• 02.12.2018

    The Vanguard Efficient and Sustainable Manufacturing (ESM) Pilot Project is pleased to invite you to the 2018 Plenary Event that will be organised in Brussels.

    The meeting will be focused on the presentation of 2018 activities and results achieved by ESM demo-cases. Moreover, pilot coordinators will present  an overview of 2019 Action Plan.

    A detailed agenda will follow.

    Click here to register. 

  • 02.12.2018

    The project application of the 3D-printing Pilot Project to create a pan-European digital platform connecting all 3D-printing (3dP) demonstration facilities in the EU was approved last week by DG Grow. The project aims to foster awareness, knowledge and uptake of 3DP technologies by facilitating and promoting SMEs´ access to high quality services related to testing, validating and certifying 3DP solutions.

  • 02.12.2018

    On the 14th of December the Pilot Project on High Performance Production through 3D-Printing will organise a Plenary meeting, The event will aim at reinforcing progress made (e.g. the implementation and targeted replication of a cross regional demonstration project), embracing promising opportunities (e.g. the expected launch of the ‘3DP Pan EU Platform for demonstration services’) and addressing main bottlenecks (sessions dedicated to ‘cross regional funding’, ‘certification’, etc.).

  • 29.11.2018

    On 26 November, the Vanguard Initiative’s lobby efforts to defend the newly proposed EU-funding scheme “Interregional Innovation Investments” took another dimension during a session organised in Bilbao, during the smart specialisation thematic platform days. The event in Bilbao gathers more than 100 regions from all 25 partnerships from the three Thematic Smart Specialisation Platforms.

  • 27.11.2018

    On the 6th of November, the Vanguard Initiative organised, jointly with the European Parliament SME Intergroup a breakfast session dedicated to the new Interreg Component 5 ‘Interregional Innovation Investment’. After a presentation by the Commission, the EP rapporteur, Mr Pascal Arimont, explained the state of play of discussions within the EP about this proposal. On behalf of the Vanguard Initiative,  Wim de Kinderen showcased examples of interregional collaboration and expected benefits from this new tool for European Regions.

  • 27.11.2018

    On 29 May 2018, the European Commission has published draft regulations for the 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy programming period. Among these texts is the proposed Regulation on specific provisions for the European territorial cooperation goal (INTERREG, 2018/0199(COD)) which features a new INTERREG Component 5 on Interregional Innovation Investments, financed at almost €1 billion, representing 11,5% of the Interreg budget.

  • 26.11.2018

    On 21st November, political representatives of Vanguard Initiative member regions gathered in Brussels for the Vanguard Annual Political Meeting.

  • 19.11.2018

    Conference “EU Research and Innovation Infrastructures: a forward agenda for cross-regional collaboration and access”

  • 05.11.2018

    A workshop organised by Vanguard ESM will be held on the 15th of November, in Milano, Italy. The one-day event is organized in cooperation with the demo-cases “Digital and Virtual” and “Adaptive and intelligent manufacturing”. The workshop aims to disseminate information regarding current demonstration projects, welcome new regional cooperation and to advance presently projects.

    The objectives of the workshop are following:

  • 30.10.2018

    Dear Members of the SME Intergroup, The SME Intergroup cordially invites you to a breakfast discussion hosted by the Vanguard Initiative on the topic of "Supporting interregional S3 cooperation along industrial value chains. How component 5 in Interreg strengthens interregional cooperation."

    Date: Tuesday, 6 November 2018 08:00 – 09:00 A.M.

    Place: MEP Salon European Parliament, Brussels