Pays de la Loire Europe

Pays de la Loire Europe is an association that represents the French region Pays de la Loire and its stakeholders in Brussels. It is the direct contact point of the Regional Council, the five departments composing the Region, as well as three cities (Angers, Saint Nazaire and La Roche-sur-Yon) and the regional Chambers (Agriculture, Commerce and Industry, Trade and crafts, …). Beyond these actors, the office in Brussels also works with clusters, Universities, research institutes and other public and private actors from the Region on various key topics relevant for R&I development: manufacturing, vegetal issues, agriculture (e.g. proteins, digital transition), circular economy, bioeconomy, offshore renewable energies, hydrogen, ICT, robotics, algae, Smart city, climate adaptation, health, cultural and creative industries, … Our key priorities at the moment are the energy and digital transitions, as well as climate adaptation, in particular in agriculture and transport but also at the urban level. Issues such as microalgae, plant-based proteins, carbon-neutral farms in agriculture, circular solutions in agrifood, water and soil management, or the development of hydrogen in Pays de la Loire remain major focuses as well.

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S3 Strategy

The Smart Specialisation Strategy of the Region Pays de la Loire is currently being revised but you can find below some information about the priorities of the 2014-2020 strategy. The S3 is namely divided into 6 key areas, representing 22 regional economic sectors:

- Advanced production technologies: equipment, electronic components, conception/production/recycling, manufacturing plant of the future, wood and biobased materials, etc.

- Maritime Industries: shipbuilding, marine renewable energies, marine bio-resources, and products, etc.

- Food and bio-resources: agri-food, health and nutrition, agri-food of the future, precision agriculture, sustainable agriculture, products traceability

- Informatics and professional Electronics: components, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing systems, logistics, virtual reality, etc.

- Design and Cultural and creative industries

- Tomorrow’s therapies and health: biotherapies, ageing, etc.

Strategic R&I Projects

Smart Agri Hubs

Smart Agri Hubs is a European innovative project aiming at fostering the digital transition in agriculture. Supported by 107 partners dispatched into regional clusters, it has two main objectives: supporting the development of projects and developing a network of skills through the creation of Digital Innovation Hubs.


The CLIPPER project brings together 7 European partners with the overall aim to develop better public policies to support the competitiveness of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) working in Maritime Industries in Europe. The Pays de la Loire Regional Council coordinates the project.


The Regions4Food project brings together 7 European partners eager to work on the use of data in the food industry. Overall, the programme works on specific integration and management procedures to make the most of new economic opportunities based on information, data and cognitive technologies and promote innovation-driven growth.

European Innovation Partnership "SOS PROTEIN"

“SOS PROTEIN” stands for “Sustain Our Self sufficiency Protein Research to Overcome the Trend of European Import Needs”. This collaborative project between the Pays de la Loire and Brittany regions supported research projects on plant-based proteins for animal feeding. Despite ending in 2020, the objective is to follow-up and keep supporting research on this topic and beyond.

Ocean Energy ERA-NET Cofund

This Cofund is an initiative of eight national and regional government agencies from six European countries (France, Ireland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Sweden). The aim is to coordinate support for R&D in ocean energy, to encourage collaborative projects that tackle some of the key challenges identified for the sector as it progresses towards commercialisation.


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Latest Updates

  • By Heidi Johansson

News from the ALL-Ready project: State of play of the upcoming Horizon Europe partnership on agroecology living labs and research infrastructures

ERRIN, as a member of the external Advisory Board of the ALL-Ready project - one of the projects financed to prepare the Horizon Europe partnership on agroecology living labs and research infrastructures - is contributing to the co-creation of the framework for the European Network of Living Labs and Research Infrastructures that the project is piloting.

  • By Anna Grimault

Erasmus+ KA1 - VET Mobility

A high school located in the French region Pays de la Loire, Lycée d'Orion, is looking for partners to provide internships to its pupils following vocational training courses either in the field of food industry and laboratory analyses either in the field of services to people.

  • By Anna Grimault

Open Call 2020 - Slash Music Incubator

Slash is a European learn­ing pro­gram, co-founded by the EU through the Creative Europe Programme (Music Moves Europe), ded­ic­ated to nine emer­ging pro­fes­sion­al song­writers-pro­­du­cers, who wish to step up their career. 

  • By Angèle LIAIGRE

Organic production of microalgae and spirulina - The Regions are calling the European Commission to support the producers' demands

A letter is being sent to European Commissioners in order to raise awareness of regulatory restrictions on algae and cyanobacteria producers. The authors are looking for others to co-sign the letter.

  • By Angèle LIAIGRE

LIFE Integrated Project on Water - Support request

Pays de la Loire region is building a LIFE integrated project and is looking for other regions interested in the subject.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

French digital clusters looking for partners for Interreg Atlantic Area call for project

We are looking to provide opportunities for development and cross fertilization, value chain creation, etc.