Greek authorities were helped by the Joint Research Center (JRC) and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy to support entrepreneurs and authorities to identify the regions that should specialize in their research and innovation strategies. On the 18th of November 2015 in Brussels, an event was held where experts displayed the findings of smart specialisation strategies such as innovations in wine, diary, meat, tourism and marble. Markus Pieper, a member of the European Parliament, introduced this project, which focused on Eastern Macedonia and Thrace in Greece.
The 15-month project managed to form concepts with the help of the JRC’s Smart Specialisation Platform emphasis on an interactive “hands-on” approach. The main objective was to boost cooperation and involvement among stakeholders and to gain more information on the regions’ potential. The last event involved the partakers presenting their experiences and conclusions, where 600 stakeholders from business, research and administration groups attended.
Because of these events, more informal networks were created, which have improved gratitude towards networking and research cooperation in entrepreneurship. In addition, the project helped to contact international counterparts in support of stakeholders’ governance and Research and Development performance, which strengthened the capacities of the regions’ managing authority. Furthermore, the work can be used as a guide for regions in Greece and in Europe that are trying to do the same.
For more information on this topic, use the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/news/enhancing-stakeholder-collaboration-boost-regional-growth