Recommendations for... Észak-Alföld!

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In the peer review of Észak-Alföld, that was organised in October 2012, peer experts had the chance to meet the representatives of the different units of the Észak-Alföld Regional Development Agency, the INNOVA Regional Development and Innovation Agency, the Employment Centre of Hanjú-Bihar County, the Municipality of Debrecen, the Association of Industrial and Science Parks, the Foundation for Enterprise Development in Hajdú-Bihar County, the University of Debrecen, the IT Services Hungary company, the Mayor of Túristvándi, and the Airport Debrecen. The host partner tried to prepare a balanced programme – private-public organisations, city-rural area institutions.

The most important question the host region tried to get an answer for was, how to build on their existing assets in order to boost innovation and develop new employment options.

At the final day of the peer review peer partners introduced their preliminary recommendations, which served as a basis for the current report, that can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

The most important findings include the followings:

-          a detailed and clearly defined strategy for regional innovation is essential – which should include the description of the roles and responsibilities of the various actors

-          the development of an innovation eco-system, which supports SMEs is highly desirable

-          cooperation amongst the different stakeholders – public administration, education institutions and private companies – should be supported

-          high emphasis should be put on language skills and international cooperation

Attached is also possible to download an exectutive summary in Hungarian.