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PRESS RELEASE - 3rd MIRRIS Policy dialogue in Slovakia

European funding for Research & Innovation in Slovakia: an Activity Plan to increase the Slovak participation - Bratislava, 16 December 2015

On 16th December 2015, the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic has gathered national stakeholders, to discuss and prioritise measures, which could improve the participation of the Slovak 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 Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic has mobilised all the relevant decision makers to be present in the dialogue in Bratislava.
During the day the stakeholders discussed about the most suitable measures to be proposed for implementation and pilot testing actions aiming at increasing participation of the Slovak participants to the EU programmes. The main challenge of Slovakia is to boost the innovation and market oriented research towards the increase of competitiveness of Slovakia as well as to tackle the brain drain phenomena. In order to overcome these challenges, Slovakia shall endorse a set of measures aiming at building of adequate research infrastructure, strengthening of research diversity and capacity building, increase of participation to the European association and networks, building of partnerships and linkages at international level and establishment of tailored made mechanisms, cross linkages of disciplines for fostering research and competitiveness at national level for gaining visibility at EU and international level.
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, discussed a broader scope of potential actions to be undertaken in order 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&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.

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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