INTERREG IV C-Ministry of Regional Development-ERIK Action-2009


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  • 28 May 2012
  • INTERREG IV C-Ministry of Regional Development-ERIK Action-2009

    1. 1. ERIK ACTIONUpgrading the Innovation capacity of Existing Enterprises through INTERREG IVC Info Day - Bucharest, Romania 1 3rd of December 2009
    2. 2. Overview ERIK ACTION is the only project involving a Romanianpartner from a total of six Capitalisation Projectsapproved on the first call of INTERREG IVC and alsoreceiving ‘Fast Track’ assistance from the EC. South East Regional Development Agency participates inthis project as a partner, the lead partner being the Regionof Tuscany. The project started in July 2008 and will last24 months; the total budget is 1.893.792 Euro and thefinancial contribution between the partners is wellbalanced. Info Day - Bucharest, Romania 2 3rd of December 2009
    3. 3. Overall Objective ERIK ACTION’s overall objective is to improvethe effectiveness of regional development policies inthe field of innovation and the knowledge economyand, specifically, in upgrading the innovation capacityof existing enterprises. The project aims to createadditional value for firms by improving regional innovationsupport services and infrastructure. The theme was considered of general interestfor the EU Regional Policy and very relevant for theINTERREG IVC programme. The innovation theme and moreprecisely the innovation capacity of businesses is in line withthe Lisbon Agenda and especially with the first priority of theINTERREG IVC programme. The consistency of the projectwith EU horizontal policies and the tangibility of the resultswere clearly demonstrated in the Application Form. Info Day - Bucharest, Romania 3 3rd of December 2009
    4. 4. Background ERIK ACTION builds on a consolidated experience of exchangeby moving towards concrete transfer of identified good practices(already available in the ERIK database) into mainstream StructuralFunds programmes in regions wishing to improve policies. ERIK ACTION kicked off on the 7th – 9th of July 2008 inBrussels. The first project meeting saw the participation of all partners,representatives from the INTERRGE IVC Joint Technical Secretariat andthe Commission services involved in Fast Track activities. The meeting served to discuss the project work plan and therole of each partner in the project. Furthermore, the first of 5 projecttraining sessions was held during the kick off meeting and concentratedon Innovation Strategies. Specific sessions were dedicated to thetransfer of good practices, the partners being able to gain moredetailed information on the good practices in order to make aninformed decision on transfer. Info Day - Bucharest, Romania 4 3rd of December 2009
    5. 5. Background Following the kick off meeting, each partner developed anindividual stakeholder involvement plan. For each good practice to beimported (transferred into the region) and exported (transferred out oftheregion),partners identified the political and technical stakeholdersand provided information on each ones’ priorities and interests ofstakeholder in relation to the selected GP and the activities proposedto involve them in the ERIK ACTION project. The following 5 project meetings included in depth transferworkshops, study visits and staff exchanges, the regional stakeholdersbeing actively involved in the international transfer process. Info Day - Bucharest, Romania 5 3rd of December 2009
    6. 6. FOCUS ON: The Transfer ProcessFive training sessions were to be organised during the ERIK ACTIONproject. These sessions were designed as participative events whichprovide the opportunity for expert input on a given theme, and in depthdiscussion among participants.The first 4 training sessions have already taken place and presentationsare available hereThe training sessions concentrated on the following themes:Innovation strategy (8th July 2008, Brussels)Innovation finance (20th October 2008, Kozani, Western Macedonia)Innovation friendly environments (21st October 2008, Kozani, WesternMacedonia)Human resources (5th May 2009, Lower Austria)The last training session will concentrate on “Knowledge management”and will take place in January 2010, during the study visit in Sevilla,Andalusia. Info Day - Bucharest, Romania 6 3rd of December 2009
    7. 7. FOCUS ON: The Transfer Process Four study visits were organised until now and the last one will take place in January 2010. These visits allow partners to see the practical implementation of the Good Practice in its original context. The visit schedule was as follows:• Flanders - Parenthood Projects - February 2009• Tuscany - PRAI VINCI / Fabrica Ethica - March 2009• Lower Austria - Innovation Assistant - TIP Coaching - May 2009• Småland med öarna - Sideum - September 2009• Andalusia - Campus / HeliceNet - January 2010 Info Day - Bucharest, Romania 7 3rd of December 2009
