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Introduction

Innovation is of key importance to the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). As a driving force of increased prosperity, it is highly relevant to realising the potential of all of the 13 Policy Areas and 4 Horizontal Actions established by the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The EUSBSR that was launched by the European Union in 2009 as its first macro-regional strategy sets out three overall objectives: ‘Save the Sea’, ‘Connect the Region’, and ‘Increase Prosperity’.1 The objective of Policy Area Innovation (PA-INNO) is to promote a globally competitive position within research and innovation for growth in the BSR. This will be achieved mainly by increasing innovation capacity and supporting entrepreneurship, business development, and science within the three drivers of innovation identified in this document: Market, Knowledge, and Challenges. Innovation is a hallmark of the region, and several of the region’s countries top the European and global rankings for innovation capacity. Key overarching guidelines include enhancing this strength, increasing its effectiveness in creating broadly shared economic value, and extending it to parts of the region that are lagging behind in innovation performance. This Strategy Guide for the period 2016-2020 was developed through close dialogue with the PA-INNO Management Team2 assigned to the task. It draws on two transnational track reports on Transnational Digital Collaboration in the Baltic Sea Region and Clustering and SME-Development3 as well as on an online survey of EUSBSR member states on transnational collaboration in the BSR. In addition, input was provided by all BSR member states prior to the Strategy Guide’s publication in September 2016 by the PA-INNO Steering Committee. The aim of the Strategy Guide is to provide policymakers and innovation actors with guidance and inspiration for how best to utilise the EUSBSR so as to effectively achieve EU and joint national goals. The Strategy Guide that follows this brief introduction is structured in the following sections: The Role of Policy Area Innovation and Drivers for innovation, The Strategic Action Areas and tools for achieving target results, and Comprehensive overview of Policy Area Innovation.

http://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/action-plan/17-action-plan-2015 The management team consists of: Denmark, Estonia, Poland, Baltic Development Forum and the Nordic Council of Ministers. 3 Reports: ‘Cluster-driven SME development’ and ‘Transnational digital collaboration in the Baltic Sea Region: Input for PA-INNO Strategy Guide’ 1 2

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Policy Area Innovation - Strategy Guide  

The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) that was launched by the European Union in 2009 as its first macro-regional strategy. The...

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