The fourth European Cluster Conference, organised by the European Commission’s Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General, took place on October 20-21 2014 in Brussels.

The conference addressed the role of clusters in support of SME growth, industrial renewal and regional structural change and competitiveness. It gathered some 300 stakeholders, notably key policy-makers from the national and regional authorities, practitioners and high-level speakers from academia and industry.

The conference discussed inter alia how cross-sectoral cooperation and innovation can be stimulated through clusters with the aim to helping SMEs to access new industrial value chains and find complementary international partners. The potential of clusters and cluster organisations, especiallyin emerging industries, needs to be better exploited to achieve this objective.