10 March 2017
Bilbao Ekintza and Orkestra participate as experts in a workshop organised by the European Committee of Regions (CoR) to analyse the positive impact of Smart Specialisation Strategies in European regions.
In May of this year the European Commission will publish a report on ‘Smart Specialisation: an approach to European growth and employment via regional smart specialisation strategies’ which will serve as a guide for EU member States to promote smart specialisation within the current legislative framework.
Experts from 11 regions and Member States met in Brussels on March 6 at a workshop organised by the “Territorial Impact Assessment” (TIA) programme with the goal of contributing to the vision of the European Committee of Regions (CoR) vis-à-vis this report. Mikel Irujo (delegate for Navarra in Europe and member of the Committee of Regions) presented at the workshop the report entitled 'Smart Specialization Strategies (RIS3): impact for regions and inter-regional cooperation' which seeks to reflect the CoR’s vision regarding challenges and possible improvements for the development of Smart Specialisation Strategies. Specifically, it was a question of receiving input in relation to the territorial dimension of these strategies. Furthermore, the meeting saw the presentation of the tool that the TIA has developed regarding the impact of RIS3 in European regions. The participating experts also had the opportunity to offer their opinion on the issue and to propose improvements.
The city of Bilbao was represented by Nora Sarasola, director of Bilbao Ekintza and Miren Estensoro, Orkestra researcher. Both participate in the Bilbao Next Lab Project which aims to support the city’s economic development via its specialisation strategy and the articulation of the latter with the Basque Country’s RIS3 strategy.
The session led to the definition of a series of challenges and conclusions:
• The territorial impact of RIS3 largely depends upon the development of a multilevel governance model.
• The main value of these strategies lies in the very process that enables them to advance, it being necessary to establish impact indicators that reflect this involved in assigning a more limited legal framework to the RIS3
• The potential impact of ‘European value chains’ and interregional cooperation.