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POINT reviews: an overview

This document provides “quick guidelines” concerning territorial reviews of industrial transition, based on the POINT (Projecting Opportunities for INdustrial Transitions) methodology.

Smart Specialisation Strategies and Regional Productivity

The report assesses the effect of Smart Specialisation Strategies on regional productivity, based on the case of Portugal.

Rethinking the ‘Entrepreneurial Discovery Process’ in times of physical distancing

Author: LARANJA Manuel; MARQUES SANTOS Anabela; EDWARDS John;...

Smart Specialisation Process Evaluation: Monitoring and Evaluation Experiences across Europe

Fatime Barbara Hegyi, Francesco Prota
This policy insight provides an overview of the 2020 assessment on how and to what extent Smart Specialisation monitoring and evaluation systems put in place across Europe allow and contribute to a cyclical policy learning process for improved policy design and implementation.

Assessing Smart Specialisation: Monitoring and Evaluation Systems

Fatime Barbara Hegyi, Francesco Prota
Our analysis aims to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of monitoring and evaluation systems of national and regional authorities implementing Smart Specialisation strategies. In addition, based on the literature review and on the evidence gathered by our research project, this publication draws some policy lessons with reflections for the 2021-2027 European Union Cohesion policy as regards to monitoring and evaluation.

POINT review of Industrial Transition of Bulgaria

The review of industrial transition in Bulgaria analyses the current situation and also sketches future directions for the development of industrial capabilities that, in the spirit of the European Green Deal, jointly tackle economic and societal challenges.

Towards a transformative Smart Specialisation Strategy: lessons from Catalonia, Bulgaria and Greece

MARINELLI, Elisabetta; FERNÁNDEZ, Tatiana; PONTIKAKIS, Dimitrios
Developing an S3 and EDP that support systemic transitions requires a new institutional design. The new EU programming period offers significant opportunities and those involved in Cohesion policy should seize them by being open to working in new and challenging ways.

Support services for Centres of Vocational Excellence

Edwards, J.H., Redford, D. and Paiva, T.
In 2018 the European Commission launched a flagship initiative for Vocational Education and Training (VET), a policy area in which the European Union (EU) has intervened since the Treaty of Rome. Labelled Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs), the objective is to support pioneers of high quality, innovative and demand led VET through partnerships of employers, education providers and other stakeholders. The impact of such centres, especially at the local and regional level, will be enhanced if their activities are in line with innovation and economic development strategies. Within the EU such strategies are increasingly following the smart specialisation approach, which focuses public investment on selected innovation priorities.

POINT Review of Industrial Transition of Greece

JANSSEN Matthijs; TOLIAS Yannis; PONTIKAKIS Dimitrios
Greece is setting its sight to a sustainable future that also leads to increased prosperity and greater social cohesion. Building on stakeholder consultations and extensive research following the POINT (Projecting Opportunities for INdustrial Transitions) methodology of the JRC, the review explores some of the policy pathways that Greece might take as it moves from a dependence on fossil fuels to an economy that makes greater use of renewable sources of energy and exploits many of the opportunities that are arising in the production and use of batteries in the realms of transport and mobility, agriculture, shipping and defence.

Reflections Guiding Smart Specialisation Strategies Impact Assessment

Caroline Cohen
This report analyses the potential impact of Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) in the quality of policy governance and innovation ecosystem, as well as, its effects in terms of growth and jobs. It is based on the main findings of a collective reflection carried out from March to December 2020 with 12 European territories.