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Delivering Smart Specialisation and Economic Transformation through Clusters

General Information

The European Commission, the DG for Regional and Urban Policy and the DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs organised the conference GROW your REGIOn: Delivering Smart Specialisation and Economic Transformation through Clusters.

The new generation of European programmes such as ERDF, COSME and Horizon 2020 provide fresh opportunities for regional policy makers and the business community to collaborate to help drive growth in their region by applying innovative ways of 'doing business together' that can transform the economy.

The GROW your REGIOn conference was an opportunity for everyone interested in smart specialisation and clusters to come together to:

•    share experience and cluster practices in the regions;
•    learn about novel ways of implementing smart specialisation;
•    explore new cluster partnerships for joint activities.

Attendees could meet and interact with representatives of national and regional administrations acting as managing authorities for the ERDF and INTERREG secretariats as well as those responsible for national and regional cluster policies and initiatives, including cluster managers and cluster members, in particular business representatives.

This was a conference with a difference: attendees were not only listening to inspiring stories (please note this call for expression of interest for smart cluster stories) and speakers but were invited to actively contribute, collaborate and network.

Since the venue could accommodate no more than 400 participants, and interest was high, not more than two people per organisation could be accepted.

Yours sincerely,

GROW your REGIOn Conference

Agenda and Presentations

For more information about the conference and the draft programme, please visit the European Commission's website.




The Square, rue Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels (BE).

Contact information

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Registration information

Registration is closed.