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Amongst a small number of regions and cities in the Community countries there is a growing concentration of science and technology based industrial development. This constitutes islands of innovation, i.e. localities where high techno-industrial capability and excellence in science and know-how are concentrated and where firms and research organisations base their development on networks of cooperation. These islands of innovation are able both to retain small and medium-sized innovative firms and to foster optimal conditions that favour development, employment and growth within particular European regions. The FAST programme launched, within the frame of its work programme 1989-1990, a series of studies that examined the role of regional and territorial diversity as a source of innovation and growth, one of which was entitled Archipelago Europe. This report within the context of the Archipelago Europe Research Network presents two studies: the textile and clothing sector, and the biotechnology sector in Greece. It combines the results of desk research with the findings of a series of interviews based on the Archipelago Europe questionnaire. Concerning the textile and clothing industry, the report covers mainly the regions of Athens and Salonica, the two main national islands of innovation. As for biotechnology two areas have also been selected, the region of Athens and the region of Crete, due to the presence there of an outstanding facility in the field of biotechnology.

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Authors: HALARIS G ET AL., Foundation for Mediterranean Studies (GR)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: FOP 304 EN (1991) 92 pp.
Availability: Available from the FAST Programme Office, CEC/DG XII, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
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