26.11.2012 [News]

EC reports: 'Strategy for International STI Cooperation' and 'Economic Development in ENP Countries'


International Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation – Strategies for a Changing World
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"In the past decades, the European Union has made great strides in developing a European research community. The successive Framework Programmes for RTD have been a key contributing factor in this development, proving incentives and mechanisms for cross-border cooperation in STI. In addition, several programmes and other initiatives have broadened the scope of European cooperation, such as ERA-NETs, European Technology Platforms and Joint Technology Initiatives. The next Framework Programme called Horizon 2020, signal an even greater effort to leverage STI for European economic and social development in the overall policy context of the Europe 2020 strategy. [...]Against this backdrop, the Commission set up an Expert Group on international science, technology and innovation cooperation to provide advice for the further development of international cooperation policy and the international dimension of ERA." 

    eurostat compact guide: European Neighbourhood Policy Countries – Recent economic developments 
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 "In May 2011, partly in response to the ‘Arab Spring’, the European Commission and the European External Action Service launched a revised and ambitious European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) - confirming the EU’s determined and reinforced engagement with its neighbours. The proposal sets out the main priorities and directions of a revitalised ENP strategy which seeks to strengthen individual and regional relationships between the EU and countries in its neighbourhood through a ‘more funds for more reform’ approach. The renewed ENP introduces more incentives to pursue reform built around a number of important principles, among others: 1. to support progress towards “deep democracy” and 2. to support sustainable economic and social development. In the light of these changes, statistics need to capture the countries of the region in both their static and dynamic forms, helping policymakers identify needs, formulate objectives and orientate policies, and to enable progress towards agreed goals to be monitored and measured – a key component of governance."