During the European Week of Regions and Cities EUROCITIES organised a training on EU funding at the Greater Birmingham and West Midlands Brussels Office.
Around 40 participating members had the opportunity to have an outlook of the expected changes of the next multiannual financial framework in terms of budget repartition and key themes.
The second part of the training was dedicated to lessons learnt on how to successfully develop a consortium and a proposal.
Finally, two concrete example of how smaller and bigger cities proceed to be successful in applying to EU funding were presented by Hans Christian Christiansen from the city of Copenhagen and Arne Debruyne from the city of Ostend.
Being fully convinced of the added value of a project for its own city is a necessity for a successful application, according to Hans Christian Christiansen.
Arne Debruyne showcased how telling your cities' story helps in preparing the ground for future consortium building. The city of Ostend also uses a specific tool, a database in which contacts details are saved with their areas of interest. Via a key word search, potential project partners can then be easily identified.
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