Fostering efficiently the internationalisation of SMEs remains a policy challenge and a crucial aspect of the competitiveness of European industry. Clusters and networks can play a role as multiplicators for both the policy making side and the industry when addressing the barriers of internationalisation for SMEs. The rationale behind cluster internationalisation is that clusters and networks can create added value to their members due to special knowledge about internationalisation and the supply of services in this field. 

The experts of the Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform on SME Competitiveness have prepared a policy brief on the role of regional networks and clusters as an instrument for the internationalisation of SMEs. The brief gives insight on European initiatives that leverage the internationalisation efforts as well as Interreg Europe projects that (1) address the role of regional networks and clusters as instruments able to foster the internationalisation of SMEs and (2) improve their policies on the basis of a thorough mutual learning process.

Download the policy brief.

Your input to shape the Platform support is highly appreciated. Please contact Philippe Delearde, Thematic Manager - SME Competitiveness, [email protected] to learn more about the SME Competitiveness Platform and its services, and to contribute.