smocThe project promoted policy learning and transfer processes among regional governments, covering quality and effectiveness improvement of regional policies through active trans-regional cooperation around Europe. Moreover it supported common institutional learning on innovative policy measures and their transfer into other regional systems.


The project aimed at reinforcing mutual learning and ensuring that Regional Governments benefit from one another’s experience as Regions are responsible for managing/introducing policies and innovation.


This was possible thanks  to the effectiveness of the Soft Open Method of Coordination (SMOC) model elaborated through the already tested action-driven research worked out by EARLALL and a group of Regional Governments (


The SMOC project has been co-funded by the European Commission within the new Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013, Policy Cooperation and Innovation. The project lasted 2 years from November 2008 until October 2010.


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