An ambitious project has been launched by the Italian Department for Development and Cohesion Policies, involving Italian national and regional policy makers.  The aim: co-designing Innovation policies under EU Structural Funds for a multi-level coordination, in Gov 2.0 style. 

Something is definitely happening.

Source: A. Bonaccorsi, Sostegno alle politiche di ricerca e innovazione delle Regioni, 2010

http://www.aginnovazione.gov.it/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/23_giungo_2010_Bonaccorsi.pdf

Regional expenditure for Research and Innovation as a percentage of total R&I expenditure by selected countries