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Cohesion Policy in Support of Growth and Jobs

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Cohesion Policy in Support of Growth and Jobs: Community Strategic Guidelines, 2007-2013

The recent enlargement to 25 Member States, with Bulgaria and Romania also set to join the Union in 2007, has dramatically increased disparity levels across the EU. The recently published Third Interim Report on Cohesion confirmed that the enlargement of the Union to 25 Member States, later to 27 or more, presents an unprecedented challenge for the competitiveness and internal cohesion of the Union. At the same time, the report noted that some of the poorest parts of the new Member States have some of the highest growth rates in the Union (see map in annex).
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The Community Strategic Guidelines on Cohesion 2007-2013

The Community Strategic Guidelines contain the principles and priorities of cohesion policy and suggest ways the European regions can take full advantage of the € 308 billion that has been made available for national and regional aid programmes over the next seven years. National authorities will use the guidelines as the basis for drafting their national strategic priorities and planning for 2007-2013, the so called National Strategic Reference Frameworks (NSRFs). According to the guidelines and in line with the renewed Lisbon strategy, programmes co-financed through the cohesion policy should seek to target resources on the following three priorities:

Research and Innovation policy

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The role of clusters in Smart Specialisation Strategies

This report investigates the potential contribution of clusters and cluster policies in the design and implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies. Both cluster policies and Smart Specialisation Strategies are policy approaches with a place-based dimension, aiming at exploiting advantages of proximity to promote economic growth and competitiveness.

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Perspectives for Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) in the wider context of the Europe 2020 Growth Strategy ( 1 MB )

The existence of a national or regional Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) is the 'ex-ante conditionality' for the use of European Structural and Investment Funds. This report by a group of independent experts has set out to assess the contribution of “smart specialisation strategies”.
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Northern Ireland in Europe - Research and Innovation makes major contribution to Commission Task Force

This report marks an important milestone in the work of the Northern Ireland Task Force. In the foreword, Mr. Barroso noted "the increasing success of the region's research community in developing more projects than ever with partners in the rest of Europe under the Union's Research Framework Programmes".
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The role of Universities and Research Organisations as drivers for Smart Specialisation ( 1.1 MB )

This report analyses the role of universities and research centres in the development and implementation of smart specialisation strategies and examines their strengths and weaknesses with a view to their contribution to a diversified local innovation and growth process. While there are still challenges to be overcome, a number of success stories already demonstrate that universities and research centres can develop their capacity to successfully promote the approach of smart specialisation. The report proposes a number of recommendations for policy makers at EU, national and regional level for facilitating the involvement of universities and research centres in the development and implementation of smart specialisa tion strategies.
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The results of creating, developing and coordinating a European FOOD-CLUSTER

The overall objective of the FCI was to find a way of bringing all players together so that successful and less experienced operators were integrated into a viable and successful European Food Cluster by building on the FP6 project FINE as a prototype. A key aspect was to develop ways of involving the present and current project partners and potential successful projects under future Calls and prepare for new coordination actions to be funded under FP7. The Food Cluster Initiative has proved to be beneficial as its critical mass allowed it to attain outcomes that would not have been reached at individual project level as described in this document. It allowed notable unlocking of the research potential in the uropean Food Research Area by bringing together regional research actors that would not have met otherwise.

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