Veltha and 17 European Regions worked together from 2016 up to 2018 in the H2020 SCREEN project (Synergic Circular Economy across European Regions) and defined a replicable systemic approach towards a transition to Circular Economy in EU regions within the context of their Smart Specialization Strategy. A “Laboratory on Policies” (Policy Lab) was established in order to ignite the analysis on circular economy projects, with a two-fold aim: first, it ensured that the analysis and the proposals developed within the project were discussed both with regional and EU-level policymakers, as well as with other key stakeholders. This was a crucial step in order to guarantee the feasibility, relevance and effectiveness of the proposals; second, it acted as a platform for synergy creations, triggering the regular exchange of information and feedback among the participants in order to take into account all the views during the actual implementation and allowing the exploration of possible scenarios and the co-designing of solutions for better policies.
Due to the results achieved, which went far beyond what was expected at the beginning, and the enthusiasm expressed by the partners, the Policy Lab continued after the end of the project as an informal cooperation network between European regions open to other regions and stakeholders in the field of circular economy. In March 2020, the European Union adopted the new Circular Economy Action Plan “For a cleaner and more competitive Europe”. There is a pressing need for smooth communication and coordination between the regions in order to bring innovative proposals to Brussels. The circular economy has to be the center of the development strategy and the only way to tackle this challenge is to address it jointly. In order to facilitate these needed partnerships, Veltha has decided to set up the Policy Lab 2.0 “”Policy Lab for a Europe made by Circular Regions (SCREEN-Lab) 3, a think-tank operating on a free platform open to all regional stakeholders willing to co-create and implement policies enabling EU industry, SMEs and the public to adopt a circular sustainable approach.
This document explains the working methodology and the results raised from the first round of discussions within the Policy Lab.
The Policy Lab now? An incubator for EU project proposals!
In December 2021, the Policy Lab has shifted its approach. The think tank will not only be a container of information exchange, but also a booster for practical use. After a massive amount of knowledge exchange, interaction, and research with European regions, it’s time to get down to business. From the experience and lessons learned from its earlier Policy lab period and after our participation in the EU Side Event under the COP26 framework, Veltha has decided to go forward from ideas to actions and become an incubator for EU project proposals.
In the upcoming Policy Lab sessions, room will be given to brainstorm ideas arising from the challenges that regional officers urge to address, through the exploitation of European supportive instruments that provide funding to invest in new circular economy opportunities.
Veltha will share with you the potential roadblocks to the transition process in European regions based on its previous experience and research. Together, we will delve into the Interregional funding programmes, discuss existing challenges and brainstorm potential ideas for future project proposals.
Why should you participate:
- To learn more about interregional funding programs
- To learn about the benefits of the circular economy in your area
- To find new potential partners
- To identify or highlight potential obstacles that could hinder the process
- To educate others about your region