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 Commission Work Programme 2017, ‘A New Boost for Jobs, Growth and Investment’ is one of the 10 priorities of European Commission, and “it is through innovation and the right investment in our economies that companies create jobs”. The Innovation & Investment Working Group aims to monitor the main initiatives put in place by the EU institutions under this priority, getting early information about such initiatives and connecting with like-minded organisations.

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

Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum - Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place

The 2020 edition of the Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum - Energy Efficiency Fiance Market Place has been scheduled to take place 18-19th Februrary 2020 in Brussels. The two-day event is co-organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy, the Directorate-General for Climate Action and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (EASME). The event will comprise plenary sessions with high level representatives from the Covenant of Mayors as well as a showcase of successful projects on energy efficiency finance, future-proof investments, financing clean…

Northern Netherlands in Transition Working Conference

The decision by the Dutch government to stop extracting natural gas from the Groningen gas field will have major economic implications for the Northern Netherlands. To tackle these challenges, the four largest Northern cities have started a trajectory with theJoint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC). The main goal of this trajectory is  to develop a concrete Action Roadmap that prepares the Northern economy and labour market for the upcoming energy transition.   To help us draft this Roadmap, we have invited experts from regions that faced similar economic transitions to…

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

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 Investment Potential of SMEs Emerging from the EU R&I programmes” will serve as a starting point to foster the discussion on the negotiations around the Single Market Strategy and relevant initiatives for SMEs. The agenda can be found in the attachment.    ___________________________________ Thank you for attending this meeting. Please find all the presentations attached.

Understanding the panorama of European Research Infrastructures for improved investments

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 commercial value. Recent policy developments, ranging from European research missions to the strategies and tools supporting sustainable Research Infrastructures (RI) or Technology Infrastructures (TI), strive to effectively combine the resources of R&I actors across the EU to achieve solutions for the citizens. The objective is to overcome the barriers for industrial transformation while…

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…

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

European Commission unveils European Green Deal

Today the European Commission is presenting the ‘European Green Deal’ in the European Parliament. The deal, presented by President Ursula von der Leyen and Frans Timmermans, is pitched to be a response to the challenges of climate change and a bid to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. It is also an integral part of the Commission’s strategy to implement the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. One of the goals is to mobilise European research and foster innovation. The ambitious deal lays out plans for caring for the continent’s natural capacity while…

Looking for secondary school for Erasmus+ KA02 project interested in takling of early school leaving

Center for Unges livsmestring is private consultancy company working with children in age group from 15-20 years old that struggles with need for individual approach and methods to fit in the school curricula by strengthening collaboration among all involved actors hereby within school as well as within families, addressing and  improving transitions between different stages of education; fostering preventive and early intervention approaches.   One of the Europe 2020 Strategy headline targets is that the share of early school leavers should be under 10% and at least 40% of the younger…

Digitalising products - unlocking the potential

An emerged technology-push within Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has led to an evolving digital transformation within industry (Lasi et al., 2014). The digital transformation is often described as a revolution due to the expected impact on industry, changing the competition and business. Especially the digitalisation of products, is predicted to hold a huge potential of innovation, offering new opportunities and possibilities, to both users and companies (Porter and Heppelmann, 2014). As a result of the digitalising, products are transformed into complex systems, where…

New methods and tools to improve employability of students

International office of University College of Northern Denmark is main actor to track employability of students as well as introduce new methods to improve employability of the students of UCN. Accordingly they are looking for new methods, best practices, digital tolls to develop in project cooperation to ensure higher employability rates of the students. University College of Northern Denmark (UCN), the applying institution has experience as both coordinator and partner in various ERASMUS+ projects. Currently UCN is coordinator of 5 ERASMUS+ KA2 projects and is partner in other KA2 projects…

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. Since then, SERN has been set up as a non for profit organisation with a strong commitment to support startups and its activities, in particular by focussing on the mapping and promotion of support activities at regional level across Europe and by mobilizing regional resources to address relevant barriers to startups’ growth, such as harmonization of regulations, access to talent and to major research infrastructures. SERN aims at providing an annual overview and gauging of the measures…

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…

Latest Updates

  • By Hilary Webb

European Commission unveils European Green Deal

The European Commission presents its European Green Deal ahead of a debate in the European Parliament.

  • By Hilary Webb

Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum - Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place

Save the date for 2020's Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum: Energy Efficiency Finace Market Place, which will take place in Brussels 18-19th February 2020.

  • By Pieter Faber

Northern Netherlands in Transition Working Conference

The decision by the Dutch government to stop extracting natural gas from the Groningen gas
field
will have major economic implications for the Northern Netherlands. To tackle these
challenges, the four largest Northern cities have started a trajectory with the

  • By Aija Konisevska Azadi

New methods and tools to improve employability of students

International office of University College of Northern Denmark is main actor to track employability of students as well as introduce new methods to improve employability of the students of UCN.

  • By Aija Konisevska Azadi

Looking for secondary school for Erasmus+ KA02 project interested in takling of early school leaving

Center for Unges livsmestring is private consultancy company working with children in age group from 15-20 years old that struggles with need for individual approach and methods to fit in the school curricula by strengthening collaboration among all involved actors hereby within school as well as within families, addressing and  improving transitions between different stages o

  • By Aija Konisevska Azadi

Digitalising products - unlocking the potential

An emerged technology-push within Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has led to an evolving digital transformation within industry (Lasi et al., 2014). The digital transformation is often described as a revolution due to the expected impact on industry, changing the competition and business.