Friday, 2 July, 9:30 CET the Policy Learning Platform will contribute to the Interact organised event on smart specialisation.

Beyond being an administrative requirement for access to European funding, regional smart specialisation strategies (S3) have proven successful in supporting innovation, change and growth.

At the same time, regions across Europe keep facing the risk of getting 'lost in translation' when turning from design to implementation. Moreover, the far-reaching consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the double challenge of green and digital transition, require new ways of policy-making and interregional collaboration.

Against this background, Interact’s online event on ‘Interreg’s contribution to smart specialisation’ will discuss the value and potential of European Territorial Cooperation to support the design, governance, implementation and monitoring of S3 strategies.

In fact, the new regulatory framework for the period 2021-2027 is calling upon Interreg programmes to build complementarities and synergies between different Interreg strands, but also beyond by reaching out to other funding programmes and instruments. Moreover, new ambitions for interregional investments and value chains need to be put into practice.

Building on its portfolio of targeted publications, webinars, workshops and peer reviews for S3 practitioners, the Policy Learning Platform is a relevant tool in this direction. Concrete examples for the contribution of interregional partnerships and European-wide policy learning to better S3 implementation will be put forward in the event by Marc Pattinson, Thematic Expert Research and innovation and Thorsten Kohlisch, Project Manager Policy Learning Platform. 

The full event agenda is available online on the Interact website. Registration is open up to 1 July at the same link.