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Guide on good practice in energy efficiency for Central and South Eastern Europe

European Commission - DG ENER and EASME
This 'Guide' gathers more than 60 good practices meant to support a clean energy transition in the CESEC region. These good practices presented are the results from projects supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe and Horizon 2020 programmes addressing key energy efficiency areas of relevance for the region.

Smart specialisation and social innovation: from policy relations to opportunities and challenges

S3 Policy Briefs Series No. 24/2018 SPIESBERGER, Manfred ; GOMEZ PRIETO, Javier; SEIGNEUR, Isabelle.
In the energy field, Social Innovation (SI) may evolve into a strong transformational function of the whole energy system. Citizens are in the focus of the European Union’s plans towards an energy transition based on citizen energy and a more decentralised energy system where the consumer is in focus. SI would in this sense not be any more an add-on to classical technology focused innovation, but driving the whole transition process in the energy field. This means also serious repercussions on the regional level, as a more decentralised energy supply system will open-up opportunities for usage of local resources and involvement of citizens and local businesses. With smart specialisation strategies in the implementation phase, clean energy is one of the main priorities for most EU regions.

Supporting an Innovation Agenda for the Western Balkans - Tools and Methodologies

MATUSIAK Monika; KLEIBRINK Alexander; ANDONOVA Elena; BODEN John Mark; CETL Vlado; DIUKANOVA Olga; DOSSO Mafini; DUSART Jean; GKOTSIS Petros; GNAMUS Ales; KLEIBRINK Alexander; KOTSEV Alexander; LAVALLE Carlo; MANDRAS Giovanni; MATUSIAK Monika; RADOVANOVIC Nikola; RAINOLDI Alessandro; SLAVCHEVA Milena; VESKOVIC Miroslav; HOLLANDERS Hugo; NDUBUISI Gideon; OWUSU Solomon; RADOSEVIC Slavo
This report gives an overview of the Western Balkans region, looking at challenges and emerging potentials for innovation. It also presents tools and methodologies available at the JRC to support an innovation agenda for economic transformation and inspired by Smart Specialisation. Each challenge is supported by a concrete implementation example.

Smart Specialisation, Territorial Innovation and Policy Change - Special Issue of the Public Policy Portuguese Journal

Paulo Neto, Maria Manuel Serrano, Hugo Pinto (Eds)
This special issue of the Public Policy Portuguese Journal includes five articles related to smart specialisation from academics and policy makers.

Collaboration opportunities and synergies between Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) and EIT Climate KIC under the Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS)

working document European Commission DG JRC Stairway to Excellence (S2E), EIT Climate-KIC
Seven ESIF MAs and implementation bodies from targeted countries (Bulgaria, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Serbia and Slovenia) gave presentations and provided brief information on their activities, particularly under the Thematic Objective 1 (TO1) related to EIT RIS themes. These presentations also included descriptions of the complementarity between RIS3 and EIT RIS fields as well as critical factors and recommendations for ways forward.

Promoting solar electricity exports from southern to central and northern European countries: Extremadura case study

JRC Science for Policy report Caldés-Gómez, N., Díaz-Vázquez, A.R.
Under the auspices of the Smart Specialisation platform, this report presents the benefits of cross-border solar electricity trade in Europe. A pre-feasibility assessment of a first of a kind solar plant in Extremadura is conducted to demonstrate the possibility to combine EU financing support mechanisms and the cooperation mechanisms of the RES Directive.

RIS3-PE: For a vision of the Smart Specialisation Strategy in selected innovative territories of the State of Pernambuco

Hugo Pinto
Reports on a study supported by DG REGIO in the framework of its cooperation with the Brazilian Ministry of National Integration. The study promotes the use of smart specialisation principles in the Innovation Strategy of the Brazilian State of Pernambuco. The study relied on advice from the JRC's project on Targeted Support to the Implementation of Smart Specialisation, including participation in one of the Entrepreneurial Discovery Workshops in Portugal.

Innovation Camp Methodology Handbook

S3 Handbooks Gabriel Rissola, Hank Kune, Paolo Martinez
This Handbook is conceived to encourage regions and cities from all over Europe to adopt the Innovation Camps methodology as a tool to address collectively and effectively societal and economic challenges concerning local societies in a European context – notably in the field of Research and Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) – through an open, collaborative and inclusive Entrepreneurial Discover Process (EDP) between Quadruple Helix actors (i.e. government, industry, academia, and civil society).

Capitalising on Smart Specialisation and Interreg, the case of energy

Javier Gómez Prieto, Inmaculada Periañez-Forte, Manuel Palazuelos Martinez
This paper suggests that the promotion of inter-regional collaboration – during the implementation of the research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) –can be complemented by the experience gained by the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) instrument (also known as Interreg). In a moment where regions are focused on the implementation of their RIS3, this paper aims at illustrating how regions could capitalise on the Interreg experience and overcome barriers when promoting collaboration among regions in the scope of their S3 priorities.

Reconciling Smart Specialisation Strategies with State aid – Not an Impossible Mission

European Structural and Investment Funds Journal Péter Staviczky, Fatime Barbara Hegyi
This article highlights the relevance of State aid law both for policy makers and aid grantors when implementing smart specialisation strategies (S3).