Regional Strategy on Research and Innovation in Western Balkan countries

In order to strengthen regional cooperation, there is a two-year project aimed at making “Regional Strategy for Research and Development for Innovation in the Western Balkans “. The aim of the project is to develop a strategy that will interconnect through research institutions, pooling of resources and the creation of funds, training, research and knowledge transfer throughout the region, to encourage cooperation at regional level, with the aim of increasing its competitiveness. The future strategy will represent an effective mechanism for the active participation of countries in the region in ERA. www.min.gov.me

Establishment of the First Science and Technology Park in Montenegro

It will contribute to: connecting science and business sectors; Improving the competitiveness of SMEs and promotion of entrepreneurship; and Support for start-up companies. It was conceived as a networked structure that will have your based in Podgorica and three decentralized units (“Impulse Centre”) in Niksic, Bar and Pljevlja. STP will be multidisciplinary and focus on some sectors that in the best way determine the economic and research potential of the country, such as ICT and electronics; technology for the production of green energy; agriculture and food production (green biotechnology); metallurgy and mechanical engineering; wood processing … www.min.gov.me

Montenegro participation in South East Europe and Mediterranean programme

    FORSEE (Regional Forecasting in the field of ICT for South Eastern Europe) The overall objective of the project is nnhancing regional cooperation in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) research, development and innovation, strengthening the role of Southeastern Europe in a changing global economy and the readiness of the region to meet the challenges nformation Age and the impact of investment in research and development of the ICT sector policy. Partner in Montenegro University of Montenegro The lead partner in the project University of Patras, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Laboratory of Applied Electronics, Greece Total number of partners: 13 Partnership: Austria, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia and Serbia   CAPINFOOD (Improving the environment and raising public awareness of the innovation in the food sector in South East Europe through transnational cooperation) The overall objective of the project Creating favorable conditions for innovation in the field of food production, So what will be through transnational cooperation to improve coordination mechanisms for increasing innovation, facilitate the strengthening of institutional framework and through the promotion of advanced IT solutions to reduce barriers to the field of innovation in this sector and increase awareness of the benefits of innovation. Partner in Montenegro The Capital city of Podgorica The lead partner in the project Bay Zoltan Non-profit Ltd., Hungary Total number of partners: 13 Partnership Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia and Ukraine   FINNO (The mechanism for encouraging innovation in South East Europe) The overall objective of the project The establishment of a sustainable mechanism for encouraging innovation and enhancing innovation in South-Eastern Europe, through joint methodologies for measuring and monitoring the innovation company (“Technology Innovation Assessment Scoreboard” – TIAS). Partner in Montenegro Ministry of Science The lead partner in the project Public Agency for Technological Development of the Republic of Slovenia Total number of partners: 16 Partnership Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, France, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia and Serbia www.southeast-europe.eu www.programmemed.eu

ITU AWARDS : review

To mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced a public competition for awards to individuals most responsible for improving the quality of life through ICT innovation through the implementation of projects and promoting the goals of the International Telecommunication Union. To this end, the Ministry for Information Society and Telecommunications of Montenegro invited all interested parties, representatives of government, ICT sector, the scientific community and civil society, to March 1st, nominate a candidate who, through their work in the field of telecommunications and information society, deserves to be found in the international competition for these awards. Commission for the evaluation of applications received by the public invitation has decided that for the “ITU 150 Awards” nominated: Prof. dr. Igor Djurovic Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Montenegro with the application Research Center: BIO -ICT Center is a newly formed scientific research center whose purpose is the increasing use of ICT and the use of technology in the areas of sustainable agriculture, monitoring of crops, ecosystems water / sea and forests, the development of techniques for control and reduce air pollution, analysis and standardization of food products, quality control and land improvement of the public health system.   Prof. Dr. Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Montenegro with the application Research Center: Research Center is a newly established ICT research center and laboratory at the University of Montenegro. Center has already become recognized in ICT research in the country, in areas such as advanced solutions for the info-communications infrastructure, smart applications and e-services, as well as recognized partner in the international arena.   Milica Vuletic from the Tax Administration of Montenegro with the application “Citizen involvement in the fight against the gray economy”: The project is made of applications and portal www.budiodgovoran.me, which was expanded range of communication channels between citizens and institutions involved in the fight against the gray economy, on the basis of which were issued misdemeanor warrants in total monetary value of over 1.1 million, and even enabled the financing of 11 projects of general public importance ( in the areas of procurement of medical equipment, children and social welfare, environmental protection and planning, youth and sports) with a total value of around 550,000 euros. Final selection and awards will be delivered on the Final event in Geneva on 17th of May 2015.

