Exchange of experiences

EU 2020 Going Local is a capitalisation project within the field of “Energy and sustainable transport”. Being a capitalisation project, the focus lies on the transfer process of the Good Practices. This implies building on the stock of the previous successfully tried experiences (Good Practices) within the sub-theme.

The partnership disposes of numerous Good Practices, with the Good Practice pool ranging from very concrete energy-saving initiatives to local and regional strategies for climate and municipal development plans.

The project partners select Good Practices that they believe will help their region to achieve the national and EU objectives. The process of transferring Good Practices implies creating a Local Action Plan (LAP) per partner. The LAP contains information of what to achieve (goals), the current problems, how to achieve the goals, how the Good Practices will be transferred to the partner regions and through which mainstream structural programme the Good Practice should be transferred. The Action Plans specify how the Good Practices will be transferred and implemented under the Structural Funds programme.

Local Action Plan (LAP)

A Local Action Plan is a framework for intervention, a document that declares a city or region’s intentions in different fields. The LAP describes what you want to achieve, why you want to achieve this (the current problems), how you are going to obtain the set goals (where and when) and for whom. Using the LAP document gives a clear overview and contains answers to the previous questions.

The LAP is very useful for the city or region and reflects engagements of the actions the parties wish to achieve. By actively using this technique, the LAP provides a repository of experience and list of measures and actions that are innovative and sustainable. The benefits of working from the LAP system include promotion of synergy and common interests among participation cities or regions by sharing joint initiatives and using project experts to share knowledge from Good Practices across the partnership. Using the LAP system also gives a useful indicator of progress and achievements.
Investment for the future in cities or regions are essential and being endorsed by the European Commission, the LAP can be a guidance tool for the structural funding of relevant action on the regional level.

Here follows a description of a typical process of developing a LAP:
1. Developing the evidence base
2. Analysis of the stakeholders
3. Analysis of problems and options
4. Formulating a strategy
5. Intervention logic -  going from goals to activities
6. Analysis of funding possibilities
7. Setting out targets and adding indicators
8. Assumptions of risks
9. Merging all the information and achieving coherence through an adapted logical framework
10. The final consultation on the draft plan
11. The formal signing of the Local Action Plan

The City of Duisburg’s way to their Local Action Plan

Here is a flowchart of the Action Plan development process of the project partner City of Duisburg. As a result of the exchange of experience within the project, each partner will produce a Local Action Plan. The Local Action Plan contains information of how the selected Good Practices will be transferred and implemented and under which Structural Funds programme it will be placed.

Together with other partners, the City of Duisburg started a working group under the theme "Sustainable Public Transport and Non-motorised Transport" for promotion of electric vehicles and maximizing their use in the public sector.  The provisional name of the working group is “E-Mobility – Electric Vehicles Important for Public Services (e-VIPs).
The process of developing the Action Plan is conducted in working groups together with other project partners, but also with Local Steering Groups consisting of stakeholders at the local and regional levels. 

The fields in green represent activities with the partnership and the gray fields represent individual work in their own region.

Elisabeth Langgren Lundov
Project coordinator
Sörmland Regional Councíl
+46(0)70-666 49 64