On 18 and 19 June 2019, a peer review took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. The peer review was hosted by the Executive Agency Science and Education for Smart Growth Operational Programme, Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria. It was organised by the Policy Learning Platform and run by thematic experts, Arnault Morisson and Marc Pattison

Find the summary report of the peer review here

Centres of Excellence and Centres of Competence are key innovation infrastructures in advanced regional innovation systems. In Bulgaria, they aim to attract highly qualified researchers within a triple helix arrangement. Involving public organisations, private companies, and universities to generate leading applied research, experimental development, and technological innovations in sectors prioritised in the country’s Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3).  

 The peer review focused on the following two centres: 

  • One Centre of Excellence dedicated to 'Mechatronics and clean technologies'
  • One Centre of Competence dedicated to 'Clean technologies for sustainable environment – water, waste, energy for the circular economy'

The main objective for participants of the peer review was to be among the key instruments for achieving the objectives adopted by Bulgaria within the framework of the Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth (Europe 2020 Strategy).

The two-day event gave the opportunity for the host country and the peers to discuss difficult topics such as management models, governance structures, private sector involvement, extra-regional cooperation, and financial models to ensure sustainability. 

Discover the specific policy recommendations gained throughout this peer review.