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Regions and cities as a driving force towards a renewed European Research Area (Part II)

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Tue 13, October 2020
16:30 - 18:00 CET
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Regions and cities as driving force towards a renewed European Research Area 

Part II - operational discussion

Practical ways of engaging in the renewed ERA

Event under the Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP)  

Tuesday, 13 October 2020, 16:30 - 18:00

 

The session follows up on the previous session (13 October, 14:30 - 16:00) on the future Knowledge Exchange Platform and the renewed European Research Area. It will discuss the concrete function of regions and cities in the European Research Area context, and in particular the key role they can play in translating R&I results into the economy (one of the four drivers of the new ERA). The session will present concrete examples of local and regional policies and initiatives from all over Europe on sustainable innovation and ways of engaging local actors in their design. It will also highlight the need for more interconnection of innovation ecosystems across Europe and its role in helping us advance Europe together.

 

Draft agenda

16:30    Keynote speech 

Anne Karjalainen, Chair of the SEDEC Commission, European Committee of the Regions

16:45   Interconnected Innovation Ecosystems in the new ERA                             

Jean-David Malo, Director, European Innovation Council Task Force, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation

17:00   Impulse statements by a panel of regional and local actors and discussion, moderated by Magda De Carli, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, ERA & Country Intelligence

Panel members will present case studies, with illustrative examples of:

  • Connecting knowledge across Europe: Dr Ralf-Martin Soe (Smart Cities Centre of Excellence, joint project between Tallinn University of Technology and Aalto University)
  • Connecting regional innovation ecosystems: Mikel Irujo Amezaga (European Committee of the Regions)
  • Role of regional and local actors in the renewed ERA: Pirita Lindholm (ERRIN)
  • Interregional value chains: Monika Zsigri (Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Regional and Urban Policy)

 

17:50     Key conclusions and the way forward

Magda De Carli, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, ERA & Country Intelligence

 

 

Magda De Carli, Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission, Belgium.
Magda De Carli, Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission, Belgium.
Mikel Irujo Amezaga, Foreign Action Director General; S3P-Industry Social Economy partnership coordinator, Government of Navarre (S3P-Industry Social Economy partnership), Spain.
Anne Karjalainen, Chair of SEDEC Commission, European Committee of the Regions, European Committee of the Regions, Belgium.
Pirita Lindholm, Director of ERRIN, European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN), Belgium.
Jean-David Malo, Director, European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission, Belgium.
Ralf-Martin Soe, Director, Senior Research Fellow, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia.
Monika Zsigri, Deputy Head of Unit Smart and Sustainable Growth, DG REGIO, European Commission, Belgium.
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Workshop
Cohesion and Cooperation
European Commission - DG RTD, European Committee of the Regions - SEDEC Commission
English (EN)
Zoom

Session summary

 

Participants discussed concrete examples of regions' engagement in the renewed European Research Area, the role of innovation ecosystems and Smart Specialisation and the importance of interregional value chains.

The new ERA is about joining forces and making a change. With 80% of the total budget for Europe implemented by the regions, they will play an important role in the ERA. The pandemic shows the importance of working closely together, of being more closely connected.  Regional innovation ecosystems can assist Member States, including in the enlargement countries, to put their economies on a more sustainable growth path. They are stronger when they involve actors from regions in neighbouring countries.

ERA-Hubs and the ERA Forum for Transition, two new concepts in the new ERA communication, were frequently mentioned in the discussion. ERA-Hubs are seen as an opportunity to bring the eco-system perspective into the ERA. For ERA Forum for Transition, participants advocated a multi-actor and inclusive approach, linking the regional and local actors into the Forum.

The importance of interregional value chains was highlighted to further enhance EU competitiveness and help integrate less-developed regions into the EU wide innovation value chains, helping those regions to catch up and sharing the benefits of globalisation and innovation.

Participants emphasised the role of Smart Specialisation Strategies in reinforcing regional cooperation and contributing to some of the concrete actions in the new ERA Communication. Smart specialisation is needed to stay competitive worldwide.

Concluding the session, the participants called for an inclusive and multi-level European Research Area, with local and regional authorities as partners in this process.

Take away message

The new ERA Communication is just the start of the process. In the months to come, the different elements will be clearly defined and discussed with key actors at national, regional and local level. ERA will reach out and connect with all stakeholders.



Anne Karjalainen (FI/PES), SEDEC Chair (CoR):

"I strongly support the creation of ERA Hubs, joining in the footsteps of the Digital Innovation Hubs, having been started by Commissioner Gabriel in her former role as Digital Commissioner."

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