Earlier in July our five APs were accepted by the IE programme.

This is the result of almost a year of continuous co-creation, design, and feedback locally between stakeholders, and inter-regionally between partners.

As COVID-19 restrictions persisted, our consortium met online monthly to share feedbacks, good practices, and new initiatives and networks. By the end of the first two years (Phase 1), our project has submitted 11 good practices, 8 of which are listed in the Interreg Europe’s Policy Learning Platform database.

CCI support became a major focus in the Action Plan development process, and laid the foundation for well-received actions such as Creative Doctors and Cultural2Business. At the same time, this crisis has made us realise the importance of designing actions with long-term impacts. The objectives of Matera’s AP are intertwined with the cross-fertilisation processes of the CCI with other sectors, specifically tourism and the enhancement of local heritage. Leeuwarden’s aims to contribute to a supportive ecosystem for CCI, helping and stimulating the sector to seize the opportunities offered by the ECoC mega-event. Rijeka’s Action Plan seeks to equip the CCI with entrepreneurial mindset and knowledge, and to enable cross-sectoral cooperation between CCI and other industries. Timisoara focuses on designing new knowledge sharing platform and programmes for education, cross-sectoral cooperation, and supporting new initiatives in the CCI. Finally, with its Action Plan, Kaunas underpins Kaunas2022’s mission to give their city a new image by bringing other sectors’ expertise to CCI.

To read our APs, head over to our Library.

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