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In this issue - March 2017

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S3 Publications and Tools
ESIF Viewer & ICT Monitoring Tools' Update
In February the data for the ESIF-Viewer and ICT monitoring tools were updated. These two tools allow users to search planned investments in European Structural and Investment Funds. They present data from Operational Programmes at regional level and also include amounts from multi-regional, national and transnational cooperation programmes. Users can search the data and visualise it in a map, by using predefined topic-based filters, but also look at specific, regions, member states, categories of intervention and thematic objectives. The ICT Monitoring tool focuses on planned investments in ICT and has additional features, such as search by planned amounts, financial forms and keywords. The database allows the user to identify OPs that mention certain ICT activities more frequently than others, and whether a specific topic is mentioned in a region at all.
Spotlight on…
Learning from Practice: The Case of Monitoring in Emilia-Romagna
Through its adoption and adaptation towards regional development, the smart specialisation concept has become a powerful instrument for place-based innovation-driven growth. Besides the legal obligations directly deriving from the ESIF regulations, the S3 monitoring system should be understood as a fundamental management tool for the S3 approach. Here is the case of Emilia-Romagna (Italy) whose objectives are to reinforce and modernise existing clusters as well as discover emerging ones with a high potential for innovation and employment.
Upcoming Events
15 March 2017
Smart Specialisation in Latin America: Presentation of Study Main Findings
DG JRC will present the main findings of the research study: "Smart Specialisation in Latin America" which involve territorial actors in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. The event will also serve as an opportunity to establish active synergies between practitioners of S3 in the European Union and Latin America. It will take place on 15th March 2017 in Brussels.
A Steering Committee to Underpin Industrial Modernisation Initiatives
The Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation provide support to regions for developing together partnerships in thematic areas of shared interest. The first steering committee team meeting will be held on the 17th of March 2017 in Brussels, with the participation of lead regions and member states of the partnerships together with the Commission services.
Calls & Expression of Interests
2017 RegioStars Awards
RegioStars awards identify good practices in regional development and highlight original and innovative projects that are attractive and inspiring to other regions. There are many innovation related award categories this year, including "Smart Specialisation for SME innovation", "Energy Union: Climate action", "Education and training" and "Cities in Digital Transition". Deadline for submitting applications: 10 April 2017.
Interreg Europe - Third Call for Proposals
The third Interreg Europe call for project proposals intends to support policy learning among relevant policy organisations with a view to improving the performance of regional development policy instruments.
In the Regions & Member States
Smart Stories: Evidence from Sicily
The Smart Stories reflect the way in which managing authorities have used the S3 concept to develop their own innovation-driven regional development policies. This month, evidence is given from Sicily (Italy), with a focus on social innovation and new models of governance.
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S3 across EU Institutions
Public Consultation on Smart Specialisation / Reminder
The objective of this public consultation launched by DG REGIO is to collect views and suggestions, to understand challenges and to identify good practices and lessons learnt from the different categories of stakeholders and regions for the further development of research and innovation driven growth through Smart specialisation strategies. Consultation deadline: 24.03.2017.
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