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Coronavirus response and recovery: EU support for regions to work together in innovative pilot projects

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The Commission has announced the winners of a new EU-funded initiative for interregional partnerships in four areas: coronavirus-related innovative solutions, circular economy in health, sustainable and digital tourism, and hydrogen technologies in carbon–intensive regions. The aim of this new pilot action, which builds on the successful experience of a similar action on ‘interregional innovation projects' launched at the end of 2017, is to mobilise regional and national innovation actors to address the impact of coronavirus. This initiative also helps the recovery using the new Commission programmes through scaling up projects in new priority areas, such as health, tourism or hydrogen. Cohesion and Reforms Commissioner Elisa Ferreira said: “Interregional partnerships are proof that when we co-operate beyond borders, we are stronger as we come up with smart and useful solutions for all. This new pilot initiative supporting interregional innovative partnerships is especially important in the current coronavirus context, showing how much cohesion policy is committed to contribute to Europe's prompt response and recovery.” Following a Commission call for expression of interest launched in July 2020, four interregional partnerships were selected, with one or several co-ordinating regions in the lead. The leading regions come from France, Germany, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, and The Netherlands. More information and the full list of winners is available in the press release.

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