Smarter Region Programme aims to provide the region with timely and high-quality preparation for the future effective use of Structural Funds from 2014, which will make a significant contribution to improving the competitiveness of the region.
Smarter Region Programme is initiated by The Regional Council of the Moravia- Silesia Cohesion Region and local partners focusing on regional development.
In the upcoming programming period 2014+, the organization intends to build on the experience and knowledge it has gained in the current period. To this end, it has drawn up the Smarter Region Programme: Moravia-Silesia 2020. It aims to pave the way, in cooperation with regional partners, for the effective implementation of European funds oriented both towards regional needs and to national and European goals.
The programme is based on three pillars.
- The objective of the first pillar is to prepare people professionally by means of conferences, seminars and training sessions.
- In the second pillar, new cohesion policy pilot instruments for the Moravia-Silesia Region are under preparation. The Regional Council – in close cooperation with the city of Ostrava and the largest regional towns – is preparing an Integrated Territorial Investment for the Ostrava conurbation. Meanwhile, the Moravia-Silesia Region and the Association for the Development of the Moravia-Silesia Region are preparing a joint action plan, or an integrated strategy for increasing the employment and training of local people. It should create a new, results-oriented joint action plan, fully in line with European legislative proposals.
- The third pillar aims to verify and support the absorption capacity of the major regional players and small potential beneficiaries so that they are prepared for the upcoming 2014-2020 programming period.
All these activities have also been discussed and coordinated at the national level, for example at roundtables in constructive discussions with representatives of future national managing authorities, using the first results of mapping the absorption capacity of the region and the preparedness of applicants for the coming programming period.
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