Smart specialisation and interregional cooperation in energy: from planning to action

The Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (S3PEnergy) of JRC was launched in May 2015 as a joint initiative of DG REGIO, DG ENER and JRC, with the main objective of supporting the effective uptake of the Cohesion Policy funds for energy as well as to help regions and Member States in the implementation of their smart specialisation strategies (S3). The activity of the S3PEnergy has been centred on providing expertise and methodological support to all the agents engaged in energy and innovation, and in promoting mutual interregional learning activities.

For that purpose the S3PEnergy has been deeply involved in the creation and consolidation of Partnerships in energy and energy related-related fields as instruments to articulate cooperative interests. The Partnerships have built an interactive and participatory environment for interregional cooperation, where participants (regions and MS) sharing similar/complementary energy priorities in their S3 strategies, work together to mobilise common investment projects. The S3PEnergy collaboration model helps engaged participants to combine complementary strengths, exploit their competences in energy R&I, build-up necessary research capacities, overcome the lack of critical mass and fragmentation and gain better access to the global value chains.

The S3PEnergy Partnerships has allowed participant regions to develop concrete initiatives that bring innovation closer into the market. Some of those initiatives have already been selected by the European Commission in its Smart Pilot action for interregional partnerships for innovative projects. The follow up of the activities will allow regions to go beyond the planning phase to implementation stage in the form of concrete initiative that would increase their capacity in the allocation of ESI Funds and to contribute to the low-carbon transition.

This session will allow to show how the S3PEnergy has supported the creation of interregional Partnerships and how they have been evolving from the mapping of capabilities to a connecting stage and then to a concrete definition of actions that will be converted into final projects.