The participation of AFIL into this project has the aim of proposing innovations for regional policy instruments and to promote and facilitate interregional cooperation, in accordance with the activities of its Thematic Working Groups and in a synergic way with the “Vanguard Initiative for New Growth through Smart Specialisation”. Ten regions are involved in the project, and each one proposes a regional instrument to be shared and analyzed in the process of policy learning with other regions of the partnership. This process foresees activities of learning and sharing of experiences, which concretize themselves during the On Site Deep Dive (OSDD), full meetings of 3 days hosted by each partner in its region, and during which are organized policy learning and co-creation sessions, along with field visits.
Specifically, during the project AFIL and its Thematic Working Groups can influence the design of new policy instruments, according to their priorities, for example the support in developing Vanguard. Lombardy hosted the partnership on 27th to 29th of June, 2017. During these days AFIL, along with the Lombardy Region, created a program that allowed hosts to comprehend local policy instruments and the regional industrial realities.