Traditional models of Local Production Arrangements (APLs) are not able to design a process of long-term development. Also, there is still a need for greater interaction between public and private actors in the formulation of tools and implementation of actions with an up-to-date approach. The construction of a cluster know-how management system -- as a means of disseminating research and best practices, monitor and evaluate projects, increase efficiency and avoid overlapping and lack of coordination between government and private initiatives -- is central to structuring a National Policy in Support of the APLs. The Cluster Observatory action aims to enable greater knowledge about the European experience with the European Cluster Observatory, a system managed by the Centre for Strategy and Competitiveness (CSC) of the Stockholm School of Economics and funded by the European Commission under the Europe INNOVA initiative, Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP), which aims to encourage the competitiveness of European businesses. The Observatory provides a wide variety of data on clusters in Europe and is divided into three main sections: cluster mapping, library and training. Overall objective: To integrate data from the Brazil - European Union APLs / Clusters Observatories, with a focus on sharing information, tools and experiences to promote excellence in clusters among institutions related to cluster development. Also, to strengthen and promote entrepreneurial cooperation between European Union and Brazilian technological research clusters. Specific Objectives / Expected Outcomes: - Establish technical cooperation links between institutions responsible for the management of the Observatories in Brazil and in the European Union; - Design a report with techniques and methodologies used by the European Cluster Observatory and the Brazilian APL Observatory, in order to systematise information and knowledge related to clusters; - Identify possibilities for data integration between the two platforms; - Promote a workshop and disseminate its results among bodies and agencies of the Brazilian government, the State Centres and local actors, as well as representatives of the European Union.
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