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Study visit to Germany and UK within the Regional Innovation Strategy initiative for the South-West Region of Bulgaria
On 21-28 April 2007 representatives of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Applied Research and Communications Fund and regional governors from the South-West Region of Bulgaria took part in a study visit to Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and West Midlands, UK. The objective of the visit was exchange of experience and discussion of the regional innovation strategies follow-up and implementation, including the mechanisms of financing regional innovation-based economic development, boosting the research potential and promoting the collaboration between the enterprises and research institutes. In Baden-Württemberg, the Steinbeis Foundation presented its model for technology transfer. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, the Mayor of Stuttgart also welcomed the Bulgarian delegation during their visit in City Hall.

In UK the Bulgarian delegation met with representatives of the Government Office for the West Midlands, the Advantage West Midlands (the Regional Development Agency), the City Council, Coventry University, the deputy lord mayor of Coventry, Councillor Dave Batten and other key players in the field of innovation and regional development. They presented to the delegation their mechanisms of financing innovation, promoting education and start-ups of new enterprises in the region mainly by strengthening the intermediaries as ones best ensuring the link between industry and research. Their innovation policy is based primarily on encouraging the enterprises to get maximum benefits from the joint work with the universities in the region, increasing the research potential and organizing demonstration activities. Also, the regional policy has put special focus on providing incentives for the young people studying in the local universities to find professional realization. Regarding the industrial policy, the region aims at diversifying its production, moving to more perspective sectors.

Agenda of the study visit in Germany (Adobe PDF, 78 KB)
Agenda of the study visit in UK (Adobe PDF, 14 KB)
Study visit: the Greek Experience in Elaboration and Implementation of Innovation Strategies, 28-30 May 2006
Regional Innovation Policy Initiative for the South-West Planning Region of Bulgaria
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