Launch of the first Lighthouse event of the Partnerships for Regional Innovation (PRI) Pilot Action

  • 08 Sep 2022
  • Online event.

Regional  innovation valleys and the New European Innovation Agenda and Approaches and tools for evidence-based progress towards resilience and Sustainable Development Goals, main topics for discussion of this second plenary meeting.

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8 September

  1. 10.15 - 12.05
    Part I. Regional deep tech innovation valleys and the New European Innovation Agenda
    • 10.15 Connecting to the meeting Plenary room
    • 10.25 Welcome and objective of the meeting – Mikel Landabaso, Director Joint Research Centre
    • 10.30 High level political address – The territorial dimension of innovation - Vasco Alves Cordeiro, President of the European Committee of the Regions
    • 10.45 Opening address - Towards Regional Deep Tech Innovation Valleys – Isidro Laso Ballesteros, Commissioner Gabriel Cabinet Expert
    • 11.00 Q&A and plenary discussion
    • 11.35 PRI Pilot – status and next steps – Xabier Goenaga, Head of Unit Joint Research Centre
    • 11.50 Q&As
    • 12.05 End of part I

    Chaired by Mikel Landabaso, Director Joint Research Centre

  2. 14.00 - 14.25
    Part II. Localising sustainability: approaches and tools for evidence-based progress towards resilience and Sustainable Development Goals
    • 14.00 Welcome - Stephen Quest, Director General Joint Research Centre
    • 14.10 Keynote address – Monitoring Resilience in the new geopolitical context - Vice President Maroš Šefčovič – Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight
    • 14:25 Q&A and plenary discussion

    Chaired by Thomas Wobben, Director European Committee of the Regions

  3. 14.40 - 16.00
    Technical discussions
    • 14.40 Resilience Dashboards
      • JRC Presentation of the concept and tool and a case example at regional level: Peter Benczur - Joint Research Centre
      • The importance of resilience concept at territorial level - Valentine Van Gamaren, Wallonie Public Service
      • Interaction with pilot territories - Jessica Cariboni, Joint Research Centre
    • 15.20 S3 for SDGs
      • Smart Specialisation for Sustainable Development Goals: spotlight on the main concept and STI for SDGs diagnostics - Monika Matusiak and Michal Miedzinski, Joint Research Centre
      • Measuring the progress in SDGs and mobilising STI potential to address them in Nothern Netherlands - Luc Hulsman, The Northern Netherlands Alliance
      • Interaction with pilot territories - Angela Sarcina, Joint Research Centre
    • 16.00 SDG monitoring    
      • Voluntary Local Reviews as a tool to localise the 2030 Agenda and identify priority areas of action  - Alice Siragusa, Joint Research Centre
      • Espoo experience with Voluntary Local Reviews - Ville Taajamaa, City of Espoo
      • Interaction with pilot territories - Angela Sarcina, Joint Research Centre


  4. 16.40
    Closing remarks

Practical Information

08 Sep 2022

Online event.

Registration Information

The online event is under invitation for the PRI community.


The European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions launch on 8 September the first Lighthouse event within the Second Plenary Meeting of the Partnerships for Regional Innovation (PRI).

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.

Lighthouse events is a PRI Pilot flagship arena to connect participants together to get insights on key elements of the PRI approach, giving them the opportunity to inquire, share experiences and identify participants that face similar challenges.

The first PRI Lighthouse event focuses on a selection of available JRC tools and methods that can help diagnose resilience and sustainability challenges starting from data and indicators.  

The technical sessions will focus on:

  1. Resilience dashboards,  
  2. Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) in the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and
  3. SDG monitoring at territorial level.

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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