EU REGIONAL INNOVATION POLICIES FOR UKRAINE: INTERPRETATION OF ‘SMART’ GROWTH IN UNSTABLE NEIGHBORHOOD
2014 (English)In: CBEES Annual conference 2014: Baltic Sea Region and Eastern Europe: A new generation on the move, 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
The given paper provides preliminary findings obtained in the ongoing work within the interdisciplinary research project focused on studying regional innovation policies and ‘smart specialization’ agendas for Swedish and Ukrainian regions.
The discussion on the EU-Ukraine cooperation in the field of innovations has obtained particular actuality and importance with the introduction of ‘Europe-2020’ agenda for ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’ and elaboration of mechanisms for implementing the Horizon 2020 initiatives in the EU’s neighborhood. Given the recent developments in the process of European integration of Ukraine as well as further application of the European Neighborhood Instrument prioritizing bottom-up growth, boosting of entrepreneurship, strengthening social engagement, deeper economic integration and multi-level cooperation, the building of innovation strategies and their realization could play a favorable role in the process of Europeanizing Ukrainian regional policies and fostering reformation of the regional governance system.
However, whatever all-EU objectives are emphasized, the cases of the Baltic Rim states such as Sweden, as well as the members of the ‘younger’ EU family neighboring Ukraine, suggest that expected outcomes of the innovative policies’ implementation largely depend on the issues of interpretation of the innovation policies’ concepts which are generated in different conditions of the states’ economic and political development.
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Key words: Europe-2020, innovation policies, ‘smart’ growth, ‘smart specialization’, Ukraine
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-35763OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-35763DiVA: diva2:800367
4-5/12 CBEES Annual conference 2014: Baltic Sea Region and Eastern Europe: A new generation on the move, Södertörn University, Sweden