WP3 Ongoing Support on RIS Policies

1. Technical Specification Work Packages

Due to the complexity of the project it is important for the partners to have a common stance and line regarding the quality and level of the deliverables that will be required for the best implementation of the project. PP1 with PP4 and PP9 will draft analytical specifications for all WPs in which detailed tasks per partner will be defined including performance indicators. More specifically the three partners will define the technical specification of the deliverables for all partners regardless if they are to be implemented by staff members of external experts. In cases where procurements will be needed the joint team will have the legal framework and technical specifications for all deliverables and partners in consistence with each bodies legal framework. The joint team will be comprised of highly experienced members in their respectable fields ranging from, economics and business to regional development and law. The technical specifications for all the deliverables will be in accordance to the provisions of each country’s legal framework and of the Greece – Bulgaria program objectives. The team will be of at least four experts that will take duration of two months to complete the task.

2. Technical Support

Task Force In the framework of assisting the responsible entities at the ongoing implementation of their formulated strategies one partner from each country will be responsible to create teams of experts that will assist for the Greek side the Regions of Central Macedonia and East Macedonia and Thrace and for the Bulgarian side the Ministry of Finance and their corresponding eligible geographic regions. The team will assist the regions both scientifically and technically with their experience in the best way to implement the RIS3 strategy and will provide the adequate expertise in order for Regions that are lagging behind to address their main issues and difficulties.

3. Cross Border Coordination

The deliverable will explore the cooperation methods, practices and opportunities between regions of the two countries. The deliverable will be a study that will take into consideration the priorities and objectives of the Cross Border Cooperation Programs, the research initiatives and targets on research of Horizon 2020 and will outline proposals for cooperation between the Regions of the two Countries. It will also provide an extensive guide for cooperation in the upcoming period on issues of smart specialization and relevant business development practice. The study will be the product of cooperation between five Partners, PP4 will provide the scientific guidelines for the study and will set the framework for cooperation between the two countries for a joint stance towards the Strategy and also provide the relevant information for the Region of CM. PP4 will also provide the benchmarking for the evaluation of the next programming period programs. PP6 in cooperation with PP4 will provide feedback regarding East Macedonia and Thrace. PP7 in cooperation with PP4 will provide feedback regarding Region of Southwest. PP10 in cooperation with PP4 will provide feedback regarding Region of South Central. The study and relevant guide will contain information regarding business endeavors in both countries and will harmonize the developmental strategies with respect to smart specialization and the future of doing business.

4. Region Support Studies

Evaluation of NSFP Policies and Practices for the Greek cross Border Regions. Regarding policies related and leading to entrepreneurship - competitiveness - innovation and smart specialization LP will assign a study for the Greek side on the Evaluation of NSFP Policies and Practices for the Greek Cross Border Regions regarding policies related and leading to entrepreneurship - competitiveness - innovation and smart specialization.

RIS3 Priority Sectoral Studies, the deliverable will provide in depth analysis of the three most prominent sectors for specialization policies on the next programming period for the Greek side PP2 and PP7 will assign a study for the Greek side on the RIS3 Priority sectors, the deliverable will provide in depth analysis of the three most prominent sectors for specialization policies on the next programming period for the Greek side.

Ongoing Policy Results, the deliverable will follow the results of the regional strategies and record the results they produce for each region PP3 and PP8 will assign a study for the Greek side on the ongoing Policy Results, the deliverable will follow the results of the regional strategies and record the results they produce for each region.

Strategy Workshops, the deliverable will hold two strategic workshop involving all the work group teams participating in the strategy formation in order to create cross border and interregional links PP4, PP9 and PP10 will perform Strategy Workshops, the deliverable will hold two strategic workshop involving all the work group teams participating in the strategy formation in order to create cross border and interregional links.