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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

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

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

Clusters are attracting more and more attention from policymakers in their quest to improve regional competitiveness. The development of world-class clusters has now also become an EU policy priority as illustrated recently by the European Commission`s Communication on “Powerful clusters: Main drivers of Europe’s competitiveness”, published on 17 October 2008. The attractiveness of the cluster… » read more

I had the pleasure and rather considerable honour last week to participate at one of the meetings of the „Zukunftssalon: Forum of the Future“, an exclusive gathering of forward thinkers. The Zukunftssalon is the brainchild of the dynamic and outspoken Anne Mettler, who leads the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based innovation think tank. The Lisbon Council… » 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

Hi there. I would like to share with you some interesting articles on innovation and regional development published this week in the Herald Tribune. Broader financial turmoil threatens biotech’s innovation and cash A biotech crash, if it comes, could threaten an industry that plays a vital role in turning scientific advances into usable medicines… Bulgaria… » 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

Today I received a pre-event newsletter of the Euregia 2008 that is running from 27 to 29 October 2008 in Leipzig, Germany. According to its organisers, Euregia is “Europe’s largest communication and benchmarking forum on regional development and territorial cooperation”. While this is certainly a bit of hyperbole, since the Open Days are clearly larger… » read more

Today I received a pre-event newsletter of the Euregia 2008 that is running from 27 to 29 October 2008. According to its organisers, Euregia is “Europe’s largest communication and benchmarking forum on regional development and territorial cooperation”. While this is certainly a bit of hyperbole, since the Open Days are clearly larger in terms of… » 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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