On the eve of the conference, Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, and President of the RegioStars Jury, and Luc van den Brande, former President of the Committee of the Regions, announced the winners of the RegioStars 2012 Awards. Styria in Austria, Malmö in Sweden, Podlaskie in Poland and two European Territorial Cooperation projects, bringing together partners from 9 different Member States, are the clear winners taking centre stage in Europe.
The S3 Platform held a third peer-review workshop hosted by the Azorian government. Azores held the presidency of the grouping of EU Outermost Regions until October 2012 and the workshop had a focus on peripherality as a factor in smart specialisation strategies.
The WIRE 2012 conference was planned as a flagship discussion forum centred on formulation of a process of smart and sustainable development based on knowledge and innovation with particular attention to regional dimension.
S3 Seminar for the Danube Macro Region
The aim of this event that gathered about 100 participants from all over the Danube region was to inform about Smart Specialisation Strategies, and discuss macro-regional strengths, comparative advantages and potential future growth areas.
This smart specialisation seminar was organised in Brno for participants from both the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The seminar was aimed at discussing the conditions for the fulfilment of the ex-ante conditionality "innovation strategy for smart specialisation" foreseen within the proposal of SF regulations for the programming period 2014-2020.
DG Regio, S3 Platform and the Latvian Government co-organised an S3 event for the Baltic Sea Region in Riga (Latvia). The main purpose of the event was to discuss the concept of Smart specialisation in the framework of the Baltic Sea region and the status and possibilities for smart specialisation strategies in the Baltic.
Four European regions were selected to present their current work on regional innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3).
Conference "Regions for Economic Change 2012"
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