RESTART Balkan CLUSTER Development

After 5 long years lack of cluster development in the Balkans, the new optimistic time with the ECCP Greece Cluster Matchmaking event comes for the Balkan clusters.

The Cluster House, an exit strategy of the Danish LEDIB Program 2007-2012 and its self-supported tool the BBS ClusNet (2012) with over 170 clusters in the region, have been recognized by the EC as a potential strategic partner in the region.

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50 clusters from the Cluster House BBS ClusNet  and the Mediterranean Region were attended the ECCP Greece Cluster Matchmaking event in Thessaloniki from 13-14 September 2017 cluster network, supported by the Unit of Clusters / EC DG Growth.

Synergy of the ECCP, the Cluster House BBS ClusNet and the EEN on the ECCP Greece Cluster Event preparation heavily contribute to the cluster-based Balkan Region EU integration.

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The Balkan Mediterranean Clusters Family was together in Greece with the aim to discuss strategic solutions for RESTART the Balkan CLUSTER development. The Balkan clusters need systemic, long term and bottom up support from the EC. The Balkan cluster intermediary organizations (National clusters associations, cluster management organisations, consulting clusters, etc) and clusters are one of powerful drivers for sustainable economic development in the region and in the same time tools which could boost the Balkans to open its sleepy eyes and successfully integrate with the rest part of Europe.

The next Balkan cluster family gathering will be in Bucharest, 22-23 November 2017 and in Sofia in March 2018.

 

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THE ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION WITH EC OFFICIALS ON S3 IMPLEMENTATION & BALKAN CLUSTER POLICY

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The Custer House is a partner institution for the Balkan and Black Sea Region of the ECCP Matchmaking Mission in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The Cluster House BBS ClusNet members –cluster in the field of cultural and creative industries, the circular economy, mobility, smart city, agrotech and automotive are invited to register their participation on the 10th matchmaking mission in Thessaloniki, Greece, until 28th of July, getting an opportunity to be selected for refunding participation costs up to 800 EUR per cluster according to EU procedures.

The 10th ECCP cluster matchmaking mission in Thessaloniki, Greece, taking place in the context of the Thessaloniki International Fair, will be held between the 13-14th of September, gathering many clusters from the south east of Europe and officials of the European Commission with an opportunity to discuss S3 implementation and cluster policy in the Balkans.

During this event, you will have the possibility to:

  • Meet other clusters from all over Europe active in the focus sectors during a cluster matchmaking event;
  • Take part in thematic workshops (TBD)
  • Visit the 82nd edition of the Thessaloniki International Fair, with booths specialized in creative industries, agro economy, tourism, etc.

If you are interested in taking part in this mission, please read the call for expression of interest and send your application with the filled questionnaire electronically to Dr Danka Milojkovic (danka@clusterhouse.rs), Morgane Veillet Lavallée (m.veilletlavallee@inno-group.com) and Marc Pattinson (m.pattinson@inno-group.com).

Referring to membership in the BBS ClusNet, the deadline for submitting your application is the 28th of July 2017 at Midnight CET.

For more information on the mission and how to participate, click here.

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SOUTHERN SERBIA CLUSTER OF OLD CRAFTS

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The project is co-financed by the Development Agency of Serbia and GIZ, with the local coordination of the Cluster House from Nis with partners from Leskovac, Pirot and Vranje. Project duration: July – December 2017.

Project activities are tasked to contribute to the promotion of economic development and to affect the problems of unemployment of young women in underdeveloped municipalities in the South of Serbia through support to self-employment in the services and tourism sector.

CLUSTER DAY, MAY 11, NIŠ

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for the LEDIB Programme beneficiaries, stakeholders, business and academia  & Cluster House members

Organizers:

The Embassy of Denmark in Serbia & the Cluster House Nis

Supported by Faculty of Economics Nis & YUMIS company Nis

AGENDA

Time Topic
10:30 – 11:00 For guests with special invitation

Round Table discussion about the LEDIB Programme impact on the SMEs development in Southern Serbia, and business development enhancement through cooperation between science and practice supported by public sector. Address: Niš, 52 Generala Milojka Lešjanina Str.

Registration of participants

11:00 – 11:30 Round Table opening and welcome address

·  N.E. Mr. Morten Skovgaard Hansen, Charge d’Affaires a.i. of The Embassy of Denmark in Serbia

·  Mr. Carsten Lund, President of  The LEDIB Cluster House Union Assembly

·  Dr. Danka Milojković, Director of The Cluster House Nis and the Global TCI BofD

11:30 – 12:30 Plenary session

·        Discussion on the impact of the LEDIB Programme in Southern Serbia and local economic development after LEDIB completion

·        Cluster House role in the region as an exit strategy of the LEDIB Programme and possibilities of its further development and growth supported by the local and regional partners in order to enhance economic development and generate new jobs

·        Discussion with business people about current obstacles to boost development and to expand business activities in Southern Serbia

·        Round Table closing remarks

Moderation: Cluster House Team

 

13:00 – 14:30 For guests with a special invitation

Working lunch at the ethno restaurant, a member of the Cluster House

15:00 – 16:00 For guests with a special invitation

Visit to YUMIS company, a member of the Cluster House

 

16:30 – 17:30 Lecture on  State of green – the Danish way

https://stateofgreen.com/en/sectors

at the University of Nis Faculty of Economics

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N.E. Mr. Morten Skovgaard Hansen

Charge d’Affaires a.i. of The Embassy of Denmark in Serbia

The official language of the Cluster Day in Nis is Serbian language.

The event will be followed by national, regional and local media.

