The Balkan Cluster Day conference was held in Nis on March 25, 2016. It gathered 48 clusters and cluster initiatives and 100 participants from public, academia and business sector from 7 countries: Italy, Montenegro, Macedonia, BiH, Turkey, Bulgaria and Serbia. It has been promoted by the Global TCI Cluster Network Bacelona, European cluster network ECCP Brussels, Bulgarian Dnevnik, Izmir Cluster Development and all Serbian media. Participants had opportunity to meet each other, set up partnerships for future cross border IPA and other EU and bilateral business development projects.
The event was focused on clusters in tourism, textile, agro, energy efficiency, construction and urban planning, old crafts and youth entrepreneurship. It was opened by Dr. Danka Milojkovic, a director of the Global TCI Board of Directors responsible for clusters in SEE and The Balkan Cluster project manager. It had been supported by the General Consulate of the Republic of Bulgaria with the aim to boost the CBC BG-SER economic cooperation and a high representative of the Republic of Serbia Assembly Mr. Milija Miletic in order to promote investment in the South Serbia. Special guests from Macedonian Ministry of Economy Prof. Dr. Nikolina Trajanovska and the University ‘Cirilo and Metodije’ Prof. Dr. Radmil Polenakovik introduced participants with Macedonian cluster policy and community and announced the leading cluster event in the SEE, the 7th Balkan and Black Sea conference DAYS OF CLUSTERS at Ohrid Macedonia from 22-24 September 2016. The Days of Clusters is an BBS cluster networking event initiated and led by the Cluster House, firstname.lastname@example.org.