Online: STEP – Regional perspective


The Strategic Technologies for Europe Platform (STEP) is a new common European action to support EU industry and boost investments in critical technologies in Europe.

Following the formal establishment of the action in February 2024, this S3 WG meeting will offer a chance to gain an understanding of STEP from a general and regional perspective. The event will also facilitate mutual learning with regard to integrating STEP into national and regional cohesion policy programmes such as the European Regional Development Fund or the European Social Fund+. The meeting will be held online on Wednesday 10 April from 10:00-11:30 CEST. It will therefore present an excellent chance for actors back home to get engaged in the discussion as well. We encourage you to invite your stakeholders and representatives of managing authorities to register for the event by internally sharing the link below.

Register here. You will receive the link to connect automatically via email after your registration.

An expert from the European Commission’s Taskforce on STEP will join the event to present the Platform and its cohesion policy-related aspects. A few examples will then be shared from regions and managing authorities across Europe, looking at their early plans and ideas of combining STEP with ERDF or ESF+. An open discussion will follow to exchange questions and reflections, e.g. on further opportunities and potential challenges with regard to STEP implementation and co-funding.

ERRIN members interested in sharing their first reflections around integrating STEP into the national and regional cohesion programmes such as the ERDF or ESF+ during the upcoming meeting are invited to reach out to by the end of March, with a short description of the proposed example.

A detailed agenda of the event will be published closer to the date.

The Strategic Technologies for Europe Platform (STEP) was formally established in February 2024, following the European Commission’s proposal from June 2023. The action aims to leverage and steer resources across 11 EU funding programmes, including cohesion policy funds. Three investment areas will be targeted: digital technologies and deep-tech innovation; clean and resource-efficient technologies; and biotechnologies.

Tidpunkt: 2024-04-10 10:00 - 2024-04-10 11:30