CAFEIN Project: A Beacon for Green Transition in Europe

Recent events have highlighted the dynamic nature of the CAFEIN project, with numerous workshops and forums taking place that underscore the project’s commitment to fostering interregional collaboration and innovative ecosystems. These events serve not only as platforms for knowledge exchange but also as catalysts for strategic partnerships across various sectors and regions.


The CAFEIN project, funded under the European Union’s Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Programme, stands as a key initiative aimed at catalyzing Green and Digital Transitions across Europe.

As clusters continue to drive innovation and competitiveness for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the CAFEIN project harnesses their potential to address the multifaceted challenges of sustainable development.

Latest Developments and Events

For instance, the CAFEIN meeting in Varsaw brought together stakeholders from France, Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden to discuss the advancements and strategies for green transition. This event showcased the project’s pivotal role in aligning European regions towards common environmental goals, as well as its efforts in promoting gender equality and digital skills development.

The Joint Action Plan: A Strategic Blueprint

At the core of the CAFEIN project is the Joint Action Plan (JAP), now in drafting phase, a collaboratively crafted strategy designed to guide common efforts and scale up innovation. The JAP is structured around seven strategic pillars, each addressing specific aspects of the green transition.

  1. Fostering Collaboration through a Green Cluster Forum: This pillar aims to enhance communication and strategic planning among clusters, fostering an EU-wide dialogue on green transitions.
  2. Cross-industry Green Transition Platform: By establishing a platform for data exchange and cooperation, this initiative supports cross-sectoral and cross-border collaborations essential for sustainable development.
  3. Scaling up Innovation and Support Ecosystems: This focuses on enhancing the capabilities and interconnections of regional and national ecosystems to bolster SME innovation and competitiveness.
  4. Developing and Accessing Green Industrial Solutions: A key aspect here is making green technologies accessible and fostering their development and commercialisation across Europe.
  5. Improving Accessibility to EU Funding and Private Investment: This pillar addresses the critical need for streamlined access to financial resources, advocating for simpler, more transparent funding mechanisms.
  6. Improving the Digital Skills and HR Competences: Recognising the digital shift in industrial processes, this strategy aims to upskill the European workforce, aligning skills with the demands of a green economy.
  7. Gender Equality for a Green and Digital Europe: CAFEIN commits to promoting gender equality, ensuring that women have equal opportunities in the burgeoning sectors of green technology and digital transformation.

Forward Momentum: Calls to Action and Future Directions

As CAFEIN progresses, the project continues to call for increased collaboration and engagement from all stakeholders involved in Europe’s green and digital transitions.

The CAFEIN proposals will be discussed during the European Cluster Conference to be held beginning May in Brussels. On the 6th, during the session dedicated to cluster networks, the project and its proposals will be reviewed and refined based on feedback from attendees..

The upcoming phases will focus on finalishing the JAP and start implementing it, with an emphasis on monitoring and evaluating the impact of the initiatives to ensure they meet the set objectives effectively.

Furthermore, the project aims to expand its reach by involving more European countries and stakeholders, thereby enhancing its impact and ensuring that the benefits of green transition are shared widely and equitably across the continent.

The CAFEIN project exemplifies a holistic and ambitious approach to addressing the pressing challenges of sustainability and digitalisation in Europe. By leveraging the power of clusters and fostering robust interregional cooperation, CAFEIN is not just a project but a movement towards a greener, more resilient Europe. As we look to the future, the continued success of CAFEIN will depend on the collective effort of all actors in the innovation ecosystem, making it a true testament to European unity and forward-thinking.