2030 Strategic Priorities under discussion in the Central Region

Vista aérea de Sever do Vouga

Sever do Vouga aerial view

The Center's Coordination and Regional Development Commission (CCDRC) has initiated a “reflection and discussion” exercise to define the strategy of the Center of Portugal by 2030, intending this to be a “participatory process and enriched by the contributions of all the agents of the region in an exercise in collective intelligence ”.

The first version of the “Strategic Vision for the Centro Region 2030”, presented at a public session in Coimbra, can be found at www.ccdrc.pt, where the form for sending contributions by the end of January is also available.

The vision that is proposed for the discussion of the regional strategy 2021-2027 “points out five goals for the region”: strengthening national and international competitiveness and consolidating a model of territorial and socially inclusive innovation; work and promote resilience building in the most vulnerable and most needy of demographic territories; lead evolution towards a more sustainable society by promoting innovation and transition to the circular economy, integrating climate emergence and its implications for productive systems and territorial organization; strategically place its urban system at the service of a territorial model that evolves in virtuous combination between competitive and innovative territories and more depressed territories; organize the supply of qualifications and competences that their structural transformation requires.

The CCDRC notes that “because of the importance of harnessing the forthcoming European Structural and Investment Funds for the coming 2021-2027 period and the need to link local, subregional, regional and national strategies with the European strategy, this exercise should be also in line with other discussions: revisiting the regional smart specialization strategy, building a new Regional Operational Program, regional thematic agendas (such as the circular economy) and other public policy instruments. ”

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