Governance Governance

The development of Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) has put considerable pressure on EU regions and member states, which have had to reflect on their governance of innovation policy.  On the one hand S3 governance requires embedding participatory elements to the policy process, on the other, as S3 is framed against broader socio economic objectives; it demands coordination across government departments and policy actors that were previously peripheral to innovation policy.

Supporting good S3 governance has thus always been a concern of the Targeted Support activities.

Activities have covered issues such as:

  • Coordination between national and regional level;  
  • Coordination between different policy areas;
  • Integration of stakeholders’ input in the governance process;
  • Communication with the EC level;
  • Support to S3, through political cycles;
  • Synergies between Cohesion funds and other EC, national and regional funds.

In particular, a Governance Working Group has been organised examining the issues above through role-playing methodologies. Furthermore, the working group has engaged in an exercise to support the development of an improved governance system. The working group has brought together representatives of national, regional and EC institutions.

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Interregional Collaboration Workshop: S3 Targeted Support – Horizontal Activities

The event explored the issue of international collaboration in relation to the implementation of S3 policies. The day included expert-presentations,...

Connecting present and future Smart Specialisation Strategy: the challenges for governance, industrial transition and international collaboration

The JRC Lagging Regions project organised a seminar “Connecting present and future Smart Specialisation Strategy: the challenges for governance,...
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Call for contribution on emerging initiatives to respond to the Covid-19 crisis

The S3 Platform seeks to collect information from all stakeholders involved in S3 related activities about emerging initiatives that respond to...

New Report Out! The role of Open Data, Open Science and Open Innovation in S3 monitoring

This document reports the key outcomes of the study on the use of open data, open science & innovation (ODSI) for S3 (Smart Specialisation...

New S3 Targeted Support - Horizontal Activity on “S3 and international cooperation” took place in Madrid on the 25th of February

The workshop explored a number of key dimensions of interregional cooperation: challenges, opportunities, preconditions, actors, resources...
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