ECRN Project Council kick-off meeting on 7 April 2014
The ECRN Project Council kick-off meeting was held in Brussels on 7 April 2014, hosted by the ECRN member region Bavaria at their EU Representation. As decided in the ECRN General Assembly (26 Feb 2014), Chemie-Cluster Bayern coordinates the activities of the ECRN Project Council for the next two years.
The kick-off meeting was attended by 35 experts from chemical regions across the EU (ECRN and non-ECRN member regions) representing regional agencies, clusters, and research institutes. During the meeting, 10 key projects were presented by the participants. This gave an interesting overview of different approaches and needs in chemical regions and the development of working relations with clusters, business partners, research institutes and other associations. The presented projects serve as a first step for the creation of a joint Action Plan in order to accelerate chemical value creation among the member regions. The first version of the Action Plan, including concrete projects, activities and success indicators, will be finalized in summer 2014.
The launch of the Project Council was seen as a stimulating initiative with active and dynamic discussions. Further information will soon be available and additional interested partners - and new project ideas - are welcome. The next Project Council meeting is foreseen for July 2014 in Munich.
ECRN supports EU measures for a competitive Europe
In the context of the 20-21 March European Council, the European Chemical Regions Network has formulated a set of recommendations on issues that should be emphasized and addressed in the debate on industrial competitiveness. We stress the importance of a coherent, integrated and effective policy framework that takes into account the implications and/or synergies across different policy issues. As a regional network, we also wish to underline the important role of the regions. You can read the full set of recommendations here.
See also the ECRN position paper on industrial policy for a more detailed overview our views.
Cluster Workshop on 27 February 2014
ECRN and the European Commission (DG ENTR) co-organised a workshop on "Cross-sectorial and cross-border cooperation of clusters in support of green chemicals industries" on 27 February 2014.
The workshop showcased good examples of cluster cooperation across sectors to tap potential of green chemicals and bio-based economy. In addition to learning about the lessons from diverse local and regional initiatives and experiences, participants were also introduced to EU measures carried out by different Commission DGs and other bodies to support further activities and collaboration in the field.
You can access the meeting materials here.
ECRN General Assembly 2014 and first steps of the ECRN Project Council
The ECRN General Assembly was held in Brussels on 26 February 2014, hosted by the newest ECRN member region Baden-Württemberg at their EU Representation. The meeting was preceded by an Executive Board meeting and a meeting with representatives from Cefic to exchange views on the competitiveness of the European chemical industry and common interests in terms of industrial policy and collaboration in other policy areas.
The General Assembly approved the ECRN Action Plan for 2014 and re-affirmed the strategic priorities of the network. The General Assembly also decided to launch a new initiative - an ECRN Project Council. The ECRN Project Council will act as a new forum for developing inter-regional project portfolios and help to upgrade and upscale regional initiatives to the EU level. You can read more about the Project Council here.
Groundwork for sparking further inter-regional project collaboration continued right after the General Assembly, when ECRN delegates were joined by representatives from regional clusters and the European Commission for an ECRN Networking Dinner reception on the evening of 26 February.
The official kick-off meeting of the ECRN Project Council will be organised in Brussels on 7 April, and all interested regional actors (from ECRN member regions and beyond) are warmly invited to participate in the kick-off. Please contact the ECRN Secretariat for further information.
2014 General Assembly participants