Lombardy Region held in Milan, on 13 and 14 November, a major conference in collaboration with DG Enterprise & Industry of the European Commission. The subject was the regional policy and the innovation.
One of the axes of Europe 2020 is the Regional policy, seen as a tool to respond to the financial crisis and trigger innovation in 360 °. The Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) wants to give practical tools for member countries to enhance the excellence of the territories, making the continentale economy more competitive.
Lombardy Region, in conjunction with the EU Italian Presidency semester, has been chosen to bring attention to the importance of the strategy of the Country, thanks to the leading role that the region has taken on the subject of technology clusters, present in 9 subjects.
Clusters, in fact, in the view of the Commission, play a central role in the development of S3. The presence of many businesses in addition to research centers ensure the centrality of the entreprenurial discovery, namely the reference to the concrete needs of the productive orientation of regional and national policies. This means attention to the development of Key Enabling Technologies (KET) and the opportunities that arise from them in terms of innovation and discontinuity for the territories.
The Emerging Industries are the result of these "breaks" in the traditional paradigms of the productive sectors. In Lombardy, the basis for the development of new initiatives have been reconfirmed in the debate emerged in two days.
Ideally, the new attention to this period has been reconnected to the Italian Renaissance; then as energy can help to bring the country to play a central role in the revival of the European ideal, together with economic assets.
On the website of the conference are documents setting, and soon will be published the conference proceedings. Here a background paper on the theme of regional policy in relationship with innovation