You are here

Norte

Norte

Cooperation is an imperative that needs to become intelligent, exploiting the commonalities and complementarities between European regions, in order to improve the innovation output and economic growth. Thus, we strongly believe in the forging of European Alliances and are deeply committed to actively participate in the Vanguard Initiative.

The Norte region is one of the largest and most industrialized regions in the EU. Being an export-led economy, Norte’s complex economic structure encompasses traditional industries that still represent a significant share on value added and employment, and emerging medium-high and high tech sectors, supported by the significant accumulation of Human Capital and Scientific capabilities that allowed Portugal to become the fastest performing country in the EU, according to the in­novation union report.

Our smart specialization strategy is founded on exploring this human capital and the potential for crossing knowledge bases and productive capabilities within a re­lated variety domain, where diversity creates an ecosystem that mutually reinforces competitive advantages. Our smart specialization domains include Culture, Crea­tivity & Fashion, Agro-environmental Systems, Advanced Production Technologies, Mobility Industries and Sea Technologies, and for this reason the manufacturing industry is a cornerstone in our strategy.

The application of the smart specialization paradigm across EU regions provides an opportunity to better understand how to combine actions, ensuring multilevel cooperation and the articulation of different funding sources, thus contributing to a more efficient and effective innovation policy.

Although a large region, Norte is quite small in the global arena where Europe competes. Interregional partnerships are crucial to lever each region’s resources, to derive synergies and combine competitive advantages. Cooperation is an impera­tive that needs to become intelligent, exploiting the commonalities and comple­mentarities between European regions, in order to improve the innovation output and economic growth.

Thus, we strongly believe in the forging of European Alliances and are deeply com­mitted to actively participate in the Vanguard Initiative.

President of Norte Regional Coordination and Development Commission