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Regions for Economic Change

Innovating through EU Regional Policy
Brussels, 12 – 13 June 2006



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Conference supporting documents

Conference proceedings:
Brochure: "Regions for economic change"

Conference Programme and presentations

Monday 12 June 2006 I: II: III: IV:
08.30 - 10.00 Registration of the participants
10.00 - 10.05 Opening of plenary session by Mrs Danuta Hübner, Commissioner for Regional Policy
10.05 - 10.25 Keynote speech by Mr José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission
10.25 - 10.45 Keynote speech by Ms Danuta Hübner
10.45 - 12.45 Workshop Session 1: Creating the right environment

Workshop 1A – room S3

Workshop 1B – room S1

Workshop 1C – room S2

Managing innovation and experimentation: the role of regional authorities

Nurturing local and regional clusters: the role of public authorities

Setting up innovation infrastructure and innovation support services

Regional authorities have an important role to play in creating an environment favourable to innovation, in building innovation strategies and in acting as a catalyst for new ideas. This workshop will examine how they can best achieve this objective and what means are at their disposal

Clusters are often seen as key to innovation and growth. What public interventions are useful for cluster development? How best can public authorities identify potential clusters and support their growth? How can links between clusters be fostered to open up new opportunities?

This workshop will examine the range of facilities and services needed to support innovation. What are the success factors? How can regions best capitalise on existing investments?

Natalija Kazlauskiene, Director, Directorate General for Regional Policy, E.C
Mr Jean-Charles Leygues, Deputy Director general, Directorate General for Regional Policy, E.C
José Palma Andres, Director, Directorate General for Regional Policy, E.C
Key Speaker:
Dr Lynn Martin, University of Central England (UK)
Key Speaker:
Dr Zbigniew Bochniarz, University of Minnesota (USA) ,

Dr Karin Markides
, Vinnova, (SW)
Key Speaker:
Prof. Peter Heydebreck,CEO, Inno A.G. (DE)
Best practice projects :
Mr Franz Schöpff, Director, Innovation Office of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano (IT)

Mr Lauri Hietaniemi, Project Manager, Green Net Finland (FI)
Best practice projects :
Dr Martin Hennicke, Head of Managing Authority, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Small Businesses and Energy, Nordrhein-Westfalen (DE)

Mr Marek Darecki, President of the Board, Central European Aviation Valley, WSK Rzeszow (PL)
Best practice projects :
Mr Fabrizio Conicella, Business Development Manager, Bioindustry Park del Canavese, Piedmont (IT)

Dr Gert-Jan Euverink, Deputy Directeur, Wetsus Research Institute (NL)
12.30 - 14.00 buffet lunch and networking opportunity
14.00 - 14.30 Keynote speech by Vice-President Verheugen, Vice-President of the European Commission
14.30 - 16.30 Workshop Session 2: Strengthening collaboration between public and private stakeholders

Workshop 2A – room S1

Workshop 2B – room S3

Workshop 2C – room S2

Mobilising and sustaining private investment (private equity, venture capital, rotating funds, business angels)

Developing poles of excellence: partnerships between research institutions and businesses

Bringing knowledge to the market : licensing and IPR

How can public authorities lever private investment in research and innovation? How can these mechanisms be operated within the context of Structural Funds programmes?

The presence of public research institutions, including universities, in a region offers an economic resource which is not always fully exploited. What can be done to bridge the gap between the academic and business worlds and create long-term partnerships?

Handling intellectual property rights and licensing agreements are highly specialised areas. The complexities may act as barriers to technology transfer. This workshop offers an opportunity for non-specialists to better understand the issues and successful models.

Alejandro Checchi Lang, Director, Directorate General for Regional Policy, E.C
Xavier Prats Monné, Director, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, E.C
Isi Saragossi, Director, Directorate General for Research & Technologial Development, E.C
Key Speaker:
Serge Vilain, CEO, Société régionale d'investissement de Bruxelles Capitale (BE)
Key Speaker:
John Dryden, Deputy Director, Directorate of Science, Technology and Industry, OECD

Dr John H. Smith, Deputy Secretary General, European University Association
Key Speaker:
Gilles Capart, Chairman of the Board, Proton Europe
Best practice projects :
Juan Vela Quiriga, Director, IDEA, Andalusia (ES)

Jon-Gunnar Aasen Project Manager, Oslo Teknopol IKS, Norway (NO)
Best practice projects :
Malcolm Harold, Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick (UK)

Pierre-Alain Weite, Délégué Général à la Recherche, Pôle Régional de Conception et d'Innovation, Franche-Comté (FR)

