ESCA: New Eligibility Criteria for Cluster Management Excellence Labels

Submitted by Alina Danieles… on 20 November 2019

The European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA) is happy to announce the implementation of the first results of the concluded “European Cluster Excellence Initiative – Phase 2”. Main feature is the introduction of a set of “Eligibility Criteria for Cluster Management Excellence Labels”. As of November 15, the award of a Quality Label (Bronze, Silver or Gold) for cluster organisations is conditional on the set-up of the applying organisation and its listing on the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP). Moreover, both the Benchmarking Questionnaire and Benchmarking Report have been restructured and revised, i.a. by addressing key megatrends such as digital transformation, green transition or social economy. With the aim of reducing both costs and CO2 emissions, the revised system also includes a video-conferencing option for benchmarking interviews.

Further changes, in particular a revision of the set of GOLD Label indicators, will be gradually implemented throughout the year 2020. ESCA will inform all stakeholders about any new features well in advance.

For further information on ESCA’s activities and services go to


European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA)

Helmut Kergel (Director)

VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH

Steinplatz 1 D-10623 Berlin/Germany

Email: helmut.kergel [at]; +49 30 31 00 78 154

Share this Article