The European Cluster Observatory is a single access point for statistical information, analysis and mapping of clusters and cluster policy in Europe that is aimed at European, national, regional and local policy-makers as well as cluster managers and representatives of SME intermediaries.
It aims to promote the development of more world-class clusters in Europe, with a view to fostering competitiveness and entrepreneurship in emerging industries and facilitating SMEs’ access to clusters and internationalisation activities through clusters.
The ultimate objective is to help Member States and regions in designing smart specialisation and cluster strategies to assist companies in developing new, globally competitive advantages in emerging industries through clusters, and thus strengthen the role of cluster policies for the rejuvenation of Europe’s industry as part of the Europe 2020 Strategy.
In order to achieve this, the European Cluster Observatory provides the following main services:
The statistical analysis and policy guidance of the European Cluster Observatory also complement the services of the Smart Specialisation Platform that assists regional and national policy-makers to identify regions with similar policy priority setting and to develop, implement and review their Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3).
Now in its second phase (2014-2016), the European Cluster Observatory is focusing more strongly on cross-sectoral linkages and the competitiveness and entrepreneurship opportunities in emerging industries.
During its first phase (2006-2013), the European Cluster Observatory identified 2017 statistical regional clusters for 28 traded sectors across Europe (of which 155 had a critical mass in terms of size, specialisation and focus) and made available analyses of cluster policies across the EU.
Additional work identified seven emerging industries in the Emerging Industries Report (6 MB); presented three case studies for cluster-specific framework conditions; launched a pilot European Cluster Excellence Scoreboard (6 MB) and facilitated the work of the Expert Forum on Clusters in Emerging Industries, which in 2013 presented its recommendations (6 MB) for stimulating emerging industries. The results of this work are available at www.clusterobservatory.eu. The European Cluster Observatory is implemented through a service contract from the SMEs: Clusters and Emerging Industries Unit of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
Contact the expert team of the European Cluster Observatory directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org