"Closing the Innovation Divide – how local and regional authorities can best use EU programmes to better link research, innovation and regional development", CoR Stakholders' Consultation

Location: Committee of the Regions, Brussels

Upon request of the Irish Presidency, the CoR is preparing an opinion on "Closing the Innovation Divide – how local and regional authorities can best use EU programmes to better link research, innovation and regional development" to be presented during the WIRE IV conference (Week of Innovative Regions) in Cork (5-7 June 2013).

The opinion could help identify in more detail the role cities and regions can play in implementing successfully the Horizon 2020 Programme. This could address:
(a) the research and innovation challenges that different types of region face;
(b) identify added value niche opportunities; and
(c) the synergies with ERDF notably on Smart Specialisation Strategies.
The potential that cities and regions have to act as platforms to benchmark, trial the viability and act as test-beds for innovations and establish future partnerships could be looked at.

The opinion could also address how regions see their role in the Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs) and how other initiatives (such as JPIs and EIPs) can be better embedded in regions. Special emphasis should be on research and innovation of concepts and methods needed to increase the societal impact of knowledge flows between various actors from knowledge creators through knowledge users to final beneficiaries.

In this context, the Rapporteur on the Opinion, Mr. Markku MARKKULA (FI/EPP), Member of the EDUC Commission of the CoR and Member of the Espoo City Council (Espoon kaupunginvaltuuston jäsen), together with his expert, would be happy to meet with representatives of local and regional associations and other stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views in the preparation of this opinion.

The consultation will take place on:

Thursday 21 February, 14:30 – 16:30
At the premises of the Committee of the Regions
(Rue Belliard 99-101, B-1040 Brussels)
Room JDE 60

The Rapporteur would be very keen to hear your views during the meeting. After a short introduction by the rapporteur, you will be invited to contribute your views on his working document which will be available upon registration or via the CoR website. In addition, if you have any position papers relevant to the subject, you are welcome to send them to us by e-mail to the addresses below.

The meeting will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation allowing you to speak in Finnish, English and French, while listening in Finnish and English. Please note that the mother language of the rapporteur is Finnish.

For practical reasons, you are kindly asked to confirm your participation before Wednesday, 20 February at 15.00 by registering on the following link.

For more information, please contact the CoR team:
-> For the EDUC Commission: Mr. Alexander Popov, Tel: +32 2 282 2351
-> For Relations with stakeholders: Mr. Peter Verlinden, Tel: +32 2 282 2170, e-mail: