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Fit for Europe 2020

Regional development

Taking up a position in the competition for subsidies

Regions compete against each other for subsidies, qualified professionals and level of desirability. To survive long term, regions need to be perceived as intelligent, sustainable and integrated. This is the growth strategy of Europe 2020. And it's also the basis on which subsidies are allocated.

Fit for Europe 2020

4 facts about the new structural funds period

  • The Europe 2020 growth strategy has set parameters for allocating subsidies over the next seven years.
  • Your region needs to put itself forward effectively, and at an early date.
  • Important subjects: qualified professionals, innovation, education, social integration, energy efficiency and climate protection.
  • Make sure your projects emphasise the right features of your region.

Regions should therefore focus even more intensively on their unique strengths - a winning strategy in times of tight budgets. Occupation, innovation, education, social integration, reducing the carbon footprint and adapting to the climate are the foremost issues. Each region has attributes of its own which will enable it to put itself forward successfully.

Generally speaking, analyses and forecasts are well known. How might regional attributes be exploited to remain steady in a time of crisis? Which new projects should be initiated quickly for the new subsidy period? How can approaches be consolidated and made more permanent?

Objective assessment of a region for Europe 2020

The agiplan indicator reveals strengths and weaknesses with regard to the priorities set by Europe 2020: intelligent growth, sustainability and integration. It quantifies the level of innovation in regional industry (intelligent growth), environmental structures (sustainability) and the resilience of social structures (integration). This paves the way for an objective analysis of the status quo and dynamics.

Fit for Europe 2020 in three steps

1. Analysis of the status quo: updating existing analyses with the aid of the agiplan indicator. Monitoring how effective and efficient ongoing projects are.

2. Appraisal and further development: drafting a model for the region to specialise intelligently, taking into account the active and transparent cooperation of the relevant decision makers.

3. Developing an optimum project scenario for Europe 2020: tangible and realisable recommendations for the fields of action thus identified.

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