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European Initiative
Danube Region on the eSilk & eAmber Roads

2nd Meeting in the European Parliament on Thursday, September 30, 2010 from 10:00 to 13:00
Room JAN 6Q 1 (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,
   Alpe Adria Danube universities INitiative – ALADIN

Meeting's Conclusions & Suggestions

From a universities point of view fostering the 5th freedom – knowledge sharing – in the region is a major objective. Removal of bureaucratic barriers to student mobility, like different – and complicated – rules and procedures, national legislation on the use of foreign languages in class, incompatible study programmes, etc. need to be removed.

The major focus should be put on quality of education, enhancing students mobility especially within the region, including them in the business - academia projects (especially PhD students), and supporting them in exploring innovative business ideas. To this end it is important to connect bilateral partnerships to larger networks of academia – students – businesses – government cooperation. Efforts should also be made to develop a common inter-university platform that would foster eLearning, knowledge sharing, and support researchers in project proposal preparing. Joint degrees with lectures offered in English should be promoted, supporting cross-border mobility of students.

ALADIN, the ALpe Adria Danube universities‘ INitiative, can play a major role here. It is a bottom-up, dynamic, user-centric organisation, where collaboration and not competition among the participating universities is sought. But it is not limited to universities only: Rather than just having professors from abroad teaching in classrooms, involving students and teachers from different countries in Living Lab methodology based activities, involving academia, students, businesses, and government, is key. Models of successful cross-border collaboration of Living Labs already exist and have been presented at the ICT Conference in Brussels. To further concretise such activities in the region a meeting of interested stakeholders during the 24th Bled eConference was suggested.

Also from a regional perspective concrete projects are needed in key areas, which in many cases have already been identified, e.g. in the West Balkan Initiative. They should view the „e“ in eGovernment, eBusiness, eHealth, etc. as enabler and not as purpose per se. eSecurity was given as a concrete example: Cybercrime is not only a problem of one country, but has to be solved through cross-border cooperation, starting on regional level and clustering initiatives. To this end a meeting will take place on Nov. 3rd and 4th with participants from several countries in the region.

A best practice model for supporting cross-border cooperation of initiatives was presented by the Nordic Board of Research Cooperation, NordForsk. A joint call for projects aiming at innovations in cross-border Living Lab cooperation was open in the Nordic-Baltic region in 2009. With a budget of 2.5 M Euros consortia with partners from at least 3 different countries are supported in developing innovative products, services and concepts with practical impact on society.

In order to be able to involve also Living Labs from the Eastern part of the Danube region in such cooperation projects, it is however necessary to establish more of these instruments there. Up to now only very few Living Labs in this part of the Danube region exist, so for the next call, which will be launched on Dec. 14th in Ghent, applications from these geographic areas are especially welcome.

Better inclusion of SMEs is important, and Chambers of Commerce can play a decisive role in addressing. Favourable conditions for SMEs and businesses in general must be created through more simple procedures, highly skilled workers are needed as the region cannot compete on labour costs with for example the Far East in this respect, but must focus on competitive advantages from innovation, and the necessary resources (especially energy) must be provided.

In order to leverage networking effects it is important to coordinate and orchestrate local chamber networks and activities. To this end a Business Forum will be organised annually or twice a year, starting with an event in Fall 2011 hosted by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and focussing on the ICT topics.

In his closing remarks Mr Peterle, MEP, stressed that in the course of the meeting many promising ideas and initiatives were presented, which clearly also require political support. He announced the formation of a Steering Committee of the European Initiative -Danube Region on the eSilk & eAmber Roads and that he is willing to chair it. It shall ensure that in a follow-up meeting in Spring 2011 the presented ideas and initiatives will be taken one step forward in order to be implemented in concrete projects.

