Thematic Smart Specialisation - Interregional cooperation to increase innovation investment across EU borders
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Smart Specialisation Thematic Platforms are instruments to support bottom-up collaboration between businesses and researchers along value chains across the EU. They promote complementarity of regional funding for innovation in specific smart specialisation areas.
They target key political priorities in order to facilitate the emergence of transnational projects to modernise EU industry, to support the objectives of the Energy Union, the Circular Economy Package, the Digital Single Market, and to deliver solutions for transformation challenges.
The platforms provide an opportunity for policy makers at EU, national and regional level to pool experience and combine instruments to address these priorities in a regional context, where change is felt most.
Since June 2016 there are three Thematic Smart Specialisation Platforms:
- for Energy
- for Industrial Modernisation
- for Agri-Food
In each thematic platform, interregional partnerships on specific topics leading to concrete projects are created. At the end of May 2017 there are 18 partnerships. More than 80 regions are involved.