The Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) are now reality in Europe. With EU regions and nations having completed the technical fulfilments of the ex-ante conditionality and related action plans, the activities are now moving to the implementation phase. After some initial drawbacks, Slovenia has managed to develop the S3 marked by a fundamental shift in policy design of RTDI policies which enabled a country to set a high benchmark of what should be the driving force behind its RTDI policy setting. It was of particular importance that these bridges between research community and the economy have been developed with a clear market orientation, international value chains and strong involvement of stakeholders from the private sector. Moreover, a large number of new and also unexpected initiatives appeared which underlined not just the specialisation but also the diversification factor of the S3 process. A solid Entrepreneurial Discovery Process performed in the frame of the Smart Specialisation stimulated creation and strengthening of networks on an unprecedented level, which has consequently resulted in forming of strategic partnerships of stakeholders around a few S3 priorities directly linked to the European and international value chains.
This workshop on implementation of the smart specialisation strategy in Slovenia aimed at supporting trans-regional collaboration on a few selected fields that may benefit from additional exposure to the relevant European stakeholders.
1-2 June 2016: The SMART REGIONS Conference is a DG REGIO High-Level Event 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 from this webpage.