What’s the future for the Catalan innovation system?
Catalonia’s new smart specialization strategy
The government of Catalonia has approved recently its smart specialization strategy. This is a mandatory exercise that European Commission is forcing all the regions in Europe as a precondition to receive the Structural Funds for the next period 2014-2020.
The European innovation system is losing ground year after year in relation with the American and Asian ones. The failure of Nokia, the IT crown jewel, in the past years has been a bitter advice indicating the need of dramatically changing the system.
Catalonia is categorized as a “follower region”, still away from the “leading innovators” of Europe. Nevertheless, in 2014 Barcelona has got the iCapital award as “the most innovative city in Europe”.
The RIS3CAT, the regional innovation strategy is a new attempt to raise the level of the Catalan innovation system to become a leading innovation region in the European Union.
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