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Slovenia : Minister Puri? at international conference Boosting Innovation for EU Industry: Industrial Infrastructures & Open Innovation Ecosystems.

An international innovation conference Boosting Innovation for EU Industry: Industrial Infrastructures & Open Innovation Ecosystems organised by Slovenian Business and Research Association and European Commission was held today at the Faculty of Economics of University of Ljubljana. The aim of the conference was to present different EU national and regional initiatives to support innovation, access to industrial infrastructure and financial support to boost innovation beyond 2020.

Dr Iztok Puric, Minister responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion participated in the opening session of the conference and called for increased funding for research and development. "Creative individuals who know how to turn their ideas into business opportunities are the driving force for development, in the economic sector and in other areas, he stressed and continued that three Slovenian ministries, i.e. Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology and Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy unanimously agree that the innovation system should be better supported in the future.

The conference also featured high-level representatives from the European Commission who presented a number of instruments and tools available to support innovation in companies and highlighted funding opportunities. The conference showcased several excellent examples of innovation support with special emphasis on Slovenia and South East Europe, and served to identify the needs of the local industry. It also provided a great opportunity for networking and matchmaking with companies, research institutions, universities, laboratories, agencies, clusters and other institutions from Slovenia and the wider region.

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Date:Apr 11, 2019
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