The Innovation Lab on Financial Instruments and Regional Development that was held in Brussels on July 9, 2014.This event is a joint initiative from ERRIN, EURADA, Emilia-Romagna Region and META Group. Innovation Lab is a format designed for providing regional stakeholders, willing to launch financial engineering measures, with the tools and information required to design and implement equity and quasi-equity instruments for startups and SMEs.
During the workshop the updates on the most critical aspects related to the implementation of a financial engineering measure were presented and discussed, including a range of practices, taken from European cases on different investment targets from innovative startups to traditional SMEs.
From 1st July 2014 Italy took over the Presidency of the Council of the European from Greece and will hold it until 31st December 2014 when the Presidency will be passed to trio partners Latvia and Luxembourg. The Declaration of Cooperation among the Parliaments of Italy, Latvia and Luxembourg was signed on 7th April 2014. Italy has already held the Presidency of the Council of the EU 11 times since the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957.
The three main priorities of the current Italian presidency six month programme will be: 1) Employment and economic growth, 2) Full exercise of citizenship rights – a space for democracy, rights and freedom 3) External dimension – strengthening the European 's foreign policy. More information on the Italian Presidency's priorities can be found on the Presidency website.
The conference „EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region and Synergies with the EU Direct Funding Programmes" was held in the Committee of the Region on 26th of June 2014. The aim of the conference is to present the main EU programmes and initiatives and to explore how the EU funds, directly managed by the European commission, could be aligned for the EUSAIR implementation.
The conference, addressed to the governments, regions and relevant stakeholders of the Adriatic Ionian cooperation area, is financed and organised by Molise Region in the framework of AdriGov, an European Territorial Cooperation project financed under the IPA Adriatic Cross Border Cooperation Programme. Projects such as Creative Europe, Europe For Citizens, COSME and Horizon 2020 were presented, after which there was a round table discussion in which among many others, the President of Dubrovnik- Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavic, participated.
The conference „EU funding opportunities for sustainable energy for local and regional authorities: the case of Meshartility" was organized in CoR on 23rd June 2014. The event focused on the new financing opportunities 2014 – 2020 for local and regional authorities in the energy sector. A specific example, the MESHARTILITY project, gives support to local authorities in order to develop their Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAPs), compulsory for the signatories of the Covenant of Mayors. Additionally, presentations of new programs followed: Horizon 2020, LIFE+ and EIB.
The MESHARTILITY (Measure and share data with utilities for the Covenant of Mayors) project aims at the development of solutions and tools facilitating exchange of energy data between energy utilities and local authorities that are busy assessing local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and planning action to address this through energy savings, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. These solutions and tools will help cities, who are signatories of the Covenant of Mayors, to develop their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs).
The CoR organized on 18th June 2014. a bench-learning conference to explore possibilities for European partnerships in detail and offering an interactive participatory platform for regions and cities to explore relevant collaboration methodologies and relevant thematic areas directly relevant to RIS3 partnering. Participants are decision-makers, stakeholders and experts came from all European regions. The conference was in thematic sub-groups:
(1) "RIS3 as a process": Perspectives include implementing RIS3 to support Smart Region development, topics such as Triple/Quadruple Helix collaboration; synergy between research, innovation and regional policy; RIS3 as an economic transformation process.
(2) "Instruments for Implementing RIS3" : Perspectives include implementing RIS3 to support targeted Living Labs development, topics such as smart services; practical experimentation; conceptualizing process-based learning; smart use of multiple funding instruments
(3) "Open innovation 2.0" : Perspectives include implementing RIS3 to support Open Innovation development, topics such as open access to knowledge; new co-creation processes; innovation platforms; rapid prototyping.
(4) "Entrepreneurial Discovery" : Perspectives include implementing RIS3 to support Entrepreneurship development, topics such as university as an environment for entrepreneurial mindset; different university interlinked instruments for entrepreneurship; science-society dialogue; universities collaborating with elementary and high schools; venture capital and other instruments to encourage startup activities.
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