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Smart Specialisation, Sustainable Development Goals and Environmental Commons

The purpose if this paper is to contribute to a new transformative narrative aligning Smart Specialisation with the UN 2030 Agenda and the European Green Deal by offering directionality towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and combining different levels of policy to achieve the needed sustainability transformations. It is part of a broader effort summarizing different practical and theoretical aspects of this change and contributes to the ongoing debate and methodological underpinning of place-based innovation strategies for sustainability (S4).

Territorial impact and responses to COVID-19 in Lagging Regions

The impact of COVID-19 has been asymmetrical, and the crisis has exposed the inequality and vulnerability of certain groups and territories. Places that were more connected had earlier cases but have tended to show greater resilience, whereas weaker regions, smaller firms and disadvantaged workers have been disproportionally affected, with the negative consequences further compounding long term challenges. Lagging regions were, and continue to be, potentially particularly vulnerable to the effects of the crisis, and this paper explores the key issues and responses of a number of lagging region territories in the EU, during and immediately after the first wave hit the continent in Spring 2020.

Expressions of interest: European Social Economy Regions 2019

The European Commission's Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is launching the second edition of European Social Economy Regions with the aim of building effective networks of social economy and social innovation stakeholders. Deadline for application is on 31st of January 2019.

Athens, Winner of the 2018 European Innovation Capital

The Greek capital used innovation to overcome the economic and social crisis of its past years. The European Commission recognised Athens' extraordinary efforts and awarded it with the title of the European Capital of Innovation 2018 and a €1 million prize. The runner-up cities - Aarhus (Denmark), Hamburg (Germany), Leuven (Belgium), Toulouse (France), and Umeå (Sweden) - received €100,000 each. The prize money will be used to scale up local innovation activities and work together with other cities.

EIT Call for KICs Proposals

The EIT invites applicants to submit their proposals with a view to forming a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) in the domains of Urban Mobility and Added-value Manufacturing. The deadline for the submission of proposals is the 12th July 2018.


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Participatory Lab - Building smart and sustainable regions: Entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education

As part of the #EURegionsWeek, this online workshop will present and collect input for the new HEI initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. It builds on the Regional Innovation Impact Framework, developed by the JRC to assess the contribution of HEIs to their cities and regions. This workshop aims to bring together HEIs, regional authorities and other interested EWRC participants to help strengthen the links between the EIT, its innovation communities and a new generation of Smart Specialisation Strategies. It will be held on the 13th of October 2021.