The project ET-struct responded to the general lack of coherence between the connection of the educational system to the leading edge of technology and business practices, being one part of the Lisbon employment agenda. Here, there is often a lack of an effective matching process across the interfaces of policy-making, economy and education. Within the labor market, the participating regions were facing three types of problems that were addressed by the transnational cooperation tools: brain drain of young and well-educated people, increasing migrant workforce penetrating the labor markets and weak links between secondary education and changing demands of the labor market.
The partnership concentrated its efforts on the triple helical link by setting up of a permanent territorial management structures ET-Management, which linked the relevant policy, economic and educational partners/stakeholders as well as matched and optimised work force qualifications with the needs of regional economies in an innovative, ongoing, dynamic, flexible, systemic process. These permanent triple helical territorial structures were linked at transnational level in a meta-structure (ET-Joint-Management).