Brussels, 7 December 2017
Today the Commission is announcing which interregional partnerships will receive tailored support under a new EU-funded pilot action for innovative projects.
The aim of this pilot action is to help these partnerships scale up their projects in priority sectors such as big data, bioeconomy, resource efficiency, advanced manufacturing or cybersecurity.
Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said: "Regions with matching competitive strengths will be able to bring their projects to a common big table. With the right support from the EU, their good ideas will turn into innovative products, among which you will find the European innovation stars of tomorrow."
Following a Commission call for interest launched in September 2017, eight interregional partnerships have been selected, with one or several coordinating regions in the lead:
These partnerships will benefit from support from special teams established within the Commission, involving experts from several thematic departments. The experts will provide advice on how to best combine EU funds to finance projects, for example.
In addition to this hands-on support from the Commission, each partnership can benefit from external advisory service up to a value of €200,000 for scale-up and commercialisation activities. The money comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The work with the partnerships will start in January 2018 and will run until 2019.
This pilot will test new approaches to interregional cooperation and provide the European Commission with evidence to feed into the reflection on smart specialisation after 2020.
Source: European Commission
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