INTERVENTURES stepped into the second phase of its implementation in February and partners are on full speed to do their best in influencing the targeted Policy Instruments.

In the frame of this intense work the partners will gather in May online to discuss the advancement so far and the next steps ahead. The partnership has been made throughout almost the entire phase 1 with online gatherings which made the consortium somewhat stronger in terms of cooperation. This strength is kept ahead by Pannon EGTC, the Lead Partner by initiating several online meetings in Phase 2. These talks will focus on the evaluation of specific monitoring tables developed in February to keep an eye on the implementation of Action Plans throughout 2022. The monitoring gives a detailed overview of the Action steps, subdivided into more detailed sub-steps with targeted outcomes, responsible, and a timeline per month. Partners complete and use these tables to monitor the implementation of their plans and will discuss these soon at the meeting. They will talk about the advancement, and the obstacles met, and share knowledge on the basis of needs on the good practices being implemented now. In the case of Poland the situation is somewhat special as the Rzeszow Regional Development Agency together with the Association of the Carpathian Euroregion Poland has already fulfilled the influence of the Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development 2014 – 2020 with the submission of a new project to the Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy titled “Young people working on their own”. With a total budget of EUR 432 808.47, the project aims to improve the entrepreneurial competencies (in the form of training) of professionally inactive young people aged 18-29, including disabled people living in the Podkarpackie Region who have lost employment after March 1st, 2020 as well as improving the labor market situation of people who will start a business by June 30, 2023. Most of the project participants will be granted non-returnable funds to start the business activity, plus a small amount distributed each month for the period of 6 months to cover the business management costs. The project assumes creating new entities that will increase the number of SMEs and as a result their competitiveness in the Podkarpackie region market. The project is being implemented in two rounds over 2021-2023 and this year already the training of 19 project participants on starting a business can be reported as the first result of Action Plan implementation. The Rzeszow Regional Development Agency and the Association of the Carpathian Euroregion Poland will share their first experiences in policy influencing and Action plan implementation with the INTERVENTURES partnership at the online meeting in May 2022.