The InFocus interview series


The InFocus interview series

Prioritizing and multi-level governance are key aspects of the smart specialisation approach. Therefore, getting strong backing from politicians and other policy decision-makers specially matters when boosting local economic development under such policy concept. To get their view, TASO partner and URBACT lead expert Miguel Rivas has conducted a series of interviews to Mayors, City Councillors and top executives from cities joining the URBACT network InFocus-Smart Specialisation at City Level.

  • Dimitri de Vita, Councillor for strategic planning, economy and productive activities at Torino Metropoli (IT)
  • Ricardo Valente, Councillor for Economy, Tourism and Commerce at Porto City Hall (PT)
  • Tomáš Macura, Mayor of the City of Ostrava (CZ)
  • Robert Negoiță, Mayor of Bucharest-3rd District (RO)
  • Stanisław Ginda, President of Bielsko-Biała Regional Development Agency (PL)




Picture: Tomáš Macura, Mayor of Ostrava


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