European Funding for Regional Development in 2014-2020
EU reformed Cohesion Policy (2014 -2020), the principle investment tool for delivering the Europe 2020 goals for growth, innovation and development, lies at the center of WIRE2014 attention. Designed to reinforce the strategic dimension of regional policy, EU cohesion policy for the period 2014-2020 reflects a new perspective for EU structural funds, one which relies on smart specialization strategies and builds synergies with other EU policies and funding instruments such as Horizon 2020 and INTERREG.
The introduction of ‘Smart Specialisation Strategy’ in the regulation for the Structural and Investments Funds for 2014-2020 -a strategy to stimulate investments in sectors in which regions have a competitive advantage- poses a clear-cut break with previous EU strategies for funding. Aiming at eliminating innovation disparities in Europe by targeting at key growth sectors and adapting policies to territorial specificities, EU reformed cohesion policy promotes cooperation and synergies that will lead to a new R&D landscape in Europe.
In that context, WIRE 2014 will present the key priorities for research, innovation, entrepreneurship and regional growth for the current programming period and will display the technical frame of EU funding for regional growth. Pointing to the challenges that the new social and economic conditions pose for regional development, sessions will demonstrate how regions can efficiently use policies and budget under Horizon 2020 and ESIF, targeting investments on key growth priorities. The sessions under this topic will also stress the role of complementary EU policies designed to address the impact of the economic crisis on the research and innovation landscape in Europe, opportunities and bottlenecks for regional stakeholders.
This topic area will raise key questions on the design and implementation of an effective Innovation Strategy and will highlight the role of a knowledge-based economy in the territorial Cooperation. Regional authorities will be invited to share their experience in RIS3 utilisation of EU funds and discuss how they can translate Smart specialization Strategies into policy, build and implement successful Regional Innovation Strategies under economic crisis.
Seeking new models to counterbalance crisis, spread excellence and widen participation under Horizon 2020, sessions will stress the role of synergies between research institutions, local government and knowledge intensive companies. What are the best practices to transfer knowledge from one region to another? How can Terittorial Cooperation contribute to innovation policies and urban development? The session will conclude with enlightening talk on how Europe could get more growth out of the Investments in R& D.