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Oberösterreich (Upper Austria)

Oberösterreich (Upper Austria)

The “Innovative Upper Austria 2020” Strategic Economic and Research Programme forms both the basis for the future prosperity of our region and for an optimum response to the challenges of global competition. Growth, competitiveness and investments serve as a platform for the prosperity, security and quality of life of the Upper Austrian population.

Upper Austria has a long tradition and a great deal of experience with regard to the preparation of “smart economic and cluster strategies”. The first Upper Aus­trian Smart Specialisation Strategy has been called the “Upper Austrian Economic and Research Programme 2000+” and ran from 1998 to 2004. Now, for the period from 2014 to 2020, Upper Austria has drafted its fourth Strategic Economic and Re­search Programme “Innovative Upper Austria 2020”. The primary focus of all these programmes has been and is the strengthening of the innovative and competitive capacity of business and industry, as well as thriving for additional technological leadership in intelligent market niches. Five fields of action consisting of Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, Health/Ageing, Food/Nutrition and Mobility/Logistics have been established for the latest programme on the basis of key technological compe­tences, an innovation orientation and the fields of strength of Upper Austrian busi­ness and industry in the export area. In fact, in its Strategic Programmes, since 1998 Upper Austria has already applied the logic of the Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3), which is also currently the object of intensive promotion by the EU. From a con­tentual perspective, the orientation of the fields of action is directly accordant with a number of the programme lines contained in “Horizon 2020”. This does increase Upper Austria´s capacity for linkage with research policy initiatives on a European level and serves to secure compatibility with the “Europe 2020” strategy. As part of the European Danube-Vltava Regions (ERDV) and owing to its involvement in the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), as well as numerous other EU projects, Upper Austria is committed to interregional partnerships aimed at fostering indus­trial renewal and smart specialisation.

Minister of Economy, State of Upper Austria