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Report – The Role of Smart Specialisation in the EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policies

In the framework of the Danube-INCO.NET project the S3 Platform together with experts prepared the report which explores the conditions under which the smart specialisation model can be applied in the EU enlargement and neighbourhood (E&N) countries.
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Abstract

In the framework of the Danube-INCO.NET project the S3 Platform together with experts prepared the report which  explores the conditions under which the smart specialisation model can be applied in the EU enlargement and neighbourhood (E&N) countries. The analysis examines developments of research and innovation policies in 11 E&N countries - five countries in the Western Balkans (Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania and Bosnia & Herzegovina) some of which are EU enlargement countries and six Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), also defined as EU neighbourhood countries in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus. The authors identify the main gaps that might hinder successful implementation of S3 initiatives in the E&N countries, suggest considering some essential pre-conditions for initiation of sustainable S3 processes and offer some guidance and policy recommendations on facilitating the S3 outside the EU.