The ClusterCOOP Project:
Innovation is a crucial driving force for economic growth, relevant to every economic sector. Europe needs to improve its performance in innovation to withstand comparison with competing global partners. Clusters provide conditions conducive to innovation, specifically “open innovation” promoting new ideas. They can leverage this potential and increase their excellence if they create linkages with other clusters exploiting complementarities.
Creating and enhancing framework conditions for the effective cross-regional and cross-border cooperation of clusters in CE requires joint actions by the policy makers. In many cases, the regulatory level is exactly the area which CE cluster experts see as the major bottleneck for successful cluster cooperation. Partner countries/regions identified similar CHALLENGES regarding transnational inter-cluster cooperation:
1. There are little or no synergies among national/regional cluster policies, and the current framework does not solicit cooperation.
2. There is a need to identify industries which, through cluster-cooperation, could become a driving force for national/regional economies.
3. The current level of support for transnational cooperation is much lower than desired.
ClusterCOOP partners have set the GENERAL AIM to create and enhance the framework conditions of efficient transnational cooperation between clusters in the countries of CE. Their aim is to help clusters better exploit their innovation capacities, improve their competitiveness so that in the long term, their development and effective cooperation improves the position of the CE Region in the European Economic Area.
Taking into the considerations and common challenges described above, PPs defined 3 SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES:
1. Enhance existing and create new synergies among national/regional cluster policies and funding frameworks.
2. Facilitate emerging industry development through cross regional cluster cooperation.
3. Promote the flow of information between clusters their associations or networks and provide a common knowledge base for clusters of CE to facilitate their networking and cooperation.
The outputs of the actions of the 3 thematic work packages will directly contribute to the achievement of these objectives through the
MAIN PROJECT RESULTS:
– An integrated collection of POLICY MEASURES AND SOLUTIONS (regulatory, legislative and institutional), which can effectively support the cross-regional and transnational cooperation of clusters.
– ACTION PLANS, which will be an effective set of policy measures tailored to the different policy environment of PPs, and which can be incorporated in national/regional/local decision making, hence contributing to the sustainability of project results.
– An implementation-oriented proposal for the alignment and integration of different FUNDING SCHEMES, including measures and modifications which lead to more innovative and efficient practices.
– A clear view on the potential for the development of NEW INDUSTRIES in the different regions and sectors of partner countries, and policy tools for boosting the EMERGENCE of these industries through cross-regional cluster cooperation.
– Extended knowledge of clusters on the possibilities and framework of transnational cooperation with the help of CLUSTER CONTACT POINTS and the VIRTUAL INTERACTIVE PLATFORM.
The Cluster COOP PARTNERSHIP includes 10 CE partners in 5 new & 2 old member states.
The core partnership is composed of national, regional and local public authorities, national public agencies, as well as public national knowledge providers. Complementary to PPs, three national ministries (Germany, Poland and Slovenia) are involved as associated institutions. Thus the project involves all relevant policy makers in all partner countries competent in cluster cooperation and development. The partnership represents a horizontal and vertical mix that can best address project aims, achieve and maintain project results.
Lead partner of the ClusterCOOP Project: The Hungarian Ministry for National Economy
The Ministry for National Economy is responsible for the general planning of Hungarian economic policy and the implementation of strategy for the national economy.
The Ministry deals with such vital fields related to the national economy as job creation, the creation of the tax system, improving competitiveness, budget preparation, reducing the national debt and stimulation of economic growth.
The goal of the Ministry for National Economy is to promote – through the efficient use of available economic policy measures and European Union funds – the development of an innovative, knowledge-based economy which is competitive both within the single European market and the globalising world economy, which lends itself to rapid growth and which creates high added value.
Within the framework of formulating economic strategy, the Ministry for National Economy prepares short-, medium- and long-range plans for the stimulation of economic growth and increased competitiveness.
It oversees public finances, plans the Budget and Appropriation Accounts, and cooperates in regulatory activities related to public finance. It develops financial policy strategy and frames the Hungarian tax system in order to ensure financial stability.
In addition to this it prepares plans aimed at promoting job creation and employment, prepares plans related to questions of income, and liaises with various groups in society.
The Ministry for National Economy prepares climate and energy policy plans with a view to sustainable development, and it supervises and directs Hungary’s international economic relations on the basis of a strategy for foreign economic affairs.