At the occasion of the High level Directors meeting from the Vanguard Initative region on the 7th of November, the Directors discussed and adopted a first Vanguard Initiative position paper for the post-2020 European policies.
On November 7-8, Brussels was home to several High Level meetings organized by the Vanguard Initiative (VI). These High Level Meetings aimed to strenghten the commitment of VI to a stronger and successful interregional cooperation, to contribute to the revitalisation of Europe’s industry and to deliver results having concrete impact on sustainable growth and job creation.
The Vanguard Initiative Bioeconomy Pilot was present at EFIB 2016, the market leading annual event in Europe for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy, this year in Glasgow Scotland. In the showcase theatre four of the pilot’s cases for joint demonstration presented the current state fo affairs on Lignocellulose Refinery (Biobased Delta & IBioIC), Biobased Aromatics (VITO), Turning (Waste) Gas into Value (Flanders Biobased Valley) and Biogas beyond Energy Production (Lombardy Green Chemistry Association).
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.
On June 1 and 2 the Smart Regions conference took place in Brussels. During this conference the European Commission launched three Thematic Smart Specialisation Platforms which have to make sure there is an integrated approach and support framework for the implementation of regions’ Smart Specialisation Strategies in Agrofood, Energy and Industrial Modernisation, which are the central themes of this first series of platforms. Vanguard Initiative was buzzing throughout the two-day conference. The network was repeatedly mentioned, for example by European Commissioner Ms.