Eight RUMORE partners met online on 23rd November 2021 to start another year of fruitful interregional cooperation.

The meeting centered around planning the work of the extension phase. Like in the first project phase, the cooperation will focus on interregional exchange and search for good practices. In this phase three, the exchange will focus on changes in urban-rural cooperation with a focus on regional food chains as well as on mitigation measures and funding to react to COVID-19. These experiences shall then be included in the work with the regional stakeholders and improve the addressed policy instruments. The partners hope to hold a physical meeting with Living Lab in Thessaloniki in spring 2022.

In short presentations the partners presented the four policy instruments that will be the focus of the extension phase:

- Strategy Amsterdam Circular 2020-2025/Circular Economy Program/NL

- Regional Operational Programme of Central Macedonia 2014-2020/GR

- Green Metropolis Twente: Programme Powerful Twente 2014-2020/NL

- Development plan of Burgas municipality 2021-2027/BG

These presentations set a baseline for the analysis that will follow in the upcoming weeks. Partners will analyze and present the consequences of COVID-19 on changes in urban-rural cooperation in general and more specifically on the policy instrument as well as on mitigation measures and funding to react on COVID-19. A template to structure this analysis was presented to support the partners. The first results of the analysis will be presented and discussed in the next partner meeting.