Working Group Leaders

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

Innovation & Investment WG Leader


Gabriele Pedrini

The Autonomous Province of Trento

Innovation & Investment WG Leader


Marie Vaugeois

Occitanie Europe

Wim De Kinderen


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


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


Postponed: Improve innovative SMEs access to finance: new SME Strategy and alternative financing models

Ilaria d'Auria

In light of the current COVID-19 concerns in Brussels, we regret to inform you that this Working Group meeting will be postponed. We will communicate the new date as soon as possible.   Join us for

WG Events

WG Events

E²Tech4SmartCities 2020

E²Tech4SmartCities is an opportunity to discover business and cooperation opportunities in the field of energy-efficient and sustainable technologies.

Innovation Procurement for Startups with DG CONNECT

The Startup Europe Regions Network - SERN - is hosting a webinar on innovation procurement for startups.

R2B - Research to Business 2020 goes Digital! International Exhibition on Industrial Research and Skills for Innovation

Following the COVID-19 emergency, the event - renamed R2B OnAir - will be organised in a totally-digital format and web-streamed on 10th, 11th and 12th June 2020.

The Green Deal & Recovery Plan: a new economic model for Europe?

Forum Europe is hosting an online event to analyse how the EU Green Deal will be impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

#EUvsVirus Matchathon & Demo Day

During the EUvsVirus Hackathon the European Commission and a jury of experts selected 120 winning teams and innovative solutions. Universities, companies, investors, accelerators, venture capitalists and public authorities will now be matched at the EUvs Virus Demo Day and Matchathon. 

Webinar: Financing green transition

In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, the event will be organised as a webinar. We thank you in advance for your understanding.

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

Next Generation EU proposed as recovery programme in new EU budget

The European Commission has put forward its proposal for the recovery plan, Next Generation EU, which will be included within the long-term EU budget. The recovery instrument should ensure the sustainable, inclusive and fair recovery for the EU.

EUvsVirus Matchathon extended following success

Following the largest ever match-making event, the EUvsVirus Matchathon is being extended to allow its projects and partners to keep developing solutions.

European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award applications re-open

Applications for the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award have re-opened with the 2021 and 2022 application process being merged for the EER label to be extended over two years.

EIT Crisis Response Initiative launched

EIT has launched the EIT Crisis Response Initiative as part of the EU's collective response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Additional €150 million for EIC to fund coronavirus innovations

The European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Pilot now has an extra €150 million to work with as it supports game-changing innovation in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Commission extends Temporary Framework to accelerate coronavirus research

Recently adopted state aid rules are to accelerate research related to coronavirus research and development.

Latest Updates

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

Update from the ERRIN Secretariat – Our work policy

As Belgium moves away from confinement, the ERRIN Secretariat has developed a new work policy with necessary safety measures in line with national guidelines for the coming months.

  • By Hilary Webb

EASME survey on clean energy transition of the industry & services sector

EASME is running a survey on the clean energy transition of the industry and services sectors.

  • By Hilary Webb

€314 million granted to innovative commpanies to fight virus & support recovery

The European Innovation Council (EIC)'s Accelerator Pilot has awarded €166 million to 36 companies fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

  • By Simon De Wachter

Stakeholder consultation for EU initiatives: we would appreciate your experiences and comments

An internal evaluation (by the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation) of the Flemish EU-Platform is currently being conducted. As part of that evaluation, we would like to benchmark the EU-Platform against similar initiatives across Europe and welcome input.

  • By Hilary Webb

Monitor regional post-lockdown recovery with EC & European Space Agency's RACE tool

The Rapid Action Coronavirus Earth observation tool (RACE) allows economic, environmental and agricultural indicators impacted by the pandemic to be viewed and compared at regional, national and global levels.

  • By Ilaria d'Auria

Provide a regional example for the Spring AGM Policy Debate

Can your region be an example of how the COVID-19 recovery has shifted priorities, putting the green transition and research and innovation at the core of your strategy? We encourage you to get in touch with us as we are looking for regional cases to feed into the policy debate.