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1 Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs European Support to Clusters and Cluster International Cooperation José Freitas Policy Officer SMEs: Clusters, Social Economy and Entrepreneurship Unit EU-Japan Cluster Matchmaking Event in the framework of BIO-Europe, Cologne, November 8th 2016 Key objectives of EU cluster policy WHAT: Assisting EU regions and Member States in developing more world-class clusters in the EU for the benefit of SMEs HOW: Promoting cluster cooperation in partnerships at EU level to facilitate SME internationalisation and growth - but longer-term oriented, towards high value objectives, cooperation not one-off, towards new value chains and emerging industries BY MEANS OF: Supporting financially cluster organisations forming cluster partnerships across the EU going international in global value-chains 1

2 European cluster strategy for growth Clusters accelerators for innovation and industrial change International cluster cooperation Cluster excellence PME Why clusters? SMEs are more innovative! Cluster firms -are more innovative than noncluster firms -register more trademarks and apply for more patents - cooperate more 38% of European jobs are based in 2000 clusters. 4 2

3 Why specific policy actions for SMEs: the RED gap Smaller economies of scale Number of enterprises (%) Employment (%) Value added (%) Gap! e.g. greater variety of tasks per employee usually smaller degree of specialisation Lower apparent productivity compared to large companies SMEs Large businesses Case for a SME relevant public policy & cluster policy Clusters in EU COSME Programme ( ) Promote cluster cooperation Cluster Internationalisation Programme for SMEs: COSME Competitiveness for SMEs:19M -2014/2020) - SMEs get support from cluster organisations to go international! All scheme supported under the European Cluster Collaboration Platform: - the clusters' website that brings daily news on cluster match-making events, EU financial support for clusters, profiling on the map 400 cluster organisations and growing! 3

4 International Cluster Cooperation at EU level Promoting "European Strategic Cluster Partnerships - Going International (ESCP-4i)" Not about Trade promotion only Sector specific Individual cluster support on international markets More about Developing Longer Term strategic cooperation in mutual interest, eg Horizon 2020 projects led by clusters Across sectoral boundaries Pan-European cluster consortia through a joint strategic vision and common goals, and indeed trhough the establishment of: European Strategic Cluster Partnerships - Going international Towards a win-win approach 4

5 Cluster Internationalisation Programme for SMEs - Ongoing activity Promote cluster competitive ness Promoting cluster cooperation for win-win industrial leadership in global markets European Strategic Cluster Partnerships Going International (ESCP-4i) 1st call 2014 (3,75M ): 15 partnerships established 80 clusters involved 2 nd call end 2016 (4,42M ); Eligible: cluster organisations that support SMEs in clusters European Cluster Collaboration Platform Launched on 8 March 2016 Cluster organisations show their profile!!! The European hub for cluster cooperation & internationalisation International cluster matchmaking events in third countries and Europe EU-USA Event, Hannover Messe, April 2016 Industrial automation, environmental technology, etc. EU-TAIWAN Event, European Innovation Week, ICT Fair Computex, 30 May-3 June 2016, Taipei EU-IRAN Cluster Matchmaking Event on sustainable construction, automotive and mobility, textile, chemicals, raw materials, environmental technologies and tourism, Tehran (Iran) 17/18 October 2016 EU-Mexico, cluster matchmaking event on Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Waste Management and Wastewater Management, Green Days Exhibition, Mexico City, 25/27 October 2016 EU-Brasil, cluster matchmaking event on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Solid Waste Management, Renewable Energy (solar, biomass) and Biogas, Lyon, France, 29/30 November 2016 List of European Strategic Cluster Partnerships Going International! Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged. The information and views set out in this presentation is those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of EASME, the European Commission or other European Institutions. EASME does not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in this presentation. Neither EASME, nor the Commission or any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein. 5

6 ESCP-4i Overview Main target countries USA 12 BRAZIL 10 JAPAN CHINA INDIA CANADA 5 MEXICO 3 Other Latin Amercica Others: Korea, Taiwan, North & West Africa, ASEAN, Gulf/Middle East Bilateral EU-3rd Countries Cluster Cooperation Promote cluster competitive ness - DG GROW has signed the 1 st Cooperation Arrangement on clusters with the DoC of the USA What: to implement cluster match-making events, to exchange on good practices to promote industrial competitiveness through clusters - DG GROW is currently analysing expanding Cooperation Arrangement on clusters with quite a few key countries Current practice: to link cluster cooperation with industrial and SMEs policy Dialogue with 3rd-countries EU-Japan Centre: a key tool inter action with Japan cluters 6

7 Low Carbon Business Action in Brazil and Mexico LOW CARBON BUSINESS ACTION IN MEXICO LOW CARBON BUSINESS ACTION IN Brazil Horizon2020: Cluster facilitated projects for new industrial value chains Challenges Objectives Measures Reindustrialise EU's industrial base Develop long-term internationally competititive goods and services Create new industrial value chains Support development of emerging industries in Europe Contribute to regional smart specialisation strategies Support crosssectoral and crossregional cooperation Support innovation activities Improve business environment through open collaboration spaces 7

8 INNOSUP Horizon 2020 Cluster Partnering in Europe Cluster facilitated projects for new industrial value chains Objective To develop new industrial value chains and foster emerging industries across the EU by supporting cross-sectoral and crossregional innovation in groups of SMEs through clusters. Budget 2015 Type of Action State of play , Funding rate 70% Innovation Action 2-stage call for proposals (1 st stage concept note must outline links to RIS3/ESIF) 119 proposals in stage 1 (requesting 590 million contribution) 45 full proposals out of 47 invited to stage 2 (for 201 m ) 5-6 projects likely to be funded (as average 4.5 m /proposal) Evaluation ongoing following deadline of 9 September 2015 Cluster Partnering in Europe - Cluster facilitated projects for new industrial value chains Topics of INNOSUP 1 cluster projects 45 second stage full proposals Other industries (once each) 11% Servitization 2% General 13% ICT/Mobile/Electonics/Int ernet of Things/Digital/Cloud 15% Health/Care/Personalized medicine/pharma 13% Construction 4% Logistics/Mobility/Car 5% Blue growth/marine/maritime/ Port 5% Food/Agrifood 7% Advanced Manufacturing/4.0/Smart factory/kets 7% Creative Industries/Fashion/Experi ence Industries 9% Circular/Ressource Efficiency/Environmental/ Eco efficient/renewable energy 9% 8

9 Call for expression of interest Towards European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for smart specialisation investments Help clusters to focus on smart specialisation strategies Getting cluster organisations, technology centres and science parks working together Identify investment opportunities S3 Platform for Industrial Modernisation 18 9

10 More information EU Cluster Portal: o The European Cluster Observatory o Cluster Excellence o Cluster Internationalisation o Clusters and Emerging Industries (see INNOSUP new value chains projects) European Cluster Collaboration Platform

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