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General Information

The SMART REGIONS Conference is a DG REGIO High-Level Event will highlight the key role of regions in developing new growth dynamics for Europe, based on bottom-up entrepreneurship and innovation. It will mark the mobilisation of this potential for transformation in priority areas, e.g. energy transition, digital growth, circular economy, agro-food or industrial modernisation. Smart specialisation strategies can leverage numerous new growth opportunities for all regions when aligning their business driven smart specialisation investments in new European value chains. The High-Level Event will accelerate the set-up of effective partnerships for co-investing across regions that commit to their smart specialisation priorities. It will show a way forward in using the synergies between the different public and private funding mechanism to support such investment dynamics. During the two days, the participants will have the opportunity to visit the Smart Regions Exhibition where regions will showcase their smart specialisation areas.

On the occasion of the SMART REGIONS Conference that will take place at Square in Brussels on 1-2 June 2016, DG REGIO is also organising an Exhibition of SMART REGIONS. The SMART REGIONS conference EXHIBITION will be an ideal opportunity for you to meet and interact with other European regions, their business and research representatives, academia, policy and decision makers and financial institutions. You will be able to present your region and your smart specialisation investment priorities. If you are interested in joining other regions in this SMART Regions Exhibition, you will find further information here

Agenda and Presentations

Event agenda


Square (Brussels, BE)

Contact information

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Registration information

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