Aims and scope of the workshop
While the EU still struggles to ensure the relevance of smart and inclusive growth and innovation goals, many urban and rural territories are impacted negatively by multiple changes: negative demographic developments; migration of young people due to lack of opportunities and reflected in the unprecedented youth unemployment in recent years; the need to integrate significant numbers of migrants; and climate and environmental changes leading to natural catastrophes.
This event will highlight the way integrated local development strategies are addressing these multiple challenges, in rural and urban contexts. It will showcase examples of areas working in partnership among local stakeholders and building their strategies on local assets and indigenous strengths, such as young people’s enthusiasm and talent, and traditional skills and cultural heritage making places more attractive, not only for retaining but attracting new talent, notably in new skills and technologies. Such strategies are being pursued while, at the same time, striving to achieve competitiveness combined with sustainable development.
Cohesion Policy includes CLLD (Community-led Local Development) – an instrument designed to support locally-driven strategies and action in rural, coastal and urban areas. There are many examples of LEADER /CLLD strategies successfully addressing these development problems. However, it is also the case that CLLD faces practical challenges regarding national delivery systems and application of multi-fund operations.
This workshop has the dual objective to demonstrate the value and potential of locally driven integrated development strategies and to stimulate discussion on lessons learned to inform the design of the New Cohesion Policy, post 2020. It will look in depth at the case of the Portuguese area of Alto Minho where universities, municipalities and civil society organisations are working in partnership to develop an inclusive strategy focused on retention and attraction of talent. Several examples of LEADER/CLLD strategies from different countries will be presented, including lessons from culture-driven urban regeneration strategies. Participants will have multiple opportunities to interact and contribute to the debate through a variety of facilitation techniques and through ‘live’ online mini-surveys before, during and after the workshop.
Workshop programme outline
The workshop and will address the challenge of retaining and attracting talents in the regions both in an urban and rural context, and will go beyond EU policy support and funding opportunities. Its format will be highly interactive.
(1) It will start with a general introduction to the theme by the chair, Maria João Rauch, including key challenges and a brief overview of the session;
(2) Then there will be the Alto Minho case presentation with José Maria Costa and other speakers, focusing on the actions they have undertaken to address the challenge;
(3) Armelle Ledan will have her first intervention, putting the Alto Minho case against a broader background of innovative methods at the EU and outside the EU to attract talent and youth, including types of funding available;
(4) Then there will be two presentations from Sweden (Marion Eckardt) and Estonia (Kristiina Tammets) of how this challenge is addressed through the LEADER/CLLD approach;
(5) Armelle Ledan will then come in with an analytical intervention to question some of the previously presented activities/methods in the form of a “friendly critic”, and bring out what works, what does not work, and what role is (or can be) played by the EU cohesion funding;
(6) Open interaction with the audience will follow, perhaps using Sli.do or Mentimeter, allowing also “live” comments from the floor;
(7) Maria João Rauch will sum up the discussion pointing to some key messages/lessons for policy makers (in the context of EU cohesion policy post-2020); if time allows she will ask all the panelists for one quick final comment.