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S2E National Event: SLOVENIA

General Information

The "Stairway to Excellence (S2E)" European Pilot Project is centred on:

  • Providing assistance to the 13 Members States (and their regions) which joined the EU after 2004 with the aim of closing the innovation gap and promoting excellence in all regions and EU countries
  • Stimulating the early and effective implementation of national and regional Smart Specialisation Strategies.

Country specific work by S2E on Slovenia is available in the Country & Region Information and the Synergies Examples sections:

The National Event in SLOVENIA is organised jointly by the European Commission, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre (S3 Platform, S2E project), Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (REGIO G1), Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, and Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy - Republic of Slovenia.

A JOINT STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL EVENT OF SLOVENIA: "Synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) & Research and Innovation Funding" was issued as an outcome of it and covers the Main Issues under the different topics brought at the event.

This National S2E event was followed (on April 7th in the same venue) by the Workshop on Implementation of the Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) aiming at supporting trans-regional collaboration on a few selected fields that can benefit from additional exposure to the relevant European stakeholders.

Objectives of the event:

  • A better understanding of the national (and regional) innovation ecosystem(s) with a special emphasis on the identification of obstacles, barriers and potentials to innovation.
  • Raising awareness of the actions needed to enable synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and other programmes for research and innovation.
  • Sharing experiences in combining Structural Funds and Framework Programme to improve excellence in R&I systems.
  • Drawing lessons for the future and identifying follow-up actions to enhance the potential synergies between different EU funds in Slovenia.

Who should attend? (Participants: around 120 people)

  • Slovenian national and regional managing authorities (of ERDF, ESF, EARDF Operational Programmes) involved in the implementation of the Smart Specialisation Strategy
  • Slovenian National Contact Points from the past Framework Programmes and Horizon 2020 and other EU-funded programmes
  • Slovenian national and regional authorities in charge of Smart Specialisation Strategies
  • Members of the Horizon 2020 programme committee
  • Selected national and international experts on EU funding programmes and regional policy
  • Selected representatives from businesses
  • Selected representatives from universities, research centres and other organizations with experience and/ or interest in EU-funded programmes.

Agenda and Presentations

Full agenda of the event

WELCOME SPEECHES - Alenka Smerkolj (Minister, Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy (SVRK)), Tomaž Boh (State Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (MIZŠ))

OPENING SESSION – POLICY CONTEXT - Moderator: Aleš Gnamuš (European Commission, DG JRC)

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CONTEXT - Moderator: Gregor Čufer (European Commission, DG REGIO)

SYNERGIES IN PRACTICE - Moderator: Nicholas Harrap (European Commission, DG JRC)







S2E National Event: SLOVENIA venue

Hotel Four Points Sheraton

Pot za Brdom 4, Ljubljana (SI)

Registration information

Participation was by invitation only.