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Creating Growth by Connecting Place-Based Development Strategies

Age Mariussen and Fatime Barbara Hegyi
With reference to existing literature and experiences so far, the paper outlines a conceptual framework of how transnational cooperation may strengthen regional place-based development strategies and improve regional innovation capabilities.

State Aid Map in the Energy Sector

JRC Conference and Workshop Report RUDOLF MESARIČ Jana, SEIGNEUR Isabelle, MERIDA MARTIN Fernando
ESI Funds managers for S3 and energy across the EU often mention that the assessment whether their public interventions constitute State aid and whether the measure is compatible with the EU competition law is a constant challenge. This report is the summary of the “Workshop on State Aid Map in Energy Sector” organised by the S3PEnergy with the REGIO Communities of Practitioners, as a practical contribution in assisting professionals from national and/or regional authorities on State aid issues in the sector of Energy.

Digital Innovation Hubs as Policy Instruments to boost digitalisation of SMEs

Kalpaka A., Sorvik J., Tasigiorgou A.
Building upon the knowledge gained during the last two years on how Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) operate in different regional socioeconomic contexts this practical handbook aims to provide national/regional policy makers and/or existing DIH managers useful and structured information on how to setup a new DIH or reinforce existing ones while benefiting from available funds with a special focus to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2021-2027. Given the urgent need of SMEs to rapidly deploy advanced digital technologies to mitigate the negative consequences of the recent COVID19 crisis to their businesses the role of DIHs is more important than ever. The Handbook introduces a step-by-step approach to provide support to policy makers that envisage strengthening DIHs in their regions/countries with a view to accelerate digital transformation of the economy and society. This approach allows to use the Handbook as a reference tool depending on the specific needs and level of implementation of DIHs. The practical character of the Handbook is enhanced with the inclusion of many examples that highlight good practices in the different steps of the proposed methodology.

Projecting Opportunities for INdustrial Transitions (POINT). Concepts, rationales and methodological guidelines for territorial reviews of industrial transition

Pontikakis, Dimitrios Fernandez, Tatiana Janssen, Matthijs Guy, Ken Marques Santos, Anabela Boden, Mark Moncada-Paternò-Castello, Pietro
This report provides guidelines with respect to concepts, rationales and methodological considerations aimed at experts conducting territorial reviews of industrial transition and at policy makers and analysts with an interest in the operationalisation of transformative industrial innovation. It explains the concepts necessary to adopt a wider framing of the production and consumption system, the rationales for (and objectives of) reviews useful for transformative industrial innovation, and the POINT (Projecting Opportunities for INdustrial Transitions) methodology presented as a series of steps. The report is meant as a resource to be consulted continuously throughout the process of a review.

Science for Policy Briefs: COVID-19, tourist behaviour, jobs and policy options

Marques Santos, A. , Madrid González, C. , Haegeman, K. , Rainoldi, A.
This policy brief displays an estimation for the number of jobs at risk in EU27 in 2020, as a result of the slowdown of tourism activities.

Behavioural changes in tourism in times of COVID-19

Marques Santos, A. , Madrid González, C. , Haegeman, K. , Rainoldi, A.
The present report provides an analysis of the potential effect of the COVID-19 outbreak on EU employment, as the result of tourism flow slowdown.

Delivering on Europe’s recovery through research and innovation

Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (European Commission)
This paper presents the contribution of research and innovation (R&I) to the recovery.

Implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies in Portugal: An assessment

Manuel Laranja, John Edwards, Hugo Pinto, Dominique Foray
This report assess the implementation of Smart Specialisation in Portugal between 2014 and 2020.

Place-based innovation for sustainability

Philip McCann, Luc Soete,
This report is the outcome of the Expert Group “Linking smart specialisation and mission-oriented policy for sustainable development”. We are particularly grateful to comments received from invited colleague experts as well as representatives of the European Commission present at the Workshop on Place-based innovation-led transformation for sustainability on 4 March 2020 at the Institute for European Studies, VUB in Brussels. Views and opinions expressed are our own.

Innovations for Sustainability. Pathways to an efficient and post-pandemic future. Report prepared by The World in 2050 initiative

"The Innovations for Sustainability: Pathways to an efficient and sufficient post-pandemic future" report, assesses all the positive potential benefits innovation brings to sustainable development for all, while also highlighting the potential negative impacts and challenges going forward.