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.
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.
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
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).
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
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
On 21st November 2019 in Brussels, the Vanguard Initiative’s Annual Political Meeting (APM) took place, with Regional Ministers and senior representatives from Vanguard Initiative’s 36 Member Regio
EU Interregional Innovation Investments : towards EU economic 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.
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
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.
Dowlonad the document to read the full contribution to the public consultation on the targeted review of the GBER.
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