Interreg project ClusterFY brings new challenges for Slovak clusters in 2020

At the beginning of 2020, two new calls for business networking were announced, which were prepared by a working group (WG) set up as part of the international ClusterFY project.

Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency (SIEA) has been participating on ClusterFY project together with other organisations from seven European countries since the beginning of 2017. In the current monitoring phase, it focuses on the implementation of activities listed in the approved Action Plan to support cluster policy in the Slovak Republic.

Amount of  € 2.3 million has been allocated for clusters from the Operational Program Integrated Infrastructure in the Bratislava self-governing region and amount of € 2.7 million in other regions of Slovakia for two new calls aimed at supporting business networking (OPII-MH / DP / 2020 / 9.5-28 and OPII-MH / DP / 2020 / 10.3-29)

The conditions of the calls concerning the eligibility of projects, expenditures, method of financing up to the criteria for selection and evaluation of projects were presented to potential applicants during a videoconference organized by the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic during the COVID-19 crisis.

The WG members participated in the preparation of the calls and the current criteria. The WG is composed of cluster representatives, specialists of the SIEA, the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic, the Union of Slovak Clusters and other experts. More detailed information of the WG results are published in the framework of good practice examples on the Interreg Europe platform:

https://www.interregeurope.eu/policylearning/good-practices/item/3262/an-example-of-cooperation-within-the-stakeholder-group-of-the-project-clusterfy-in-slovakia/

The international cluster cooperation project ClusterFY is implemented through the interregional cooperation program, Interreg Europe. The aim of the project is to support mutual cooperation of clusters and their integration into international value chains. The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and SIEA.