Regional policy recommendations from the KET4CleanProduction project
Pan-European KET4CleanProduction micro grant is unique existing incentive and financial mechanism on EU level that is tailored to the needs of SMEs to implement cleaner production processes using Key Enabling Technologies (KET) services across borders.
Key policy recommendation to the public authorities in the EU-27 countries were developed during the project to design and implement KET financial instrument nationally and/or regionally. Policymakers are encouraged to make use of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and other funds to engage their regional technology centers and infrastructures to collaborate with other KETs technology Infrastructures across borders so bridge the service and technology gap in their region.
National/regional implementation of the KET financial instrument shall be based on Pan-European ket4sme.eu platform that creates a one-stop technology consultancy targeted at SMEs’ where SMEs and other relevant actors can access services offers derived from the capabilities of partner KET Technological Centers (TC).
The benefits of introducing KET financial instrument are synergic both for public authorities and for SMEs: improving the competiveness of the SMEs via internationalization and transnational KET-TC/SME collaboration, in accordance with the countries’ national or regional Smart Specialization Strategy.
KET financial instrument will foster the use of advanced manufacturing technologies and related Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to upgrade their production processes and entire value chain towards resource and energy efficiency.