The conference "Staying competitive in a changing world - Regional innovation and cohesion policies in present and future" was very well received. Over 100 people attended the event, at which, among other things, the results of the Bremen study on the significance of ERDF assistance for the regional innovation system were presented. Following a welcome by the Secretary General of the Committee of the Regions, Mr Gerhard Stahl, Ms Claire Nauwelaers (OECD) presented the global perspective on challenges facing the regional innovation system. Mr Holger Bornemann (Prognos AG) described the conditions and factors for the success of Bremen's ERDF assistance. Finally, there was a panel discussion with Senator Günthner (Free Hanseatic City of Bremen), Ms Danuta Hübner (European Parliament), Ms Maria Da Graça Carvalho (European Parliament), Mr Andrea Benassi (UEAPME) and Mr Mikel Landabaso (European Commission). The presentation and a few impressions of the conference can be found here.
The Federal State of Bremen is organizing the seminar "Staying competitive in a changing world - Regional innovation and cohesion policies in present and future with the example of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen for the significance of ERDF assistance for the regional innovation system" on September 14th 2010 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels.
The brochure "Flying with a tailwind" presents key findings of the study produced in 2009 by prognos AG entitled "Analysis of the impact of ERDF assistance on the regional system of innovation in the State of Bremen and conclusions about potential options for the continuation of the Regional Competitiveness and Employment Objective after 2013".
A Summary of the Study is also available in english: