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Coordination of RDI policies and their coherence with other policies in newly acceded countries

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Policy improvements boost knowledge transfer

Thanks to regional cooperation and policymaking recommendations, research and innovation results in the EU can now be exploited more readily.

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The EU bases the success of its economy primarily on research, development and innovation (RDI), and how this translates into products, services, industry and trade. The EU-funded project 'Coordination of RDI policies and their coherence with other policies in Newly Acceded Countries' (Cognac) supported policymaking to buoy the knowledge economy and further RDI. Cognac looked at analysing and comparing processes in RDI policies in different countries and parts of Europe. It collated and benchmarked information from the various regions involved in the project in order to support the harmonisation of research policies across the EU. The project prepared a transnational catalogue with policymaking priorities. It defined responsibilities and outlined recommendations for transferring good practices and reinforcing the policy cycle. The recommendations considered the legal frameworks and different innovation systems of each region. They were classified by government level (regional, national and European level) to facilitate access and implementation by the concerned party. In its regional recommendations, the project advised the regions to establish specific channels for accessing national and European levels of government. With respect to national recommendations, Cognac encouraged regional cohesion through RDI activities and called for regional interests to be adequately covered by national governments. On an EU level, the project recommended more sophisticated information management regarding regional initiatives, particularly with respect to design, implementation and monitoring. Last but not least, the project created an action plan that can be used to upgrade transregional cooperation in order to enhance regional innovation. The plan provides project partners and stakeholders with ways to implement the recommendations and findings that enhance knowledge transfer, streamline policymaking and assist New Member States in the field.

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