Boosting Smart Specialization through R&I Synergies – webinar during 18th European Week of Regions and Cities

Tue 13, October 13, 2020
14:30-16:00 CET

Synergies between EU policies are the answer to increasingly integrated strategies and policy goals as well as the need to spend funds more efficiently. The Green Deal has given fresh impetus for more coherent political strategies to tackle Europe’s most pressing challenges. Regions increasingly seek synergies between different R&I instruments to pursue regional transformation goals. In particular, synergies between Cohesion Policy and Horizon Europe serve as a catalyst. To this end, Smart Specialisation can act as a key strategic framework in the context of the Green Deal. This workshop discusses the added value of R&I synergies and highlights transferable regional examples. It facilitates an active exchange to boost interregional dialogue.


  • Mikel IRUJO AMEZAGA, Director-General for External Action of the Government of Navarra & Member of the European Committee of Regions
  • Katerina CIAMPI STANČOVÁ, European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), S3 Platform
  • Päivi EKDAHL, Regional Council of Lapland
  • Markus DETTENHOFER, Central European Institute of Technology, Brno

This event is carried out in cooperation with NCP_WIDE.NET project.

Matthias Woiwode von Gilardi, Head of Unit Regional Research, Innovation and Education Policy, DLR Project Management Agency, Germany.

Katerina Ciampi Stancova, Scientific and Policy Officer, European Commission, JRC, Spain.
Markus Dettenhofer, Executive Director, Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC), Czechia.
Päivi Ekdahl, Development Director, Regional Council of Finland, Finland.
Mikel Irujo Amezaga, Foreign Action Director General; S3P-Industry Social Economy partnership coordinator, Government of Navarre (S3P-Industry Social Economy partnership), Spain.

Cohesion and Cooperation
DLR Project Management Agency (German Aerospace Center)
English (EN)