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Meeting's Program

Print version: Final Program  


  Arrival to the European Parliament, entrance from Rue Wiertz 60
Security checking – Please ensure to be at the European Parliament before 10:00
10:00 – 10:30 Registration, refreshment (6th floor, Room JAN 6Q 1)
10:30 – 10:40 Meeting’s Opening
Alojz Peterle, Member of the European Parliament
Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs & Vice-Chair, Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee
10:40 – 10:55 Next steps in Cross-border eRegion Development: Government & European Commission Perspectives
Jan Komarek, Project Officer
European Commission, Information Society Directorate General
10:55– 11:10 Next steps in Cross-border eRegion Development: Universities Perspectives
Mirjana Kljajić-Borštnar, Assistant Professor & Vice-Dean for Research
Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor, Slovenia
Marko Hölbl, Assistant Professor
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor, Slovenia
11:10 – 11:25 Next steps in Cross-border eRegion Development: ALADIN Perspectives
  András Gábor, Associate Professor
Department of Information Systems, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
& Managing Director, Corvinno Technology Transfer Center Nonprofit Company Ltd.
Borislav Jošanov, Associate Professor and Head
Department for Informatics, Novi Sad Business School, Serbia
  Anton Lavrin, Associate Professor & Head
Department of Projects Management, Technical University of Košice, Slovak Republic
  Andreja Pucihar, Assistant professor & Vice-Dean for International Cooperation
Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor, Slovenia
11:25 – 11:45 Break and refreshment
11:45 – 12:00 Next steps in Cross-border eRegion Development: Region Perspectives
  Blaž Golob, Director
Centre for eGovernance Development for South East Europe (CeGD), Ljubljana, Slovenia
  Rudolf Kaniški, JAI Counsellor
Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU
Milos Kuret, Political science expert on US Technology and Innovation Policy
American Studies in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Maria Nilsson, Senior Adviser
NordForsk, Oslo, Norway
12:00 – 12:15 Next steps in Cross-border eRegion Development: Living Lab Perspectives
Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus of the University of Maribor, Slovenia
  Christian Kittl, Managing Director
evolaris Center of Excellence and Mobile Living Lab
& Teaching Assistant, Karl-Franzens-University, Graz, Austria
  Aurelian Mihail Stănescu, Professor & Head
Lifelong Learning Department – DECID@, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
& Representative, A.R.C.H.E.S. Living Lab
12:15 – 12:30 Next steps in Cross-border eRegion Development: Chamber Perspectives
Birgit Arens, Advisor European Affairs and Coordinator EWN
EuroChambres - Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Brussels
  Szonja Bender, Representative
EU Representative Office, Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Brussels
Georg Krauchenberg, Regional Director Danube Region
Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
  Dragica Martinović, Director
Representative Office in Brussels, Croatian Chamber of Economy
  Gordana Zrnić, Director
Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Representative Office in Brussels
12:30 – 12:40 Next steps in Cross-border eRegion Development: Business Perspectives
Bogdan Barbulescu, General Manager
Digital Bit, Romania
  Man-Sze Li, Director
IC Focus, United Kingdom & Lead Caretaker of the Enterprise topic, The Future Internet Assembly
  Zoltán Précsényi, MBA, Government Relations Manager
European Government Relations Team, Symantec Corporation, Brussels
12:40 – 12:55 Cross-border eRegion Development: Parliament Perspectives
  Alojz Peterle, Member of the European Parliament
12:55 – 13:00 Meeting’s Closing
Alojz Peterle
, Member of the European Parliament
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch the Parliament’s Cafeteria (at own expenses) and informal discussions

Meeting format

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

It is suggested to focus on proposals and ideas for concrete measures regarding the major areas of potential cooperation stated in Meeting's Outline, which were identified in the first meeting.

