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Regional Innovation Ecosystems - Learning from the EU´s Cities and Regions

This publication aims to encourage regional decision-makers to increase their collaboration and partnering. Europe needs more partnering with collaborative power, creative thinking, ecosystems thinking, synthesis, and a stronger focus on outcomes and impact.

Stakeholders’ engagement beyond the EDP The working-groups on governance and human resources in Eastern Macedonia and Thrace

Elisabetta Marinelli, Mark Boden, Effie Amanatidou, Yannis Tolias
The activities described in this policy brief were undertaken as part of a European Parliament Preparatory Action, which ran between September 2014 and November 2015.

Assessment of strategies for ICT investments using European Structural and Investment Funds: reflections from experts and practical examples

Katerina Ciampi Stancova, Jens Sörvik
DG Connect and DG JRC have been supporting MSs and regions in fostering the ICT dimension of planned investments under ESIF. As part of this activity, assistance has been given to seven EU regions. This paper provides a systematic summary of the experts’ findings and discusses critical issues pointed out in the expert reports and at an expert workshop.

Global Value Chains and Smart Specialisation Strategy. Thematic Work on the Understanding of Global Value Chains and their Analysis within the Context of Smart Specialisation

JRC Science for Policy Report Brennan Louis, Rakhmatullin Ruslan
Author: Brennan Louis, Rakhmatullin Ruslan ...

European Parliament Preparatory Action: "Actual and desired state of the economic potential in regions outside the Greek capital Athens" - Final Report

Mark Boden, Patrice dos Santos, Karel Haegeman, Elisabetta Marinelli and Susana Valero
The European Parliament Preparatory Action: "Actual and desired state of the economic potential in regions outside the Greek capital Athens" has provided "hands-on" support to the refinement and implementation of the RIS3 strategy in the Greek Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (REMTh), as well as generating potentially useful lessons for other regions.

Annual Report of the JRC-IPTS activities within the Danube-INCO.NET project

Ales Gnamus and Lina Stanionyte
Due to an important gap in the knowledge on the complementarity of the Danube countries' R&I strengths, the S3P Danube team's 2014-15 activities were aimed primarily at identification of the national and regional smart specialisation (S3) or simply R&I (for the non-EU countries) priorities of the Danube countries/regions and identify the common fields of R&I activities that could benefit from coordination and potential matchmaking at the macro-regional level. The purpose of this report is to briefly report about the work done on the project during the 2014-15 period and increase the knowledge on the S3 tools introduced to advance collaboration in RIS3 process, increase cooperation opportunities in R&I areas along the Danube in order to enhance transnational and inter-regional initiatives and to explore possible alignment of the Danube countries'/regions' R&I agendas in the future. Based on original data for 13 countries and 2 regions (DE) in the Danube area, the report explores opportunities of transforming complementary assets into common specialisations. Our analysis revealed 4 main fields for future collaboration: advanced materials and manufacturing (KETs), ICT, sustainable innovations, and health. These very broad priorities provide a starting point for R&I collaboration initiatives and matchmaking in the Danube macro-region.

Implementing Smart Specialisation in Sparsely Populated Areas

S3 Working Papers Series No. 10/2015 TERÄS Jukka, DUBOIS Alexandre, SÖRVIK Jens, PERTOLDI Martina
This Working Paper explores Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) in Sparsely Populated Areas (SPA). The paper discusses the most significant elements of Smart Specialisation (S3) in SPA focusing on its theoretical background as well as on the empirical processes related to the introduction and implementation of the S3 concept in selected European regions. Presenting both issues emerging from theoretical debates and practice-based examples, this paper provides a critical discussion on the operationalisation of S3 in the specific context of European Sparsely Populated Areas. The analysis of the case-study regions demonstrates that SPA have been able to create innovative environments in sparsely populated and remote areas and that there is a mind-set and willingness to utilize the possibilities provided by S3 processes. However, in doing so SPA need to strengthen their competitiveness with extra-regional knowledge and networking pipelines and even more so than other types of regions in consideration of the lack of critical mass.

Final Event: Outcomes of the Preparatory Action on Eastern Macedonia and Thrace and the way ahead, Xanthi, 21st October 2015

The event held in Xanthi on the 21st of October 2015 was the first of two concluding events envisaged for the European Parliament Preparatory Action on the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. The second one has been scheduled to take place in Brussels on the 18th of November 2015. The primary aim of this event was to take stock of what the project has achieved whilst reflecting on the key challenges for the future. The event was conceived as a way to listen to the concerns of stakeholders, in order to reflect on how to best support local development and resilience in times of uncertainty, as now faced by the region.

Research and Technology Organisations and Smart Specialisation

15/2015 David Charles and Katerina Ciampi Stancova
Research and Technology Organisations have developed in many European countries at both national and regional levels to assist in the support of local industry, often around specific industrial technologies or sectors.