Working Group Leaders

Representatives of Brussels-based offices leading the work of Innovation & Investment Working Group.

Innovation & Investment WG Leader

Leader

Gabriele Pedrini

The Autonomous Province of Trento

Innovation & Investment WG Leader

Leader

Marie Vaugeois

Occitanie Europe

Wim De Kinderen

Leader

Wim De Kinderen

Brainport Eindhoven EU Office Brussels

Innovation & Investment

As stated in the mission letter by Ms Ursula Von Der Leyen to the Commissioner for the Internal Market, Mr Thierry Breton, “Europe’s industry provides a livelihood for millions, and is a driver of jobs, growth and competitiveness”. However, only a single market in line with the social market approach, which ensures it adaptation to the modern economy and to new business models, will allow the EU’s industry, small businesses and entrepreneurs to grow, scale up and employ more people.


The Innovation & Investment Working Group aims to monitor the main initiatives put in place by the European institutions under the priority “an economy that works for the people” and more specifically targeting SMEs, which have a key role in thriving regional innovation ecosystems as they represent 99% of all businesses and account for 85% of new jobs created in the last five years.

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

Innovation&Investment

Innovation & Investment WG: Diving into the European Single Market – Tools for SMEs

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On 23rd October 2019, the Innovation and Investment Working Group is organizing a meeting on “Diving into the European Single Market – Tools for SMEs”. The presentation of the report “Assessing the

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Understanding the panorama of European Research Infrastructures for improved investments

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The main challenge for research and innovation policy in the EU continues to be the “innovation gap” between first-class research results and the fragmented capacity to convert these in societal and

WG Events

WG Events

Innovation & Investment Working Group: Lunch Briefing on Innovation Procurement

We are happy to welcome you to the first Innovation & Investment Working Group meeting for this year! The meeting will take place on Thursday 14th March between 12:00-14:30 at Occitanie Europe's premises in Brussels, located at Rond Point Schuman, 14 - 1050, Brussels..  In this meeting, the members of the Innovation & Investment Working Group will be able to engage in a discussion with representatives of the European Commission (DG CONNECT and DG RTD) on how regions can modernize public services via Innovation Procurement. Ms Lieve Bos (DG CONNECT) and Mr Francois Brizard (DG RTD)…

Workshop on European Start-up Activities - CERIecon goes Brussels!

Change is needed to make cities and regions in Central Europe better places to work and live. Young entrepreneurs with brilliant ideas could contribute considerably to this change, as they are a considerable factor to enhance the innovation potential in Europe. However, a lack of entrepreneurial culture as well as inadequate training possibilities often are limiting their efforts. At the same time, countless startup initiatives are growing, making it difficult to find the suitable solution for all needs. It is important to provide the right mix of financial and non-financial support to assist…

Brokerage Event for Innovation Agencies

Following the excellent experience of last year, EURADA is co-organizing with IVACE, the RDA of Valencia, INFO, the RDA of Murcia, and ERRIN, the third edition of the Brokerage Event for Innovation Agencies, as part of the 2019 EU Industry days. The Brokerage Event will be divided into two sessions: During the morning, representatives from DG-GROW will present initiatives from the European Commission to support innovation agencies. Furthermore, to inspire future applicants, any innovation agency is welcome to showcase their success proposals founded by the EC. During the afternoon, a …

Catalysts for innovation - lessons from interregional collaboration

During the European Week of Regions and Cities, three Interreg Europe projects whose focus is on innovation - Urban M, Design4Innovation and ecoRIS, will share their experiences from interregional learning process and discuss key success factors in promoting design, makerspaces and eco-systems as catalysts for regional innovation. Agenda 16.30 Opening session on the future of innovation 16.45 Short introductions to the work of the 3 Interreg projects. 17.00 Break-out sessions (3 mini workshops led by each project)         Discussion on key success factors and major pitfalls in promoting…

EU-Latin America cities and regions' partnerships to implement the 2030 Agenda

The workshop will present the main results achieved by the on-going projects INNOVACT (platform to promote territorial cooperation and cross-border value chains, in which ERRIN is partner) and INNOV-AL (promotion of decentralised innovation policies) in Latin America with the overall aim to offer participants a source of reference when further developing their policy strategies to implement the 2030 Agenda. This session of the European Week of Regions and Cities 2018 is organised by the European Commission - DG REGIO.    Please register by using the code 9WS43URB.  

The Austrian presidency and the EU-funding programmes: Horizon Europe and COSME

The Liaison Agency Flanders-Europe (VLEVA) organizes the information session "The Austrian presidency and the EU-funding programmes: Horizon Europe and COSME" The successors of Horizon2020 and COSME are the talk of the town in Europe. Starting in 2021 there will be two new programmes in place. The European Commision launched their proposals for Horizon Europe and the new COSME-programme. The Flanders-Europe Liaison Agency (VLEVA) and the Flemish Department for Economy, Science and Innovation invite you to discover these new programmes on the 4th of July 2018. Austria will take over the…

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

Calling Europe’s top innovation experts!

