The global value chains and increased sophistication of production constitute a large challenge for regional development efforts. There is a need to learn and up-grade the level of policy intervention.
The point of departure for this in the LARS project is that regional innovation systems are different but may learn from each other through a process of transnational learning and exploit the complementarities. It has also been suggested that collaboration between smart specialized regions could form the base for Macro regional strategies.
Fragmentation of the innovation systems. Increased sofistication of value-chains causing increasing demands on policy making. ”Critical mass” through transnational learning.
Post EU 2020 policies is likely to center on macro-regional strategies, development of local, regional and interegional S3 strategies. Moreover on ETC. LARS is ”flagship” and should play into this.
3. TRANSNATIONAL VALUE OF THE PROJECT
Above challeges cannot be addressed at an organizational or national level. Good practises may inspire to greater mobility between TH-networks and may function as development inspiratio.n
The approach in LARS is that innovation systems are different but may learn from each other i.e exploit the complmentarities. Successful pilots.
5. SYNERGIES WITH OTHER INITIATIVES
The ”Smart Blue Regions”, ”Empinno”, ”BSR Stars” and ”Smart-up BSR” builds on the idea of pooling resources and cluster development. Complementaries will be discussed within the framework of EUBSR strategy PA-inno.