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Case studies of TAF support to S3P-Industry projects: experiences and lessons learnt

Check the case study briefs from previous S3P-Industry projects supported by TAF

TAF Talks 2.0: New sessions and formats

The Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) team invites you to their webinars on how to improve aspects of TAF application.

Call for applications for the Commission Expert Group on Interregional Innovation Investments (I3)

The call for applications for the membership of the I3 Expert Group is open.
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Smart Pilot actions: DG REGIO gives support to interregional partnerships for innovative projects

Brussels, 7 December 2017. More info here.

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TAIEX REGIO PEER 2 PEER - A tool bringing together Cohesion Policy practitioners

Designed to share expertise between bodies managing Cohesion Fund and ERDF funding, it helps public officials to exchange knowledge, good practice and practical solutions to concrete problems thus improving their administrative capacity and ensuring better results for the EU investments.

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Energy and the Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (S3PEnergy)

Energy is a topic with high interest amongst the Member States and regions registered in the S3 Platform. The S3PEnergy promotes activities for achieving a shared vision on knowledge-based energy policy, accompanying European territories in the implementation of energy-related innovation strategies and supporting them with the appropriate methodological development and related tools, with regard namely to benchmarking, mutual learning and interregional cooperation.

The goal of the S3PEnergy is to set up a collaborative framework which will accelerate the development and deployment of innovative low carbon technologies in the EU in the framework of Smart Specialisation.


Which activities are promoted by the S3PEnergy?

The S3PEnergy collaborates with interested EU regions and countries to: analyse current energy priorities and policies; identify common challenges and possible solutions; prepare thematic papers and workshops; carry out active outreach activities to build and disseminate knowledge on the possibilities for investing in energy projects from the Cohesion Policy funds; support bottom-up transregional cooperation and the creation of EU-wide ecosystems for R&I in energy.

As a result of this support to interterritorial cooperation, the S3PEnergy has facilitated the creation of interregional partnerships between those EU regions and Member States that have identified renewable energy technologies and innovative energy solutions as their smart specialisation priorities. Through these partnerships the S3PEnergy had promoted the alignment of local, regional, national and European activities on energy sustainability, competitiveness and security of supply.

Interregional collaboration helps Member States and regions to combine complementary strengths and research capacities, align R&I efforts and agendas in the context of S3, overcome the lack of critical mass and fragmentation, gain better access to the global value chains and foster co-investment in new growth areas across the EU. So far, six partnerships have been created, with the ultimate goal to establish European ecosystems for interregional collaboration in regions and countries that share similar energy priorities in their S3.

The S3PEnergy interregional partnerships have been focusing on mapping regional ambitions and challenges and matching identified value chains of partners across the regions, based on complementarities. The S3PEnergy team supports the regions with the identification of common interests and proactive match-making, methodological guidance, organisation of thematic seminars, setting up of connections with other initiatives or EC services related to their field of activity, as well as with logistic support for the functioning of the partnerships.

Who is involved in S3PEnergy?

The activities are being carried out by JRC in close collaboration with DG REGIO and DG ENER. The S3PEnergy supports policy-makers, authorities and stakeholders involved in energy and R&I policies and Cohesion Policy funding. The work further allow DGs JRC, REGIO and ENER to be better informed of the developments and challenges in the MS and regions. The ultimate objective of the S3PEnergy is to contribute to the shift towards a low carbon economy by 2050 and to respond to some of the societal challenges identified in the EU2020 Strategy. The EU has set out plans for a new climate and energy policy framework. Europe is determined to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 1990. Respectively, it has committed itself to achieve at least 27% share of renewables. Hence, there is a clear link between innovation and the EU's energy and climate targets.

Events Events

TAF webinar on Interregional Innovation Investment (I3) funding instrument

In the context of the TAF Talks series 2.0, the TAF team is organising a series of webinars focusing on potential funding sources for inter-regional...

TAF Talk Series: Capacity building workshop on financials and links between clusters and interregional projects

This TAF workshop will take place on Wednesday 27th January (10:00-12:00) and will cover two topics of interest for promoters of interregional investment...

Joint Event Thematic S3 Platforms

This online meeting was an opportunity to discuss common issues and explore cooperation opportunities among various European Commission services and 35...
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Publications Publications

State Aid Map in the Energy Sector

JRC Conference and Workshop Report RUDOLF MESARIČ Jana, SEIGNEUR Isabelle, MERIDA MARTIN Fernando

Overview of activities performed in the heating and cooling initiative of the smart specialisation platform for energy

Technical Report CARLSSON Johan; JIMENEZ NAVARRO Navarro Juan Pablo; BERTOLDI Paolo; SEIGNEUR Isabelle

Identification of EU funding sources for the regional heating and cooling sector

External study report made for the Joint Research Centre Veen, Roel van der; Kooijman, Esmee
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