AER is involved in the Policy Learning Platform, but how can you take advantage of that? If you’re not sure what that Policy Learning Platform is, read this before going on with the tips below.
Two networks, multiple synergies
AER and the Policy Learning Platform share common principles and reach out to similar target groups; both are involved in regional policy making and working with public regional or managing authorities. The overarching principle behind the Interreg Europe programme, better growth and jobs, is consistent with AER’s constant effort to help regions make a difference for their citizens. Both focus on regions experimenting to find innovative solutions for common challenges and developing valuable experiences, stories and good practices. So synergies do seem quite clear and have encouraged AER to take an active role in the implementation of the platform which we see as a key tool and added value for our member and regions in general.
Tips & tricks from us to you
With that in mind, what can you do to make sure you don’t miss out? We have identified a few tips to help you tap into the potential offered by the platform. These were presented at the AER Spring Committee plenary in Nancy in September 2017. You can find the presentation here.
Tip n°1: register!
Platform services are only accessible to registered members. Two options for registration:
- Upgrade your existing Interreg Europe account by providing a few additional pieces of information (you will be prompted to do so when you login)
- Create a new account: a few clicks and you’ll be on your way.
Following the platform is also possible on social media with the #PolicyLearning hashtag on Twitter and the Interreg Europe facebook page.
Tip n°2: get to know the Thematic Managers
The Thematic Managers and their teams of experts are the entry points to the platform community. They drive the community, strive for high engagement and bridge different actors, projects, practitioners and experts. Recognised for their expertise in their fields, they are also the cornerstone of the expert support and knowledge hub services, giving tailored advice to regional challenges and filling up the knowledge hub with expert papers and briefs on EU policy developments. Getting in touch with them to share your needs, challenges is an opportunity to receive tailored advice and to increase your engagement in the platform.
- Andrea Di Anselmo, Thematic Manager for research and innovation
- Philippe Deléarde, Thematic Manager for SME competitiveness
- Luigi Lo Piparo, Thematic Manager for Low-carbon economy
- Venelina Varbova, Thematic Manager for environment and resource efficiency
Tip n°3: find out what projects your region is involved in
As the Policy Learning Platform is part of the Interreg Europe programme, it is useful to know if your region is involved in one or more ongoing projects in the current programming period. On top of the involvement in first and second call projects, projects from the previous programming period (Interreg IVC) are also relevant as the experiences and good practices may still be relevant today. When registering to the platform or to specific services, you will be asked if your region is involved in a project so having this information on hand will help you save time.