The Lisbon European Council set the combined goal of strengthening social cohesion and becoming the most competitive knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010.
There exists a great disparity of RTD efforts within European regions, no dedicated coordination actions and no concerted policies in the RTD sector between Peripheral Maritime and Central East regions, "the gap of networking activities among the regions within the EU can be demonstrated by the significant difference regarding innovation performances of the Member States". NOVAREGIO will enhance the interaction between national policy design and regional implementation to foster networking and provide guidance to RTD policy makers through mutual learning, coordination and collaboration between 2 major European regional Networks: the "Central European Initiative" (CEI) and the "Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe" (CPMR) with the goal to ensure more efficient use of Structural Funds in supporting RTD investment, enhancing interaction between national policy design and regional implementation, thus fostering networking and providing guidance to policy makers in RTD matters. NOVAREGIO is structured in 3 main phases.
In Phase 1 NOVAREGIO will create a Virtual "Centre", a repository of knowledge and experience to ensure long-term sustainability. Phase 2 deals with the development of national and regional capabilities through a benchmarking analysis of successful RTD policies within the regions: NOVAREGIO partners will be supported by their regional authorities.
Out of identified 25 RTD Best Practice Policies, 10 will be benchmarked so to produce a BENCHMARKING Practice Manual for knowledge transfer actions.
In Phase 3 benchmarks will be transferred among NOVAREGIO partner related regions through 3 workshops and 3 seminars to establish a collaborative working environment and personnel exchange within networks. Following a spill-over effect those practices will be spread into further regions.
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Funding SchemeCA - Coordination action