Five of the P-IRIS partners are members of Euromontana. Euromontana wants – as one of its priority ambitions - to unleash the innovative potential of mountain areas. The organisation has published a paper on “Towards a long-term vision for mountains’ rural areas” as a contribution to the European Commission’s Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas.

In the position paper, Euromontana supports the request made by the Committee of the Regions and the European Parliament to develop and implement a European Rural Agenda. The position paper was launched last week.

“We are happy to see that our Interreg Europe project P-IRIS (“Policies to improve rural areas' innovation systems by professionalising networking activities and use of innovation tools”) is referred to as an important project that might feed into the process of developing a rural agenda for Europe” states Lars Hustveit, Vestland County Municipality.  

P-IRIS partner Danijel Bertovic (PINS, Croatia) is member of the board of this organisation. He underlines that both to develop smart governance and to unleash the innovative potential of mountain areas, it is necessary to organize innovative networks and make the operation of a quadrupled helix cooperation effective. That is one of the reasons why P-IRIS is referred to in the organisation’s position paper launched last week.