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Innovations are amongst the most important driving forces for growth, employment and social coherence. Numerous studies prove that innovation activities have positive effects on companies’ success, export activities and productivity. Successful innovations prepare the way to the markets of tomorrow.

With the three focal points (knowledge-based, smart growth, environmentally sustainable growth and social inclusive growth) of the strategy Europe 2020 the topic of “innovation” becomes even more the focus of European attention.

For this reason the European Commission provides for the structural funds period 2014-2020 a so-called ex-ante conditionality for the authorisation of the support programmes. Amongst the most important conditionalities in the field of “research and innovation” there is a “regional innovation strategy for smart specialisation”.

Smart specialisation means focussing resources on a few key priorities. It is essential to support the strengths.

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Regional dimension

»We need regional policy to be open to innovation and research« + Symbol

»We need regional policy to be open to innovation and research and in line with both local and regional needs and European policy guidelines. In order to achieve that, we need effective regional innovation strategies.« - sign

Valcárcel Siso, CoR first vice-president

»We need the active involvement of all regions to boost Europe's research and innovation performance, bridging the innovation divide between the strongest performers and those regions that are catching up.« + Symbol

»We need the active involvement of all regions to boost Europe's research and innovation performance, bridging the innovation divide between the strongest performers and those regions that are catching up. This can only be achieved with political buy-in from regional and local authorities across Europe.« - sign

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science

Source: Assembly of Regional and Local Representatives (2011): »Innovation: research policy needs a regional dimension«, COR/11/41

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