Smart Specialisation Working Group

Representatives of Brussels-based offices leading the work of the Smart Specialisation Working Group.

Emmeline Allioux

Leader

Emmeline Allioux

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

Marta Marin

Leader

Marta Marin

Delegation of the Basque Country to the EU

Krista Taipale

Leader

Krista Taipale

Helsinki EU Office

Smart Specialisation

The Smart Specialisation Working Group aims to monitor and contribute to key policy developments related to S3 by enhancing dialogue with relevant EU institutions and stakeholders, such as DG REGIO, the S3 Platform and its S3 Thematic Partnerships, European Parliament, and the Committee of the Regions. The goal is to strengthen the regional perspective in the wider smart specialisation agenda and provide support and visibility to working group members through the regional snapshots, and to act as support for other ERRIN working groups – such as Policy and Innovation & Investment – on S3 related issues.

Next Working Group Meetings

Next Working Group Meetings

Economic recovery

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

Ilaria d'Auria

*** 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

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

Smart Specialisation

Postponed: Smart Specialisation WG Meeting: State of play with Component 5

Heidi Johansson

The first Smart Specialisation WG meeting for 2020 will take place on 19th March between 9:30-11:30 at the Helsinki EU Office, located on Rue Guimard 7, 1040 Brussels. This meeting will give an

Three European flags infront of the European Council building

Smart Specialisation Partnerships and European Partnerships – Synergies and complementarities

Anna Tranberg

Creating concrete synergies, collaboration, and coordination, between Smart Specialisation Partnerships based on regional innovation strategies and European Partnerships is one of the issues ERRIN

WG Events

WG Events

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…

Postponed: Smart Specialisation WG Meeting: State of play with Component 5

The first Smart Specialisation WG meeting for 2020 will take place on 19th March between 9:30-11:30 at the Helsinki EU Office, located on Rue Guimard 7, 1040 Brussels. This meeting will give an update on Component 5 and its state of play. The aim of the meeting is to emphasise the importance of Component 5 for regions towards the European Commission. Marek Przeor from DG REGIO will give an update on the state of play with Component 5 and the S3 Pilot on Marine Renewable Energy will present some learnings that could contribute to the ongoing discussions on Component 5. Finally, we will…

Smart Specialisation for Sustainable Development Goals

A workshop on Smart Specialisation implementation to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place in Brussels this March. The two-day workshop aims to share practical experiences in applying S3 as a methodology to reach the SDGs through the implementation of localised, place-based, innovation-driven strategies in member states, regions and cities.  The workshop will be divided into two days, where two different perspectives will be presented. 5th March will summarise the challenges of using S3 methodolgy in this way, before 6th March will bring togehter UN stakeholders to…

SEDEC - Stakeholders' consultation on "Regional Innovation Scoreboard and its impact in regional place-based policies"

The European Committee of the Regions is drafting an opinion on "Regional Innovation Scoreboard and its impact on regional place-based policies". The opinion is meant to assess the effect of RIS on the design, implementation and monitoring of regional, place-based policies and strategies related to research and innovation. To gather input and discuss the main issues regarding the opinion, the rapporteur of the opinion, Mr. Mikel IRUJO AMEZAGA (ES/EA), Representative of the Parliament of Navarre, together with his expert, Ms. María Dolores UGARTE MARTÍNEZ, are happy to invite you to a…

Northern Netherlands in Transition Working Conference

The decision by the Dutch government to stop extracting natural gas from the Groningen gas field will have major economic implications for the Northern Netherlands. To tackle these challenges, the four largest Northern cities have started a trajectory with theJoint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC). The main goal of this trajectory is  to develop a concrete Action Roadmap that prepares the Northern economy and labour market for the upcoming energy transition.   To help us draft this Roadmap, we have invited experts from regions that faced similar economic transitions to…

Smart Regions Conference 3.0: Transformation through Smart specialisation

On 14-15 November in Brussels a third edition of Smart Regions conference will take place. During the event the achievements of the current financial period 2014-20 and key directions for smart specialisation as a tool for an effective economic transformation in 2021-27 will be presented by the European Commission, Member States and regions. There will be three focus topics: - Boosting innovation-led growth in the EU industrial transition regions - Supporting the catching up EU regions to close the innovation gap - Integrating regional economies in the global value chains The conference…

