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1 COTER Seminar European Territorial Cooperation as an Engine of Regional Development Porto, April 19, 2013

2  Universidade do Porto (UP) ◦ 31,749 students ◦ 3,700 foreign students ◦ 1,887 teaching and research staff ◦ Times Higher Education 2012: 1 in PT; in EUR ◦ Performance ranking of Scientific Papers 2012: 1 in PT; 137 in EUR ◦ ARWU 2012 (Shangai Jiao Tong University): 1 in PT; in EUR  UP access to EU policies and to regional, national and ECT operational programmes ◦ Infrastructures for higher education, R&D and technology transfer & entrepreneurship promotion ◦ R&D projects ◦ Cooperation with HEI

3  Relevance of CP for convergence regions ◦ Promotion of convergence (structural impact) ◦ Contribution to solve the dilemma equilibrium (both external and public accounts) / growth and employment  Primacy of the nexus regional development / regional OP but strong added value of ECT ◦ period experience

4  Complementarities between OP and between OP and other sources of funding ◦ Case: Science Park Sea Technologies (regional OP) / Research Projects (national OP, FP7) / Atlantic Area and Norte – Galicia Cooperation both in technology and economy of maritime activities  Complexity and administrative burden ◦ Heavy procedures ◦ Different regulations  Case: Imputation of general expenses

5  The added value of transnational, interregional and cross- border cooperation ◦ Capitalization on the strengths of each territory  Allows each region to valorise and contribute with what it knows to do better ◦ Effective mechanism for sharing good practice and learning to spread know-how  e.g. Cruise tourism management ◦ Scale effects and achievement of a critical mass  e.g. cross-boarder clusters; R&D networks focused on agenda linked to common specific assets ◦ Coordination of sector policies, actions and investments on a cross-border and transnational scale  Better Governance

6  The added value of transnational, interregional and cross- border cooperation ◦ Avoiding free-riding  e.g. management of ecosystems, river basins, coastal areas ◦ Improving connectivity  e.g. broadband networks, urban networks ◦ Learning base for internationalisation  e.g. cross-internationalisation of SMEs

7  Place-based Cohesion Policy ◦ Primacy of regions ◦ Decentralisation under the subsidiary principle  e.g. Partnership Agreements or Smart Specialisation Strategies should not be captured by “bureaucrats” ◦ Common regulations must allow flexibility and specificities of regions and of ECT areas  Need for common regulations, but also simplification  More involvement of the Business Sector in ECT programmes


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