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PRESS RELEASE - 2nd policy dialogue of MIRRIS in Croatia

The 2nd MIRRIS Policy dialogue in Croatia took place in Zagreb on 25 March 2015. The dialogue was hosted by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport (MZOS) and moderated by META, with the participation of MIRRIS consortium partners APRE and TII.
During the event, the best practices addressing the participation to the EU programmes were presented on behalf of APRE, by Ms. Rocio Escolano and the Alliance 4 Universities (A4U) and of the Office for the Promotion of European Research Activities (OPERA), by Ms. Stefanie Ubrig.
During the dialogue, with more than 15 Croatian stakeholders from the Research organisation, Ministry and National Agencies  present, META presented the key findings of the 1st MIRRIS policy dialogue that was held in Zagreb on 28 May 2014, including the gap and SWOT analysis addressing the factors having an impact on the Croatian participation to the EU programmes, that was approved by the present stakeholders. During the dialogue, national stakeholders reflected on their own institutional concerns and institutional strategies in order to improve the participation in HORIZON 2020. MIRRIS was found a good tool to identify priorities and support the preparation of a roadmap to activate changes. Moreover, it was agreed that MIRRIS would review already introduced Action plan aiming at raising the absorption capacity of the Croatian participation in the EU Framework Programmes for Research in period 2013-2015 on behalf of MZOS and use it as a base for the MIRRIS roadmap for Croatia. 

In order to support and motivate the discussion, MIRRIS brought the above noted experts from APRE and A4U to join the dialogue and share the best  practices on behalf on their organisations as well as to provide further recommendations based on their experience. On behalf of APRE, Ms. Escolano presented a case study on participation of the Italian representatives to the Programme Committee for the Societal Challenge 2 of Horizon 2020. Ms. Ubrig elaborated the rationale behind the strategic alliance of four Spanish universities and its advantage when cooperation at the European level is concerned that is managed through the joint office in Brussels. In particular, Ms. Ubrig highlighted the importance of having a timely access to the relevant information as well as access to networks, which is now achieved with the presence in Brussels. Moreover, the issue of networking and the effective advocacy towards increasing participation to the ERA was highlighted several times during the discussion on behalf of the Croatian stakeholders.
After the 2nd Policy dialogue, MIRRIS will work alongside with Croatian stakeholders to prepare the 3rd dialogue, scheduled for this autumn. The objective of the 3rd cycle will be to translate the intervention measures discussed in March into priorities and a roadmap for implementation.

About MIRRIS Host Organisation
The Ministry of Science, Education and Sport is in charge of development of the scientific-research activities. It also takes care about research-based technology development and communication and information (IT) activities. Its main mission regarding scientific research is to create and implement national scientific research policy as a framework for overall development science in Croatia. The Ministry also promotes of the participation of Croatia to the FPs for Research and Participation.

MIRRIS (Mobilizing Institutional Reform for Research and Innovation Systems) is a Coordination and Support Action  aiming at identifying the strengths and weaknesses of R&I performance in ERA and Framework Programmes of the EU12 and Croatia and activate initiatives to improve participation to Horizon 2020.
MIRRIS seeks to promote a more effective participation to the European Research Area and Framework Programmes, by 1) understanding success factors 2) identifying key actions and 3) mobilizing stakeholders for improving performance and better exploiting H2020 and synergies with ESIF. To achieve this goal MIRRIS will organize 3 rounds of policy dialogue in each target country, promote mutual learning and prepare a road map for implementation.
About META – MIRRIS Project Coordinator
META is an international company fostering knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship at macro & micro scale. META addresses policy decision makers committed to improve regional competitiveness; entrepreneurs keen to start up or further develop a venture; researchers, willing to set up their own company.

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under agreement n°320209