Cohesion Policy 2021-2027: Creating conditions for success
Tue October 12 2021, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
The event will feature Mayor of Gabrovo Municipalitiy and CoR member, Ms. Tanya Hristova, who will talk about the priorities of the old and new Cohesion Policies related to SME growth. In addition, two Interreg projects will be presented. Project representatives will connect their projects to the priorities of the old policy and voice their opinions on how the new policy can continue to support the scaling up and internationalisation of SMEs
Registrations are closed


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  • Tuesday
    Oct 12
  • 10:00amWelcome and introduction
  • 10:10amChanges and Priorities: How the 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy builds on the previous Policy in enabling regional growth through SME development
  • 10:25amQ&A session
  • 10:40amThe SCALE UP project and its take on the new Cohesion Policy
  • 10:55amThe DEVISE project and its take on the new Cohesion Policy
  • 11:10am
    Q&A and roundtable discussion

Event details

European Week of Regions and Cities 2021 Side Event - Cohesion Policy 2021-2027: Creating conditions for success
SMEs have been recognized and described as important actors the EU can empower to help regions recover from the pandemic. This recognition is evident in the mentions about SMEs in the budget and recovery plan the EU has drafted for the next programming period. The event will begin with a short poll asking keywords from the audience about the previous Cohesion Policy priorities. The event will then delve into the Cohesion Policy together with a CoR member who can give the audience a better understanding of the differences between the priorities of the previous and current Cohesion Policies along with its possible implications to SME development in general. Afterwards, the accomplishments of Interreg projects will be presented, all aiming to improve policy instruments related to SMEs in their region through funds granted by the ERDF from the previous Cohesion Policy (2014-2020). 
After anaylzing the old and new Cohesion Policies, the audience will be informed of how projects that were funded by the previous ERDF period are helping SMEs in their regions develop with the added dimension of analysing and relating how the new Cohesion Policy can continue to support the scaling up of SMEs
More concretely, the audience will be presented with several good practices that help SMEs to scale up. These examples will be used as a starting point to better address the recovery and growth of SMEs in the upcoming 7 years while ensuring that the policy objectives of the new Cohesion Policy are met. Throughout the entire session, audience participation will be encouraged and questions that provoke opinion from speakers and audience will be formulated to ensure a dynamic conversation.