|"So, in many ways EBN can be seen as a pioneer and a torch bearer of what
gradually has become a key pillar within our policy, namely the
promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship..."
"So it is vital to our economic future and the future of the European
project that we spawn a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship
everywhere across Europe..."
"The aim here is to catalyse a strategic process, whereby each Member
State or region identifies those knowledge-based investments that are
most likely to deliver growth and jobs. This is not something that can
be done top down. It has to be based on real partnership with the
business sector and with innovation agents in the regions such as
universities and research centres, incubators, innovation centres and
business intermediaries... "
"I fully agree with your statement in the invitation to this event that
we also need smart and specialised delivery mechanisms. That is exactly
why the governance dimension and the involvement of stakeholders is so
important and why we have involved networks like EBN and others into the
smart specialisation platform, where they help us to fine-tune the
Extracts from full speech by EU Commissionner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn.