RIS3 in the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (REMTh) RIS3 in the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (REMTh)

The JRC-IPTS has recently completed a European Parliament Preparatory Action in the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (REMTh). This had two main aims:

  • to facilitate the refinement and implementation of the RIS3 strategy in a region heavily hit by the crisis;
  • to serve as a model for other convergence regions in Greece and Europe.

At the same time, it has also served as a unique test bed for theories on smart specialisation.

The final report is now available. The full version with annexes is also available here.

Achieving these aims centred on 3 core activities:

Mapping & stocktaking

Stocktaking and assessment of the development of the RIS3 strategy and identification of actions to ensure its smooth implementation.

In line with this aim, the preparatory action carried out the following activities:

Support to the EDP process

Testing and optimising an entrepreneurial discovery process (EDP) to support the process of the implementation of selected research and innovation priorities, supporting the development of concrete project ideas among stakeholders.

To this aim, the project carried out the following activities, engaging stakeholders in the region:

Some results from the EDP workshops and PDL events have been processed into extended case studies.

Capacity building

Supporting a networking and collaboration culture among stakeholders and ensuring that access to relevant information and best-practice is shared across stakeholders and local authorities.

The following activities have been particularly important for this line of activity:

  • On-line R&D Funding Guide
  • Outcomes of a dedicated working group on human resources and mobility
  • Outcomes of a dedicated working group on governance 

This action had a duration of 15 months from September 2014 to November 2015. The project has been implemented by JRC-IPTS, in close cooperation with DG REGIO, the Managing Authority of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, and the Regional Council of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and with the support of selected independent experts.

Events Events

RIS3 in REMh - final event in Brussels

A final event successfully took place in Brussels on 18 November 2015 at the Museum of Natural Sciences.

2nd Project Development Lab (PDL) in REMTh

Based on the outcomes of the four Entrepreneurial Discovery Process focus groups (on wine, dairy and meat, tourism and marble/non-metallic minerals) and...

1st Project Development Lab, Komotini, 6-7 May 2015

Many of the promising ideas generated during the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process (EDP) focus groups were further pursued in line with possible funding...

Fourth Entrepreneurial Discovery Process (EDP) focus group on marble in the region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace

The workshop on the value chain of non-metallic minerals was based on the same approach that was followed for organising three similar events in the past...

In-depth Peer Review Workshop: Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (GR)

Together with the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (REMTh), JRC-IPTS is currently carrying out a European Parliament Preparatory Action. This...
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Documents Documents

Implementing RIS3 in the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace: Towards a RIS3 tool box

JRC S3 Policy Brief Series Mark Boden, Patrice dos Santos, Karel Haegeman, Elisabetta Marinelli, Susana Valero

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...

REMTh RIS3 Strategy - EN

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