The EFFORT Project – Governance behaviour, policies and legal requirements for facilitating access to market by dynamic clustering of SMEs

EFFORT was a project funded by the 6th EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, Area: IST Information Society Technology)

Key words:

project management, dissemination, identification of competitiveness mechanisms


The EFFORT project focused on understanding the mechanisms and critical determining factors by which business clusters can gain increased competitiveness in the global marketplace. In particular, areas of policy, legal aspects and regulation, technologies and governance were identified and analysed, as well as emerging priorities for policy and research at the EC, national and regional level, in order to facilitate extended and dynamic clustering. T6 supported the definition of business governing models for SMEs and the identification of political recommendations as described in the “White Paper” and covered part of the dissemination activities as well as project management.