The workshop was related to the implementation by Małopolska Institute of Local Government and Administration and EU partners of the RATIO project - Regional Actions to Innovate Operational Programs. 

The RATIO project is carried out in partnership with 8 European regions. The aim of the project is to identify regional mechanisms supporting innovative small and medium-sized enterprises from rural areas and sparsely populated areas in overcoming the negative effects of COVID -19

During the workshop, good practices from the project partner regions, such as: Aragón (Spain), Villa Pouca (Portugal), Usti (Czech Republic), Livonia (Latvia), Lazio (Italy), Saxony (Republic of Germany) in the field of innovative solutions for rural and small-town enterprises that help combat the effects of COVID-19 in innovative entrepreneurship, were discussed.

The workshop was an opportunity to discuss the presented solutions, which can be an interesting inspiration to implement them in the regional policy instruments of the Małopolska Region in the area of the labor market, social economy and entrepreneurship development. The support instruments identified as part of the international cooperation of the RATIO project, incl. a mechanism for combining credit and subsidies, a model farm, digital vouchers or a loan in 48 hours aroused the interest of participants and contributed to a constructive conversation

The discussion during the workshop was moderated by Dorota Murzyn, prof. Pedagogical University of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation in Krakow.

The meeting was attended by representatives of: the Marshal's Office of the Małopolska Region, the Regional Center for Social Policy, the Małopolska Center for Entrepreneurship and Małopolska Institute of Local Government and Administration.

The project is implemented under the INTERREG Europe Program and is financed by the European Regional Development Fund.