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  • 29.06.2020

    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. 

  • 27.05.2020

    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.

  • 26.05.2020

    As the COVID-19 crisis reaches new levels, the European Union is preparing to address an unprecedented post-Corona reality with the development of an EU economic recovery policy and a realigned Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF). In a statement published on 26 May, European regions and innovation stakeholders jointly call on the European institutions to use the EU Interregional Innovation Investment instrument to unleash the innovation potential available in Europe’s regions for Europe’s recovery. 

  • 19.05.2020

    On 10th June, the Emilia-Romagna Cluster Network and ART-ER is organizing an online cluster-to-cluster meeting.

    The meeting will gather clusters from all over the world, aiming at exploring common areas of interest, activating new partnerships with clusters and other innovation actors and exchanging innovative models for cluster collaboration. The meeting will be a unique opportunity to meet high-level representatives of clusters and cluster experts to prepare the ground for practical cluster international cooperation and innovative projects.

  • 08.05.2020

    The Hydrogen Valley South Tyrol is one of 40 lighthouse projects that have been selected by the Mission Innovation as a particularly successful project. The 40 projects share one common goal; the promotion of hydrogen as a sustainable link between energy and mobility. 

  • 30.04.2020

    The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published a new manual called “Methodological Manual Developing Thematic Interregional Partnerships for Smart Specialisation”.

    The manual highlights the importance of the Vanguard Initiative in developing interregional partnerships and the fact that it was the Vanguard Initiative methodology that inspired the European Commission to elaborate the methodology used to support partnerships under the thematic S3 platforms.

  • 09.04.2020

    3DP PAN EU is an EU-wide, web-based matchmaking tool connecting supply and demand in the field of 3D-printing. The current health crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus leads a number of companies and organisations, medical and other, to experience supply chain problems while searching for specific parts or components. 3DP PAN EU is here to offer its support and open up the platform.

  • 08.04.2020

    On April 2nd, the 3D-printing (3DP) Pilot of the Vanguard Initiative held its 11th Plenary Meeting. This meeting took place in a fully ‘virtual’ environment, which enabled, despite the current COVID-19 crisis, the creation of insightful content and the participation of various stakeholders from more than 15 distinct EU regions.

  • 08.04.2020

    The 3DP Pan EU project is a project developed by Vanguard Initiative’s 3D Printing pilot, enabled by funding from the European Parliament. The project is aimed at fostering awareness, knowledge and uptake of 3D-printing technologies in Europe by facilitating and promoting SMEs’ access to high quality services related to testing, validating and certifying 3D printing solutions. The project is implemented by a consortium consisting of Brainport Development (coordinator), IDEA Consult, ART-ER, CIVITTA and Asterion Europe. 

  • 08.04.2020

    With the completion of the NeSSIE project in 2019 and the Pilot Action on Sensing & Remote Monitoring in Marine Renewable Energy facilities well underway, the Advanced Manufacturing for Energy Related Applications in Harsh Environments (ADMA Energy) Pilot has embarked on the identification of new areas of interest for the pilot.

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