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At her speech to the Lisbon Council’s 2010 Innovation Summit last Friday, 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

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I apologise for my long absence. 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 perspective, which is what I am focusing on in this blog. Clearly, this was a great moment for the European Parliament and… » read more

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In announcing his new Commission Team President Baroso has walked the talk by setting out a combined Research & Innovation dossier, a clear sign that the future will see more integrated policy-making in view of innovation. In the interest of a broad-based innovation agenda, it is vital that this is a truly cross-cutting competence that… » read more

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Introducing a very inspiring EurActiv Stakeholder Workshop today on “What Programme for the Next Commission?” (thanks, guys!), EurActiv Publisher Christophe Leclercq pointed out that there has not much been debate yet on what will replace the Lisbon Agenda and whether that will be a much broader agenda than hitherto. Well, that’s bound to change with… » read more

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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 regional growth is very much a self-reinforcing phenomenon, leading to a huge amount of inertia, a fact that flies in the face of a lot of regional… » read more

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[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/jqLPHrCQr2I” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Here is my light reading weekend post: I came across this absolutely cool new campaign by Intel. Designed by the Ad agency Venbables Bell & Partners, it is branding the company as “sponsors of the future” and making rockstars out of scientists (“Your rockstars aren’t like our rockstars”). Check… » read more

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As a follow up to the ERRIN conference on “European Cluster Policy – What’s in it for the regions” that took place on 11 December 2008 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels ( see my previous blog entry ) I did an interview in early January 2009 with Antoni Subira, who acted as… » read more

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