Publications Publications

Methodological Manual Developing Thematic Interregional Partnerships for Smart Specialisation

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

Leadership Impact on Motivation and Commitment in Interregional Collaboration

Fatime Barbara Hegyi, Laszlo Borbely and Gabor Bekesi

Factors of Leadership Attitude Enhancing Interregional Collaboration

Fatime Barbara Hegyi, Laszlo Borbely and Gabor Bekesi
View more

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

EWRC 2020: Resilience of EU innovation ecosystems

The session will analyse the impact of the COVID-19 at various territorial levels in the EU and how S3 models have helped during the lock-down and will...

EWRC 2020: The role of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) in the post-COVID19 era

In the middle of a new economic crisis due to the recent COVID19 pandemic SMEs in the EU are more than ever in need to apply advanced digital technologies...

Online Workshop of the Cultural and Creative Regional Ecosystems (CCRE-S3) partnership

In the framework of the 18th EWRC, the Cultural and Creative Regional Ecosystems (CCRE-S3) partners will present this new thematic area, recently launched...
View more

Latest News Latest News

Call for contributions: Fostering the implementation of environmental-oriented activities through Smart Specialisation

The S3 Platform solicits S3 stakeholders at national and regional level to highlight relevant cases on the ways in which the S3 approach can...

New call for EoI for COVID-19 Response and Recovery Partnerships

Coronavirus: Commission launches call for innovative response and recovery partnerships between EU regions

Virtual International Partnering – Innovation in Environment & Energy & Circular Economy

International cross-border contacts are more important than ever before. With this long-term virtual Matchmaking open until 31/12/2020, EEN...
View more