IMI at the European Week of Regions and Cities

Start Date 11/10/2016

The joint undertakings, including IMI, featured at the 2016 edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities  with a session entitled ‘Enhance Regional Innovation and Growth: possibilities for integrated funding through regional cooperation with Joint Undertakings (JUs)’.

The half-day session was held at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday 11 October. 

The event explored how synergies between different funding mechanisms such as the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and the Horizon 2020 programme can help to boost innovation and growth in the regions. The event saw five JUs (BBI, Clean Sky, ECSEL, FCH, IMI) and their regional and industrial partners (Andalucia, Carinthia, Clariant GmbH, Noord-Brabant, Scotland, Valcea) come together to exchange best practices on enhancing regional innovation by combining public and private funding, and explore new forms of cooperation.

Speakers represented regions, JUs, industry, and research project partners in the fields of electronic components and systems, health, fuel cells and hydrogen, aeronautics and bio-based industries. IMI featured in the presentation of Mirjam Mol-Arts of Pivot Park, which hosts the screening centre of the European Lead Factory.

The session organiser was the region of Carinthia.

The JUs also jointly produced a supplement for Parliament Magazine on the contribution of public-private partnerships to economic growth in Europe's regions.