The Assembly of European Regions, together with finance. Brussels, the Region of Brussels-Capital and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), organized a seminar "Investing in SMEs - How to meet the needs of the regional entrepreneurial fabric and make the most of support tools" in Brussels on 20th November 2014. The seminar aimed to gather the stakeholders to hold concrete discussion and share experiences in the field. Regional authorities, managers of SMEs, experts and investment agencies were welcomed to join the panel of experts to address the topic - and shape tomorrow's investment policies towards the regional entrepreneurial fabric.
After the whole day seminar, participants were welcomed to join the study visit which included the visit to the Vanparys Dragees - the confectionery and chocolaterie which began as a family business founded in 1889 by Felix Vanparys and today is the official supplier of the Royal family, NUMECA - a company founded by the University professor Charles Hirsch as an start-up, and today is recognized as the most innovative company in the field of software toolsets that support the world's leading industries, Real Impact Analytics - a start-up founded in 2009 by two young entrepreneurs which succeeded to develop it into a leading company for telecom analytics in developing markets all over the world.
The 6th European Innovation Summit, organised by Knowledge4innovation, took place from 17th to 20st November 2014 in the European Parliament in Brussels. The programme featured more than 25 conference sessions and discussions on topics of great importance for everyone working in the area of innovation and more than 100 high-level speakers from the European Parliament, the European Commission, the educational and the private sector. The motto of the this year's edition was 'A Mandate for Innovation in Europe' which highlighted the strong belief that innovation should be a top strategic priority in the new institutional cycle of the European and the centerpiece of a revised Europe 2020 strategy.
For a sixth consecutive year the event brought together EU's political, business, academic and scientific elite and provided a valuable opportunity for networking and sharing experience with other innovative organisations and high level EU policy makers. The program of the 6th European Innovation Summit featured conference sessions on important "horizontal" aspects of innovation such as Framework conditions for innovation, TTIP, Horizon 2020, as well as parallel sessions for specific sectors for which innovation is the major resource to overcome the big challenges ahead – agriculture, energy, transport, health, climate, IT.
During the four days of the event, the participants also had the opportunity to visit the special EIS Exhibition Space where a number of organisations presented concrete cases from their day-to-day experience and demonstrated their innovative and technological achievements and solutions.
The Launch Conference of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) was organised by the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European , in cooperation with the European Commission, and together with the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative and Marche Region on 18th November 2014 in Brussels.
The aim of the event was to gather all key actors to create the framework for implementation of the Strategy. The governance and management structures of the Strategy are organised around its four pillars, namely: "Blue Growth", "Connecting the Region" (Transport and Energy), "Environmental Quality" and "Sustainable Tourism".
Prominent national, local and international authorities, including the European Commission, spoke in the Conference, chaired by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs. The institutional session followed by a technical plenary session was addressed to the key implementers (national and regional authorities responsible for the EUSAIR and the management of EU funds, EU institutions, regional organisations and bodies). This event was the opportunity to present how the Strategy will be structured, at its different levels, and to gather useful inputs to outline a well-performing system, in the framework of a multi-level governance.
The conference "How to shape EU Energy Policy so as to boost European competitiveness?" held on 17th November 2014 in Brussels brought together high-level representatives of national and European institutions, authorities, industry, research centres, academics and civil society. This event offered a unique opportunity for public discussion between the main political decision-makers and industry CEOs and debate among participants.
It offered the opportunity to analyse and discuss all the crucial and sensitive components of an EU energy that is able to contribute to boosting European industrial competitiveness: economic, financial and technological conditions required to develop renewable energy and other domestic energy resources in order to reduce European dependence on third-country suppliers; development of infrastructure and internal as well as cross-border interconnections; tax components of energy prices and network costs; moderation of energy demand and increase of energy efficiency; adjustment of the EU emissions trading system (ETS); diversification of suppliers and supply routes; etc.
The European Digital Forum - Data Driven Business Models and Europe's Digital Future convened the Roundtable on Europe's Digital Future in Brusels on 13th November 2014. Neelie Kroes, former vice-president of the European Commission and commissioner for the digital agenda (2009-2014), delivered a fascinating keynote and launched Digital Minds for a New Europe, an e-book featuring 44 essays by the world's leading thinkers on the challenges ahead – and the solutions digital technology will provide. The panels discussed on how European startups are carving out unique niches in the field of data-analytics, drawing on their limited legacies and imaginative business thinking to re-define competitive advantage in the age of the Internet.
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