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Pricing of the processes to obtain a label related to the “European Cluster Excellence Initiative”

The European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA), mandated by the partners of the “European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI)”, a project co-funded by the European Commission 2009-2012, operates the labelling processes in cooperation with a broad network of specifically trained international experts. For specific purposes in the context of the labelling processes ESCA selects and proposes the experts to be involved. An agreement is found with the cluster organisation, which expert is going to be involved.


Service Fee Standard processes:
ESCA organises and conducts the entire labelling procedure; any experts are sub-contracted by ESCA

  • Cluster benchmarking, leading to the BRONZE label (≈ 3 hours benchmarking interview on-site at the premises of the cluster organisation): EUR 1,850
  • Cluster benchmarking, leading to the BRONZE label (benchmarking interview at the premises of the expert, or via tele-conference in very specific cases): EUR 1,350 EUR
  • SILVER label process, new or renewal process (self-assessment benchmarking and ≈ 5 hours on-site assessment of the improvement areas at the premises of the cluster organisation): EUR 3,290
  • GOLD label process, new/first time (2 full days on-site assessment of two experts at the premises of the cluster organisation): EUR 7,500
  • GOLD label process, renewal of expired GOLD Label, within the first year of the expiry date of the label (1 full day on-site assessment of two experts at the premises of the cluster organisation): EUR 6,150

 

Service Fee Standard processes:
The expert organises and conducts the entire labelling procedure; any additional expert is sub-contracted by the organising expert; ESCA supports the processes and is responsible for a quality check of all results achieved

  • Cluster benchmarking, leading to the BRONZE label (provision of label certificate and benchmarking report upon receiving a full set of benchmarking data): EUR 900
  • SILVER label process, new or renewal process (provision of benchmarking report upon receiving a full set of benchmarking data self-assessment, pre-check of the eligibility of the selected improvement areas, provision of the certificate SILVER/BRONZE depending on the result of the assessment, analysis and quality check of the assessment report): EUR 1,700
  • GOLD label process, new/first time and renewal (analysis and quality check of the assessment report, GOLD Label approval procedure, provision of the GOLD certificate): EUR 2,500

 

Travel costs of experts:
Additionally to be charged

In case that experts need to travel (> 100 km) to the premises of the cluster organisation, travel costs for the expert are charged additionally, consisting of 0.5 – 2 per diems* (depending on the specific assignment) and evidenced transport costs (by the most appropriate means of transport given the distance involved).

The total fees (service fee plus per diems and corresponding travel expenses) is net. If applicabe, VAT will apply.

Value-added tax (VAT)

With regard to VAT, the supplied services are subject to the reverse charge in the country of receipt, provided that the customer has a valid VAT ID number. Otherwise the supplied services are subject to German VAT (currently 19 %) or in countries that do not belong to the EU and if applicable, the customer is responsible for paying the country-specific finance authorities the country-specific VAT at the current ruling rate.

Special cases are possible and up to discussion

In specific cases, where intermediaries or governmental implementation agencies, etc. or even single cluster organisations taking efforts to bring together an interested group of cluster organisations jointly planning their labelling efforts, discounts on the standard processes can be agreed.

ESCA encourages to be contacted by interested parties in such cases to discuss and present feasible alternative models aiming for adding additional value to the planned processes and at the same time finding ways to reduce costs for each single label process.

The above stated standard fees are valid for cluster organisations originated in Europe. Cluster organisations from outside Europe in general are eligible as well to apply for one of the labels. Terms, conditions and prices need to be specifically discussed. In any case, please contact ESCA for details.

Status: September 19, 2018
(Prices are subject to change)


*per diem rate according to: https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/work/procedures/implementation/per_diems/index_en.htm_en