European Week of Regions and Cities
7-10 OCTOBER 2019 Brussels

Cohesion Policy boosting regional industrial transition based on RIS3

Tue 9, October 2018
09:30 - 11:00

RIS3 is becoming a territorial transformation agenda in cases where many EU regions have identified industry as a priority area on which to build new and competitive productive models. Industry generates wealth, knowledge and quality employment, providing regional competitiveness and resilience. However, to achieve these ambitions, regions face common challenges that need to be addressed: - competitiveness, more effective and faster innovation diffusion, transforming research into industry innovation, - developing a low carbon industry model based on Circular Economy, - qualified industries for the Digital Era, connectivity solutions integrated into the Big Data ecosystem worldwide. Cybersecurity, - providing the right skills for industry transition, - ensuring companies have equal opportunities in markets benefiting from digital commerce regulation - fair competition. For European regions to face industrial transition they must build strong, competitive and resilient industry capacities and more strategic coordination across different EU funding schemes is needed, along with easier and enhanced cross-border and cross-regional collaboration across European and in international value chains. Institutional capacity at regional level also needs to be strengthened to support reforms of innovation systems and help develop the new skills needed. This session focuses on how smart specialisation strategies are enabling industrial transition in European regions. Experiences of synergies in this area that relate to Horizon 2020, such as CLEANSKY JU, will be presented. The role of Enterprise Europe Network and COSME, inter-regional cooperation experiences, as illustrated by the Vanguard initiative and the Thematic Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation will also be discussed and the question of how regional development agencies are leading RIS3 and pushing its regional innovation ecosystems towards industrial transition will be explored.

Cecilia Gañan De Molina, --, --, Spain.
Natalia González Hereza, General-Director of Industry, Energy and Mines, Ministry of Employment, Enterprise and Commerce, Andalusian Governement, Belgium.
Maria Jennifer Grisorio, Responsible for innovation policies monitoring activities, ARTI – Agenzia Regionale per la Tecnologia e l’Innovazione, Regione Puglia, Belgium.
Mikel Irujo Amezaga, Delegate Of The Government Of Navarre In Brussels, Gobierno De Navarre, Spain.
Marta Marin, Delegate of the Basque Country to the EU, -, Belgium.
Bruno Mastantuono, Legal Manager & Strategy Advisor, CLEANSKY2 JU, Belgium.
Sonia Pazos Alvarez, Business and Strategic Relations, IBERIAN NATOTECHNOLOGY LABORATORY, Belgium.
Esteban Pelayo, General Director, Eurada, Belgium.
Bernard Pouliquen, Vice-President of Brittany Region, Brittain Region, Finland.
Marek Przeor, Team Leader Smart And Sustainable Growth, European Commission - Dg Regio, Belgium.
Ruslan Rakhmatullin, Policy Researcher, Smart Specialisation Platform, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Belgium.
Antonio Romero Navarro, Head of Business Innovation Department, Murcia Development Institute, Spain.
Carmen Sillero Illanes, Head of Division for Strategy and Programmes, IDEA Agency, Belgium.
Angel Luis Sánchez Muñoz, General Secretary for External Action, Ministry of Presidency, Local Administration and Democratic Memory, Andalusian Government, Belgium.
Participatory sessions
Future of cohesion policy, EU budget
Agency of Innovation and Development of Andalusia
english (en)
Building SQUARE - Brussels Convention Centre, Room Hall 400.
Address: Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels

Session summary

The participatory session on ?COHESION POLICY BOOSTING INDUSTRIAL TRANSITION BASED IN RIS3?, took place on 9 October 2018 in the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities. It was hosted by the Innovation and Development Agency of Andalusia, and gathered 120 participants from 30 different countries.

The participatory session took 90 minutes and provided the opportunity for sharing experiences and mutual learning.

In the session, both representatives of EU regions (Basque Country, Navarra, Andalusia, Murcia, Brittany, Puglia);  and European networks  (EASME, INL, CLEANSKY2 JU, DG JRC-S3PLATFORM) presented key elements on their programmes in support of industrial transition in the context of RIS3 strategies.

All participants (at tables) were able to discuss and share their views (and made a summary of conclusions of the debate on a post-it), answering one question assigned to each table, from a total of four questions. At each table participants were asked to introduce themselves briefly, and then to appoint a moderator who acted also as a note-taker to report back during the conclusions time.

The four questions discussed in the participatory session were:

REGIONS. According to your experience and lessons learned, what should the new RIS3 generation focus on to encourage the industrial ecosystems in regions?

ENTREPRISES and SMEs: How to enlarge the role played by enterprises and SMEs within the industrial transition processes to make them more competitive?

GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS: What can be done to facilitate the integration of our enterprises in global value chains?

LARGE INVESTMENTS IN INDUSTRY. How can we generate relevant technological projects in Europe allowing us to complete with USA and Asian actors?

The meeting was fruitful and dynamic, and the participants had also the opportunity of discussing in small groups specific issues proposed for the debate at the end of the session, in a participative workshop.

As a side event, there was a networking-coffee after the session.

According to the specific responses to the questions and to the general insights shared by the speakers, some conclusions can be drawn from the session:

Regional processes supporting industrial transition have allowed an increase in response capacities and resilience in regions.

Industrial transition needs the greatest efforts to raise awareness on innovation management in SMEs.

Supporting digitisation processes and skills was considered as the way-to-go in the coming years.

Making industrial modernisation policies more territorially-sensitive and socially inclusive was considered an essential challenge for the next period.

New financial tools should address the promotion of more investment synergies between the private, academic and public sectors.

Take away message

Regional processes supporting industrial transition have allowed for an increase in response capacities in regions. Support provided to industrial ecosystems must be kept and enhanced. Supporting digitisation processes and skills was considered as the way-to-go in the coming years.

Alternatively, making industrial modernisation policies more territorially-sensitive and socially inclusive was considered an essential challenge for the next EU funding programming-period. New financial tools should address the promotion of more investment synergies between the private, academic and public sectors.




Additional information

Mikel Irujo, Navarra Region

S3 have created a new "culture of cooperation" within regions, based on collaborative and participatory process between innovation and industry. New financial tools such as ?Interregional Innovation Investment? are needed to reshape EU's value chains promoting investment synergies between private and public sectors to develop EUeconomy. 

Antonio Romero, Region of Murcia

?Industrial transition needs our highest efforts to raise awareness on innovation management in SMEs. Suitable methodologies and talent-driven procedures will enable the adoption of technologies and knowledge by our enterprises to improve their processes, products and business models?. 

Carmen Sillero, Andalusia

"The 4th Industrial revolution is transforming our way of producing and consuming by digitalisation and the emergence of  enabling technologies such as additive manufacturing, robotics, nanotechnology and big data. To harness industrial transition opportunities, our companies need cooperative research facilities for the absorption of these technologies."

Jennifer Grisorio, Puglia Region

?An effective deployment of RIS3 can be ensured by measures supporting the integration between human capabilities and innovation and application of new technologies. Higher Education Institutions have a relevant role in contributing to a ?continuous? entrepreneurial discovery process through applied and interdisciplinary research?. 

Aude KÖRFER, Bretagne Region

?Most active specialization areas are those who benefit from a double convergence of research, education and economic development with private and all levels of public funding?.

Ruslan Rakhmatullinn, JRC-European Commission

?The three Thematic S3 Platforms continue working with 26 interregional partnerships to address four challenges: helping reform regional innovation systems; increasing interregional innovation investment; leveraging R&I in less developed and industrial transition regions; and harnessing synergies and complementarities between EU policies and instruments?.

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