The annual meeting brings all members up to date on projects and proposals, strategic planning and objectives as well as on the latest developments at the European level. As a decentralised and non-hierarchical organisation, the EACP thrives on the active involvement of its members and their honest and respectful interaction with one other. Currently, the network operates on the basis of four working groups: Strategy, Technology, Internationalisation and Skills. During the General Assembly, all four working groups presented the results of their efforts achieved throughout the previous year. On the basis of various discussions during the meeting, the participants were also able to identify several new tasks which they could work on together in the future.
Not only the fact that the current members are truly convinced of the EACP’s value and success, but als that the network is gaining increasing recognition at the international level was a particulary encouraging outcome of the meeting. Equally positive is the ongoing interest of clusters keen to join the EACP as new members. Three such clusters who had recently applied for EACP membership received the opportunity to present themselves to the current members during the General Assembly. Following a unanimous vote in favour, we are happy to welcome Lazio Connect and IR4I as two Italian clusters and the Swedisch cluster ACS as the first Scandinavian member to the EACP.
Whereas the first day primarly focused on the activities achieved in the past year, the second day was dedicated to discussing strategic plans and defining an outlook for the forthcoming year. Amongst other things, decisions on how to implement and intensify cooperation with the European Aeronautics Science Network (EASN), with whom the EACP has signed an MoU following the CARE project in 2014, were made.
To end the two day meeting, some cluster managers took part in the Airbus factory tour visit of the final assembly line in Finkenwerder. Even in view of many cluster managers’ longstanding professional experience, the tour was a unique and beneficial opportunity for all participants.
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