16 May 2019

The European project EACN (European Automotive Cluster Network for Joint Industrial Modernization), in which CEAGA participates along with six other automotive clusters from different countries, has won the ”best initiative of clusters in industrial modernization” award, granted by the European Commission.

This award recognizes the work that the EACN project clusters are doing with SMEs to support them in their industrial modernization processes.

The award was presented by the Head of Unit of Advanced Technologies, Clusters and Social Economy of the European Commission, Ulla Engelmann, and by the Team Leader in the same Unit, Carsten Schierenbeck, within the framework of the European Conference of Clusters, held on 14, 15 and 16 May in Bucharest, Romania.

This event was attended by more than 400 policy makers, cluster managers and other stakeholders from Europe to listen and discuss recent and future priorities of the policies and developments of the cluster organizations. Its objective is to share knowledge and good practices, as well as to promote innovative and sustainable industrial modernization and interregional cooperation to build bridges between the different actors of the cluster community.

The sixth edition of this Conference focuses on issues such as digitization, circular economy, shared value or social impact.

During the event, the European Commission gave value to the work of the European professionals and projects of the year, presenting the EACN prize as the best initiative in the category ”European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for Smart Specialization Investments (ESCP S3) of the Year”.

The main objective of the EACN initiative (European Automotive Cluster Network for Joint Industrial Modernization) is to promote relationships between clusters and their companies and boost the competitiveness, economic growth, and modernization of the Sector.

This project involves the Pôle Véhicule du Futur (France), the Cluster of Automotive Companies of Galicia (CEAGA), the Silesia Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing Cluster (Poland), the Automotive Cluster Bulgaria, the Automotive Cluster Serbia and the Cluster of the Automotive Industry of Catalunya (Spain).