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EU senior official Jean-Noël Durvy in Toulon on 23 April 2008 reiterated EU commitment to industrial innovation.

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.

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