Technological Capabilities and the Twin Transition in Europe

Opportunities for Regional Collaboration and Economic Cohesion
  • Julia Bachtrögler-Unger (WIFO)
  • Pierre-Alexandre Balland
  • Ron Boschma (Universität Utrecht)
  • Thomas Schwab (Bertelsmann Stiftung Gütersloh)

Technological capabilities vary substantially across European regions. Combining these diverse sets of capabilities is crucial to develop the technologies necessary to master the green and digital transition. However, collaboration between regions is sparse today. To increase inter-regional cooperation, linkages that spur the development of green and digital technologies must be identified. In this study, we provide an overview of inter-regional collaborations already in place and map new opportunities for these between regions. A special emphasis is placed on potential collaborations between economically leading and lagging regions. Our results provide new impetus for policy designs that strengthen regional innovation capabilities and cohesion across Europe's regions.