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European Commission reflection paper on harnessing globalisation

European Commission
This reflection paper situates the Smart Specialisation Strategies and regional innovation as a key instrument to harness globalisation.

Place-Based Innovation Ecosystems: Espoo Innovation Garden and Aalto University (Finland)

Place-based innovation ecosystems Gabriel Rissola, Fernando Hervás, Milena Slavcheva and Koen Jonkers
This research study was born from a fruitful collaboration between the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and DG Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) on promoting the importance of evidence-based policy development for regional and urban policy makers. In particular, the present case study aims to identify key success factors in the Espoo innovation ecosystem, with particular attention to the role of Aalto University as an example of an entrepreneurial university. It seeks to inform policies aimed at supporting the strengthening and emergence of existing or new place-based innovation ecosystems and entrepreneurial universities in other EU regions and cities.

Review of the state of development of clusters in EaP countries

This report makes the review of the state of development of clusters in EaP countries – including existing and emerging innovative cluster initiatives. It notably provides quantitative knowledge of existing clusters or emerging cluster initiatives in EaP countries, as well as qualitative knowledge of current strengths and weaknesses of cluster development in EaP countries, and the needs of clusters (existing and emerging). In addition, it aims at pre-exploring and recommending different paths to enhance EU-EaP cluster cooperation, based on the analysis.

Review of the state of development of clusters in EaP countries

STI International Cooperation Network for Eastern Partnership Countries – PLUS inno TSD, BELISA, CIP, ICARTI, NAS-RA, NASU, SDF-AZE, UKRTECHINFORM, DLR, EBN, SPI

Added value of the macro-regional strategies for projects and programmes

Interact Programme
Macro-regional strategies can be driving forces for change if the right momentum is achieved. Macro-regional strategies are coordination and cooperation frameworks to implement shared priorities through various actions (processes) as well as projects and programmes. As such they have a wider regional impact, can contribute to processes and have the potential to become catalysts for institutional change in the future. To achieve the right momentum, macro-regional strategies have to become more appealing. They need to capitalise on the added value they can offer to processes, projects and programmes, so that the latter are interested in supporting actions implementing macro-regional strategies.

Innovation and Regional Specialisation in Latin America

Belén Barroeta, Javier Gómez Prieto, Jonatan Paton, Manuel Palazuelos, Marcelino Cabrera Giráldez
The Smart Specialisation concept, currently implemented in the European Union, is being widely considered by several countries and regions of Latin-America. The interest towards this approach, highly based on the enhancement of regional innovation capacities, is motivating territorial dialogues, participatory processes and collective vision related to the innovation perspectives of Latin-American regions.

An analysis of drivers, barriers and readiness factors of EU companies for adopting advanced manufacturing products and technologies

Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) are key to industrial competitiveness, growth and job creation in Europe. This study identifies the main reasons for their adoption by companies: reducing production costs, improving the quality of products and services, improving the firms’ employees’ productivity and reducing production lead time. It shows that the uptake of these technologies creates benefits to SMEs from a not only technological but also economic perspective.

S3 Danube INCO.NET Flyer

The Smart Specialisation concept can make a valuable contribution to the integrated approach of macro-regional strategies such as the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). By aligning the innovation priorities in the macro-region, RIS3 cooperation can help deve- loping critical mass to tackle major common challenges and goals, stimulate constructive use of regional, national and EU funding taking into account diversity while avoiding uniformity and duplication.

JRC Wind Energy Status Report: 2016 Edition

EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports VAZQUEZ HERNANDEZ Cristina, TELSNIG Thomas, VILLALBA PRADAS Anahi
This report presents the market status and the technology development of onshore and offshore wind energy. It addresses the latest technological developments in the sector and outlines the policy support at European level.

Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the implementation of EU macro-regional strategies

European Commission
The report gives an assessment of the macro-regional strategies (MRS), evaluates state of implementation, takes stock of the main results and gives examples of good practice. It also draws recommendations on possible further developments in the light of the future cohesion policy.