COVID-19

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Stengthening the EU's Energy Security after COVID-19

A recent Eurobarometer survey conducted in throughout the European Union has confirmed that all EU Member States and citizens overwhelmingly support to increase ambitions to strengthen Europe’s energy security. The survey revealed that nine out of 10 Europeans agree the EU’s energy policy priorities...
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How clusters in East and North Finland support their businesses to find solutions to COVID-19 crisis

Communities, clusters and SMEs have all been hit hard by the COVID-19 epidemic. During the last few months we have seen rapid action taken by government as well as regional authorities to support businesses suffering from high fix costs without almost any sales under the current crisis. We have also...
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The Eurogroup’s agreement on the COVID-19 Crisis Support Instrument

The European Commission has welcomed the Eurogroup’s agreement on the Pandemic Crisis Support instrument of the European Stability Mechanism. This plan will provide support to all countries in the Eurozone for the financing of healthcare, cure, and prevention costs posed by the COVID-19 pandemic...
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Postponement of EU taxation rules due to COVID-19 crisis

The European Commission has announced the postponement of the entry into force of two EU taxation measures taking into account the difficulties that businesses and Member States are facing at the moment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Commission has proposed to delay the...
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EU Emergency Support Instrument to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic

The European Commission has announced its steady commitment to continue the provision of medical equipment in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Support Instrument is the financing arm of the Joint European Roadmap towards lifting COVID-19 containment measures. It provides direct...
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Global Survey Results on sector-specific impact of COVID-19 and role of cluster managers in ramping-up

In April 2020, all TCI members managing a cluster organisation/business network were invited to participate in this Global Survey, a joint undertaking by TCI Network and VDI/VDE Innovation, aimed at better understanding the sector-specific impact of COVID-19 and the role of clusters during the...
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Globalisation Goes Digital Through Clusters. Lessons learned from Denmark

Danish clusters are very active in the globalisation of SMEs. Before the Covid-19 crisis, Danish clusters were active in more than 60 countries supporting 1000s of SMEs going global every year. Although international activities have been cancelled or postponed, globalisation has not: it has gone...
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Commissioner Breton's speech on the future of EU industry

On 24 April, the current Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton (France), delivered a speech in front of the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. In his speech, addressed to Davide Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, Christian-Silviu Busoi, Chair of...
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Spring 2020 Economic Forecast of the European Union 

The COVID-19 pandemic represents a major shock for global and EU economies, with very severe socio-economic consequences. Despite the swift and comprehensive policy response at both EU and national levels, the EU economy will experience a recession of historic proportions this year. The Spring 2020...
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Support package for the Agriculture and Agri-food Sectors

The European Commission announced on the 22nd April 2020 the extension of a package with exceptional support measures to assist the agricultural and agri-food sectors most affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The exceptional measures include private storage aid for the dairy and meat sector, the...
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State Aid measures approvals for EU Member States

The European Commission has announced the approval of 127 State Aid measures in April for the EU Member States. These aid measures aim to support businesses and protect livelihoods across Europe during the COVID-19 outbreak. The European Commission continues to work closely with each EU Member State...
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Winners of the EU vs. Virus pan-European Hackathon

The European Commission, in close collaboration with EU Member States, hosted a pan-European hackathon to connect civil society, innovators, partners and buyers across Europe to develop innovative solutions to overcome COVID-19 pandemic-related challenges from the 24th to the 26th of April 2020. The...