Political representatives of the 21 VI-regions renewed their commitments at the successful Annual Meeting in Milan

Political representatives of the 21 VI-regions renewed their commitments at the successful Annual Meeting in Milan

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 09:00

The political representatives of the 21 VI - regions signed the Milan Declaration at the Annual Meeting on 13 November in Milan. This Declaration renews the political commitment to collaboration, co-creation and co-investment in projects across not only member regions, but also with anyone who has the relevant expertise and specialism to develop European value chains in priority areas.

The Vanguard Initiative Regions are committed to inter-regional collaboration that will deliver demonstrable projects and programmes that are capable of being replicated at scale. Therefore we collaborate closely with the European Commission to develop pilot initiatives such as for the Smart Specialisation Platform for Advanced Manufacturing.

The main focus of the meeting was on preparing our joint work forward, especially in relation to the possibilities to contribute to the European Agenda for more effective innovation investments, with a clear goal of growth and jobs. The political representatives also took stock of the progress that has been made the past year. The Annual Report of the Vanguard Initiative gives a short and concise overview of the VI - activities in 2014.  

The political message of the Vanguard Initiative that regions, smart specialisation and cluster-based interregional cooperation are keys to new growth, has been widely recognised and positively received by a wide range of partners and institutions committed to EU industrial and economic growth. At the moment, a new European Commission is preparing new European strategies for growth. The partners reiterated their engagement for a new approach to growth and job creation through mobilising regional resources and eco-systems for common European priority areas in innovation and industrial policy on the basis of smart specialisation.

A background note on the Milan Declaration and the political message of the Vanguard Initiative is available, as well as the third brochure.

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