11th ECRN Congress in Maastricht on 24 October 2013
The 11th Congress of the European Chemical Regions was hosted by ECRN member region Limburg in Maastricht on 24 October 2013.
The event was titled “Demand driven innovations through triple helix cooperation in chemical regions”. The ECRN Congress is an annual tradition, and also this year we brought together ECRN members, regional representatives, as well as EU and industry delegates and academics for an inspiring day of discussions, new contacts, exchange of experiences and opinions, and displays of regional success stories and best practices.
More information can be found here.
ECRN Workshop on Green Growth on 10 October 2013
During the Open Days, on 10 October 2013, ECRN organised a workshop called “Towards green growth - green and growth go hand in hand!”.
In the current climate of economic uncertainty and rising environmental and climate concerns, the concept of green growth is becoming increasingly important in addressing these complex and inter-connected challenges. Our workshop showcased different regional strategies and initiatives on green growth, ranging from projects on green chemistry to broader activities on bio-economy. We discussed the potential of green growth to foster innovation and competitiveness. The event sought to shed light on activities already taking place in the regions and serve as a start for further plans for cooperation and joint action across regions.
The workshop agenda is available here and you can download the workshop presentations here.
General Assembly 2013 and a new President
The ECRN General Assembly was held in Brussels on 25 June. In addition to the statutory decisions and strategic discussions, the General Assembly elected Mr. Hartmut Möllring, the Minister of Science and Economic Affairs in Saxony-Anhalt (Germany), as the new President of ECRN.
In the meeting, an ECRN position paper on EU Industrial policy was also adopted. The key messages from the chemical regions were taken directly to the European Commission, as representatives of the ECRN
participated in a high-level meeting with Antonio Tajani, the Vice President of the European Commission, and representatives of the chemical industry and other stakeholders.
For more information, see the press release.
GA 2013 participants after a successful
meeting and fruitful discussions
Hanny Nover (Director of the ECRN Secretariat),
Karl-Uwe Bütof (ECRN Vice President) and
Hartmut Möllring (ECRN President)
at the General Assembly
ECRN President at CoR Conference on Industrial Policy
On 10 April 2013, the Committee of the Regions organized a conference on EU Industrial Policy. The conference was a part of series of events highlighting the importance of European regions and cities in implementing the Europe 2020 strategy and its flagship initiatives. The ECRN President and the Minister for Science and Economy of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany), Prof. Dr. Birgitta Wolff presented was invited to present her take on the topic in a panel discussion on ?Smart regions and cities supporting cluster development and industrial competitiveness?. More information about the conference is available from the CoR website. The ECRN members are currently preparing a strategic position paper on EU Industrial Policy and the network continues its active involvement in European policy discussions. Prof. Dr. Birgitta Wolff, ECRN President in a panel discussion at CoR (Photo © Committee of the Regions / Wim Daneels)
ECRN regions and their policies analysed in a European Commission study
During 2012, the ECRN collaborated closely with the European Commission (DG Enterprise and Industry) in the framework of a study titled ?Analysis of policies in chemical regions to support the competitiveness of the chemicals industry?. The study was prepared for the European Commission by PwC and it covers 26 of the most important chemical regions in Europe ? including all of the ECRN member regions.
The study provides good practice examples and thematic analysis of regional policies supporting the chemicals industry and seeks to provide information to assist public and regional authorities to design programmes and policies to support and strengthen the local chemicals industry. The policies were categorised into five thematic areas (clusters and innovation; research, development and innovation; environment and sustainability; education and skills; and logistics). Based on the analysis, the report includes theme-specific conclusions and recommendations. You can access the full report here.