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Project blog focuses on important issues, papers, discussions related to the project theme developments. Bloggers are practitioners who work with innovation policies for many years. Please read their profiles to learn more about each author and his/her organisation.

2013.03.05.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

ERDF programmes contributing to RIS3 results, monitoring and evaluation (V. Gaffey)

Presentation by Mrs Veronica Gaffey during DG Regio's thematic workshop in Groningen (NL) on the 25th of January 2013.
2013.03.05.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

What are counterfactual impact evaluations teaching us about enterprise and innovation support?

Since 2008, the Evaluation Unit of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional and Urban policy has been promoting countfactual impact evaluation, i.e. the use of comparison/control groups. As counterfactual evaluations are repeated and combined with more observational forms of evaluation, a picture is gradually emerging of the impact and usefulness of various forms of enterprise and innovation support. The first findings are published in this paper by DG Regio. Below are some highlights.
2013.03.05.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

Evaluation of Innovation Activities: Guidance on methods and practices

DG Regio has published an interesting report on the evalution of innovation activities.
2013.02.25.I author: Poznan Science and Technology Park -

From RIS1 to RIS3 – continuity and experimentation in Wielkopolska

Wielkopolska has clear goals and objectives to reach economic, social development and welfare with smart innovation policy. The idea for RIS3 is continuation of the process started with first RIS in 2002 and experimentation with local stakeholders and clusters in building unique competitive advantage.
2013.02.11.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

European Council 7 & 8 February 2013: Conclusions on "Competitiveness for growth and jobs"

We would like to draw your attention to this abstract regarding the "Competitiveness for growth and jobs" heading in the Conclusions of the European Council of 7 & 8 February 2013.
2013.02.05.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

OECD's Draft synthesis report on innovation driven-growth in regions: The role of Smart Specialisation

The final "Draft Synthesis Report on Innovation-Driven Growth in Regions: The Role of Smart Specialisation" was presented to the European Commission at the High Level meeting in Brussels on the 5th December 2012. We would like to draw your attention to the points listed below. In principle these are obvious for those who have started to design their RIS3, but it's always good to keep some key issues in mind; for the others it's a great introduction to some of the critical issues to look at when designing a RIS3.
2013.01.31.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

GE Global Innovation Barometer 2013

It's always useful to mirror what enterprises are demanding with what public stakeholders are offering. Having a look at the GE Global Innovation Barometer 2013 can be useful at a time where most regions are involved in a RIS3 review and are defining their policy mix of support services for SMEs.

The GE Global Innovation Barometer, now in its third year, explores how business leaders around the world view innovation and how those perceptions are influencing business strategies in an increasingly complex and globalized environment.
2013.01.23.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

IEDC's "Accelerating Success: strategies to support growth-oriented companies"

A good benchmarking document from IEDC (International Economic Development Council), EURADA's sister organisation in the US.
2013.01.16.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

High-technology and medium-high technology industries main drivers of EU-27's industrial growth

High-technology industries up by 26 % since first quarter of 2005, low-technology industries down by 6 %
2013.01.16.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

State aid Scoreboard 2012: Update

Go to: http://ec.europa.eu/competition/state_aid/studies_reports/2012_autumn_en.pdf

MAIN TRENDS:Total expenditure on non-crisis State aid further decreased in the EU in 2011 to € 64.3 billion or 0.5 % of EU GDP, when compared to previous years. While, generally speaking, Member States continued their efforts to reduce overall aid levels, a substantial part of the decrease is probably due to tougher budget conditions in many Member States. That drop in expenditure obviously contributed to the overall trend of lower State aid expenditure over the period 2006-2011. It remains to be seen in the coming years whether that downward trend continues or levels out in the long-term.

Aid earmarked for horizontal objectives of common interest continued to be high, comprising roughly 90 % of total aid granted to industry and services. Block-exempted aid increased further to about 32.5 % of total aid granted to industry and services, compared to previous years, confirming the upward trend seen since 2006. Overall, aid granted under block exemption and through notified schemes remained high (roughly 87.5 %) whereas individual aid, under scrutiny by the Commission, remained low. The aid to the financial sector in 2011, totalling € 714.7 billion or 5.7 % of EU GDP, was mainly to provide guarantee support and liquidity support and was concentrated in a few Member States.

Block-exempted aid granted to industry and services increased by roughly € 5 billion to € 17.2 billion in 2011, or 0.13 % of EU GDP, accounting for 32.5 % of total aid granted to industry and services. Regional aid, aid to protect the environment and to save energy and R&D;&I; aid were the main measures, whereas Member States earmarked less aid for SMEs, training and employment.

More details in the working documents:
http://ec.europa.eu/competition/state_aid/studies_reports/2012_autumn_working_paper_en.pdf
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