The first Steering Committee meeting of the Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation gathered 16 EU regions, Commission services and the Committee of the Regions discussing the way forward for strategic inter-regional collaboration.
The 16 lead regions that came together in Brussels at the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs for the first time on 17 March 2017 represent 51 participant regions across the EU. They work together under so far 8 thematic areas established under the Thematic Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation. They comprise the themes of advanced manufacturing for energy applications, bio-economy, efficient and sustainable manufacturing, 3D printing, industry 4.0, innovative textiles, nano-enabled products and production performance monitoring systems – all proposed and managed by the regions. New themes are currently under preparation.
At the meeting, several Commission services and the Committee of the Regions presented their support activities. The lead regions presented the stay of play of their partnerships and outlined their specific needs for support to generate investment projects on shared smart specialisation areas to foster industrial modernisation. The discussions also covered the role and tasks of the Steering Committee as well as financial possibilities for investment projects generated in the framework of the Platform. The next Steering Committee meeting is foreseen to take place in 6 months, to be hosted by one of the lead regions.