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Food and gastronomy as elements of regional innovation strategies

Alessio Cavicchi and Katerina Ciampi Stancova
The paper discusses recent innovation and diversification paths in agro-food, specifically the linkage between food, territory and branding, the emerging phenomenon of Food Cities and increasing interest in healthier and more sustainable food products. It also focuses on EU policies and instruments in support of R&I activities in agro-food and explores agro-food domain within the context of smart specialisation.

Regional Innovation Ecosystems - Learning from the EU´s Cities and Regions

This publication aims to encourage regional decision-makers to increase their collaboration and partnering. Europe needs more partnering with collaborative power, creative thinking, ecosystems thinking, synthesis, and a stronger focus on outcomes and impact.

Stakeholders’ engagement beyond the EDP The working-groups on governance and human resources in Eastern Macedonia and Thrace

Elisabetta Marinelli, Mark Boden, Effie Amanatidou, Yannis Tolias
The activities described in this policy brief were undertaken as part of a European Parliament Preparatory Action, which ran between September 2014 and November 2015.

Assessment of strategies for ICT investments using European Structural and Investment Funds: reflections from experts and practical examples

Katerina Ciampi Stancova, Jens Sörvik
DG Connect and DG JRC have been supporting MSs and regions in fostering the ICT dimension of planned investments under ESIF. As part of this activity, assistance has been given to seven EU regions. This paper provides a systematic summary of the experts’ findings and discusses critical issues pointed out in the expert reports and at an expert workshop.

Global Value Chains and Smart Specialisation Strategy. Thematic Work on the Understanding of Global Value Chains and their Analysis within the Context of Smart Specialisation

JRC Science for Policy Report Brennan Louis, Rakhmatullin Ruslan
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European Parliament Preparatory Action: "Actual and desired state of the economic potential in regions outside the Greek capital Athens" - Final Report

Mark Boden, Patrice dos Santos, Karel Haegeman, Elisabetta Marinelli and Susana Valero
The European Parliament Preparatory Action: "Actual and desired state of the economic potential in regions outside the Greek capital Athens" has provided "hands-on" support to the refinement and implementation of the RIS3 strategy in the Greek Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (REMTh), as well as generating potentially useful lessons for other regions.

Implementing Smart Specialisation in Sparsely Populated Areas

S3 Working Papers Series No. 10/2015 TERÄS Jukka, DUBOIS Alexandre, SÖRVIK Jens, PERTOLDI Martina
This Working Paper explores Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) in Sparsely Populated Areas (SPA). The paper discusses the most significant elements of Smart Specialisation (S3) in SPA focusing on its theoretical background as well as on the empirical processes related to the introduction and implementation of the S3 concept in selected European regions. Presenting both issues emerging from theoretical debates and practice-based examples, this paper provides a critical discussion on the operationalisation of S3 in the specific context of European Sparsely Populated Areas. The analysis of the case-study regions demonstrates that SPA have been able to create innovative environments in sparsely populated and remote areas and that there is a mind-set and willingness to utilize the possibilities provided by S3 processes. However, in doing so SPA need to strengthen their competitiveness with extra-regional knowledge and networking pipelines and even more so than other types of regions in consideration of the lack of critical mass.

Smart Guide on Regional Transport Innovation Strategy

Ana M. Condeco Melhorado, Aris Christodoulou and Panayotis Christidis
This policy document builds on the RIS3 Guide and the Digital Agenda Toolbox and provides useful guidance for analysing different innovation areas in transport by giving specific examples and roadmaps how they can be implemented.

Screening report Republic of Serbia, Chapter 25 – Science and Research

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