In recent years, over 100 Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) have been developed, mostly at regional level, across the Union. On the initiative of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3 Platform) was established at the Joint Research Centre with the main objective of providing science-based policy advice to regional and national authorities.
The insights from this booklet — thanks to the valuable contributions of national and regional authorities — show that Smart Specialisation has gone far beyond the mere fulfilment of the ex-ante conditionality criteria linked to Cohesion Policy allocations. It has triggered a change in the way innovation-driven regional development policies are dealt with across Europe, confirmed by the outcome of a number of recent surveys.
These “Smart Stories” will take you through the features of Smart Specialisation as it has been applied in a number of EU countries and regions, letting you further explore the concept and its policy implications, and identify complementarities and potential for mutual learning and collaboration. The period of strategy development has in one sense finished; however, the process of implementing and monitoring S3 will hopefully lead to many more “Smart Stories” to be shared across all territories of the EU.
The stories presented on this publication are based on information provided by national and regional authorities. This collection is also available online. More stories will be added over time at Smart specialisation platform by JRC
The publication contains “Smart Stories” from the following countries: Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Italy; Latvia; Lithuania; Malta; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Netherlands; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; UK