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Smart specialisation and social innovation: from policy relations to opportunities and challenges

S3 Policy Briefs Series No. 24/2018 Manfred SPIESBERGER, Javier GOMEZ PRIETO, Isabelle SEIGNEUR,
In the energy field, Social Innovation (SI) may evolve into a strong transformational function of the whole energy system. Citizens are in the focus of the European Union’s plans towards an energy transition based on citizen energy and a more decentralised energy system where the consumer is in focus. SI would in this sense not be any more an add-on to classical technology focused innovation, but driving the whole transition process in the energy field. This means also serious repercussions on the regional level, as a more decentralised energy supply system will open-up opportunities for usage of local resources and involvement of citizens and local businesses. With smart specialisation strategies in the implementation phase, clean energy is one of the main priorities for most EU regions.

Supporting an Innovation Agenda for the Western Balkans - Tools and Methodologies

MATUSIAK Monika; KLEIBRINK Alexander; ANDONOVA Elena; BODEN John Mark; CETL Vlado; DIUKANOVA Olga; DOSSO Mafini; DUSART Jean; GKOTSIS Petros; GNAMUS Ales; KLEIBRINK Alexander; KOTSEV Alexander; LAVALLE Carlo; MANDRAS Giovanni; MATUSIAK Monika; RADOVANOVIC Nikola; RAINOLDI Alessandro; SLAVCHEVA Milena; VESKOVIC Miroslav; HOLLANDERS Hugo; NDUBUISI Gideon; OWUSU Solomon; RADOSEVIC Slavo
This report gives an overview of the Western Balkans region, looking at challenges and emerging potentials for innovation. It also presents tools and methodologies available at the JRC to support an innovation agenda for economic transformation and inspired by Smart Specialisation. Each challenge is supported by a concrete implementation example.

Appendix FW Document on EDP

Klaus Detterbeck (Beyond EDP Interreg Europe project 2017)
List of Good Practices in the Regions. In a collaborative endeavour, the consortium partners are analysing the design and implementation of EDP in different regional contexts. The final objective of the Beyond EDP project is to provide the most efficient methodologies and practices to policy makers across Europe to enable them to implement effective RIS3 for their own region. In a nutshell, the project is about good EDP management practices.

Framework Document on EDP

Klaus Detterbeck (Beyond EDP Interreg Europe project 2017)
The Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth puts high premium on innovation policies. European regions are playing an important role in this respect as they are seen as providing the territorial space for innovation networks. More precisely, regions are encouraged to develop regional innovation smart specialization strategies (RIS3) to foster endogenous development. Within RIS3, “entrepreneurial discovery processes” (EDP) are key to place‐based innovation by bringing together public authorities, knowledge institutes, business and civil society for creating new ideas and practices (Foray, David & Hall 2011). The 2014 reform of the EU cohesion policy has made RIS3 a strong political tool, linking the absorption of structural funds to the elaboration of regional priorities (McCann & Ortega‐Argilés 2016). The Interreg project “Beyond EDP”, launched in 2016 with 11 partners from nine European countries, seeks to take stock of the experiences European regions have made with entrepreneurial discoveries. In a collaborative endeavour, the consortium partners are analysing the design and implementation of EDP in different regional contexts. The final objective of the Beyond EDP project is to provide the most efficient methodologies and practices to policy makers across Europe to enable them to implement effective RIS3 for their own region. In a nutshell, the project is about good EDP management practices.

10 Things to Know About Transnational Cooperation

Transnational cooperation underpins EU Cohesion Policy and other strategic EU priority areas, including environmental, transport, energy, social, and macro-regional strategies.

RIS3-PE: For a vision of the Smart Specialisation Strategy in selected innovative territories of the State of Pernambuco

Hugo Pinto
Reports on a study supported by DG REGIO in the framework of its cooperation with the Brazilian Ministry of National Integration. The study promotes the use of smart specialisation principles in the Innovation Strategy of the Brazilian State of Pernambuco. The study relied on advice from the JRC's project on Targeted Support to the Implementation of Smart Specialisation, including participation in one of the Entrepreneurial Discovery Workshops in Portugal.

Capitalising on Smart Specialisation and Interreg, the case of energy

Javier Gómez Prieto, Inmaculada Periañez-Forte, Manuel Palazuelos Martinez
This paper suggests that the promotion of inter-regional collaboration – during the implementation of the research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) –can be complemented by the experience gained by the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) instrument (also known as Interreg). In a moment where regions are focused on the implementation of their RIS3, this paper aims at illustrating how regions could capitalise on the Interreg experience and overcome barriers when promoting collaboration among regions in the scope of their S3 priorities.

Innovation Camp Methodology Handbook

S3 Handbooks Gabriel Rissola, Hank Kune, Paolo Martinez
This Handbook is conceived to encourage regions and cities from all over Europe to adopt the Innovation Camps methodology as a tool to address collectively and effectively societal and economic challenges concerning local societies in a European context – notably in the field of Research and Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) – through an open, collaborative and inclusive Entrepreneurial Discover Process (EDP) between Quadruple Helix actors (i.e. government, industry, academia, and civil society).

Making the Most of Macro-regional Strategies

Interact Programme
This publication covers a wide range of topics, such as the involvement of regional parliaments in macro-regional strategies, general aspects of governance, policy integration, cross-sectorial cooperation, as well as monitoring and evaluation of macro-regional strategies.

Reconciling Smart Specialisation Strategies with State aid – Not an Impossible Mission

European Structural and Investment Funds Journal Péter Staviczky, Fatime Barbara Hegyi
This article highlights the relevance of State aid law both for policy makers and aid grantors when implementing smart specialisation strategies (S3).