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eport on implementation of the Action Plan to Promote Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness
Commission Staff Working Paper,
SEC(2000) 1825 vol. I-II
This report monitors policy developments across the European Union in six fields related to entrepreneurship and competitiveness, as part of the BEST Action Plan. It highlights good practice and points to areas where more work is needed, with examples ranging from educational programmes promoting an entrepreneurial outlook among children in Luxembourg and Spain, to improving the visibility of support services to SMEs in Portugal.
The report is available in electronic form only,
pin-off technologies from Community research
A new publication which shows how Community research has benefited Europe's technology sector has been published by the Innovation Directorate of Enterprise DG. It examines the competitive support actions (CSA) carried out under the Fourth Research Framework programme (FP4), which were mainly conducted as collaborations between European companies and research centres. The projects include the demonstration and testing of optical sensors, and risk analysis in buildings and industry.
P. Tomaszewski, European Commission
Tl. +32 2 4301 33798
Fx. +32 2 4301 34989
U Science and Technology Key Figures 2000
This booklet presents a quantitative and statistical analysis comparing the short- and long-term research and development efforts and performance of the European Union, its Member States, the US and Japan. It addresses five major areas:
ixth report of the European observatory for SMEs
CT-22-99-200-EN-C (EN, DE, FR); 53
The European Commission has published the latest report of the European observatory for SMEs, which was established in 1992 to improve monitoring of SMEs' economic performance. The independent report employed a telephone survey of 8,000 European SMEs, as well as national statistics and input from experts. It provides information on six key areas which may influence forthcoming enterprise policies.
An executive summary of the report, in 13 languages, may be downloaded from http://europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/
C O N F E R E N C E S
erotech Europe 2001
1-2 March, Swindon (UK)
Both a conference and a technology transfer event, Aerotech will bring together companies from across Europe to explore innovation, technology transfer and diversification in the aerospace and related sectors. There will be opportunities for formal one-to-one meetings between potential collaborators, as well as informal networking to discuss business co-operation, technology offers and requests and joint ventures.
IRC South West England
Tl. +44 117 933 0277
Fx. +44 117 933 0240
nvironmental Technology Transfer days at PROMA 2001
1-2 March, Bilbao (Spain)
The Innovation Relay Centre for the Basque Country, SPRI, and the Cluster Association of Environmental Industries of the Basque Country, ACLIMA, are organising a brokerage event for companies and organisations dealing with production or services in the sectors of industrial and municipal water, waste assessment, recycling, waste treatment, contaminated soils, air pollution and acoustic pollution. Interested organisations will have the opportunity to meet potential partners from all over Europe to explore strategic partnership opportunities such as licensing, transfer of know-how, joint-venture and R&D agreements.
J. Gabilondo, IRC Basque Country
Tl. +34 94 403 7034
Fx. +34 94 403 7022
-Procurement transnational technology transfer day
15 March, Friedrichshafen (Germany)
The event offers users and purchasers of e-procurement technologies and solutions the opportunity to view the latest developments made in this field in the Bodensee Region and neighbouring areas. Providers will have the opportunity to present their new and innovative technologies to an audience interested in using their technologies, and to find out which products these companies want to acquire in the near future.
T. French, IRC South Germany
Tl. +49 711 123 4015
Fx. +49 711 123 4011
TD benchmarking conference
15-16 March, Brussels (Belgium)
The European Commission's Directorate-General for Research is organising a conference to look at the contribution of European socio-economic research to the benchmarking of research and technological development policies in Europe. This is in response to a request by Europe's research ministers in June 2000 for the benchmarking of Member State's research policies in the areas of human resources, public and private investment, scientific and technological productivity, and impacts on competitiveness and employment.
N. Kastrinos, European Commission
Fx. +32 2 295 8865
goral technology transfer event
28-29 March, Dijon (France)
A conference and workshops are organised each year for the food industry by the seven main food engineering French universities. This year's conference will be accompanied by a parallel brokerage event run by the IRC France Centr'Est, designed to bring together enterprises (SMEs in particular) and technical or research centres for technological exchanges or partnerships and transfers of technology or know-how.
L. Volle, IRC Centr'Est
Tl. +33 380 60 40 91
Fx. +33 380 60 40 23
easurement of innovation activities
28-29 March, Pretoria (South Africa)
This seminar aims to make OECD countries' experience in the measurement of innovation available to a broader range of countries with technological capabilities, and to facilitate exchange of experiences between OECD countries and those non-OECD economies which have embarked on conducting innovation surveys. It will bring together participants from Central and Eastern Europe, South Africa and Latin America, and is open to experts on the measurement of technological innovation from government agencies, national statistical offices, universities and international organisations.
I. Saloojee, DACST
rom Eco-Efficiency to Overall Sustainability in Enterprises
15-16 May, Düsseldorf (Germany)
Organised as part of Envitec 2001, this conference will bring together people involved in sustainable enterprises to discuss common approaches for the development and implementation of sustainability. Areas to be addressed are energy efficiency, water efficiency and resource efficiency. High-profile speakers will present entrepreneurial success stories, and one session will deal with social aspects of eco-efficiency - the so-called corporate social responsibility of enterprises.
J-D. Seiler-Hausmann, Wuppertal Institute for Climate,
Environment and Energy
Tl. +49 202 2492 102
Fx. +49 202 2492 108
nvitec IRC Brokerage Event
15-16 May, Düsseldorf (Germany)
Zenit, which hosts the IRC North Rhine-Westphalia, is organising a two-day partner mediation event in parallel with the international environmental fair.
S. Wodrich, Zenit
Tl. +49 208 30004 44
Fx. +49 208 30004 61