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At her speech to the Lisbon Council’s 2010 Innovation Summit last week, the EU’s highly charismatic and enthusiastic Chief Innovation Officer, Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn laid out her vision of transforming Europe into an “I-conomy”, connecting and speeding up innovation all along the whole policy chain from research to retail, building a functional single market for… » read more

I apologise for my long absence from this blog. Recently I have, of course, followed the Commission hearings, at least for those of the new Commissioners that are most interesting from a regional research and innovation viewpoint. Clearly, this was a great moment for the European Parliament and for European democracy. One MEP quoted by… » read more

Event report: ERRIN Briefing: Lisbon in Practice – Regional attractiveness for R&D investment, 8 July 2009, Brussels All the more recent growth theories are placing innovation at the heart of what drives creativity and growth in countries and regions. However, the available data shows that there is a huge amount of inertia, a fact that… » read more

I got my crash-course in public procurement this week at a DG INFSO workshop on “Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP)”. Now while this sound like a boring bureaucratic nightmare, it’s actually really exciting stuff, at least if you are interested in boosting research and innovation and making Europe the most competitive knowledge-based economy in the world, which… » read more

Cohesion Policy makes up the largest chunk of the EU budget. It is of tremendous importance to put the EU on a growth and innovation trajectory and to align national and regional development policies for the knowledge society. To help the future orientation of cohesion policy towards regional R&D and innovation needs, ERRIN, the European… » read more

European Cohesion Policy is becoming ever more important in strengthening competitiveness and innovation capacity in our regions. Compared to other important instruments such as the Research Framework Programme or the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme it does not only have ‘critical mass’ in terms of budget allocation, but it is also crucial in aligning national and… » read more

I am just back from a full day ERRIN seminar and marketplace on entrepreneurship in Brussels, where we had speakers from DG Education, DG Enterprise and DG Research as well as lots of practitioners from ERRIN regions who are involved in diverse action schemes at the local and regional level to create the kind […]… » read more

Last week we met with Roland Strauss, the initiator and coordinator of Knowledge4Innovation, a great initiative that ERRIN supports. Knowledge4Innovation aims at engaging policy makers, the business and science communities and related networks in a dialogue on the future of innovation in Europe to promote the adoption of adequate policies, programmes and budget allocations. To… » read more

Just came back from the INTERREG IVC Forum in Lille. The immense and increasing popularity of this funding mechanism for interregional cooperation was graphically demonstrated by the first call of this programme, resulting in piles of project applications. More than 400 applications mobilising nearly 5000 actors across Europe were received and the programme Secretariat in… » read more

Thank god it’s Friday and the Open Days are over. But I don’t want to go into the weekend before having posted my report on our great Web 2.0. and Knowledge Management seminar yesterday. I start with the bad news: Those who were not there missed a great seminar, some excellent speakers and a really… » read more

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