Smart Specialisation in the Western Balkans and Türkiye. Main achievements and challenges ahead

Event date
November 27, 2023
Short description

The JRC organises this online event on November 27, 2023, 10.30 to 14.15. 

During the last decade, Smart Specialisation has become one of the core strategic approaches to Research and Innovation, as well as an effective policy instrument for higher competitiveness and increasing opportunities in the EU. The event ‘Smart Specialisation process in the Western Balkans and Türkiye: main achievements and next challenges ahead’ is now coming at the end of the project and bringing together officials, experts, policy makers from the EU Enlargement region to present main activities carried out and discuss the progress made by territories on their S3.


Based on activities carried out during the last year and the support provided by the JRC to the economies in the region, this online event is organised with the aim of presenting some of main analytical findings and discuss major territorial achievements. The event will also be an occasion for territorial representatives to share domains of interest within their S3 processes, as well as main lessons learned during the implementation of the S3 design framework and challenges ahead.

The event is mainly oriented to territorial policy makers and administrators, local stakeholders, and members of National S3 teams, as well as experts and officials interested in research and innovation policies within the EU integration process. With the aim of having an open discussion on main issues addressed, two Q&A sessions are scheduled.

Expected results:
Main findings from main activities carried out the last year by the JRC will be discussed, and main territorial achievements in their S3 processes will be presented. Feedback from participants will contribute to further developments and analytical opportunities. The event will also be a chance to share the main challenges ahead at territorial level, as well as to explore untapped opportunities and latent synergies. From knowledge sharing and the collective awareness, new mission-led opportunities in the region could be further investigated and tailored practical guidance could be provided.

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27 November, 2023


Opening and welcome speeches

o    Emanuela Bellan, Head of Unit, JRC A.3 
o    Javier Menendez Bonilla, Team Leader, NEAR A.3
o    Nikola Radovanovic, Team Leader, JRC B.3


Support to Smart Specialisation in the Western Balkans and Türkiye – main achievements

o    Hugo Hollanders, Maastricht University: “Mapping potential in the EU Neighbourhood Enlargement Region” 
o    Macarena Sanz, IDConsortium: “Perspectives on growth of the agri-food sector in the Western Balkans” 
o    Enric Fuster, SIRIS: “Mapping science and technology activities and collaboration networks in support of S3 in the Western Balkans” 
o    Domen Bole, Co-Creation: “Lessons learned and key recommendations” 

Followed by Q&A 


Technical break


Main achievements from territories and challenges ahead

o    Albania: Linda Pustina, National S3 Coordinator
o    Bosnia and Herzegovina: Tanja Lucic, National S3 Coordinator 
o    Kosovo*: Vedat Sagonjeva, National S3 Coordinator 
o    Montenegro: Marijeta Barjakatarovic, National S3 Coordinator 
o    North Macedonia: Jasmina Majstoroska, National S3 Coordinator 
o    Serbia: Viktor Nedovic, National S3 Coordinator 
o    Türkiye: Mustafa Işık, Deputy Director-General at Ministry of Industry and Technology 


Followed by Q&A 


Next steps and closure of the event

o    Enrica Chiozza, Team Leader, NEAR D.5 
o    Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit, JRC B.3

Practical Information


27 Nov 2023

Connect via WEBEX


Geographical focus
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
  • General
Event type
  • Conference WBs
  • Webinar

Entry created by POLICY ANSWERS Project support on November 24, 2023
Modified on November 24, 2023