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Smart Guide to Cluster Policy

This practical guide is for public authorities and stakeholders interested in how to make better use of clusters for promoting regional industrial modernisation, supporting the growth of SMEs and encouraging smart specialisation. It explains what cluster and cluster policies are and what they are not, what makes them successful, why they matter, and presents eight Do's and Don'ts. Further, it showcases four Smart Cluster Stories, several cluster programme examples and practical instruments of modern cluster policies.
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Stimulating smarter, more strategic and more focused public investment that leverages more private and public initiative and investment is at the forefront of Europe’s jobs, growth and investment agenda. In order for policy in this area to achieve its impact, priorities need to be set according to the geographical and thematic context of the investment. Therefore, cluster policies and smart specialisation strategies have become central to the implementation of Europe’s growth strategy.