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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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I wish you all a happy, creative and innovative 2009 and that the force may be with you! Back in October, without much fanfare, the European Commission has published an interesting survey on entrepreneurship in Higher Education Institutions. It confirms empirically what is commonplace by now, that the scope of entrepreneurial education in the EU… » 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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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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Yesterday I had the pleasure to listen to EIT Board Member Prof Karen Maex, vice-rector of KU Leuven, at an event on the Eindhoven High-Tech Campus and today we had an ERRIN policy briefing with Thomas Sanders of the EIT Task Force in DG EDUC, who briefed ERRIN members on the state of play of… » read more

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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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