EU Enlargement EU Enlargement

The EU's enlargement policy deals with the countries currently aspiring to become members of the European Union. There are strict conditions for membership to ensure that new members are admitted only when they are fully able to take on the obligations of EU membership. This includes compliance with all the EU's standards and rules. For the purpose of accession negotiations, these are divided into 35 different policy fields (chapters).

A number of cross-cutting policy issues are of concern to most countries aspiring to join the EU, including:

For smart specialisation, Chapters 24 (science & research) and 22 (regional policy & coordination of structural instruments) are the most relevant negotiation items.

Smart specialisation strategies are an expression of sound innovation policies and as such are of interest not only to EU member states, but also to non-EU countries willing to improve their innovation ecosystems. To support participatory and evidence-based processes in the EU Neighbourhood countries, the S3 Platform developed a pilot project that supports the early preparatory phases of the development of research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation in one EU enlargement country - Serbia.

Serbia as the pilot enlargement country is at the early stages of developing of their innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) and need targeted support in mapping their economic and research fabric, internally organising a coherent approach, and mobilising and coordinating relevant stakeholders through an entrepreneurial discovery process. The support provided should enable local stakeholders to gain the competences needed for continuing strategy design and implementation in the future. Exchange of good practices among the pilot targeted countries of the S3 Platform activities can provide additional insights for the development of RIS3 outside the EU.

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 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 eviden-based and particpatory process. The mapping results will serve as a basis for planning and implementing a series of stakeholder dialogues to jointly devolop detailed priority domains and cross-sectoral niches.

 

Events Events

Workshop on Research and Innovation in the EUSAIR

The purpose of the Workshop held as a side event to the 3rd Annual Forum of the EUSAIR was to stimulate the debate on how to promote Research and...

EIT Awareness Day in Serbia

The EIT and the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development are organising an ‘EIT Awareness Day’ in Belgrade with the aim of...

JRC Macro-Regional Innovation Week 2018

The JRC is organising from 24 to 26 January 2018 in Ispra (IT) the event "Macro-Regional Innovation Week" with a focus on Science and Technology (S&T)...
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Latest registration

The latest region to register is Cherkasy (UA).

Latest registration

The latest S3 Platform member is the regional entity Republika Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Danube INTERREG - partner search

The second Call for Proposals of the Danube Transnational Programme is now open.

Publications Publications

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

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