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Innovative actions: regional programmes

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Laboratories for innovation

The offer of a Regional Programme of innovative actions elicited a very positive response from the regions : by the end of the previous programming period (2000-2006), 181 programmes were approved and 144 of the 156 eligible regions (from EU15) were participating

 

Programmes
submitted

Programmes
approved

Total ERDF intervention

2001

103

81

206 000 000 €

2002

51

45

109 000 000 €

2003

16

10

31 000 000 €

2004

16

9

23 000 000 €

2005

50

28

47 000 000 €

 The synergy between the three strategic themes has been well exploited by most regions who have opted to include a number of actions covering at least two of the three eligible themes. Some of the concrete projects financed within the programmes are indicated below :

- Theme 1 : clustering, incubators, spin-off, support to research and technological projects, new technological services to business ;

- Theme 2 : support for e-Business (e-commerce, web services, knowledge management tools), for e-Government (services and applications for local administration and citizens) and for e-Learning solutions (broadband tele-working, distance training);

- Theme 3 : development of new applications for energy and waste management, sustainable tourism and innovative technologies for enterprises in the environmental sector.  

The regional programmes of innovative actions have succeeded in acting as catalysts giving the regions a chance to experiment with new actions to promote innovation. Most programmes have taken a comprehensive approach to innovation, designing new products, processes or services and in some cases, new forms of co-operation between the public and the private sectors. This has helped the regions develop a coherent approach to innovation and sustainable development in order to secure their long-term competitiveness.

The programmes contained adventurous actions that otherwise might have been postponed or been ignored in the mainstream SF programmes in spite of their potentially strong impact on regional competitiveness. For the least-developed regions it has been particularly important to have the opportunity to experiment in the three strategic themes on offer which are traditionally under-funded by comparison with other types of needs such as those concerned with infrastructure.

A further value of the innovative actions lies in the way these programmes have been designed and implemented directly by regional stakeholders working together in partnership. Successful regions understand how to link local and regional enterprises, universities, research institutions, associations, and public administration to collect the know-how and distribute it amongst individuals and business so that it can be transformed into new products, processes and services.

Each region has been encouraged to find its own solutions, based on regional needs and potential, to fully incorporate innovation in its regional development planning. The regional programmes have been designed and managed directly by the regions without any national implication in the decision-making process. Regional governments have taken full responsibility for improving conditions crucial for their future competitiveness in cooperation with their local stakeholders. This has been done in partnership with the private sector which was involved in the drawing up and the implementation of the programmes.

 

 

 


 

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