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WHAT PLACE FOR THE REGIONS IN THE EUROPEAN RESEARCH AREA? Seminar organised by Eurada and CPMR Valencia

In the light of the European Commission's proposals due to be finalised this spring, Eurada and CPMR are organising a seminar on 11 March hosted by the Valencia region, which aims to bring together the different stakeholders to feed their proposals into the debate.

11 March 2005 - 11 March 2005
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Research, technological development and innovation are at the core of the knowledge economy and are drivers of competitiveness at macro-economic level. These areas are high on the EU agenda* , where the aim is to promote them through the Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (RTD-FP).,From a meso-economic point of view, the regions are the most appropriate sphere for defining integrated Research & Development strategies* .
How might the 7th Framework Programme, currently under preparation, best take into account this regional dimension?,In the light of the European Commission's proposals due to be finalised this spring, Eurada and CPMR are organising a seminar on 11 March hosted by Valencia region, which aims to bring together the different stakeholders to feed their proposals into the debate.,The Director General of DG Research of the European Commission, Achilleas Mitsos, the Director General of DG Regional Policy, Graham Meadows, and representatives from regional development agencies, regional governments, research centres, and national and EU institutions will be taking part in the discussions (agenda attached).
*The EU has set the objective of increasing the amount of funding available for research to 3% of the EU GDP between now and 2010 (2/3 from private investments), and the European Commission, in its proposals on the financial framework for the 2006-2013 period, proposes to double the resources allocated to this policy area., * Effectively, they are in a position to support RTD infrastructures, finance programmes, assist SMEs and organise the networking of key players. They are able to promote the results of research activities, fund best practices, target SMEs and contribute towards improving the overall attractiveness of the region.Eurada (Association of Regional Development Agencies) is an organisation aiming to promote regional economic development through dialogue with the European Commission services, interchange of good practice among its 150 members, transnational cooperation and the promotion of regional development agencies as a concept.
The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe brings together 151 regions from 24 states, both members and non-members of the European Union. Its objective is to promote a more balanced development of the Union by enhancing the assets of all its areas in order to strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion.