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State Aid Map in the Energy Sector

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

Methodological Manual Developing Thematic Interregional Partnerships for Smart Specialisation

RAKHMATULLIN Ruslan; HEGYI Fatime Barbara; CIAMPI STANCOVA Katerina; GOMEZ PRIETO Javier; MIESZKOWSKI Krzysztof
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S3 Thematic Platforms S3 Thematic Platforms

The current Cohesion Policy encourages regions and Member States to build regional coalitions to support the creation of new European value chains, in areas associated with strategic growth. To support this goal, starting in 2015, the European Commission services launched three thematic smart specialisation (S3) platforms. These platforms have been put in place to provide an interactive and participatory environment supporting interregional cooperation in the context of smart specialisation areas related to Agri-Food, Energy and Industrial Modernisation.

In particular, the thematic S3 platforms are contributing to building an increasing number of interregional partnerships across the EU. These collaborative networks have the ultimate goal of establishing European ecosystems for transnational and interregional collaboration in regions and countries with similar or complementary S3 priorities. Together, partner regions analyse and tackle various obstacles related to the implementation of their smart specialisation strategies. Thematic partnerships help regions to improve their regional knowledge base, leading to new paths of development and a better position in global value chains and to transnational joint strategies of innovation.

The thematic platforms offer a structure to exploit synergies across partnerships and across sectors. These platforms are joint initiatives, managed and coordinated by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), with the support of several EC's Directorates-General  including Regional and Urban Policy (REGIO), Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI); Energy (ENER); Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW) and Research and Innovation (RTD). In addition, to get a wider view for cooperation, interactions with other EU initiatives (such as the Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform, European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) and the KICs) are also developed.

Events Events

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...

Interregional cooperation in Regional OPs: opportunities for S3 Partnerships

This webinar is an opportunity to explore how concrete cooperation actions and implementation could be possible under the Investment for Growth and Jobs...
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TAF support allocated in early 2021: outcome of the 7th application round announced

In January 2021, Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) support was awarded to two projects under the Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial...

Coronavirus response and recovery: EU support for regions to work together in innovative pilot projects

The Commission has announced the winners of a new EU-funded initiative for interregional partnerships in four areas: coronavirus-related...

TAF Talks - A series of sharing and learning interactive sessions to help your project idea move forward

Join the “TAF Talks”, a series of sharing and learning interactive sessions to help you -project promoters from S3P-Industry- to move your...
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