European Presidency Conference on Innovation and Clusters

Tuesday 22nd January

Documentation from the first day of the conference and from the panel discussion at the Stockholm City Hall in the Evening. The films can be viewed using Windows Media Player. The Powerpoint presentations are in pdf format.

Day 1


Conference Opening

  • Deputy Prime Minister Maud Olofsson, Sweden  Filmppt      
  • European Commission Vice-President, Commissioner Günther Verheugen Filmppt     
Günther Verheugen Andrej Vizjak
Günther Verheugen  Andrej Vizjak

Opening remarks continued: Priorities of the Slovenian European Presidency

  • European President, Minister for Economy Andrej Vizjak, Slovenia  Filmppt      

Introduction of the Conference: Aims and Objectives

  • Gunn Ovesen, President and CEO Innovation Norway and Chair of the BSR INNOnet and Per Eriksson, Director General, Vinnova   Filmppt     

Global Competitiveness – European Challenges and Frameworks

  • Esko Aho, President of SITRA   Filmppt     

Clusters, Innovation and Competitiveness

  • Professor Michael E. Porter, Harvard Business School   Filmppt      / Presentationpdf     
Esko Aho Michael E Porter
Esko Aho Michael E. Porter

Parallel Roundtables om Competitiveness and Innovation Policy Initiative - Using Cluster Instruments

For documentation, se separate web page Roundtables 22nd January

Mapping Clusters around Europe – the European Cluster Observatory

  • Professor Örjan Sölvell, Europe Innova Cluster Mapping and Stockholm School of Economics   Filmppt      / Presentationpdf     

Introduction of the European Cluster Memorandum

  • Antoni Subirà, IESE Business School, University of Navarra, former Minister of Catalonia and member of the High-Level Group on Clusters.   Filmppt     

Handing over the European Cluster Memorandum

  • Senator Pierre Laffitte, Chair of the High-Level Group on Clusters   Filmppt      


The Stockholm City Hall


From Stockholm 2008 to the Swedish European Presidency 2009

Deputy Prime Minister Maud Olofsson, Sweden


  • Dirk Ahner, Director General, DG Regional Policy
  • Senator Pierre Laffitte, High Level Group on Clusters
  • Ulla Sirkeinen, Chair of the Innovation Task Force in BUSINESSEUROPE and Director, Confederation of Finnish Industries in Brussels
  • Jyrki Myllyvirka, Mayor of Mikkeli

Interviewed by Conference Moderator Annika Ström Melin   

Perspectives and Priorities of the French European Presidency

  • Hervé Novelli, Minister of State, attached to the Minister for the Economy, Finance and Employment, responsible for Businesses and Foreign Trade, France

Photos: Annette Andersson

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