Implementing “smart specialisation strategies” has become a priority for all member states regions receiving funding from the European Structural and Investment Funds between 2014 and 2020. These strategies will help regions to tap into their innovation potential and the EU will accompany their implementation through various networking activities including the “Smart Specialisation Platform” set up by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Seville. The Platform provides expertise, advice and exchange among policy makers and national and regional administrations on the concept of smart specialisation. Being open to EU, candidate and neighbouring countries and attracted about 160+ regions and countries from all member states and Norway and Serbia. During this briefing, representatives of the European Commission’s DG for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) and of the JRC will present an overview on the planned 2014-2020 strategies and discuss way of cooperation between them.
1) What’s the state of smart specialisation strategies in the different member states and regions?
2) What are assumed future challenges of implementation and how will they be addressed at EU level?
3) What activities are planned by DG REGIO and the JRC to support exchange and cooperation between regions in 2015 and beyond?
Lunchtime briefings at the CoR deliver insights into issues relevant for officials working for regional and local administrations and the offices and representations of regions and member states in Brussels, EU institutions, and colleagues from associations, think-tanks and similar organisations. During the briefings, there are usually two or three contributions of 10-15 minutes each, mostly by Commission colleagues at director or head of unit level, which are followed a Q+A session of 30 minutes. Briefings can be followed live on the web and presentations and video recordings are made public afterwards. Lunchtime briefings are attended by 50-100 colleagues on average and recordings are looked at up to 600 times.
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