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Strengthening and
powering clusters

 

WHAT WE DO FOROUR COMMUNITY
WHAT WE DO FOR
OUR COMMUNITY
RECENT ACTIVITIES
RECENT ACTIVITIES
COVID 19
COVID 19

WHAT WE DO FOR OUR COMMUNITY

  • Promote cluster initiatives as well as a better knowledge of the European clusters
  • Support internationalisation projects
  • Share good practices and improves the support for clusters
  • Write position papers to public administrations at national, regional, and EU level
  • Cooperate with other networks and organizations
  • Obtain and promote through collective actions the official and representative statutory recognition by European and international
    institutions
  • Initiate, support and engage in thematic regional and international events on clusters, policy development and industrial ecosystems.

AT A GLANCE: Our recent activities to strengthen clusters

Face-to-Face-Meetings with the:

  • European Parliament
  • European Economic and Social Committee
  • European Commission

Published position papers on:

  • the role of clusters on the Next Generation EU
  • clusters and the Interregional Innovation Investment
  • the recognition of Industrial Clusters in the European Recovery Initiatives

Collaboration with other networks:

Initiate, support and engage in thematic regional and international events on the role clusters, policy development and industrial ecosystems:

  • Clusters for next generation EU, videoconference with Commissioner
    Thierry Breton
  • Euroscience Open Forum
  • Joint Bulgarian-Romanian Cluster Conference
  • European Cluster Conference 2020

AT A GLANCE: Activities to fight the COVID-19 crisis

In March 2020, The European Clusters Alliance created the European Alliance Against Coronavirus:

  • An open forum that joins social and industrial clusters with private and public agents and institutions, uniting more than 1,100 experts
  • Virtual meeting on a daily basis since March 2020​
  • Exchange of information and suggestions on needs in the ecosystems, best practices and actions at local/regional/national level, examples of collaboration and projects​, European policies and funding schemes, national/regional policies and programmes​, blueprints for cross-sectorial solutions
  • New approach to connect European stakeholders across sectors and disciplines among each other and with the public institutions

The European Alliance Against Coronavirus (EAAC) has picked up signals from their networks, a work based on:

SHARED LIDERSHIP

UNDERSTAND

reality

  • Conceptual frameworks
  • Collective analysis and understanding
  • Sharing concrete experiences from multi disciplinary knowledge

THINK

needs

  • Conceptual frameworks
  • Collective analysis and understanding
  • Sharing concrete experiences from multi disciplinary knowledge

IDENTIFY

potential solutions

  • Conceptual frameworks
  • Collective analysis and understanding
  • Sharing concrete experiences from multi disciplinary knowledge

TRANSFER & ACT

among networks

  • Conceptual frameworks
  • Collective analysis and understanding
  • Sharing concrete experiences from multi disciplinary knowledge

CROSS SECTORAL CONTRIBUTION FROM PEOPLE ALL OVER EU

Gathering of multi-level competences and knolwedge

Activities

AT A GLANCE: Activities to fight the COVID-19 crisis

For this initiative, ECA’s President Antonio Novo received the Special Award for EU Cluster Mobilisation 2020 awarded by the European Commission.

In addition,

  • ECA was entrusted to form part of the EU Rapid Alert Function to detect disruptions in European value and supply chains. Under contract with the European Commission and in collaboration with REI – Reindustria Innovazione, ECA analysed disruptions in European value and supply chains over 14 weeks. The alliance looked at evidence given by clusters and other entities across Europe, the stages of value chains affected and its geographical impact, as well as the duration of the disruption and possible solutions. Overall, the team identified 84 disruptions and disruptive trends in 14 industrial ecosystems and issued proposals for further actions. ECA submitted weekly reports and a final report to DG GROW, which supported the European Commission in their policymaking for the recovery phase.  The final report is publicly available.
  • With an international team, the European Clusters Alliance moderated the COVID-19 Response Forum of the European Clusters Collaboration Platform. The forum served as a place of exchange for the cluster community on best practices, needs and offers, news and contacts.

Currently, The European Alliance Against Coronavirus is meeting twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 – 9:30 (CET).

Any interested entity and person are welcome to participate in the sessions and contribute to the discussion. They can sign up to receive invitations to the morning sessions via this link: Subscribe to EAAC morning sessions.

To find out more, please check our dedicated section on EAAC morning discussions.