This initiative aims at promoting international cluster cooperation by intensifying cluster and business network collaboration across borders and sectoral boundaries within and beyond Europe. In doing so it will promote European Strategic Cluster Partnerships to lead international cooperation in new areas, facilitating the integration of European SMEs into global value chains.
To promote international cluster cooperation, a number of initiatives have been set up:
The ECCP currently counts over 950 registered cluster organisations from across Europe.
A pilot cluster internationalisation action was launched during 2012-2014 to support 6 European cluster consortia to develop joint cluster internationalisation strategies in different business sectors.
A "Cluster Go International" action is being launched under COSME to support the establishment and development of European Strategic Cluster Partnerships – a first call for proposals was published at the end of 2014 covering 2014-15.