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"Bridging competence infrastructure gaps and speeding up growth and jobs delivery in regions"


Acronym: BRIDGES
Framework Programme: 
Interreg Europe programme
Duration of the project: 

About the project: 

Overall objective of BRIDGES project is to significantly improve partner regions’ RIS3 implementation governance and the delivery of the structural funds; to benefit from policy learning and enhance industry-led Centres of Competence as RIS3 implementation units. The industry-led focus is Bioeconomy, it contributes to sustainable growth and industrial development.

9 institutions from 7 European regions will work together in BRIDGES project, jointly selected 3 good practice themes:

  • Industry-led Centres of Compentence,
  • Research2industry partnerships,
  • Enabling multi-level synergies

Project partners:

  • Kainuun Etu ltd. (FI) – Lead Partner
  • Regional Council of Kainuu (FI)
  • Lubelskie Voivodeship (PL)
  • Uusimaa Regional Council (FI)
  • Regional Development Agency of Western Macedonia S.A. – ANKO (GR)
  • Soča Valley Development Centre (SI)
  • Pannon Business Network Association (HU)
  • European Business and Innovation Centre of Burgos (ES)
  • Centre for Research & Technology – Hellas/Institute for Research & Technology – Thessaly (GR)

Relevancy of PBN: 

As one of the most respected, key organization of regional development in the West Pannon region has been growing steadily since 10 years. PBN has a strong working relationship with the Hungarian National Ministry of Economy, established through earlier Interreg policy-relatedprojects and by the fact that PBN was the contractor for the relevant Territorial Operative Program. By international learning platform of BRIDGES new insights will be gained on how to shift to national wood and furniture industry (as a selected bioeconomy sector in BRIDGES) to more innovation-orientation and international competitiveness.PBN prepared an industrial competitiveness program for wood and furniture sector, so it has also good relationship with the industrial players of the selected sector.

Extension period:

Following the 5-year cooperation presented above BRIDGES consortium submitted in May 2021 a proposal under the 5th call of the Interreg which. The extension of the project was approved by the Monitoring Committee. Our aim is to enhance partner regions' economic resilience, challenged by COVID19. We base our approach on value chain analysis and identification of opportunities for  expanding regions' econοmic & innovation base (in-shoring and re-shoring) while re-defining long-term complementarities with interregional partners (near-shoring). Good practices on value chain analysis and exploration of re-shoring, in-shoring & near- shoring drivers (VCD:s, i.e. product design, technology development, technology integration, flexibility, quality, market proximity & addressing value chain weaknesses (e.g. Green Deal gaps) are supporting our efforts. Benefitting from the preceding BRIDGES project experience and the pilot action, the BRIDGES 5th call builds on the potential of institutionalised interregional complementarities, through jointly agreed RIS3 calls criteria.

Project homepage: https://projects2014-2020.interregeurope.eu/bridges/
Programme homepage: 
Project manager: 
Andrea Enyingi-Kurucz (andrea.kurucz@pbn.hu)

"The project is realized in the Interreg Europe programme with the co-financing of the European Union and Hungary."