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Sustainable Smart Specialisation for the Re-opening of Industrial Sites in the Danube Region

Project description

Breathing industrial life again into the Danube Region

The Danube area has an old tradition of manufacturing and industrial production. However, political upheavals, globalisation and technological advancements affected many of its regions causing the closing of several industrial plants as well as severe socio-economic effects. Re-opening old industrial sites will strengthen the regions’ capacity to develop innovative solutions to address ecological, social and economic challenges. The EU-funded RIS4Danu project, directly connected to the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), proposes a set of concerted actions towards strategic business development plans for the re-opening of 21 disused industrial sites in the area. The project will apply an evidence-based smart specialisation approach to support place-based innovation for green, digital and inclusive transitions in the Danube River region.

Objective

The CSA RIS4Danu proposes a series of concerted actions over 24 months to elaborate strategic business development plans for the re-opening of 21 disused industrial sites in the Danube Macro-Region, an area that stretches from the Black Forest to the Black Sea. The project directly connects to the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), a macro-regional strategy to address common economic and societal challenges and create synergies and coordination between existing policies and initiatives. Danube neighbouring states share a proud and centuries-old history of manufacturing and industrial production, yet political upheavals, globalisation and technological advancements have confronted many Danube regions with the challenges of structural transformation and have triggered the closing down of numerous industrial plants and sites. In many regions, plant closures and the associated displacement of workers caused severe socio-economic effects on workers, local communities and regions.
At the heart of the RIS4Danu project is the goal of applying an evidence-based Smart Specialisation (S3) approach to support place-based innovation for green/digital and inclusive transitions in regions along the Danube River. This project ties in with current debates and requests to combine smart specialisation with considerations of socio-ecological challenges such as climate change, environmental issues and growing social and territorial inequality: Smart Specialisation Strategies for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (S4+).
We argue that the re-opening of old industrial sites shows the potential to build transformative resilience in less-favoured Danube regions. These sites could serve as innovation anchors, unleashing opportunities for the entire region to strengthen their capacity to develop innovative solutions to place-specific ecological, social and economic challenges. Project activities include cross-regional peer exchange and a transfer of knowledge along the Danube River.

Coordinator

VDI/VDE INNOVATION + TECHNIK GMBH
Net EU contribution
€ 437 448,00
Address
Steinplatz 1
10623 Berlin
Germany

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Region
Berlin Berlin Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Total cost
€ 437 448,75

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