On 13 October (11:30-13:00) the Joint Research Centre and Interreg Europe organise an online workshop to explore the benefits and challenges of interregional cooperation in research and innovation, and especially in relation to the implementation of smart specialisation strategies (S3). The session is part of the digital edition of #EURegionsWeek.

Discussions during the workshop focus on how to improve the capacity of regions lagging behind to promote cooperation and the internationalisation of R&I systems in relation to S3 implementation, looking especially at:

  • cooperation in terms of similarities between R&I systems and in case of geographical proximity or S3 common priority areas;
  • the ability of S3 public administrations to use available funds;
  • S3 governance arrangements;
  • policy measures to improve R&I systems' abilities to benefit from cooperation activities.

Examples of specific benefits that regions lagging behind have gained from interregional cooperation will be presented. In particular, representatives from three Interreg Europe projects will share their experiences by focusing on how interregional cooperation supports innovation networks and contributes to their involvement in RIS3 implementation; the impact of regional clusters and increased competitiveness on local business, especially SMEs; the capacities and skills needed to promote fruitful international cooperation on R&I; the tool that local authorities should put in place to foster interregional engagement processes.

See our #EURegionsWeek overview to see what else we are up to during the European Week of Regions and Cities this year.