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  • 1. The influence of transnational projects on a Draft Funding Strategy under the new English EU funding system - 2014-2020 Mainstreaming Lessons Learnt Patrick Willcocks Independent Consultant

2. EU Funds in England My talk to day will be about The new approach to delivering EU funds in England for 2014-2020 The learning lessons we have taken from the Cross Innovation project plus others (inc District Plus) Steves and my role in developing the EU funding strategy for Greater Birmingham 3. EU Funds in England New Government in 2010 We have gone from 9 Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) in England to 39 Local Enterprise Partnership RDAs were business influenced but were part of Government and had a wider partnership LEPs are lead by Business with Local Authority and University involvement Distrust of regionalism favour a bottom up approach 4. EU Funds in England UK Government propose 1 English national ERDF (FEDER) programme and 1 ESF (FSE) programme Propose devolution down to the 39 LEPs but not final decision making 95% of funds passed down to LEPs UK Government doesnt like the concept on Integrated Territorial Investments so doesnt want full devolution 5. EU Funds in England 6. EU Funds in England West Midlands 2007-2014 ERDF programme Now there are 6 LEPs in the West Midlands We have written the Draft Plan for Greater Birmingham and Solihull 255m ERDF and ESF Part Transition area and Part More Developed 7. EU Funds in Greater Birmingham 6 priorities Innovation SME Competitiveness Low Carbon Communities Unemployment Social Inclusion/Poverty Skills/Life Long Learning Drafted by a team of thematic experts 8. Cross Innovation - the Project Lead by Birmingham City University Interreg IVC project Role of the digital, and creative sectors in driving innovation 11 cities...Stockholm, Birmingham, Amsterdam and Berlin ......... Looked at it through four windows; Spaces Finance Culture Brokerage 9. My role - linking in Contracted to write the Local Implementation Plan All 11 cities need to do one Put into the project as a way of trying to ensure policy and project transfer Supported by Local Implementation Groups Responding to the need to ensure relevance and tie in of transnational projects to local actions 10. Local Implementation Plan (LIP) Workshop to test ideas in June 2013 Draft produced July 2013 Contents What is best practice from the partner cities drawn from across Europe What are the gaps in Birmingham in cross innovation policy and ....implementation What are the opportunities to influence programmes and policies to further cross innovation 11. Reflections on the Role of the LIPs Birmingham's one is seeking to influence policy makers as BCU doesnt deliver. Others such as Berlin's undertaken by the Berlin Senate assume they have the power and resource and look at what they need to do. Interestingly so far ours is the only one that is explicitly trying to influence the new EU funding programmes. 12. Birmingham's LIP Findings There is no overall Innovation Strategy and so without that a focus on cross innovation will not necessarily succeed. Due to closure of the Regional Development Agency and Birmingham City Council not addressed it before. Issue of coherence and leadership Found that there were many good ideas but not co-ordinated Suggested a number of particular project ideas to pursue ...but the role of serendipity 13. The Big Opportunity BCU was successful in winning a tender to write the European Funding Strategy for the Greater Birmingham Local Enterprise Partnership Therefore included some of the ideas coming out of the project into the first draft. There were other projects and programmes that influenced our work Making Knowledge Work Interreg IVC District Plus (through Henriettes work) Climate Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) 14. Some of the Ideas The role of the creative industries in stimulating innovation across the economy Collaborative Innovation getting out of silos The widening of the definition of knowledge transfer partnerships Similarly wider Innovation vouchers Challenge based approaches to innovation Pioneers in to Practice the role of mentoring Co-working and an eco system approach to innovation 15. Where we are at now The LEP was starting to address the innovation gap With our recommendations we have got them to commit to producing an over arching strategic innovation framework Based on an Smart Specialisation approach Need to combine this with the eco system approach So our strategy directly influenced by Cross Innovation others 16. How come this has worked (so far) The drafting group had real experience of both transnational projects and local delivery Henriette Lyttle Breukellaar ex RDA and District Plus Steve Harding Ex Birmingham City Council (BCC) Economic Devt and ECCE/Cross Innovation transnational projects Jon Bloomfield Ex BCC and ex RDA plus Climate KIC Patrick Willcocks Ex BCC / numerous transnational projects/ ERDF and ESF locally 17. How come this has worked (so far) Previous RDA led regional programme highly competent but not open to ideas outside of UK So perhaps the more localised EU funding has helped the transfer of ideas In consultations broad support for the activities Challenges to ensure through Smart Specialisation work that the open approach to innovation is maintained And to ensure projects come forward with the ideas contained within the draft Strategy. In Cross Innovate want to do peer review of LIPs to see if we can push them further 18. Thank you ANY QUESTIONS Patrick Willcocks @globalbirminghm