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The ECA Team
The ECA Morning Sessions are back starting on the 2nd of February
The European Alliance Against Coronavirus (EAAC) is back for a new series of open exchanges in 2021! After the incredible mobilisation of clusters, associations, institutions, networks, universities, NGOs, companies etc. to exchange information and solutions for challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis in more than 160 meetings past year, EAAC will continue the dialogue with new topics starting in February 2021.
How can I participate?
Any interested entity and person are welcome to participate in the sessions and contribute to the discussion. They can sign up to receive invitations to the morning sessions via this link: Subscribe to EAAC morning sessions
Please note that all sessions of the European Alliance Against Coronavirus will be recorded and published on the European Cluster Collaboration Platform and on the website of the European Clusters Alliance.
What is planned for 2021?
The European Alliance Against Coronavirus will meet twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 – 9:30 CET. These regular meetings may be complemented by additional sessions according to the needs of the participants.
Topics to be covered in the upcoming meetings will include
any urgent thematic related to the COVID crisis (EU Rapid Alert Function)
the role of clusters and the collaborative approach on new EU initiatives
new calls and funding opportunities
good practices and cluster activities in the industrial ecosystems and their recovery
cross-sectorial and interdisciplinary collaborations
The European Clusters Alliance: more than an association
The European Clusters Alliance (ECA) is the common voice for European clusters, which account for almost 61.8 million jobs across the different countries. The association joins 15 national associations of clusters and more than 800 clusters organisations on European level. These make up for 123,000 of our most innovative businesses and over 10,000 universities, research centres, and public institutions. Furthermore, ECA has representatives from Italy, Ireland, and Greece – countries without national clusters networks – who serve as ambassadors.
ECA has set itself ambitions objectives which allow for concrete actions:
Promote fast and agile inter-cluster collaboration at European level, reinforce the activities of the cluster network, and share good practices
Foster the internationalisation of the cluster members and promote a better knowledge of the European clusters
Build joint recommendations and write position papers to public administrations on national, regional, and EU level
Cooperate with other networks and organisations that support clusters at European and global level
Study, promote and defend collective interests of the cluster community
Obtain and promote through collective actions the official and representative statutory recognition by European and international institutions
In 2020, the European Clusters Alliance had face-to-face-meeting with the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the European Commission. ECA published position papers on the role of clusters in the COVID-19 recovery instrument NextGenerationEU (January), clusters and the Interregional Innovation Investment (September), and the recognition of Industrial Clusters in the European Recovery Initiatives (October). Furthermore, ECA collaborated with other networks to give a Joint Statement on EU Interregional Innovation Investments and has joined the new EU Pact for Skills.
In March 2020, the European Clusters Alliance created the European Alliance Against Coronavirus.
ECA was entrusted to form part of the EU Rapid Alert Function to detect disruptions in European value and supply chains. Under contract with the European Commission and in collaboration with REI – Reindustria Innovazione, ECA analysed disruptions in European value and supply chains over 14 weeks. The alliance looked at evidence given by clusters and other entities across Europe, the stages of value chains affected and its geographical impact, as well as the duration of the disruption and possible solutions. Overall, the team identified 84 disruptions and disruptive trends in 14 industrial ecosystems and issued proposals for further actions. ECA submitted weekly reports and a final report to DG GROW, which supported the European Commission in their policymaking for the recovery phase. The final report is publicly available.
In just one year ECA has obtained official representation on the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) of the European Economic and Social Committee (CESE), and in the Industrial Forum Commission Expert Group, thus amplifying and defending the cluster collaborative approach across our main European institutions”.
With an international team, the European Clusters Alliance moderated the COVID-19 Response Forum of the European Clusters Collaboration Platform. The forum served as a place of exchange for the cluster community on best practices, needs and offers, news and contacts.
President European Clusters Alliance
Antonio Novo Guerrero firstname.lastname@example.org
LinkedIn: @European Clusters Alliance