More than 60 participants from 14 regions in ESM Pilot meeting

More than 60 participants from 14 regions in ESM Pilot meeting

Ryan Titley 3 minutes

“De and Remanufacturing”, “Smart and Adaptive” and “Digital and Virtual” demo-cases from ESM pilot met on the 29th of June in Milan to present their progresses as well as next steps related to 2018 action plan. The events was organised in collaboration with some INTERREG projects (3DCentralSMART-SPACE and GREENOMED) in which AFIL is participating and through which it is trying to expand the partnership of ESM Pilot, coordinated by the cluster together with EURECAT.

More than 60 people from 14 EU Regions attended the events which had the specific objectives of:

  • Increase awareness about the partnership in view of extension to new Regions, informing them about rules and mechanism to be integrated
  • Obtain feedback and revise existing use-cases.
  • Identify potential future use-cases.
  • Promote match-making between Lombardy Region stakeholders and the participating regional representatives

In the morning session, Marcello Colledani, coordinator of “De- and Remanufacturing” demo-case, introduced the status of the partnership with the support of other regional representatives from Tampere, Norte, South Netherlands and East Netherlands. Besides the progresses of the regional use-cases, it was highlighted the main achievements of the demo-cases:

  • Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding among the regions involved
  • Signature of letter of intents from industrial stakeholders
  • Identification of local instruments useful for starting the implementation of the use-cases
  • Interaction with EIB and DG ECFIN supporting the uptake
  • Exploitation of DG REGIO support services for the improvement of the project partnership

Some parallel EU projects (FiberEUse – CarEservice – GREENOMED – SCREEN), developed within the De-and Remanufacturing partnership, were presented with the intent of demonstrating the impacts and results generated by the community in these years while working on the improvement of their concept and business model.

To further support the discussion with concrete application, three local companies (RivierascaItaltel and Radici Group) actively participating in AFIL Working Group presented their approach toward Circular Economy.
In the afternoon, after an introduction on ongoing EU initiatives dedicated to Digitalisation of industry, provided by Sergio Gusmeroli, the other coordinators Fabiana Pirola and Coen De Graaf, presented the progresses of their demo-cases and regional use-cases. The final session was dedicated to the industrial presentations from Consorzio Intellimech and TXT focused namely on Data Analytics and Virtual/Augmented Reality.

The event was opened by Valentina Pinna, Lombardy Region delegate in Brussels, involved in the Vanguard Initiative activities, who reported important news discussed during the Vanguard High-level Directors' meeting. Indeed, the European Commission proposed a Multiannual Financial Framework Programm 2021-2017 with a budget of 970 million euros to be invested in interregional innovation projects (Interreg component 5). If the EU Parliament and Council will confirm this budget, it will be a great opportunity for Vanguard Pilots.
This is an important result driven by the Vanguard Initiative, which was able in these 4 years to couple the innovative bottom-up ideas emerged by the regional stakeholders with a top-down approach of the Regions aligning their RIS3 strategies and implementing an endeavour lobbying action.