Open days 2008 "European Week of Regions and Cities": extracts from the press briefing by Janez Potocnik on "Researching Regionally - Developing Globally"
The European Commission launched an initiative to increase cooperation and support in regional research and development on food. By clustering projects on food research, scientist can learn from each other and strengthen the European food research area.
Food is the largest manufacturing sector in Europe and to remain competitive innovative solutions are needed to challenges such as changing demographics, food related diseases like allergies and consumer demand for healthy, safe and ethically produced food, environmental protection and sustainability.
The EU food-cluster tries to stimulate food research and innovation in European regions, bring at the same time the benefits of research to agro-food SMEs of the regions. Regions represented in the clusters are drawn not only from Member States but also associated countries such as Turkey, Serbia or Montenegro.