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Regional Innovation Strategy for the Moravian-Silesian Region in 2010-2020

In relation to preparations by the Czech Republic and Moravian-Silesian Region for the new EU programme period 2014+, the Moravian-Silesian Region has decided to update its regional innovation strategy (along with a comprehensive development strategy for developing the region) based on strategic documents prepared by the EU (Europe 2020) and the Czech Republic for this period. The horizon for implementing the innovation strategy has thus been extended to 2020. The RIS’s main concept and focus mentioned in the preceding paragraph remain unchanged, although new specific targets have been incorporated into the strategy, along with innovative tools based in particular on the European Commission’s new Europa 2020 strategy (some existing specific targets have been maintained/modified), in order to meet two goals. The first goal is for the Moravian-Silesian Region’s RIS to obtain the most sophisticated portfolio of the most progressive innovative tools. The second is to create the initial conditions for acquiring the largest amount of Structural Funds and other EU funding available for research, development and innovation for the Moravian-Silesian Region in the next programme period. The update to the RIS and to the Strategy for developing the Region took place with financial support from Moravian-Silesian ROP NUTS 2 as a part of Moravian-Silesian Region – A Competitive Region, Project No CZ.1.10/5.2.00/04.01150.

The main challenge facing the Region continues to be increasing gross value added per employee, because in today’s global economy, only those regions that export products with high added value – products that cannot easily be replaced with similar, cheaper products from low-cost countries – can be competitive, and thus successful, in the long term. The current level of gross value added per employee in the Moravian-Silesian Region is 47% of the average level within the European Union and 86% of the average level for the Czech Republic. The strategy’s global objective thus remains to enhance the competitiveness of the Moravian-Silesian Region’s economy in global markets, primarily via the coordinated implementation of activities contributing to increasing gross value added per employee in the Region.

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