Towards a staircase to excellence in South-East Europe coordinating national reforms with regional and European research and innovation policies Peter B. Mayr, science policy expert
Towards a staircase to excellence in South-East EuropeObjective: underpin the current discussions on European, national andregional level – towards a more integrated South-East EuropeBackground paper for the Expert Meeting on 22 Novemberdraft recommendations for the Ministerial Meeting on 23 NovemberDiscussion paper: Work in progress!Plans:- To integrate the key messages of the conference into the paper- Possible geographical expansion towards other countries and regions in the South-East of Europe: e.g. Hungary, Kosovo, Slovenia etc.- Possible thematic integration of other policies, instruments or activities e.g. OECD, World Bank, innovative European regional policies
Towards a staircase to excellence in South-East Europe - The political levelEuropean Innovation Union - one of the seven flagship initiatives ofEurope 2020: boosting growth and jobs over the coming decadeThis is possible if European innovation systems are streamlined andorganised, their national and regional fragmentation reduced:The delivery of the European Research Area by 2014 - central focusof this flagship initiative to be engineered by measures including the coordination of national and regional Research policies and the joint programming of Research actions. (European Commission 2011, Horizon 2020: 10)
Towards a staircase to excellence in South-East Europe - The political levelThe formal dialogue between the European Union and all theWest Balkan countries on research and innovation (Research)policy aspects:The Steering Platform on Research for the Western Balkancountries (EU Presidency 2006) underpinned by the WBC-INCO.NET – an EU funded project to establish andmaintain a bi-regional dialogue on S&T policies and programmes of the EU, itsmember states and non-EU countries in South-East Europe the WBC activities: e.g. identification of Research potentials and priorities forEuropean and national funding programmes, to the enhancement of participationof researchers from the Region in European projects: website www.wbc-inco.netNote: WBC-INCO.NET Mapping of the research infrastructure & equipment(Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport)
Towards a staircase to excellence in South-East Europe - The political level in SEERegional Cooperation Council (RCC)Many policy fieldsThe RCC is a regionally owned and led political framework and focuses on regional cooperation see http:/www.RCC.inte.g. WBC regional Research policy development of a Regional Strategy for Research and Development for Innovation for the Western Balkans (World Bank, DG Enlargement: IPA) The Strategy will propose specific funding priorities with political objectives to help the targeted countries to mainstream their Research policies in their development phase
Towards a staircase to excellence in South-East Europe - political developments in SEE The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) (Council Conclusions 2011) in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania but also Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Ukraine and Moldova, plus other interested countriesCombat challenges: Environmental threats including water pollution, floods, climatechange, untapped transport potential via shipping, road and rail, insufficient energy infrastructure, uneven socio-economic development, uncoordinated education, research and innovation systems on a regional, national and European level Short-comings in safety and security
Towards a staircase to excellence in South-East Europe - political developments in SEE: The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) governed by different Priority Area Coordinators (PAC) The Council of the European Union stressed: ‘The EU Strategy for the Danube Region has a strategic framework guided by the Europe 2020 Strategy and the European Sustainable DevelopmentStrategy, thus its potential to contribute to long-term objectives, such as to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and competitiveness of the European Union is ensured.’ (Council Conclusions 2011: 3) Window of opportunity 1: The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) INCO-NET Window of opportunity 2: The Danube Region Research and Innovation Fund (DRRIF)
Towards a staircase to excellence in South-East Europe - The technocratic levelUpcoming period 2014-2020 will be a decisive phase for promoting EUR&I activities Window of opportunity 3:• Close coordination and cooperation of HORIZON 2020, theCohesion, pre-accession and national funds oriented towards theobjectives of the Europe 2020 and Innovation Union will strengthenR&I in the EU• HORIZON 2020, Cohesion Policy and Pre-accession funds workingtogether will present an important European competitive advantage –the Commission as ‘facilitator’ and the associated states and regionsas the main actors
Why staircase to excellence?Increased synergies between existing EU and other policies and programmes --- Why towards the staircase to excellence? To start talking about a more integrated South-East policy making and programming framework
Towards a staircase to excellence in South-East Europe Recommendations Continue – increase national and European budgets Increase the public awareness of ResearchFurther invest into evaluation mechanisms for programmes and policies - comparable data is needed to assess progress - participation of international experts that help further develop policies (EU, national) - participation of other actors (e.g. civil society):If we invest in transparency you invest into your own future!
Towards a staircase to excellence in South-East Europe Recommendations Continue – facilitating private public partnershipsBuild on your own experience and strenghts including priority setting exercises for existing networks: focus, filter and reduce smart specialisation (national IPA; regional Cohesion)Ask your friends: All policy making, programme and project funding activities could foresee the strategic inclusion of Diaspora Don’t always ask for external support and let the Internationals do your work, but based on a bottom-up approach: Be open and use transparent methodologies that help you to find best.
Towards a staircase to excellence in South-East Europe Recommendations Agree with your ministers on ways to measure success and impact By the way – the successful participation in FP7 and soon Horizon 2020 is important but can not be the main indicator for success. Capacity building needs to focus on leadership training of futuredecision makers - learning outcomes EU project management but also increased familiarities with EU public policy making
Towards a staircase to excellence in South-East Europe Recommendations Well established, real research and science funding mechanisms for South-East Europe as a macro-region: close coordination and cooperation of HORIZON 2020 with national and regional funds: building the Stairway to Excellence national strategies, regional and national funds need to focus on macro-regional development at the end: South-East Europe needs to speak with one voice on a European level
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