On 23 April 2008, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Var Department and the PACA Marine Competitivity Cluster organized a conference-debate on «Innovation policy in Europe». This proved to be one of the highlights of the visit of Jean-Noël Durvy, Director of the Innovation Policy Unit at the EU Commission’s DG Enterprises. Here, he gained a real understanding of local innovation while informing a large panel of guests about EU measures they were eligible to apply for. Topics discussed during his visit to Toulon included: the Var economy and its maritime dimension, innovation in the Provence Verte region, education, research and training, industrial innovation and the Euro Mediterranean opening.
The conference-debate held on 23 April in the Grande Tourrache was attended by a mixed public audience including students from the Euromed School of Management and representatives of companies with high innovation potential.