RInES Conference: “Research and Innovation in the service of Economy and Society EU Neighbourhood and the Black Sea region”, Thessaloniki, Greece
Flagship Event of the Hellenic Presidency of the EU Council

The objective of the Conference is to highlight the important role of the International Cooperation/INCO for the EU itself by reinforcing the collaboration with the European Neighbourhood/EN and the Black Sea region (BS region) within the framework of the research and innovation exploiting its potential as an integral part of a comprehensive package of external action.
It is highly important to emphasise that during the RInES Conference it will be the first time that the Neighbourhood countries and the Black Sea region will work together with the EU towards a common approach on research and innovation issues, not only on policy options but also on two sectors of high importance of the Societal challenges of the HORIZON 2020:
- Marine research and the maritime strategy in the Neighbourhood countries and the BS region within the frame of sustainable management of ecosystems, marine bio-geo resources, fisheries and offshore renewable energy
- Sustainable energy, especially in low and zero carbon footprint energy’’
The RInES Conference is envisaged to result in the “Thessaloniki declaration”, a Joint Declaration, possibly accompanied by a roadmap regarding the further steps and the way forward for the EU INCO Policy and external R&I relations in the above-mentioned target countries.

- General Secretariat for Research and Technology/GSRT of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs 
- Centre for Research and Technology Hellas/CERTH 
- Hellenic Centre for Marine Research/HCMR 
- DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission 

RInES Conference is co-funded by the International Cooperation Programme of the 7th Framework Programme of R&TD. 

More information can be found at the Conference website, where you can also now register to attend RInES. 

Relevant Documents
Conference Annoucement
 and Conference Agenda.