The cross-fertilization action among project managers and experts of UIA projects of Cluj-Napoca, Aveiro end Eindhoven was not only focused on topics of common interest that emerged from the projects but also on the general implementation challenges and solutions, which contributed to strategically improve decision making and management by the project teams.
The Aveiro, Cluj and Eindhoven UIA funded projects are three profoundly different but highly "integrable" and complementary projects- says Lucia Scopelliti, expert Aveiro Steam City - The necessary push, from the point of view of the EU institutions, goes in the direction of encouraging the reuse of solutions developed in other contexts and can be concretized facilitating the regulation, shared practices and supports, including economic ones, to "export" and to scale-up solutions developed in different frameworks
Also for Ronald Lieven and Erik Lubbers,
the impact of our projects can be increased by learning from each other's setbacks and accomplishments. To further these types of initiatives, periodical knowledge exchange with a broader group of project representatives (similar to the 2020 Cities Forum), both within and across UIA topics, could prove to be extremely valuable.
Seen from the perspective of Cluj Future of Work, the exchange with other projects proved to be effective in rising similar implementation challenges, but also in showing why a considerable effort on the collaborative design of skills can be important to consolidate the impact of programs such as Culturepreneurs and for reinforcing the collaboration among the project partners also beyond the end of the project activities.
It’s insightful to understand the theory of change that other projects have in tackling imbalances related to jobs and skills for local economies. These exchanges open up an array of possibilities on what elements can be replicated or transferred to other cities,
says Anamaria Vrabie, director of Cluj-Napoca Urban Innovation Unit and co-manager of Cluj Future of Work.
The creation of informal networks of relations among European cities working on jobs and skills for local economy can be also important for strengthening the implementation of the actions of the Urban Agenda for the EU on the topic and for joining the efforts of national, regional and urban players who are going to collaborate in the next few years for the balanced implementation of just, green and productive cities requested by the New Leipzig Charter.