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Addressing the innovation gap: Lessons from the Stairway to Excellence (S2E) project

Ozbolat, N., Harrap, N
This report summarizes the main outcomes of the activities undertaken by the S2E team during the initial phase of the project from June 2014 to January 2017

Workshop on regional heating and cooling priorities and financing in the framework of the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P-E H&C)

EUR - Conference and Workshop report by the Joint Research Centre BOZA-KISS Benigna, CARLSSON Johan, JIMENEZ NAVARRO Juan Pablo, BERTOLDI Paolo
The report collects and summarises the content presented and discussed during the workshop on Smart Specialisation on Heating and Cooling, held in May 2018. This workshop was organised by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). It gathered 40 participants including regional representatives and experts in the heating and cooling field. The workshop offered the possibility of discussing how to achieve effective regional heating and cooling planning and how to fund projects by the uptake of the European Structural and Investment funds. Different examples were presented to inspire new projects in other regions. These examples tackled different aspects including technical, economic and social. After the workshop regions are willing to collaborate further and they found interesting synergies with the ongoing partnerships in the Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (S3PEnergy).

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.

Framework Document on EDP

Klaus Detterbeck (Beyond EDP Interreg Europe project 2017)
The Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth puts high premium on innovation policies. European regions are playing an important role in this respect as they are seen as providing the territorial space for innovation networks. More precisely, regions are encouraged to develop regional innovation smart specialization strategies (RIS3) to foster endogenous development. Within RIS3, “entrepreneurial discovery processes” (EDP) are key to place‐based innovation by bringing together public authorities, knowledge institutes, business and civil society for creating new ideas and practices (Foray, David & Hall 2011). The 2014 reform of the EU cohesion policy has made RIS3 a strong political tool, linking the absorption of structural funds to the elaboration of regional priorities (McCann & Ortega‐Argilés 2016). The Interreg project “Beyond EDP”, launched in 2016 with 11 partners from nine European countries, seeks to take stock of the experiences European regions have made with entrepreneurial discoveries. In a collaborative endeavour, the consortium partners are analysing the design and implementation of EDP in different regional contexts. The final objective of the Beyond EDP project is to provide the most efficient methodologies and practices to policy makers across Europe to enable them to implement effective RIS3 for their own region. In a nutshell, the project is about good EDP management practices.

Appendix FW Document on EDP

Klaus Detterbeck (Beyond EDP Interreg Europe project 2017)
List of Good Practices in the Regions. In a collaborative endeavour, the consortium partners are analysing the design and implementation of EDP in different regional contexts. The final objective of the Beyond EDP project is to provide the most efficient methodologies and practices to policy makers across Europe to enable them to implement effective RIS3 for their own region. In a nutshell, the project is about good EDP management practices.

10 Things to Know About Transnational Cooperation

Transnational cooperation underpins EU Cohesion Policy and other strategic EU priority areas, including environmental, transport, energy, social, and macro-regional strategies.