Participation of Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, and Johannes Hahn, in the 'Regions as Motors of New Growth through Smart Specialisation' conference
On 8 November 2013, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Science, and Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, participated in the conference "Regions as motors of new growth through smart specialisation", in Brussels.
The debate came at a crucial time, as the proposals for the new Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 are at a final phase. Key to the new reformed policy is the introduction of conditions that should be met before funds can be spent. One of those is the development of a clear and carefully designed "smart specialisation strategy" for research and innovation. This should guide how investments are used over the next 7 years and ensure clear aims are delivered on the ground. SHOTLIST