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

Siri Raahede Bentzen

Leader

Siri Raahede Bentzen

South Denmark

Loles Vidal

Leader

Loles Vidal

Generalitat Valenciana

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

I&I WG webinar: Opportunities for innovative SMEs in the new programming period

Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

The next programming period 2021-2027 foresees new financial opportunities for European SMEs. InvestEU, being one of them, will build on the model of Investment Plan for Europe and will bring

Energy

Webinar: Financing green transition

Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, the event will be organised as a webinar. We thank you in advance for your understanding. Please register via this link. If you have already signed up, you

WG Events

WG Events

EU Industry Days 2021

EU Industry Days is Europe’s flagship annual event on industry. This year the event will address Europe's digital future, how to make Europe's industry climate-neutral by 2050, and EU competitiveness.

Gearing up towards European Digital Innovation Hubs

In coordination with the Luxembourg Ministry of Economy, the first yearly European Digital Innovation Hubs conference will take shape through EDIH GEARING UP.

BlueInvest Day 2021

The 2021 edition of BlueInvest Day, which aims to boost innovation and investment in sustainable technologies for the blue economy, will take place on 26 January. 

Webinar on Cyber awareness - for critical infrastructures

This webinar will consider the sectorial challenges related to cyber awareness.

SMATH International MED Conference

The SMATH PROJECT EXPERIENCE will share the project's developments as it intends to generate smart atmosphere that are able to support start-ups in the CC sector.

Big Buyers for Climate and Environment Launch

This launch event is a chance to learn more about the European Commission's initiative: Big Buyers for Climate and Environment.

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

Learn more about the ETHNA system project

ERRIN is an associated partner in the ETHNA system project, which aims to develop and apply an ethics governance system for the use of RRI in higher education, funding and research centres. Learn more about the project in its second newsletter.

DG R&I publish Industry 5.0: Towards a sustainable, human-centric and resilient European industry

The European Commission has published Industry 5.0, a paper highlighting research and innovation as key drivers for the move to a more sustainable European industry, while placing the wellbeing of workers at its centre.

Reinforced cooperation between EIC and EIT announced

The European Innovation Council and European Institute of Innovation and Technology have signed a memorandum of understanding to reinforce their cooperation regarding the support of highly-innovative start-ups.

Looking for partners for COSME call on innovation uptake and digitalisation in the tourism sector

The Department of Tourism of the Autonomous province of Trento (Trentino) is looking for partners to address the digital transformation and growth of local service providers, mainly SMEs, whose level of digital literacy is not uniform and, on average, is quite low. The first objective is to develop, test and validate useful methods to deepen digital culture in the involved SMEs, and then to spread knowledge outside the scope of the project.

CoR, JRC & DG R&I share Joint Action Plan

Innovation, research, culture and education are at the centre of a new action plan launched by the Committee of the Regions, DG R&I and the JRC. The plan contains 26 concrete actions under four priority areas.

ERRIN Autumn Annual General Meeting – registration open!

We are happy to invite you to ERRIN’s Autumn Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will take place on 10 December, 14.00-17.00. Even if the AGM takes place on-line, it will include several interactive elements and an occasion to virtually connect with colleagues in the network.

Latest Updates

  • By Hilary Webb

Learn more about the ETHNA system project

ERRIN is an associated partner in the ETHNA system project, which aims to develop and apply an ethics governance system for the use of RRI in higher education, funding and research centres. Learn more about the project in its second newsletter.

  • By Hilary Webb

DG R&I publish Industry 5.0: Towards a sustainable, human-centric and resilient European industry

The European Commission has published Industry 5.0, a paper highlighting research and innovation as key drivers for the move to a more sustainable European industry, while placing the wellbeing of workers at its centre.

  • By Hilary Webb

Reinforced cooperation between EIC and EIT announced

The European Innovation Council and European Institute of Innovation and Technology have signed a memorandum of understanding to reinforce their cooperation regarding the support of highly-innovative start-ups.

  • By Barbara Zamboni

Looking for partners for COSME call on innovation uptake and digitalisation in the tourism sector

The Department of Tourism of the Autonomous province of Trento (Trentino) is looking for partners to address the digital transformation and growth of local service providers, mainly SMEs, whose level of digital literacy is not uniform and, on average, is quite low. The first objective is to develop, test and validate useful methods to deepen digital culture in the involved SMEs, and then to spread knowledge outside the scope of the project.

  • By Hilary Webb

Join the city of Eindhoven in a consortium of 5/6 public buyers purchasing innovative blockchain solutions for social services

The city of Eindhoven is looking for 5 other cities/regions interested in cooperation amongst public buyers towards the increased use and impact of public procurement to develop innovative blockchain solutions for social services.

  • By Hilary Webb

Drive efficient and impactful climate adaptation and mitigation actions in your region with ERRIN

ERRIN has been approached by the European Science Foundation (coordinator) and University College London (Principal Investigator) for a proposal under the European Green Deal area 9, call 9.2 and is launching a call for expressions of interest for ERRIN members to join the proposal as third parties.