Expert reports in the context of IPCEI

Read the reports now: (1) Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), (2) Smart Health, (3) Cybersecurity and (4) Clean, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV).

Expert reports in the context of IPCEI

VARIO handed over to Flemish Minister of Economy and Innovation Jo Brouns the expert reports of the strategic value chains (1) Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), (2) Smart Health, (3) Cybersecurity and (4) Clean, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), which the council commissioned as part of IPCEI - Important Projects of Common European Interest. 

These reports are part of the broader advisory process set up by VARIO in early 2020 at the request of the then Flemish Minister of Economy and Innovation Hilde Crevits. She asked VARIO to conduct a strategic analysis of the value chains identified by the Strategic Forum on IPCEI at the end of 2019 as potential future IPCEIs. "After all, we will have to make choices on which projects we want to prioritize with our knowledge institutions and industry. We need to focus our resources and this will require the necessary substantiation. VARIO can provide an important insight into this," Minister Crevits said at the time.

VARIO divided this advisory process into a number of phases:

Phase I: Because at the time of the request for advice early 2020, the FOD Economy had already launched a call for the submission of 'expressions of interest' for an IPCEI ‘Hydrogen Technologies and Systems’, VARIO gave priority to mapping the hydrogen value chain. VARIO presented its advisory report 12 ‘Strategic Exploration IPCEI – part I Hydrogen’ in July 2020 to the then Flemish Minister of Economy and Innovation Hilde Crevits.

Phase II: Because of the large workload involved, VARIO then decided to have external experts conduct the analysis of four value chains - IIoT, CCAV, Smart Health and Cybersecurity. During its implementation in the course of 2021, it quickly became clear that still other value chains were circulating as potential IPCEIs. The confrontation with the Covid crisis and related disruptions in supply chains, and the lack of strategic autonomy in certain sectors made other value chains more of a priority: 2nd IPCEI Batteries, 2nd IPCEI Microelectronics, next generation cloud infrastructure and services, health… In order to be well prepared to respond to unexpected future opportunities regarding IPCEI, VARIO decided to develop an assessment framework for IPCEI, which resulted in VARIO advisory report 22: ‘Strategic exploration study IPCEI Part II: IPCEI assessment framework’ (September 2021).

Phase III: During the past year the four external expert reports were validated through workshops with a large number of stakeholders. The expert reports were supplemented with the comments from the validation workshops by VARIO staff.

VARIO emphasizes that the reports reflect the external expert's views and recommendations, supplemented by information from the validation workshops.

Report Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Report Smart Health

Report Cybersecurity

Report Clean, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV)