The Smart Specialisation (S3) process in Bosnia and Herzegovina is currently in preparation, following a recent decision by the council of ministers. The S3 process will follow the Joint Research Centre (JRC)'s methodological framework for smart specialisation in the EU enlargement and neighbourhood countries. The S3 team is currently being formed.
The general framework relevant for S3 in Bosnia and Herzegovina includes the country's governance architecture which includes the state level, the two entities (Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska), and Brcko District. On the state level, the government approved its revised Science and Technology Development Strategy 2018-2022. The Republika Srpska has a Strategy and Policy of Industrial Development 2016-2020 that includes innovation policy measures as well as a Strategy for Scientific and Technological Development. A draft strategy for the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina was published in 2012.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is an associated country to the EU's science and innovation framework programme Horizon 2020, meaning that legal entities from Bosnia and Herzegovina can participate under the same conditions as legal entities from EU Member States.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is among the countries that have not yet initiated their S3 process development (Source: JRC)
The Republika Srpska registered in the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P) in January 2018.