Smart Specialisation Strategies, a key approach supporting innovation, have become one of the important policy processes for our Eastern Neighbours and are included in key policy and programming documents of the EU: they are one of the Research and Innovation Deliverables for Eastern Partnership for 2025.
They are eligible for financing under the new Economic and Investment Plan for Eastern Partnership and Horizon WIDERA programme. Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia are the most advanced Eastern Partnership countries in the development of their Strategies.
The current geopolitical context shifts the focus towards the question of how these strategies could support a process of economic development and address newly emerging societal challenges. Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia will share their thoughts and experience during the event.
The Commission has new tools at its disposal that will also be presented: new ways of delivering efficient support to the development and implementation of smart specialisation strategies as part of the Cohesion policy.
Members of Country national S3 teams will share their experience in development and implementation of S3 Strategies and participate in the debate: