09:00 - 09:30

Registration and coffee

09:30 - 09:40


Speakers: Bernard De Potter, General-Administrator of Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Mar Martin, Interreg Europe 

09:40 - 10:00

Welcome from the PLP Research and Innovation Team

10:00 - 10:30

Presentation from Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Interactive introductory exercise where participants introduce themselves to the other attendees around the table. 

Presentation: Annie Renders from Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship, introducing their cluster policies

10:30 - 11:00

European Cluster Policy Updates

DG GROW and/or European Observatory of Clusters and Industrial Change a presents current cluster policy and funding priorities

Speaker: Carsten Schierenbeck (European Commission, DG GROW)     

DG REGIO: Role of clusters in supporting interregional innovation pilot projects

Speaker: Alessandra Lepore (European Commission, DG REGIO) 

11:00 - 11:30

The Cluster Support Community: Panel Interview

  • ECCP services for supporting cluster cooperation and network experiences: Using cluster to facilitate cluster cooperation/interregional cooperation.


Richard Tuffs, ERRIN (tbc)

Lutgart Spaepen, EEN (tbc)

Representatives from ECCP (tbc), S3 Platform (tbc)

11:30 - 11:45

Coffee break

11:45 - 13:00

Interactive panel discussion

Discussion on effective approaches promoting clusters’ role in driving interregional cooperation:

In the first half of the session, three-four panellists representing partners in Interreg Europe projects (panellists tbc, but representatives from managing authorities, regional development agency and national level are foreseen), share examples of policy approaches for positioning clusters as drivers of interregional cooperation, including lessons learned and pitfalls to be avoided. 

The second half of the session will be reserved for questions from the audience.


  • Simone Hagenauer, ecoplus. The Business Agency of Lower Austria, Interreg Europe project Clusterix 2.0
  • Emma Vendrell, ACCIO, Agency for Business Competitiveness, Catalonia
  • David Fernández Terreros, SPRI Society for Competitive Transformation, Basque Country, Interreg Europe project CLUSTERS3
  • Sina Hoch Euregio Rhein-Waal / Rijn-Waal, Interreg Europe project KISS ME

13:00 - 14:30

Networking Lunch

14:30 - 15:45

Project Partner Session discussion on specific Cluster thematic areas

Working group 1: Clusters as drivers of innovation and technology transfer
Working group 2: Clusters supporting interregional cooperation
Working group 3: Clusters supporting and engaging SMEs

15:45 - 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 - 16:30

Reporting back

16:30 - 17:00


Feedback from participants, for example, a focus on next steps for the projects and the potential of the Policy Learning Platform to further support policies development related to clusters in European regions and suggestions for working with other cluster related networks/partnerships. Meeting conclusions presented by PLP team.          

Research and innovation SME competitiveness Low-carbon economy Environment and resource efficiency