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KNOW-HUB bridges the gap of shortage of knowledge, skills and experience of European regions in designing and implementing smart and effective strategies for innovation. The practitioners from 10 EU regions will collaborate in reviewing their policies and practices to identify issues for improvement and good practices to share with others. They will learn together how to apply the knowledge and experience identified in the peer review process, and sharing this knowledge with the aid of modern knowledge management tools.

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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

The above mentioned report aims to identify the main policy intelligence tools available for and used by regions during the process of building regional research and innovation strategies for smart specialisations (RIS3). It is an attempt to synthesise various methodologies developed over recent years and to provide with concrete examples of how different EU regions have already started to apply such tools in their local context.

This RIM report aims to identify the main policy intelligence tools available for and used by regions during the process of building regional research and innovation strategies for smart specialisations (RIS3). It is an attempt to synthesise various methodologies developed over recent years and provide with concrete examples of how different EU regions have already started to apply such tools in their local context.

DG Enterprise has just issued a staff working paper on industrial competitiveness in the EU. The full report is available from http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/industrial-competitiveness/monitoring-member-states/files/ms_comp_report_2012_en.pdf. Below we've highlighted the global performance of the Member States.

The RIS3 KEY for self-assessment was developed by Joanneum Research Graz, in co-operation with and funded by BMWF, in the context of project “Drafting and Implementing Smart Specialisation Strategies” (2011-12) launched by the OECD Working Group on Innovation and Technology Polic (TIP).

The European Commission has recently published the Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012 after the versions of 2008-2010. For regional authorities this report is interesting for at least three reasons as it • provides information of EU trends; • allows benchmarking between regions; • gives data to reflect on changes over time in the regions.

The members of the PRO INNO TACTICS at least believe in this capability, as they have put a request to give "cluster organizations a significant role" within RIS3 as their second action in their recently published paper entitled "Key messages and practical recommendations from the TACTICS project".

The more time passes, the more Christian Saublens of EURADA sees that the best-intentioned strategies and best made on paper are not being implemented successfully because they have to face difficulties in deployment of technological human, and financial resources as well as in targeting the market to be covered, whether in the public or the private sector.

The story of searching for the best, and most smart, specialisation strategy has not been finished yet.

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