Dr. Evi Sachini, Director of the National Documentation Centre of Greece -and WIRE 2014 co-organiser- explains how regional actors and key innovation players such as the National Documentation Centre are placed at the heart of the strategy design and implementation process in the context of the new Cohesion Policy 2014-2020.
Which is the political context that defines this WIRE?
Since the first WIRE a lot of things have changed. We are now entering the next programming period 2014-2020. The launch of “Horizon 2020″ programme for Research and Innovation and the new EU cohesion policy for 2014-2020, provide an excellent timing for this year’s WIRE. WIRE 2014 takes place at a time when EU adopts a new perspective on regional policy for research and innovation, one which relies on Smart Specialization Strategies to eliminate innovation disparities in Europe and promotes cooperation and synergies that will lead to a new R&D landscape. The novel approach to Innovation policy in European Regions requires the direct involvement of regional authorities and innovation players in the policy design process and the adaptation of strategies to local contexts, thus it is highly dependent on the capacity of regional institutions to coordinate and facilitate interventions and to strengthen regional research capacities. In this context, key actors such as the National Documentation Centre of Greece are placed at the very heart of the strategy design and implementation process.