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KNOW-HUB bridges the gap of shortage of knowledge, skills and experience of European regions in designing and implementing smart and effective strategies for innovation. The practitioners from 10 EU regions will collaborate in reviewing their policies and practices to identify issues for improvement and good practices to share with others. They will learn together how to apply the knowledge and experience identified in the peer review process, and sharing this knowledge with the aid of modern knowledge management tools.

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The European Commission has started the search for the first European Capital of Innovation, or iCapital. The prize will reward the city which is building the best “innovation ecosystem”, connecting citizens, public organisations, academia, and business.

Thinking about the policy debate regarding public support services to innovative enterprises, EURADA's Christian Saublens increasingly realizes that policies are based on myths and on an asymmetry of information between the public sector or its intermediaries and the private sector. Here are a few of those myths.

Following DG Regio's presentation at the S3 Platform's Mirror Group, the sample of over 70 regional draft strategies shows that the weakest point in the establishment of a regional smart specialisation strategy seems to be the sixth step "Monitoring and evaluation".

In accordance with the request of the European Commission towards member states to develop smart specialization strategies for the upcoming financial period of 2014-2020, the Ministry for National Economy – as the entity responsible for EU negotiations – entrusted the National Innovation Office and the Regional Innovation Agencies to develop these strategy documents for county, regional and national levels, following the methodological guidelines of the Joint Research Institute of the European Commission delivered through the S3 platform. In the counties of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg, Hajdú-Bihar and Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, INNOVA Észak-Alföld Regional Innovation Agency began the strategy-development process on 1 February, 2013, and in line with the expectation of the Ministry and the National Innovation Office carried it out by the end April, while building on the since 2012 ongoing county level strategy development processes.

The Regional Competitiveness Index (RCI) was developed to measure the different dimensions of competitiveness at the regional level. The first edition was published in 2010. RCI 2013 reveals a strong regional dimension of competitiveness, which national level indicators cannot capture. The RCI shows the strengths and weaknesses of each of the EU NUTS2 regions. It can provide a guide to what each region should focus on, taking into account its specific situation and its overall level of development.

The Department for Economic Affairs, Tourism and Technology (WST3) of the Government of Lower Austria is responsible for coordination and implementation of regional economic and innovation strategy 2015. WST3 is the implementing body of the ERDF, Regional Operational Programm Lower Austria for economic, innovation and technology measures in very close collaboration with the ROP managing authority RU2, the department for Economic Development of the Government of Lower Austria.

This report from the EU Commission draws lessons from the comparison of the research and innovation policy mix implemented in the EU27 countries plus Norway and Switzerland with their innovation performance. The analysis uses the description of research and innovation policy measures which the INNO-Policy TrendChart and ERAWATCH have collected and the performance indicators of the Innovation Union Scoreboard (IUS), previously called the European Innovation Scoreboard. The period under scrutiny is 1999-2011.

Since 2008, the UK’s economic debate has largely been about short-term recovery. The argument has focused on which of two options will end the recession: Plan A or Plan B, austerity or stimulus. But neither addresses the UK’s longer-term growth prospects. Growth depends on innovation — our ability to generate and adopt new knowledge and ideas. Decades of research have shown that innovation is the most important driver of long-term productivity and prosperity, and that innovative businesses create more jobs and grow faster. Yet despite the UK’s many strengths as an innovative economy, there are crucial ways it is losing ground.

This EUROSTAT article presents statistical information that illustrates regional developments for science and technology indicators within the European Union (EU). The domains covered are research and development (R & D), the number of researchers, human resources in science and technology (HRST), employment in high technology sectors and patent applications.

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