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The European Cluster Collaboration Platform, on behalf of the European Commission, in partnership with the Malopolska Regional Development Agency (MARR) and the European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA), jointly organised the Clusters meet Regions workshop to explore how regional development agencies, clusters and other actors could foster stronger collaboration in the implementation of regional and national economic development policies. The specific aim of the event was to foster wider uptake and development of aerospace technologies in regions, smart city concepts, life sciences clusters and increased use of funding opportunities in Poland.

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Learn more about the role of clusters in the economic landscape and future development prospects of Małopolska, a dynamic region in Poland. Take a look at the Input Paper

Download the Final Agenda and the Participant's Booklet. 



Watch back the highlights of the event on Flickr.



EU regions need to be able to compete with other more advanced and emerging economies in the fast changing economic and social environment, in particular in the post-Covid-19 recovery period. Location matters particularly for clusters. They develop more easily in urban and regional ecosystems with a favourable administrative and regulatory environment and access to skilled labour, markets, financial and business support services.

What really matters is the involvement of clusters in regional economic governance, in policy design and implementation at regional level.

Regional authorities need to know their clusters and understand how they can shape, improve and effectively help in the design and the implementation of regional development policies. On the other hand, cluster organisations and their members should take actions and implement projects that are relevant for the economic development of their local communities. They should engage in collaboration with other European clusters in the same or related economic activities and thus complement regional assets and reinforce capacities to lead green transition, accelerate digital transition and build resilience.

13 regional workshops have already been organised in the EU regions, which expressed their interest to host the events in 2022-23 as part of the “Clusters meet Regions” cycle.

These workshops brought together clusters and policymakers of the EU, national, regional and local level to learn from each other on how to better use clusters to strengthen industrial ecosystems, serve national/regional economic development and liaise with other regions with similar transition challenges.

Focusing on the  aerospace technologies, smart cities, life sciences, and financing opportunities, the event in Krakow was the 14th of the series and aims to facilitate the implementation of good practices where clusters play an active role in regional economies and are drivers for economic transition, and to create and promote collaborations between clusters and regional stakeholders for the industrial development of the regions.

Target Audience

The event aimed to bring together around 100 representatives of regional development agencies, part of or outside EURADA’s network, cluster organisations, national public authorities, companies, and business support organisations from EU Member States and regions. Participation from a wide range of economic development actors was expected, including financial intermediaries, clusters, innovation hubs, industrial associations, investors, business angels, crowdfunding platforms, and others.


For more details about the programme, download the Final Agenda and read the summary article.


The registration for Clusters Meet Regions workshop in Kraków, Poland is closed! 

Presented materials in the frame of the event:

Day 1, 11 November 2023

Presentation of the ECCP input paper on Małopolska Region - Jan-Philipp Kramer, PhD, Team Leader ‘Data & Policy’, ECCP - download presentation

Sebastian Rynkiewicz, Vice-President of the Polish Clusters Employers' Association, CEO Evoluma Industry Cluster - download presentation

Module I: Prospects for Harnessing Aerospace for Regional Development

Exploring the Nexus: Space Technology, Social Perspectives, and Everyday Life Applications

Marcin Zwierżdżyński, PhD, AGH University of Science and Technology - download presentation

NEREUS and SATSDIFACTION project: cooperation for regional development

Mirko Mazzarolo, Veneto Region, Satsdifaction project coordinator - download presentation

Eng. Carlo Masetto, Veneto Region, Spatial Planning Department - download presentation

Panel discussion

Simona Moraglia, R&D Manager, OMA (Officine Meccaniche Aeronautiche) - download presentation

MODULE II: Cosmic Kraków – Smart Cities

Smart territories – how to engage with the NEB initiative

Borislava Woodford, Joint Research Centre - JRC - download presentation

How does Kraków become Smart as a Heritage City and what does that mean for its residents?

Robert Piaskowski, Plenipotentiary of the Mayor of Kraków for Culture - download presentation

The Smart City concept in cluster collaboration

Irena Łobocka, Manager, Sustainable Infrastructure Cluster - download presentation

Tamás Gyulai – STEPP Cluster from Hungary - download presentation

Day 2, 12 November 2023

MODULE IV: From Cosmos to Earth – Financing Opportunities

Regional Innovation Valleys

Magdalena Cymerys, Policy Officer at DG RTD - download presentation

Simon Bogaard, ROM Utrecht, Regional Innovation Valley candidate - download presentation


Jarosław Chojnacki, Krakow Technology Park - download presentation

Marek Przeor, Euroclusters financing opportunities - download presentation

Angelika van Es, Interreg Central Europe - download presentation

Pitching session

CLIMAAX Project Open Call - download presentation

Development agency Zagreb - download presentation

EQA - download presentation

Klaster LifeScience Krakow - download presentation

Open Hub Creative Cluster - download presentation

Oy Merinova Ab/EnergyVaasa Cluster - download presentation

Polish Cluster of Composite Technologies - download presentation

Smart Secure Networks - download presentation

South Poland Cleantech Cluster - download presentation

Zadar County Development Agency ZADRA NOVA - download presentation

Focus on Ukraine

Funding opportunities and opportunities for collaboration

Anastasiia Sorokina, Financial Services Development Chief specialist - download presentation

Alexandre Yourchak, CEO of Ukrainian Cluster Alliance - download presentation

Yevhen Rokytskyi, Chairman of the Board of the All-Ukrainian Association of Innovative Space Clusters - download presentation

Andrzej Slodki, Head of the Joint Secretariat Interreg Next Poland –Ukraine 2021-2027 - download presentation

Marek Przeor, Team Leader Cluster Policy, DG GROW D2, European Commission - download presentation

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