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Newsletters > May 2011 > Newsline: Disseminating PEOPLE at the 4th EU Interregional Cooperation Forum in Budapest
03/02/11
On February 3rd and 4th, the Lead Partner attended the 4th EU Interregional Cooperation Forum in Budapest, organized by the INTERREG IVC Secretariat. In general, this event offered participants an opportunity to get information about the last open call for projects, to attend workshops, to network with partners interested in the same issues and to discover the advances made by INTERREG IVC projects in the fields of Innovation and Environment.

Aneta Widak from the Marshall Office of Malopolska Region represented the PEOPLE Project and presented Malopolska's "Strategy for ageing population" as one of the regional outputs of PEOPLE. Many other PEOPLE regions and sub-projects partners participated in the Forum in Budapest, which clearly was a perfect environment for disseminating PEOPLE Project to a European audience!

On February 3rd and 4th, the Lead Partner attended the 4th EU Interregional Cooperation Forum in Budapest. The forum was organised by the INTERREG IVC programme and the Hungarian Presidency of the EU and was aimed at informing the participants on the latest developments in the programme and in particular on the fourth call for proposals. In addition, there were opportunities to attend workshops addressing specific issues that projects can face – and overcome, to network and search for partners interested in the same issues and to discover the advances made by INTERREG IVC projects in the fields of Innovation and Environment.

Aneta Widak from the Marshall Office of Malopolska Region represented the PEOPLE Project alongside three other regional authorities providing testimonies on specific gains they have made thanks to INTERREG IVC projects. Aneta presented Malopolska's "Strategy for ageing population" as it is one of our main regional outputs of PEOPLE. It was of interest to all participants to hear how the involvement of the regional stakeholders and the peer reviews carried out, have impacted the implementation of the aging population policy and strategy in Malopolska Region. In 2010, the Board of the Malopolska Region updated their Malopolska 2020 strategy in the context of demographic change. Specific recommendations and experiences of the PEOPLE partners peer review were integrated in this process, especially in the context of ‘dynamic ageing'. Increased awareness of social problems and demographic changes led Malopolska region to look for new and innovative alternatives to face demographic change challenges Many other PEOPLE regions and sub-projects partners participated in the Forum in Budapest, which clearly was a perfect environment for disseminating PEOPLE Project to a European audience!

As host of the 4th EU Interregional Cooperation Forum, Dr György Nyikos, Deputy State Secretary for Development Affairs in Hungary welcomed Commissioner Hahn, the president of the Committee of the Regions, Mrs Mercedes Bresso, and the participants to the event.

President of the Committee of the Regions, Mercedes Bresso, remarked that the future of the interregional cooperation programme, “one of the most talented members of this large Territorial cooperation family”, could focus on two main points: policy and governance innovation, and partnerships.

Michel Lamblin, Programme Director of INTERREG IVC, took to the floor after the break to give participants an update on where the programme is at the moment, considering the challenging context in place since the start of the period. An unexpectedly high demand for the programme funds, a financial crisis, and a more confirmed need for innovation and climate change policies were the three areas identified by Mr Lamblin as having an impact on the programme's implementation.

Please click on the following link to visit the Wiki of the PEOPLE Project and to read the full report on the 4th EU Interregional Cooperation Forum: http://www.peopleprogramme.wikispaces.net/Report+4th+EU+Interregional+Cooperation+Forum