    8. 8. FOCUS ON: The Transfer Process Methodology Within ERIK ACTION, a detailed methodology has beendeveloped to facilitate the transfer of good practices from one region toanother. The first step of the methodology concerned the selection ofgood practices. It began with inter-regional exchange within ERIKNetwork and the ERIK Database, following which eachpartner decided on the regional good practices to be offered fortransfer. 16 good practices were selected for transfer. For each goodpractice a transfer group was formed with a group coordinator and atransfer help-desk. During the Kick-Off meeting a Transfer Matching Session allowedpartners to hear detailed presentations and to request more details inorder to aid on decision on which initiatives were best suited to theirregion. Partners were supported in their decision through a series oftraining sessions on key innovation factors in enterprises. Info Day - Bucharest, Romania 8 3rd of December 2009
    9. 9. FOCUS ON: The Transfer Process Methodology The second step of the methodology was the development oftransfer actions. In this phase partners were working in close contactin order to prepare the groundwork for transfer. This process wasfacilitated by transfer workshops for selected good practices, studyvisits, help desks and staff exchanges. Following this development phase, each partner is developingan individual regional action plan for transfer( the third step). Theaction plans include all the necessary actions, key stakeholders andbudget and will be ratified by the managing authority of the RegionalOperational Programme and relevant regional stakeholders. Partners have also foreseen a potential fourth phase of themethodology; that of concrete good practice transfer and toolimplementation or improvement. This is not an official part of ERIKACTION, in fact it goes further than what is requested fromCapitalisation project. However, it would be welcome as additionalstep forward for those regions who can already commit to certaintransfer activities. These actions would be paid for by the RegionalOperational Programmes and not directly by INTERREG IVC. Info Day - Bucharest, Romania 9 3rd of December 2009
    10. 10. FOCUS ON: The Transfer ProcessAfter 17 months of project activities, all partners find themselves inthe third stage of the methodology, only one study visit remaining tobe done in January 2010.Having each identified before 1 and 5 good practices of interest,partners are now working in close contact within their transfergroups in order to collect all the necessary information and to relateit to their specific regional context. Partners are analysing aspects ofthe good practices which could easily be transferred, they arecontacting and involving the necessary stakeholders and areidentifying and troubleshooting any potential obstacles to transfer.In depth transfer workshops were held at regular intervals. Betweenmeetings, partners can receive information from the transfer helpdesks set up for each good practice. Info Day - Bucharest, Romania 10 3rd of December 2009
    11. 11. FOCUS ON: The Transfer Process ERIK Action project team within South East Regional Development Agency selected, after consultation with the regional stakeholders, two good practices to be transferred in the south- east region of Romania:• SIDEUM• TECHNOLOGY EVENTS Info Day - Bucharest, Romania 11 3rd of December 2009
    12. 12. Reasons for Choosing SIDEUM Info Day - Bucharest, Romania 12 3rd of December 2009
    13. 13. ADAPTATION OF THE GP Aspects of interest in SIDEUM and where they can be integrated in the regional frameworkIn Småland and Island there are a great number of actors involved in the interaction between industry and science topromote industrial development.Based on the awareness that the region lacked focus in R&D related business development structures a consortiumwas formed with industrial, public and academic partners.SIDEUM project identified political and public institutions as key players. They were involved during the whole process.SIDEUM created a common platform for frontline development processes between academia, the public arena andthe business sector.SIDEUM project was selected due to its innovative approach in finding new ways for the region in organising its effortsin building a modern structure to deal with regional development issues in the form of clusters and innovations systems.The key innovative element of the new configuration is that the stakeholders are “chained” to a common structureby jointly owning a company.Sustainability was built in from the start, however a lesson learnt from SIDEUM project was that national actors shouldhave been involved in a more comprehensive wayThe management structure and the project marketing are also important factors in increasing sustainability Local Council, university, county council and county administration are responsible for the basic funding of SIDEUM. They provide SIDEUM with the economic stability needed to operate as a non-profit organisation.The public authorities have a “tool” Info Day - Bucharest, Romaniaeconomic growth. which they can use in promoting 13 3rd of December 2009
