The European Cluster Observatory is an online platform that provides a single access point to information and analysis of clusters and cluster policy in Europe. Originally launched in 2007, the Observatory is now offering a range of new services. It provides data and analysis on clusters and competitiveness, a cluster library, and a classroom for cluster education.
The European Cluster Observatory also produces analysis and reports on regional competitiveness conditions, transnational cluster networks, clusters in emerging industries, and studies on better practices in cluster organisations. It provides information about clusters, cluster initiatives, and cluster policy throughout 32 European countries.
The Observatory is aimed at three main target groups:
- policy makers and government officials at the European, national, regional and local levels;
- cluster management staff;
- academics and researchers.
The European Cluster Observatory is managed by the Center for Strategy and Competitiveness (CSC) at the Stockholm School of Economics, and is financed by the European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry, under the Europe INNOVA initiative, and the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) (€ 3621 million), which aims to encourage the competitiveness of European enterprises.