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RAF Regions




The RAF Regions project and beyond

               Nikos GIANNOULIDIS, Project Coordinator



Thessaloniki, 5th March 2010                             1
RAF Regions



RAF Regions- Objective and Geographical Scope

Objective: to increase the overall capacity of the Regions
   of Central Macedonia (Greece), Puglia (Italy) and
            Pazardjik (Bulgaria) in enhancing
 science and technology based economic development,
            focusing on the AgroFood Sector




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            RAF Regions- Identifying the Problem
  The AgroFood industry is a major manufacturing sector for
  the Regions of Central Macedonia (Greece), Puglia
  (Italy) and the district of Pazardjik (Bulgaria), and local
  economies depend heavily on this for their development
  and prosperity
  However, the AgroFood sector is slow in the adoption of
  new and innovative technologies and the introduction of
  suitable research results in their processes
  Global competition; new food trends; demand for
  innovative food products and processes
  Need to facilitate the synthesis of the key players from
  AgroFood Research and Industry in the Regions and
  accelerate decision making

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                RAF Regions- Bringing the Benefits
                 of Research to AgroFood SMEs
      To support the development and operation of innovative “Research-
      driven Clusters” in the AgroFood sector
      To promote synergies between regional and research policies
      To enable the Regions to attract more and better RTD investments
      To foster RTD cooperation in the AgroFood sector
      To assist the AgroFood sector SMEs to adopt new technologies
      To mentor and exchange best practices between the partners
      To cooperate with relevant projects and initiatives developed in other
      European Regions

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                    RAF Regions- Consortium
                                   Greece                    Italy                  Bulgaria
                                                                                Euroconsultants SA
    Technology                 Euroconsultants          INNOVA S.p.A.
                                                                                  Bulgaria ASD
    Consultants                     S.A.
                                                    Agenzia Regionale per la
     Regional                   Region of Central         Tecnologia e          District of Pazardjik
    Authorities                    Macedonia         l’Innovazione- Regione
                                                             Puglia
                               Federation of               Distretto              The Bulgarian
      SME                  Industries of Northern       Agroalimentare          Association of Food
   Associations                   Greece                Regionale Scrl          and Drink Industry

                                Institute of         Institute of Sciences of
      Research              Agrobiotechnology,         Food Production,             Agricultural
      Entities             Centre for Research &       National Research        University of Plovdiv
                             Technology Hellas               Council

              FP7- Capacities- REGIONS-2007-1, Feb 2008 to July 2010
Thessaloniki, 5th March 2010                                                                        5
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         RAF Regions- Activities and Results
 Development of 3                                    ~130 RTD entities
                                 ~50 Food SMEs
    AgroFood                                             profiled-
                               audited- technology
 “Research-driven                                     RTD capacities
                                 needs identified
    Clusters”                                            identified




         Identification of key stakeholders (Agrofood RTD Actors,
                Food SMEs, local and regional authorities)
       Transfer and take-up of knowledge for the AgroFood Industry
                  Matching of technology demand and offer
                          Facilitation of Clustering

Thessaloniki, 5th March 2010                                         6
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         RAF Regions- Activities and Results

      Identification and critical        SWOT Analysis in the 3 Regions
 assessment of existing regional and    with regards to Food RTD capacity
     national RTD policies and                   and assimilation-
    measures for the Food Sector           Strategic Orientation Rounds




                     Policy Insights for the Action Plan



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          RAF Regions- Activities and Results
                                   Training trips for
3 workshops for SMEs                                        Development of common
                                        exchange
  and RTD entities                                            proposals under FP7,
                                    of best practices:
       (approx.                                                 SEE Programme,
                                  C. Macedonia, Nov ’09
   100 participants)                                               MED, etc.
                                (approx. 25 participants)
     Oct- Nov ‘09                                            (approx. 10 proposals)
                                     Puglia, May ’10




          Exploitation of synergies, mutual learning
    and networking for AgroFood SMEs and RTD entities

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         RAF Regions- Activities and Results

  Joint Action Plan for Agrofood RTD development.
                   Methodology developed, main lines drafted.
                       Pending finalisation of measures
                       to be included in the Action Plan




      Facilitation of efficient programming of EU funding
                  (Structural Funds, FP7, CIP,
             Territorial Cooperation Programmes)
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         RAF Regions- Activities and Results

                               www.rafregions.eu,    Food Cluster Initiative
“Mind your Food!”
                               Database of approx.   activities (Brussels,
   Conference,
                                200 food entities,   Mersin, Wageningen)
  Thessaloniki,
                                regional infodays,      Open Days 2008
   5- 6 Mar ‘10
                                  brochures, etc.      ETP Food for Life




      Promotion of international Food RTD cooperation,
              clustering and policy formulation

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                          Beyond RAF Regions
• Political agreement on Green Paper that will provide
  suggestions for Food RTD development efforts at a
  regional and national level for the next decade
• Continuation of food RTD cooperation at regional and
  trans- regional level- FP7
• Integration of more countries and partners in food
  clustering efforts- seeking funding from FP7 or
  Territorial Cooperation Programmes (EoI at South- East
  Europe Programme Dec ‘09)
• Continue participation in the Food Cluster Initiative-
  What is Next?

