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European Initiative
Danube Region on the eSilk & eAmber Roads

Meeting in the European Parliament on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 from 9:30 to 13:00
Room ASP A5E-3 (entrance from Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Brussels)

with the participation of
   European Parliament,
   Directorates-General of the European Commission,
   National Government Organizations,
   Companies,
   SME Union,
   Cross-border Regions,
   The European Network of Living Labs – ENoLL,
   Rectors’ Conferences,
   Alpe Adria Danube universities INitiative – ALADIN

Announcing: 2nd Meeting in the European Parliament on Thursday, September 30, 2010

 

Meeting's Conclusions & Suggestions

A major move beyond resolutions to actions is required contributing to not only an accelerated dissemination of knowledge but also to application of knowledge. In order to do so, entrepreneurship spirit and climate have to be created in the society, and entrepreneurs as knowledge transfer agents discovered and stimulated.

A transformation to an open innovation system is needed. Intensified cooperation of researchers, developers and users in the Living Labs is suggested. A Living Lab is an open innovation ecosystem in real-life settings in which user-driven innovation is enabled in a co-creation process for new services, products and social infrastructures. Living Labs encompass societal and technological dimensions simultaneously in a public-private-people partnership.

Policy makers should engage in new business-administration-academia partnerships for a paradigm shift and social innovation. Special focus is needed with respect to cross-border partnerships in the macro regions and the changing roles of central/local government, business, universities, and other research organizations.

Especially in the extremely dynamic fields such as eBusiness, ICT for active and healthy ageing, ICT for energy efficiency, and enabling eTechnologies, rapid business model innovation and prototyping (piloting, experimenting) as applied in the Living Labs approach play a crucial role. Users are placed at the centre of the innovation lifecycle.

Particular attention is also needed for the creation of innovative eServices for SMEs and inter-organisational eServices in a cross-border context, which will help to substantially reduce administrative burdens for SMEs and micro-enterprises as demanded in the European Economic Recovery Plan. Transnational innovation fund could support the innovation activity of SME’s in the macro regions.

In order to increase the competitiveness, sustainability and inclusiveness of the Danube Region, cooperation and collaboration capacity especially of SMEs has to be improved. By SMEs small and medium sized enterprises are understood, as well as entrepreneurs in the small and medium sized companies.

Based on the backbone of the Future of Internet and associated telecommunications capabilities, the eRegion vision can become reality. However, technology availability alone will not suffice to ensure success. In particular, there needs to be a universal, utility-like software service infrastructure to enable value-added innovation at the application level. These issues should take account of new business models as well as new forms of businesses enabled by the Internet.

Numerous business and political issues exist that require extended attention and cooperation among a multitude of stakeholders especially between international and local banks and the final beneficiaries.

The Danube Region may be considered as a Living Lab providing for an experimenting environment engaging researchers, developers, and users co-creating economic and social innovation. Several aspects of “e” should be considered (government, citizens participation, commerce, health, education, ageing, inclusion, energy, environment and others). An important component of the effort is the capacity building.

Mobility of students and educators is a development factor. New eTechnologies can assist in expanded eLearning and eCollaboration contributing to a faster and better response to the EU Calls for Projects. Fostering of the 5th freedom – knowledge sharing - is required. In that sense, the Rectors’ Conferences (for example, the Alps-Adriatic RC and the Danube RC) and university networks (for example, Alpe Adria Danube universities INitiative – ALADIN) have a major role to play.

The Baltic eRegion and the Danube eRegion may be seen as the macro e-regions on the ancient Amber and Silk Roads. Inter-eRegions eCollaboration from the Nordic countries to the Mediterranean, and from Central Europe to Eastern Europe and Central Asia is the suggested development direction of the EU.

Better connectivity of several cross-border eRegions is suggested in order to increase their competitiveness and contribute to a better life of their citizens (Baltic, Black See, Caucasus, Danube, Mediterranean, Nordic, South-East Europe). Border cities may be considered relevant cases (for example, Gorizia, Italy & Nova Gorica, Slovenia). In order to provide for better connectivity, new “e” applications are required, or the existing ones to be applied.

