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.