Publications Publications

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

Interregional partnership for Smart Specialisation on sport

Smart Specialisation Platform on Industrial Modernisation
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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

Digitalisation and New Technologies in Agri-food and S3P Agrifood's International B2B meetings

The event is co-organised by the European Commission - JRC, Junta de Andalusia and the Enterprise Europe Network. It is composed of four different parts: ...

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...

Cluster Accelerator Program

Are you ready to increase the impact of your cluster? Join our hands-on program for cluster managers and practitioners!
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Strengthening Strategic Value Chains for a future-ready EU Industry - report of the Strategic Forum for Important Projects of Common European Interest

Today, the Commission publishes recommendations by a group of experts, the Strategic Forum on Important Projects of Common European Interest, to...

Mapping personalised medicine and health policies in European regions

To establish and support networking between interested regions in order to facilitate inter-regional collaboration and identify opportunities...

Consultation on Horizon Europe “European Partnerships”

Share your views on the 12 proposed institutionalised partnerships under Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme...
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