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European Cluster Excellence Programme with ClusterXchange scheme connecting ecosystems and cities, ID: COS-CLUSTER-2020-3.03
Europäische Kommission: COSME
Expected Outcome:
The European Strategic Cluster Partnerships shall specifically contribute to the following:
- enhancing cluster managers' skills towards added-value SME support services;
- supporting the development and implementation of a comprehensive portfolio of new services for cluster members, including activities to strengthen interregional collaboration and partnership development across EU value chains while mobilising partners to contribute to upskilling and reskilling actions across industrial ecosystems in the light of the green and digital transitions;
- organising twinning, collaboration, networking and learning activities and cooperation projects;
- supporting the implementation of the "ClusterXchange" mobility scheme.
For this purpose, this call aims to bring together cluster organisations and other business network organisations from the EU Member States or countries participating in the COSME programme, interested in teaming up in European Strategic Cluster Partnerships.

The overall objective of this action is to strengthen cluster management excellence and facilitate exchanges and strategic partnering between clusters and specialised eco-systems and cities across Europe, including through implementation of the "ClusterXchange" mobility scheme. As high quality cluster management and strategic connections between clusters are key elements of successful world-class clusters, the action aims to foster SME competitiveness and assist companies to successfully access global markets.

The specific objective is to enhance the collaboration, networking and learning of cluster organisations and their members towards the professionalization of specialised and customised business support services provided or channelled to SMEs. This shall further contribute to strengthen ties between European ecosystems and cities across regional and sectoral silos with the view to support a sustainable inter-regional partnering process and joint actions for strategic collaboration in various industrial specialisation areas linked to industrial modernisation and improving their business environment and workforce development.

This action also aims to act as enabler and multiplier of collaborations by initiating about 1000 matched exchanges via ClusterXchange and thus contributing to a better understanding of existing opportunities, for which the implementation and scaling-up activities could then be further supported through regional, national and EU programmes - such as the European Structural and Investment Funds, Horizon 2020, COSME and others.

This call shall further enable groups of specialised enterprises, notably SMEs, together with other innovation actors in industrial clusters, to find partners with complementary competences, to access value chains that cut across national, regional and sectoral boundaries as well as facilitate their access to technology centres and other scaling-up support organisations. This shall focus on engaging actors from regions with different levels of economic development - including from less developed and transition regions - and, likewise, cluster organisations with distinct stages of development and experience.

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