Thema: Creating a leadership for maritime industries - New opportunities in Europe (CLIPPER)

Finanzierung: Interreg Europe

Fördersumme: 1.347.057 €

Laufzeit: 01.01.2017 – 30.06.2021

Projektleiter FuE-Zentrum: Prof. Dr. Peter Franke

Leadpartner: Pays de la Loire Region

Projektpartner: Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions | Asturias Energy Foundation | Fife Council | Ligurian Cluster for Marine Technologies | Turku University of Applied Sciences Ltd. | Public Institution RERA S.D. for Coordination and Development of Split Dalmatia County | FuE-Zentrum FH Kiel GmbH

Kurzfassung: CLIPPER is an innovative interregional cooperation project that brings together seven pro-active regions to address the negative impact the global economic recession has had on Europe’s maritime sector. This sector is also suffering from growing competition from emerging countries. The overall aim of the project is to develop better public policies to support the competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) working in Maritime Industries in Europe.

The regional partners involved - made up of experts from regions, universities and private companies – are exploring and implementing new ways of supporting SMEs to improve their industrial performance, the strength of their value chains and clusters, and access to international markets and finance. In particular, the project is supporting the SMEs to develop innovative business strategies focused on diversification and differentiation that help them to create jobs and growth in the Blue Growth sector.

The project is based at regional level because they have the ability to move quickly, utilise the resources needed, and bring together the partners required to improve the competitiveness of SMEs in their traditional activities, particularly in shipyards, while also helping them to become leaders in developing markets such as Marine Renewable Energies. Regions are also usually the managing authorities for structural funds and have the competences required to drive forward economic development in their territories.

The project partners will develop action plans for each of their territories and design political recommendations that will aim to make positive changes to public policy at local level, in line with the analysis of relevant national and European contexts. Continuous exchange and discussion with the project’s stakeholders will ensure that they better identify challenges faced by SMEs, and guarantee coherence between their needs and the tools developed.

The links developed with SMEs during preparatory work will ensure that they benefit directly from the project. CLIPPER's results, and their long-term use, will provide significant support for public authorities and European institutions, helping to improve their business strategies for maritime industries.