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International Practices of Smart Development

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Edited By Robertas Jucevicius, Jurgita Bruneckiene and Gerd-Bodo von Carlsburg

Smart people make a smart city. This volume presents a collection of papers on the concept of smartness, smart development and the international practices in the field. There are five key topic areas: the conceptual, smart economy, smart specialisation, smart city and public governance. The concept of a smart social system is grounded on comparative analysis of competing concepts such as intelligence, knowledge driven, digital, learning, networked, innovative, agile and sustainable.
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Inmaculada Periáñez Forte, Manuel Palazuelos Martínez & Dimitris Kyriakou - Strengthening Decision-Making Capacity Through Stakeholder’s Engagement in Smart Specialisation

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Inmaculada Periáñez Forte, Manuel Palazuelos Martínez, Dimitris Kyriakou1

European Commission, JRC-IPTS, Seville (Spain) S3 Platform

Strengthening Decision-Making Capacity Through Stakeholder’s Engagement in Smart Specialisation

Introduction

Smart Specialisation aims at capturing the main assets of a territory in terms of competitive advantages (European Commission, 2012). The European Commission has stressed that Europe needs a comprehensive innovation strategy focused on investments in R&D and entrepreneurship in order to achieve this successfully. The idea is to design and implement national and regional strategies aimed at using public resources more efficiently in order to promote job creation and economic growth. Smart Specialisation was integrated as an essential part for the EUs Structural Funds over the period 2014–20 to achieve this goal, through an ex-ante conditionality based on the existence of a Smart Specialisation strategy for the territory (European Commission, 2012).

In this sense, the Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 points out that a national or regional Smart Specialisation strategy is in place when the strategy “is based on a SWOT or similar analysis to concentrate resources on a limited set of research and innovation priorities”. As part of this criterion, the European Commission has examined – and is still doing in some cases– if the strategies provide a description of the prioritisation/elimination process –including the stakeholders’ engagement in priority-setting – and if and how the results of this process have been taken into account in the decision-making process.2 ← 123...

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