The regions of Wallonia, Flanders and Brussels recently published the Belgian position paper on the EU’s industrial strategy, as communicated by the European Commission in September. Belgium welcomes the Communication on a renewed EU industrial strategy, but requests a further long-term consolidation of this strategy in line with strategic objectives to be set for 2030. In its position paper, Belgium underlines the importance of interregional innovation investments and collaboration, pointing to the Vanguard Initiative’s experience.
In early December, regional stakeholder involved in the pilot on High Performance Production through 3D-Printing will gather in Brussels for a plenary meeting. The meeting aims to facilitate discussions on potential funding tracks and the structure of cooperation projects formed in each of the pilots’ six areas of joint demonstration. New regions and stakeholders are invited to partake in the meeting and to get involved in pilot activities to further strengthen the cooperation.
Senior political representatives from 29 of the 33 member regions of the Vanguard Initiative met in Brussels on the 22nd of November to reconfirm their political commitment to further implementing the Vanguard methodology. Five new regions (Autonomous Province of Trento, Lower Austria, West and East Slovenia, Region Orebro County and Varmland) joined the recently created Vanguard ASBL.
With the objective of further deepening transregional cooperation projects, two of the demo-cases within the Vanguard Initiative’s ESM-pilot will be hosting events in Milan. The events, that will be held on the 30th of November and the 1st of December, aims to build a critical mass of regional actors for a project regarding an upscaling of the use of new, innovative materials based on plastics.
Although its relatively recent launch, the ADMA pilot based project NeSSIE is progressing at a steady pace. September marked the launch of the interregional collaboration on anticorrosion technology and novel subsea material solutions own website and steps are now being taken to further develop NeSSIEs’ three demonstration projects.