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» Regional Innovation Strategy for the South Central Region of Bulgaria, The Regional Innovation Strategy for the South Central Region of Bulgaria was elaborated under the EU RIS/SC-Bg project that was funded by DG Enterprise of the European Commission and implemented by a consortium of the following organizations: ARC Fund (Coordinator), the Commission for Social and Economic Cohesion, the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, tti Magdeburg (Germany), and the University of Thessaly (Greece).

» Knowledge Economy – theory, policies and developments in Bulgaria, This brochure, published by ARC Fund in May 2004, discusses the central importance of knowledge for productivity, competitiveness, and growth. The text is structured along the analytical model developed by the World Bank Institute, which defines four main pillars of the “knowledge economy”, namely: institutional and economic incentives regime; national innovation system; education and training; and ICT infrastructure.

» Current State, Development Prospects and Integration Potential of Optoelectronics and Microoptoelectronincs in Bulgaria: Analysis, ARC Fund organized and carried out, together with the Faculty of Communications and Communication Technologies at the Technical University - Sofia, a national survey to identify the Bulgarian organizations and research units working in the field of optoelectronics and microoptoelectronics; establish their interests, assets and opportunities, and the efficiency of already established partnerships.

» Industrial case studies on innovation and technology needs of companies in the South-Central Region of Bulgaria, This document contains 10 industrial case studies analyzing the innovation processes at company level, and companies’ demand for new technologies in the following priority sectors of the regional economy of the South Central region of Bulgaria: agriculture and agrochemistry; food industry; electronics and electrotechnics; mechanical engineering; tourism; timber; wood processing and furniture production; textiles; perfumery and cosmetics; leather and shoe-making industry.

» Benchmarking Indicators for R&D and Innovation Activities in the EU Member States (in Bulgarian), In the transition period to a knowledge-based economy, R&D and innovation activities are the major source for economic growth and competitiveness enhancement in virtually every sector. This also increases the role of statistical indicators used to measure such activities.

» Regional Demand for Innovation in the South Central Region of Bulgaria: Analysis of Survey Results (in Bulgarian) , During the period February-September 2003 ARC Fund conducted an analysis of the regional demand for innovation in the South Central Region of Bulgaria under the project “Developing a Regional Innovation Strategy of South Central Region of Bulgaria”. This survey was a pilot initiative for Bulgaria as it studied in depth the innovation performance of SMEs and their needs for new technologies.

» e-Government Foresight: a Background Paper, This document was prepared within Work Package 4 of the ForeTech project with the aim to argument why the e-government domain had been chosen for foresight in Bulgaria, to fine-focus (find the key themes) the e-government foresight exercise as a follow up of two round table discussions with e-government stakeholders, and sum up the major e-government developments in the country.

» Biotechnology Foresight: a Background Paper, This document presents a critical survey on past developments and the present state of biotechnology in Bulgaria, with the aim of outlining the areas of most relevance for foresight activities.

» Innovation Policy of Sweden (in Bulgarian), According to a study on the innovation potential of European countries for 2002 (European Innovation Scoreboard), Sweden takes the lead on such indicators as intellectual property rights in the field of high-technologies; opportunities for joint venture funding; business costs for research and development activities.

» Intellectual Property Rights and their Role for Business Development (in Bulgarian), The Intellectual Property Rights, realized in the context of a market economy, are very important for the development of a modern society and for the creation of new and high-quality goods and services. The role of IPR is to encourage research and development activities, support the dissemination of new ideas and protect the constructive efforts.


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