Regional Municipalities Association "Maritza" is a nongovernmental organisation, registered in 1997 in Haskovo, Bulgaria. .

2001 Regional Municipalities Association "Maritza"
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Project: Plan of Smart Regional Specialization for the promotion of competitiveness, research and innovation

Acronym: Smart Specialization

Contracting Authority: Ministry for Development and Competitiveness, Hellenic Republic


Funding programme: European Territorial Co-operation Programme "Greece-Bulgaria" 2007 - 2013


Lead partner: Region of Central Macedonia


Partners: Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace, Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Special Account for Research Funds of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH)-URENIO Research Unit, Municipality of Kordelio-Evosmos, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Drama, Regional Municipalities Association "Maritza", Business Incubator-Gotse Delchev, Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Blagoevgrad, Association Business Information and Consulting Center - Sandanski


Overall objective

The project aims at providing a preview of European Regional Innovation trends for the next programming period 2014-2020, by presenting the concept of Smart Specialization, its potential impact on regional development trajectories and the main differences with the previous strategic approach (Regional Innovation Strategy). Furthermore the scope of the project is to elicit, through experts, brainstorming sessions with participants on the possible scenarios for Innovation Intermediaries, given the new regional development paths that Smart Specialization could produce, and to give first-hand advice on possible new roles that intermediaries could assume to support Regional Authorities. The project attempts to identify targeted investment priorities for the Interregional area and relative targeted actions that will support the excellence of entrepreneurship, research and innovation. 




Work package 1: Management & Coordination

1.1 Preparation activities

1.2 Project Meetings

1.3 Project Management Actions


Work package 2: Information & Publicity

2.1 Communication and Publicity

2.2 Digital Media

2.3 Events


Work package 3: On going Support on RIS Policies

3.1 Technical Specification Work Packages

3.2 Technical Support Task Force

3.3 Cross Border Coordination

3.4 Support Regions

3.5 Quality Assurance Plan and Control


Work package 4: Employment intensive Actions

4.1 Training and Consulting

4.2 Entrepreneurship Awards

4.3 Mobility Know-How Transfer


Work package 5: RIS3 Governance

5.1 S3 Platform and RIS3 Monitoring

5.2 RIS3 Forum - Urban Development


Expected results

Thematic knowledge accumulation and development of technological poles
Exploring innovative issues in specific thematic areas of the market that play an important role in shaping a dynamic perspective on entrepreneurship
Supporting the collective entrepreneurial effort in cooperation of public and private sectors, providing horizontal support to the innovation process
Launch pilot actions with immediate results that will strengthen the spirit of innovation in cross border area on common fields and topics result of smart specialization
Configuration policies that will form the basis for developing a strategy in the new programming period oriented in innovation and entrepreneurship
Horizontal measures to support the development of innovative dynamics
Support measures for business planning and innovation management for start ups and small businesses
Progress of technological poles and knowledge transfer mechanisms creating close relations between business and industry

Innovation campaigns for services products and procedures for new and established companies, learning by best practices of other European Regions
Direct investments as a result of Networking efforts on sectors that give the regions comparative advantages
A special mention should be made for the following:
Promotion of employment of high end jobs retaining the design locally
Local Initiatives for Employment and Entrepreneurship on new products and services with an exporting direction
Development of business infrastructure and activities by joining forces with other regions that have common needs or share common interests
Restructuring of the local economy to meet the needs of a globalized economic environment and to promote the local and current developmental vision



This project is implemented by EU

This project is performed by RMA "Maritza"

This document was created within the project "Plan of Smart Regional Specialization for the promotion of competitiveness, research and innovation" / Smart Specialization, funded by the European Territorial cooperation Programme Greece-Bulgaria 2007-2013, grant contract B3.32.02/31.12.2013 , co-financed by the European Union through the European regional Development Fund and national funds of Greece and Bulgaria. The sole responsibility for the content of the document lies with the RMA "Maritza" and under no circumstances can be considered that this document reflects the official opinion of the European Union and the Contracting Authority

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