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EU Commission signs Atlantic Ocean Research Cooperation declaration with Brazil and announces a coordinated call on biofuels


The European Commission and the Brazilian government signed on 17 November 2015 in Rio a joint declaration for Atlantic Ocean Research to enhance marine cooperation between Europe and Brazil. The agreement follows the celebration of the EU-Brazil high level conference which aims to develop common expertise and scientific knowledge on the Atlantic Ocean and its dynamic systems, provide a new momentum for enhancing marine cooperation between Brazil and Europe and discuss how to further engage in joint research projects and improve reciprocal access to infrastructures. For more information see here

EU and China launch new Co-Funding Mechanism for research and innovation

A new co-funding mechanism aiming to support joint research and innovation activities PDF icon on topics in strategic areas of common interest and mutual benefit, such as food, agriculture, biotechnology, green transport – including aviation –, sustainable urbanisation, information and communication technologies, energy, health and mobility of young researchers was set up between the EU and China. For more information see here

A new call for cluster facilitated projects for new industrial value chains


The INNOSUP-01-2016-2017 call was recently open and aims to develop new cross-sectoral industrial value chains across the EU, by building upon the innovation potential of SMEs through clusters. For more information see the call details here

Europe's leading bioeconomy clusters now working together as 3BI


New collaboration will boost the biobased economy in Europe


EFIB, Brussels, 28th October 2015 – the leading bioeconomy clusters in the Netherlands, France, the UK and Germany have today joined forces as the 3BI intercluster – Brokering Bio-Based Innovation. Their goal is to support European companies to access important new markets based on renewable raw materials successfully.


For more information, read the full article http://www.3bi-intercluster.org/news/mou-efib-forum-2015.html?page=1

Memorandum of Understanding on multilateral Serbian-Czech-Russian-Romanian-Hungarian cluster cooperation


During the 6th Balkan and Black Sea conference "Days of Clusters" held from 22-23 October in Brasov, Romania, this MoU was signed between the Cluster House - Balkan Cluster Network, Serbia and the National Cluster Association, Czech Republic and Technounity Zelengrad, Russia and the Romanian Cluster Association ClusteRO, Romania and the Hungarian National Alliance of Innovative Clusters IKOSZ. The agreement shall foster coooperation in the field of cluster development, cluster policy optimization aand internationalization of cluster organisations. For more information see here. 

For more information about the conference see here

Overview of the Cluster Matchmaking Event in Milan


On the 5th and 6th of October 2015, a delegation of 19 cluster representatives from 9 European countries participated in a Cluster Matchmaking Event on Eco-efficient Management of Resources in the Agro-food Sector organised in the scope of the Milan Expo 2015 EU-US Days. For a detailed overview see here

Cluster Programmes in Europe, 2015


The brand new report on Cluster Programmes in Europe was recently made public by the European Cluster Observatory. A great opportunity to look more in detail at 16 national and 5 regional cluster programmes that could participate in this pan-European benchmarking survey. The report dedicates a whole chapter to the role of internationalisation activities.


The document can be downloaded here

Business opportunities in Eco-innovation


Come to Seoul on 27-28 October 2015 for the 19th Forum on Eco-innovation! 

This edition of the Forum will explore business opportunities in eco-innovation, presenting the latest trends in the circular economy while focusing on innovative materials and products. The Forum is an opportunity for exchange between European and Korean business actors, presenting inspiring eco-innovative solutions - materials and products - for the circular economy. The Forum will present collaborative approaches between Europe and Asia to facilitate market access, especially for SMEs. The event will feature:

  • An introduction session on Korea environment and business on Monday 26 October 2015 (evening) 
  • A full day conference on Tuesday 27 October 2015
  • A business-to-business matchmaking session and visit of Eco-Expo Korea 2015 on Wednesday 28 October 2015

Organised by the European Commission and the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea in cooperation with the Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI) and the ASEM SMEs Eco-Innovation Center (ASEIC) and with the support of the European Chamber of Commerce in Korea (ECCK).

More information here.

The first interacting event for clusters specialised in environmental technologies & cleantech

The first edition of World Efficiency Exhibition & Congress will be held in Paris , October 13-15th October 2015
This event, organised in conjunction with the COP21 Agenda of Solutions offers an opportunity to enhance clusters action for innovation  to accelerate the ecology, energy and climate transition.  A dedicated day for cluster to cluster and B2B collaboration will be organised on the 15thof October. 

See here for further details and registration.


Series of cluster matchmaking events in Milan in September-October 2015



The European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs together with the Enterprise Europe Network organise a series of cluster to cluster and cluster to business / B to B matchmaking events in Milan in the context of Expo Milano 2015. 


After the previous EU-CELAC and EU-Mediterranea events in May-June 2015, the events in September and October 2015 raised a certain interest amongst european clusters of the agro-food sector (and other sectors) with opportunities to find collaborations with cluster organisations from the ASEAN (South-East Asia) and from the USA.


For more information on the outcomes of the events, visit the page of the two events: (News articles are now available!) 


EU-ASEAN cluster matchmaking event, 29-30 September in Milan


EU-USA cluster matchmaking event, 5-6 October in Milan  

EU-US. Cooperation Arrangement on Clusters signed in Washington, D.C. - Agreement available for download on ECCP


Clusters are being recognised on both sides of the Atlantic as boosters of the economy and a Cooperation Arrangement on Clusters, the first of its kind, was signed on 22 April in Washington D.C.


The agreement was signed between the U.S. Department of Commerce, represented by Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews, and the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs by Director-General Daniel Calleja, represented  by Joanna Drake, Director responsible for Entrepreneurship and SMEs.


The objective of this agreement is to facilitate transatlantic linkages between EU and US clusters, and help SMEs find strategic partners.





For more information and access to the agreement visit the news page.


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