The event is launched by a policy session on 1 July, followed by bilateral sessions of S3 Partnerships active on the 3 TSSPs (2 July, 5 July) and rounded up by a thematic workshop on Blue economy organised by DG MARE and JRC on 6 July.
The first three days of meetings are open to:
all the regions and their ecosystem actors involved in the S3 Partnerships,
the European Cluster Collaboration Platform Community
relevant colleagues from different Commission services.
The Joint DG MARE/JRC workhop on Smart Specialisation for Sustainable Blue Economy is open to all the interested stakeholders across Europe and beyond - the registration for this event is open until 4 July and available in the separate event heading.
The current Cohesion Policy encourages regions and Member States to build regional coalitions to support the creation and development of new European value chains, in areas associated with strategic growth.
To support this goal, starting from 2015, the European Commission services launched three thematic smart specialisation (S3) platforms (TSSP Agri-Food, TSSP Energy and TSSP Industrial Modernisation), encouraging regions and their innovation actors across the EU to build strategic S3 partnerships, promoting business investments and complementary use of regional funding for innovation in specific smart specialisation areas.
An increasing number of S3 partnerships have been established in the last 5 years, creating a transnational and interregional collaborative network of place-based innovation ecosystems between regions and countries with similar or complementary S3 priorities. The S3 Platforms community today can count with 37 Partnerships with a territorial and sectorial dimension.
The thematic platforms offer a structure to exploit synergies across partnerships and across sectors, mobilise the potential of European Structural and Investment Funds and offer the possibility to build strategic interregional public private investments. Building on a bottom up approach, the ambition is to mobilise the regional innovation and investment potential along EU strategic priorities.
The S3 Platforms Steering Committee meeting brings together, twice a year, Commission services with the S3 Partnerships community in order to share relevant policy updates and upcoming initiatives. This is also the occasion for the Commission to receive updates from the S3 partnerships and to identify areas where there is a need for further discussion with specific services or where synergies could be created.
With the support of several Commission Directorates-General, including Regional and Urban Policy (REGIO), Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI), Energy (ENER), Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW), Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MARE) and Research and Innovation (RTD), we intend to offer to S3 Partnerships a wider view on EU strategic priorities, as well as opportunities for cooperation and interaction with different EU initiatives (such as HE partnerships, European Cluster Collaboration Platform community, etc.).