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The Mediterranean Pyrenees Euroregion aims to promote clusters

At a conference held in Barcelona, the five regions of the Euroregion agree to work together as a trans-border macrocluster.

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Fifty representatives of the Mediterranean Pyrenees Euroregion, an economic-political cooperation project between Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Aragon, Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees, have agreed on an agenda to consolidate the Euroregion as a leading area in innovation and research in biotechnology and ICT at the service of health. This was during the conference, Innovation and Research in the Mediterranean Pyrenees Euroregion: challenges for economic growth, held on 21 November 2011 in Barcelona.

Among the representatives of the Euroregion there were politicians from the regional Governments, and managers and technicians from companies that promote various clusters from these fields, such as Biocat, the TICSalut foundation, ACC1Ó, EuroBioMed, BioIB, and Pôle Cancer-Bio-santé, among others.

From now on, the five regions of the Euroregion will work together as a trans-border macrocluster, “a cluster of clusters which will become a centre of innovation in southern Europe”, as affirmed by the general director of Foreign Affairs of the Generalitat de Catalunya and representative of the Catalan presidency of the Euroregion, Salvador Sedó. This operation will be the key to strengthening regional coordination and will help build joint projects with European funding.

Shortly, Euroregional work groups will be formed along thematic lines (telemedicine and telecare, medical record and personal health file, standards and interoperability, training and professional development, and the search for new models of financing and management). A map of projects and leadership for each ICT and health field will also be created, and opportunities in European projects will be identified.

The foundation, TICSalut, will host the secretariat that is to coordinate the macrocluster.  

The Euroregion representatives at the Palau de Pedralbes in Barcelona - Photo: © Ainhoa Gomà, Mediterranean Pyrenees Euroregion.

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