Regionalny wymiar polityki innowacyjnej w kontekście Strategii Europa 2020 – ranga, charakter, ewolucja
The ongoing process of economical and political regionalization (interpreted as the growing role of regions in the national structures of governance), has modified the perception of the role of nation states and reconfigured the structure of competences on every level of political power. In the economic policy, one can observe the growing role of innovation policy as the most important tool for strengthening competitiveness of European countries and regions. It is also reflected in reorientation of European policies for periods 2007–2013 as well as 2014–2020, highlighting more and more clearly the aspiration of catalyzing the process of knowledge-based economy building, economizing innovative and creative resources and strengthening the innovation systems. The aim of this paper is to attempt to define the importance of regional dimension of innovation policy. It outlines the evolution of tools and instruments within this policy, indicates new direction of the challenges and scope of European Community actions in this field, set out under the Europe 2020 Strategy.