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EU-Canada Cluster Matchmaking event

EU-Canada Cluster Matchmaking event

On June 5-7, the representative of the Cluster Sofia City of Knowledge Dimitar Filipov took part in the next round of EU-Canada Cluster Matchmaking Event 2019

The high-level meeting took place this year in Toronto, Canada. The main EU delegation was composed of 27 clusters along with some companies covering 16 European countries from the EU and countries participating in the COSME programme.

It includes Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Ukraine together with several Canadian Superclusters (Protein Industries, Ocean Industries, Digital Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, and SCALE.AI) and a dozen other Canadian clusters, chambers and business networks local economic development agencies. A total of almost 100 participants attended the morning session of the event. The event was organized by the European Platform for Cluster Cooperation and the Canadian Super Cluster Initiative, under the aegis of the European Commission and the Canadian Government, to help cluster cooperation for strategic business partnerships, taking advantage of the provisions of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada in October 2016 and entered into force in September 2017.

The meeting outlined the measures taken by the Canadian government to implement the cluster organization of the economy and the benefits of this organization for the development of innovation, the introduction of cutting-edge scientific developments in the industry, and the transition to new, progressive production methods. An important part of the meeting was the signing of an Economic-Co-operation Agreement between Canada and the EU by Elizabeth Bienenska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and Canadian Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navedeep Bains. Various forms of cooperation between Europe and Canada were discussed at the business and cluster level.

More detailed news of the meeting is available on the ECCP website.

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