For additional information please contact the Cluster House Info Center via:

e-mail  info@clusterhouse.rs  or mobile phone +381 65- 52 07 121

Looking forward to fruitful discussion to move a step forward cluster-based economic development in Southern Serbia.

FEMAC HOSTS THE PIC MEETING 2017 IN LLEIDA, SPAIN

The Catalan Cluster of Agricultural Production Means (FEMAC) in collaboration with The PIC consortium, QUALIMEDITERRANEE , VEGEPOLYS and TERRALIA organise the 7th  edition of the PIC meeting, the most important event in the plant production industry organized annually in Europe, which will be held in Lleida (Spain) on the 27th  and the 28th of September 2017. This event is addressed to SMEs, Research Centers, Farmers, agricultural companies, agro professionals, Universities, Start Ups, and clusters from all over the world.

The first day of the event will be focused on a general view of the European Programs on Agriculture, farm and Plant Innovation and it will hold three different workshops which each participant will be able to choose in accordance to their interests. These workshops will deal with the Crop Management approach, the Digitization of the Agri-food sector and the Innovative Technology for Genetics and Breeding. The second day will be build around B2B sessions among the participants to foster future strategic cooperations and around the parallel visits to IRTA, the Agricultural Research Institute in Catalonia, and to the Vineyard Production Plantation in Raimat (Lleida), which will be hosted by AGROPIXEL, a crop management consultancy.

The Pic meeting has already celebrated 6 editions since 2011 in different French cities such as Paris, Marseille, Angers and Montpelier and countries like Portugal and Argentine, all of them with the same topic and structure. Previous editions have been driven by the main aim to develop international cooperation, both in terms of international discovery missions for its members and the setting up of European projects, always positioning the event in the plant sector. Under this objective, the Inter Plant Cluster Consortium focuses its innovations in the following crops: cereals, seeds, fruit and vegetables, ornamental horticulture, vineyards, tropical plants, medicinal and aromatic.

For further details:

FEMAC

Elisabeth Molina

Telf. 00 34 973 224 921

E-mail: international@femac.org

Webpage: http://picmeeting2017.femac.org

Facebook: Pic Meeting 2017: https://www.facebook.com/Pic-Meeting-2017-118721492026318/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pic_meeting

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Cluster House at the INSME Annual Meeting in Mexico

On behalf of the Cluster House Dr. Danka Milojkovic participated in the call for papers for the XIII
INSME Annual Meeting on “IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY IN SMEs AND THEIR ROLE IN GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS”. Since the paper on the topic „The transnational cluster collaboration platforms as a powerful tool for encouraging micro, small and medium enterprises to access to the global market” has been positively evaluated, the Cluster House Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Network will be presented on this world-wide SME development event within the INSME Annual Meeting www.2017.insme.org in Puerto Vallarta, State of Jalisco, Mexico, in May 15-17, 2017.

1. Abstract INSME 2017_Dr. Danka Milojkovic.pdf

2. Milojkovic_Invitation Speaker_13th INSME Annual Meeting.pdf

3. 13th INSME AM Draft 13.04.17.pdf

SERBIAN CLUSTER DAY IN NIS, MAY 11, 2017

In the framework of the centenary of diplomatic relations DK-RS , the SERBIAN CLUSTER DAY will be organized at the Cluster House in Nis, in May 11, 2017.

Serbian Cluster Day consists of three events:

  • the cluster-based round table on SME development in South Serbia
  • visit to YUMIS company, a members of the Cluster House Food Processing Cluster Initiative and
  • lecture on State of green – the Danish way given by H.E. Mr. Morten Skovgaard Hansen, Charge d’Affaires a.i. of The Embassy of Denmark in Serbia at the University of Nis Faculty of Economics.

Welcome to Nis – city of clusters in the Balkan and Black Sea Region!

Welcome to Cluster House to jointly celebrate the BBS ClusNet holiday!

 1. Pozivnica DAN KLASTERA Nis-Invitation letter CLUSTER DAY NIS_11.5.2017

2. Agenda_CLUSTER DAY in Nis_11.5.2017

The Balkan Cluster within the Global TCI Network

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In the framework of the Global TCI Network, it was an introductory partnership meeting between the Serbian Cluster House and the Bulgarian Consulting Cluster VERITAS at the Cluster House premises on April 6, 2017.
The Balkan clusters work locally and act globally.
The main conclusion from the meeting was that the Balkan Cluster Community should be more involved in the Global Cluster Community and thanks to the TCI organizational membership of the Cluster House and the VERITAS Cluster, there will be more opportunities for the cluster-based economic development in the Balkans using the TCI tools such as the cluster-based matchmaking and transfer of knowledge events, mentoring and peer review programmes.

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SERBIAN CLUSTER DAY in Nis, May 11, 2017

The Balkan & Black Sea Cluster Development Holiday
The Serbian Cluster Day will be held at the Cluster House in Nis in partnership with the Danish Embassy in Serbia.
Dear Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Family  notes the date May 11, 2017 as the Balkan & Black Sea Cluster Development Holiday.
Welcome to Nis – city of clusters in the BBS region!
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CROATIAN DAYS OF CLUSTERS, DUBROVNIK, APRIL 10-11, 2017

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CONFERENCE ON CLUSTER-BASED STRENGTHEN THE COMPETITIVENESS OF SE EUROPE
One of the conference partners is the Cluster House, an organizational member of the Global TCI Network and a coordinator of the Balkans and Black Sea Cluster Network.
Dr Danka Milojkovic, director of the Cluster House and the TCI BofD, will present the cluster-based startup model in countries in transition.