Best practice projects :
A.J Beale, Director IP Wales (UK)

Margaret McGarry, Director of Technology Collaboration, Scottish Enterprise (UK)

Mme Charlotte Mayntz, Director of Corporate Communication and Planning
Danish Patent and Trademark Office

16.30-17.00 coffee break
17.00 - 17.30 "Benchmarking regional innovation performance: results and future perspectives", by Ms Françoise Le Bail, Deputy Director General, DG Enterprise
17.30 - 19.50 Keynote speech by Mr Vladimir Spidla, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
18.00 - 20.00 Cocktails in the exhibition area

Tuesday 13 June 2006 I:
9.30 - 10.00 Welcome coffee
10.00 - 12.00 Workshop Session 3: Establishing partnerships and maximising synergies

Workshop 3A – room S1

Workshop 3B – room S2

Workshop 3C – room S3

Promoting knowledge transfer : networks and exchanges

Developing trans-regional research and innovation projects

Combining national and Community funding : experience and prospects

Various networks support the exchange of know-how between different stakeholders in innovation. What services do they offer and what can be learnt from them? How can regional actors tap into them to build up their skills and capacities?

Knowledge and innovation go beyond administrative boundaries. How can regions develop partnerships in other parts of Europe – and beyond - to produce synergies beneficial to their researchers, innovators and

How can public authorities and private promoters use the various sources of funding available from national and Community sources to best effect? What is the outlook for the period 2007-2013?

David White, Director, Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, E.C
Elisabeth Helander, Director, Directorate General for Regional Policy, E.C
Ronnie Hall, acting Director, Directorate General for Regional Policy, E.C
Key Speaker:
Prof. Luc Soete, MERIT, University of Maastricht (NL)
Key Speaker:
Prof. Nicos Komninos URENIO, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki (GR)
Key Speaker:
Mr Jacques Evrard, Director, EURADA
Best practice projects :
Balazs Barta-Radok, Operations Manager, West Pannon Business Network (HU)

Irma Priedl, Business Support Manager, Regional Adminitration of Lower Austria (AT)
Best practice projects :
Jens Erik Lund Special Advisor, Nordic Innovation Center (DA)

Ian Hill, Cumbria County Council (INTERREG III C WEST) (UK)
Best practice projects :
Dr Bruno Broich, Managing Director, technologiestiftung Innovationzentrum Berlin (DE)

Lubos Lukasik, Director, Competitiveness Division, CzechInvest (CZ)
12.00 - 12.45 Conference conclusion
12.00 - 12.20 Mr José Antonio Zamora, Director General de Fondos Comunitarios, Ministerio de Hacienda (ES)
12.20 - 12.45 Conference conclusions by Mrs Danuta Hübner, Commissioner for Regional Policy


In addition to the practitioners who will intervene in the different workshops, participants will have the opportunity of meeting with representatives from regions, presenting their projects in stands built for the circumstances on the first floor of the Charlemagne building. The Commission services will also offer the participants to consult documents produced by Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, by Directorate General for Research and Technological Development and by Directorate General for Regional Policy.

Personal advice on venture capital and clusters

This conference will not only offer the possibility to listen to and discuss with eminent experts from all over the European Union, it will also allow the participants to seek tailored advice to their specific regional situation.
The Commission has invited a number of practitioners to answer their specific questions on venture capital and on clusters such as "how do I start?" "What are the pitfalls?" "How do I find a private partner?" "Under what sort of conditions should I tender?" …

Who are the advisors?

Advisors for Venture capital booth:
• Mr Denis Marnane, Enterprise Irland (on 12 June only)
• Mr Bruno Robino, JEREMIE, European Investment Fund
• Mr Karel Stefulik, ARCA Capital (CZ) ( on 13 June only)

Advisors for Clustering booth:
• Mr Nigel Hewitt, Combined Universities of Cornwall (UK)
• Mr Thomas Cottinet, Direction Economie, Tourisme, Recherche et Technologies, Rhône-Alpes (FR)

How will it work?

The advisors will be available between 10.45 and 13.15 and between 14.30 and 17.00 on the 12th of June and between to on the 13th of June. They will welcome you on the first floor of the Charlemagne building; bookings for half an hour individual meetings will be offered to the participants.

The welcome desk will be open during the whole duration of the event.


Focus on Financial Perspective
Guidelines on cohesion
Focus on Financial Perspective
Focus on Lisbon
Cohesion Instruments in your Country and Region
Consultation: Cohesion Policy and cities