Smart Blue Regions
Research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) are the EU policy instruments that support innovating the regions efficiently. However, regions often lack the know-how and prior experience to properly define, and later implement, such strategies from an early stage on. At the same time, there is a strong need and growing potential for using these strategies to stimulate blue growth in the Baltic Sea region, especially in emerging sectors of life science, blue medicine, energy and machinery & technology.
In Smart Blue Regions, six regions in Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Poland and Sweden worked together to exploit the existing opportunities and improve their RIS3 by developing solutions that best fit their needs. These are based on e.g. integrating good practice cases from other regions and developing policy measures that support blue growth.
0.00MillionEni + Russia
The partner regions – Southwest Finland, Pomorskie, Skåne, Ida-Viru, Schleswig-Holstein and Riga regions – reviewed and shared experiences on the implementation of their blue growth research and innovation smart specialisation strategies (Blue RIS3). Next, they developed solutions for the identified bottlenecks in their RIS3, e.g. lack of cooperation with companies and regional planners or a weaker role of regional cluster and unstable financing for them and other intermediaries. As a result, for example, Pomorskie updated their Regional Strategic Programme introducing an entrepreneurial discovery process to manage regional clusters – a good practice from Schleswig-Holstein.
Southwest Finland created an internal plan for their Blue RIS3 implementation with a focus on responsibility, collaborative skills, accessibility and resource wisdom. The project developed a monitoring and review system for evaluating Blue RIS3. Schleswig-Holstein (SH) tested this system by comparing needs and developments of blue growth sectors with the aims and priorities included in the RIS3 and its implementation programmes. This way, SH detected weaknesses as well as recommendations for an update in their Blue RIS3: e.g. to use RIS3 as a strategic tool for innovation policy and to focus more on cross-innovations, scenarios and visions.
New policy measures supporting Blue Growth - functional review of their selection, adaptation and uptake
Evaluating, Monitoring and Benchmarking Blue Growth: Monitoring and Review System
Identifying Blue Growth cooperation opportunities - a Baltic Sea region wide study
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Employment, Technology and Tourism Schleswig-Holstein
- RegionKiel, Kreisfreie Stadt
- RepresentativeSteffen Lüsse
Regional Council of Southwest Finland
- RepresentativeAleksis Klap
WITHDRAWAL (28.02.2018): Ministry of Finance
- RepresentativeMargarita Golovko
Maritime Institute in Gdańsk
- RepresentativeJoanna Przedrzymirska
Riga Planning Region
- RepresentativeEdgars Rantiņš
Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology
- RepresentativeAnda Ikauniece
Pomorskie in the EU Association
- RepresentativeAda Guzniczak
Association of Local Authorities of Ida-Viru County