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EU funding is managed by the Commission, jointly with the Member States, or through implementing partners. The management mode determines the procedure for applications and how they are evaluated. Around 70% of EU programmes are run by shared management. In shared management, both the European Commission and national authorities in Member States, such as ministries and public institutions, are in charge of running a particular programme. The Member States' administrations (at national, regional and local level) choose which projects to finance and take responsibility for day-to-day management. Each Member State has a portal to inform citizens about the implementation of Union funds in their countries. Working together with the Member States, the Commission makes sure that the projects are successfully concluded, and the money is well spent.

Relevant shared management funds for clusters are:

  • European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)
  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
  • European Social Fund Plus (ESF+)
  • Just Transition Fund (JTF)
  • European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF)
  • Cohesion Fund (CF)

The European Cluster Collaboration Platform, on behalf of the European Commission, organised the EU Clusters Talk “EU funding opportunities I – Shared management programmes” on 20 September 2023, 8:30 – 10:00 CET, to give an overview of the programmes and funding opportunities, explain the mechanisms, and share project examples with the involvement of clusters.

Speakers included:

  • Felix Arion, General Manager, AgroTransilvania Cluster;
  • Mónica Quesada, Project Manager, Maritime Cluster of the Canary Island.

Watch the full recording of the webinar:


Please find below the event summary and the slides of this EU Clusters Talk which includes the key takeaways from the session.

This event is part of regular online meetings brought to the cluster community by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform. They offer up-to-date insights into the latest industrial policies and clusters’ involvement, projects, and best practices, the latest ECCP news, and funding opportunities. The EU Clusters Talks are a space to exchange knowledge and to discuss cluster-relevant topics, which will change with every meeting.

Prior registration to this event is compulsory before 20 September 2023, 7:30 CEST.

This EU Clusters Talk is open to participants from the European Union and SMP/COSME countries. Approval for attending the session will be given individually.

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