S2E National Event: ESTONIA

  • 11 Mar 2016 to 11 Mar 2016
  • Tallinn (EE)

The ESTONIA National Event was co-organised by the S3 Platform - S2E project and the Estonian Research Council.

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Agenda and Presentations

Full agenda of the event

WELCOME SPEECH: Viljar Lubi (Deputy Secretary General for Economic Development – Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication, Republic of Estonia)

The Research and innovation context and the implementation of synergies - Moderator: Blagoy Stamenov (European Commission, DG JRC)

(*)  The S2E National "facts and figures" document was the basis for this presentation.  It contains key messages, based on the presented quantitative indicators, and provides as full a picture as possible of how and where European funding dedicated to R&I is spent.

International experiences - Moderator: Gérard Carat (European Commission, DG JRC)

Synergies in Practice and table discussion

Policy debate on the Estonian research and innovation ecosystem - Moderator:  Beate Grajnert (European Commission, DG REGIO)

Cases of Synergies implementation and related initiatives - Moderator: Gérard Carat (European Commission, DG JRC)

Conclusions and ways forward

Practical Information

11 Mar 2016 to 11 Mar 2016
Tallinn (EE)
Registration Information
Participation was by invitation only.


The "Stairway to Excellence" European Pilot Project is centred on:

  • Providing assistance to the 13 Members States (and their regions) which joined the EU after 2004 with the aim of closing the innovation gap and promoting excellence in all regions and EU countries;
  • Stimulating the early and effective implementation of national and regional Smart Specialisation Strategies.

The ESTONIA National Event was organised jointly by the European Commission, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre (S3 Platform, S2E project) and the Estonian Research Council.

A JOINT STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL EVENT OF ESTONIA: "The Synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and Research and Innovation Funding" was issued as an outcome of it and covers the Main Issues under the different topics brought at the event.


Objectives of the event:

  • A better understanding of Estonian national (and regional) innovation ecosystem(s) with a special emphasis on the identification of obstacles, barriers and potentials to innovation
  • Raising awareness of the actions needed to enable synergies between different EU funding programmes for research and innovation
  • Sharing experiences in combining Structural Funds and Framework Programme to improve excellence in R&I systems
  • Drawing lessons for the future and identifying follow-up actions to enhance the potential synergies between different EU funds in the Member State

Who should attend? (Participants: around 50 people)

  • Estonian National and Regional Managing Authorities
  • Estonian National Contact Points from the past Framework Programmes and Horizon 2020 and other EU-funded programmes
  • Estonian National and Regional authorities in charge of smart specialisation strategies
  • Members of the Horizon 2020 programme committee
  • Selected national and international experts on EU funding programmes and regional policy
  • Selected representatives from businesses
  • Selected representatives from universities, research centres and any other organization with experience and/or interest in EU-funded programmes


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