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Smart specialisation in the tangled web of European inter-regional trade

05/2014 Carlo Gianelle, Xabier Goenaga, Ignacio González and Mark Thissen
The real core of the smart specialisation approach is embedded in what is known as the entrepreneurial process of discovery (EPD), which is a main novelty of this innovative policy framework. A successful EPD requires a relevant involvement of stakeholders, but this demands a careful actors' selection.

The Digital Agenda Toolbox

JRC88896 Jens Sörvik and Alexander Kleibrink
The Digital Agenda Toolbox provides support to regional and national authorities to develop a thorough understanding of the digital growth potential stemming from the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE). It highlights the opportunities Information and Communication Technology (ICT) entails as a key element in their national or regional research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) and related Operational Programmes (OPs).

Regional benchmarking in the smart specialisation process: Identification of reference regions based on structural similarity

03/2014 Mikel Navarro, Juan José Gibaja, Susana Franco, Asier Murciego, Carlo Gianelle, Fatime Barbara Hegyi and Alexander Kleibrink
Regional benchmarking can be of great help in making strategic decisions within the process of the design and implementation of regional Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3). It can help positioning a region with respect to other regions in Europe and facilitate policy learning based on the transfer of good practices across borders

Assessment Grid for Evaluating Strategic Policy Frameworks for Digital Growth & Next Generation Network Plans

Jens Sörvik, Alexander Kleibrink and Katerina Stancova
This assessment grid follows a step by step approach to evaluate Strategic Policy Frameworks for Digital Growth and Next Generation Network (NGN) plans.

Regional Branching and Smart Specialisation Policy

06/2014 Ron Boschma and Carlo Gianelle
This Policy Brief studies the mechanisms through which regional economies diversify over time and formulates suggestions on how policy can influence such process. We discuss how technological relatedness may provide an input for effective policy making.

A Policymakers Guide to Transnational Learning in Smart Specialisation

05/2014 Åge Mariussen, Inger Midtkandal and Ruslan Rakhmatullin
This brief explains how transnational learning can succeed following the six steps of the S3 Guide.

The Role of Government Institutions for Smart Specialisation and Regional Development

04/2014 Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Marco di Cataldo and Alessandro Rainoldi
The success of RIS3 policy measures is closely dependent on the capacity of regional government institutions to act as coordinators or facilitators of the interventions.

The S3 Platform Peer Review Methodology

02/2014 Inger Midtkandal and Ruslan Rakhmatullin
One important collaborative tool developed by the S3 Platform to assist its member regions and Member States in this task is peer review. The S3 Platform views peer review as an important mutual learning and knowledge dissemination channel.

Supporting the internationalisation of SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the European economy. Within the EU they account for 99 % of all businesses, 67 % of all jobs in the private sector, as much as 85 % of all newly created jobs and some 59 % of the value added by the economy.

Enabling synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds, Horizon 2020 and other research, innovation and competitiveness-related Union programmes - Guidance for policy-makers and implementing bodies

The guide on synergies between different EU R&I related programmes is an important new addition to the relevant guidance for policy-makers and implementing bodies.