Apart from the EU Macro-Regional Strategies (MRS) numerous other initiatives were put in place to bring together national, regional authorities, sectorial ministries and agencies, managing authorities of programmes, academia, research, entrepreneurs, local associations and other stakeholders such as civil society in an organised way to tackle certain common challenges.
Among numerous stakeholder platforms promoting smart sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe there are also initiatives to promote such development activities in the Atlantic area. One of the important such initiatives dealing with the blue growth, sea basin strategy, marine and maritime affairs was initiated by the Atlantic coastal regions of Europe and by the European Commission, DG MARE.
To facilitate the dialogue and interaction around the S3 related topics of blue growth the S3 Platform has participated and co-organised a number of S3 seminars and workshops inviting a wide range of participants involved in the design and implementation of Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) in the topics related to blue growth. These events contributed to the dialogue and initiating some trans-regional multi-stakeholder partnerships aiming at developing collaboration opportunities within S3 priorities related to the blue growth activities related in particular to the Atlantic coasts and islands.