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EU-Latin America Cooperation on Regional Innovation Systems in the Framework of Regional Policy

This report summarises the main outcomes and conclusions of EULAC-RIS project whose objective is to diffuse the EU regional policy experience and best practice and exchange experiences between regional institutions on regional innovation policy by supporting the implementation and management of new instruments and practices, with particular attention to clusters and SME innovation policies.
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The EU-Latin America project on regional innovation systems was implemented in the framework of the European Parliament’s support for putting EU regional policy into a stronger international context. The project aimed at supporting the effort of the European Union and the Latin America countries to reinforce their strategic partnership.
During the project, the working team supplied technical assistance, training and expert advice related to specific development needs that emerged in Cordoba (Argentina) and Santa Catarina (Brazil). These Province and State authorities were closely involved in the project and provided technical and political support during its development.
The project addressed the field of institutional and governance cooperation with the aim of: strengthening the regional innovation strategy design, implementation and management; reinforcing implementation of support services for the inclusion of the SMEs and micro enterprises into the innovation system, with a specific focus on cluster support policies.

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