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.

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

Economic recovery

The role of Smart Specialisation Strategies in the post-pandemic recovery

Ilaria d'Auria

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

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

WG Events

WG Events

EWRC session: Interregional Innovation Investments

By bringing quadruple helix stakeholders together and stimulating key actors of the interregional innovation ecosystems, the intention of the workshop is to animate the debate on how to use public money to de-risk cooperation, accelerate innovation and unlock private investments.

EWRC session: Resilience of EU innovation ecosystems

The session will analyse the various aspects of the impact of COVID-19 on the EU and how S3 models have helped during the lockdown and will help further in the post-crisis transition.

EWRC session: Industrial cooperation & smart recovery

The COVID-19 crisis is having a devastating impact on industrial activities in the EU. The whole industrial model in EU regions will need to be reconstructed.

EWRC session: Cohesion and cooperation in transition

This workshop will press the importance of EU funding for research and interregional cooperation and facilitate active knowledge exchange between policy experts from partner regions.

High-level Webinar of the Baltic Sea Region – Towards Sustainable Economic Transformation

A High-level Webinar of the Baltic Sea Region – Towards Sustainable Economic Transformation over Zoom will take place on the 28th of September with Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, European Commission and Markku Markkula, Vice President, European Committee of the Regions.

Smarter 2020 Conference: Place-based responses to the COVID-19 economic crisis

An uncomping webinar will focus on short-term reactions to the COVID-19 crisis that relate to S3/S4 governance and what role it will play in the longer recovery.

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

ERRIN’s joint contribution to the consultation on the Interregional Investment Innovation instrument

In the frame of the S3 Working Group, a Task force comprising 14 members worked on drafting ERRIN’s joint contribution to the consultation on the Interregional Investment Innovation instrument.

Management Board elections 2020 – call for nominations launched!

Every year ERRIN holds elections for the Management Board. You can put forward your candidature for this year’s elections until 26 October.

Interregional Innovation Investment (Component 5) consultation

The Commission has proposed the new initative to help actors involved in smart specialisation (S3) strategies to cluster together, scale-up and bring innovation to the European market.

Update from the ERRIN Secretariat – Our work policy

As Belgium moves away from confinement, the ERRIN Secretariat has developed a new work policy with necessary safety measures in line with national guidelines for the coming months.

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.

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.'

Latest Updates

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

ERRIN’s joint contribution to the consultation on the Interregional Investment Innovation instrument

In the frame of the S3 Working Group, a Task force comprising 14 members worked on drafting ERRIN’s joint contribution to the consultation on the Interregional Investment Innovation instrument.

  • By Anna Tranberg

Management Board elections 2020 – call for nominations launched!

Every year ERRIN holds elections for the Management Board. You can put forward your candidature for this year’s elections until 26 October.

  • By Ilaria d'Auria

Do you have a strategic interest in food, cleantech or maritime?

ERRIN has been invited to join a Horizon 2020 project proposal for the call on 'Cluster facilitated projects for new industrial value chains'. As part of this, we are establishing the first panel of organisations interested in being part of the project's innovation ecosystem - ERRIN members are invited to express interest by 18 September for this opportunity that will enable you to shape the regional challenges and innovative solutions.

  • By Hilary Webb

Call for contributions: Inspiring S3 environmental-orientated activities

The Smart Specialisation platform has launched a call for contributions from S3 stakeholders across Europe, with the view to disseminate inspiring S3 environmental-orientated activities. 

  • By Hilary Webb

Interregional Innovation Investment (Component 5) consultation

The Commission has proposed the new initative to help actors involved in smart specialisation (S3) strategies to cluster together, scale-up and bring innovation to the European market.

  • By Ilaria d'Auria

Apply to be an expert for e-cohesion evaluation

A number of experts to subcontract in the field of ESIF programmes at national and regional level are sought for an e-cohesion bid.