During the Smart Regions conference in Helsinki, June 1-2, the Vanguard Initiative was well represented both in the panel discussions and debates and also in the parallel sessions. In the closing panel discussion on collaboration in smart specialisation areas across EU borders, the Vanguard Initiative Interreg Europe project S34Growth was presented as a good example on interregional smart specialisation collaboration.
The 3D-printing pilot project of the Vanguard Initiative organised a two-day event on 22 and 23 February. During the technology tour on the first day, a group of 31 participants visited the Flemish 3D-printing company Materialise. After an introduction into the activities of the company, the group visited the production facilities and got a glimpse of the different services the company offers. In the afternoon, the participants visited the 3D-printing facilities of Sirris in Liège, the Belgian collective centre for and by the technological industry.
In January 17-19 2017 the Vanguard-regions Basque Country, Catalonia, Lombardy, Skåne, South Netherlands and Tampere travelled to Porto for an intensive working programme within the framework of the S34Growth project and the project activity On-Site-Deep-Dive (OSDD).
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.