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EU CAP Network conference ‘EIP-AGRI Operational Groups: Innovation in practice’

The EU CAP Network conference ‘EIP-AGRI Operational Groups: Innovation in practice’ will take place in Estoril, Portugal, from Monday 6 May to Wednesday 8 May 2024.

  • - CEST
  • English
  • Portugal
  • In-person
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In the CAP 2023-2027, Operational Group projects (OGs) continue to be a key tool for innovation and knowledge exchange. By December 2023, over 3 400 projects have been reported in the European Commission’s database, and more projects are expected to be notified by the end of 2025. This is a milestone to celebrate, but also an achievement to learn from and build upon for the time ahead.

To celebrate and showcase these achievements, foster networking and knowledge exchange, support the next generation of OG projects and incentivise transnational/cross-border OGs, the EU CAP Network support unit for Innovation and Knowledge exchange | EIP-AGRI is organising the conference ‘EIP-AGRI Operational Groups: Innovation in practice’. This two-and-a-half-day event will take place in Estoril, Portugal, from Monday 6 May to Wednesday 8 May 2024.

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The conference will be organised in combination with a the ‘EIP-AGRI Innovation Awards’.

Get more details on the EIP-AGRI Innovation Awards webpage

Conference objectives

The conference will bring together the best of agricultural and rural innovation in Europe. The main objective of the conference is twofold: to highlight the successful implementation of the EIP-AGRI through OG projects as one of its main building blocks, and to learn from this experience for the implementation of projects under the CAP 2023-2027.

The specific objectives of the conference are to:

  • Spotlight and celebrate the achievements of over 3 400 OG projects in the EU;
  • Exchange and learn from the experiences of OG projects and boost possibilities to share promising knowledge and innovations developed by OGs;
  • Discuss the possibilities, including funding opportunities, to further use and upscale OG outcomes in practice;
  • Discuss challenges and identify good practices that can support the preparation and implementation of OG projects under the CAP 2023-2027;
  • Foster further networking and cooperation for innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas, including the creation of transnational/cross-border OGs.

Topics to be addressed

The conference programme will include plenary sessions with keynote speakers and interactive discussions that showcase concrete stories from relevant OGs. It will also celebrate the establishment of over 3 400 OG projects throughout the EU. The event will create opportunities to further disseminate and upscale project results, and help participants to better understand the broader scope of topics that can be tackled by OGs during the 2023-2027 CAP period.

In addition, the conference will address transversal issues that are relevant to the success of OGs, while discussing challenges and identifying good practices. This will help build upon existing experiences to prepare the future generation of projects.

There will be plenty of opportunities for exchange and networking between the participants, and for getting inspired by concrete good practices.

Target groups

The main target audience will consist of:

  • Partners in OGs (ongoing and finished);
  • Managing Authorities, National Networks, AKIS Coordination Bodies, Paying Agencies; 
  • Other innovation actors such as farmers’ organisations, researchers, advisors, innovation support service providers, Horizon thematic and advisory networks, Horizon NCPs, and organisations that can support the further use of OG outcomes.

Download the draft agenda outline at the bottom of this page.

Further information about the selection process and criteria.

If you are interested in applying to attend the conference, you can already prepare your application by taking a look at the questions in the application form.

If you have any questions regarding the conference or awards, please take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions below. If you have any other questions, please contact conference.innovation@eucapnetwork.eu.

English language

European CAP Network Conference ‘EIP-AGRI Operational Groups: Innovation in practice’ - Agenda

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Additional info



EU CAP Network
Support Facility for Innovation & Knowledge exchange | EIP-AGRI
EU CAP Network
The Portuguese Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
EU Stakeholders
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Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development
EU Stakeholders
Portuguese CAP Network
Portuguese CAP Network
EU Stakeholders


English language

Innovation in practice: Questions from the application form

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English language

Innovation in practice: Selection process and criteria

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English language

Innovation in practice: Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

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