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: http://www.wire2014.eu/
The next WIRE conference, WIRE2015, will take place in Latvia on the 4-5 June 2015.
Read the WIRE2013 Summary Report (319KB)