Collaboration in the EU

An important part of Smart specialisation is cooperation with other regions. Several Swedish regions participate in different forms of cooperation with other regions of the EU and with regions that have complementary strengths, to further strengthen their competitiveness.

The Smart Specialisation Platform

Regions with complementary strengths can find each other through the EU Commission's S3 platform External link, opens in new window. and also get support. There are guidelines and support in working with Smart Specialisation .

Region Dalarna, Gävleborg, Jämtland, Skåne, Stockholm, Södermanland, Värmland, Västerbotten, Västra Götaland, Örebro and Östergötland are Swedish members of the S3 platform.

The thematic smart specialisation platforms

The EU Commission has also set up three thematic smart specialisation platforms where regions cooperate within three smart specialisation topics.

One topic is on industrial modernization External link, opens in new window.. For example, the Västra Götaland region participates in the collaboration Smart Regional Investments in Textile Innovation.

Another is the Agro-Food platform External link, opens in new window.. Where, as an example, Östergötland participates in high-tech farming.

The third topic is about energy. For example, Värmland and Västerbotten participate in the Bioenergy project External link, opens in new window..

Leading EU-regions collaborate – Vanguard Initiative

The Vanguard initiative promotes the international competitiveness of European industry through cooperation between European regions in areas identified in their smart specialisation strategies.

Members from Sweden in Vanguard are Dalarna, Skåne, Värmland and Örebro.

The five focus areas that have begun are: 3D printing, biochemistry, efficient manufacturing, nanotechnology and optimization of products/services in the offshore industry. Dalarna is part of the latter focus area, in a project called ADMA (Advanced Manufacturing).

Pilot for Industrial transformation

North Central Sweden is one of five European regions selected at the end of 2017 to participate in the EU Commission's newly launched pilot for industrial transformation. In 2018 and 2019, northern central Sweden will therefore benefit from tailor-made expert support and implement sustainable economic conversion efforts.

The pilot is based on the work of smart specialisation and aims to support the regions in achieving favourable development through industrial transformation. The regions selected at the end of 2017 in addition to northern central Sweden are Piedmont, Saxony, Wallonia and Hauts-de-France.

For more information, see the EU Commission's press release about the pilot External link, opens in new window. and the EU Regional Policy website External link, opens in new window..

Interreg collaboration around Smart Specialisation

The Interreg - Beyond EDP External link, opens in new window. aims to strengthen the knowledge of how to conduct entrepreneurial discovery processes and further develop regional S3. Swedish partner is Region Östergötland.

The S34Growth External link, opens in new window. aims to develop methods for industry-driven interregional cooperation. Swedish partner is Region Skåne.

The LARS project External link, opens in new window. - Learning among regions on Smart Specialisation is a project that the Region of Västerbotten participates in aimed at developing regions in leading Smart Specialisation processes.

The BSR Stars S3 project promotes interregional partnerships in the field of bio, circular and digital economics. Here, Värmland is participating.