Kick-off Event of the Smart Specialisation Platform on Agri-Food

The Smart Specialisation Platform on Agri-Food (S3P Agri-Food) is meant to accelerate innovation and to promote regional economic transformation through the development of new value chains. The platform’s main objective is to facilitate the creation of an investment pipeline of projects in new growth areas across the EU.

The platform will link different regions in Europe that have a common goal to develop specific parts of their economies following Smart Specialisation Strategies. In this way European wide value chains will be created. The projects, to be implemented under the platform, will be funded under existing instruments such as the ESI funds.

This Kick-off Event of the Smart Specialisation Platform on Agri-Food is co-organised by the European Commission’s S3 Platform and the Government of Tuscany. The workshop will take place on 6-7 December 2016 in Florence (Italy). Regional and national authorities as well as regional actors (including clusters, businesses, academia, cities, etc.) will get together to discuss joint investment opportunities in specific thematic areas.

The event is open to all committed regions – those that have already expressed interest and those that would like to move forward. A number of new partnerships formally joining this thematic platform as members will launch their proposed initiatives.

At the same time, the work at the workshop is expected to result in agreed working arrangements for the preparation of new partnerships in thematic areas of shared interest and take steps towards creation of project investment pipeline with a specific focus on pilots and demonstrators.