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. 16:30 – 16:35 (Europe/Brussels)
    Moderator’s opening, welcome and panel introduction.
  2. 16:35 - 16:45
    Presentation from 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
  3. 16:45 -16:55
    Presentation from Jitka Vocaskova, Directorate-General For Regional and Urban Policy, Policy Analyst – Smart Growth – S3 Community of Practice (with examples from the Agri-Food and Energy Platforms)
  4. 16:55 - 17:45
    Panel session with the members of the country national S3 teams

    The Moderator will open the session by asking the panelists to present themselves, explain why from their perspective the Smart Specialization is an important concept as well as share their experience in the development and implementation of Smart Specialization Strategies. After this introductory part, the moderator will ask each panelist a country-specific question.


    • Sergiu Porcescu, Head of the Moldovan Office for Science and Technology and member of the Moldova National S3 Team
    • Denis Shemyakin, Director of Reform Support Teams, Ministry of Economy of Ukraine
    • Davit Kalatozishvili, Deputy Head of European Integration Department, Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia.
  5. 17:45 - 17:55
    Interaction with the audience (Questions and Answers)
  6. 17:55 - 18:00
    Closing remarks

Practical Information

12 Oct 2022

Online event

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