Member Profile


Presentation of the Region

Lombardy Region, situated in the Northern-Western of Italy, is strategically located on principal European axes and is one of the leading regions both at national and European level.
Lombardy has a population of around 10 million inhabitants and a very competitive economic performance, with a GDP (PPS/inhabitant) which amounted to €39,700 (127% EU-27 avg) in 2019 and an employment rate (20-64 years) of 73,4%.
Regional economy is characterised by a wide variety of industries, ranging from traditional sectors to heavy and light industries. The service industry, mostly related to trade and financial services, has had a strong development in recent decades.
The production system is one of the most developed in Italy and Europe, with a strong presence of SMEs, except for a few very large firms. Entrepreneurship in Lombardy is thus widespread and dynamic, showing an international trend towards innovation, development, and technology.
Lombardy also leads the way with a solid academic system of 14 high quality Universities as well as several public and private research centres with outstanding competence and international relevance.
In such a context, the engagement of Lombardy in supporting R&D investments is intense and highly relevant. In 2018, the R&D expenditure in Lombardy amounted to 1.34% of the GDP (Eurostat, 2021).
Innovation is indeed a distinguishing element of the Region’s action, being a driving force to ensure a competitive and modern socio-economic development.

RIS3 Priorities

Following the path launched in the previous programming period, the Smart Specialisation Strategy 2021‐27 confirms its “integrated trajectory” to foster regional development in the framework of the new EU Cohesion Policy, with the final objective of delivering a more targeted ERDF support and harness the potential for smart growth in the Lombardy region, focusing on key R&I priorities and building upon regional competitive strengths.
Being also deeply influenced by the recovery orientations as emerged after the Covid-19 crisis, the new RIS3 outlines key strategic assets, resources, and priorities to lead future regional investments in R&I as well as in favour of industrial modernisation and technology transfer. In such a framework, the promotion of digital transition and sustainable development, along with the strengthening of regional resilience and its capacity to adapt to rapid socio-economic changes, represent the two main trajectories of action. The regional approach focuses on the identification of the main challenges to face in the coming years by concretely addressing 8 innovation ecosystems, firmly keeping the citizens and their needs at the core.
The resources will be concentrated on strategic projects supporting innovation processes in traditional sectors and the development of technological clusters so to help businesses to find strategic opportunities and provide new solutions for citizens.

Attilio Fontana President of Regione Lombardia

Lombardy is ready for the challenges of the future. Willing to pursue its leading role, the Region will keep betting on research and innovation, real engines of competitive growth and sustainable development.

Political Representatives
Fabrizio Sala

Minister for Education, University, Research, Innovation and Simplification

Regional Contact Persons
Enza Cristofaro
Regional Address

Piazza Città di Lombardia 1
20124 Milan MI

Brussels Office Address

Place du Champ De Mars, 1/3
1050 Bruxelles

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