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The Strategic Technologies for Europe Platform (STEP) is the European reply to the need to boost investments in critical technologies in Europe. STEP seeks to reinforce, leverage and steer EU funds – existing and new – to investments in deep and digital, clean and bio technologies, and in people who can implement those technologies into the economy. In detail, the STEP priority areas cover:

  • Deep and digital technologies, including microelectronics, high-performance computing, quantum computing, cloud computing, edge computing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, robotics, 5G and advanced connectivity, and virtual realities
  • Clean technologies, including renewable energy; electricity and heat storage; heat pumps; electricity grid; renewable fuels of non-biological origin; sustainable alternative fuels; electrolysers and fuel cells; carbon capture, utilisation and storage; energy efficiency; hydrogen; water purification and desalination; and advanced materials
  • Biotechnologies, such as biomolecules and its applications, pharmaceuticals, medical technologies and crop biotechnology.

The European Cluster Collaboration Platform, on behalf of the European Commission, organised the EU Clusters Talk “STEP: Strategic Technologies for Europe Platform” on 6 December 2023, 8:30 – 9:45 CET, to present the platform and related activities as well as look at the potential beneficiaries of the planned investments in critical technologies in Europe.

Speakers included:

  • Davide Lombardo, Acting Head of the STEP Task Force, DG BUDG, European Commission
  • Ben Jorgensen, Chief Project Manager, CLEAN – The Danish Environmental Cluster
  • Elvis Bajric, Business Developer, High Tech NL Robotics
  • Mike Richardson, Senior Project Manager, OpTecBB
  • Stamatiki Kritas, Business Development Manager, Hellenic Bio Cluster

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.

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

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