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The Basque Government is the only Spanish representative at the European Cluster Conference

2012 April 18
  • The Conference to be held in Vienna from today until Friday will consider a new cluster policy model capable of driving SMEs
  • Inmaculada Freije, the Director of Planning and Strategy at the Basque Government's
  • Department for Industry, Innovation, Trade and Tourism, will take part in an expert panel.
    The great interest awoken in Europe about the conference has ensured a full turnout

The Planning and Strategy Directorate of the Basque Government's Department for Industry, Innovation, Trade and Tourism will take part in a panel of European expert to consider the key instrument to generate wealth and the development of new competitiveness programmes for European SMEs. The panel is being held as part of the European Cluster Conference 2012, which will be held in Vienna from today until Friday and which is being organised by the European Commission.

The Conference seeks to be a forum for reflection to design the development of a new excellence cluster concept, as a prior requirement to new European development competitiveness hubs being set up. They have to be capable of driving the generation of a new internationalisation and industrial value chain for the SMEs.

The Vienna conference is a unique opportunity for the people in charge of cluster policies and academic to make progress in understanding the new challenges raised in European regional development, as well as to discuss the practical approaches to foster competitiveness through new emerging sectors. Inmaculada Freije, Director of Planning and Strategy will represent and describe the experiences in developing cluster policies in the Basque Country, which have been deployed based on the Competitiveness Plan. They are seen as a powerful innovation instrument to help and foster the competiveness of companies and particularly SMEs.

The great interest awoken in Europe for the conference's special emphasis on fostering the competiveness of the SME, based on its real economics and a key factor to face the current economic crisis and its impact on employment, meant that there was a full turnout for the conference.

The business competitiveness model based on clusters and driven by the European Commission, helps to energise the economy based on generating value of the SMEs on increasingly competitive and internationalised markets.

The conference will be attended by the professor from the Harvard Business School, Christian Kettels, the current chair of the TCI, The Competitiveness Institute, whose 15th Annual Conference will be held in the Basque Country from 16 to 19 October 2012. This annual meeting that attracts the leading world experts in clusters and innovation will be held simultaneously in Bilbao and San Sebastián and will attract nearly 500 people representing the clusters belonging to regions of five continents.
TCI hold four conferences a year, in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa, and a global conference, which this year will be hosted by the Basque Country.

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