Success of the IV WORKSHOP_EU Strategy for the Danube Region PA8

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The last quarter of this year was marked by series of very important cluster events, such as the 7th Balkan & Black Sea Cluster Conference Days of Cluster 2016 in Ohrid, the 4th Cluster Matchmaking Conference in Warszawa, the 5th Romanian Cluster Conference in Galati, the 19th Global TCI Conference in Eindhoven and European Cluster Conference in Brussels.

At least but not last in this wonderful cluster’s year, the 4th WORKSHOP OF PRIORITY AREA 8 “CLUSTER NETWORKING AND DEVELOPMENT PROSPECTS IN THE DANUBE REGION” was held in Vukovar, Croatia from 12-13 December 2016.

The workshop gathered over 60 cluster actors: cluster managers, experts for cluster-based socio-economic development, policy makers and academicians from Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Serbia, BiH and Croatia, successfully presenting importance of clusters developing, mapping, as well as importance of clusters promotion as one of most modern tools for competitiveness, quality, standards, new working places etc.

The overall workshop on “Cluster networking and development prospects in the Danube Region” had been moderated by Ms. Zdenka Mesić, Senior Advisor of the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts of the Republic of Croatia and opened by Mr. Božo Galić, County Perfect of the Vukovar-Srijem County, Mr. Ivan Penava, Mayor of the City of Vukovar and Ms. Nataša Mikuš Žigman, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts of the Republic of Croatia.
Dr. Gerd Meier Zu Kocker, Head of Clusteragentur Baden-Wurttemberg Germany introduced the workshop participants how region can really use clusters specifying the Danish good cluster policy and practices. The cluster is strong as a region is strong. The systematic approach in cluster development is a precondition for the smart cluster management and the cluster excellence.


The Danube Region consists of 14 countries: Austria, BiH, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Moldova, Germany (Baden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and Ukraine.  The systematic approach in cluster development is running only in the EU member countries. The lack of systematic cluster development approach should be improved through cross-clusters collaboration in the Danube region and the clusters internationalization in the global market.

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The Serbian Cluster Community had an advantage to learn about clusters from the best cluster policies and practises thanks to support from the Danish LEDIB Programme 2007-2012.

The topic “LEDIB CLUSTER HOUSE MODEL for cluster-based socio-economic development in the Balkan and Black Sea Region” had been presented by Dr. Danka Milojkovic, Director of the Cluster House and Member of the Global TCI Network Board of Directors responsible for the SEE.

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The Cluster House cluster-based cross-boarder cooperation programme strategy is focused on improvement of the capacity, through meetings, surveys, joint web site, and promotion and business trips, of the cluster members and other stakeholders to further develop the cluster approach and practices at CBC level.The cluster-based CBC programme aims at the public-private dialogue development as a pre-condition for sustainable economic development in the region.

Information and publicity events for popularization of clusters in the beneficiary countries are tools for export trade collaboration improvement between both countries, involvement of new members in the existing clusters and promotion of the clusters networks created by the programme to the markets of other EU regions/countries.