From left to right: Iole Paradiso (TeRN), Christian Scherhag (HAv), Francine Schulz (HAv), Gennaro Russo (DAC), Gordon Smith (NWAA), Petr Tomášek (MAC), and Diego Carballo (AV)

Update: EACP-EuroSME Programme Meeting

aErospace inter-clUster smaRt specialization actiOns for SMEs competitiveness in the circular economy approach

Last week in Hamburg, Germany, the EuroSME project team met together for the 3rd time to discuss the development of a joint cluster partnership strategy.  Francine Schulz (HAv) led the meeting along with project members Christian Scherhag (HAv), Gennaro Russo (DAC), Petr Tomášek (MAC), Diego Carballo (AV), Gordon Smith (NWAA), and Iole Paradiso (TeRN).

The EACP-EuroSME project aims to stimulate the cooperation between clusters that come from differently developed regions to develop collaborative paths based on their distinctive skills and their specific resources to exploit their complementarity, to exchange best practices, and to develop and implement a joint cluster partnership strategy with a common “European” vision for the aerospace smart specialization strategy.

The project will boost the collaboration of SMEs within the clusters and across the regions, participating in joint investment projects in smart specialization aerospace priority areas with a relevant focus on the  circular economy.

The programme will address shared problems through the involvement of collaborative clusters, building upon areas of regional and national specialisation. It will offer a particular focus on product and process improvement across the total life cycle, from design to disposal. Over the next two years, the EACP-EuroSME programme is aiming to develop a pipeline of inter-regional industrial investment projects worth 20 million euros, ready for public or private funding. The programme will involve 300 SMEs, 46 clusters, 6 European regions, 20 technological centres and scientific parks from the countries falling within the European Union’s COSME Programme area. Twenty cooperation agreements are expected involving 60 stakeholders.