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Sweden is one of the innovation leaders in Europe and scores persistently high on relevant benchmarks such as the European Innovation Scoreboard. It is also a place that attracts talent form around the world and embraces diversity in all its forms. And Sweden, as we found out, at our recent briefing on the Swedish Presidency… » read more

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I got a great lead from a Euractiv interview with Professor Bengt-Ake Lundvall, an innovation researcher at Aalborg University on HR management as key to innovation for highlighting the importance of the right framework conditions or ‘regional ecologies’ for the European Research Area and for driving Europe’s competitiveness. My acquaintance with this concept goes back… » read more

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This should be interesting, so please save the date in your calendar: ERRIN invites all Brussels-based regional representatives and research and innovation professionals to the following event: Regions as catalysts of Open Innovation, 11 June 2009, Résidence Palace, International Press Center, Brussels Innovation is a vital component of regional competitiveness and a key driver to… » read more

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I had the pleasure to spend the day at the Industrial Competitiveness Conference in Brussels today, which featured as a highlight a panel with Professor Paul Krugman from Princeton. Krugman, who had just lambasted the EU in a New York Times article the day before that they are not doing enough to spend their way… » read more

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Cohesion Policy makes up the largest chunk of the EU budget. It is of tremendous importance to put the EU on a growth and innovation trajectory and to align national and regional development policies for the knowledge society. To help the future orientation of cohesion policy towards regional R&D and innovation needs, ERRIN, the European… » 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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The European Year of Creativity and Innovation has been launched this Friday (5 December) at a conference in Brussels. The day before, Euractiv published an interview with Education and Culture Commissioner Figel on the year’s significance, particularly in light of the current financial and economic crisis. Quote: As the EU charts its way through the… » 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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