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Meeting's Outline

The Baltic eRegion and the Danube eRegion may be seen as the macro e-regions on the ancient Amber and Silk Roads. In the first Meeting in the European Parliament on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 titled European Initiative - Danube Region on the eSilk & eAmber Roads, stakeholders from various groups representing the views of DGs of the European Commission, governmental organizations, large enterprises, SMEs, cross-border regions, The European Network of Living Labs – ENoLL, and universities (through Rectors’ Conferences, and the Alpe Adria Danube universities INitiative – ALADIN) discussed possibilities and ways of improved inter-regional cooperation and collaboration from the Nordic countries to the Mediterranean, and from Central Europe to Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The meeting's "Conclusions and suggestions" underpin the need to tackle the challenges arising in a world of growing complexity, where the competitive positions of both organizations in the region’s countries and the region as a whole are increasingly determined by their competencies and skills at learning and developing in a continuous process of open innovation, in a multi-disciplinary and orchestrated form.

The format of the first meeting involving central/local government, business, universities, and other research organizations successfully identified major areas of potential cooperation. In this follow-up event concrete measures and steps to the following ends shall be presented and discussed:

  • transformation to an open innovation system in the eRegion,

  • new business-administration-academia partnerships with special focus on cross-border partnerships in the macro regions,

  • creation of innovative eServices for SMEs and inter-organisational eServices in a cross-border context,

  • increasing cooperation and collaboration capacity of SMEs,

  • developing a universal, utility-like software service infrastructure to enable value-added innovation at the application level, taking into account new business models as well as new forms of businesses enabled by the Internet,

  • fostering of the 5th freedom – knowledge sharing – through new eTechnologies that can assist in expanded eLearning and eCollaboration

  • improving connectivity of cross-border eRegions, with border cities as cases stimulating Living Labs creation in the Danube Region and their involvement in the European Network of Living Labs,

  • preparation of related events before the background of the Hungarian Presidency in the first half of 2011.

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List of the Participants

Ms Birgit Arens
Advisor European Affairs and Coordinator EWN
EuroChambres -Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Ms Maruša Babnik
Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Mr Bogdan Barbulescu, General Manager
Digital Bit, Romania

Ms Szonja Bender, Representative
EU Representative Office, Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Brussels

Dr Takis Damaskopoulos, Executive Director and Principal Researcher
European Institute of Interdisciplinary Research (EIIR)
Paris, France

Dr Nadja Damij, Associate Professor and Vice Dean for Education,
Faculty of Information Studies in Novo mesto, Slovenia

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

Mr Blaž Golob, Director
Centre for eGovernance Development for South East Europe (CeGD), Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dr Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus of the University of Maribor, Slovenia

Marko Hölbl, Assistant Professor
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Dr Borislav Jošanov, Associate Professor and Head
Department for Informatics, Novi Sad Business School, Serbia

Mr Rudolf Kaniški, JAI Counsellor
Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU

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

Dr Mirjana Kljajić-Borštnar, Assistant Professor & Vice-Dean for Research Activities
Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Mr Jan Komarek, Project Officer
European Commission, Information Society Directorate General

Mr Ľudovít Korotnoky, Director
Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Košice Regional Chamber

Mr Georg Krauchenberg, MSc, Regional Director Danube Region
Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

Mr Miloš Kuret, MSc, Political science expert on US Technology and Innovation Policy
American Studies in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dr Anton Lavrin, Associate Professor & Head
Department of Projects Management, Technical University of Košice, Slovak Republic

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

Ms Jasmina Paunovic Markovic
Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Representation Office in Belgium

Ms Dragica Martinović, Director
Representative Office in Brussels, Croatian Chamber of Economy

Dr Maria Nilsson, Senior Adviser
NordForsk, Oslo, Norway

Ms Eva Nussmüller
European Commission Directorate General for Regional Policy

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

Mr Zoltán Précsényi, MBA, Government Relations Manager
European Government Relations Team, Symantec Corporation, Brussels

Dr Andreja Pucihar, Assistant professor & Vice-Dean for International Cooperation
Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Dr Borut Rončević, Associate Professor and Director,
University and Research Centre of Novo mesto, Slovenia

Dr Bror Salmelin, Adviser to the Director
European Commission, Information Society and Media Directorate-General,
Directorate H: ICT addressing Societal Challenges
& European Commission Coordinator, Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group – OISPG

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

Ms Gordana Zrnić, Director
Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Representative Office in Brussels
 

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