Thessaly (GR)
- University of Wageningen (NL)
BRIDGES project will run for 5 years starting from 1st of April 2016. The kick-off event launching the project implementation took place on the 20th – 21st of April in Ljubljana (Slovenia).