Lithuania will be represented in the European Clusters Alliance by the network of clusters is being developed
Lithuania’s aspiration to be represented in the European Cluster Alliance was enabled on October 2th by Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology signing the new initiative of the Lithuanian Clusters Network “Klaster.LT” in the “Cluster Forum” event. The network is a step towards the European Clusters Alliance, which currently consists of 10 cluster associations from different countries.
The joint activity agreement was signed by Kęstutis Šetkus, director of MITA, the expert of Lithuanian Innovation Center dr. Artūras Jakubavičius and LitMea director, SMART FOOD cluster coordinator, Giedrius Bagušinskas.
Nine best Lithuanian clusters with the Bronze Label of the European Cluster Excellence join this initiative: Health technology cluster iVita, Lithuanian Prefabricated Wooden Houses Cluster – PrefabLT, Laser and Engineering Technologies Cluster (LITEK™), LAuGEA cluster, Lithuanian Medical Tourism Cluster, National Food Cluster, Photoelectric technology cluster, Vilnius Film Cluster, SMART FOOD cluster.
The main goal of “Klaster.LT” network is to promote the integration of Lithuanian clusters into international value chains, thus enabling them to become known in Europe, to learn, share experiences and establish contacts with other cluster networks and organizations. “Klaster.LT” intends to provide guidance to public administrations at national, regional and EU levels regarding the activation and development of clustering.
“Internationalization and intersectorality of clusters is a strategic goal of this period both in the European Union and Lithuania. By working together with other clusters, we will not only be able to act in a more coordinated way internationally or nationally, but also increase opportunities to join international value chains, benefiting cluster members, ”- says Julius Paužolis, the head of Laser and Engineering Technologies Cluster (LITEK™).
The collaboration platform “Klaster.LT” that was created as part of the InoLink project led by MITA, acting as the primary source of information, from now grows into the network of Lithuanian clusters.