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European Cluster Initiatives

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As an information hub, ECCP collects and structures a wide variety of information relevant for cluster organisations from various European programmes and initiatives.

The European cluster approach for growth is based on three main pillars: emerging industries and interregional cooperation, cluster internationalisation and cluster excellence. At the horizontal level, through the European Cluster Observatory (ECO), the Commission services also provide statistical information, analysis and mapping of clusters and cluster policy as well as makes available tools for cluster collaboration, through this European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP). This policy approach is implemented through concrete EU initiatives launched under EU's financial programmes, mainly COSME (and its predecessor CIP) and Horizon2020.

Below, you will find information on the concrete EU initiatives financed under these programmes according to the three main pillars of the cluster approach as well as on other related initiatives and reports of relevance to clusters.


Emerging industries and interregional cooperation related to new or existing industrial sectors and value chains that are evolving into new industries can benefit from the collaborative opportunities of clustering

The Cluster Internationalisation programme supports international cluster cooperation through matchmaking events and promotes transnational Cluster Partnerships to support SME internationalisation towards third countries beyond Europe.

The programme helps cluster organisations improve their management practices, their market/competitive advantages or value-chain capacities and provide better services for SMEs

The single access point for statistical information, analysis and mapping of clusters and cluster policy in Europe for policy-makers and cluster managers and SME intermediaries

Discover cluster-related projects funded through the Horizon2020, INTERREG and other EU programmes, their partnerships, themes addressed, results for more synergies

We search permanently for valuable information related to clusters and gathered here a selection of reports and documents for your use