Meeting 11 June 2018

Seinäjoki, Finland

Meeting 11 June 2018

Many partnership activities supported by the Thematic Platform on Agri-food are built on regular exchanges between the European Commission services and European regions leading and/or taking part in various thematic partnerships. To ensure the smooth functioning of this joint initiative, it has been agreed to meet twice a year to discuss implementation of the Platform's activities, resolve potential issues, and provide strategic guidance.

The Working Committee consists of all regions participating in Agri-food thematic partnerships. As a result, these Working Committee Meetings bring together the European Commission services and representatives of all Agri-Food thematic partnerships.

The Working Committee meetings offer lead and partner regions an opportunity to:
  • assess and benchmark the progress of each partnership, discuss any ongoing/future challenges and develop new solutions;
  • obtain information on possible synergies with other initiatives, e.g. Interreg, EIT Food or EIB;
  • discuss and share strategic guidance for the next period on key issues such as building synergies with EU funding programmes, overcoming regulatory obstacles for investment, understanding financial instruments, and skills.

Furthermore, S3P Agri-food Working Committee meetings offer thematic partnerships to organise their technical meetings.

All participants of the S3P Agri-food Semi-annual Working Committee meeting were invited to participate in the Food Safety 2020 event taking place on 11-13 June 2018 at Seinajoki University of Applied Sciences. The event was organised by the ERIAFF network and focused on the following three themes: High Tech Agriculture, Nutrition, and Big Data. 

An additional public session was organised by the S3 Platform on the 13th of June as part of the ERIAFF event. The session (titled ''Smart Specialisation Platform for Agri-Food: Exploring Opportunities for Interregional Collaboration and Joint Investment in Strategic Growth Areas") ran from 10:00 to 11:30 am on 13 June 2018. This session was open to all ERIAFF participants.


11 June 2018 - 09:30-17:00
Venue: Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, Seinäjoki, Finland
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Welcome and opening
  • Antti SAARTENOJA, Deputy Regional Mayor of Southern Ostrobothnia region
  • DG AGRI, DG REGIO, DG RTD and JRC Seville, EC

Thematic Smart Specialisation Platform on Agri-Food, part 1
  1. S3P Agri-Food Platform: progress and results achieved (Ruslan RAKHMATULLIN, JRC Seville, EC)
  2. Update on the activities and progress to date from Agri-Food Partnerships:

Thematic Smart Specialisation Platform on Agri-Food, part 2
  1. DG REGIO Pilot Action (Alessandra LEPORE, DG REGIO, EC)
  2. Update from partnerships supported by the DG REGIO Pilot Action:

Synergies with EU programmes and initiatives

Parallel discussions (sessions)      
Introduction to the Session by Ruslan RAKHMATULLIN (European Commission, JRC Seville, EC)
  • Regional commitment and governance issues
  • Mapping and matching competences to align innovation roadmaps
  • Investment projects – Types of instruments
Moderated by representatives of lead regions as well as experts, with participation of EC representatives

Reporting from the parallel sessions and conclusions
Discussions and Q&A