European Observatory for Clusters and Industrial Change
In 2006, The European Commission launched the first phase of the European Cluster Observatory that provided statistical information, analyses, as well as mapping of clusters and cluster policies in Europe. The succeeding second phase further developed these targets through cross-sectoral linkages, competitiveness and entrepreneurship opportunities. The current third phase strongly builds upon these experiences, but extends them through a focus on industrial change. This means that the new European Observatory for Clusters and Industrial Change will include key enabling technologies, digitalisation, creativity, service innovation, entrepreneurship as well as resource-efficient solutions as key drivers for industrial change. In doing so, it aims to contribute to developing more world-class clusters and business networks in the European Union as well as accelerate industrial modernisation and the creation of jobs and growth through cluster development.