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Find out about the role clusters can play in economic recovery during unprecedented times

Discover how clusters manage safety expectations and adapt to new economic situations, taking into consideration the unpredictability of financing sources and capital markets, as well as changes in customer behaviour.


Recovery plan

Recovery Plan for Europe

Understand how the Recovery Plan for Europe directs the full power of the EU budget into kick-starting the European recovery.


EU strategic foresight

Strategic foresight will play a key role in developing a forward-looking EU policy by ensuring that short-term initiatives are grounded in a longer term perspective. To make the most of its potentialhe European Commission aims to put strategic foresight at the heart of EU policymaking, building collective intelligence in a structured manner to better chart the way forward for the twin green and digital transitions and to recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

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Supply chain disruptions

ECCP Discussion Paper on supply chains

This Discussion Paper aims to generate discussion around the nature of the challenges facing companies during the COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath, the actions and decisions companies can take to cope with these challenges, and the value that cluster organisations can provide to their members in responding to challenges related to supply chains. While cluster organisations are already organising relevant initiatives, they will require the support of policy makers to help them fulfil their role in this regard.


Raw materials supply chains viewer

A secure and sustainable supply of raw materials is essential for a resilient economy. The European Commission has recently announced the Action Plan on Critical Raw Materials, a proposal to reduce Europe's dependency on third countries, diversifying supply from both primary and secondary sources and improving resource efficiency and circularity. At the same time, the Action Plan promotes responsible sourcing worldwide.

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European Alliance Against Coronavirus

Discover the “hot topics” your peers are discussing now at the daily sessions which have been organised by the European Cluster Alliance since the peak of the COVID-19 crisis in March 2020.

More than 100 online sessions have taken place so far bringing together the European Commission, clusters, universities, companies, and social economy stakeholders to analyse the impact of COVID-19, showcase the vital role clusters are playing in the response and link and reinforce industrial ecosystems in the European Recovery Plans and Smart Specialisation Strategies.

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Policy Toolkit

Use the ECCP policy toolkit to harness the power of clusters, and boost green and digital transitions, as part of the economic recovery

This Discussion Paper considers how the green and digital transitions, and the development of economic and social resilience, contribute to Europe’s economic recovery and future economic development. Clusters play an important role in both these regards and, with the support of policy tools and instruments, could help to facilitate the required market adaptations in the short, medium, and long term.

The triple function of clusters (as a source of market intelligence, a broker for the development of stakeholder networks and a direct provider of support services to businesses) is at the core of the paradigm shift that is required for a successful response to the pandemic. Cases of good practice and innovation, where policy supports clusters in the green and digital transitions and in terms of resilience, exist around Europe (and beyond). Identifying common patterns and lessons among these initiatives forms part of a ‘policy toolkit’ (available soon), to leverage the power of clusters for a resilient socioeconomic recovery.

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ECCP Discussion Paper on skills

Find out how clusters can support skills development in industry

This Discussion Paper sets out the arguments surrounding why and how industrial clusters, and cluster organisations, can contribute to addressing skills imbalances. Calls for a human-centric approach to skills, built into regional industrial ecosystems and resulting in skills pacts between key players, highlight the central role for place-based collaborative dynamics, which bring together the strategic intelligence, demands and capacities of a wide range of actors to tailor responses to skills shortages and mismatches. While many cluster organisations are already engaged in activities that respond to skills imbalances within their clusters, joint cluster actions must be widened and deepened in order to respond to skills imbalances from the dual green and digital transitions that are impacting European industry.