European Industry Day

Date: 22-23 February 2018, Brussels, Belgium


EU Industry Day updated stakeholders on the Commission’s strategic approach to industrial policy and actions to further develop industrial competitiveness in Europe. It also served as a forum for stakeholders contributing to European industrial competitiveness to showcase their activities, learn from each other, discuss cross-cutting issues and develop joint visions for the future.

Attendees came from a variety of industrial sectors, finance, research and innovation, government and public administration.

This event was a high-level conference with many key experts and a number of stakeholder workshops:

On 22 February 2018: was organized the European Cluster Matchmaking Event.

This event represented a unique opportunity for European clusters to explore common areas of interest for cooperation and build complementarities in terms of sectoral, value chain and market focus. It offered participants the possibility to find partners, e.g. for joint collaboration for the upcoming European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for Smart Specialisation Investments (ESCP-S3) and other open calls and exchange on matters of joint interest. 



Around 140 representatives of European cluster organisations gathered for cross-sectorial meetings. There were 8 participants from Romania, the Transylvanian Mechanical Engineering Cluster (TMEC) being the only delegate  from the center region. Kinga Kristo cluster manager attended in 8 B2B meetings with:



  • Fernando Machado – Secretary General at MOBINOV, Matosinhos, Portugal
  • Alessandro Perna – Information services at EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation , Tokyo, Japan
  • Alejandro Fernández De Mera – International Project Manager at CEIV, Ibi, Spain
  • Skirmante Balezentiene – Cluster manager at Lithuanian Photovoltaics Technology Cluster (FETEK), Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Milda Nariunaite – Outreach Officer at Business Beyond Borders, Brussels, Belgium
  • Chiara Mansanta – Project Manager at Cluster Marche Manufacturing, Ancona, Italy
  • Jose Ramón Natal – Cluster Manager at METAINDUSTRY4. Cluster of Advanced Manufacturing of Metal Industry, Gijón, Spain
  • Robert Hopkin – Cluster Manager at Rail Alliance, Long Marston, United Kingdom

The First European Cluster Policy Forum: the event was organised by the European Observatory for Clusters and Industrial Change (EOCIC) that aims to help Europe’s regions and countries in designing better and more evidence-based cluster policies and initiatives. The Observatory supported:

  • Industrial modernisation,
  • Entrepreneurship in emerging industries with growth potential,
  • SMEs’ access to clusters and internationalisation activities and
  • More strategic inter-regional collaboration and investments in the implementation of smart specialisation strategies.

On 23 February 2018:

Cluster and partnerships for stronger EU value chains: this was a session dedicated to presentations and discussion between various stakeholders on how to:

  • make better use of clusters for industrial policy,
  • strengthen the EU value chains through clusters
  • connect ecosystems via clusters.

This event was a unique opportunity for European Clusters to  explore common areas of interest for cooperation and build complementarities in terms of sectoral, value chain and market focus. It was an opportunity to find partners, e.g. for joint collaboration for the European Strategic Cluster Partnerships on smart specialisation investments, supported by the ECCP.

As a result of the EU Industry day, from our point of view the publishing of the document titled (“ industry_day_factsheet_skills”) focusing on skills, is extreme importance, this is the reason why we started to organizing Start DIY Contest. In 2018, a major priority will be how the workforce can be equipped with the right skills to support the ongoing industrial transition. This is the very basis of a competitive and innovative industry adapted to the technological and societal challenges of today.

Digital skills are vital for innovation, jobs, growth and competitiveness. In the near future, nearly all jobs will require some level of digital skills, and the Digital Single Market could contribute €415 billion per year to the EU economy. However, almost half of Europeans (44%) still lack basic digital skills such as using a mailbox, editing tools or installing new IT devices (Digital Progress Report, May 2017:


In addition the New Skills Agenda, the European Social Fund has been, and continues to be, an important tool to invest in people’s skills. With its €120 billion for the period 2014-2020, funding is directed, among others, towards projects that help people develop the necessary skills, to put their talents to use and maximise their chances on the labour market.


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