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Hospitals of the future

ERRIN event invitation: “Hospitals of the future: care, sustainable development and regional advantage” Date: 2 March 2010, 9.00 – 16.45 Venue: South Tyrol EU Office, Rue de Pascale 45-47, 1040 Brussels. While we are all familiar with hospitals and demand high quality healthcare, the hospital itself is in many cases an institution that remains largely… » read more

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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 a more competitive knowledge-based economy. At the workshop I… » read more

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I had announced this in a previous blog entry (see: “If you can google it, it’s real”). However, it took quite a bit longer than anticipated. Sorry for that: But now it is finally online: The video stream of Christopher Perrien’s Web 2.0 key-note at the ERRIN Open Days seminar of 9 October 2008 (“Harnessing… » 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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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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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

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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

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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 ERRIN 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… » read more

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