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European Innovation Scoreboard 2016
25/07/2016

The European Innovation Scoreboard – previously Innovation Union Scoreboard – provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU Member States, other European countries, and regional neighbours. It assesses relative strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems and helps countries identify areas they need to address.

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COSME guarantee agreement: EUR 100 million for Greek SMEs
25/07/2016

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and the National Bank of Greece S.A. (NBG) have signed the first COSME guarantee agreement in Greece, benefiting from the support of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the heart of the Investment Plan for Europe. The EU support will allow the NBG to provide EUR 100 million to over 350 small businesses in Greece, through the Investment Plan for Europe.

 

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Study on assessment of the effectiveness of the EU SMEs policies 2007-2015
25/07/2016

The importance of SMEs for the growing of EU economy is an undeniable fact, they are the backbone of the EU economy. Thus, boosting the competitiveness of the SMEs is a key to fostering growth and job creation. The main objective of the study will be to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the EU policies for SMEs as to draw conclusions with regard to the results achieved and the ways the effectiveness can be improved and to outline the opportunities and challenges for enhancing a better and more efficient policy making in the future.

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INNOREG: A Comprehensive Dataset on Government Policies Affecting Innovation
25/07/2016

The purpose of this report is to describe the methodology used to develop a comprehensive dataset, denominated INNOREG, which provides information on several potential drivers and barriers to firms’ innovation activity. All the examined drivers and barriers depend, in a more or less direct way, upon the decisions taken by national policy makers.

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The 7th Balkan & Black Sea Conference - Days of Clusters 2016
22/07/2016

The 7th Balkan & Black Sea Conference “DofC 2016” is a definitely grown into a leading cluster-based economic development event in the SEE. The DofC on the topic “Creating Cluster-Based Economic Development for a Sustainable Region“ will be held from 22th to 24th September, 2016 in Ohrid in Hotel “Inex Gorica”.

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Ministers use new Digital Compass to test different technologies and discuss their strategic
19/07/2016

With the rise of ever more advanced, digital technologies, policy makers and high-level management in both the public and private sectors, need to fully understand the effects and social, economic and regulatory implications brought about by these technologies. Policy makers need to move from traditional, fixed policy designs, towards more flexible, technology-neutral designs that would allow developing future-proof policies adapted to a changing environment.

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New reports look at research and innovation challenges and developments across the EU
19/07/2016

The European Commission's Research and Innovation Observatory (RIO) at the Joint Research Centre has published the second edition of the RIO country reports, which assess the evolution of national research and innovation systems and identify key challenges. These country reports provide a wealth of knowledge by detailing the policy developments in the R&I area at national level, analysing the level of public and private funding for R&D, assessing the quality of the science base and the level of implementation of the European Research Area (ERA) priorities, describing the framework conditions for research and innovation (R&I) and the links between industry and academia.

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New on the ESIF open data platform
18/07/2016

New data and features have been added to the European Structural and Investment Funds open data platform.  These include visualisations for all 533 ESIF programmes 2014-2020 (accessible via the country pages) including financing and expected achievements based on common indicators (where available), finances dataset updated to reflect adopted programmes as at June 2016,

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Horizon 2020 Information Day on the Research Public-Private Partnerships
14/07/2016

The aim of the event is to give the research community an overview of ongoing activities in the following PPPs : Factories of the Future, Energy-efficient Buildings, Sustainable Process Industry and European Green Vehicles Initiative. Support will be given for the preparation of proposals for the 2017 calls. The event will be web streamed and recorded. After the event, all presentations and links to the recordings will be published on this page.

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