European Cluster Excellence Initiative French views and expectations Vienna, April 19th, 2012
The French policy of Pôles de compétitivité• 71 pôles de compétitivité18 world class clusters53 national clusters- “Pôle de compétitivité” as a quality label- Ongoing national evaluation
Our expectations for the European Cluster Excellence Quality Label- Bringing European clusters closer together- Learning from each other- Striving towards excellence- International visibility- Subsidiarity principle
Our questions regarding the EuropeanCluster Excellence Quality Label Procedure Advantages Costs Modalities Decision Number
European Cluster CollaborationPlatform• User friendly• Up to date• Networking facilitator• Better profiling of European clusters on international markets• Analysis of target markets and strategic areas with potential for cooperation
European Foundation forCluster Excellence• Less developed cluster organisations learning from the best and striving for excellence• Independent, commercially self-sustainable and affordable• Train the trainers programme – ensuring a multiplier effect
Conclusions• French authorities welcome the growing recognition of the importance of cluster excellence• Need for detailed analysis and carefully developed initiatives on the European level• Awareness and dissemination of information• Palpable advantages on the European level• Ultimate objective ; cluster excellence for renewing EU industry and strengthening EU competitiveness
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