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                           www.rafregions.eu




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                               Thank you !
    Mr. Nikos GIANNOULIDIS
        Tel. +30 2310 804108
N.Giannoulidis@euroconsultants.com.gr


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The RAF Regions project and beyond

  • 1. RAF Regions The RAF Regions project and beyond Nikos GIANNOULIDIS, Project Coordinator Thessaloniki, 5th March 2010 1
  • 2. RAF Regions RAF Regions- Objective and Geographical Scope Objective: to increase the overall capacity of the Regions of Central Macedonia (Greece), Puglia (Italy) and Pazardjik (Bulgaria) in enhancing science and technology based economic development, focusing on the AgroFood Sector Thessaloniki, 5th March 2010 2
  • 3. RAF Regions RAF Regions- Identifying the Problem The AgroFood industry is a major manufacturing sector for the Regions of Central Macedonia (Greece), Puglia (Italy) and the district of Pazardjik (Bulgaria), and local economies depend heavily on this for their development and prosperity However, the AgroFood sector is slow in the adoption of new and innovative technologies and the introduction of suitable research results in their processes Global competition; new food trends; demand for innovative food products and processes Need to facilitate the synthesis of the key players from AgroFood Research and Industry in the Regions and accelerate decision making Thessaloniki, 5th March 2010 3
  • 4. RAF Regions RAF Regions- Bringing the Benefits of Research to AgroFood SMEs To support the development and operation of innovative “Research- driven Clusters” in the AgroFood sector To promote synergies between regional and research policies To enable the Regions to attract more and better RTD investments To foster RTD cooperation in the AgroFood sector To assist the AgroFood sector SMEs to adopt new technologies To mentor and exchange best practices between the partners To cooperate with relevant projects and initiatives developed in other European Regions Thessaloniki, 5th March 2010 4
  • 5. RAF Regions RAF Regions- Consortium Greece Italy Bulgaria Euroconsultants SA Technology Euroconsultants INNOVA S.p.A. Bulgaria ASD Consultants S.A. Agenzia Regionale per la Regional Region of Central Tecnologia e District of Pazardjik Authorities Macedonia l’Innovazione- Regione Puglia Federation of Distretto The Bulgarian SME Industries of Northern Agroalimentare Association of Food Associations Greece Regionale Scrl and Drink Industry Institute of Institute of Sciences of Research Agrobiotechnology, Food Production, Agricultural Entities Centre for Research & National Research University of Plovdiv Technology Hellas Council FP7- Capacities- REGIONS-2007-1, Feb 2008 to July 2010 Thessaloniki, 5th March 2010 5
  • 6. RAF Regions RAF Regions- Activities and Results Development of 3 ~130 RTD entities ~50 Food SMEs AgroFood profiled- audited- technology “Research-driven RTD capacities needs identified Clusters” identified Identification of key stakeholders (Agrofood RTD Actors, Food SMEs, local and regional authorities) Transfer and take-up of knowledge for the AgroFood Industry Matching of technology demand and offer Facilitation of Clustering Thessaloniki, 5th March 2010 6
  • 7. RAF Regions RAF Regions- Activities and Results Identification and critical SWOT Analysis in the 3 Regions assessment of existing regional and with regards to Food RTD capacity national RTD policies and and assimilation- measures for the Food Sector Strategic Orientation Rounds Policy Insights for the Action Plan Thessaloniki, 5th March 2010 7
  • 8. RAF Regions RAF Regions- Activities and Results Training trips for 3 workshops for SMEs Development of common exchange and RTD entities proposals under FP7, of best practices: (approx. SEE Programme, C. Macedonia, Nov ’09 100 participants) MED, etc. (approx. 25 participants) Oct- Nov ‘09 (approx. 10 proposals) Puglia, May ’10 Exploitation of synergies, mutual learning and networking for AgroFood SMEs and RTD entities Thessaloniki, 5th March 2010 8
  • 9. RAF Regions RAF Regions- Activities and Results Joint Action Plan for Agrofood RTD development. Methodology developed, main lines drafted. Pending finalisation of measures to be included in the Action Plan Facilitation of efficient programming of EU funding (Structural Funds, FP7, CIP, Territorial Cooperation Programmes) Thessaloniki, 5th March 2010 9
  • 10. RAF Regions RAF Regions- Activities and Results www.rafregions.eu, Food Cluster Initiative “Mind your Food!” Database of approx. activities (Brussels, Conference, 200 food entities, Mersin, Wageningen) Thessaloniki, regional infodays, Open Days 2008 5- 6 Mar ‘10 brochures, etc. ETP Food for Life Promotion of international Food RTD cooperation, clustering and policy formulation Thessaloniki, 5th March 2010 10
  • 11. RAF Regions Beyond RAF Regions • Political agreement on Green Paper that will provide suggestions for Food RTD development efforts at a regional and national level for the next decade • Continuation of food RTD cooperation at regional and trans- regional level- FP7 • Integration of more countries and partners in food clustering efforts- seeking funding from FP7 or Territorial Cooperation Programmes (EoI at South- East Europe Programme Dec ‘09) • Continue participation in the Food Cluster Initiative- What is Next? Thessaloniki, 5th March 2010 11
  • 12. RAF Regions www.rafregions.eu Thessaloniki, 5th March 2010 12
  • 13. RAF Regions Thank you ! Mr. Nikos GIANNOULIDIS Tel. +30 2310 804108 N.Giannoulidis@euroconsultants.com.gr Thessaloniki, 5th March 2010 13