The European Commission organised a thematic information day for regional and national authorities, regional clusters and representatives of the agri-food sector who are actively interested in co-creating a smart specialisation Agri-Food Platform to share best practices, jointly promote investments and innovation, and develop positions in new global value chains in the field of Agri-Food.
The event took place in Brussels on 12 May 2016 (ERC Executive Agency, Covent Garden, Place Rogier 16 - Room 00 SDR2). You can access the agenda here.
The event gave regions the possibility to define sub-themes of common strategic interest – such as for instance Agriculture and ICT, Water, Low Impact Farming, Food and Health.
The sub-themes defined at the information day will feed into the launch of a Smart Specialisation Platform for Agri-Food in June 2016. In practical terms, these sub-themes are expected to become a priority for the work of the new Platform and these regional partnerships are to be supported by the European Commission. In the longer term, the aim is also to help regional partnerships develop common projects and investment platforms that could target support from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI).
In an on-going effort we are collecting information on the interest of regions and member states in different sub-areas. For this, please fill in our survey by answering to a short set of questions regarding your region's experience and ambition in the context of agri-food investment and innovation for our future activities.
This information daywas organised by the S3 Platform, on the initiative of DG AGRI, DG RTD and DG Regio.
ABOUT THE AGRI-FOOD PLATFORM
The Platform aims to promote innovation-driven investment in the domain of agro-food, based on bottom-up interregional cooperation in the value chain. DG AGRI, DG REGIO and DG RTD, in cooperation with DG JRC (the S3 Platform), are launching this Platform at the occasion of the High-Level Event on Smart Regions of the 1st of June. The S3 Platform (JRC-IPTS) will support the new Platform.
The Agri-Food Platform will develop a methodology for bottom-up cooperation that is driven by seeking leadership and complementarity in exploring new growth opportunities in international value chains across regions (smart specialisation). The first step is to identify lead-regions and priority areas to start more specific partnerships for co-investments in the modernisation of specific agro-food value chains. These partnerships should build on regional clusters and innovation systems but have European added-value through upscaling regional efforts by exploiting synergies.
Further information about this new Platform can be found on a dedicated page.
To learn about the S3P Project on Global Value Chains in the context of Smart Specialisation, please visit the following web-page.
The Smart Specialisation Platform for Agri-Food will improve the targeting of public funding in priority areas identified by regions in view of exploring new growth opportunities in global value chains. This could concern pilots and demonstrators to favour the uptake of new technologies and business-models.
The Platform will enable the entrepreneurial discovery process at European level: focusing innovation efforts of regions and scaling up innovation projects that have the potential to be a business driver across regions.
The platform will work as a complement to the work done by the European Innovation Partnership Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI).
Save-The-Date: High-Level Event 1-2 June 2016, Brussels 'Smart Regions: driving smart specialisation investments in priority areas for European growth.'
The new smart specialisation platform for Agri-Food will be officially launched at this conference which will bring together stakeholders for smart specialisation investments.
Regions that have indicated their interest to start a partnership in specific agri-food value chains will be invited to present their proposal at the launch event.
Should you need to share the information about the new S3 Agri-Food Platform, please free to use the following PDF documents.
About the S3 Platform
for Agri-Food (PDF)
Call for Expression
of Interest (PDF)
11 MAY 2016: INFORMATION DAY - S3 PLATFORM ON INDUSTRIAL MODERNISATION AND INVESTMENT
Please also note that the European Commission organised a separate Information Day for the new S3 Industrial Modernisation Platform on the 11th of May 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. Further information about the event is available from thisweb-page.
1-2 JUNE 2016: SMART REGIONS CONFERENCE by DG REGIO
The SMART REGIONS Conference is organised by DG REGIO and will highlight the key role of regions in developing new growth dynamics for Europe, based on bottom-up entrepreneurship and innovation. The High-Level Event will accelerate the set-up of effective partnerships for co-investing across regions that commit to their smart specialisation priorities. It will show a way forward in using the synergies between the different public and private funding mechanism to support such investment dynamics. Further information about the event is available on this web-page.