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EREF 09 - Developing Human Capital and Managing Migration for more

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08.06.2009 - 09.06.2009

EREF 09 - Developing Human Capital and Managing Migration for more Competitive European Regions

Slovenian Business and Research Association (SBRA)
6, Avenue Lloyd George
B - 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32 2 645 1910
Fax: +32 2 645 1917
Email: info@sbra.be

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Nova Gorica
Trg Edvarda Kardelja 1
5000 Nova Gorica
Phone: 05/335-01-11
Fax: 05/302-12-33
Email: mestna.obcina@nova-gorica.si

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Nova Gorica
Nova Gorica/Slovenia


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As on previous occasions, this years event will focus on a key aspect of achieving the Lisbon Agenda. The challenge facing participants this year is: Developing Human Capital and Managing Migration for more Competitive European Regions.
Though we are generally aware that human capital is the European regions strongest asset, our development strategies, policies and everyday performance seem largely to ignore this important, basic fact.
Given todays climate of global economic crisis and the interdependence of economies, the need for a highly developed human resource base one that can create knowledge value and is mobile has grown all the more critical if Europe is to become more competitive.
It is not our target to simply become globally more competitive but also to make Europe attractive for worldwide talent.
Can Europe go from brain drain to brain gain?
The European workforce is less qualified for innovative and creative performance than that of the US and for some other of our global competitors (RTD staff represents 5.4% of total workforce in the EU and 9.0% in the US). Our educational systems are not sufficiently in tune with the requirements of modern service economies, and progress on the Bologna process is slow.
This inability to create the right conditions is costing Europes regions some of their finest minds (more than two thirds of European PhD students decide to stay in the US even worse: only 13% of European researchers working currently abroad intend to return home).
As if this were not enough, annually, Europe welcomes around 1 million immigrants; however 85% of them are poorly qualified. In the US the picture is exactly the opposite: only 5% of immigrants are poorly qualified.
Numerous studies and surveys have shown that EU countries and regions need to create the conditions to move from brain drain to brain gain.
How will EREF 2009 address these challenges?
Policy makers, knowledge stakeholders and media will openly explore and discuss ways to resolve these problems. They will try to understand how Europe can learn from worldwide best practice.
On the afternoon of Sunday 7 June the day before the event opens the members of the RIBN Network will already be discussing how EU support could be used more effectively to address human capital and migration issues in South Eastern Europe in the framework of RIBN annual meeting.
On Monday morning 8 June The Forum will start by exploring these issues in the context of South Eastern Europe which has recently suffered from significant brain drain.
There will be plenty of opportunity to take part in plenary sessions and working groups, as well as to shape the content by taking part in preparatory workshops: 24 April in Graz (e-learning for SMEs), 7 May in Ottawa (on migration management) and 7 June in Gorizia (linking brains from diaspora). Please find attached the recommendations on researchers mobility and the role of hosting institution, compiled at the first EREF preparatory workshop held in Ankara on 12 February.
These workshops are going to prepare draft-recommendations which will be discussed and adopted in Nova Gorica in the afternoon of 9 June.

Mirko Brulc; Jozsef Gyorkos; Borut Pahor; Zoran Stančič; Gregor Golobič.

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