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Pays de la Loire

Pays de la Loire

Through the Vanguard initiative, the Regions make a real contribution to the European ambition for a stronger industry that is creating jobs. 

The Region Pays de la Loire has put a strong focus on the productive economy, research, innovation, employment and training.

Our objective is to accompany the modernisation of the historical industry sectors such as aeronautics, agro-food, automotive and shipbuilding, and to favour the emergence of tomorrow’s industries such as marine renewable energies, electronics and the digital economy.

Our strategy is to focus on advanced manufacturing technologies. Transversal and diffusing, they are the key to our industry of the future.

Our advantage  is an excellent ecosystem around advanced manufacturing, gathered under the banner of the Jules Verne Manufacturing Valley. It is there to reinvent industry, rethink production processes by integrating digital solutions, explore all forms of innovation from design to corporate social responsibility, take up the challenge of the energy transition and reinforce the attractiveness of industrial jobs among young people with new training offers.

For the period 2014-2020, the European Commission has given the opportunity to the Regions to refine their positioning by concentrating on smart specialisations. The Vanguard Initiative enables Regions to engage in a dialogue more effectively, and to identify complementarities of their territorial strategies more quickly. The political will of the Regions of the Vanguard Initiative thus paves the way for enhanced cooperation, prefiguring the industrial strategy that Europe needs to create more jobs.