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Between November 6th and 8th representatives of 40 European Innovation agencies and the European Commission are gathering in Izmir, Turkey, in the frame of the EUREKA initiative. EUREKA is a network of European Innovation agencies, also involving the EU, working together on providing financial support to research projects jointly undertaken by companies, universties and research institutions coming from different parts of Europe. In the recent years, Canada and South Korea have joined the EUREKA Network as associated countries and will also send delegates to the Izmir meetings.
Hot-topics to be discussed during the three-days meeting by EUREKA National Project Coordinators and High Level Representatives include the synchronisation of the funding between agencies, future developments in the Eurostars Programme and supporting Innovation at a regional level.
Until mid-2013, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, TÜBITAK, will hold the chairmanship of EUREKA and will organise meetings between members of the EUREKA Network in Turkey.