What We Do

Policy Influencing

Thanks to its place-based approach, the Vanguard Initiative has a wide national, EU, and international outreach. Through the activities of its pilots, the Vanguard Initiative has proven to be a successful network, leading by example in interregional collaboration based on smart specialisation. For almost 10 years, Vanguard regions have been committed to supporting innovation and technology uptake at the EU level, and they are constantly reflecting on how to fund such activities as well as how to join forces to support their roll-out. This is closely connected to the work of the European Commission’s Thematic Smart Specialisation Platforms (S3P). The Vanguard Initiative is, in this perspective, advocating for stronger commitment to enable effective synergies between EU funding tools and instruments, with regional and national funding.

 

The VI is a Member of the Expert Group on Interregional Innovation Investments (I3)

The Vanguard Initiative, represented by the Vanguard Pilot Monitoring Task Group lead Wim de Kinderen, has been selected by the European Commission as a member of

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VI and EARTO jointly published a short paper providing complementary insights on the Interregional Innovation Investments (I3)

The Vanguard Initiative together with EARTO issued a short paper on the Interregional Innovation Investments (I3) to provide some complementary insights for the d

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I3 : the VI continues its efforts for the co-design of the instrument

The Commission published the summary of the public consultation on I3 in March 2021.

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The Commission published the I3 stakeholder consultation results

The European Commission published the report on the assessment of the stakeholder consultation on the new Interregional Innovation Investment Initiative (I3) proposed under the ERDF regulation for

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VI is a member of the Industrial Forum

The Vanguard Initiative, represented by The Basque Country, has been selected by the European Commission as a member of the Industrial Forum Commission Expert Gro

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Successful Annual Political Meeting organised online

On 19 November, the Vanguard Initiative organised the Annual Political Meeting 2020, and for the first time ever the meeting was held in digital format.

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Position paper - Regional ecosystems and collaboration as drivers for the recovery

The Vanguard Initiative supports the EU Industrial Strategy, published in March, as a strong basis for future work and paving the way for recovery and resilience of the EU economy while embracing l

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Short paper: Interregional Innovation Investments (I3) – Complementary insights VI-EARTO

The Vanguard Initiative highly values the efforts made by the European Commission to co-design the new I3 instrument and for this reason, continues to contribute to the creation of a tool suited to

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The Vanguard Initiative annual plan 2021

This annual plan sets out the programme of work that Vanguard Initiative will seek to accomplish during 2021 and is informed by discussions in the Annual Politica

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Non paper - Financing solutions for networks of Pilots and demonstrators

Vanguard Initiative Non paper Financing solutions for networks of Pilots and demonstrators

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Joint contribution - Public consultation on Interregional Innovation Investments

The signatories strongly supports the Interregional Innovation Investments Instrument and welcomes the agreement from the Council to create this new tool under the ERDF, while regretting the downsi

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Public consultation - Contribution to GBER review

Contribution to the second public consultation on the targeted review of the GBER: extended scope for national funds to be combined with certain Union programmes.