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1 IPA and Research Some fact finding by WBC-INCO.NET Elke Dall, ZSI Steering Platform Meeting 13. June 2008, Ljubljana

2 What has been done Requests sent in November 2007 to partners (ZSI), identification of sources of information, questionnaire sent in February (TURBO, BMWF), input from partners (Albania, BiH, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia), analysis of material, update of information in June (MPIN, ZSI), discussions with DG Enlargement (PT-DLR, TURBO) You know – this IPA-research business stopped making sense ages ago... Its too early for any kind of experience. We have just started with the implementation of IPA Programme.

3 Multi-annual Indicative Financial Framework (MIFF) determines the financial allocation by country and by components Multi-annual Indicative Programming Document (MIPD) determines pre-accession assistance strategies of the country for each component, based on the Accession/European Partnership and Regular/Annual Reports of EC determines pre-accession assistance strategies of the country for each component, based on the Accession/European Partnership and Regular/Annual Reports of EC Transition Assistance & InstitutionBuildingCross-bordercooperation RegionalDevelopmentHuman Resources ResourcesDevelopmentRuralDevelopment 5 components I IIIIIIVV All WBCCandidate Countries only National and Multi-Beneficiary Programmes

4 Focus National IPA: depends on individual approaches to membership Multibeneficiary IPA: –to prepare coordinated proposals –not to propose the same activities as under national IPA and –not to propose activities covered by different community programmes (e.g. FP7)

5 Olli Rehn 2006

6 MIPD

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8 Objectives Expected Results Proposed activities

9 MIPD Objectives Strategic choices Expected Results

10 Expectations from IPA Political criteria – public administration reform for Ministries of Science, National Contact Points, etc. Institution building and capacity building (in science and research) – through technical assistance, trainings, study visits, etc. Focus on structural economic reforms, entrepreneurship, support to business and innovation infrastructures (clusters, incubators, etc.), support to innovative SMEs

11 Expectations from IPA Support adoption of acquis -> S&T strategy and action plans, reinforce capacities at ministries – e.g. to develop an integrated research policy Assist participation in Community Programmes and Agencies = co-financing the participation in FP7, CIP, etc. (entrance fee) Development and improvement of appropriate statistics (for science and research), establishment of and support to IPR systems

12 Expectations from IPA Support of Electronic Scientific Network for South East Europe, GEANT, access to electronic libraries Development of a database on researchers, research projects, etc. (research information system) Networking of research centres / CoE to stimulate cross border cooperation Investment in laboratories, funds for specific centres of excellence Infrastructure cannot be funded (however, the practice here proved the opposite)

13 Missing Coordination Senior Programme Officers (SPOs) for research and their assistants should -Communicate on a regular basis (exchange ideas, good/bad practice) -Prepare joint inputs to documents and proposed actions for multibeneficiary IPA -Exchange experience on success/failure stories as regards national IPA -Define measures for capacity building for SPOs and assistants (e.g. through training, networking, consulting, etc.)

14 Missing Coordination Unfortunately, even though it seems only logical, Steering Platform meetings could not be used [...] one of the reasons could be that representatives of the benficiary countries at the SP meetings are not the same ones responsible for IPA in their countries.

15 NIPAC/NACSPO for RTDI Assistants / Focal Points Further contacts Albania Albert x (Deputy Minister Ministry of Integration) Ms Evis Disha (Ministry of Integration) Ms Klodi Tane (MOES) Ms Roza Dedja (Mo European Integration) BiH Mr Osman Topcagic – decision to be adopted Ms Biljana Camur (Deputy Minister for Civil Affairs) Ms Alma Hasanovic (MCA) Ms Zara Halilovic, Ms Jsmina Cengic (Department of European Integration) Croatia Mr Hrvoje Dolenec (State Secretary, CODEF) Mr. sc. Martina Dalić – State secretary Mr Drazen Vikic-Topic (MZOS) Ms Gabrijela Herceg, Ms Adrijana Anic-Antic (DEUFAP department) Ms Natasa Marsic (HIT), Ms Iva Tarle FYR of Macedonia Ms Gabriela Konevska Trajkovska – Deputy Prime Minister Jovan Despotovski Mr Aleksandar Kolekeski (MOFK) Ms Snezana Bilic Sotirovska (Head of Unit for Tempus and CEEPUS) - Montenegro Ms Gordana Djurovic – Deputy Prime Minister Ms Slobodanka Koprivica Ms Tatjana Knezevic- Serbia Bozidar Djelic, Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Head of Project Implementation Unit in the Ministry (to be defined) To be nominated-

16 Actors to be addressed In WBC: National IPA Coordinator (NIPAC) Senior Programme Officer (SPO) responsible for RTDI SPOs assistants In EU MS: National bodies responsible for IPA in EU Member States (awareness raising, lobby for focus on RTD) In EC: DGs responsible for implementation of IPA (mainly DG ELARG) and DG Research Members of the IPA committee

17 Discussion with EC Main result of discussion with DG ELARG: Development of a regional strategy and a ministerial conference could be funded through multi- beneficiary IPA

18 Proposals from WBC-INCO.NET The ministerial conference to be held July 1-4, 2008 in Montenegro (SEE Science, Higher Education and Innovation Policy Forum) might launch a high-level initiative on the regional strategy. Serbia expressed its interest to host a ministerial conference on the regional strategy in Serbias offer has been welcomed by all WBC delegations. Preparatory meetings with senior officials will prepare this conference and the strategy development. A study will be prepared to give the main input for the conference (strategic recommendations). The ministerial conference shall be used to gain commitment on high level to implement the strategic recommendations.

19 Proposals from WBC-INCO.NET The study will also develop a roadmap and identify programmes that can be used to finance the activities prioritised in the strategy. After the ministerial conference a dissemination campaign on the strategy and the follow up will be carried out. Based on this agreement, further dialogue with DG Enlargement and the Regional Cooperation Council will be sought.

20 Proposals from WBC-INCO.NET Use SP to bring additional important players at one table: –invite representatives of local EC delegations who are in charge of IPA implementation, –Invite DG ELARG (and other DGs – in charge of different components of the programme and involved in the interservice consultation) It has been decided to use the regional dialogue meeting in December (in Paris) to bring relevant stakeholders together to exchange experience, draft common papers, etc.

21 Thank you for your attention! Elke Dall Centre for Social Innovation Linke Wienzeile 246 A-1150 Wien


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