Public consultation on Smart Specialisation: a fresh approach to the European growth and jobs through regional innovation strategies

Policy field

Cohesion Policy, Research and innovation policy, industry policy, education and skills policy and related policies (including digital single market, agriculture, energy union, growth and investment plan, internal market, etc.)

Objective of the consultation

The objective of this public consultation is to collect views and suggestions, to understand challenges and to identify good practises 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".

Target groups

This consultation is open to all citizens and stakeholders of the EU interested in innovation driven growth in the Cohesion Policy. Contributions are particularly sought from stakeholders that are actively involved in making innovation happen in the EU, such as:

  • Businesses of all sizes and in all sectors
  • Business support organisations including cluster organisations
  • Public authorities, including managing authorities
  • Higher education and vocational training institutions
  • Science and technology parks
  • Incubators and accelerators
  • Technology transfer, Intellectual Property Rights management advisors, and other innovation brokers
  • Researchers and research organisations
  • Civil society organisations interested in finding innovative solutions for societal challenges
  • Public procurers
  • Business angels, venture capital firms and other types of investors in innovative businesses
  • Trade unions and employees' organisations

Period of consultation

From 21.12.2016 to 24.03.2017

Due to the deadlines for the follow-up steps, we regret all replies received after the closing date will not be able to be considered.

Transparency and confidentiality

Please note that contributions received from this survey, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the European Commission's website ,unless the contributor objects to publication of the personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his or her legitimate interests. In this case, the contribution may be published in anonymous form.

In the survey you are asked whether you are responding as an individual or representing the views of an organisation. We ask responding organisations to register in the Transparency Register. If you are not registered yet in this register, please visit:

Results of the public consultation

For more information about the Commission Communication on Smart Specialisation, please see the roadmap .

Contact details of responsible service

European Commission
DG Regional and Urban Policy
Unit G1 – Competence Centre Smart and Sustainable Growth

Explanations about the protection of personal data

The policy on "protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions" is based on Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000. See information on the protection of personal data.

Please read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.