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The Week of Innovative Regions in Europe will focus on innovation based development

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This year, the Week of Innovative Regions (WIRE 2012) will take place in Krakow, on the 4th et 5th of June. Key actors in regional development will attend the forum and discuss the problems and challenges related to the implementation of the “innovative Union” at regional level for 2014-2020. 

WIRE2012 will uncover the challenges and barriers to regional innovation development, and will elaborate recommendations for policy‑makers, including the effective realisation of the Innovation Union at regional level; it will address three main thematic pillars:

- Innovative regions in the Horizon 2020 will investigate the role of regions in smart specialisation, the role of cities as innovation hubs, and regional innovation ecosystems within Horizon 2020;

- Stairway to Excellence will focus on the future of research and innovation at the regional level, on synergies between Horizon 2020 and the Cohesion Policy, and on smart specialisation in convergence regions and Centres of Excellence;

- Networking for ERA at Regional Level will discuss the European Territorial Cooperation, networks of clusters, European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation, networks of research infrastructure and Multiregional Knowledge Partnerships (e.g. Danube, Baltic)

Source :  DG for Regional Policy - Inforegio

More information  WIRE 2012


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