The 3rd SECURE-R2I policy dialogue exercise took place in Yerevan on 4 May 2016. The event was held in conjunction with the IUS (Innovation Union Scoreboard) policy workshop “From innovation performance assessment to innovation policy”, organized in collaboration with the IncoNet EaP project.

During the event, the participants discussed two topics: innovation policy as a driver for strategic positioning in the international economic arena (session 1) and possible policy responses (measures and support mechanisms) to support technology transfer and innovation in the EPC countries (session 2).

Furthermore, the participants illustrated how different EPC countries have addressed innovation policy (regulation, governance and support measures). In return, the TII experts presented the EU approach and a selection of cases. The debate reaffirmed the evidence which arose from previous dialogues and analysis performed in terms of innovation drivers (i.e. qualified personnel and research capacity, policy making committed to invest in innovation and openness to international collaboration) as well as the barriers to innovation (low absorption capacity of local SMEs, low demand and low investment in R&D by companies, funding gaps and brain drain). All the EPC countries surveyed follow a science-based development process with different degrees of intensity, and focus on specific scientific sectors.
Participants of the IUS Workshop
 
The event was attended by approximately 50 experts and officials representing organizations responsible for STI policy making and innovation from nearly all EaP countries. EU experts from Austria, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg and Portugal also participated in the event. 
 

SUAFRI-EPC
Ener2i
Inco-Net EaP
Innover-East
No-Gap
RERAM

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 609534.