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Regions as motors of new growth through smart specialisation - matching strategies for common goals

Regions as motors of new growth through smart specialisation - matching strategies for common goals

Provisional Conference Programme PDF

Session I: Regions as motors of new growth through smart specialisation

Venue: European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, 1040 Brussels - Room JAN 2Q2


Welcome by Chair and Moderator:

Chair: Danuta Hübner, Chair of the Committee on Regional Development, European Parliament
Moderator: Ann Mettler, Executive Director, Lisbon Council


Warm-up-video on smart specialisation: The Kingdom of Smart


Keynote: H.E. Herman Van Rompuy, President, European Council: Speech PDF


Panel I: Smart specialisation and the European growth agenda

  • Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research and Innovation
  • Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional and Urban Policy Speech PDF
  • Kris Peeters, Minister-President of Flanders Speech PDF
  • Danuta Hübner, Chair of the Committee on Regional Development, European Parliament
  • Conclusions of the panel PDF


Smart specialisation in practice – video documentaries
Smart Specialisation for the shoe business in the Marche Region
Smart Specialisation in Poland takes off for the future through the Flaris project


Panel II: Mobilising the synergy potential of smart specialisation

  • Dominique Foray, Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
    "The Simple Economics of Smart Specialisation" PDF PPT
  • Lambert Van Nistelrooij, Member of European Parliament, Committee on Regional Development
  • John Bensted-Smith, Director of the JRC-IPTS
  • Walter Deffaa, Director General, European Commission, DG Regional and Urban Policy
  • Lauro Panella, European Commission, Member of Cabinet of Vice-President Tajani
  • Markku Markkula, Member Committee of the Regions, Chairman of the EPP/CoR Task Force "Europe 2020"


Smart specialisation in practice – video documentaries
Smart Specialisation: PLOCAN Oceanic Research Centre on the Canary Islands
Technological advancement in Flanders' health care system through Smart Specialisation


Conclusions/next steps: Kris Peeters Speech PDF and Johannes Hahn Speech PDF


End of the morning session


Lunch will be offered at the Committee of the Regions (Atrium 5)

Session II: Matching strategies for common goals

Venue: Committee of the Regions, Rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Brussels - Rooms: JDE52, JDE53, JDE 62, JDE70

Smart specialisation explicitly asks regions to look at the entire value chains in the areas they seek to profile themselves and to build transnational and EU-wide links to maximize complementarities and build critical mass and stronger, 'world-class' clusters.

This opens up opportunities for combining regional and European research and innovation roadmaps, in particular the investment and cluster strategies linked to the common societal challenges and the re-industrialisation challenges.

This afternoon session will explore how strategic cooperation can be enhanced between countries and regions and how regional/national roadmaps can be combined with orientations from European roadmaps.

Workshops will focus on four domains for exploring regional/national smart specialisations linked to societal challenges, where substantial joint interest by regions/countries has been identified by the European Smart Specialisation Platform and where there is significant potential for complementarities and synergies with European roadmaps.

12.45 - 14.00

Networking lunch (Atrium 5) Speech PDF

14.00 - 14.10

Opening: Markku Markkula, Member, Committee of the Regions

"The governance challenge of the Innovation Union", Chairman of the EPP/CoR Task Force "Europe 2020"

14.10 - 14.25

Karel Tobback, Head of Cabinet of the Minister-President of Flanders, Kris Peeters

"Launching regional partnerships through vanguard initiatives"

14.25 - 14.40

Katja Reppel, European Commission, DG REGIO, Competence Centre for Smart and Sustainable Growth

"Tools and opportunities for enhancing synergies between strategies and roadmaps" ppt

14.40 - 15.00

Coffee served in front of the workshop rooms

15.00 - 17.30

Parallel workshops

WS 1: Personalised care and cure for healthy and active ageing

The shift in our health care systems towards more personalised solutions that will be more effective and more affordable is a common challenge, in particular in the perspective of ageing. Many regions develop solutions for different parts in the new value chain which can be more effective if better aligned.
Systemic change by streamlined innovation: personalised medicine PPT
Scotland Telecare and Digital Health PPT
Promoting cross-sectoral and challenge-driven innovation within the health sector in Skåne PPT
European strategies for leveraging the transition towards personalised cure and care PPT
Aligning Policy Agendas: The case of personalised care and cure for healthy and active ageing PPT

Scoping paper PDF

WS3: Advanced manufacturing (KET) for the re-industrialisation of Europe

A Third Industrial Revolution will give new opportunities for maintaining strong manufacturing capacities in Europe. Smart specialisation strategies will support dedicated world-class clusters and cluster nodes in the regions.

Scoping paper PDF

WS2: Smart Energy Systems

The energy transition is central in responding to climate change and is leading a third industrial revolution. Therefore the huge investments needed in developing and exploiting renewable energy sources and smart grids for an effective transmission and use need to be aligned according the specific endowments of the regions.
Introduction: Energy technologies – SET-Plan and its follow-up and regional energy needs PPT
Energy Technologies – Set Plan and its follow up PPT
Tidal Energy: a Vision from West Normandy Region and ALSTOM PPT
Innovation in the Region Brandenburg, Germany: "Power to Gas" for integration of Renewable Energy PPT
Brandenburg’s Contribution to the “Energiewende” in Germany PPT
Grid concepts for Ireland PPT
The MRE potential in Basse-Normandie PPT

Scoping paper PDF

WS4: Competitive bio-based value chains

The bio-economy gives rise to new value chains and offers innovation opportunities for many regions, including rural and less developed ones, to create sustainable growth and jobs, diversify farmer's incomes and better manage waste. The creation of new markets requires co-investment at all levels.
Bio-economy: prospects for growth & jobs. How to match strategies and work towards common projects? PPT
Innovative approach Bio-economy From regional to trilateral cluster PPT
Bio-economy and regional innovation strategies: the example of Picardie and Champagne-Ardenne (France) with the cluster Industries & Agro-Ressources (IAR) PPT

Minutes PDF



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