Improving innovation delivery of policies within 4.0 industry in Europen



Short project summary

Due to different factors as the relocation of work to Asia, the industry contribution to the EU economy is declining. This reflects the necessity to transform the current industry sector into a smarter one. Nevertheless, the European Innovation Scoreboard ( 2017 shows that SMEs with innovative products or processes have decreased 18 points since 2010 and not all EU countries are at the same level of innovation and smart specialization.

Therefore, it is essential to introduce the necessary changes in current policies to get a real smart transformation of the European industry, with the final aim of being more competitive and reaching the target set by the European Commission of boosting manufacturing´s share of GDP from 15% to 20% by 2020.

On the other hand, Clusters have been proven to have a reticular effect to introduce changes in the European industry. The European Cluster Panorama 2016  ( shows that wages in more developed clusters are close to 3% higher than in industries not located in such regional hotspots. Thus, changing regional clusters policies will trigger the transformation of the industry in a larger scale.

For that reason, INNO4.0 project aims to increase rate of clusters that develop activities to support the transformation towards Industry4.0 by 2022 through the improvement of regional and national policies.

Inno Industry (  proposes to establish a strategic work group with the aim to share best practices related with cluster activities and the promotion of Industry4.0 to develop a European Blueprint as a policy guide towards clusters4.0.

The development of INNO4.0 will achieve as key outputs a regional SWOT analysis in 10 EU regions, the identification of at least 30 best practices related with clustering and industry4.0, one European Blueprint towards clusters4.0 and 10 Action Plans to introduce improvements in addressed policy instruments.




Lead partner:

Regional Development Agency Posavje (RDA Posavje SI)


Project partners:

Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia (LV)

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB (SE)

Business and innovation Centre of Beira Interior

ecoplus – The Business Agency of Lower Austria (AT)

Nyugat-Pannon Nonprofit Kft.- West-Pannon Regional and Economic Development Public Nonprofit Ltd.(HU)

Romanian Cluster Association – CLUSTERO (RO)

Slovak Business Agency  (SK)

AMUEBLA - Innovative business association of furniture manufacturers and related in the Murcia Region(ES)

Buckinghamshire Business First  (UK)



The expert documents which were provided by Westpannon are available on the project website


Facts and information:


Project Duration:

  1. Phase: 01/08/2019– 31/07/2021 (24 months)
  2. Phase: 01/08/2021– 31/07/2022 (12 months)


Total amount of project: 1,637,941 EUR

Total budget of Westpannon Nonprofit Ltd: 100,455 EUR