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Boosting Smart Interregional Collaboration through Clusters: Presentation of the forthcoming GROW your REGIOn conference in Valencia, Spain on 8-9 November  


The European Commission's White Paper on the Future of Europe  and its Start-up and Scale-up Communication  outlined the need for more industrial cooperation and strategic connections between regional and local eco-systems. Its recent Communication on 'Strengthening Innovation in Europe's Regions'  also calls for stronger strategic inter-regional cooperation, sustainable linkages and investments.

With speakers from the European Commission DG Growth, cluster managers and regional representatives, this lunchtime briefing will present the second edition of the forthcoming conference #GROWyourREGIOn (8-9 November, Valencia, Spain), which  takes place when lessons are drawn on how smart specialisation strategies, the European Structural Investment Funds and clusters can support resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth in Europe's regions. This briefing is an opportunity to exchange preliminary ideas with the speakers and the audience about future actions for smart interregional collaboration and novel ways of supporting innovation and accelerating industrial modernization, which are the key objectives of GROW your REGIOn.  


12:45  Registration

13:00  Welcome by Mr Thomas Wobben, Director, Legislative Work II, European Committee of the Regions

13:15  Presentations

  • Objectives and format of the GROW your REGIOn conference, by Ms Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Interregional collaboration from the clusters perspective, by Ms Lydie Fenech, Cluster Manager of the Pole Media Grand Paris
  • Interregional collaboration from the regional authorities perspective, by Ms Daría Terradez, Director General for EU Affairs at Generalitat Valenciana (Valencia Regional Government)

14:15  Q&A with audience 


To register, please click on the registration link in the right column

Registration will be open until midnight on Sunday 24 September

Organizer: European Commission / European Committee of the Regions
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