Due to the global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the INNO Industry project has extended the implementation period of its 1st phase. That is why, on March 26, 2021, the project partners met by videoconference to evaluate the current progress of the project and schedule the activities planned for the fifth additional semester, which will begin on August 1, 2021 and end on January 31, 2022.

The aim of this additional six-month period is to be able to carry out the planned activities, especially the exchange of experiences between partners and the in-depth presentation of selected good practices.

Two consortium meetings are planned for the 5º and last semester, one in Portugal and one in Sweden, which were not possible to be held in previous semesters due to limitations in international travel. The final dates will be decided later on taking into account the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic

These two meetings will be taken as an opportunity to broaden the knowledge about the good practices selected in the project through on-site visits and meetings with experts and stakeholders,

This will be especially relevant during the last phase of presentation and sharing of the action plans of each of the partners, which will take place during this fifth and last semester.

Although during the previous semesters the project partners have already been working on the development of their own action plans, this last semester will serve as a final step to exchange ideas and experiences to improve them, thus facilitating the implementation of changes in the different policy instruments addressed by each partner.

In the fourth semester it was planned to organize three working groups to facilitate the interaction among partners and take the final support to finalize the action plan work done in each region. SBA, as Business Agency (P7), would coordinate the different working groups and monitor their work.

With this in mind, and due to the limitations in the smooth exchange of experience due to the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization of these working groups would be maintained during the 5th semester. In addition, a videoconference will be held where each of the working groups can present the conclusions obtained to the rest of the partners.

In addition to these working groups, the partners will be able to hold bilateral meetings that will allow them to go deeper into specific topics of their interest that they consider relevant to develop and enrich their corresponding action plans.

Also, the objective of this fifth and last semester is to support the promotion and transferring the successful results of the project towards specific stakeholders and target groups, in order to allow potential interested parties to learn about the achievements and the related findings during Phase 1 of the project and to eventually use or adopt them.