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Political Commitment

The members of the Vanguard Initiative are regional authorities (or equivalent) responsible for implementing a smart specialisation strategy. By signing the Milan Declaration the members have committed themselves politically to the principles of the Vanguard Initiative: to implement smart specialisation strategies, advance technological developments through interregional collaboration, support demonstration and piloting of new European value-chains and making the Vanguard Initiative a powerful force for European technological change and advancement.

The Milan Declaration also establishes that the Vanguard Initiative members are committed to:

  • Promoting co-investments in European priority areas,
  • Facilitating access to combined funding for co-investment projects,
  • Taking advantage of better synergies between regional, national and European instruments to support interregional collaboration.

The Milan Declaration makes the Vanguard Initiative a unique alliance of regional policy makers across Europe and establishes the strong commitment of the member regions to foster interregional collaboration based on regional complementarities based on smart specialisation.

Read the Declaration here


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