The targeted cooperation of science, politics and industry to solve challenging problems is the basis of the S3 requirement of the European Commission. The aim is to encourage regions to use their individual strengths and research and innovation activities to take advantage of emerging opportunities and market developments. However, the regions as a whole should also focus on a division of labour in order to avoid duplication of efforts and unnecessary competition. In this context, EU investments focus on innovation and research, the Digital Agenda, support for SMEs and a climate-friendly economy.
This approach has already enabled many regions to carry out successful projects and implement an S3, thereby actively shaping their future competitiveness.
However, since most regional challenges do not stop at national borders, a superordinate S3 is both efficient and necessary for regions with a similar structure. As the regions of the Alpine Space are among the strongest regions in Europe, both economically and in terms of research, the A-RING project aims to promote a coordinated and transnational multi-level governance.