On Wednesday 14 September 2016, presidents and directors of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region’s 10 competitiveness clusters descended on the Arbois-Mediterranean Environment Technology Park for a round-table discussion about cluster performance and outlook with Christian Estrosi, President of the Regional Council.
Regional cluster representatives stated their support for a regional economic growth policy, OIRs and regional plans and held constructive talks on a series of practical proposals and areas requiring attention. The representatives thanked Christian Estrosi for his active support for clusters and his important insights into a rage of issues. Among other subjects, he talked about how cluster policies need to align with a single, national strategy, about joint government and regional authority funding via the single interministerial fund (FUI), about economic development support via European funds and the ERDF in particular, about the importance of the competitiveness clusters label, and about the work of the Regional Agency for Innovation and Internationalisation of Companies.
The PACA region clusters were delighted to hear Mr. Estrosi’s glowing report on their activities, working in tandem with the region’s departments:
“Over the last 10 years, you have helped strengthen our region’s economy, made our businesses more competitive, spurred local innovation and helped structure our sectors of excellence. I want to thank you for this incredible local success story. Innovation is key to growth and competitiveness. Clusters are all about throwing our weight behind innovation.”
At the event, the clusters re-asserted their commitment to making PACA Europe’s leading Smart Region, supporting regional policy through their work on business competitiveness and research excellence in the interest of growth and jobs.
 OIRs: regional interest operations