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Smart Specialisation and the Wider Innovation Policy Context in the Western Balkans

Nikola Radovanovic; Maximilian Benner
This paper gives an overview of the main elements of the Smart Specialisation concept and surveys the existing strategic frameworks for innovation in the Western Balkan economies. The analysis addresses the relevance of these frameworks and policy documents for smart specialisation, and highlights the links between pre-existing strategic frameworks in a smart specialisation perspective.

Summary Report on RIS3 implementation status in Greece

Michalis METAXAS
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Skills and Smart Specialisation - The role of Vocational Education and Training in Smart Specialisation Strategies

JRC Science for Policy Report Ellen Hazelkorn; John Edwards
Vocational Education and Training (VET) can play a much bigger role in Smart Specialisation Strategies than has so far been considered. This is because VET encompasses skill development as well as innovation diffusion and applied research – which together can have a more direct impact on sustainable economic growth, especially of less developed regions. VET also contributes to addressing the demographic challenges which Europe faces, responding to the needs for re-skilling and up-skilling through nonformal training and at different levels of formal VET. Indeed, VET is now offered by institutions across the post-secondary and short-cycle tertiary education landscape, corresponding to forecasts that predict a growing number of jobs in occupations requiring higher level of skills. Taking into account the existing differences across the EU, these ongoing demographic, labour market and technological changes present considerable challenges and opportunities for VET in order to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse cohort of learners of all ages and backgrounds, and the regions in which they are located.

Putting Digital Innovation Hubs into Regional Context - A European survey

Johan Miorner, Gabriel Rissola, Jens Sorvik, Joakim Wernberg
This report presents the results of a DIH Survey conducted among DIH managers and regional policy managers working with Smart Specialisation Strategies all over the EU28.

Exploring heterogeneous Digital Innovation Hubs in their context - Comparative case study of six (6) DIHs

Johan Miorner, Annita Kalpaka, Jens Sorvik, Joakim Wernberg
This report explores with a comparative approach the regional variation in organisation and implementation of DIHs across six (6) different EU regions: Saxony-Anhalt (Germany), Wielkopolska (Poland), Northern Ostrobothnia (Finland), Tallinn (Estonia), Andalusia (Spain) and Central Macedonia (Greece).

Smart Specialisation from Concept to Practice: A Preliminary Assessment

Smart Specialisation - JRC Policy Insights Carlo GIANELLE, Fabrizio GUZZO, Krzysztof MIESZKOWSKI
This report presents some conceptual developments and original empirical results on how and to what extent the Smart Specialisation approach to regional innovation policy is currently being translated into strategic decisions and policy interventions in European Union regions and countries. This paper provides a summary of recent research conducted by the authors.

Industrial Policy in the EU and Its Neighbourhood: Learning from Policy Experimentation

Maximilian Benner
The article presents approaches to new industrial policies in the EU and its neighbourhood and argues there are opportunities for mutual policy learning


Gómez Prieto, Javier ; Demblans, Albane; Palazuelos Martínez, Manuel
Following the first global workshop on Smart Specialisation held in Seville (Spain) in September 2018, the Smart Specialisation Platform published a Science for Policy Report on "Smart Specialisation in the world, an EU policy approach helping to discover innovation globally". Smart Specialisation, as a place-based and innovative approach to innovation, was conceived as a "Made in EU" concept associated to the European cohesion policy. Under this umbrella, it has triggered the development of more than 120 Smart Specialisation Strategies among European Union (EU) regions and Member States in recent years. Nonetheless, the European roots of Smart Specialisation have gradually grown beyond EU borders. Smart Specialisation has started inspiring several regions and countries all over the world, and demonstrates a strong potential to feed into the international agenda on Sustainable Development.

Overview of activities performed in the heating and cooling initiative of the smart specialisation platform for energy

Technical Report CARLSSON Johan; JIMENEZ NAVARRO Navarro Juan Pablo; BERTOLDI Paolo; SEIGNEUR Isabelle
This report presents the activities performed in the heating and cooling initiative of the Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (S3PEnergy). The objective of the initiative was to support regions to improve their heating and cooling strategies and to enhance their chances to access EU funds for their projects.

An assessment of IPA public investment in R&I in Albania

Olga Diukanova, Andrea Conte, and Simone Salotti
This policy brief illustrates the potential effects of public investment in Research and Innovation in Albania under the EU Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) using a general equilibrium model of the economy. The results point towards positive effects of the policy on the development of the country which also generate additional spillover benefits to other neighbouring regions.