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New support for EU regions working together on high-tech projects

Dec 7, 2017 | News

(07 December 2017) – Today the Commission is announcing which interregional partnerships will receive tailored support under a new EU-funded pilot action for innovative projects.

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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.

Following a call for interest launched in September, eight interregional partnerships have been selected, with one or several coordinating regions in the lead:

• A partnership involving 8 regions led by Noord-Brabant (NL), Flanders (BE) and Norte (PT) will develop joint projects in the field of 3D printing;

• A group of 9 regions led by Flanders (BE) will work together in the bio-economy sector;

• Brittany (FR), together with 3 regions and Estonia, will focus on cybersecurity;

• Lombardia (IT) and 7 other regions have chosen the circular economy, and more specifically de- and re-manufacturing, as their speciality;

• Toscana (IT), 21 other regions and Estonia will dedicate common efforts to develop new solutions in high-tech farming; • Scotland (UK) and País Vasco (ES) are coordinating a group of 16 regions for joint projects in the field of marine renewable energy.

• Andalucía (ES) and 5 other regions have defined sustainable buildings as their thematic priority;

• Andalucía (ES) and Emilia-Romagna (IT) lead a group of 9 regions who will come up with innovative projects in the fields of traceability and big data in agri-food.

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