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  • Funding programme and call:
    Territorial Co-operation Programme INTERREG V A Spain – Portugal (MAC 2014-2020) / CROSS-BORDER Co-operation: Axis 2: Improvement of the competitiveness of SMEs / PI.3.d Support of the growth capacity of SMEs in regional, national and international markets and in innovation processes
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  • End date:
  • Duration
    36 Months
  • Total budget:
    997.086,15 €
  • Budget for PLOCAN:
    200.028,84 €
  • Total funding:
    847.523,23 €
  • Funding for PLOCAN:
    170.024,51 €
  • Coordinator:
    Cluster Marítimo de Canarias (ES)
  • Partners:
    CMC (ES) - CETECIMA (ES) - PLOCAN (ES) - ARDITI (PT) - ACIF-CCIM (PT) - FRCT (PT) - CCIA (PT) 3os Países: ENAPOR (CV) Otros: SRMCT-DRAM (PT) - SmartBay (IE)
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Network of regional marine and maritime clusters for the competitiveness of SMEs in the blue economy

Within the sphere of blue economy there are endless development opportunities in established maritime subsectors such as fisheries, maritime transport and ports, and in emerging sectors such as maritime tourism (recreation and cruises), aquaculture, and marine biotechnology, as reflected in the European Strategy for Blue Growth.

In this regard, the SMART BLUE ATLANTIC project will develop activities to promote networks and services to support innovation and internationalisation focused on the concept of regional maritime clusters and aimed at SMEs in blue economy within the MAC co-operation area. This will result in an increase in the critical mass and capacity that will produce economies of scale in networks dominated by small businesses working together to innovate and access other markets, obtaining better results than would be obtained from acting individually.