ECCP Discussion Paper on supply chains

Submitted by Lee Gibson on 26 November 2020

The European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) has published a Discussion Paper examining the role that clusters have in building resilient supply chains in response to the disruption created by COVID-19.

This paper aims to generate discussion around the nature of the challenges facing companies during the current crisis and its aftermath, the actions and decisions companies can take to cope with these challenges, and the value that cluster organisations can provide to their members in responding to challenges related to supply chains.

It was submitted to the European Expert Group on Clusters in September 2020 as an input for its discussions on the role of clusters in building more resilient supply chains in support of Europe’s recovery from the pandemic.

The European Expert Group on Clusters provides the European Commission and European Union (EU) countries and regions with recommendations, advice, and expertise, specifically on how to better use clusters as a strategic tool of industrial policy, interregional collaboration and to integrate small and meddium sized enterprises (SMEs) into EU and global value chains.

In particular, the paper sought to address these five questions:

  • What kind of challenges are companies facing in the crisis and in the aftermath of the crisis?
  • What kind of actions and decisions can companies, that have been exposed to supply chain disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, take to cope with these challenges?
  • What value can cluster organisations provide to their members in dealing with the short, medium, and long-term supply chain challenges posed by COVID-19?
  • What initiatives are cluster organisations already organising?
  • How can policy makers help cluster organisations fulfil their role in this regard?

Download the full Discussion Paper below and access more information about the role of clusters in building resilience here.

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