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This week, finally, and for the first time in EU history, has the EU taken the bold step (according to EU standards) to freeze Structural Funds payments to a country on grounds of rampant corruption. The laggard identified, named and shamed was Bulgaria. Altogether 560 million Euros have been withheld, which are a relatively small… » read more

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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

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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

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A new study on “University Systems Ranking: Citizens and Society in the Age of Knowledge” published today by the Lisbon Council finds that European university systems, in particular in “Romano-Germanic countries”, are inadequate to deliver the education needed by modern, knowledge-based economies. It recommend that countries should do more to make their education systems more… » read more

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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 of… » read more

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In preparation of a talk I am going to give at ERRIN’s forthcoming marketplace on entrepreneurship on Tuesday, I have done a little Internet research on the financial crisis, entrepreneurship and innovation. Here are some thoughts and links: New data from the US suggests that tech companies now get the full blow of the financial… » read more

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Today Charles Leadbeater, author of “We-Think – Mass innovation, not mass production”, kicked off the Lisbon Council’s Innovation Day 2008, a high-level debating and networking event that took place in Brussels. Leadbetter’s bestselling book is a guide to the brave new world of internet-based innovation. Check out this link for a cute little video-summary of… » read more

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I had the pleasure of participating at one of the meetings of the „Zukunftssalon: Forum of the Future“. 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 has just celebrated its fifth anniversary. Through its events and publications it… » read more

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Innovate, baby, innovate!

Oh, yes he can…get elected. We can not only credit this to his extraordinary political talent and his managerial capabilities in putting this campaign machine together and keep it humming along nicely. But we can also thank George W. and Dicky Vader for having made this possible, for instilling the desire for change into so… » read more

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