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European Cluster Initiatives Aim to Promote International Partnerships

European Cluster Initiatives Aim to Promote International Partnerships
Monday, 14 January 2019

The European Union is constantly trying to improve the relationships between member states in order to ensure the economic success of the region and the employability of the citizens. The European Cluster Initiatives has been created with the idea that clusters or strategically formed groups of different entities are an effective way for businesses to pool resources, achieving cross-sectional cooperation that allows increased competitiveness for those involved [1].

Within these Initiatives, the cluster approach focuses on emerging industries, cluster internationalisation, and cluster excellence. In turn, the European Commission is working to provide groups of clusters with specific information such as trend analysis, policy advice, and support for interregional partnerships. [2] By working collaboratively, clusters can grow and evolve in ways that make the most sense for the group, having the maximum impact on member entities. In addition, the European Union has created a Consortium dedicated to creating new projects in this regard and constantly improving the Cluster Initiatives. [3]

For example, at the end of April 2019, we should see the results of a current project—the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI II)—that is developing a revised methodology for cluster labelling. This should help individual entities find clusters that best serve them and their needs. The project will also offer formation webinars for people who have worked on or wish to work on helping cluster development. [3]