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2020.07.21

Aiming to accelerate innovations in agri-food sector

Aiming to accelerate innovations in agri-food sector
The National Paying Agency (NPA), together with partners from 4 EU Member States, Spain, Portugal, Poland and Italy, is implementing the Agri Renaissance project, which aims to promote scientific and technological innovations in the agri-food sector. The project is funded by the European Union (EU) Interreg Europe programme.
 
The aim of the project is to share examples of good practice in the implementation of regional and rural development programmes for innovations in agriculture. The project is implemented in close cooperation with social partners: Science, Innovation and Technology Agency, Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics, Lithuanian Vytautas Magnus University–Academy of Agriculture, Lithuanian Agricultural Advisory Service, Lithuanian Public Health Sciences Institute, Lithuanian Institute of Horticulture. 
 
The project duration – 4 years, and on 1 June this year,  the first two-year period of the project implementation has ended. It is worth noting  that  during the years 2018-2020 the essential work of the project was implemented and set goals were achieved:
 
1. The regional analysis of Lithuania was carried out identifying strengths and weaknesses: https://www.interregeurope.eu/fileadmin/user_upload/tx_tevprojects/library/file_1544105927.pdf ;
 
2. Examples of good practice were presented.during the meetings of Lithuanian and international partners, Those examples were approved by the EU Interreg Europe both for Lithuania and for the project partner regions. Actions were foreseen to encourage the development of innovations in agriculture and food industry in Lithuania.
 
3. Action Plan for Lithuania was prepared and approved  – the NPA just  received excellent news that the EU Interreg Europe Secretariat approved the document prepared by the NPA.
 
The Action Plan for Lithuania comprises four actions:
 
       1. Simplification of rules of the European Innovation Partnership measure under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. The updated rules were approved on 21 February 2020: https://www.e-tar.lt/portal/lt/legalAct/9cfff67054ac11ea931dbf3357b5b1c0 . More applications are expected to be received towards the end of 2020 comparing with 2019 due to the rerduction of excessive bureaucratic requirements.
 
       2. Increasing the publicity / accessibility of the results of implemented projects in the agriculture and food sector by publishing them in a database that would be freely accessible to the public. It is proposed to publish this information in the newly created section of the Open R&D Lithuania platform. This will hopefully lead to sharing of project achievements among businesses, academia, NGOs and other stakeholders.
 
      3. Organisation of national level events for Lithuanian research institutions and businesses (brokerage event). Future calls for proposals will be presented during these events, providing an opportunity to meet and network with representatives of academia and business, who prepare project applications themselves and for whom a personal interview is important. Such meetings will be focused on specific thematic areas and will present opportunities for participation in the EU and national research and innovation programmes. The events will also include partner-finding sessions for strengthening collaboration between science and business. This is a great opportunity to find partners in future projects, to discuss and evaluate the competence and experience of potential project participants.
 
        4. Establishment of a Fund for promoting innovations in different domains, including the agri-food sector. On 26 June 2020 the Government of the Republic of Lithuania approved the establishment of such a fund. The Innovation Promotion Fund will contribute to better planning and targeted investment in innovation activities, while the Fund's investments in innovative companies will allow to attract more external capital and foreign investment.The Action Plan for Lithuania is available in the English language:  https://www.interregeurope.eu/fileadmin/user_upload/tx_tevprojects/library/file_1593676646.pdf
 
More information about the project can be found here: https://www.interregeurope.eu/agrirenaissance/
 
Last updated: 2020-07-21 14:46