Barcelona, Espoo, Grenoble, Groningen, Malaga and Paris are the six cities shortlisted for the first European Capital of Innovation award, or iCapital. The award will go to the city building the best “innovation ecosystem’ – connecting citizens, public organisations, academia, and business – with a view to helping the city scale up its efforts in this field.
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Since it was first launched in 2001, The Global Information Technology Report, a World Economic Forum initiative, has become a valuable and unique benchmarking tool to determine national ICT strengths and weaknesses, and to evaluate progress. It also highlights the continuing importance of ICT application and development for economic growth.
RegioStars – The Awards for Innovative Projects – form part of the “enhanced communication effort” proposed in the Communication on Regions for Economic Change (COM(2006) 675). The Communication states that “Integral to the communication policy of Regions for Economic Change