In the framework of the Danube-INCO.net project, the Smart Specialisation Platform of the JRC together with the Academy of Sciences of Moldova is organising this S3 launch event to broaden the knowledge on the S3 concept, raise awareness of the pilot project and kick-start smart specialisation in Moldova.
The concept of smart specialisation (S3) started to diffuse outside the EU borders as an attractive model promoting growth and well-being in regions. It has been recognised by the EU neighbourhood and enlargement policies as a model supporting economic reforms and leading to more efficient place-based research and innovation (R&I) policies. In support to EU enlargement and neighbourhood countries, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has been carrying out activities within its dedicated Enlargement and Integration Action (E&IA), which among other R&I activities also focuses on the S3 approach in identifying the strengths, opportunities and needs for building capacities. In 2016, JRC launched a pilot project to address the needs and gaps in R&I by supporting S3 processes in three selected countries: Ukraine, Moldova and Serbia.