Regio Communities of Practitioners
These networks consist of ongoing contacts – both remotely and in person – to debate shared issues and learn from each other's experience.
The aim is to increase administrative capacity in the bodies responsible for managing these two major EU funds, in particular managing authorities and intermediate bodies.
How do they work?
Each community bring together administrators around a specific issue, typically related to the daily management of the funds. The administrators propose the topics of discussion and, in theory, there is space for as many communities as there are issues of interest.
The communities are built and run by the participants themselves – they identify common challenges and organise the meetings to work on them.
The Commission can help you set up and develop communities in 2 ways:
- Providing an external facilitator (“community manager”).
This person can help you set up a community, organise events and moderate exchanges, both on and offline.
- Covering travel and accommodation expenses (through TAIEX-REGIO Peer 2 Peer) for the gatherings.
What have they achieved so far?
Since 2016, three communities have been set up, dealing with the issues of state aid, support for beneficiaries and evaluation. The administrators involved use them to learn from each other and develop new tools for their daily work.
For example, the community on state aid is creating a series of “state aid maps”, which provide an overview of all relevant legislation and support documentation applicable to a specific policy area.
To date, 6 maps are available, covering various fields in research development and innovation and transport.
How can you join a community?
You must be an administrator dealing with ERDF or the Cohesion fund, working in a:
Depending what you are interested in, you can either:
- join an existing community or
- set up a new one.
To find other people interested in your topic, contact the community manager, who can also help you organise the first meeting.
Other ways to get involved
- subscribe to the newsletter
- join the Facebook or LinkedIn groups
- follow the communities blog and take part in webinars.
“Being part of the REGIO communities of practitioners, I've met a lot of ESIF practitioners, whom I can count on now in my professional network.”
"I have acquired a lot of practical information. Problems I was dealing with had already been addressed by other practitioners and, by exchanging with them, I have identified solutions as well as other challenges of which I was not aware before.”
“The REGIO communities of practitioners are a great opportunity to exchange knowledge, challenges and solutions, which is particularly important in a complex field such as the management of the European structural and investment funds. Through the communities, I am able to meet interesting people and develop together practical solutions to our common problems.”