Editorial: Innovation is the best way

Innovation is the best way to strengthen Marche Region production system. The first regional calls on the new European Operative Plan (Por Marche ERDF 2014-2020) were introduced by Marche Region Research and Innovation office to the business and academic world during a meeting held at the auditorium of iGuzzini (www.iguzzini.it) in Recanati on 12.03.2015. These first calls are three opportunities, said Ms Sara Giannini, Regional Minister for Industry Research and Innovation, to support priority sectors according to Marche Region Smart Specialization Strategy . “By granting vouchers to local SMEs, Marche Regions intends to support the ability of companies to exploit the opportunities offered by digital technology and the creation of partnerships between highest level consultants and our small and micro enterprises in order to participate to European projects” . By stimulating networks between large , small medium enterprises and research and innovation centers , we aim to facilitate the contamination between large and small business in order to keep production chains in the territory and offsetting globalization with production specialization,” said Mrs Sara Giannini. “Marche Region is going to a direction of great quality. The crisis, which is coming to the conclusion, has imposed to synthesize our objectives, our priorities and focus on those resources that we have. There are all the necessary conditions for our Region to intercept the economic recovery and allow companies to make a leap forward in the direction of quality, innovation, research and implementation of new production systems. ” These actions will have a significant impact on employment: “The transversality of sectors that are touched by the three calls, especially activities that will be funded and which relate mainly to product innovation, the financing of patents and the aggregation of business networks – said the regional Minister – need very qualified professionals, but also a production capacity equally qualified, so I think that what we offer is definitely a challenge for the university system, for technology transfer centers, for companies, as well as an opportunity for the qualification of the workforce, that will be largely supported by the European Social Fund. ” According to Adolfo Guzzini (Chairman iGuzzini Lighting), “we need to think global and act local”. Addressing to the audience, Mr Guzzini argued: “ladies and gentlemen, the crisis has passed, because today we have a situation favorable overall, despite everything. Euro-dollar parity, pushing exports; low cost of oil; low cost of borrowing , ever had; reforms of the Renzi government that go in the right direction. We have broadband, an airport that connects us with the world. We have all the resources to do it. The associations are working to make the team, because the success of a business goes through the quality of human resources and lifelong learning. ” To the event took also part the General Director for Industrial Policy and Competitiveness of Ministry for the Economic Development, Stefano Firpo who outlined the new facilities for national research projects and smart specialization, which can count on a budget of 5 billion euro. Finally, Prof. Fulvio Esposito, Italian Delegate for the European space for research, highlighted the opportunities offered by the Italian Research Plan in order to synchronize public and private research to Horizon 2020 challenges. Regional Minister for research and innovation and productive activities Mrs Sara Giannini.

Adriatic Sea Forum

Schermata 2015-04-15 alle 12.23.56 On 23-24 April, in Dubrovnik, will be held the Adriatic Sea Forum refers      to EUSAIR strategy. The Forum is focused on tourism and opportunities that it offers to the area. Here the organization press release: Adriatic Sea Forum is a crucial meeting point for whoever is interested in the opportunities the Adriatic offers, for the development of new tourism maritime traffics (cruising, ferries, and boating) with all the related activities. A unique appointment to increase one’s knowledge, technical information, personal and professional relationships, and to introduce and promote one’s entity and projects. The main point of Adriatic Sea Forum is to favour the promotion of the whole Adriatic area through fitting choices and strategies and to enhance the cooperation among different countries (7), regions (25), and destinations (more than 150) facing the Adriatic sea. This will widen business possibilities and provide useful results for all the operators involved in the sectors that are topic of this Forum

Marche Region ROP ERDF: III Call for Innovation

Launched by the Marche Region interventions of the new community program to promote research and development, innovation of business processes and the use of new digital technologies in the areas of smart specialization. The first call provides for contributions in c / capital to companies and research organizations for projects aimed at the introduction of new technological solutions and products / services or innovative processes in the areas of home automation, mechatronics and manufacturing sustainable. The second call provides for the granting of vouchers to support innovation processes of SMEs, stimulating investment in new digital technologies, technological modernization, the development of marketing plans, methods evolved design and eco-design and the protection of property intellectual. As part of the ROP ERDF 2014/2020 was launched a new action to strengthen the planning capacity of SMEs, supporting their participation in Thematic programs directly managed by the European Commission in the areas of smart specialization. The notices will be published in the Official Bulletin of the Marche Region of Thursday, April 16, 2015. Information seminars were organized in the region with the following link:  http://www.impresa.marche.it/Portals/0/Documenti%20marco/Ricerca%20e%20innovazione/Bandi%20POR%202014-2020/Calendario%20seminari%20bandi%20POR%20FESR%202014-2020.pdf

MOU: Italian Embassy in Tirana and Marche Region

ItaEmb The Italian Embassy in Tirana and Marche Region (P.F. Innovazione Ricerca e Competitività) did sign a Memorandum of Understanding related to Next project, as a cooperation field in promoting Adriatic-Jonian Macro Region strategy. Here you can read the MoU MOU ALB_MR (italian text) The Embassy will put at disposal of Marche Region the open data related to Albanian business and research centers to push cooperation with italian business for commercial partnerships and R&D activities. Marche Region will contribute with NEXT IS platform and services, the blog and the newsletters to strengthen the cross border networking for technology transfer and competitiveness of the area.