The aim of the FINNO project was to contribute to better productivity and achieve more comparable level of innovativeness between countries in South East Europe (SEE) region. Throughout the project duration (March 2001 – August 2014) the project created a communication platform of decision-makers supported by sustainable mechanism for fostering innovation in SEE area, the FINNO Committee, a body made up of representatives of project partners, which will continue to function and to provide a steady flow of relevant policy recommendations.

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The project

South East Europe (SEE) countries elaborate and implement the innovation policies with various level of effectiveness. There is a lack of cooperation, capacity and common understanding of innovation performance, policies and supporting instruments in the region. The aim of the FINNO project was to contribute to better productivity and achieve more comparable level of innovativeness between countries in SEE region.

Throughout the project duration (March 2001 – August 2014) the project created a communication platform of decision-makers supported by sustainable mechanism for fostering innovation in SEE area, the FINNO Committee, a body made up of representatives of project partners, which will continue to function and to provide a steady flow of relevant policy recommendations.

The mechanism for fostering innovation in SEE region was developed in the project by key innovation supporting actors. On the basis of the analysis of innovation performance and existing measures in SEE countries and region, a common methodology for measuring Technology Innovation Assessment Scoreboard (TIAS) was developed. TIAS Scoreboard rate was measured in companies as we asked direct users of innovation supporting measures to use our pilot application of the on-line Self-Assessment Tool (SAT). On the basis of identified TIAS rate and identification of existing economy and policy gaps, policy recommendations for the FINNO Committee were prepared, while the capacity of stakeholders was enhanced.

Main project results include coherent methodology for implementation and usage of TIAS and SAT, innovation policy recommendations for each participating country and establishment of the FINNO Committee to ensure durability after project end. The results achieved in the project provided an overview of innovation efforts of the involved SEE countries in a unified and comparable way, while also enabling benchmarks with other European regions.

The results were disseminated throughout the entire project, providing relevant stakeholders with useful guidelines on how to improve innovation policy and measure innovation performance in their country and beyond.

Jul 13, 2011 by admin