In 2018, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) started a programme named ‘the Sofia process’, which aimed to make Smart Specialisation and technology transfer primary tools to promote transnational cooperation.
As part of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) forum this year, an ADRION special event will be held on 12 May at 16:00 CET.
Organised by Interreg Europe’s ADRION Programme, which supports cooperation and solidarity through project funding between eight partner states within the Adriatic-Ionian region, including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia, the event hopes to continue dialogue around and foster initiatives that use the Sofia Process.
The aim is to show how EU and non-EU countries have aligned their Smart Specialisation Strategies, and to discuss examples of ADRION-funded projects and their outcomes around Blue and Smart related growth.
Non-EU Member countries must comply with a full package of measures to align with EU standards and regulations.
Among them, science and research, as well as regional policy and coordination of structural instruments, are the most relevant for allowing for the development of the so-called Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3). Smart Specialisation Strategies are an expression of sound innovation policies and can be drivers for the improvement of countries’ innovation ecosystems.
Bringing together EU and non-EU Member States through collaboration among regions is crucial for the implementation of these strategies. Through sharing knowledge, coordinating, and exploiting synergies, S3 cooperation may increase chances of gaining access to wider business and knowledge networks, gaining additional research capacity, and expanding business opportunities.
- Caterina Brancaleoni, ADRION Programme Managing Authority, Emilia-Romagna Region
- Aleš Gnamuš, Senior Policy Analyst, Joint Research Center of the European Commission
- Florensa Haxhi, Director for Development Programs and Program Manager for the Regional Economic Area – Prime Minister’s Office, Albania
- Dimitris Corpakis, former EU official and Co-founder of Friends of Smart Specialisation
- Viktor Nedovic, Professor at the University of Belgrade, Serbia
- Domagoj Saric, Croatian Chamber of Economy Sector for Industrial Development and Innovation System
Moderator: Lucia Seel, Member of the European Cluster Expert Group of the European Commission.