From 8 to 10 June 2016 the Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) took place in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Vanguard Initiative was , during several parts of the program, presented as a promising example of interregional collaboration. The network was offered the opportunity to organise a ‘hosted by’ session during this conference, which was co-organised by Brainport Development and the EC’s DG Research & Innovation.
The session “Cross-regional collaboration for new industrial value chains : lessons from experience and needs for the future” was opened by Noord-Brabant’s Vice Governor Bert Pauli, as South Netherlands current Vanguard Initiative chair. Moderated by Wim De Kinderen, South Netherlands Brainport EU office, several speakers tapped into their experience in the field of interregional industrial collaboration. Anna Giorgi, University of Milan, presented the “Research and Innovation” Action Line within the Alpine Macroregional Strategy. Cristina Ugarte, Innobasque, explained how Manunet, by coupling regional, national and European budgets can finance cross-border cooperation activities between companies and knowledge institutes in the field of Advanced Manufacturing. Carsten Schierenbeck, EC DG GROW, sketched the latest developments in a possible EU support framework for such collaborations, by providing details on the EU’s cluster policy and the newly launched Thematic Smart Specialisation Platforms.
The main outcome of the session was that trusted relationships are necessary to deliver Interregional collaboration focused on real economic impact. These relationships need to be evidence based and require long term engagement. Interregional collaboration focused on real economic impact calls for a mix of support measures - financial but also others - implemented by a mix of public and private stakeholders, whose tasks, roles and responsibilities shift over time. A coordinated and cluster based approach is key.
Find here the minutes of the session.
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