Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 and innovation in territorial policymaking

16 June 2021 from 10:00 to 11:30 CET

The 2nd EIT Climate-KIC RIS Matchmaking Event!

An event focused on the new Cohesion Policy, evidence-based policymaking, and capacity-building tools for transformative change.

About this event

What are the RIS Matchmaking events?

The RIS Matchmaking events are organised by the EIT Climate-KIC Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) Team for our regional ‘focal points’ or Hubs that act as innovation community catalysts in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. The main goal is to expand and consolidate our ecosystem, share best practices, and orchestrate collaborations for innovation opportunities.


Understand the new Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 and implications for regions and countries in the New Multiannual Financial Framework and Structural Funds.

  • Monika Zdanevičiūtė, Policy Assistant at Competence Centre for Smart and Sustainable Growth in the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy at the European Commission.

Sharing best practices of using regional policies, integrated approaches, and system mapping in territorial development.

  • Alessandro Daraio, Senior Advisor at the European Policies Coordination and Evaluation Unit (Emilia-Romagna).
  • Gorka Espiau Idoiaga, Managing Director at the Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies (Basque Country).
  • Marcel Mizzi, Vice President F&A, GRTU, Malta Chamber of SMEs (Malta).

Navigate through the main elements of evidence-based policymaking and the EIT Climate-KIC capacity-building tools for transformative change.

  • Cristian Matti, EIT Climate-KIC, Head of Strategic Research

Finding synergies and potential collaborations: an interactive session for all participants.

Facilitator: Annalisa Spalazzi, EIT Climate-KIC RIS Programme Manager

Target participants:

  • EIT Climate-KIC RIS Hubs, partners, and stakeholders from Southern and Central Eastern Europe.
  • Policymakers and programme owners at the EU, national, regional, and local level (government officers; parliamentarians, advisors, civil servants…).
  • Practitioners interested in Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 and science-policy-practice interfaces to design and implement strategies and action plans.