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  • Collaboration key to regional development
    as a multiplier of S3 activities through sharing solutions across the EU for better implementation Some of the resources available include Interreg www interregeurope eu and policy learning platform Smart Specialization Platform S3 http s3platform jrc ec europa eu home Getting started Panelist Jason Martinez says that it s important to first identify your competitive advantage through systematic comparison with other regions Look at what the neighbors are doing or what other regions around Europe are doing It is essential to look beyond regional borders he advises Sorvik concurs saying that as R D networks are increasingly global so it s important to find niches collaboration to solve societal challenges EU institutions not only the private sector need to address this as well in policy frameworks Sorvik calls for regional innovation policy to reach beyond regional borders In collaborating with the usual suspects the same partners says audience member Nicola partners should be those that want to solve similar or joint problems The more focused partners are on the problem or goal the better One example of success in teaming up with long distance partners comes from panelist Elzbieta Ksiazek who points to the KNOW HUB project for its practical experience in how regions can collaborate on RIS3 strategy Thirteen partners from nine countries work together One example of success in teaming up with long distance partners comes from panelist Elzbieta Ksiazek who points to the KNOW HUB project for its practical experience in how regions can collaborate on RIS3 strategy Thirteen partners from nine countries work together KNOW HUB addresses a crucial problem of insufficient competence in European regions in strategic management of innovation policies The objective is to improve the regional innovation policies and help regions to develop their competitive advantage according to the Interreg4c website For Latvia the Ministry of Education and Science in a March 2015 policy paper has outlined the RIS3 strategy one designed to transform the economy towards production of higher added value products and services The fields identified as having the greatest potential include Biomedicine with a focus on development of molecular and individualized treatment and diagnostic methods and cell technologies and medical cosmetics Another targeted area is information and communication technologies with a focus on niches including photonics micro nano electronics and large scale data and knowledge infrastructure and quantum computers Most partners and resources mentioned in Latvia s strategy though are domestic it remains to be seen whether more outward collaboration will be needed to develop these technologies and fulfill the RIS3 agenda Challenges ahead The first task in any endeavor is to define what will be the focus of the smart specialization in practice then decide how to start who will lead contribute and what s the actual plan This is the textbook method but real world conditions usually throw up obstacles Audience members offered examples of hurdles faced The entrepreneurial discovery process needs to be further developed and better understood Related to this implementation with the correct instruments and

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  • Klaipeda mayor: Lithuanian governments tend to owe us
    yard No municipality irrespective of the size with the exception of Klaipeda is more attractive than the whole region I can tell you honestly I do not envy any municipality in proximity of their investments But frankly speaking there is always a desire to have a bigger piece of the cake for Klaipeda As the municipalities state financing is public one can go through the numbers and see who gets what from the state coffers I am not willing to comment on the distribution but let me draw your attention to Klaipeda s Castle Museum an object of national importance After the allocation of state investment funds for the first stage of its construction it has been effectively left on its own thereafter Although the project and its status have remained the same throughout the burden of having it completed was put solely on the municipality s shoulders I d say unfairly Certainly it is not a sign of love for our municipality or at least the castle project I do not feel like hitting anyone out there although I cannot deny sometimes having a bitter feeling over the situation With the ongoing construction of a liquefied natural gas LNG terminal and awaiting the floating storage and regasification jetty FSRU The Independence Klaipeda was showered with the then government s promises to ramp up the seaport s infrastructure In fact you were at the helm of city back then too Have the pledges been met Does Klaipeda benefit from accommodating the country s energy security guarantees the LNG terminal and FSRU I don t think it would be very ethical to calculate how much Klaipeda benefits from the terminal Employment wise very few Klaipeda residents work there Let me say this however there is no direct financial benefit for us from the facilities As you mentioned there have been some accords with the former government on the return from the changes that Klaipeda has undergone due to its energy projects The compensation package includes pledges to earmark funding for the construction of the city s southern roundabout Klaipeda Castle Museum the Baltija crossroad reconstruction works and some other infrastructure Of the whole package only the project of the city s swimming pool has moved forward securing nearly all the necessary funding The castle museum project has regrettably hit a snag after the first stage of its works As far as the Baltija crossroad project is concerned only one of the three streets have been finished so to wrap it up there were a whole lot more promises and hopes from the conservative led government than we see now How is the Liberal led Klaipeda s relationship with the Social Democrat government I d say that it views the predecessor s pledges responsibly Relatively so I d add Understandably it must be hard for the government to 100 per cent carry out all the commitments given to our city before the LNG terminal construction Unfortunately there is often lack or absence