Stimulating Living Labs creation in the Danube Region and their involvement in the European Network of Living Labs (currently gathering 212 LLs) is suggested.

The participants of the meeting are planning to engage in a program of The Future of Internet & Living Labs Conference in Gent during the Belgian Presidency (December 14, 2010), and in a program of the related event in Budapest during the Hungarian Presidency (in May 2011).

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Meeting's Program

Print version: Program  


  Arrival to the European Parliament, entrance from Rue Wiertz 60
Security checking
09:30 - 10:00 Registration, refreshment (5th floor, Room ASP A5E-3)
10:00 – 10:10 Meeting’s Opening
Alojz Peterle, Member of the European Parliament
10:10 – 10:35 Cross-border eRegion Development:
ALADIN – ALpe Adria Danube universities INitiative Perspectives
  Per Blixt, Head of unit
Information Society and Media Directorate-General, New Infrastructure Paradigms & Experimental Facilities
  András Gábor, Associate Professor
Department of Information Systems, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
& Managing Director, Corvinno Technology Transfer Center Nonprofit Company Ltd.
Jože Gričar, Professor & eCenter Director
Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor, Slovenia & Contact person, eLiving Lab
Christian Kittl, Managing Director
evolaris Center of Excellence and Mobile Living Lab
& Teaching Assistant, Karl-Franzens-University, Graz, Austria
  Álvaro Duarte de Oliveira, Managing Director
Alfamicro Lda, ICT Research, Engineering and Consultancy, Open Innovation Living Labs, Energy Efficiency, Portugal
& President of European Network of Living Labs –ENoLL
10:35 – 10:45 Cross-border eRegion Development: SMEs Perspectives
Peter Jungen, Chairman
Peter Jungen Holding GmbH, Germany & President,
Small and Medium Entrepreneurs Union - SME UNION
& Chairman, Center on Capitalism and Society, Columbia University, New York
10:45 - 11:05 Cross-border eRegion Development: European Commission Perspectives
  Kypros Kyprianou, Territorial Co-operation Unit, Unit E.1
European Commission, Regional Policy Directorate-General
  Iordana Eleftheriadou, eBSN Coordinator, European e-Business Support Network for SMEs
Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General, D4: ICT for competitiveness and innovation
Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho, Deputy Head of Unit
Information Society Directorate General, Unit H3: ICT for inclusion
  Birgit Wilder, Detached National Expert, Unit Services E1
Internal Market and Services Directorate-General
11:05 – 11:25 Cross-border eRegion Development: Region Perspectives
Marianne Røgeberg, Head of Section for Policy and Research funding
Nordic Board of Research Cooperation, NordForsk
Árpád Gordos, Ambassador & Hungary National Contact Point for the EU Danube Region Strategy
Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  Igor Mally, Secretary & Deputy National Coordinator / National Contact
Point for the EU Strategy for the Danube Region
Government Office for Development and European Affairs, Republic of Slovenia
  Boris Cizelj, Professor & Board Chairman
SBRA - Slovenian Business & Research Association, Brussels
& Chair, European Regional Economic Forum, EREF
& Chairman, Steering Committee,
Central and Southeast European Research, Innovation and Business Network – RIBN
11:25 – 11:45  Break and refreshment
11:45 – 12:00 Cross-border eRegion Development: Rectors’ Conference Perspectives
  Miroslav Vesković, Professor at Faculty of Sciences & Rector
& Danube Rectors Conference - DRC presiding university in 2010
University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Sergio Paoletti, Professor & Vice Rector, Delegate of the President, Professor Francesco Peroni, President of the Rectors Conference of the Alps-Adriatic Universities
University of Trieste, Italy
  Rado Bohinc, Professor & Rector, Vice-president of the Rectors Conference
of the Alps-Adriatic Universities
University of Primorska, Slovenia
12:00 – 12:10 Cross-border eRegion Development: Parliament Perspectives
  Michael Theurer, Member of the European Parliament
& Member, Committee on Regional Development
Alojz Peterle, Member of the European Parliament
Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs & Vice-Chair, Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee
12:10 – 12:45 Other Participants’ Contributions and Discussion
12:45 – 13:00 Meeting’s Closing
Alojz Peterle
, Member of the European Parliament
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch sponsored by
  Informal discussions possible in the Parliament’s Cafeteria after lunch.

