Common declaration on the role of clusters in the European Recovery Plans

Submitted by Veronika Muller on 23 October 2020

Summary of the European Alliance Against Coronavirus Webinar on 2 October 2020

The European Alliance Against Coronavirus brainstormed ideas for a common declaration on the role of clusters in the European recovery plans, which supports their activities towards their governments. The European Commission laid out the path in its roadmap “Europe's moment: Repair and Prepare for the Next Generation” and plans to allocate important recovery funds directly to the Member States under the NextGenerationEU instrument. Hence, the elaboration of the national recovery plans is high on the agenda of the Member States, in which clusters should be included.

Clusters are a key tool for the successful and quick implementation of innovation projects. They can help to properly allocate the funds for economic value creation as well as manage funding schemes for SMEs. During the COVID-19 crisis, they have proven to be strong and resilient partners – valuable characteristics to reach the goal of resilience of our industrial ecosystems. Hence, clusters can bring knowledge to the drafting of the recovery plans and should be a partner in their implementation.

A recording of the session is available here.

Find information and recordings of previous meetings on the Role of Clusters in Accelerating the European Recovery (since September 2020) here. For European Alliance Against Coronavirus webinar summaries of March - July 2020, please follow this link.

Finally, please find information on the upcoming agenda here.

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