The service sector in the region is not under-developed in quantitative terms, but it is characterised by low productivity, low competitiveness and very little internationalisation. All of these factors present problems for the general socio-economic perspectives of the region over the coming years.
Innovative services are regarded as being crucial for competitiveness and growth, sustainability and welfare in the future and key areas of intervention should be ICT, logistics, consultancy and other business services.
The region aims to increase the competitiveness of the service sector and become a real leader of service innovation in Southern Europe and also one of the main innovation actors at European level.
It intends to reinforce the service sector and its proactive integration with manufacturing and thus to boost regional competitiveness and the region’s capacity to face the societal challenges of the future. This approach should increase productivity and efficiency along all of the value chain and, in particular, will focus on increasing logistical efficiency. This is because the region has many SMEs which are designing and diffusing advanced ICT solutions for businesses, and offering knowledge intensive services, such as engineering, design and management, to promote the development of creative solutions.
The policy mix could be reflected in an articulated sub-programme, or an action plan, within the Structural Funds Operational Programme. This could promote new enterprises, results-oriented and interdisciplinary projects and joint public or public-private initiatives. However, more details could emerge through support from ESIC and an examination of the ‘Smart Guide for Service Innovation.’
The voice of the region
“The region needs to combine the capacity to produce innovative products with the generation of high added value, thanks to knowledge intensive services. But the big question is how can the service sector be better integrated into the industrial value chains and become competitive worldwide?
It is time for our region to start to a new phase of growth, led by knowledge, innovation and sustainability. We need to invest in smart cities, technologies and services.”
Emilia-Romagna Ministry of Production Activities and Green Economy
Facts and figures
The total area of the region: 22 132 km²
The size of the population: 4 342 000
Regional GDP: € 126 000 000
Per Capita: € 29.00
The share of services in GDP: 62%
Dominant industries: mechanical engineering, automotive, food, construction materials
Emerging industries: biomedical, health, precision engineering, creative industries
Unemployment Rate: 6%
Share of Knowledge Workers in the Economically Active Population: 25%
Gross Expenditure on R&D per GDP: 1.4%