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Albania has registered to the S3 Platform.

IUC-LAC Project is formally open!

EURADA announces within the EU International Urban Cooperation Latin America and the Caribbean (IUC-LAC) Project that as from 17 September 2017...

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Montenegro has registered to the S3 Platform.

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The latest region to register to the S3 Platform is Kharkiv (Ukraine).

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Directorate-General for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR)

 

EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR)

 

Eastern Partnership (EaP)

 

DANUBE-INCO.NET, coordination and support action funded under FP7

 

Horizon 2020 Twinning project strengthening scientific and research capacity of the Institute of Economics Zagreb (SmartEIZ)

S3 Beyond EU S3 Beyond EU

Relations with neighbouring countries have been a central concern for the EU throughout the regional integration process. Every round of EU enlargement has created new 'neighbouring' countries and triggered the desire of states to join the EU. Research and innovation policy has become an increasingly important area of activities with partner countries associated to Horizon 2020.

In 2016, seven priority areas of mutual interest for collaboration were identified between DG NEAR, DG REGIO, DG RTD and JRC, with regional development and particularly smart specialisation being one of them. The IPA II regulation clearly mentions smart specialisation as a thematic priority for assistance to enlargement countries.[1] Smart specialisation and the accompanying ex-ante conditionality have a clear legal basis in the acquis communautaire and will be relevant fur future accession countries.[2] The EU Strategy for the Danube Region mentions smart specialisation specifically as a milestone for reaching the targets of Priority Area 7 (Knowledge Society). Eastern Partnership countries have committed to adopt at least one S3 by 2020.[3] To support participatory and evidence-based processes outside the EU, the S3 Platform supports the development of innovation strategies for smart specialisation in a pilot project covering Serbia, Moldova and Ukraine.

As a part of the pilot project on supporting the initial preparatory steps for the development of the smart specialisation strategies within the JRC's Enlargement and Integration Action (E&IA) the S3 Platform provides a specific support to the few selected Horizon 2020 Associated Enlargement and Neighbourhood Countries.

The pilot project is currently entering the operational phase. The S3 Platform together with an expert team and local partners is preparing a mapping of economic, scientific and innovation potentials with the three target countries. At a three-day meeting in Chisinau (MD) on 5-7 April 2017, policy-makers and analysts from partner countries confirmed their strong commitment for this evidence-based and participatory process. The mapping results will serve as a basis for planning and implementing a series of stakeholder dialogues to jointly develop detailed priority domains and cross-sectoral niches.


[1] "Improving the private-sector environment and competitiveness of enterprises, including smart specialisation, as key drivers of growth, job creation and cohesion. Priority shall be given to projects which improve the business environment." http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32014R0231

[2] Regulation (EU) No 1301/2013.

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Innovation Camp Belgrade: Building Scenarios for the Software Industry

Panel on Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation of Montenegro

In the frame of Open Science Days in Montenegro S3 Platform together with the Ministry of Science of Montenegro on 10 October is organising the Panel on...

SME Conference "Smart Specialisation: Engine for Economic Growth in the Regions of the Republic of Moldova"

The S3 Platform together with external experts will present the potential smart specialisation priorities for Moldova at Smart Specialisation conference...

Starting Smart Specialisation: Experiences from the EU for innovation and economic transformation

In the framework of the Danube-INCO.net project, the Smart Specialisation Platform of the JRC together with the Academy of Sciences of Moldova organised...

Synergies: Sustainable Growth in Marine and Maritime Sectors of Slovenia in the Northern Adriatic - Bluemed meeting on macro-regional level

In the context of the Bluemed initiative the Ministry of Education Science and Sport (MIZŠ) and the Marine Biology Station of the National Institute of...
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Publications Publications

Promoting innovation in transition countries: A trajectory for smart specialisation

JRC Science for Policy Report Alexander Kleibrink, Philippe Laredo and Stefan Philipp

Review of the state of development of clusters in EaP countries

STI International Cooperation Network for Eastern Partnership Countries – PLUS inno TSD, BELISA, CIP, ICARTI, NAS-RA, NASU, SDF-AZE, UKRTECHINFORM, DLR, EBN, SPI

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

Slavo Radosevic, Manfred Spiesberger, Lina Stanionyte, Ales Gnamus, Igor Yegorov, Sasho Josimovski
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...

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