Regions for Economic Change Conference, Brussels (BE)
15 Jun 2012
S3 PlatformS3 DanubeS3 Beyond EU
On the eve of the conference, Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, and President of the RegioStars Jury, and Luc van den Brande, former President of the Committee of the Regions, announced the winners of the RegioStars 2012 Awards. Styria in Austria, Malmö in Sweden, Podlaskie in Poland and two European Territorial Cooperation projects, bringing together partners from 9 different Member States, are the clear winners taking centre stage in Europe. Please follow this link for RegioStars Awards.
More than 600 participants gathered on 15 June to discuss the challenges, benefits and possible limitations of implementing the smart specialisation conditionality through EU Structural Funds and how to best tailor smart specialisation to different national/regional frameworks and contexts. Commissioner Hahn highlighted in his opening speech the key importance of smart specialisation to deliver Europe 2020, as well as the role of RIS3 in the new cohesion framework. The morning session focused on the concept and its implementation, as well as on the role of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) in the process. The afternoon session was devoted to the issue of how to tailor smart specialisation to different national/regional frameworks and contexts and the preparatory phase of RIS3. The session was moderated by Rudolf Niessler, Director in DG REGIO, and hosted presentations from France, Styria (AT), Scotland (UK) and Podkarpackie (PL). Please see here more information on the conference.