The objective of the Policy Toolkit for leveraging clusters for a green, digital and resilient EU economy is to support policymakers and cluster managers in strengthening the role of clusters in the twin transitions and to foster resilience. The digital and green transitions are the key drivers of industrial change, as reflected in the Industrial Strategy for Europe of March 2020 and its update of May 2021.
As a key focal point within Europe for place-based and activity-specific collaboration, cluster implementing good practice policy instruments play a catalytic role within European industry to lead the green transition, accelerate digital transition and build resilience. In December 2020, the European Expert Group on Clusters adopted a set of 15 recommendations giving the guidelines for cluster policy makers and cluster managers in the EU.
The Policy Toolkit provides the basis for operationalising these recommendations. The toolkit helps policymakers and cluster managers identify concrete actions that they can develop through and with clusters and provide inspiring examples from current practice in Europe and beyond. It is envisaged as a dynamic toolkit that will evolve over time by integrating new experiences and examples from the collective intelligence of the cluster policy community, harnessed through the European Cluster Collaboration Platform.