The PRI Plenary meetings bring together Pilot Participants to discuss key PRI concepts and relevant experiences. Their aim is to bring together, synthesise and explore insights and analyses from the working groups, co-create the PRI building blocks, develop an approach for PRI monitoring and evaluation and support capacity building in the territories. The PRI Plenaries will additionally foster cross-border partnerships to advance towards the development of regional innovation valleys in support of the New European Innovation Agenda.
The first meeting of the Pilot Plenary (7th July 2022) presented the policy context around PRI, the PRI Playbook and a proposal for a PRI Pilot roadmap, outlining the organisation of pilot activities.
The Partnerships for Regional Innovation approach
Partnerships for Regional Innovation (PRI) is a new strategic approach to innovation-driven territorial transformation, aimed at linking EU priorities with national plans and territorial challenges and opportunities. In May 2022, the Joint Research Centre published the first ‘Partnerships for Regional Innovation Playbook’ that can serve as a basis for co-creation with the seventy-four territories that were selected to take part to the PRI Pilot. The four Member States, 63 regions, seven cities and six networks that are part of the pilot will co-develop and test new tools and governance mechanisms to integrate initiatives and investment in strategic areas and link placed-based opportunities and challenges to EU priorities.
The Partnerships will be firmly anchored in the EU policy framework, supporting the implementation of the European Green Deal, Horizon Europe, Cohesion policy and NextGenerationEU. Particular attention will be placed on tools and governance mechanisms that mobilise multiple sources of funding and policies to amplify impact and that can help connect regional and national initiatives to EU initiatives for the twin transition.