In the context of the public consultation launched by the Commission about the new Interregional Innovation Investment initiative (I3)proposed under the ERDF regulation for the 2021-2027 programming period, the Vanguard Initiative has elaborated a comprehensive contribution, in collaboration with 6 other European Networks. Our joint contribution is also supported by 14 S3 interregional Partnerships.
The Nano Pilot will soon launch a call for ideas to set up new demo-cases in the area of micro- and nanotechnology. All regions that are members of the Nano Pilot will be invited to participate in this activity by submitting one or more proposals and/or expressing their interest to join as partner.
EARTO and the Vanguard Initiative have elaborated a joint contribution to the second public consultation on targeted review of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). The signing organisations welcome the Commission’s proposals aiming at facilitating the combination of shared managed and centrally managed funds. This will help synergies, complementarities and a more efficient use of different funds to become a reality, avoiding overlaps and administrative obstacles.
On 24 June, the Vanguard Initiative organised the High-Level Directors’ Meeting 2020. During the meeting, the Directors welcomed the Vanguard Initiative’s newest member, Friuli Venezia Giulia, bringing the total membership to 37 regions. The Directors also engaged with speakers from the European Commission’s DG REGIO and DG GROW on how the Vanguard Initiative can support the EU’s green and digitalised recovery and the importance of interregional collaboration to speed up the economic recovery.
The Vanguard Initiative supports the EU Industrial Strategy, published in March, as a strong basis for future work and paving the way for recovery and resilience of the EU economy, while embracing long term challenges and the digital and green transitions. In a new position paper, The Vanguard Initiative calls for a stronger collaborative dimension in the EU Industrial Strategy, to unleash the tremoundous richness and diversity laying in our regional ecosystems.