Economic recovery
11/06/2020 - 10:00

The role of Smart Specialisation Strategies in the post-pandemic recovery (time TBC)

*** We are looking for examples of how RIS3 are supporting the economic recovery post-pandemic! A selected number of cases will feed into the webinar discussion: take 2 minutes to fill in our webform below***

The coronavirus pandemic has drastically altered the outlook for the European and world economy. The economic forecast recently presented by the European Commission confirmed that the European Union (EU) has entered the deepest economic recession in its history. Moreover, both the recession and the recovery will be uneven, entailing considerable differences between regions.

The outbreak of the pandemic coincided with a crucial moment for the EU’s policy and programming: the recently established Commission had just announced long-term strategies to lead the twin transitions towards climate neutrality and digital leadership, such as the new Industrial strategy for Europe’s strategic autonomy; the ongoing negotiations for the next MFF 2021-2027 have been impacted both by the Brexit as by the rise of public deficits and debts resulting from the necessary policy measures taken to tackle the disruptions caused by the pandemic; in the meanwhile, as the 2014-2020 programming period is coming to an end, many regional governments and agencies are in the process of defining their new research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3).

Inevitably, the pandemic and the long-term effects of its disruptions have dramatically shifted the focus from forward-looking long-term planning to contingent emergy management.

The S3 Webinar offers an opportunity to exchange views on the role of the RIS3 in the EU’s green, digital and innovative recovery post-pandemic. Can newly adopted EU strategies, such as the one for Industry and SMEs, shape how regional governments repurpose their RIS3? How can we make sure that the participatory processes leading to the definition of the new RIS3 are not put on the side?

[The time of the webinar will be confirmed shortly, together with the agenda]