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:
After having presented the general progress, he outlined the Pilot's plans for 2020:
The ESM introduction was followed by a session in which representatives of the European Commission presented the opportunities of the future programming period from the perspectives of various DGs: Jürgen Tiedje – DG RTD, Matthias Kuom - DG Connect, Nikos Pantalos – DG GROW, Valentina Pinna – DG REGIO. Demo-case projects were then presented in terms of technical development, progress and potential for the upcoming year, by demo-cases coordinators :
The morning session was closed by a round table of the representatives of the regions composing ESM Steering Committee (Lombardy, Baden Wurttemberg, Catalonia, South Netherlands, Saxony, Tampere) who remarked the strategic role of Vanguard Initiative in interregional collaboration based on regional smart specialisation strategies.
The meeting continued in the afternoon with a workshop among pilot and demo-case representatives discussing on strategies and actions to be planned for 2020. Besides favouring the inclusion of the new Regions that recently expressed their interest in the ESM Pilot, an interregional roadmapping activity will be lunched within the pilot, starting from the topic targeted by the demo-case projects. This action will consolidate the knowledge developed in the ESM Pilot and will be useful to favour the coordination and alignment of funding instruments (at interregional and European level) in a strategic perspective.