The European Commission will present tomorrow the first results of its initiative for the regions in industrial transition covering 12 regions and Member States: Cantabria (Spain), Center-Val de Loire (France), Grand Est (France), Greater Manchester (United Kingdom ) Hauts-de-France, Northeastern Finland, Central-North Sweden, Piedmont (Italy), Saxony (Germany), Wallonia (Belgium), as well as Lithuania and Slovenia. They called for the support and expertise of the Commission to succeed in their industrial transition and to design development strategies based on their areas of competitiveness, also known as ” smart specialization ” assets. “. François Bonneau, President of the Center-Val de Loire region, will participate in a round table with experts from the Commission and the OECD on the lessons learned from the initiative and how best to replicate the experience with funding cohesion policy in the next EU long-term budget. Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said:“While some regions have benefited from the benefits of globalization, others are still struggling to adapt and embrace innovation, digitization, decarbonisation and the skills needed to compete in our globalized economy. . I promised that the EU would help these regions devise sustainable economic development strategies, identify their areas of competitiveness and, more importantly, create jobs for their inhabitants. “ The round table will take place in the Commission tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. ET is open to the accredited press.