Interregional Collaboration Workshop: S3 Targeted Support – Horizontal Activities

  • 25 Feb 2020 to 25 Feb 2020
  • European Commission building, Paseo de la Castellana, 46, 28046, Madrid

The event explored the issue of international collaboration in relation to the implementation of S3 policies. The day included expert-presentations, peer-learning exercises and networking sessions.

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Agenda and Presentations


25  February  2020

 08:45 – Welcome Coffee and registration

 09:15 – Opening remarks and introduction to the day

 Mark Boden, Joint Research Centre (JRC)

 09:30 – Presentation of initial findings from the research

 Effie Amanatidou, JRC external expert

 10:00 – Presentations of RIS3 cross-border cooperation case studies

 Centro/Extremadura RIS3 cooperation

Galicia / N Portugal RIS3 cooperation

 11:00 – Coffee Break

 11:15 – Participatory exercises – round tables

 12:15 – Feedback from the exercise

 13:00 – Lunch and coffee

 14:00 – Interregional cooperation with more advanced regions and use of ESIF

 15:30  – Q&A on presentations and discussion

 16:00  – Next steps and closing remarks



Practical Information

25 Feb 2020 to 25 Feb 2020
European Commission building, Paseo de la Castellana, 46, 28046, Madrid
Registration Information
By invitation


As part of its Lagging Regions Project, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) organised a workshop on “S3 and international cooperation” at the premises of the European Commission in Madrid on the 25th of February 2020. The day included expert presentations, peer-learning exercises and networking sessions

Participants from more than 20 regions in nine EU member states took this opportunity to delve deeper into the importance of developing participation in international and interregional networks for the implementation of smart specialisation strategies. This topic corresponds with the fulfilment criterion for international cooperation of the S3 good governance enabling condition proposed by the European Commission under the next Multiannual Financial Framework.

The workshop explored a number of key dimensions of interregional cooperation: challenges, opportunities, preconditions, actors, resources required, governance, benefits and expected results. It aimed to enhance understanding of whether and how international cooperation can lead to higher mobility of resources, competences, and ideas, thus contribute to implementation of smart specialisation strategies in slow growth, low income regions, strengthening the innovation ecosystems.