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ELCA invited as EXPERT by DG GROW to attend the User Requirements Workshop for a New Portal on Industrial Modernisation and Advanced Technologies

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USER REQUIREMENTS WORKSHOP FOR A PORTAL ON INDUSTRIAL MODERNISATION AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES

Brussels, 23 May 2019

The European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) is currently developing a new online platform to improve the analysis and systematic monitoring of industrial modernisation and advanced technologies in Europe.

Marta Krakowiak from ELCA, upon the direct invitation from the European Commission’s DG GROW, participated in a workshop in the context of this new European online platform that will inform policymakers, industry representatives and academia on developments related to Industrial Modernisation and Advanced Technologies. During the workshop, ELCA had the opportunity to share ideas and views on the platform content and visual settings by providing direct input to the DG GROW officials and platform developers.

Moreover, ELCA networked with key stakeholders and peers coming from important organisations as Euro Commerce, European-level federation of Europe’s technology industries, national and regional innovation agencies, European DIGITAL SME Alliance, European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA), Business Europe network and many European ICT and digital clusters representatives.

In the next months, ELCA will participate in the follow-up activities to support DG GROW in the definition of the portal.

ELCA AT THE EUROPEAN CLUSTER CONFERENCE 2019 IN BUCHAREST

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ELCA attended the 6th edition of the European cluster conference that took place during 14-16 May 2019 in the palace of Parliament in Bucharest.

The conference was organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs in cooperation with the Romanian Ministry of Economy. With its theme “Connecting ecosystems: Bridge. Inspire. Change”, the conference gathered 450 national and regional cluster policy-makers and practitioners from industry, research and academia.

ELCA had the opportunity to connect with other industrial clusters and participated in the interactive group discussions on emerging hot topics as digital transformation, circular economy and creating shared value. ELCA contributed to discussions on how to stimulate strategic interregional collaboration and linkages between different cluster-related EU initiatives.

ELCA introduced also the first outcomes of the Cyber Secure Light project at the side partnering meeting of European cluster partnerships, organised in collaboration with the Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).

More information on the conference can be found here

ELCA member of EREK!

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As of today, ELCA is a Member of EREK European Resource Efficiency Knowledge Center.

EREK is a European network of business support organisations working together to promote resource efficiency among SMEs. The concept of resource efficiency is fairly straightforward: substantial economic benefits can be achieved through improved management of resources (energy, water, waste, etc.). Its basic line of argument is that sustainability can be profitable to even the smallest companies. Our working principle is to ensure that these companies have access to information which will ease and inspire their transition to resource efficiency.

Such information includes real-life good practices examples of what other companies have already done, return investment experiences, information on organisations which can provide financial assistance, news and events happening in the European resource efficiency community, etc.

CYBER SECURE LIGHT Project

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The Cyber Secure Light project, co-funded by the European COSME Programme has officially started its activities on 1st of October 2018.

The seven industrial cluster partners have come together to jointly address the cybersecurity challenges in the smart building sector, with a particular focus on the connected lighting resilience. At the heart of the CSL partnership will be the creation of value chain linkages and joint business cooperation projects and investments amongst groups of SMEs of the smart building value chain. As it is of paramount importance to create a transnational cooperation opportunities within the smart building ecosystem, both at clusters and companies level, in order to increase linkages, international exposure and enable commercial partnerships, intra-regional synergies across clusters and companies and facilitate access to innovative technologies and investment in the cybersmart building sector.

The CYBER SECURE LIGHT main goal is to develop a Joint Cluster Partnership Strategy to pursue proactive and business-oriented cross-sector cooperation of SMEs and industrial clusters, as well as their interaction with technology centres towards generating joint actions and investment projects in relation to the IoT smart building value chain, with a particular focus on the security aspects.

For more information please visit the project website: www.cybersecurelight.eu

CYBER SECURE LIGHT Kick-off meeting

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On 5 and 6 of November, all project partners met in Venice at the project kick-off meeting to officially launch the implementation of activities and to create the right conditions to work together for the next 2 years.

 

ELCA at the Partnering event of European Cluster Partnerships

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On 25 October 2018 ELCA attended the Partnering event of European Cluster Partnerships organised in Brussels by the European Observatory for Clusters and Industrial Change and DG GROW .

This partnering event brought together about 100 representatives from the 52 European Cluster Partnerships
to exchange experience and gather good practices. It gathered European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for
Going International (ESCP-4i), for smart specialisation investments (ESCP-S3) and for cluster excellence supported under COSME and H2020 INNOSUP cluster projects for new industrial value chains.

During the event, the CYBER SECURE LIGHT project, was officially “certified” as new European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for smart specialisation investments and publicly introduced to other cluster networks.

http://ec.europa.eu/growth/content/busy-partnering-event-50-european-cluster-partnerships-paves-way-future-joint-cluster_en