Lazio is one of the most developed regions of Italy and Europe. With regard to innovation, Lazio is home to most of Italy’s public research institutes (23% of the country’s researchers work here). One of the Lazio Region’s major strengths is represented by its network of industrial districts and local production systems. Lazio Region manages EU structural funds and is directly and indirectly involved in numerous European projects. The EU Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 is mainly focused on research, innovation and strengthening the productive base.

Cooperation with Lazio has mainly focused on regional innovation. Regione Lazio has chosen Technology Park Tecnopolo Tiburtino (located in the north of Rome) as a pilot area for cooperation with China. The technology park was conceived with the objective of creating organized areas capable of attracting high-tech companies and projects, in order to increase and improve development and employment rates in the Rome metropolitan area. Tecnopolo Tiburtino is situated on a property of about 70 hectares close to the industrial district hosting Italy’s most important aerospace and electronics companies. The area is well connected with the railway and subway systems, and can be reached easily from the international airports of Fiumicino and Ciampino. The Tecnopolo Tiburtino site supports local SMEs through convenient real estate solutions and technology development services. More than 100 companies are located in the park area, especially from the aerospace, energy, ICT and mechanical engineering.

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