    14. 14. Implementation Adaptation of GP Actions and adaptation required for integration into the regional framework Entrepreneurship and innovation cultures are less Individual meetings with developed in SE Region of the political Romania. Clusters are representatives are also emerging. In SE Region planned before the next there is only one officialy targeted workshops. SERDA partner could recognised IT cluster benefit from the Swedish experience in creating good links between academia, business sector and public SERDA partner is interested in administration through a Within these processes the learning how to create cohesion staff exchange. commitment of political and and links between universities, public institutions and the local municipalities and the strong link between allbusiness sector for the benefit of regional actors should playthe whole region. When resources The 4 step SIDEUM a key role. are limited, a better cooperation process can inspire SE between academia, business and Region but it cannot be politics reduces potential entirely copied. SE bottlenecks. Region must go through its own Info Day - Bucharest, Romania processes. 14 3rd of December 2009
    15. 15. Reasons for Choosing Technology Events and adaptation of the Good PracticeIn Andalucia there are a great number of firms interested to solve industrial problems and find competitivesolutions through research and innovations.IDEA promotes and strengthens industry-science relations, in order to achieve better use by the industrial sector oflarge public investments in R&DThere is a great collaboration between public agencies in order to organize workshops focusing on TechnologyTransfer strategic sectorTechnology Events promote innovation through technology cooperation and exploitation of research resultsTechnology Events encourage and facilitate collaboration and relationship between research groups and companiesof Andalusia The events are organised to give the possibility to the research groups and also to the companies, to meet each other with the higher numbers of meetings during a day An unique database with companies and research groups was created, in order to classify them by different fields and by their technological offer or demand Info Day - Bucharest, Romania 15 3rd of December 2009
    16. 16. Focus on Regional Action Plan Proposed structure for Regional Action Plan: Official Declaration Info Day - Bucharest, Romania 16 3rd of December 2009 16
    17. 17. Focus on Regional Action PlanThe main result of the project is a concrete action plan for each partnerregion, containing detailed information on ROP and other programmesoverview and the good practices ( at least one) to be transferred: Reasons for Choosing the Good Practice: short description, highlighting aspects of particular interest, short description of regional characteristics, initiatives, political will, regional policies Current Status of Transfer( this section is continuously updated): • description of transfer activities undertaken so far - initial exchange with providing region, decision making process in own region, transfer workshops, staff exchanges, study visits, help desks; • any obstacles / problems met and adopted solutions, lessons learned. Info Day - Bucharest, Romania 17 3rd of December 2009
    18. 18. Focus on Regional Action Plan Implementation• Adaptation of the Good Practice: aspects of interest in good practices and where they can be integrated in the regional framework; action and adaptation required for integration into the regional framework.• Transfer team (including Stakeholder Involvement plan, as integral part of RAP): political involvement (regional and/or national administration, Managing authority of ROP) and territorial involvement (service providers and others involved in the practical transfer of the good practice);• Implementation Schedule of transfer actions, mainstreaming within the current ROP period. A Gantt-Diagram with single steps/activities/milestones is included.• Budget allocation and resources• Expected impact: expected results from transfer actions (quantifiable and measurable impact of Good Practice implementation on statistics of the region, qualitative impact) like: no. of new jobs, increase of firms’ turnover, increased firms’ R&D / innovation activities, further thematic indicators from the ERIK database.• Monitoring actions proposed for measuring impact: innovativeness, economic success, indications of equal opportunities and environmental impact. Info Day - Bucharest, Romania 18 3rd of December 2009
    19. 19. Conclusions Why ERIK Action is successful:• Based on a real need (theme) and desire to capitalise• Preparation (early and partner contribution)• Full understanding of programme / capitalisation projects• Careful choice of partners Critical points on which ERIK Action focused on during theimplementation:• Mobilising stakeholders at regional level• Mobilising funds at regional level• Involvement of other regions (outside of partnership) and collaborationwith other capitalisation projects• Overcome the initial difficulties in understanding the means ofcompleting the action plan according to the proposed template Info Day - Bucharest, Romania 19 3rd of December 2009
    20. 20. For further Info Day - Bucharest, Romania 20 3rd of December 2009
    21. 21. Thank you for your attention! Adriana VAIDA Head ofForeign Relations/International Projects Department South-East Regional Development Agency +40 339 401 018 Info Day - Bucharest, Romania 21 3rd of December 2009