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The Vanguard Initiative helps us to make use of opportunities for interregional collaboration to modernize the industry and supports Flemish spearhead clusters in their internationalization

The industrial sector is very important for Flanders. It provides a significant amount of added value, employment (also in R&D and services) and export. A competitive and productive industry makes Flanders thrive. Throughout the years, we developed an industrial policy that stimulates the development of the industry and lifts the level of productivity to the top. Spearhead clusters form an integral part of this policy.

Today’s society is facing various challenges coming from ongoing trends in globalization, automation, digitization, climate change, mobility,… . Our Flemish industry contributes actively to solving these challenges. Yet, working together, blurring frontiers between countries, regions and sectors, is the way forward. Collaboration is needed across Europe to imagine new solutions for the future.  Opportunities emerge at the crossroads between sectors and technologies.

Flanders actively strives for a strong European policy that protects the international competitiveness of our industry. For this reason, we actively participate in international initiatives like the Friends of Industry and the Vanguard Initiative. The Vanguard Initiative helps us to make use of opportunities for interregional collaboration to modernize the industry and supports Flemish spearhead clusters in their internationalization. Because of these significant contributions, Flanders will definitely remain a loyal and active partner to the Vanguard Initiative during this legislature.

Minister of Economy, Innovation, Work, Social Economy, Agriculture and Fishing