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.
European delegation of cluster managers from eight European countries met at HANNOVER MESSE, 13th and 14th April 2015
On 13th and 14th April 2015, the European Commission's DG GROWTH together with HANNOVER MESSE organised a European cluster matchmaking event in Hanover (Germany), with the aim of fostering cooperation between clusters from across and beyond Europe. The event was integrated in the Enterprise Europe Network's Technology Cooperation Days at HANNOVER MESSE.
Cluster representatives from a wide range of technological backgrounds met in over 60 meetings to discuss international cooperation possibilities.
For more information on the event visit the news page.
GROW your REGIOn conference – Thumbs Up for a Joint Approach to Delivering Smart Specialisation and Economic Transformation through Clusters
Brussels, 27-28 April 2015
The GROW your REGIOn conference was a dynamic event bringing together regional policy makers and members of the business community. The aim was to find joint avenues to help drive growth through innovation, collaboration and the breaking of sectoral and regional silos.
This was the first joint event of this kind by the European Commission's Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship, and SMEs, DG GROW, and the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy, DG REGIO. The joining of forces of these DGs demonstrated the importance of this topic and the 350 attendees had a fantastic opportunity to network and directly discuss possible future collaboration in a stimulating environment.
"Clusters can bring in knowledge needed to make smart specialisation successful" pointed out Walter Deffaa. Daniel Calleja supported this statement, saying that "clusters are a huge driving force [since they] represent 39% of all European jobs".
For more information on the conference content and key developments visit the news page.