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speeding up the transition of sustainable development at regional, national and European level

The RECOMMEND partnership decided to use an action oriented methodology which enables all partners to go beyond mere practice exchange. The target is to develop approaches tailored to the needs of the participating regions. New and improved policies and ready-for-action implementation plans will be developed in 5 interrelated project phases:

PHASE 1- Analysis of eco-management and eco-innovation model regions
Project partners will conduct an international screening of model regions and discuss with experts about specific targets for establishing "eco-management and eco-innovation frameworks" within regional policy.

PHASE 2- Identification of good practice methodologies
Based on the results from Phase 1 regional and national stakeholders will share and develop concrete project ideas for regional implementation.

PHASE 3: Design of new instruments
Divided into several thematic working groups with inputs from external experts RECOMMEND will develop new instruments for promotion of eco-management as a lever for enhanced eco-innovation.

PHASE 4: PILOT ACTIONS
Three pilot actions will be designed and implemented to test the new methodologies developed. Their main focus will be on establishing regional frameworks to promote eco-innovation. Field missions will activate learning processes for all project partners.

PHASE 5: PREPARATION OF REGIONAL IMPLEMENTATION PLANS
The Regional Implementation Plans will summarise and adapt the pilot action experience to the specific requirements of the partner regions. All project partners are already committed for the sustainable implementation of these plans in their regional economies. The preparation process will also serve as a regional awareness raising campaign and will be finalised by officially signing off the Regional Implementation Plans

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The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union's
Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and
good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk
prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of
knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.