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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.

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"Preparing for the next programming period (2021-27): Strengthening RIS3 Governance and the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process"

This workshop was organized by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy and Development, Greece...

Smart Regions 3.0 Conference

The European Commission, Member States and Regions will present achievements in the current financial period 2014-20 and key directions for smart...
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Workshop Highlights: “Strengthening RIS3 Governance and the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process” – Chios, Greece

As part of the RIS3 targeted support project on Lagging Regions and with the objective of supporting preparations for the next programming...

An initial exploratory meeting took place in Seville on the Review of the Industrial Transition in Andalusia

The Joint Research Centre in close collaboration with the Agency for Innovation and Development of Andalusia (IDEA) and the Andalusian Energy...

First fact-finding and stakeholder consultation meetings for the Review of Industrial Transition of Greece took place in Athens

First fact-finding and stakeholder consultation meetings for the Review of Industrial Transition of Greece took place on the 10th October 2019...
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