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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
In October 2019 the European Commission's Joint Research Centre organised a conference to present the Serbia's Smart Specialisation Strategy (4S) together with the opportunities and challenges for sectoral specialisation of Science and Technology Parks (STPs), Accelerators and Incubators in the broader region of South-East Europe.
The two-day event was co-organised together with EU4TECH Western Balkans, a project funded by DG NEAR, and the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. The conference took place on 15 and 16 October at the Science Technology Park Belgrade.
The first day focused on Smart Specialisation Strategy in Serbia and its priority domains such as Information and Communicaiton Technlogies, creative industries and food for the future.
On the second day, participants discussed the role of Science Parks and incubators in the Western Balkans and South-East Europe regions can play in supporting emerging Smart Specialisation priorities.
Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) are now at the heart of the plan for smart economic growth in the EU Member States and important steps towards development of S3 are already underway in the Western Balkans (WB) region and also South East Europe (SEE) and the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries.
These have been supported by the European Commission through its Joint Research Centre (JRC) together with the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) and DG for Regional Policy (DG REGIO). Ongoing support for S3 development from JRC is confirmed from 2019.
The commitment of the WB6 and EaP economies to developing S3 underscores their commitment to European integration, regional cooperation and smart growth through R&D&I.