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.

 

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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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European networks come together for a new statement on the Interregional Innovation Investment initiative

In the context of the public consultation launched by the Commission about the new Interregional Innovation Investment initiative (I3) proposed under the ERDF regulation for the 20

Contribution to public consultation on targeted review of the GBER (state aid)

EARTO and the Vanguard Initiative have elaborated a joint contribution to the second public consultation on targeted review of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER).

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New Vanguard position on the EU Industrial Strategy: Regional ecosystems and collaboration 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

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The Vanguard Initiative calls for a strong regional dimension in the new EU industrial strategy

In a new non-paper, the Vanguard Initiative calls for the adoption of an ambitious EU industrial Strategy and expresses full support of the European Commission’s ambition to adopt a renewed

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Joint paper ‘EU Interregional Innovation Investments : towards EU economic recovery

EU Interregional Innovation Investments : towards EU economic recovery

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Position paper - The EU Industrial Strategy – Regional ecosystems and collaboration as drivers for the recovery

The European Commission have published it’s new Industrial Strategy on the 10th of March, alongside with a new SME strategy, and a new circular economy action plan.

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Non paper on the Industrial policy - The Vanguard Initiative1 calls for a strong regional dimension in the new EU industrial

In a new non-paper, the Vanguard Initiative calls for the adoption of an ambitious EU industrial Strategy and expresses full support of the European Commission’s ambition to adopt a renewed EU indu

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Position Paper - Regions and future EU policies for Growth and Investment

The full position paper of the Vanguard Initiative on "Regions and future EU policies for Growth and Investment" can be downloaded in PDF format in attachment. 

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Joint VI/EARTO Contribution to the public consultation on targeted review of the GBER

Dowlonad the document to read the full contribution to the public consultation on the targeted review of the GBER.

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Joint C5 statement - Interregional Innovation Investments for European value chains

European Regions, Interregional Smart Specialisation partnerships and other innovation stakeholders jointly call upon the European Parliament and the Council of the EU to preserve the proposed ‘Int