Fostering competitiveness through innovative technologies, products and healthy communities
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Cohesion policy supports innovation in two main ways: the co-fi nancing provided through the Structural Funds and the development of a system of regional governance based on strategic development, partnership, programming, monitoring and evaluation. In many cases, the governance system is an innovative policy in itself. For the cohesion policy programmes
during the period 2007–13, the European Commission carried out an evaluation on innovation and the knowledge-based economy , which aimed to provide guidance on how to implement regional innovation activities under the Structural
Funds. The diversity of innovation performance and potential amongst the European regions led to the definition of a typology of various regions requiring diff erent approaches on innovation policies.
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