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EIPE: European Poles of Excellence

The European ICT Poles of Excellence (EIPE) Project is to set the general conceptual and methodological conditions for defining, identifying, analysing and monitoring the existence and progress of current and future EIPE, as to develop a clear capacity in distinguishing those among the many European ICT clusters, benchmarking them with non-European poles, observing their dynamics and offer a thorough analysis of their characteristics.

In line with the Digital Agenda, the Commission's Communication entitled "A Strategy for ICT R&D and Innovation in Europe: Raising the Game" proposes a strategy to establish Europe's industrial and technology leadership in ICT, to make Europe more attractive for ICT investments and skills, and to ensure that its economy and society benefit fully from ICT developments.

Building on Europe's assets, in particular the many ICT industrial clusters of Europe, the strategy seeks to step up the effort in ICT research and innovation and to maximise its impact in today's economic context. It forms part of the preparations for a European plan for innovation and research, encompassing the main technologies of the future including ICT.

In particular, the Communication anticipates a landscape where by 2020, Europe has nurtured an additional five ICT poles of world-class excellence.

Past related projects about ICT and regional dynamics:

The objective of this project is to measure ICT penetration in Andalusian firms and to assess the contribution of these technologies to economic and productivity growth in Andalusia. It took place in February 2006 and was conducted in collaboration with the Department of Economics of the University Pablo de Olavide of Seville, Spain.

This was the first study of its kind for Andalusia. It relied on the latest methodological recommendations, and allows benchmarking with other regions in the OECD. It yields an accurate picture on how Andalusian firms stand regarding ICT by size, sector or localization. The use of up-to-date data and sound methodologies have ensured that the results of the study are consistent and will thus provide an excellent starting point for further research addressing the impact of ICT in the region in a broader context.

Related Event:
Joint Scientific seminar: Sociedad del Conocimiento, Tecnologías de la Información y Desarrollo Regional: Evidencia Empírica para España, 27/06/2006 (IPTS, Sevilla).

Related Publication:
The Role of ICT in the Economic Growth and Productivity of Andalucia

Matilde Mas (Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, IVIE), Javier Quesada (IVIE), José Antonio Herce (Analistas Financieros Internacionales, AFI), Ángel Estrada (Oficina Económica del Presidente de España),Antonio Villar (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, UPO), Jesús Rodríguez (UPO), Diego Martínez (UPO), among others (Programme).

Project Leaders:
Salvador Barrios, Elena Navajas.