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ECA's position paper on the Updated EU Industrial Policy
The EU finds itself in the process of updating the Industrial Strategy, published in March last year, in order to take on board the learning from the current covid 19 crisis. 
The European Clusters Alliance has just published its recommendations for the update of the EU Industrial Policy emphasasing the role of clusters as generators of the industrial ecosystems for a green, digital and resilient recovery.
The recommendations contain contributions from the industrial cluster community in Europe and were submitted to the „Industrial Forum“ of the Commission.
 Lessons drawn from the COVID-19 crisis of relevance for our industrial strategy
- Lesson 1: Resilience as an important property of the network
- Lesson 2: Dependence on global supply chains and the importance of European SMEs
- Lesson 3: Acceleration of trends and changes in behaviour
- Lesson 4: Bring investments and funds to the ground
- Lesson 5: Skills are key
- Lesson 6: Strengthen social aspects
- Lesson 7: Functioning public bodies and framework
The ecosystem and partnership approach to address some of your challenges and build linkages with recovery investments
- Increase our cooperation and synergies in Europe
- Linking policy levels
- Organise this cooperation
- Knowledge transfer and feedback cycle
 - Match funding with the right players

Clusters can act as brokers, drivers of change, accelerators, and enablers of the twin transition through mobilising and facilitating cooperation among stakeholders in industrial ecosystems. Through the national associations of clusters, their pan-European networks, and the European Clusters Alliance, they can build a network of networks and facilitate the connections between them. Future Euro-clusters can consolidate this approach and synergies across the ecosystem, as the concept of ecosystems allows to take a deep look at interdependencies and complementarities.

You may find the full position paper at
EAAC Morning Sessions: March Edition
The first month of spring brings new very interesting and rather "green" topics to the ECA Morning Sessions such as the role of circular economy in the textile sector, a complex debate on the renewable energy issue, the way in which the Enterprise Europe Network contributes to the cluster and SMEs international development and much more.
Join us and bring in you valuable opinion to the debates which take place each Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 AM CET by clicking

Clusters and Industry 4.0: The Inno Industry Approach
Clusters play a major role as pillars of the industrial eco-systems in a green, digital and resilient economy.
They support digitalisation processes in companies and trigger also digitalistion processes in the public sector.
Different European initiatives at regional level need to be gathered and systematically approached as to allow the exchange of knowledge and mutual learning processes and provide relevant input for the industrial policy.
This is also the rationale of Inno Industry, an INTERREG Europe project running in the period 2019-2023, aiming to increase rate of clusters that develop activities to support the transformation towards Industry 4.0 by 2022 through the improvement of regional and national policies.
You may check out the collection of most interesting Europe wide good practices on clusters & digitalisation and follow the latest developments of this interesting project at
Coordinated by the Enterprise European Network (EEN), the forum will bring an excellent opportunity for Spanish and foreign start-ups -currently working on deep tech projects- to increase their visibility in the international investment environment.

Deep tech relates to technologies that require high level of scientific knowledge to be developed and high investment to be transformed into products or services that can reach global markets.

If your company meets all these requirements, please check out all the details and submit your application through the link below. You will be included in our screening process.
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