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The RISSECCO project examines regions in the New Member States (NMS) and Candidate Countries (CC) in order to gain insights into how these regions may contribute to the objectives of the European Research Area (ERA). It is well known that for historical reasons most of the regions considered lag behind those in EU-15 Member States in terms of RTDI performance. Nevertheless, these regions are far from constituting a homogeneous block and identifying and understanding this diversity may be seen as the major challenge of the study. The study covers 55 regions, defined at NUTS2 level, in 12 countries (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia.
The first part of the report provides an assessment of the national environments for regional RTDI activities in NMS and CC, presenting notably the rationale for decentralising RTDI functions. Apart from presenting a detailed overview of the different actions undertaken to support regional RTDI activities, this analysis allows a better understanding of the governance structure and rationales behind the introduction of RTDI schemes, and identifies some similarities but also differences between the countries considered.

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