Macro Regional Strategies & Interreg transnational cooperation in synergy with the Enterprise Europe Network to enhance growth in territories

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The Enterprise Europ e Network (EEN), as the world’s largest support network for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is rooted in regional ecosystems. The ERDF supports SMEs, and European Territorial Cooperation offers adequate framework for peer-to-peer exchanges, and a participatory approach, while it underpins growth, jobs, and the economic activity of functional areas.

In the Macro Regional Strategies and through Interreg transnational and cross-border programmes, challenges around entrepreneurship, research & innovation, and broader economic development including internationalization are addressed in tight collaboration with the Enterprise Europe Network. For example, the Annual Fora of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, pertain successful B2B events organized by DG GROW, DG REGIO, EASME and the EEN.

In the same vein, another B2B event was organized within the framework of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region; in a joint endeavor the Romanian Association for Electronic Industry and Software played a key role in organizing the event with SMEs, universities, chambers of commerce, clusters and other stakeholders in the Danube Region with the objective to support the participants to find cooperation partners for new projects and exploring new business opportunities.

In the Baltic Sea Region, clusters also benefitted from the matching services of the EEN. For example, the project ILDA Care within the Innovation Express call of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme aims at developing new value chains in the logistics, digitalisation and automation in the care sector. The project participants started their cooperation at the fifth Cluster Matchmaking Conference which was organized by the Enterprise Europe Network. .

In addition, in the Alpine area, the Interreg Alpine space project ‘S34AlpClusters’, was realized with the participation of EEN host organizations with a view to support transnational cooperation for smart industrial transition by making use of the interplay between clusters and the participating regions’ S3 strategies.

You can find more examples about how European territorial cooperation projects benefit from the services and tools of the Enterprise Europe in the following brochure that has been published by DG GROW.