Countries and regions in the EU, in Southeastern Europe and in the Danube macro-region are at very different stages of development and exhibit high variation in their regional innovations systems. In addition, smart specialisation is only for EU member states a legal requirement. Nonetheless, there are important lessons to be learnt from other regions concerning strategic, evidence-based and participatory innovation policies regardless of legal provisions and varying socio-economic development. One aspect that deserves closer attention is transnational cooperation and how to make this a beneficial and institutionalised practise for both more and less developed regions.
This peer review, the first to take place in a non-EU region, aimed at discussing key elements and challenges in the design of regional innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3).
The aims of the workshop were:
- To allow regions from both EU and accession/candidate countries to meet their peers, European Commission staff, academic experts and others to discuss common issues related to smart specialisation.
- To allow regions and countries to peer-review and discuss each other's work on RIS3.
- To better understand how to incorporate transnational cooperation in RIS3.
The workshops began with a panel discussion on transnational R&I cooperation.