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Bringing Western Balkans closer to Innovation Union: An example of EURAXESS Regional Collaboration

Objective

"More than a decade ago, Lisbon Strategy highlighted the importance of investing in R&D as crucial factor of social development. Nowadays, though, in a period of economic instability, the investment in Research and Innovation is even more required and has been proposed as a reliable solution to major societal challenges. EU Member States renewed their commitments towards an Innovation Union by 2020. To this end, WeB-InUnion proposal will contribute in realising three of the Innovation Union (IU) commitments in the Western Balkan region so as to be an example of successful regional collaboration towards European integration. Specifically, nine (6 partners + 3 associated partners) Western Balkan EURAXESS member organisations with different experiences and expertise will seek to promote Commitments #1, #4 and #30 of the IU flagship in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, FYRoMacedonia, Greece, Montenegro and Serbia. Commitment #1 will be implemented by promoting the C&C principles and bringing research organisations closer to Human Resources Strategies respecting the C&C principles. Commitment #4 will be achieved by exploring the current situation on mobility issues in the region and preparing recommendations to stakeholders. Special emphasis will be given on the promotion of the EURAXESS Jobs portal as a tool to establish open recruitment practices. Finally, commitment #30 will be achieved by initiating or maintaining a dialogue with Diaspora researchers, investigating possible motives for their return in Europe and proposing relevant recommendations at national policy makers. In parallel with the above mentioned actions, the consortium, through its promotional activities, aims at adding value to the EURAXESS initiative by raising awareness of its services. The successful collaboration of the project’s partners is likely to set an example to other European regions that, if followed, could lead to a European-wide implementation of the Innovation Union’s commitments."

Field of science

  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-EURAXESS-IU
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions

Coordinator

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 50 397
Administrative Contact
Athanasios Konstandopoulos (Dr.)

Participants (5)

PANEPISTIMIO THESSALIAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 24 656
Address
Argonafton Filellinon
38221 Volos
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nikitas Mylopoulos (Prof.)
MASINSKI FAKULTET - UNIVERZITETA U NISU
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 42 977
Address
Aleksandra Medvedeva 14
18000 Nis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Miroslav Trajanovic (Prof.)
MACEDONIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES AND ARTS
North Macedonia
EU contribution
€ 20 609
Address
Av. Krste Misirkov 2
1000 Skopje
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ljupco Kocarev (Prof.)
AGENCIJA ZA MOBILNOST I PROGRAME EUROPSKE UNIJE
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 41 276
Address
Frankopanska 26
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Neven Duic (Prof.)
AGJENCIA E KERKIMIT TEKNOLOGJISE DHE INOVACIONIT
Albania
EU contribution
€ 20 055
Address
Abdi Toptani Str 4
1000 Tirana
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rajna Spaho (Mrs.)