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By Jan Buysse

The Liaison agency Flanders Europe (vleva) recently published its second, yearly cahier on “Industry and innovation in Europe”, with contributions from European Commissioner Antonio Tajani, the Flemish Minister president Kris Peeters, vleva president and CoR member Luc Van den Brande and a fine selection of Flemish captains of industry and civil society representatives. The Liaison Agency Flanders Europe (vleva) is keen for the cahiers to raise the profile of key European themes and spread the word more about the related positions of Flemish civil society and the authorities.

The current social and economic situation shows that European decisions or actions definitely do have a national and regional impact.

Regional policy makers, too, are compelled to pay heed to Europe, as the latter’s decisions are becoming increasingly reflected in domestic policy making and vice versa.

Against the background of major initiatives like the Pact 2020 and Flanders in Action, the Europe 2020 strategy and its industrial dimension have been translated into a regional long-term strategy and put into practice, even before the European programme was given the EU’s rubber stamp.

As an innovative and open economy, and being part of Europe’s logistical hub, Flanders can lead the way in boosting Europe’s innovative, integrated industrial policy, while raising the region’s profile in the European and international fora.

The vleva cahier ‘Industry and innovation in Europe’ offers and extensive and insightful analysis of how the Flemish and European industrial policies are intertwined, add to each other and back each other up.

Apart from policy statements from the European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, Antonio Tajani, and the Flemish Minister-president, Kris Peeters, and a report on round table talks involving a few Flemish captains of industry, this cahier also features the positions, initiatives and projects being developed and promoted in this area by key Flemish stakeholders and vleva members, such as representatives of employers, the farm sector, education and research institutes, the provinces, cities and municipalities.

Industry and innovation in Europe is the second in a series of vleva journals/cahiers. The Liaison Agency Flanders Europe (vleva) is keen for the journals to raise the profile of key European themes and spread the word more about the related positions of Flemish civil society and the authorities.

More info on Flanders in Action: http://vlaandereninactie.be/breakthroughs/innovation-centre-flanders/?lang=en

Jan Buysse is Director of the ‘Vlaams Europees Verbindings Agentschap’ (VLEVA).

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