• Basque Country / País Vasco
  • NUTS 2 : ES21
  • ES

Facts & Figures

Capital: Vitoria-Gasteiz

Size: 7,235.2 km2

Population: 2,128,397

Regional GDP: 64,473

% of the National GDP: 6.15

Regional GERD (%): 2.13

% of Unemployment: 12.0

S3 related Region's Website


Bilbao Elgezabal, Leire

  Email: leyre-bilbao@ej-gv.es   Phone: 0034-945 018 215

S3 Priorities as Encoded in the "Eye@RIS3" Tool S3 Priorities as Encoded in the "Eye@RIS3" Tool

Priority Name Description
Cultural and Creative Industries - covering 15 sub-sectors: videogames, audiovisual, performance, gastronomy, editing, visual marketing, music, language, p-culture, crafts, publishing, architecture, fashion, design, cc digital.
Food six working groups and lines for research support: 1. Healthy Food that aims to increase the population health state and improve solutions for active ageing in general. 2. New Food Production Systems that aims to support and development new technologies and systems for efficient, high quality, sustainable food processing, which moreover could lead to emergence of new economic activities within the Basque Country. 3. New Gastronomic development for special society groups: children and elderly people. This groups aims to improve health and food related solution for two very specific population groups. 4. Safe and quality food – new technologies of conservation. This group aims to explicitly strength and assure the high quality of delivered/ manufactured products. For instance to incorporate new technologies, which are able to e.g. rapidly detect different food related diseases via risk assessment systems, or the ones, which ensure better and healthier conservation of products over longer periods of time. 5. Integration of ICT technologies in the production, logistics and commercialization processes in production through automation, food traceability, logistic systems. 6. Food with new benefits resulted from enhanced technologic application and consumption trends on the post-production stage with initiatives related to better final digesting or product distribution.
Environmental Ecosystems works along six priority lines in two blocks: Block 1: Circular Economy 1. More green new types of products and businesses 2. Appraisal of residuals 3. Cleaner technologies and processes Block 2: Preservation and regeneration for sustainable territory 1. Water and soil: treatment and recuperation 2. Adaptation and mitigation of climate change 3. Eco-systemic services
Biosciences-Health work through four working groups in the areas of i) Rare diseases, ii) Personalised medicine, iii) Equipments and ICT, and iv) Big Data.
Advanced Manufacturing Basque Industry 4.0) - eight strategic initiatives to transform the Basque industry towards Industry 4.0 have been identified: 1. Connected and distributed intelligent manufacturing; 2. Basque Open Industry Platform 4.0; 3. Intelligent Capability Development Network (connected with Education and Employment departments); 4. Promotion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in Secondary Education (connected with Education department); 5. Circular economy (connected with Ecosystem Opportunity Niche); 6. Offshore 4.0 (connected with Energy Priority); 7. Using residual Heat (with Energy Priority and Ecosystems Opportunity Niche); 8. Advanced Services 4.0.
Sustainable energy 11 strategic initiatives are identified: 1. Floating offshore wind energy demonstrator project. 2. Floating offshore components testing laboratory. 3. Testing and simulation infrastructure-Business intelligence unit. 4. Differentiated advances services offer on Marine Energy testing. 5. Testing laboratory for offshore aero generator components in hostile environments. 6. Storage systems for electric networks. 7. Electric mobility storage system management demostrator project. 8. Bidelek Sareak 2.0. 9. Integration of multisectorial solutions for residual heat exploitation. 10. Integrated systems living lab: electric-vehicle, recharging infrastructure and information management. 11. Thermal storage solutions testing laboratories.
Urban Habitat five strategic lines: 1) Industrial construction and virtual modernization (ERAIKUNE), with the aim of efficiency improvement in construction processes. 2) Rehabilitation and Urban Regeneration (VISESA), with the aim of efficiency improvement in energy and living in districts. 3) Cities, districts and smart buildings (IK4), with the aim of improving living conditions. 4) New materials for the sustainable construction (Tecnalia), with the aim of taking advantage of resources and increasing value. 5) Accessibility and mobility vertical & horizontal (Basque Government and EVE), improving accessibility conditions in the environment of senior people.

You can obtain more detail following this/these link/s:

RIS3 Related Links

S3 Strategy:

RIS3 Strategy País Vasco - Final document in Spanish


S3 Process:

Report on the Implementation of RIS3

First Peer Review - Seville, 31 January 2012
Presentation of País Vasco (ES)

Second Peer Review:

Peer eXchange and Learning (PXL) workshop on Multilevel Governance in Bilbao on 12th April (2018):


Background Document



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