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S3P Agri-food Working Committee Semi-annual Meeting

General Information

We would like to thank all speakers and participants for a great event in Seinajoki! Please also note that all presentations are now uploaded below.

Many partnership activities supported by the Thematic Platform on Agri-food are built on regular exchanges between the European Commission services and European regions leading and/or taking part in various thematic partnerships. To ensure the smooth functioning of this joint initiative, it has been agreed to meet twice a year to discuss implementation of the Platform's activities, resolve potential issues, and provide strategic guidance.

The Working Committee consists of all regions participating in Agri-food thematic partnerships. As a result, these Working Committee Meetings bring together the European Commission services and representatives of all Agri-Food thematic partnerships.

The Working Committee meetings offer lead and partner regions an opportunity to:

  • assess and benchmark the progress of each partnership, discuss any ongoing/future challenges and develop new solutions;

  • obtain information on possible synergies with other initiatives, e.g. Interreg, EIT Food or EIB;

  • discuss and share strategic guidance for the next period on key issues such as building synergies with EU funding programmes, overcoming regulatory obstacles for investment, understanding financial instruments, and skills.

Furthermore, S3P Agri-food Working Committee meetings offer thematic partnerships to organise their technical meetings.

All participants of the S3P Agri-food Semi-annual Working Committee meeting were invited to participate in the Food Safety 2020 event taking place on 11-13 June 2018 at Seinajoki University of Applied Sciences. The event was organised by the ERIAFF network and focused

on the following three themes: High Tech Agriculture, Nutrition, and Big Data. 

An additional public session was organised by the S3 Platform on the 13th of June as part of the ERIAFF event. The session (titled ''Smart Specialisation Platform for Agri-Food: Exploring Opportunities for Interregional Collaboration and Joint Investment in Strategic Growth Areas") ran from 10:00 to 11:30 am on WEDNESDAY, 13 JUNE 2018 (Room - Glass Palace F144). This session was open to all ERIAFF participants.


Agenda and Presentations


11 June 2018

Morning session 



09:45 - 10:00 Registration and coffee  
10:00 - 10:15 Welcome and official opening  

Antti Saartenoja, Deputy Regional Mayor of Southern Ostrobothnia region



10:15 – 11:15

Thematic Smart Specialisation Platform on Agri-Food, part 1

  • S3P Agri-Food Platform: progress and results achieved (Ruslan Rakhmatullin, JRC)


  • Update on the activities and progress to date from Agri-Food Partnerships:

Smart sensors 4 agri-food (Veerle Rijckaert, Flanders)


Consumer involvement in agri-food innovation (Theo Neyenhuis, Food Valley region/Province of Gelderland)


Nutritional ingredients (Sophie Bourez, Wallonia)

  • Q&A
11:15 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 12:15

Thematic Smart Specialisation Platform on Agri-Food, part 2

  • DG REGIO Pilot Action (Alessandra Lepore, DG REGIO)


  • Update from partnerships supported by the DG REGIO Pilot Action:

High Technology Farming (Fabio Boscaleri, Tuscany)


Traceability and Big Data (Agnes Trarieux, Pays de la Loire)

  • Q&A
12:15 – 13:30

Synergies with EU programmes and initiatives

  • Synergies between ERDF and Framework Programmes (Davide Amato, DG RTD)
  • EU funds for agricultural innovation (Alexia Rouby, DG AGRI)


  • Synergies with EIT Food (Begoña Perez Villarreal, EIT FOOD) - via Skype


  • Synergies with Interreg Europe (Erwin Siweris, Interreg Europe)


  • EIB project financing (Jukka Luukkane, EIB)


  • Q&A


13:30 – 14:30 Lunch break  

Afternoon session

14:30 – 16:15 Parallel discussions (sessions)        


Introduction to the Session by Ruslan Rakhmatullin (European Commission, JRC)

*      Regional commitment and governance issues

*       Mapping and matching competences to align innovation roadmaps

*       Investment projects – Types of instruments

Moderated by representatives of lead regions as well as experts, with participation of EC representatives


16:15 – 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 – 17:00 Reporting from the parallel sessions and conclusions  

Discussions and Q&A








S3P Agri-food Working Committee Semi-annual Meeting venue
Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences Kampusranta 11, Frami F-building, 60320 Seinäjoki

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Registration information

Participation is by invitation only.