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The Baltic Sea Commission and the Gävleborg Region, in cooperation with Policy Area Innovation of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), recently organised a Stakeholder Conference to explore the issues surrounding Smart Specialisation.

The conference, which was organised alongside the General Assembly of the Baltic Sea Commission on 27 May, looked at how Smart Specialisation has in recent years been an integrated and continuously evolving component of European regional innovation policy.

In this short time span, the concept has had a major impact on the European landscape. However, the speed of uptake of Smart Specialisation across Europe has also contributed to a highly diverse range of experiences, examples and challenges.

The Conference gathered more than 150 stakeholders from Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Germany and Denmark representing Regional Authorities, business and academia.

The Executive Summary and workshop reports from the Conference can be downloaded here:

Executive Summary – Stakeholder Conference

Stakeholder Conference Workshop Report Circular and Bioeconomy

Stakeholder Conference Workshop Report Digital Agenda

Stakeholder Conference Workshop Report Small Communities