The meeting is an executive level brainstorming with no PPT presentations. Time allocated per person in the presentation part would be 4-5 minutes, 2-3 minutes in the discussion part of the meeting.

The suggested key words are: cross-border, services open innovation, future of Internet, experimenting & Living Labs, innovative SMEs, Danube Region, inter-regions eCollaboration, business-government-university-users cooperation.

Based on introductory presentations and discussion, the suggested research & development directions and possible joint actions will be included in the meeting's "Conclusions and suggestions".

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Meeting's Outline

In April 2010, the Alpe Adria Danube universities INitiative – ALADIN has submitted a Position Paper to the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. ALADIN has suggested inclusion of education, training, RTD, ICT & innovation areas as enablers of the Strategy.

In order to increase the competitiveness of the Danube Region, cooperation and collaboration capacity especially of SMEs has to be improved. From a regional strategy point of view, cross-border collaboration is a must, hence a cross-border innovation is a significant enabler. A transformation to open innovation, characterised by the use of purposive inflows and outflows of knowledge to accelerate internal innovation, and expand the markets for external use of innovation, respectively, is needed. Policy makers should engage in new business-administration-academia partnerships. Special focus is needed with respect to cross-border partnerships in the region and the changing roles of central/local government, business, universities, and other research organizations.

The Alpe Adria Danube universities INitiative – ALADIN is suggesting:
Especially in the extremely dynamic field of eBusiness and enabling eTechnologies, rapid business model innovation and prototyping as applied in the Living Labs approach play a crucial role. The Living Lab approach for innovation in the field of ICT should thus be stressed by the EU Danube Region Strategy. Focus should be put on the creation of innovative eServices for SMEs and inter-organisational eServices in a cross-border context, which will help to substantially reduce administrative burdens for SMEs and micro-enterprises as demanded in the European Economic Recovery Plan.


Creating cross-border eRegions encompasses a wide range of issues leading towards more seamless interaction. In that regard, local infrastructure and the ubiquitous nature of the Internet provide a foundation for creation of cross-border eRegions. Based on the backbone of the Internet and associated telecommunications capabilities, the eRegion vision can become reality. However, technology availability alone will not suffice to ensure success. Numerous business and political issues exist that require extended attention and cooperation among a multitude of stakeholders. The Danube Region may be considered as a Living Lab providing for an experimenting environment engaging researchers, developers, and users co-creating economic and social innovation.

The Baltic Region and the Danube Region may be seen as the components of the ancient Amber and Silk Roads. The 12 EU Member States are on either the Amber, or the Silk Road; some are on a crossroad of both. Inter-eRegions eCollaboration from the Nordic countries to the Mediterranean, and from Central Europe to Eastern Europe and Central Asia is the suggested development direction of the EU.

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List of the Participants

Per Blixt, Head of unit
European Commission, Information Society and Media Directorate-General, New Infrastructure Paradigms & Experimental Facilities

Rado Bohinc, Professor & Rector, Vice-president of the Rectors Conference of the Alps-Adriatic Universities
University of Primorska, Slovenia

Boris Cizelj, Professor & Board Chairman
SBRA - Slovenian Business & Research Association, Brussels & Chair, European Regional Economic Forum, EREF & Chairman, Steering Committee, Central and Southeast European Research, Innovation and Business Network – RIBN

Špela Čelik, Head of Office to Mr Peterle MEP (EPP)
European Parliament

Koen De Vos, Pilot Operations Manager
Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology - IBBT vzw, Ghent, Belgium
& Project Management for the Apollon project, an EC ICT PSP flagship project
& Representative, IBBT-iLab.o, Secretary for the European Network of Living Labs

Álvaro Duarte de Oliveira, Managing Director
Alfamicro Lda, ICT Research, Engineering and Consultancy, Open Innovation Living Labs, Energy Efficiency, Portugal
& President of European Network of Living Labs –ENoLL

Iordana Eleftheriadou, eBSN Coordinator, European e-Business Support Network for SMEs
European Commission, Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General, D4: ICT for competitiveness and innovation

Jean-Pierre Euzen, Head of Sector, Living Labs
European Commission, Information Society and Media Directorate-General, New Infrastructure Paradigms & Experimental Facilities

András Gábor, Associate Professor
Department of Information Systems, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
& Managing Director, Corvinno Technology Transfer Center Nonprofit Company Ltd.

Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho, Deputy Head of Unit
European Commission, Information Society Directorate General, Unit H3: ICT for inclusion

Árpád Gordos, Ambassador & Hungary National Contact Point for the EU Danube Region Strategy
Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Jože Gričar, Professor & eCenter Director
Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor, Slovenia & Contact person, eLiving Lab

Andrej Grošelj, Counsellor, Head of Justice and Home Affairs Unit
Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU

Inga Ivanova, Chairwoman from the Russian side
The Dutch-Russian International Center
Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Matija Jakoš, Stagier to Mr Peterle, MEP (EPP)
European Parliament

Peter Jungen, Chairman
Peter Jungen Holding GmbH, Germany & President, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs Union – SME UNION
& Chairman, Center on Capitalism and Society, Columbia University, New York

Karin Kadenbach, Member of the European Parliament
& Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia

Christian Kittl, Managing Director
evolaris Center of Excellence and Mobile Living Lab
& Teaching Assistant, Karl-Franzens-University, Graz, Austria

Pavel Konstantinović Ivanov, Deputy President
The Dutch-Russian International Center
Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Kypros Kyprianou, Territorial Co-operation Unit, Unit E.1
European Commission, Regional Policy Directorate-General

Daniel van Lerberghe, President & Executive Director
POLITECH INSTITUTE - European Center of Political Technologies, Brussels, Belgium

Man-Sze Li, Director
IC Focus, United Kingdom & Lead Caretaker of the Enterprise topic, The Future Internet Assembly

Igor Mally, Secretary & Deputy National Coordinator / National Contact
Point for the EU Strategy for the Danube Region
Government Office for Development and European Affairs, Republic of Slovenia

Giorgio Manzoni, Professor of Topography & Coordinator
Centre of Excellence TeleGeomatics, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Trieste, Italy

Marian Niedźwiedziński, Professor & Head
Business Informatics Department, School of Economy and Sociology, University of Lodz, Poland

Sergio Paoletti, Professor & Vice Rector, Delegate of the President, Professor Francesco Peroni, President of the Rectors Conference of the Alps-Adriatic Universities
University of Trieste, Italy

Giorgio Perini, Coordinator
Office in Brussels, Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy

Alojz Peterle, Member of the European Parliament
Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs & Vice-Chair, Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee

Christopher D. Pichionner, Executive Director
Small and Medium Entrepreneurs Union of the European People's Party (EPP)

Ivo Branimir Piry, Counsellor
Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU

Péter Racskó, Director of the Institute of Information Technology
Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

Marianne Røgeberg, Head of Section for Policy and Research funding
Nordic Board of Research Cooperation, NordForsk

Deša Sršen, First Secretary
Mission of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union

Aurelian Mihail Stănescu, Professor & Head
Lifelong Learning Department – DECID@, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania & Representative, A.R.C.H.E.S. Living Lab

Michael Theurer, Member of European Parliament
European Parliament

Paul Timmers, Head of Unit eInclusion
European Commission, Directorate-General Information Society and Media, Directorate H: ICT for Citizens and Businesses

Radovan Tomić, Professor
Higher School of Professional Business Studies, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Johannes Weber, Office of Ms. Elisabeth Jeggle, Member of European Parliament
Substitute, Delegation to the EU-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan and EU-Uzbekistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees, and for relations with Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia

Birgit Wilder, Detached National Expert, Unit Services E1
European Commission, Internal Market and Services Directorate-General

Miroslav Vesković, Professor at Faculty of Sciences & Rector
& Danube Rectors Conference - DRC presiding university in 2010
University of Novi Sad

Other participants – nonregistered

Ivan Hromada
Gabriella Igloi
Andrea Irg
Zsuasa Toth
Maria Von Stern

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