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The second generation of the INNO-Nets (2009-2012) has aimed to encourage regional and national innovation policy makers and public support providers to work more closely together in four priority areas, namely cluster cooperation, service innovation, SME support and eco-innovation. The main outcomes are concrete policy recommendations for better cooperation between regional and national innovation support schemes, as well as specific activities and pilot actions for their implementation.

Cluster cooperation: TACTICS 

TACTICS (Transnational Alliance of Clusters Towards Improved Cooperation Support) gives a fresh outlook on trends in cluster policy and provides a toolbox to policy makers and practitioners on how to better use clusters for local economic development, through a set of documents.

Tactics partners have been assisted by a Reflection Group of external experts (policy partners) to coming up with concrete recommendations on the following topics: fostering international cluster cooperation, channelling RDI funding through excellent clusters, fostering user-driven innovation through clusters, supporting cluster marketing and branding, evaluating cluster excellence, and using excellent clusters to address emerging industries (including innovative services).

Tactics has also ensured the animation of the European Cluster Alliance (policy makers) thanks to the ECA Secretariat, with workshops, newsletters, and participation in cluster events.

TACTICS & European Cluster Alliance webportal

Ms Isabelle Lebo
OSEO International Partnerships

Service innovation: EPISIS

EPISIS (European Policies and Instruments to Support Service Innovation) has facilitated transnational cooperation between policy makers and innovation agencies in the field of services innovation through parallel policy, strategic and operational level activities. The project has offered an open platform for discussion on policy recommendations, testing of new policy approaches in support of services innovation and has organised three policy-oriented international conferences on service innovation

EPISIS reports and publications

Ms. Anna-Maija Sunnanmark

SME support: INNO-Partnering Forum

The INNO-Partnering Forum (IPF) has identified, developed and exploited synergies among public innovation agencies – and other public organisations - in Europe and proposed new approaches to innovation support for SMEs. More specifically, IPF has tested new ways of service delivery as well as new approaches to support innovation in SMEs more efficiently and effectively Europe and it has formulated concrete policy recommendations on how innovation agencies, by acting together, can accelerate the take-up of the most advanced support systems for innovative SMEs across Europe.

Ms Cecilia Johansson

Eco-innovation: ECOPOL

ECOPOL (accelerating ECO-innovation POLicies) is aimed at accelerating the implementation of eco-innovation policies in Europe. ECOPOL identifies and tests efficient tools for implementing eco-innovation policies at European, national and regional level. Its main focus areas are Green Public Procurement, Waste & Recycling and Internationalisation. It is one of the biggest eco-innovation initiatives within DG Environment and major tool for cooperation between the Commission and Member States.

Mr Tomi Tura
Lahti Science and Business Part Ltd

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