• 19.12.2019

    During the Annual Political Meeting, regional ministers and senior representatives from the Vanguard Initiative member regions endorsed proposals for a set of Regional Conferences in 2020. 

    Wales and Randstad Region will host the first regional conference in Cardiff, Wales, on 25th and 26th March 2020. This will be the first in a series of conferences across Europe to bring together partners and stakeholders from regions who are committed to and interested in smart specialisation approaches. Through the series of conferences, participants will:

  • 17.12.2019

    The Nano Pilot demo-cases have been making incremental progress between September – December 2019 and continue to have the support of the network manager and the two leading regions, Emilia-Romagna and Skåne. The Nanowires for ICT, Energy & Sensors and the NeMs4Bio demo-cases have been working on their concept notes and have received feedback from different Vanguard regions as well as local actors.

  • 17.12.2019


    The ESM Pilot annual meeting took place in Brussles on 13th December. Besides presenting the progress of the Pilot and its demo-cases, the meeting also had the intent to discuss potential synergies with the European Commission in the future programming period. 

    Giacomo Copani, coordinator of the ESM Pilot, introduced the Pilot and its ambitions:

  • 22.11.2019

    On 21st November 2019 in Brussels, the Vanguard Initiative’s Annual Political Meeting (APM) took place, with Regional Ministers and senior representatives from Vanguard Initiative’s 36 Member Regions meeting to give renewed direction to the Vanguard Initiative’s work programme, with a particular focus on financing, policy influencing and communication. 

  • 01.11.2019

    Regione Lombardia is currently building a new regional strategy for the Sustainable Development. The latter will be instrumental in order to link the future Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS) to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  • 23.10.2019

    The IER - Institute of Economic Research of the Chamber of Commerce of Bolzano/Bozen and the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen are organizing a conference in Brussels on 11 December 2019 on “Brain Drain - Brain Gain: Local and Regional Experience”. The event is based on a study developed by IER on South Tyrol level that was presented in Bolzano/Bozen in March with great success.


  • 25.09.2019

    Contribution to the public consultation on targeted review of the GBER

    We welcome the Commission’s proposals aiming at facilitating the combination of shared managed and centrally managed funds, but we think that more could be done to enable synergies.

  • 03.07.2019

    During this second trimester of the year, the ESM Pilot has been extremely active in promoting its activities while participating to several conferences and organising demo-case meetings to boost the pilot.

  • 03.07.2019

    A new Task Group on Co-Funding has been launched, with the aim to share experiences, debate and influence regional funding policies, instruments and tools that can play an active role in supporting interregional innovation actions and investments. Such investments should be relevant for the Vanguard Initiative’s Pilot Projects and other relevant activities, such as:

  • 02.07.2019

    During the High-level Directors meeting, Saxony-Anhalt was welcomed as a new member to the Network, which raises the network membership to 35 Regions. Saxony-Anhalt is located in the middle of Germany and integrated into three large-scale CEF transport corridors, and the last 30 years have seen Saxony-Anhalt become a central logistics hub. Bordering on four neighboring federal states – Brandenburg, Saxony, Thuringia and Lower Saxony – Saxony-Anhalt is deeply integrated into the value chains of a number of large businesses in some of Germany’s key industries.