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A two-day conference (WIRE VIII) will be organised in Slovakia, in the second quarter of 2017. This conference will aim at giving an appropriate follow up to the WIRE VII conference organised during the Dutch Presidency in 2016. Topics to be discussed include, enhancing research and innovation investment and policy efficiency for creative, social and trusted regional development, in the context of the midterm evaluation of the programming period (2014-2020). Furthermore the conference will concentrate on regional development innovation shifts in EU, linking Smart Specialisation Strategies, ESIF and scientific excellence, acceleration of innovative regional schemes for excellent R&I performance and creative, digital and social regional development.

Expected impact: This conference will firstly take stock of the results achieved since the conference WIRE VII organised in 2016 by the Dutch Presidency. Secondly, it will provide a platform for stakeholders to develop mutual learning on innovative practices and approaches.

This activity directly aimed at supporting the development and implementation of evidence base for R&I policies and supporting various groups of stakeholders is excluded from the delegation to REA and will be implemented by the Commission services.

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