The project « EXXTRA ESCP-4X » (EXcellence EXchange and Teaming-up between RAilway clusters and ecosystems) is closing its path in a few days, and the key learnings and outcomes will be shared in an event in Brussels, also available online.

For the Partners, EXXTRA has been a great platform for scale-up as individual clusters but mostly as group of (railway) clusters:

  • 2 COSME-funded spin-off projects (SMEs Internationalisation via Public Procurements; Adoption of Advanced Technologies by more traditional SMEs);
  • 1 new European meta-cluster with legal entity established: « ERCI-European Railway Clusters Initiative ASBL »;
  • the will the play a leading role in scaling the Blockchain technology at EU level for the Railway & Multimodality Value Chain.




  • 15.00-15.15     

Welcome speech from Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking – the EU Research and Innovation Programme for the Railway sector | Carlo BORGHINI, Executive Director ERJU

  • 15.15-16.15     

Key achievements and lessons learnt by the EXXTRA project for Cluster Excellence, Added-value Cluster Services and ClusterXchange. (possibility Questions&Answers during the presentations)

  •  16.15-17.15

How the “spin-offs” of EXXTRA are shaping the evolution of the Rail Value Chain in Europe: state of the art and future vision:

·      Presentation of the EU-funded project “S-ACCESS” and its contribution to the EU Industrial Strategy for Global Competitiveness and to the EU Trade Policy (SMEs Internationalisation through Public Procurements)

·      Presentation of the EU-funded project “STARS” and its contribution to the EU Industrial Strategy for Twin Transition and Resilience and to the EU Digital Strategy for Blockchain (Adoption of Advanced Technologies by SMEs)

·      Presentation of the brand-new legal entity “ERCI-European Railway Clusters Initiative ASBL” and its bottom-up contribution to the advancement of the Rail Supply Industry, with special focus on SMEs and integration of European territories. (possibility Questions&Answers during the presentations)

  • 17.15-18.00

What the challenges ahead for the Railway sector in Europe: Open dialogue on Resilience of the Value Chains.