Brussels, 15 December 2016: CoR consultation on “Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3): impact for regions and inter-regional cooperation”:


The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is drafting an own-initiative opinion on the “Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3): impact for regions and inter-regional cooperation”. The opinion intends to analyse the implementation of the RIS3 and give an input to the future Communication that the European Commission will prepare in 2017. 

Rapporteur of the opinion is Mr. Mikel Irujo Amezaga, Head of the Government of Navarra Delegation in Brussels, who invited together with his expert, Mr Mikel NAVARRO, for a consultation and an exchange of views on the relevant topics of this opinion to gather the different points of views and discuss the main issues. AEBR was represented by César Morcillo, Director of the Office of Extremadura in Brussels. 

RIS3 strategies are widely explained, rather than implemented, but there are growing efforts all over Europe. However, a cross-border approach is missing in many cases. The AEBR has already worked out how to develop a decentralised cross-border strategy (ULYSSES Project) which could add a cross-border perspective to RIS3 (CB RIS3). Some cross-border organizations have already such a strategy, but they don't call it like that. And some are trying their best.

Promoting the participation of universities in this approach, in close coordination with public authorities involved, as well as representatives of the private sector and civil society organizations guarantee the necessary support for a wide and deep strategy to be successfully implemented. 

This advocacy for a wider CBC approach comes in a perfect time in many CB areas: still for border regions, a joint strategic approach with their neighbours across national boundaries is the best option available. We are following European cross-border processes and their efforts to install a systematic CB approach, but there are also some initiatives in other continents which may draw our attention: several Latin American CB areas are working to develop a CB RIS3 by 2018, and European structures and networks will be invited to share their best practices to illustrate these processes in 2017. 

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