In January 17-19 2017 the Vanguard-regions Basque Country, Catalonia, Lombardy, Skåne, South Netherlands and Tampere travelled to Porto for an intensive working programme within the framework of the S34Growth project and the project activity On-Site-Deep-Dive (OSDD). The host of the meeting, ANI (National Innovation Agency), showcased Norte 2020 - cohesion policy and regional innovation in Norte, and invited the delegation to visit highly interesting sites, such as INL (the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory) and INEGI. The next OSDD will be organized in Scotland on March 21-23, and will be focusing on article 70 in the ESIF Operational Programmes which stipulates the possibility to allocate up to 15 % of the support from the ERDF to operations outside the programme area.
S34Growth is an Interreg Europe funded project and the participating regions are all members of the Vanguard Initiative. The aim of the project is to develop an innovative interregional element to the participating regions structural fund policy instruments, supporting the renewal of Europe’s industry and competitiveness. The S34Growth project sets out to develop and improve existing regional policy instruments in order to make interregional cooperation easier, more efficient and less bureaucratic. By facilitating industrial innovation-related interregional collaboration, S34Growth supports the renewal of Europe's industry and competitiveness, and interregional co-specialisation approach to smart specialisation which can be easily replicated at any domain and anywhere in Europe.
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