Smart grids in the new programming period: the role of transnational R&I networks to strengthen smart energy

  • 06 Feb 2020 to 06 Feb 2020
  • EIT House Rue Guimard 7, 4th floor, 1040, Brussels, Belgium

The aim of the workshop was to support national and regional authorities in planning their EU funds for supporting investments in smart grids R&I and deployment during the 2021-2027 programming period, by offering them with better knowledge of ways to collaborate with other regions with similar interest and to access international networks in the field of smart grids. We will discuss on how to foster the conditions in those regions to develop R&I and implementation projects smart grids in this sector, reinforcing governance models that allow stronger links with other regions in the EU and with international networks/organisations. Our target audience is mainly the ESI Funds Managing Authorities that are responsible for the identification and development of programmes and projects in the sector of smart grids (Managing Authorities for energy, RIS3 managing agencies, etc.)

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Agenda and Presentations


Please find here the final agenda of the workshop.




EXPERTS PANEL 1: Identification and involvement of actors to design efficient policies in Smart Grids

  • Venizelos EFTHYMIOU, University of Cyprus and representative of PANTERA and ETIP SNET (Chair of the WG5 on ‘Innovation implementation in the business environment’)
  • Álvaro NOFUENTES, ETRA Group and representative of the BRIDGE Initiative (Chair of the WG on ‘Customer Engagement’)
  • Sergio SAIZ, Energy Efficiency and Industrial Sustainability Director at Tecnalia and presenting EIP-SCC
  • Roberto ZANGRANDI, Secretary General at E.DSO for Smart Grids

EXPERTS PANEL 2: Internationalisation as a tool for better Smart Grids development planning in the next Multiannual Financial Framework

EXPERTS PANEL 3: Funding and support mechanisms for Smart Grids

Useful documents

JRC Science for Policy Report: "Digital Transformation in Transport, Construction, Energy, Government and Public Administration", 2019

This report provides an analysis of digital transformation (DT) in a selection of policy areas covering transport, construction, energy, and digital government and public administration. DT refers in the report to the profound changes that are taking place in all sectors of the economy and society as a result of the uptake and integration of digital technologies in every aspect of human life. Digital technologies are having increasing impacts on the way of living, of working, on communication, and on social interaction of a growing share of the population. DT is expected to be a strategic policy area for a number of years to come and there is an urgent need to be able to identify and address current and future challenges for the economy and society, evaluating impact and identifying areas requiring policy intervention. Because of the very wide range of interrelated domains to be considered when analysing DT, a multidisciplinary approach was adopted to produce this report, involving experts from different domains. For each of the four sectors that are covered, the report presents an overview of DT, DT enablers and barriers, its economic and social impacts, and concludes with the way forward for policy and future research.


Activtiy report of the SET-UP Project:

Practical Information

06 Feb 2020 to 06 Feb 2020
EIT House Rue Guimard 7, 4th floor, 1040, Brussels, Belgium
Registration Information
Registration is closed.


This workshop was jointly organised as part of the Stairway to Excellence (S2E) project and the Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (S3PEnergy) initiative, managed by the JRC, in close cooperation with DG REGIO and DG ENER.

This workshop aimed to test approaches to improve transnational networking in the area of smart grids and draw lessons to build a more diversified approach to cooperation across territories and European actors in a RIS3 context in the smart grids sector.

This event took place on the 6 February 2020, in Brussels, back to back the 4th meeting of the Working Group “H2020 for RIS3” on optimising the use of H2020 in implementing smart specialisation (7 Feb).


This workshop intented to offer participants an overview on the how/why/who of smart grids in Europe. The main objective is to support national/regional authorities and key stakeholders across Europe in planning and designing the allocation of their EU funds for supporting investments in smart grids R&I and deployment during the 2021-2027 programming period. The workshop provided an opportunity to create or reinforce of governance models that allow stronger links with other regions in Europe and with international networks.

Representatives from various EU/international organisations or initiatives provided the participants with valuable information on smart grids, and the means in which they can be useful for the regions/countries, particularly in view of the new Multiannual Financial Framework. The participating European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Managing Authorities and RIS3 managing agencies had the opportunity to share experiences and gain better knowledge of ways for setting or improving collaborations with other regions with similar interest and access international networks in the field of smart grids.

The specific objectives of the event were to:

  • Showcase R&I initiatives and relevant projects related to smart grids in the EU
  • Connect regions with complementary RIS3 priorities / interests related to smart grids
  • Engage the dialogue between public authorities responsible for Cohesion Policy funding related to Energy, RIS3 managers and other EU and non-EU actors active in the field of smart grids R&I
  • Raise awareness on the potential of putting in place measures for stronger collaboration between interested groups of actors -both within regions and with others-, coordinated investment actions with more impact on regional issues, multilateral joint programming, aligned strategies, etc.
  • Draw lessons for other areas in the frame of the Working Group “H2020 for RIS3”


Target group

The workshop was open to Managing Authorities and line ministries or intermediate bodies that are responsible for the identification and development of smart grids programmes and projects: the S3 (R&I) responsible authorities and /or representatives from the managing authorities of ESIF dealing with energy.
The event was also open to a limited number of invited agents from the research and industry sectors (Clusters representatives, DSOs representatives, etc.).


The activities were designed as a mutual learning event where participants may table specific requests, and where ideas, good practices, doubts, questions and potential solutions could be shared and discussed. Participants had the opportunity to present themselves and the current situation in their region/country. In order to prepare the ground for effective discussion, a session dedicated to policy context introduced basic information and mechanisms. In the participatory exercises, participants were also expected to (1) interact, (2) identify and elaborate issues, obstacles and barriers, (3) propose policy actions to address these issues, and finally (4) set out collective outcomes.