Fourth PRI Plenary meeting- How interregional collaboration can support systemic transformation?

  • 14 Dec 2022
  • Online event.

The central objective of the online workshop is to better understand how interregional collaboration can support systemic transformation.

More concretely:

  • To contribute to the New European Innovation Agenda’s ambition of building a true pan-European innovation ecosystem underpinned by thriving regional innovation ecosystems
  • To introduce Interregional Cooperation as one of the main drivers of PRI
  • To share the new challenges and needs of PRI territories, building on the PRI partners' experience
  • To explore new avenues for interregional cooperation
  • To introduce the future policy tools for Interregional Cooperation

This will be an online workshop to be held on Wednesday 14 December 2022 from 10.00 to 17.00.

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Fourth PRI Plenary meeting

  1. 10:00 10:15
    Institutional Welcome

    Markku Markkula. Vice President of European Committee of the Regions
    Mikel Landabaso. Director. Joint Research Centre

  2. 10:15–10:30
    Setting the scene. Interregional cooperation in PRI
  3. 10:30 - 13:00

    10.30-11.30:  Interregional cooperation experiences: From coordination to Integration. ​​​​​​​Plenary Speeches.

    Moderator: Xabier Goenaga. B7 Head of Unit. JRC

    • M-ERA.NET for research and innovation on materials and battery technologies, supporting the European Green Deal.

    Roland Brandenburg. Head of Transnational Initiatives at FFG Austrian Research Programme manager, network coordinator. Austria | Download the presentation [PDF File]

    • Vanguard Initiative’s Interregional Funding Mechanism’ Project.

    José Caldeira. Norte Region Portugal - Vanguard Initiative | Download the presentation [PDF File]

    • Calls for Digitalisation open to other countries’ expertise. The case of BDIH Konexio.

    Susana Larrea. SPRI Basque Business Develpment Agency. Coordinator of BDIH | Download the presentation [PDF File]

    • Cities 4.0. Innovation Ecosystems in Horizon Europe and City Missions.

    Markku Markkula. Cities 4.0. Vice President of European Committee of the Regions, President of the Helsinki Region, City Councilor of the City of Espoo. Finland | Download the presentation [PDF File]

    • Traceability and Big Data. S3 Agri-Food partnership.

    Mar Cátedra Cedrón. Technical Adviser. Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development. Andalusia. Spain | Download the presentation [PDF File]

    11:30–12:30 - Break Out Sessions 1

    • S.1.A & S.1.B. Financial Mechanisms for Systemic and Transforming innovation on interregional cooperation
    • S.2.A. & S.2.B. Innovation Services in Cooperation for Systemic & Transforming innovation
    • S.3.A. & S.3.B. Collaboration on Policies and Tools accelerating transformation​​​​​​​

    12.30-13.00 . Sharing break out Session’s 1 results

    Moderator: Carmen Sillero. JRC B7
    Discussions and exchange

  4. 13:00-14:00
    Lunch break
  5. 14:00 - 17:00

    14:00 -15:00: EU policy Instruments to support interregional cooperation. Plenary Speeches.

    Moderator: Karel Haegeman. JRC-B7

    • Connecting Deep Tech Valleys. The New European Innovation Agenda.

    Patrick Brenier. Advisor for the European Research Area and Open Science, European Commission - DG Research and Innovation | Download the presentation [PDF File]

    • Climate Adaptation Missions and Interregional Cooperation.

    Elena Visnar Malinovska. Head of Unit. DG CLIMA

    • Policy Instruments supporting Industrial Value Chains.

    Benoit Esmanne. Policy Assistant. Industrial Forum, Alliances, Clusters· DG GROW | Download the presentation [PDF File]

    David Matzek-Lichtenstein. Programme Manager INTERREG Alpine Space and INTERREG North Sea. DG REGIO | Download the presentation [PDF File]

    15:00 - 16.00: Break Out Session 2

    16:00–16:50: Sharing breakout session’s 2 results

    Moderator: Karel Haegeman. JRC B7
    Discussions and exchange

    16.50-16.55: Next Steps
    Xabier Goenaga. B7 Head of Unit. JRC

    16.50-17.00: Closing
    Xabier Goenaga. B7 Head of Unit. JRC


Practical Information

14 Dec 2022

Online event.

Registration Information

By invitation only (For PRI Pilot participants)


Policy Framework

Main objectives

The PRI Plenary meetings bring together Pilot Participants to discuss key PRI concepts and relevant experiences. Their aim is to bring together, synthesise and explore insights and analyses from the working groups, co-create the PRI building blocks, develop an approach for PRI monitoring and evaluation and support capacity building in the territories. The PRI Plenaries will additionally foster cross-border partnerships to advance towards the development of regional innovation valleys in support of the New European Innovation Agenda.

The first meeting of the Pilot Plenary (7th July 2022) presented the policy context around PRI, the PRI Playbook and a proposal for a PRI Pilot roadmap, outlining the organisation of pilot activities.

The Partnerships for Regional Innovation approach  

Partnerships for Regional Innovation (PRI) is a new strategic approach to innovation-driven territorial transformation, aimed at linking EU priorities with national plans and territorial challenges and opportunities. In May 2022, the Joint Research Centre published the first ‘Partnerships for Regional Innovation Playbook’ that can serve as a basis for co-creation with the seventy-four territories that were selected to take part to the PRI Pilot. The four Member States, 63 regions, seven cities and six networks that are part of the pilot will co-develop and test new tools and governance mechanisms to integrate initiatives and investment in strategic areas and link placed-based opportunities and challenges to EU priorities.

The Partnerships will be firmly anchored in the EU policy framework, supporting the implementation of the European Green Deal, Horizon Europe, Cohesion policy and NextGenerationEU. Particular attention will be placed on tools and governance mechanisms that mobilise multiple sources of funding and policies to amplify impact and that can help connect regional and national initiatives to EU initiatives for the twin transition.

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