MARINELLI, Elisabetta; FERNÁNDEZ, Tatiana; PONTIKAKIS, Dimitrios
STEFANOV, Ruslan; BOEKHOLT, Patries; PONTIKAKIS, Dimitris
JANSSEN Matthijs; TOLIAS Yannis; PONTIKAKIS Dimitrios
Portugal has recovered well from the global financial crisis: since 2014 annual GDP per capita growth rates have averaged 4-5% while unemployment has halved from 14% in 2014 to 7% in 2018. However, employment in hi-tech sectors is only 2.8%, significantly lower than the EU average of 4% (2016 figures) and is unevenly distributed across the national territory with a large proportion of such jobs found in the capital region of Lisbon. In 2018, Portugal had a GERD (gross domestic expenditure on R&D as a percentage of GDP) of 1.35%, of which the greatest proportion came from the business sector at 47.8%, followed by higher education at 45.1%.
Portugal is a Moderate Innovator according to the 2019 European Innovation Scoreboard, while each of its seven regions are also individually classified as Moderate Innovators. However, Regional Innovation performance increased between 2011 and 2017 in just two of the regions: Norte and Alentejo, whilst it decreased in the remaining five regions, most significantly in the Algarve.
Portugal has a multi-level Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3), composed of a national and seven regional strategies. Responsibility for overseeing and monitoring the strategies lies with the National Innovation Agency, the Regional Coordination Committees and the two autonomous governments of Madeira and Azores. Coordination between the national and regional strategies is foreseen through a governance structure that brings together the managing authorities of the relevant Operational Programmes and is chaired by National Innovation Agency who also manage a technical secretariat.
- Providing technical assistance to the implementation of S3 in Portugal
- Assisting regions in the organization of ‘Entrepreneurial Discovery Process’ workshops
- Assessing the implementation of S3 in Portugal
Relevant JRC reports
- Implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies in Portugal: An assessment, Manuel Laranja, John Edwards, Hugo Pinto, Dominique Foray (2020)
- Innovate in Tourism: From Digital Transition to Smart Destination (30 September and 8 October 2020)
- Alentejo goes digital with its EDP - “Sustainable Bioeconomy in the Alentejo Region” (24 June 2020)
- Smart Specialisation Strategies in Portugal (11 December 2020)
Open Data, Open Science & Open Innovation for Smart Specialisation monitoring: Lessons from the project “S3 Targeted Support in Lagging Regions”
Elisabetta Marinelli, Enric Fuster Martí, Sabine Plaud, Arnau Quinquilla, Francesco Massucci
Marinelli, E., Bertamino, F., Fernandez,A
Dr Yannis Tolias