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PRESS RELEASE - 3rd MIRRIS Policy dialogue in Latvia

European funding for Research & Innovation in Latvia: an Activity Plan to increase the Latvian participation, Riga 06 November 2015

On 06th November 2015, the State Agency for Education and Development has gathered national stakeholders, to discuss and prioritise measures, which could improve the participation of the Latvian organisation to the EU programme for Research & Innovation.

The event was organised in the frame of the European initiative MIRRIS. The dialogue is the third one of a cycle where the hosting State Agency for Education and Development has mobilised all the relevant decision makers to be present in the dialogue in Latvia.

During the day the stakeholders discussed about the most suitable measures to be proposed for implementation and pilot testing aiming at increasing participation of the Latvian participants to the EU programmes. During the discussion the stakeholders highlighted the importance of promotion of the added value of participation to EU programmes among Latvian participants and the need for endorsement of a set of measures that would be targeting the strong promotion of Latvian research excellence and openness to the international dimension, leveraging from ESIF to improve participation to Horizon 2020, and further building of linkages and partnerships.

Furthermore, the implementation of the above noted activities was observed from the point of synergies at national level among Structural Funds and Horizon 2020. Participants, following the input proposed by the project coordinator META and MIRRIS Consortium Partner, Coventry University, discussed a broader scope of potential actions to be undertaken to improve the participation in Horizon 2020 and to upgrade the national system of Research and Innovation.

The MIRRIS Consortium will continue to support the implementation of actions engaging peers to provide tailored coaching in the areas with the highest priority identified during the dialogue.

MIRRIS (Mobilizing Institutional Reform for Research and Innovation Systems) is a Coordination and Support Action aiming at identifying the strengths and weaknesses of R&D&I performance in ERA and Framework Programmes of the EU12 and Croatia and activate initiatives to improve participation to Horizon 2020.
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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under agreement n°320209