The call for applications for the selection of members of the Commission Expert Group “European Innovation Council (EIC) Pilot Advisory Board” is open. This expert group will assist the European Commission in the implementation of the programme, and shape EU support for innovation within Horizon Europe. The advisory board will consist of 15 to 20 high-level experts, from various domains of Europe's innovation ecosystem, who will be appointed in a personal capacity, acting independently and in the public interest. Applications are open as of 18 March 2019. The deadline for application is 10…

Five VIP Free Passes for the 3rd ECN CrowdCamp

The European Crowdfunding Network is offering five ERRIN members the opportunity to get a free access to the 3rd ECN CrowdCamp taking place on 28th and 29th June 2018 in Bologna (Italy).  This year's topic will be on the potential combinations between crowdfunding and ESIF, and how other alternative finance actors could also brought in the picture.  More information on the camp can be found here. If you are interested in taking part to the conference and want to get the VIP free pass, please get in touch with Veronica Cornacchione (communication@errin.eu). Please note that the free passes are…

Regional examples of financial instruments - Key points from the I&I Meeting on 19 April

On 19th April, the ERRIN Innovation and Investment Working Group organised a meeting on "Regional examples of successful use of financial instruments" at the Common Representation of the European Region Tyrol - South Tyrol - Trentino in Brussels. The meeting was the first of a series of events focussing on new and innovative financing and was dedicated on ‘decentralised’ financial instruments deployed by regions using European Structural and Investment Funds. The aim of the event was twofold. Firstly, to create a discussion on the role of financial instruments in the next Multiannual…

AM-motion and Vanguard Initiative are looking for experts to join a closed Financial Expert Working Group (Deadline: 5th April)

AM-motion and Vanguard Initiative are looking for experts to join a closed Financial Expert Working Group (see agenda attached herewith). If you have an expertise in the field and wish to participate, please get in touch with pierre.padilla@ideaconsult.be before 05/04/2018. Role. The Financial Expert Working Group (FEWG) objective is to formulate its recommendations directly to the European Commission services on behalf of which our team undertakes the AM-Motion initiative. The European Commission wishes the experts to share their views on current obstacles and improvement tracks that will…

Way to Work": Labour Market Integration of TCNs in Europe (Acronym: WtW)

The aim of the present project is the integration of third country nationals into the labour market through skill acquisition and development in the form of fast track vocational training and placement services. The skills of TCNs will be assessed in the context of the project using a methodology that includes methods such as interviews as well as tools with special reference to the use of the EU Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals. The tool will assist in the preliminary profiling of the skills of TCNs and will serve as a guide for methods such as practical tests. The outcomes of…

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Startup Europe Regions Network: open survey on measures to support statups at regional level

SERN (Startup Europe - Regions Network) was officially launched by the European Commission in October 2015.

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Calling Europe’s top innovation experts!

The call for applications for the selection of members of the Commission Expert Group “European Innovation Council (EIC) Pilot Advisory Board” is open. This expert group will assist the European Commission in the implementation of the programme, and shape EU support for innovation within Horizon Europe. The advisory board will consist of 15 to 20 high-level experts, from various domains of Europe'

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Five VIP Free Passes for the 3rd ECN CrowdCamp

The European Crowdfunding Network is offering five ERRIN members the opportunity to get a free access to the 3rd ECN CrowdCamp taking place on 28th and 29th June 2018 in Bologna (Italy).  This year's topic will be on the potential combinations between crowdfunding and ESIF, and how other alternative finance actors could also brought in the picture.  More information on the camp can be found here.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek

Regional examples of financial instruments - Key points from the I&I Meeting on 19 April

On 19th April, the ERRIN Innovation and Investment Working Group organised a meeting on "Regional examples of successful use of financial instruments" at the Common Representation of the European Region Tyrol - South Tyrol - Trentino in Brussels.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek

AM-motion and Vanguard Initiative are looking for experts to join a closed Financial Expert Working Group (Deadline: 5th April)

AM-motion and Vanguard Initiative are looking for experts to join a closed Financial Expert Working Group (see agenda attached herewith). If you have an expertise in the field and wish to participate, please get in touch with pierre.padilla@ideaconsult.be before 05/04/2018. Role.

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The Austrian presidency and the EU-funding programmes: Horizon Europe and COSME

The Liaison Agency Flanders-Europe (VLEVA) organizes the information session "The Austrian presidency and the EU-funding programmes: Horizon Europe and COSME" The successors of Horizon2020 and COSME are the talk of the town in Europe. Starting in 2021 there will be two new programmes in place. The European Commision launched their proposals for Horizon Europe and the new COSME-programme.