Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP)  
  • ​​​​​“Bringing Europe closer to people, building sustainable, resilient, innovative regional and local communities, and striving for our values, education and culture: these are our main priorities.” - Apostolos Tzitzikostas, President of the European Committee of the Regions , on the occasion of the adoption of the Knowledge Exchange Platform 2.0 and the Joint Action Plan​​.

  • ​​“Regions and cities play an essential role in achieving our green and digital transitions. The Joint Action Plan and the relaunched Knowledge Exchange Platform work plan that the Committee of the Regions and the European Commission are adopting are milestones in our renewed European Research Area and focus on concrete solutions to improve citizens’ lives.” Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth , on the occasion of the adoption of the Knowledge Exchange Platform 2.0 and the Joint Action Plan.​

​​​​​​​The Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP) is a form of cooperation with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. The platform seeks the exchange of new R&I solutions and best practices, by organizing horizontalseminars in Brussels and peer-to-peer events in the regions, or hosting local showcasing events. The KEP's flexible cooperation process allows for an efficient dialogue with European cities and regions on research and innovation issues, and an effective transfer of expertise between local innovation ecosystems, including business, universities and the citizens.

In the framework of the Joint Action Plan adopted in November 2020 with Commissioner Gabriel's services, this project has been upgraded to a strategic level. KEP°2.0 is from now on aligned with the renewed European Research Area initiative and linked to the implementation of the Science meets Regions project. This year, the Platform's activities are expected to be also centred on the Horizon Europe programme's implementation.

In 2021, the KEP activities covered the following themes:

- The territorial dimension of the European Research Area and the ERA Hubs;

- The green transition and the Recovery & Resilience Plans, as well as Horizon Europe Missions​

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In 2021, two horizontal seminars were organized (both in a virtual form):

  • ​the first took place as a side event of the European Research and Innovation Dayson 22 June 2021 on the subject of "Regions and cities: role in the new European Research Area and opportunities from Horizon Europe";
  • the second was held as a double workshop of the European Week of Regions and Cities on 13 October 2021 about the overall topic of "Science and Innovation for Recovery".

These latter workshops, covering 'Regions boosting the European green recovery' and 'Science for Green Deal - Evidence for policy in regions and cities', were also linked to the Conference on the Future of Europe.

You can re-watch these EURegionsWeek KEP sessions: here and here.

You can also see again those held in 2020: here and here.

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