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Scientific cooperation between the European Union and Turkey – advantages and possible synergies

Agota David () and Tamas Szigetvari ()
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Agota David: Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development
Tamas Szigetvari: Institute of World Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

No 218, IWE Working Papers from Institute for World Economics - Centre for Economic and Regional Studies

Abstract: The Turkish economy has shown remarkable economic performance over the last decade. Currently, it is the 18th largest economy in the world. To increase its competitiveness, Turkey set research and development as a priority area for the next decade, with the ambitious goal of reaching 3% of GERD/GDP by 2023. Despite several controversies about the EU accession process in general, Turkey is an active member of the European research area. It is an associated member of the RDI Framework Programmes since 2002, it participated in and coordinated various scientific projects, policy-coordination actions, mobility programmes and won grants for excellent researchers. In the Turkish national STI strategy for 2011-2016, the three vertical and six horizontal axes consist of various scientific areas like ICT, Energy, Defence, Water, Food, which have been also set as priority areas in the European H2020 programme. We would like to focus in our article on possible synergies between priority areas, as well as on the role of SMEs in the innovation chain, which are enjoying a special attention in both Horizon 2020 and in Turkish national science and economic policy.

Keywords: Turkey; cooperation; research and development; Science, Technology and Innovation policy; Horizon 2020; middle income trap. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F42 H52 I23 O14 O32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34 pages
Date: 2015-11
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