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SCIENCE AND INNOVATION FOR RECOVERY: THE ROLE OF REGIONS IN THE GREEN TRANSITION
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The event is organised in the frame of the European Week of Regions and Cities 2021. Regions and cities are key players in addressing major societal and environmental challenges that the EU is facing. The COVID crisis has shown some vulnerabilities of our economic and social systems, calling for a major effort to achieve a green and digital future for Europe. The discussion will highlight the catalysing role of research and innovation to achieve the twin transition in the recovery process underpinning the crucial role of local and regional authorities to make this happen. The session will focus on the role of regions in the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility as a crucial part of the recovery process – with a specific focus on the Green Transition. Combatting climate change, meeting Sustainable Development Goals, managing the use of natural resources from land and sea, the unprecedented energy transition that the EU is engaged in – all of them require constant R&I efforts, solid evidence-informed policies and efficient mechanisms to translate innovative concepts and fundamental research into deployable solutions. Regions and local communities are promoters of strategic territorial and cross-border investments, including policy reforms and knowledge transfer - for recovery and reducing the R&I divide in the Single Market and the European Research Area.
Event reportResearch and Innovation have been an essential tool to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak at EU level and to ensure a sustainable and inclusive recovery from the crisis. They also have a catalysing role in achieving the green and digital (twin) transition. Regions and cities are key players in addressing major societal and environmental challenges that the EU is facing. The Covid crisis has shown some vulnerabilities of our economic and social systems, calling for a major effort to attain a green and digital future for Europe. The Resilience and Recovery Plans give an incredible opportunity to overcome these challenges through strategic investments and policy reforms, promoted by local and regional authorities. Regions and cities are also essential for the establishment of the Recovery and Resilience Facility, as a crucial part of the recovery process. During the session, we could hear Director Anna Panagopoulou's keynote speech on the role of R&I in achieving a sustainable recovery for Europe, as well as round table discussions (with panelists Corina Creţu MEP, as well as Ricardo Rio and Isabelle Boudineau CoR Members) on the role of regions and cities in the recovery towards the green transition and the importance of science in this process. At this Knowledge Exchange Platform workshop we also had the chance to listen to some specific examples of good practice implemented by the regions, as well as answer questions from the audience during a Q&A session.
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