Smart strategies for reconstruction and development in Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia

  • 12 Oct 2022
  • Online event

Smart Specialisation Strategies, a key approach supporting innovation, have become one of the important policy processes for our Eastern Neighbours and are included in key policy and programming documents of the EU: they are one of the Research and Innovation Deliverables for Eastern Partnership for 2025.

They are eligible for financing under the new Economic and Investment Plan for Eastern Partnership and Horizon WIDERA programme. Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia are the most advanced Eastern Partnership countries in the development of their Strategies.

The current geopolitical context shifts the focus towards the question of how these strategies could support a process of reconstruction and development and address newly emerging societal challenges.

This workshop aims at also providing a momentary space for reflection on whether smart strategy-driven innovation in new major priority areas, such as the question of the energy system, could significantly contribute to sustainable reconstruction and development. Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia will share their thoughts and experience during the event.

The Commission has new tools at its disposal that will also be presented: new ways of delivering efficient support to the development and implementation of smart specialisation strategies as part of the Cohesion policy, as well as the case for an accelerated transformation of the energy systems in light of the recently published REPowerEU plan.  


12 October, 2022

  1. 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM · 1 hr. 30 min. (Europe/Brussels)


    Monika Matusiak, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Team Leader, Smart Specialisation Global Outreach - State of play of S3 in Eastern Partnership (EaP) and new JRC report on the region
    • Monika Zsigri (tbc), Directorate-General For Energy, Head of Unit - The case for an accelerated transformation of the energy system
    • Jitka Vocaskova (tbc),Directorate-General For Regional and Urban Policy, Policy Analyst - Smart Growth – S3 Community of Practice (with examples from the Agri-Food and Energy Platforms)
    • Country S3 coordinators (tbc) will share their experience in development and implementation of S3 Strategies and participate in the debate: 

    • Speaker TBC, Ministry of Education, Culture and Research of the Republic of Moldova
    • Speaker TBC, Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine 
    • David Kalatozishvili, Deputy Head of European Integration Department at the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia

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12 Oct 2022

Online event

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