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