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The fifth Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE V) was organised in Athens on June 12th and 13th 2014 under the auspices of the Greek EU presidency.

The conference took place at a time when the EU is adopting a new perspective on regional policy, one which focuses on the concept of smart specialization and the facilitation of a results-oriented policy agenda. EU Reformed cohesion policy 2014-2020 reflects a growing need to respond effectively to the conditions created by the economic turndown and seeks to ensure maximum impact on growth and jobs, investing in all EU regions and targeting resources at key growth sectors.

The Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn opened the conference.

The conference brought more than 300 participants in the field of policy making, enterprises, politics and innovation at a national and European level and will promote dialogue on three main topics:
• European Funding for Regional Development in 2014-2020
• Business Driving Regional innovation
• Scientific Excellence, Open Data and Knowledge Re-use for Regional Growth

More information is available on:

The next WIRE conference, WIRE2015, will take place in Latvia on the 4-5 June 2015.

For further information:
  • The first of the WIRE Conferences was organised in Granada as part of the 2010 Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The WIRE2010 looked for greater synergies between European Union and Member State actions focusing on the priorities of the EU 2020 Strategy, its headline targets and the European Research Area.
  • WIRE I

  • The WIRE2011 took place in Debrecen as part of the Hungarian Presidency. It focused on clusters, economic development of regions and regional R&D infrastructure as well as synergies between the Framework Programme, Structural Funds and the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme.

  • The WIRE2012 took place in Krakow just after the first Polish Presidency of the Council and concentrated on the regional dimension of the Innovation Union Flagship with three main thematic pillars; Smart regions in Horizon 2020; Stairway to Excellence; Networking for ERA at the Regional Level.

  • WIRE2013 took place this year in Cork (Ireland) on 5-7 June 2013, under the auspices of the Ireland's Presidency. It gathered 400 delegates from 20 countries and focused on regional aspects relevant to the final stages of the design and legislative process for the European Union's next funding programme, Horizon 2020.

Read the WIRE2013 Summary Report (319KB)