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Innovation policy in seven candidate countries: the challenges. Final Report - Volume 1



Innovation Policy Studies - Geographical issues and approaches

This report is the second of two studies examining the level of development of and the key challenges for innovation policy in the countries currently in the process of accession to the European Union. The (first study) was carried out during the period June 2000 to September 2001 and covered the so-called Luxembourg Group (Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia). This second study was completed during the 15-month period from October 2001 and concerns the so-called Helsinki group (Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Turkey).

The study examines and analyses in the seven countries the current framework conditions for the following selected innovation issues:
- The Innovation Policy Framework (major actors, policy developments, etc.)
- Specific measures to foster innovation in business (innovation and enterprise culture, secondment of researchers, etc.)
- Business interfaces (university-industry co-operation, etc.)

The report is structured around six main challenges arising from the main findings of the study, illustrated by examples of policy development from the seven countries, and proposing a number of corresponding policy options.

The report is published by the Innovation Directorate of DG Enterprise as Innovation Papers no. 34 (EUR 17058)

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