Interregional Collaboration Workshop: S3 Targeted Support – Horizontal Activities
25 Feb 2020Lagging regions
As part of its Lagging Regions Project, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) organised a workshop on “S3 and international cooperation” at the premises of the European Commission in Madrid on the 25th of February 2020. The day included expert presentations, peer-learning exercises and networking sessions
Participants from more than 20 regions in nine EU member states took this opportunity to delve deeper into the importance of developing participation in international and interregional networks for the implementation of smart specialisation strategies. This topic corresponds with the fulfilment criterion for international cooperation of the S3 good governance enabling condition proposed by the European Commission under the next Multiannual Financial Framework.
The workshop explored a number of key dimensions of interregional cooperation: challenges, opportunities, preconditions, actors, resources required, governance, benefits and expected results. It aimed to enhance understanding of whether and how international cooperation can lead to higher mobility of resources, competences, and ideas, thus contribute to implementation of smart specialisation strategies in slow growth, low income regions, strengthening the innovation ecosystems.
Agenda and Presentations
25 February 2020
08:45 – Welcome Coffee and registration
09:15 – Opening remarks and introduction to the day