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

EU Interregional Innovation Investments: towards EU economic recovery

As the COVID-19 crisis reaches new levels, the European Union is preparing to address an unprecedented post-Corona reality with the development of an EU economic recovery policy and a realigned Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF). European regions and innovation stakeholders jointly call on the European institutions to use the EU Interregional Innovation Investment instrument to unleash the innovation potential available in Europe’s regions for Europe’s recovery. This crisis has illustrated the dependence of the EU on external providers for strategic goods, for whole or parts of the…

JRC publishes methodolgical manual for developing thematic interregional S3 partnerships

The JRC has published a methodological manual for 'Developing Thematic Interregional Partnerships for Smart Specialisation.' The paper follows five years of work attempting to identify the best ways to initiate and manage interregional thematic S3 partnerships.  The methodology proposes an iterative and non-linear workflow process, which allows for dynamic, living documents and activities that require continuous monitoring and review. The workflow approach is an adaptation of the 4-step method developed by the Vanguard Initiative, where 'Scale-up' is an additional step.  The methodology…

Update on ERRIN's work

As we are sure you are all very much aware, the current outbreak of COVID-19 has caused a lot of uncertainty in Brussels and across the whole of Europe. We would therefore like to take a moment to reassure all of you, our members and subscribers, that despite the current situation, the ERRIN Secretariat will stay operational and work remotely. We will continue to serve our members in the best possible ways, mainly through online tools. However, considering the guidelines given by the Belgian authorities, there are some actions that we are required to take, especially related to our upcoming…

Information concerning ERRIN Working Group meetings

In light of the current COVID-19 concerns and the guidelines given by the Belgian authorities, we regret to inform you that our upcoming Working Group meetings will be postponed or will take place online. Please find below a list of Working Group meetings for the month of March:   Online webinar:  - Blue Growth WG meeting on clean waterborne transport (23 March)   Postponed meetings: - Smart Specialisation WG meeting on Component 5 (19 March) - Innovation & Investment WG meeting on access to finance for SMEs (24 March) - ICT and Cultural Heritage & Tourism WG meeting on…

Information concerning the COVID-19 outbreak and ERRIN meetings

  Considering the current outbreak of the Coronavirus and cancellations of some events taking place in Brussels, we would like to inform members that for the time being all ERRIN Working Group meetings will take place as planned, unless communicated otherwise. We advise all our members to follow our communications in the coming weeks for possible updates on the current situation.    

Erasmus+ VET Centres of Excellence: /AI,VR,AR Companies and VET within Healthcare and Technical sector needed

Do you want to be a part of VET EDU 4.0 with Global TNE business perspectives? Goal one; VET TNE business taxonomy. Goal two; Developing VET MOOC platform integrating VR/AR/AI Education and the educational sector are moving towards a digital era where Globalisation and flexibility are determining success factors in the provision of knowledge regionally and across borders and cultures (Tait, Cho, & Tong, 2019). Educational Technology (EDTech) is rapidly developed, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) platforms like Coursera (Coursera Inc., 2019), Udemy, etc. are gaining more and more…

Latest Updates

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

EU Interregional Innovation Investments: towards EU economic recovery

European regions and innovation stakeholders jointly call on the European institutions to use the EU Interregional Innovation Investment instrument to unleash the innovation potential available in Europe’s regions for Europe’s recovery.

  • By Ilaria d'Auria

We are looking for examples of how Smart Specialisation Strategies are supporting the post-pandemic recovery

The Smart Specialisation Working Group is leading a reflection on how the research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) are supporting the recovery post-pandemic while contributing to Europe's twin transformations towards a green and digital economy. 

  • By Hilary Webb

JRC publishes methodolgical manual for developing thematic interregional S3 partnerships

The JRC has published a methodological manual for 'Developing Thematic Interregional Partnerships for Smart Specialisation.'

  • By Anonymous

No cost online platform to match regional workload shifts under Corona

Region Östergötland has initiated a new web service  www.matchajobben.nu  to mediate contact between companies with different needs, so that they can support each other through the crisis.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

Update on ERRIN's work

The current outbreak of COVID-19 has caused a lot of uncertainty in Brussels and across the whole of Europe. We would therefore like to reassure all of you, that despite the current situation, the ERRIN Secretariat will stay operational and work remotely.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

Information concerning ERRIN Working Group meetings

In light of the current COVID-19 concerns and the guidelines given by the Belgian authorities, we regret to inform you that our upcoming Working Group meetings will be postponed or will take place online.