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  • Lietuva in brief
    security would be threatened Grybauskaite feels the pipeline would violate the EU s principles of an energy union raise the degree of the EU s dependence on Russian gas and prohibit gas flow through Ukraine This is a threat to the energy security of more than just Ukraine it s a threat to all of Europe Grybauskaite said in a press release circulated on Dec 8 following her meeting with Hungarian President Janos Ader Thanks to Straujuma Lithuania s Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius has thanked his outgoing Latvian counterpart Laimdota Straujuma for her co operation in Lithuanian Latvian relations Staujuma resigned on Dec 7 2015 I hope that after the new Latvian government is formed we will continue to focus on building a common market in the energy sector focus on the initiative of protecting the external border plus working on security and the boosting of economic immunity in the face of today s challenges said Butkevicius Rehab for Lithuanian soldiers Lithuania s Ministry of Defence has confirmed that in 2016 the country will provide rehabilitation to 50 Ukrainian armed forces soldiers injured in the war in Eastern Ukraine The first group of soldiers will arrive in Jan 2016 Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest

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  • Lithuania cancels its last railway link to Russia
    Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai Lithuanian Railways pointed to economic factors behind the decision to cut the remaining direct link between the two capitals According to Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai s Moscow representative Yuri Ferferov the direct route between Moscow and Vilnius has been cancelled due to a significant fall in passengers According to a 2014 report on the company s official website the total number of passengers using The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic Sea region Read more Our news analysis and commentaries

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  • Talks continue over new government
    Raimonds Vejonis told the press on Friday Dec 11 Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma representing the center right Unity party announced her resignation on Dec 7 following a meeting with President Raimonds Vejonis The premier s resignation means that her Cabinet is standing down as well The Latvian president has been meeting with all parties represented in the parliament on Thursday and Friday to discuss the composition of The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic Sea region Read more Our news analysis and commentaries provide

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  • Latvia ready for admission of first 10 refugees in January
    fierce debates Latvia is finally ready to admit its first ten refugees from the EU resettlement program They will arrive in January the first of up to 776 that the Latvian government has agreed to take in over the next two years Normunds Garbars the head of the Latvian State Border Guard said as such in an interview with LNT commercial TV channel on Monday Dec 14 Garbars said that Latvian representatives are leaving for The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic Sea region Read

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  • News search
    21 saw hundreds of people take part in a memorial service and the unveiling of a temporary memorial to the victims who died a Read More Lithuania will not join anti ISIS pact with Russia During a meeting with her Estonian and Latvian counterparts on November 20 Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said Lithuania will not join Read More Baltic Leaders call on world to not forget Ukraine in wake of Paris attacks In the wake of the Paris attacks and the migration crisis the leaders of the Baltic states met in Lithuania on November 20 and called for the Read More Lithuania votes to destroy Islamic State safe haven Lithuania as part of the United Nations Security Council voted in favour of using all necessary measures to destroy rdquo Read More Alcohol control policy are Baltic countries turning Nordic Oct 2015 alcohol policy trends were analysed in depth in the annual conference Alcohol Drugs and Media Scene of the Nordic Alcoh Read More Rhetoric at the Riga Conference what we talk about when we talk about war with Russia RIGA On Nov 6 and 7 security professionals politicians academics and journalists gathered at the National Library in Riga to descri Read More We are at war PARIS Ever since the terrorist attacks in January on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket Parisians knew that Read More Previous 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 Next Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent

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  • UNESCO names Latvian teacher among best in world
    backlash from Latvia s Education and Science Workers Union who declared a warning strike on Nov 27 Narvaisa s worries echo those of last month s protesters about Latvia s long term vision and strategy regarding education There is no big picture she states flatly firmly voicing the sentiments of teachers who showed up to picket the government in November The indecision of education ministers their lack of commitment to making ambitious reforms or financial guarantees are just the cornerstones of her concerns There is of course a strategy on paper she says but no one has yet been willing to implement the necessary changes for real progress While finances remain paramount in the controversy Narvaisa stresses that she is sure the question of finances cannot be solved separately from other questions of education Despite the general unrest and dissatisfaction Narvaisa has triumphed against the odds she has managed to guide her non profit school through two years of unprecedented growth Part of this success is due to the practically focused curriculum that encourages business internships and real life application of course content but Narvaisa also attributes the growth to her simple effective teaching philosophy Trust kids more I think it is easy for me to trust kids because I am not ashamed of mistakes because we are a school and we all learn Her bold innovative strides in primary school education have distinguished her in the past when she was awarded the Cesis municipality Social Investment category prize Leading by example her contributions have spurred the establishment of other schools with similar approaches The Varkey Foundation will issue its official announcement of the winner at the Global Education and Skills Forum March 2016 in Dubai Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn

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