Implementation Implementation

Smart Specialisation represents a unique opportunity in contemporary innovation policy for territorial development. Over the last few years, the Smart Specialisation approach has fostered the design and the implementation of place-based, innovation-driven economic transformation agendas in the regions and Member States of the European Union, which overall have developed more than 180 Smart Specialisation Strategies, with more than 67 billion euros available under the European Structural and Investment Funds (2014-2020 programming period). These strategies involve national and/or regional public authorities, together with private businesses, higher education institutions and the civil society in collaborative and mutually reinforcing processes.

Over the European programming period (2021-2027), Smart Specialisation is expected to continue to play a major role towards cohesion policy and regional development, and towards economic transformation in the long run. In particular, given its strong value-added potential, Smart Specialisation can boost innovation-led growth in the EU industrial transition regions and further integrate regional economies in European value chains. It also has a great potential to play to foster eco-innovation processes that respond to global environmental challenges, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


The Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P) collects the experience of stakeholders in order to outline their approach and activities related to the implementation of smart specialisation, and to share good practices. It can take the form of either "Smart Stories", i.e. a direct account from European regions and Member States' activities, or "Implementation examples", arising from the investigation and activities of the Smart Specialisation Platform.

Contact: Caroline Cohen


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The report from the working meeting "S3 Priorities, Related Policies and Impact Assessment" is now available

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Impact Assessment of the Smart Specialisation experience

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EWRC 2020: Resilience of EU innovation ecosystems

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Smart Specialisation Strategies implementation: Priorities, Related Policies and Impact Assessment

This working meeting will provide an overview of S3 priorities and related policy measures, as well as tackle impact assessment approaches.

Workshop: "Insights on assessing the Smart Specialisation experience so far"

Experienced practitioners from the national and regional level will provide insightful feedback of their S3 implementation experience to date and will...