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Analysing the potential benefits of a revised Smart Specialisation Strategy for EU's cities and regions

05 April 2017

Bilbao municipality, URBACT In Focus Lead Partner, is invited to participate in a Territorial Impact Assessment (TIA) workshop on 'Smart Specialisation', organised by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR).

Experts from 11 EU cities and regions were invited, for their special implication with Smart Specialisation, to participate in a TIA workshop, held in Brussels on March 6, with the aim to analyse the potential benefits of a revised Smart Specialisation Strategy for EU's cities and regions.

The main objective of the TIA was to feed into the CoR opinion on 'Smart Specialization Strategies (RIS3): impact for regions and inter-regional cooperation' (Rapporteur: Mr Mikel Irujo Amezaga, Head of Navarra Delegation in Brussels) to be adopted at the March CoR Plenary Session (21-23 March).

At the end of May 2017, the European Commission plans to publish a Communication on 'Smart Specialisation: a fresh approach to the European growth and jobs through regional innovation strategies' which will give some guidance to the Member States on how to further promote Smart Specialisation in the framework of the current legislation. The CoR opinion aims at providing input especially on the territorial dimension of the Strategy for the Commission Communication expected for May this year.

The city of Bilbao was represented by Ms. Nora Sarasola, Bilbao Ekintza’s General Manager, and Ms. Estensoro, researcher at Orkestra (Basque Institute of Competitiveness) and member of In Focus Bilbao URBACT Local Group (ULG).

They participated in an interactive discussion on potential benefits of a revised Smart Specialisation Strategy for EU's cities and regions. They had also the opportunity to offer their opinion on the issue and to propose improvements.

The session led to the definition of a series of challenges and conclusions:

  • The territorial impact of RIS3 largely depends upon the development of a multilevel governance model. The participation of all levels of governance - state, regional, subregional and local - must be ensured, and must include the "quadruple helix", stressing the roles of industry, education and research institutions, as well as citizens.
  • The main value of these strategies lies on the process that enables them to advance. It is necessary to establish a selection of results indicators that can gauge the impact or real contribution of RIS3.
  • The potential impact of ‘European value chains’ and interregional cooperation. RIS3 can offer added value to regional and local governments, generating cross-sectoral and interregional joint projects and investments which are particularly beneficial in terms of industrial renewal.
05 Apr 2017

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