Scotland Europa Response to Commission Consultation on Smart Specialisation

This paper, drafted in cooperation with Scotland Europa members, was submitted as part of Scotland Europa's response to the European Commission's 2017 consultation on Smart Specialisation.

Scotland has welcomed the Smart Specialisation agenda, as the concept aligns closely with our existing economic development approach, expressed in Scotland’s Economic Strategy1 and delivered through government and other public sector partners and stakeholders across Scotland.

In Scotland, our approach has been not to draft a separate strategy document but to draw together the elements of our strategic framework which are linked to Smart Specialisation. The overall Smart Specialisation approach is integrated with our wider economic development agenda, and has been valuable in encouraging stronger focus and prioritisation in research and innovation expenditure.

For questions about this consultation response, please contact: Eleanor McKeegan at