Presentation on theme: "1 Regional Policy contributing to smart growth in Europe 2020 Standard presentation Brussels, November 2010 Pierre GODIN Policy Analyst, DG Regional policy."— Presentation transcript:
1 Regional Policy contributing to smart growth in Europe 2020 Standard presentation Brussels, November 2010 Pierre GODIN Policy Analyst, DG Regional policy European Commission
2 Why do we need Innovation? Innovation is a cornerstone of the Europe 2020 strategy for meeting major challenges: Globalisation: more competition, new markets, Recovery from the crisis: investing in areas of high growth potential, boosting SMEs, Societal challenges: demographic changes, health and ageing; climate change, energy & resources management. →The EU economy needs more innovation for smart, sustainable & inclusive growth
3 Is it important for the regions? The capacity to develop new ideas and to turn them into innovative products and services is essential for the regions. We need to raise the innovation performance of all regions to avoid an “innovation divide”. A paradigm-shift in Cohesion Policy 2007-2013: 86 billion of which 65 billion are from the ERDF. Today, this support and the innovation performance vary greatly across regions.
4 Regional Innovation Performance Index shows large variations between strong performing regions (darker shades) and weak performing regions (lighter shades)
5 Cohesion Policy Funding for RTD and innovation 2007-2013
6 The Communication in a nutshell Aligns Regional Policy with the Europe 2020 priorities by putting it at the heart of delivering the smart growth. Complements the ‘Innovation Union’ Flagship initiative by mobilising all regions to design 'smart specialisation strategies’ & deliver smart growth. Aims at a more effective use of public funds (ERDF, FP7, CIP, national & regional funds) and at making more use of financial engineering. Provides guidance to Nat./ Regional authorities to optimise the impact of ERDF on R&I, by inter- acting with key regional partners for innovation.
7 Mobilising all regions All regions can and must contribute to achieving Europe 2020 objectives, if goals are to be met. Innovation is as relevant for lagging regions as for leading regions close to the technology frontier. No “one size fits all”: policy mixes need to recognise regional diversity, to be in line with regional needs and regional innovation capacity. Regional Policy can unlock the growth potential of the EU by promoting innovation in all regions. It can ensure across all regions complementarity between world-class research (FP7 / CIP) and innovation targeted to applications (ERDF).
8 Aligning Regional Policy with EU 2020 Improving framework conditions for R&I by aligning ERDF support with National Reform Plans. Making the best use of the paradigm-shift in Cohesion Policy 2007-2013: 86 billion for R&I. Optimising impact of the amounts still available for innovation (almost 2/3) and preparing post 2013. Increasing synergies in the use of EU, national and regional funds, and trans-national cooperation. Promoting efficient regional innovation systems: increasing R&I capacities and better linking Universities/R&D centres/businesses (SMEs)
9 Aiming at smart specialisation Encouraging regions to adopt strategies focusing on priorities based on strengths, weaknesses and comparative advantages (critical mass). Stimulating cooperation based on regional diversity and multi-level governance, for a better flow of knowledge avoiding fragmentation. Developing a process based on learning and regional partnership with universities, research centres, businesses and other bodies. Including leading edge research as well as dissemination, exploitation and adaptation of generic / basic technologies in specific sectors.
10 Designing smart specialisation Making choices and defining a vision for the region: where to go in terms of competitiveness through innovation. Opening up opportunities for all (not picking winners from above) but making sure that efforts are not wasted being too dispersed. Refocusing existing innovation strategies or developing new ones. The European Commission will now set up a ‘Smart Specialisation Platform’ with experts to provide assistance to Member States and regions.
11 Achieving competitiveness through… Clusters for regional growth Innovation-friendly business environment for SMEs Financial engineering (not only subsidies) Lifelong Learning in research & innovation Research infrastructure (e.g. science/techn. parks) Creativity and cultural industries Digital agenda: enabling knowledge flows Public Procurement for market pull European Innovation Partnerships
12 Combining policy tools (synergies) Improving regional innovation strategies by learning from independent experts and from networks supported by INTERREG, FP7 and CIP. Reinforcing ERDF support for education, research and innovation, and drawing on complementary support from FP7 and CIP. Increasing interregional cooperation in research and innovation to enhance access to world-class networks funded under FP7 and CIP. Exploring possible ERDF support to suitable short- listed FP7 and CIP projects. Fostering synergies through technical assistance.
13 Assisting Member States & regions Developing at EU level a ‘Smart Specialisation Platform’ with experts from universities, research centres, businesses and public authorities. Making available information on innovation performance: EU Cluster Observatory, EU Regional Innovation Scoreboard and Monitor. Disseminating good practice identified in projects funded by FP7, CIP & INTERREG IVC: platforms for mutual learning, Practical Guide, Web Portal. Promoting financial engineering (with EIB …). Reinforcing the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).
14 Future of Cohesion Policy 5th Cohesion report adopted on 09/11/2010 with views on reforming Cohesion Policy: Development & investment partnership contracts: focus on a small number of priorities, conditions and incentives, clear and measurable targets, New measures for financial engineering, New objectives of territorial cohesion, Simpler delivery system, All regions eligible to Cohesion Policy. Thank you for your attention!