Inter-territorial cooperation is a key element on the implementation of the Smart Specialisation (S3) model. These collaborations are key to build strategic alignments among regions and countries to tackle common challenges in a systemic way across Europe. The European Commission supports the outward-looking, international perspective of the Smart Specialisation approach, with the view to develop cross regional projects and international networks, as well as to strengthen and/or create European value chains.
S3 Thematic Platforms
The European Commission supports three thematic smart specialisation (S3) platforms in Agri-Food, Energy and Industrial Modernisation.
EU Macro Regional Strategies
Four EU macro-regional strategies, covering several policies, have been adopted so far.
EU for Arctic
The Arctic region consists of Northern regions of EU countries (Arctic Finland and Arctic Sweden); the non-EU European Arctic (Greenland, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Arctic Norway); Northern Russia and the American Arctic.
A sea-Bed Strategy addressing common opportunities and challenges of the regions in particular related to maritime physical and socio-economic context.