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Research centres as an example of innovation centres : the case of the Catalan Cork Institute


Brief description of the instrument and its modus operandi

The centres works on: the enhancement and control of quality of cork products; the enforcement of the R&D in the cork sector; education and training activities; promotion of the cork sector

Which problem the instrument is supposed to solve?

To be more competitive within a market where the consumers are more and more exigent

Purpose or main objective / overall goal of the instrument?

Increase and enhancement of industry throughout technological innovation and product differentiation

Innovation content or potential of the instrument?

First centre in Catalonia created at the initiative of the AECORK (Association of Catalan Cork Companies integrated by more than 90% of Catalan cork companies) and works as a consortium integrated by Public Administration (different organs of the Catalan Government), town halls, and local chambers of trade among others. // Besides it develops the Pilot Plan of Innovation in the cork sector

Which laws and regulations support the implement of this instrument?

Decree 208/1991 that creates the Institute

The initiator/promoter of the instrument?

Private sector: The AECORK (Association of Catalan cork companies)

Which organizations are involved in the operationalization of the instrument?

The Consortium of the Institute: Department of Labour and Enterprises (from the Catalan Autonomic Government), Department of Agriculture, AECORK, Catalan Forestry Consortium, Trade chamber of Palamós, Town hall (Cassà de la Selva, Sant Feliu de Guixols, P

Have any of the items mentioned above changed since the instrument entered into force?


Year 1991
Policy area
Affected activity
Affected actors
Products Bark/cork
Countries Spain
Regions (NUTS 2) Catalonia
Focus on NWFP
Document category
Instrument type
Legal status
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Geographical scope Local
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