03 / 06 / 2019
AER, CPMR, EARTO, ERRIN, ENoLL, EuroTech Universities Alliance and Vanguard Initiative, as well as the co-leading Regions from 17 Smart Specialisation Partnerships, jointly support the Statement on Interregional Innovation Investments for European value chains.
European Regions, Interregional Smart Specialisation partnerships and other innovation stakeholders jointly call upon the European Parliament and the Council of the EU to preserve the proposed ‘Interregional Innovation Investments’ component. There is a great need to preserve the following key elements irrespectively of the final regulatory location: Interregional nature, budget, central management and openness to third countries. All EU institutions acknowledge the EU added value of this new component 5 and in particular how it can harness existing potential across less and more developed EU regions to develop EU innovation value chains and to strengthen EU competitiveness. Therefore, upcoming budget negotiations should not put this innovation component at risk.