The European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions launch on 28 March the High Level Event of the Partnerships for Regional Innovation (PRI) “From playbook to implementation” as a bridge between smart specialisation and other EU policies to promote innovation-driven territorial transformation.
The participants will be the Authorities of the 74 territories, who will accompany Commissioner Gabriel, Commissioner Ferreira and the Chair of the European Committee of the Regions Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture, Tanya Hristova, in this daylong event.
At the scientific level, the event will gather world-leading experts in place-based innovation and territorial development through the PRI Scientific Committee.
10.00 - 11:00 | The political frame, chaired by Stephen Quest, Director-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission
10:00 – 10:10 High-level political address | Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
10:10 – 10:20 High-level political address | Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms
10:20 – 10:30 High-level political address | Tanya Hristova, Chair of the European Committee of the Regions SEDEC Commission (Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture)
10:30 – 11:00 Announcement of the “Call for Expression of interest to become regional innovation valleys across the EU”, Markku Markkula, European Committee of the Regions, Vice-President
11:00 – 12.20 | The Scientific Frame, chaired by Luc Soete, PRI Scientific Committee Chair
11:00 – 11:15 Place-based innovation - from theory to policymaking practice, Sylvia Schwaag Serger, PRI Scientific Committee Chair.
11:15 – 12:20 Panel discussion:
Bogdan Chelariu, President of the European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA).
Christophe Clergeau, Member of the European Committee of the Regions, CoR rapporteur on European research Area.
Florence Hennart, Vanguard Initiative, economist, Department of Economic Policy in the Region of Wallonia, Belgium.
Philippe Larrue, OECD, France.
Alessandro Minello, scientific coordinator in the PRI Pilot Action, Veneto, Italy.
Dimitrios Pontikakis, European Commission, JRC.
Sylvia Schwaag Serger, PRI Scientific Committee Chair.
Allen Walker, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA.
12:20 – 12:30
Keynote address Ricardo Hausmann, Harvard University
Lunch hosted by the Commission
13:20 - 15:00
PART II: The New European Innovation Agenda at territorial level, chaired by Birgitta Sacrédeus, Member of the European Committee of the Regions
13:20 – 13:40 Designing sustainability - The New European Bauhaus approach. Ruth Reichstein, European Commission’s I.D.E.A. Advisory Board to the President on the European Green Deal and New European Bauhaus
13:40 – 15:00 Panel of political leaders, chaired by Birgitta Sacrédeus, Member of the European Committee of the Regions.
Ana Abrunhosa, Minister for Territorial Cohesion, Portugal
Rocío Albert López-Ibor, Deputy Regional Minister of Educational Policy, Madrid, Spain
Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj-Napoca Municipality and President of COTER (Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget), Romania
Maria da Graça Carvalho, Member of the European Parliament, Portugal
François Decoster, Vice-President of Regional Council of Hauts-de-France, France
Veerle Lories, Project Leader at the Government of Flanders, Belgium
15:00 – 15:30
15:30 - 16:40
PART III: Interregional cooperation in PRI supporting the New European Innovation Agenda, chaired by Normunds Popens, European Commission, Deputy Director-General DG REGIO
15:30 –16:40 Panel discussion:
Joanna Drake, Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
Lina Gálvez Muñoz, Member of the European Parliament, Spain
Hubert Gambs, Deputy Director-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
Pirita Lindholm, Director of the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN)
Eva Lundin, Director Strategic Innovation and Research at Dalarna, Sweden
Maša Tomašić, Head of Department for Economy Projects Public Institution for the Development of the Međimurje County REDEA, Croatia
Cristina Uriarte Toledo, Commissioner for Science, Technology and Innovation of the Basque Government, Spain
Conclusions and Next Steps
Teresa Riesgo Alcaide, Secretary General for Innovation at Ministry of Science and Innovation, Spain
Apostolos Tzitzikostas, First-Vice President of the European Committee of the Regions
17:00 - 19.00
Networking cocktail hosted by the Commission
28 Mar 2023
Brussels, Berlaymont Building, Piazza, Rue de la Loi 200
For the online event, registration is not required. The event is fully public via live stream.
Registration for physical attendance is now closed.
For the online event, registration is not required. The event is fully public via live stream. Registration for physical attendance is now closed. This event is English speaking.
Budgets of unprecedented sizes are available today in the EU to support a transition towards sustainability. However, money alone will not be enough for the change. The Partnerships for Regional Innovation high-level event emphasises that the fast and systemic transformation required to face today’s challenges and to drive the twin transitions can only be met by working better together in different ways than before. This is the paradigm of the Partnerships for Regional Innovation (PRI) initiative.
The speed and extent of global change required call for systemic transformation and therefore systemic collaboration. The EU has the opportunity to lead globally in testing and promoting governance for systemic change. To do so, engaging territories at all governance levels is essential. By bringing territories and communities together for aligning efforts, by promoting cooperation across government levels, policy domains and sectors to interconnect needs, demands, solutions and ecosystems, the EU can speed up the sustainable innovation race while leaving no one behind.
In this context, the PRI framework, as a bridge between Smart Specialisation and other EU policies to promote innovation-driven territorial transformation, contributes to:
the strengthening of innovation ecosystems in Europe and
the creation of regional innovation valleys around strategic areas of common interest for territories, including on Deep Tech.
The event will bring together thought leaders in the field of place-based innovation and high-level policy makers at European and territorial level to
debate on how to turn theory on systemic territorial transformation into policy practice by operationalising scientific findings in a clear methodological approach that can serve local needs while contributing to European goals;
discuss the need to mobilise all levels of government to foster system level innovations to build thriving regional innovation ecosystems in line with the implementation of the New European Innovation Agenda;
Renew the territorial commitment to identify areas, technologies, value chains and local missions of common interest, to rally all available resources, create synergies among existing mechanisms, and to cooperate across boardera to pursue our common objectives.
Structure of the event
The event is structured in three blocks, followed by a space for informal networking and trust building:
“From Science to Policy”
It will enable high-level political leaders to get to know the main scientific and operational advantages of the Partnerships for Regional Innovation. It is divided in two parts, as follows:
The first part, or political frame as per agenda below, frames the Partnerships for Regional Innovation in the European policy context focusing on innovation and territorial cohesion. High-level addresses by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner Elisa Ferreira and the Chair of the European Committee of the Regions Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture, Tanya Hristova, are followed by the announcement of the call for expression of interest to develop regional innovation valleys.
The second part, or scientific frame as per agenda below, aims to set the debate linking transformative innovation and place-based innovation theory with the methodological approach formulated within the PRI initiative and the PRI Playbook published in May 2022. This part stages the JRC, PRI Scientific Committee and the Scientific Coordinators of PRI Pilot territories.
“The New European Innovation Agenda at territorial level”
It starts with a presentation of the role that the New European Bauhaus plays in imagining and building together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful for our eyes, minds, and souls. It is followed by a panel involving political leaders of the territories participating in the PRI pilot action in discussing the interest of PRI for territorial development.
“Interregional cooperation in PRI supporting the New European Innovation Agenda”
It brings together political leaders to discuss the contribution of the Partnerships for Regional innovation as a bridge between smart specialisation and other EU policies to promote innovation-driven territorial transformation to the implementation of the New European Innovation Agenda, focussing on interregional cooperation.
The Partnerships is 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.